2020-10-29 01:57:47 58345950 Israeli wine from Golan Heights to hit Dubai shelves Yarden, Gamla and Mount Hermon brands to be sold through African + Eastern, one of the largest importers of alcohol in the Gulf, following Israel-UAE normalization agreement reached in September Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/BJNCbfDuv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:25:8 +03:00 The Golan Heights Winery, which grows its grapes on the plateau that Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967, will display its bottles on shelves in Dubai this week, the Israeli company said. The sale of Golan wine in Dubai, and soon elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates, follows the normalization in relations reached between the UAE and Israel in September. The UAE foreign and economy ministries did not respond to requests for comment on the wine deal. The Gulf state has described the Golan as Syrian territory, and along with the international community did not recognize Israel's annexation of the area in 1981. Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured during the Six-Day War. The UAE said at the time the U.S. move "disrupts all efforts to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East." The Golan Heights wine brands - Yarden, Gamla and Mount Hermon - will be sold through African + Eastern (A&E), one of the largest importers of alcohol in the Gulf, Golan Heights Winery said in a statement. The wines will be available in hotels, restaurants and retail alcohol stores. In the UAE only non-Muslims are legally allowed to drink. Kosher wine from South Africa is already sold in the UAE but this will be the first Israeli-made wine in the Gulf state. The Golan winery is targeting the wave of Israeli and Jewish tourists expected to visit the UAE as well as other tourists and locals who are allowed to consume alcohol. "This is an historic launch and we expect a successful and long-term collaboration with the Golan Heights Winery," A&E CEO Jason Dixon said in the statement. Golan Heights Winery CEO Yair Shapira said the UAE was a market "with interesting and unique potential." He said his firm would "open the gate" and introduce UAE residents and guests to the Israeli wine industry. message 58340950 'Very Nice!': Kazakhstan taps new Borat movie to woo tourists U.S. citizen living in the Central Asian country adopted Sasha Baron Cohen's catchphrase for his business running walking tours, while the Kazakh government remains unamused, calling the sequel to 2006 hit 'xenophobic' Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/SkKq7xUdv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:55:1 +03:00 Ridiculed once again in a film featuring fictional Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, the ex-Soviet state of Kazakhstan has embraced the joke this time around and adopted Borat's catchphrase to try to attract tourists. "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," a follow-up to a 2006 film featuring the same sexist and racist character, was released on Amazon Prime last week. Like the first film, the movie has Borat on the rampage in the United States where he tries to trick U.S. politicians and others into letting their guard down and compromising themselves. Borat's first outing caused anger in Kazakhstan where authorities discouraged its screening and threatened legal action over what they saw as an insult to their national character. This time around, they have taken a different approach and adopted Borat's catchphrase "Very Nice!" to try to promote tourism in the vast Central Asian country. In a slick video released by the tourism board featuring spectacular mountains and lakes, an exotic food market, and futuristic-looking cityscapes, a series of foreign tourists use the catchphrase to signal their appreciation for what they are seeing. The idea to use Borat's catchphrase belongs to Dennis Keen, a U.S. citizen living in Kazakhstan, who is married to a Kazakh woman and has a business running walking tours. "It was something I'd been thinking about for years as everyone who comes here is aware of the Borat thing being attached to the country's brand," Keen told Reuters. Borat's "Very Nice!" catchphrase could be put to good use instead, he said. "It's actually the perfect description of the country in the most sincere way. The people and the food are very nice." Sacha Baron Cohen, the director and star of both "Borat" movies, said the films were comedies. "I chose Kazakhstan because it was a place that almost nobody in the U.S. knew anything about, which allowed us to createlking tours.</p> <p>"It was something I'd been thinking about for years as everyone who comes here is aware of the Borat thing being attached to the country's brand," Keen told Reuters.</p> <p>Borat's "Very Nice!" catchphrase could be put to good use instead, he said.</p> <p>"It's actually the perfect description of the country in the most sincere way. The people and the food are very nice."</p> <p>Sacha Baron Cohen, the director and star of both "Borat" movies, said the films were comedies.</p> <p>"I chose Kazakhstan because it was a place that almost nobody in the U.S. knew anything about, which allowed us to create a wild, comedic, fake world. The real Kazakhstan is a beautiful country with a modern, proud society - the opposite of Borat's version," Baron Cohen said in a statement.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11659108> <p>COVID-19 means tourism in Kazakhstan has been hard hit by travel restrictions and border closures like many other countries.</p> <p>But Kairat Sadvakassov, Deputy Chairman of Kazakh Tourism, said he hoped the campaign would help people see that Borat's jokes about the country were off target when the situation improved.</p> <p>"We would like everyone to come experience Kazakhstan for themselves by visiting our country in 2021 and beyond, so that they can see that Borat's homeland is nicer than they may have heard," Sadvakassov said in a news release.</p> <p>Still, Kazakh authorities remain unimpressed with the film.</p> <p>In a statement issued by the foreign ministry on Saturday, officials said the new movie was racist and xenophobic, but that an official protest was pointless because it would only generate more publicity and profits for the film's makers.</p> message 58338910 UAE, Israel soccer leagues sign MOU to bolster cooperation Following normalization of relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, Maccabi Haifa FC and Al-Ain FC announce cooperation agreement, with an expected friendly match between the two teams in the Gulf state Reuters, Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/rksHpdruw Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:55:13 +03:00 The soccer leagues of the United Arab Emirates and Israel on Monday remotely signed a memorandum of understanding to bolster cooperation, the state-run Emirati agency WAM reported on Tuesday. Confirming the deal, Israeli soccer league chairman Erez Halfon said he foresaw possible UAE sponsorship for teams in Israel. "This will take (us) a step forward," he told Army Radio. Memorandum follows an announcement Sunday that Israel's Maccabi Haifa FC agreed on a cooperation agreement with the UAE's Al-Ain FC and the two teams are expected to meet for a friendly match in Abu Dhabi. "I am happy to inform you that our club has been invited to hold a friendly soccer match called the 'Game of Peace', in Abu Dhabi," said Maccabi Haifa owner Yaakov Shachar. "We informed them that we would be happy to play against them in Abu Dhabi and host them in our city, Haifa. Their positive and happy response has just been received and the date for the game will be set later, according to the two clubs' schedules,” Shachar added. "I have always believed it was possible to develop friendly relations through sports. We will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two clubs In a matter of days to create a relationship that will include collaborations on both the sporting and business side." Al-Ain is the most decorated team in UAE history and has won the local championship 13 times and the Super Cup five times. In 2018, the team reached the final of the Club World Cup, where it lost to European champions Real Madrid. The agreement between the two clubs was made possible after the United Arab Emirates, together with Bahrain, normalized relations with Israel in Washington on September 15. Days after the pact, Israel midfielder Dia Saba signed for UAE league club Al Nasr. message 58336400 Israeli museum plans to sell off rare Islamic antiquities Culture Ministry condemns sale and vows to do everything to prevent it; President Reuven Rivlin says he was following the issue with 'concern' and calls on authorities to prevent the sale from taking place Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/BJI7BdEuw Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:16:59 +03:00 A museum in Israel has sparked outrage with plans to sell off dozens of rare Islamic antiquities, including centuries-old carpets, armaments and ceramics from across the Middle East, at a public auction. The L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem plans to put 190 pieces on the block at Sotheby’s on Tuesday and to auction off more than 60 antique watches and timepieces later this week. The rare pieces are expected to fetch several million dollars. Israel’s Culture Ministry has condemned the sale and vowed to do everything it can to prevent it. President Reuven Rivlin said he was following the issue with “concern” and called on authorities to prevent the sale of such cultural assets. The museum declined to comment on the auction, and Sotheby’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The items up for bidding include a 15th-century helmet designed to be worn over a turban and decorated with inlaid silver calligraphy, a 12th-century bowl depicting a Persian prince and intricate antique carpets from Egypt and what is now Turkey. The watch auction on Wednesday will include three watches designed by the famed Parisian horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet, whose timepieces adorned European royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries, including Marie Antoinette. The museum was established in the 1960s by Vera Salomons, the scion of a British-Jewish aristocratic family, and named for Leo Arie Mayer, a prominent scholar of the Middle East. It houses thousands of Islamic artifacts dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries. It also has a collection of antique watches handed down by the Salomons family, including dozens designed by Breguet. The Holy Land was part of various Islamic empires for more than 1,000 years, and the museum aims to promote understanding between Jews and mostly Muslim Arabs, who make up around 20% of Israel’s population. The museum has been closed for much of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the auction has reportedly been ino Arie Mayer, a prominent scholar of the Middle East. It houses thousands of Islamic artifacts dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries. It also has a collection of antique watches handed down by the Salomons family, including dozens designed by Breguet.</p> <p>The Holy Land was part of various Islamic empires for more than 1,000 years, and the museum aims to promote understanding between Jews and mostly Muslim Arabs, who make up around 20% of Israel’s population.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11605850> <p>The museum has been closed for much of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the auction has reportedly been in the works for two years, and the popular museum is widely believed to be financially stable.</p> <p>Antiquities officials and experts say the central purpose of museums is to bring valuable artifacts out of private collections to preserve them and display them to the public. With the Sotheby’s auction, the Museum of Islamic Art is doing the exact opposite.</p> <p>Nava Kessler, the chair of the Israeli Association of Museums, said it is unethical and unheard of for a museum to sell items to private collectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>“It’s a very bad thing,” said Kessler, whose organization is affiliated with the Paris-based International Council of Museums, which sets professional and ethical standards. “I was so ashamed that it happened in Israel.”</p> <p>She said even if the museum were suffering financially, the ethical response would have been to find a buyer among other museums or cultural institutions, a process that takes time. Instead, antiquities authorities only learned of the planned sale in recent weeks.</p> <p>The Israel Antiquities Authority was able to prevent two artifacts from going to auction because they had been discovered in Israel. But the museum was able to ship the remaining items to London.</p> <p>Michael Sebbane, the authority’s director of national treasures, said officials were “in shock” when they learned about the sale, which he said shows a “lack of professionalism.”</p> <p>“This is a collection that is so important,” he said. “It is a museum that we would never dream would do something like this. This is not just any museum.”</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11605851> <p>He expected private collectors to quickly snatch up all the pieces, both because of their rarity and because their provenance is practically guaranteed since they come from a respected museum.</p> <p>“They are selling items that are very important, very unique, and the moment they sell them, the public will have lost them,” he said. “If a private collector buys them, you won’t see them again.”</p> <p>Israeli Culture Minister Hili Tropper said authorities were surprised to learn in recent weeks that such a “valuable and unprecedented” sale was in the works.</p> <p>“We will use every legal and public means to prevent the sale of these inalienable assets of the Islamic Museum in Jerusalem,” he said in a statement, adding that the pieces have “great historical and artistic value.”</p> message 58334000 Israel's coronavirus vaccine to be available next summer, maker says Head of Institute for Biological Research insists their vaccine was developed under the strictest regulations, which may not make it the first on market but ensures its efficacy; says 'neighbors' in West Bank, Gaza will also get the vaccine Adir Yanko, Alexandra Lukash https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/H1L3RzVOP Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:10:47 +03:00 Israeli-made vaccine against coronavirus will be available only by next summer, said the head of the Israel Institute for Biological Research on Monday. Early in the pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tasked the IIBR with developing a vaccine against the virus and on Sunday the research cennter said they will begin its first clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine in November. In an interview with Ynet, Professor Samuel Shapira said July 2021 is a "reasonable" date for when the vaccine will be ready for mass use. During the first phase of clinical trials, only two people will be given the vaccine to determine if there are any adverse reactions and soon after 80 healthy volunteers, aged 15-55, will be part of the trials, which will be conducted at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv and the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. "We are very excited," Prof. Shapira said. "We began our journey about nine months ago and have made complex scientific progress. We are now nearing the homestretch after testing our vaccine on four types of animals, examining safety and efficacy. We are now ready to begin testing on humans," he said. Shapira said the Israeli approach is unique and advanced but also very sound. "We use an animal virus that is benign in humans and engineer coronavirus spikes on top of it. That is our basis for the vaccine," he said. "A human immune system recognizes the engineered virus as COVID and develops antibodies and a cell's response to it. "When we begin the trials, we will be looking at the safety aspect but will also examining the production of antibodies in our subjects. This will indicate the beginning of an immune reaction. We will be using relatively young volunteers who are in good health," professor said. Shapira said the IIBR took no shortcuts on the way to developing their vaccine, though other companies elsewhere in the world may have had an easier regulatory process. "We had to adhere to the very strict regulatioumans and engineer coronavirus spikes on top of it. That is our basis for the vaccine," he said. "A human immune system recognizes the engineered virus as COVID and develops antibodies and a cell's response to it.</p> <p>"When we begin the trials, we will be looking at the safety aspect but will also examining the production of antibodies in our subjects. This will indicate the beginning of an immune reaction. We will be using relatively young volunteers who are in good health," professor said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shapira said the IIBR took no shortcuts on the way to developing their vaccine, though other companies elsewhere in the world may have had an easier regulatory process. "We had to adhere to the very strict regulations of the Israeli and German governments and ultimately, our purpose is to provide a safe and effective vaccine to the Israeli public and not to be first to the finish line," he said.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11614766> <p>He insists the Israeli vaccine is superior to others being developed. "If I had a choice of five different types of vaccines to choose from I would pick the Israeli one," he said adding he would have volunteered for the trial himself if he were younger and had no direct connection to its development or execution.</p> <p>Shapira said the IIBR already has 25,000 vials prepared and a million more doses ready to be bottled. "I cannot promise every last Israeli would be able to get vaccinated by next summer, but we are producing rapidly."</p> <p>The second phase of the trials will include up to 960 volunteers over the age of 18.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This, we believe, will begin in December of this year and will be conducted in a number of medical centers around the country. In that phase we hope to ensure the safety of the vaccine and determine the exact dosages needed in order to proceed," Prof. Shapira said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The third phase will include 30,000 volunteers and is scheduled to begin in April or May of next year – dependi message 58332970 Israel to start clinical trials of COVID vaccine next month Institute for Biological Research, tasked with developing the vaccine, says clinical trials of the 'BriLife' would begin on November 1, with the aim of 15 million dozes for Israelis and country's 'close neighbors' AFP https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/S1b2GxNOv Mon, 26 Oct 2020 9:13:47 +03:00 Israel will begin its first clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine next month, authorities said Sunday, as the country grapples with a second wave of infections. Early in the pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tasked the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) with developing a vaccine against the virus. COVID-19 has killed over 2,370 people in the Jewish state since the start of the outbreak there, and has infected more than 300,000, according to official figures. On Sunday, authorities announced the first clinical trials of the "BriLife" vaccine would begin on November 1, as a spokesperson for the defense ministry said the "necessary approvals" had been granted. The trials will be conducted over several months. "Our final goal is 15 million dozes for the residents of Israel and for our close neighbours," IIBR head Shmuel Shapira was quoted as saying in a statement. Scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against the pathogen, which has killed over 1.1 million people worldwide. Several dozen vaccine candidates are currently being tested in clinical trials, ten of which are in the most advanced "Phase 3" stage involving tens of thousands of volunteers. message 58331400 Celebrating peace, Israeli and UAE soccer teams to hold friendly match in Abu Dhabi Maccabi Haifa FC and UAE's Al-Ain FC set to come face to face in the 'Game of Peace'; 'I have always believed it was possible to develop friendly relations through sports,' says Maccabi owner Shimon Elbaz https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/Skr0R4XOP Sun, 25 Oct 2020 22:31:53 +03:00 Maccabi Haifa FC announced on Sunday a cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates' Al-Ain FC and the two teams are expected to meet for a friendly match in Abu Dhabi. "I am happy to inform you that our club has been invited to hold a friendly soccer match called the 'Game of Peace', in Abu Dhabi," said Maccabi Haifa owner Yaakov Shachar. "We informed them that we would be happy to play against them in Abu Dhabi and host them in our city, Haifa. Their positive and happy response has just been received and the date for the game will be set later, according to the two clubs' schedules,” Shachar added. "I have always believed it was possible to develop friendly relations through sports. We will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two clubs In a matter of days to create a relationship that will include collaborations on both the sporting and business side." Al-Ain is the most decorated team in UAE history and has won the local championship 13 times and the Super Cup five times. In 2018, the team reached the final of the Club World Cup, where it lost to European champions Real Madrid. The agreement between the two clubs was made possible after the United Arab Emirates, together with Bahrain, normalized relations with Israel in Washington on September 15. message 58329560 Dubai sheikhs throw party for Israel's biggest pop star Omer Adam travelled to the UAE over two weeks ago after being invited by the country's top Jewish leader and Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan; singer doesn't appear to be homesick as he failed to elaborate when exactly is he going back Bar Zega https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/ryLFwAzuw Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:34:0 +03:00 Relations between Israelis and Emiratis truly appear to be warming up as Israel's biggest pop star celebrated his birthday in the UAE city of Dubai at a lavish party thrown by one of the country's high-profile sheikhs. Omer Adam travelled to the UAE over two weeks ago, during the holiday of Sukkot, shortly after Israel and the Emiratis announced a historic U.S.-brokered normalization agreement. The singer appears to have been invited to the UAE by the prominent official, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, and president of the Jewish community in the country, Solly Wolf. Adam landed in Dubai along with his brother Roi and a group of friends shortly before the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which he celebrated at Dubai's synagogue, popular with the local Jewish community. The singer does not appear to be homesick and so far has not set a date for his return. Last Thursday, Adam even celebrated his birthday in the luxurious city at a party thrown by a prominent sheikh. The party was also attended by Miss Europe 2019 Winner Irina Garasymiv, who posted a picture from the bash on her Insagram. "I am proud to be an ambassador of music and art in the Emirates, in a place where there is hope for a better world, without wars, and without terrorism in a magical place that has only joy, and human love," said Adam in a statement. "A few months ago I had the opportunity to greet Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and the president of the Jewish community, Solly Wolf, who welcomed me and invited me here to visit. I have always known that songs, music and joy bring us closer and I feel that I represent each of you here when I say to my hosts: Shalom and Salaam-Alaikum." message 58312770 Faces of hope: Meet Israel's first vaccine volunteers Institute for Biological Research says the clinical trials will begin in November and will include hundreds of volunteers by the time they're over, with the first phase including three brave men risking their good health for the greater good Adir Yanko https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/HyyC986wD Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:58:47 +03:00 As the world races to find a vaccine for the coronavirus that has upended the entire planet, Israelis are stepping up to join the fight in any way they can. This includes volunteering to test the new vaccine being developed by the Israeli Institute for Biological Research in Ness Ziona. Meet some of the heroes who are doing their bit for humanity. The research center said it will begin the clinical trials phase of its COVID-19 vaccine in November and about one hundred Israelis aged 18-55 are expected to participate by the time the trials are over. The first phase will include three brave volunteers and will take place in Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. As with any other clinical trials, participants will be divided into two groups: those who will receive the real vaccine and those who will receive a fake vaccine, also known as placebo. "It seems this is the best thing I could do to help," says Boaz Kolodner of Moshav Ganei Hadar, a 47-year-old engineer and father of three, who registered to participate in the experiment. "We all know the situation we are in and all of our hopes are pinned on this vaccine. I am a man of action and I think the little help I can give can help many of us,” says Kolodner, adding he was instructed to continue his daily routine uninterrupted after participating in the experiment. “It sounded reasonable enough, so I decided to donate my body to science,” he jokingly adds. Another participant is 39-year-old Fried Saprov, a father of two, who immigrated to Israel two-and-a-half years ago from Russia. “I just want to participate in the trial to try and make a change and to find something against the virus," he says. "My 13-year-old daughter said she doesn't want me to go on with the experiment. I understand her but I still choose to continue participating in the trial.” Dr. Zeev Yitzhakzon-Hayosh, a 41-year-old father of two from Jaffa and a neurologist who works at Sheba Medical Center, so I decided to donate my body to science,” he jokingly adds.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11555534> <p>Another participant is 39-year-old Fried Saprov, a father of two, who immigrated to Israel two-and-a-half years ago from Russia. “I just want to participate in the trial to try and make a change and to find something against the virus," he says. "My 13-year-old daughter said she doesn't want me to go on with the experiment. I understand her but I still choose to continue participating in the trial.”</p> <p>Dr. Zeev Yitzhakzon-Hayosh, a 41-year-old father of two from Jaffa and a neurologist who works at Sheba Medical Center, also signed up for the trial. “I grew up on stories of scientists trying their own vaccines and drugs on themselves, so I felt it was the right thing to do," he says.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11555535> <p>"I do not think we need to restrict people's freedom to defeat the virus, this is not the right way. The change will only come from science and the triumph of the healthcare system. My wife is also a doctor and she’s happy I will participate in the trial, there was no question.”</p> <p>Sheba’s director of the Early Clinical Research Unit and lead trial researcher in the hospital, Aharon Ben-Ami says the clinical trial will be carried out in the safest and most efficient way possible.</p> <p>"The trial consists of one vaccine and then a year of follow-up checks. In order to move from the first phase to the second, everything has to work out properly, but I guess we are talking about weeks between each phase.”</p> <p><br></p> message 58309170 Kamada to supply Israel with its experimental COVID-19 treatment The company will manufacture the product from convalescent plasma collected by Israeli National Blood Services and additional Israeli medical institutions; initial order planned to be supplied during the beginning of 2021 Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/BkKjzH3vw Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:2:59 +03:00 Biopharmaceutical firm Kamada Ltd said on Monday it will supply Israel’s Health Ministry with its experimental COVID-19 treatment for 500 patients in Israel. Use of the “investigational” plasma-derived immunoglobulin product will be regulated by the ministry, the Israeli company said. Kamada will manufacture the product from convalescent plasma collected by the Israeli National Blood Services and additional Israeli medical institutions. The initial order, planned to be supplied during the beginning of 2021, is sufficient to treat some 500 hospitalized patients. This initial supply is expected to generate $3.4 million in revenue for Kamada in the first quarter of 2021. Kamada said interim results of an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial in Israel showed its product had a favorable safety profile and symptoms improvement was observed in hospitalized, non-ventilated COVID-19 patients with pneumonia. “We will continue to ramp up the production and supply of the product during the next few months,” Kamada CEO Amir London said. message 58308120 Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat blames coronavirus on Jews on Jimmy Kimmel Jewish comedian visits the U.S. talk show, while in character, to promote the sequel to the 2006 comedy, telling the host COVID-19 'comes from a place called Wuhan, which is in Israel'; asks Kimmel if he'd been around Jews recently Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/H16TUGnww Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:23:5 +03:00 Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat visited the Jimmy Kimmel show in a hilarious apperance, where he blamed coronavirus on Jews and stole pants off the host. The Jewish comedian stopped by the U.S. talk show, while in character, to promote the sequel to the 2006 classic comedy telling the host COVID-19 "comes from a place called Wuhan, which is in Israel". "It comes from the you-know-who...they spread everything," he told the host, who replied he doesn't think it came from Israel. Cohen then asked Kimmel to take coronavirus questionnaire to find out if he is at risk. “In the last week, have you spent more than 15 minutes in the presence of any Jews?” to which Kimmel replied that, “All of our writers and none of our camera guys are Jews.” “As a member of Hollywood elite, have you recently drunk unpasteurized children’s blood?” the actor asked. Later on in the show, the actress who plays Borat’s daughter, appears and demands Kimmel’s pants. Cohen takes off his own pants along with Kimmel and pokes the host with a long stick, which he claims is a thermometer. The sequel to the comedy "Borat", called Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, has been purchased by Amazon Prime and is expected to hit the streaming platform on October 23. The 2006 original, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," grossed more than $260 million, winning over critics and spawning endless catchphrases among devoted fans. It even earned an Oscar screenplay nomination. message 58296670 Deepfake video shows Gal Gadot as Cleopatra amid whitewashing row YouTube channel 'Reface,' which specializes in videos using deepfake technology, replaced the face of Elizabeth Taylor, who starred in the 1963 classic film, with Gadot's features; Israeli star set to star in new Cleopatra adaptation Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/H1arny5Dv Sun, 18 Oct 2020 20:54:19 +03:00 A video, which recently emerged on YouTube, shows Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the queen of Egypt in the classic 1963 film, which appears to have been made with "deepfake" technology. The news that Gadot will be playing Cleopatra in a new film about the queen, caused quite the stir on social media, with some taking issue with the fact that an Israeli woman of Ashkenazi descent will be playing an Egyptian icon. YouTube channel "Reface", which specializes in deepfake videos, through digital means replaced the face of Elizabeth Taylor, who starred in the iconic role, with Gadot's features. The results very well show that Gadot is more than ready to take on the role. The iconic film was the most expensive film ever made up to that point but went on to become the highest-grossing film of 1963, earning box-office of $57.7 million in the United States and Canada . Gadot, who shot to international fame as D.C.'s iconic superhero Wonder Woman, says the Paramount Pictures biopic aims to bring Cleopatra's story "to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before." Among Gadot's critics was former journalist and beauty queen Sameera Khan, who lamented that the role had not gone to a "stunning" Arab actress instead of a "very bland looking" Israeli. "[S]hame on you, Gal Gadot," Khan wrote on Twitter. "Your country steals Arab land & you’re stealing their movie roles." But the movie's screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis - and many others - pointed out that Cleopatra was actually of Greek Macedonian origin. Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, which began with Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian general and a companion of Alexander the Great, who took over Egypt in 305-304 BCE. message 58293300 'Hello You': Israeli-UAE joint song a YouTube hit Israeli singer Elkana Marziano and Emirati artist Walid Aljasim's song 'Ahlan Bik' clocks more than 1.1 million YouTube views since it was posted on September 30, following normalization deal between two countries AFP https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/SJA00VaKvD Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:21:1 +03:00 The scene cuts from Dubai to Tel Aviv, the lyrics switch from Arabic to Hebrew to English and the song is a slightly kitsch electro-pop duet by artists who, for now, remain apart. The normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has produced its first musical collaboration: "Ahlan Bik", or "Hello you" in Arabic. "This is a historic moment," said Israeli singer Elkana Marziano, whose duet with Emirati artist Walid Aljasim has clocked more than 1.1 million YouTube views since it was posted on September 30. Marziano, 28, is a former winner of Israel's version of The Voice, a singing competition TV show, and an Arabic speaker influenced by the Mizrahi culture of Jews from the Arab world. He said that he and Aljasim had collaborated over the Zoom video-conferencing service, with some parts of the song recorded in Dubai and others in Israel. "The understanding was immediate," Marziano said of the partnership. One online commentator, who posted under the name Shaked Sharon, said: "With this song, you feel the new Middle East." The 'new Middle East'? In August, Israel and the UAE announced that they had reached a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize ties, following years of discreet economic and security cooperation. Knesset approved the UAE deal on Thursday. Bahrain ultimately joined the pact known as the Abraham Accords signed at the White House last month, making it and the UAE the third a fourth Arab states to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. Israel signed a peace agreement with neighboring Egypt in 1979 and with Jordan in 1994. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted that the Gulf deals highlight shifting priorities in the region. The right-winger has insisted that more Arab states want ties with Israel even though its conflict with the Palestinians remains unresolved. The UAE's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has said the pact "opens the way to a new era of cooperation". Palestinian leaders have condemned the deals and call signed at the White House last month, making it and the UAE the third a fourth Arab states to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel.</p> <p>Israel signed a peace agreement with neighboring Egypt in 1979 and with Jordan in 1994.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11358931> <p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted that the Gulf deals highlight shifting priorities in the region.</p> <p>The right-winger has insisted that more Arab states want ties with Israel even though its conflict with the Palestinians remains unresolved.</p> <p>The UAE's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has said the pact "opens the way to a new era of cooperation".</p> <p>Palestinian leaders have condemned the deals and called on the Arab world to withhold establishing ties with Israel until it reaches a viable peace with the Palestinians.</p> <p>While some YouTube commenters have celebrated "Ahlan Bik", others have condemned the song and Israeli-Emirati normalization, while calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.</p> <h3 class = "pHeader">Live concert</h3> <p>The song was written by Doron Medalie, who also wrote "Toy", which won the 2018 Eurovision contest in Israel.</p> <p>The chorus -- "I hear you friend far away, far away" -- is repeated in the three languages, while the music video's action pivots from Marziano dancing with friends in Israel to Aljasim in Dubai.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11358932> <p>Marziano said that peace was a common theme in Israeli music, which has regularly been in conflict with its neighbors since its founding in 1948.</p> <p>He said it was a "personal victory" to see young Israelis and Emiratis interacting online to discuss the song on his YouTube page, adding that he is planning a live concert with Aljasim when the coronavirus pandemic ends.</p> <p>"I am very moved by the idea of singing this song, and others, on the same stage (with Aljasim)," Marziano told AFP.</p> <p><br></p> message 58285680 Dreaming of performing in Israel, UAE musician plays Hatikvah Ahmed Al-Mansouri says UAE-Israel agreement had inspired him to perform the Israeli national anthem as tribute for peace and unity; hopes to play in public in the Jewish state and perform with a local artist one day Attila Somfalvi https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/ByToiLKPP Sun, 18 Oct 2020 10:27:33 +03:00 Ahmed Al-Mansouri, a musician from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has learned to play Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah, on the oud - a lute-type instrument - as a tribute to the recently signed normalization agreement between the Jewish state and the Gulf state. In an interview with Ynet, Al-Mansouri talked about the Israel-UAE agreement, the responses he received to his tribute and the significance of music in shaping a world built on unity and peace. Al-Mansouri, who specializes in the traditional and classical music of his people, says that the agreement with Israel, which was signed last month on the lawn of the White House in Washington, was nothing less than an inspiration for him. “Once I heard about the agreement between the UAE and Israel I decided to play the national anthem of Israel on the oud, to send a message of peace between the two countries,” sa Al-Mansouri. According to Al-Mansouri, his rendition of Hatikvah was mostly well-received by his compatriots and although some were aggravated by the surprise gesture, Al-Mansouri says he doesn't mind. “It is very important to me to send peace by music to the whole world,” he said, “I believe in what I am doing.” Al-Mansouri further added that not only would he like to visit Israel, but it would also be a dream come true for him to perform in the Jewish state. “It is a dream for me, and I hope one day to visit Israel and play in public there,” said Al-Mansouri, who added he will be happy to perform with an Israeli artist one day. Al-Mansouri also stated he is a fan of Israeli music. “In my opinion, Israeli music is very beautiful, it is similar to Arabic music in a different taste." message 58243560 UN taps Ben-Gurion University to monitor environmental crises from outer space Negev institute joins dozens of others from around the world working together on emergency response to range of threats including earthquakes and tsunamis; Earth and Planetary Image Facility also serves as regional NASA lab Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/SJYDr3rwP Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:11:26 +03:00 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has chosen the Earth and Planetary Image Facility at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as its partner for a crisis management center in Israel. The Regional Support Office for Disaster Management and Emergency Response collects data from space, working alongside experts from other UNOOSA partner countries in order to reduce risks and emergency situations worldwide. BGU's Earth and Planetary Image Facility, which focuses on the use of remote sensing, is responsible for multi-disciplinary scientific research collected from satellite data for environmental purposes. The lab also serves as a regional NASA lab for planetary imaging and will be the 25th center to join the organization, adding expertise in the field of satellite technology to the UN-SPIDER (Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response) network. UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo said: “I am delighted to see the UN-SPIDER’s network of RSOs continuously growing, adding diverse, top-class expertise to its resources and allowing the sharing of knowledge on a global scale. Through the RSOs, our work to help countries leverage space tools to counteract disasters is scaled up to improve the lives of more people worldwide.” Prof. Dan G. Blumberg, Vice-President of Ben-Gurion University for Industrial and Regional Development, said the institute's technology was being used to help with a range of crises, including natural disasters. “This is an exciting moment where we will be making our long-term scientific knowledge available to support relief efforts when needed," he said. "Our ability to observe Earth from space and rapidly analyze complex imagery is being put to good use worldwide, mitigating disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, drought and others," he said. "We wish our University and UNOOSA a fruitful collaboration on capacity building and training in this very important field.” EPIF Laboratory Director Dr. Shimrit's technology was being used to help with a range of crises, including natural disasters.&nbsp;</p> <p>“This is an exciting moment where we will be making our long-term scientific knowledge available to support relief efforts when needed," he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Our ability to observe Earth from space and rapidly analyze complex imagery is being put to good use worldwide, mitigating disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, drought and others," he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We wish our University and UNOOSA a fruitful collaboration on capacity building and training in this very important field.”&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11261917> <p>EPIF Laboratory Director Dr. Shimrit Maman, who will manage the new office, said the venture would not be the last of its kind. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"We have additional agreements in the field of disaster management, such as one with South Korea, and we expect more in the future to further our efforts towards this important goal,” she said.&nbsp;</p> message 58241050 Tel Aviv University researchers say they have antibody treatment for coronavirus Scientists claim the therapy can not only cure patients suffering from COVID-19 but can also be given to high-risk populations and front-line workers as a preventive measure; clinical trials to begin in coming months Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/SJBsVOBPP Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:24:21 +03:00 Researchers at Tel Aviv University this week said they identified a combination of COVID-19 antibodies that can serve as both medication for patients suffering from the disease and a preventive treatment for high-risk populations. The antibody cocktail will be tested in clinical trials over the next few months. The treatment was developed by Dr. Natalia Freund and PhD student Michael Mor at the Laboratory of Human Antibody Research at the faculty of medicine and is under revision in the PLOS Pathogens journal. The study reportedly also showed that asymptomatic COVID-19 sufferers or those who had mild symptoms developed a weaker antibody reaction, and therefore may contract the disease again. By contrast, all severely ill patients analyzed in the study developed neutralizing antibodies that are likely to protect them from reinfection, the researchers said. Dr. Freund and her team sequenced thousands of antibodies produced in the bodies of Israeli COVID-19 patients. The researchers were able to isolate and characterize six antibodies derived from the blood of two severely ill patients. They then proved that combinations of three antibodies at a time are effective against COVID-19, providing natural immunity. The researchers found that the blood's capacity for neutralizing the virus comes from several types of antibodies that simultaneously attack the virus, and the mix neutralizes the COVID-19 virus. "Since the antibodies are natural and remain stable in the blood, one injection can protect against COVID-19 for several weeks, or even several months," says Freund. “Our vision is that in the future, the cocktail will be used to treat COVID-19 patients – like the experimental cocktail administered to U.S. President Trump, or as a preventive measure for high-risk populations and medical personnel – until the much-awaited vaccine finally arrives. This cocktail was developed naturally by the patients' immune systems, which means that it is probably safe for use,the virus, and the mix neutralizes the COVID-19 virus.</p> <p>"Since the antibodies are natural and remain stable in the blood, one injection can protect against COVID-19 for several weeks, or even several months," says Freund.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Our vision is that in the future, the cocktail will be used to treat COVID-19 patients – like the experimental cocktail administered to U.S. President Trump, or as a preventive measure for high-risk populations and medical personnel – until the much-awaited vaccine finally arrives. This cocktail was developed naturally by the patients' immune systems, which means that it is probably safe for use,” say the researchers.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11256019> <p>In the second stage of the project, researchers tried to isolate specific antibodies that stop the virus from binding to the human cell and replicating itself inside it.&nbsp;</p> <p>They identified six different antibodies, obtained from two severely ill participants, and proved that these antibodies are effective in both treating and preventing infection in cell cultures.</p> <p>The research began in April 2020, soon after the pandemic reached Israel. Dr. Freund and her team studied 18 of Israel's earliest COVID-19 patients.</p> <p><br></p> message 58229290 HBO buys rights to Israeli 'Dibukim' thriller TV series The announcement comes a day after the American media giant reportedly bought the rights to Israel's most expensive TV series ever produced, 'Valley of Tears', which depicts Yom Kippur War Ran Boker https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/SknATI4vD Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:48:59 +03:00 American television network HBO has bought the rights to Israeli TV series "Dibukim", Israel's broadcast satellite television provider said in a statement Wednesday. The show tells the story of an Israeli man who marries a French woman and is killed during the wedding ceremony. The series will be broadcast in Israel by "Yes" sattelite TV company and by +CANAL in France. The psychological thriller was created and written by Israeli writer and producer Shahar Magen and French screenwriter Valerie Zanetti. The U.S. media giant is set to stream the series on its HBO Max streaming platform. On Tuesday, it was revealed the company also bough the rights to Israel's most expensive TV series ever produced, "Valley of Tears". The project was created in collaboration with London-based production company WestEnd Films. It tells the story of young Israeli soldiers during the 1973 Yom Kippur War through four parallel plotlines, which intertwine together as the story progresses. The show was created and co-written by Israeli-American writer and creator of "Euphoria" TV series, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Daniel Amsel and Yaron Zilberman, who also directed the project. message 58197870 Social media uproar as Gal Gadot rolled out as new movie Cleopatra Israeli actress slammed for playing iconic Egyptian ruler, with one ex-journalist even tweeting, 'Your country steals Arab land & you’re stealing their movie roles'; biopic screenwriter points out that queen was actually of Greek Macedonian origin Ynet, i24NEWS https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r1SBPgMPv Mon, 12 Oct 2020 21:14:39 +03:00 The recent announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be playing legendary Egyptian queen Cleopatra has caused quite the stir on social media, with fans and critics drawing their own lines in the sand. Gadot, who shot to international fame as D.C.'s iconic superhero Wonder Woman, says the Paramount Pictures biopic aims to bring Cleopatra's story "to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before." The movie will be directed by Patty Jenkins, who helmed the first Wonder Woman film in 2017 and its sequel set for release on Christmas Day. While many welcomed the news of the casting, some took issue with the fact that an Israeli actress would be playing an Egyptian icon. Among them was former journalist and beauty queen Sameera Khan, who lamented that the role had not gone to a "stunning" Arab actress instead of a "very bland looking" Israeli. "[S]hame on you, Gal Gadot," Khan wrote on Twitter. "Your country steals Arab land & you’re stealing their movie roles." But the movie's screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis - and many others - pointed out that Cleopatra was actually of Greek Macedonian origin. Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, which began with Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian general and a companion of Alexander the Great, who took over Egypt in 305-304 BCE. After Wonder Woman became one of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time, Gadot, who was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 at the age of 18, rocketed to stardom. An ex-IDF soldier, the former model was on the Time list of top-100 most influential people in the world and was recently named the third highest-paid actress in the world. message 58125080 Long way to herd immunity: only 5.5% of Israelis have virus antibodies The serological survey conducted by the Health Ministry reveals rate of exposure to the virus in Israel is well below 60% needed to reach herd immunity; presence of antibodies appears to be higher in men than women but highest among children Adir Yanko https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/rJATwShLv Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:37:35 +03:00 A serological survey published Thursday reveals that only 5.5% of Israel's population has coronavirus antibodies, meaning it is far lower than 60% needed for the public to develop herd immunity to COVID-19. Israel has seen a massive resurgence of coronavirus over the past few weeks, prompting the government to implement a second nationwide lockdown and some to speculate that a high infection rate might eventually lead to herd immunity, which occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease. The survey was conducted by the Health Ministry between July and September of this year. Among men, the presence of antibodies in 4.9% of those tested was higher than the 3.1% in women, while among children in the 10-18 age group, the presence of antibodies stood at 8.1%. The presence of antibodies was highest in the country among residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding communities with 9.5%, followed by Tel Aviv and its suburbs with 2.2% and Haifa and its suburbs with 1.1%. The findings show the rate of exposure to the virus in Israel is well below the numbers needed to reach herd immunity. Furthermore, a high level of antibodies in blood does not necessarily ensure long-term immunity against the pathogen. The Health Ministry, therefore, reiterates the importance of wearing masks, maintaining social distance and personal hygiene, even among those who have been found positive to antibodies. The study was conducted in collaboration with four of Israel's HMOs and included a sample of 55,000 people from cities and towns all across the country. The ministry will conduct more similar surveys in the future with the aim of learning about the population's exposure to the virus during the second coronavirus wave. "Israel is among the first countries in the world to conduct a serological survey on a national scale," said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein in a statement. "The survey is part of the Health Ministry's efforts to find more innovative methods for de been found positive to antibodies.&nbsp;</p> <p>The study was conducted in collaboration with four of Israel's HMOs and included a sample of 55,000 people from cities and towns all across the country. The ministry will conduct more similar surveys in the future with the aim of learning about the population's exposure to the virus during the second coronavirus wave.</p> <p>"Israel is among the first countries in the world to conduct a serological survey on a national scale," said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein in a statement. "The survey is part of the Health Ministry's efforts to find more innovative methods for diagnosing coronavirus, including a global and continuous survey to identify advanced and reliable means for rapid detection of the disease."</p> <p><br></p> message 58106880 Coronavirus, lockdown make life tougher for at-risk youths Study shows 300% increase in reports of depression and anxiety since start of pandemic, 200% increase in feelings of loneliness, 150% rise in cases of self-harm, 200% rise in eating disorders Hadar Gil-Ad, Noam Barkan https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/ryYXGoF8D Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:7:22 +03:00 The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing restrictions are having a disturbing impact on young people who suffer anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, eating disorders and more, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Elem-Youth in Distress organization. The report states that due to the national focus on coronavirus, the condition of many of youths - who were already in a precarious situation before the start of the pandemic in March - has significantly deteriorated in recent months, with many turning to drug and alcohol abuse in order to cope with the recent struggles. The study highlights a 300% increase in reports of depression and anxiety among youths, a 200% increase in feelings of loneliness, a 150% rise in cases of self-harm and a 200% increase in eating disorders. In addition, there was a 200% increase in alcohol and drug abuse among at-risk teens, as well as an increase in the number of reports of violence against teenagers at home and on the streets. Cases of sexual violence have also seen a 200% uptick compacted to last year, and 250% in the third quarter of the year. The report also outlines a 170% increase in the number of homeless youth and young people compared to last year. The report also highlights new, worrying phenomena that are likely to worsen in the coming months due to the closure. One in 11 young people has said that the outbreak had a negative impact on their home and family life, triggering problems such as hunger and poverty. The third quarter of the year also saw a 160% increase in unwanted pregnancies compared to the second quarter, as well as a 300% increase in requests for assistance from at-risk young single mothers. Deborah, who lived on the street at the age of 12, is today 25 and an active member of Elem’s Jerusalem branch. She is concerned about the fate of young people who have problems at home. “When people like me are told that there is a closure and they need to stay at home - and home is not a safe place - ittive impact on their home and family life, triggering problems such as hunger and poverty.</p> <p>The third quarter of the year also saw a 160% increase in unwanted pregnancies compared to the second quarter, as well as a 300% increase in requests for assistance from at-risk young single mothers.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11189795> <p>Deborah, who lived on the street at the age of 12, is today 25 and an active member of Elem’s Jerusalem branch. She is concerned about the fate of young people who have problems at home.&nbsp;</p> <p>“When people like me are told that there is a closure and they need to stay at home - and home is not a safe place - it becomes impossible to stay there," she says.</p> <p>"You can’t be imprisoned in the most traumatic place of all.”</p> <p>The Elem report, the organization's second since the outbreak of the crisis, stresses that the destructive consequences of the pandemic are getting worse.</p> <p>“The second wave of the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated the plight of these young people," says Elem President Nava Barak.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement11189796> <p>“During the summer, in the absence of any youth programs during the summer vacation due to the virus, we saw an increase in the phenomena of teens wandering the streets, running away from home, violence and sexual violence, loneliness and depression,” says Barak.&nbsp;</p> <p>“2021 will present us with even more difficult challenges, and will increase the need to bigger government budgets and mobilization of the business sector and the general public to [help] vulnerable populations in society, including these young men and women," she says.</p> <p>Elem CEO Inbal Dor Karbel is concerned about the situation and urged the public to offer aid to at-risk youths.&nbsp;</p> <p>“The second closure... is accompanied by a lack of hope and great difficulty," she says.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The price paid by young men and women is enormous. As our teams continue to locate and assis message 58086460 Forbes ranks Gal Gadot third highest-paid actress in 2020 Israeli actress said to have pocketed most of her $31.5 million in earnings after staring in upcoming Netflix thriller 'Red Notice'; 'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara tops the Forbes chart with $43 million, while Angelina Jolie comes 2nd with $35 million i24NEWS https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/Bk0eZWPIv Sun, 04 Oct 2020 13:3:35 +03:00 Israeli actress Gal Gadot has been ranked the third highest-paid actress in the world in 2020, according to Forbes magazine's latest rich list, published Friday. The Israeli actress earned a total of $31.5 million over the past year, including $20 million from her Netflix project, a comedy-thriller "Red Notice" - set to be released on the streaming platform in 2021. The project, which chronicles the hunt for the world's most wanted art thief, is Netflix's most expensive feature film ever produced. It stars Gadot alongside Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The rest of the actress's fortune came from the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman 1984,” which was initially scheduled to be released on June 5 but was postponed until December 25 due to the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic crippled the movie industry in Hollywood, forcing crews to halt productions and causing release dates of many big-budget films to be delayed. In the meantime, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara topped the Forbes chart, having earned $43 million in the past year, while actress Angelina Jolie came in second with $35 million. In total, the world's 10 best-paid actresses in 2020 earned some $254 million combined in the 12 months leading up to June, which according to Forbes is a drop of 20% from the previous year. message 58054840 Top health care provider says HMOs may collapse before hospitals due to COVID Expert says health maintenance organizations may soon fail to provide optimal treatment to all as influx of thousands of new patients strains staff and resources Attila Somfalvi https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/SJzAwwmLw Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:40:58 +03:00 A senior health care provider warned on Thursday that Israel's health maintenance organizations [HMOs] may collapse due to the massive workload caused by the COVID-19 pandemic before hospitals would. In an interview at the Ynet studio, Southern District General Director at Maccabi Healthcare Services Keren Shechter Azulay said HMOs - which are responsible for tens of thousands of coronavirus patients who are receiving treatment outside of hospitals - may soon fail to provide optimal treatment to all patients as the recent influx of newly diagnosed patients puts a strain on HMO staff and resources. "It's sexier seeing wards, tubes and parking lots [converted into coronavirus wards] … but HMOs manage tens of thousands of patients without being able to monitor their condition at any given moment," she said. "Each hospital is responsible for a few dozen patients with [medical] teams, however, HMO waiting rooms are full, and we have to monitor patients' condition daily. Doctors end their shifts at the clinic and then must continue working nights and weekends to see new patients. We're seeing a real collapse here." Shechter Azulay stressed the importance of reducing the number of active patients as Maccabi, alongside other major health service organizations such as Clalit, is treating over 65,000 patients – 98% of whom are receiving treatment at home. "We'll only see the fruits of lockdown in two weeks, therefore the importance of following it is immense. We must continue to protect ourselves and abide by the rules and understand that the situation is not simple at all." Meanwhile, Israel saw over 9,000 new daily coronavirus cases after health authorities conducted a record-breaking number of tests, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday. The ministry said that one in seven people had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after conducting 68,128 tests, putting the contagion rate at 13.6%, a slight drop from a day earlier. The number of patients in serious cone importance of following it is immense. We must continue to protect ourselves and abide by the rules and understand that the situation is not simple at all."</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement10746976> <p>Meanwhile, Israel saw over 9,000 new daily coronavirus cases after health authorities conducted a record-breaking number of tests, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday.</p> <p>The ministry said that one in seven people had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after conducting 68,128 tests, putting the contagion rate at 13.6%, a slight drop from a day earlier.</p> <p>The number of patients in serious condition now stands at 854, 206 of whom are ventilated. Israel coronavirus death toll stood at 1,571.</p> <p>Since the start of the outbreak, 248,133 Israelis have tested positive for the pathogen. The figure almost doubled over the past month with 116,882 virus cases confirmed by September 1.</p> message 58050040 Expert warns COVID vaccine may not become available in Israel before next summer Top immunologist says medical teams, at-risk groups should be vaccinated first, calls on Israelis to not count on inoculation and continue making every effort to prevent the spread of the disease Alexandra Lukash https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/S1Lv1VMIP Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:36:4 +03:00 A leading immunologist warned on Wednesday that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus may not become available to the Israeli before next summer. "I believe there will be vaccines available in some countries by February-March," Vice Dean at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University Prof. Cyrille Cohen told the Ynet studio. "But I don't think we'll be able to get vaccinated here in Israel before next summer." Prof. Cohen also warned that even when the inoculation will have become available, the initial number of doses will likely not suffice for the entire population and should be first administered to medical teams and at-risk groups. Cohen called on Israelis to not count on the vaccine and become complacent and continue making every effort to prevent the spread of the disease. According to Cohen, there are currently 11 companies worldwide that are in the final stages of clinical trials, and some may even produce final results before the end of the year - including U.S. biotech company Moderna with which Israel has a procurement agreement for the shot. "I hope we'll get the results for these trials towards December," he said. "You need to realize that this isn’t a single shot, but many different technologies. Today we know that protein-based vaccines have been found to be very effective. Moderna's vaccine, for example, is a genetic vaccine that is in the middle in terms of effectiveness." Unlike pharmaceutical companies in Western countries that are subject to strict regulations aimed at ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products, countries like China, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have already begun vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19. Cohen said he will not rule out using vaccines from those countries despite the lack of data about the shots' potential side effects and fears that the companies may have cut corners in the trial phase. "We do not have data about what is happening in China, Russia and the UAE, but I wouldhttps://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-57722080,00.html" class="bluelink" style="">Moderna's vaccine</a>, for example, is a genetic vaccine that is in the middle in terms of effectiveness."</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement10699272> <p>Unlike pharmaceutical companies in Western countries that are subject to strict regulations aimed at ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products, countries like China, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have already begun vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19.</p> <p>Cohen said he will not rule out using vaccines from those countries despite the lack of data about the shots' potential side effects and fears that the companies may have cut corners in the trial phase.</p> <p>"We do not have data about what is happening in China, Russia and the UAE, but I wouldn't rule out their vaccinations," Cohen said. "The only way to know whether they are effective is to it give time, or, alternatively, take a large group of people and vaccinate them, which is an ethical problem."</p> <p>The UAE has reportedly vaccinated some 30,000 of its residents and China has done the same to over 350,000 people.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement10699273> <p>The World Health Organization does not object to Chinese pharmaceutical companies distributing their vaccines to the general public despite experts warning that such a move may pose a danger to public health and lead to wide public distrust in its efficacy.</p> <p>According to reports from China, scientists claim that no unusual side effects have been reported so far among people who have received the injection.</p> <p>Participants reported temporary fever, sensitivity or redness at the injected area that passes in a short time, a sore throat and mild dizziness.</p> <p>To date, no coronavirus infections have been reported among participants. This data is comparable with other reports from different companies around the world.</p> message 58048460 The Philharmonic plays again The short-lived 2020 live season, with its capsules, masks and social distancing, is giving way to concerts streamed online, with the Festive Digital Series running throughout the High Holidays season Buzzy Gordon https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r1Hyk0W8v Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:36:2 +03:00 The 2020 season of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) came to life for a brief musical interlude earlier this month, for a string of live, indoor concerts in the orchestra’s regular venues in Tel Aviv and Haifa. Naturally, the concerts were held in accordance with the strictest “Purple Seal” regulations: patrons were seated in socially distanced “capsules,” and the wearing of masks was enforced. Accordingly, the concert programs were a bit shorter than usual -- approx. 75 minutes in total -- with no intermissions (to minimize mingling). Even the musicians were practicing social distancing: the orchestra was a reduced size, more like a chamber orchestra. Moreover, the musicians playing string instruments were by and large wearing masks. The first concert in the mini-series was an all-Beethoven affair: Leonore Overture no. 3, and Piano Concerto no. 5 (“Emperor”). The pianist was Ishay Shaer, while Ariel Zuckermann was the conductor. I attended the second concert, which was under the baton of Guy Braunstein, who was also the soloist performing Beethoven’s (sole) Violin Concerto. He played brilliantly, an accomplishment that was recognized also by his fellow musicians: rarely have I seen such enthusiastic “applause” -- bows striking music stands, even some foot stomping and clapping of palms on thighs -- on the part of members of the orchestra. The concert concluded with Symphony no. 33, K. 319, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a work with which I was heretofore unfamiliar. It was pleasant enough, although I found it unremarkable. As we all know, the worsening COVID situation has imposed a second lockdown on Israel, forcing another interruption in live concerts. The IPO has therefore moved once again to virtual concerts, beginning with a Festive Digital Series over the Tishrei holidays. The next one on the calendar is scheduled for Sunday, October 4 at 9pm, when the orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. At the podium will be IPO musical dstra. &nbsp;</p> <p>The concert concluded with Symphony no. 33, K. 319, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a work with which I was heretofore unfamiliar. It was pleasant enough, although I found it unremarkable.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we all know, the worsening COVID situation has imposed a second lockdown on Israel, forcing another interruption in live concerts.&nbsp;</p> <p>The IPO has therefore moved once again to virtual concerts, beginning with a Festive Digital Series over the Tishrei holidays.&nbsp;</p> <DIV id=tvElement3084214></DIV> <p><br></p> <p>The next one on the calendar is scheduled for Sunday, October 4 at 9pm, when the orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. At the podium will be IPO musical director Lahav Shani.&nbsp;</p> <p>These prerecorded concerts are not listed on the IPO website’s regular events calendar, but they <a href=" https://www.ipo.co.il/en/live-streaming/ " class="bluelink" style="">may be viewed here</a>.</p> <p>The same link will also give you the upcoming online schedule, as well as a whole slew of previous broadcasts, in case you missed one that you wish to enjoy (or desire to hear it again).&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Heikhal HaTarbut, HaBima Square, Tel Aviv</em></p> <p><em>Tel. (in Israel): *3766&nbsp;</em></p> <p><br></p> message 58047480 Borat is back! And just in time for U.S. elections Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his cult role as bumbling, anti-Semitic reporter from Kazakhstan from 2006 hit in secretly filmed sequel bought by Amazon Prime; movie set to air ahead of Nov. 3 vote AFP, Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/SkmE9jWUD Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:42:11 +03:00 A sequel to the comedy "Borat" has been purchased by Amazon Prime and is expected to hit the streaming platform before November's U.S. election, a source familiar with the deal told AFP Tuesday. The movie will see British-Jewish comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen reprise his cult favorite role as a bumbling and politically incorrect reporter from Kazakhstan, after nearly 15 years. The 2006 original, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," grossed more than $260 million, winning over critics and spawning endless catchphrases among devoted fans. It even earned an Oscar screenplay nomination. According to Deadline, the follow-up movie was shot covertly with a minimal crew as soon as coronavirus restrictions eased this summer in the U.S. and overseas. A clip of Cohen apparently filming the movie in Los Angeles popped up on YouTube in August. The original saw Cohen's anti-Semitic and homophobic fictional journalist blundering across the U.S. in search of cultural enlightenment -- with the joke at the expense of Americans, who nevertheless lapped it up at the box office. The sequel will again see Cohen "going undercover to get people to reveal their true selves and their often unflattering biases, with only the slightest provocation," the Deadline report said. The controversial satirist's anarchic, gonzo-style comedy has led to the creation of multiple celebrated TV and movie characters, such as his wannabe rapper Ali G and gay Austrian TV presenter Bruno. Cohen -- who also made the 2012 movie "The Dictator" starring himself as a Muammar Gaddafi-style despot -- was recently seen pranking public figures in the TV series "Who is America?" In one memorable scene from the show, Cohen, playing Israeli anti-terror expert Col. Erran Morad, hoodwinked Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train preschoolers in how to fire a gun, although the show drew mixed reviews. Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidentle comedy has led to the creation of multiple celebrated TV and movie characters, such as his wannabe rapper Ali G and gay Austrian TV presenter Bruno.</p> <p>Cohen -- who also made the 2012 movie "The Dictator" starring himself as a Muammar Gaddafi-style despot -- was recently seen pranking public figures in the TV series "Who is America?"</p> <p>In one memorable scene from the show, Cohen, playing Israeli anti-terror expert Col. Erran Morad, hoodwinked Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train preschoolers in how to fire a gun, although the show drew mixed reviews.</p> <DIV id=tvElement3239963></DIV> <p>Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor, slammed the comedian's "evil, exploitative, sick 'humor.'"</p> <p>The actor-comedian has also taken on dramatic roles, including the lead role in the 2019 Netflix miniseries "The Spy."&nbsp;</p> <p>In the show, he played lionized Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who posed for years as a Syrian businessman in Damascus while sending intelligence back to Israel and was eventually caught and hanged by the regime in 1965. &nbsp;</p> <p>Cohen also plays a leading role in Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-tipped drama "The Trial of the Chicago 7," streaming on Netflix next month.&nbsp;</p> message 58041910 Israeli cover of Emirati hit earns fans across Arab world Firqat Alnoor Orchestra releases music video of new instrumental arrangement in honor of peace deal between the two countries, garnering thousands of views and shares on social media, including from UAE's culture minister Itamar Eichner https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r13u0Dl8w Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:6:22 +03:00 An Israeli ensemble has won praise across the Arab world for a recently released instrumental rendition of an Emirati hit song celebrating the peace accord struck between the two countries. Firqat Alnoor's musical director, Ariel Cohen, produced the instrumental arrangement of the song Aheibak by Emirati musician Hussain al-Jassmi in honor of the newly signed bilateral agreement between Israel and the UAE. Israeli artistic director Ronen Peled Hadad also created a music video to accompany the rendition of the song, filmed with a drone atop Tel Aviv's Azrieli Tower skyscraper. The video is filled with shots of the Tel Aviv landscape and shows the orchestra's Arab and Jewish members flying both the Israeli and Emirati flags, while white doves are released to symbolize the peace between the countries. The video has garnered hundreds of thousands of views across different social media platforms and was shared thousands of times on Twitter and WhatsApp groups across the UAE and Bahrain, which has also recently normalized its relations with Israel. Emirati Minister of Culture and Youth Noura Al Kaabi also shared the performance with her followers on Twitter. The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra was established in 2013 by Hana Ftaya and comprises Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze musicians. The group aims to bring classical Arab and Oriental music to the forefront of Israeli culture covering songs from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Maghreb countries. “As a temporary language capable of connecting peoples, beliefs and religions, the orchestra seeks to represent the State of Israel and classical oriental music in Israel and on international stages around the world,” Firqat Alnoor says in its mission statement. message