Eric Johnson Web Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:35:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eric Johnson Web 32 32 Jerusalem: One dead after blasts at Ramot bus station and junction, Israeli police say Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:27:00 +0000


Two explosions rocked Jerusalem early Wednesday, killing a teenager and injuring 18 others in a “combined terror attack”, authorities said.

The first explosion occurred at a bus station near the entrance to Jerusalem at 7:06 a.m., injuring 12 people, including the teenager who later died, according to the Magen David Adom (MDA), the affiliate of the Israeli Red Cross. Three of the injured were in serious condition.

A second blast was reported nearly half an hour later at the city’s Ramot junction at 7:30 a.m., police said. Three people were evacuated with minor injuries, while four were treated for “stress symptoms” according to the MDA.

Initial investigations indicated that explosive devices had been placed at the two blast sites and a search is underway for suspects, the police spokesman said. The two devices that detonated in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning most likely detonated remotely, an Israel Police spokesperson told CNN, though the theory is still under investigation.

Authorities said Wednesday’s blasts appeared to be different from previous terror attacks. Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid said after taking part in an assessment of the situation with security officials that the incident was “different from what we have seen in recent years”.

“A vast intelligence effort is currently underway that will lead us to find these heinous terrorists, those behind them and those who supplied them with weapons,” Lapid said. “We will find them. They can run, they can hide — that won’t help them; the security forces will reach them. If they resist, they will be eliminated. Otherwise, we will punish them to the fullest extent of the law. »

The individual killed was a 16-year-old named Aryeh Shechopek, his family told local media. Shechopek was a student at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school, and lived in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, the family said. Shechopek also held Canadian citizenship, Israeli and Canadian authorities said.

The site of an explosion is pictured near a bus station at the Givat Sha'ul junction, near the exit from the city of Jerusalem.

Lapid offered his condolences to the family, calling Shechopek “a boy who never hurt anyone in the world.”

“He was murdered simply because he was Jewish,” he said.

The attack brings the number of people killed on the Israeli side of the conflict to at least 29 this year. This year was also the deadliest for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2015. At least 146 Palestinian civilians and militants were killed there in 2022, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

At the site of the first explosion, footage showed debris strewn on the ground and a parked bus with holes drilled in its windshield. The metal guardrails surrounding the bus stop were also damaged and the area cordoned off.

Two MDA paramedics said that when they arrived at the bus station, they found two seriously injured people lying on the ground.

“We were at the MDA station at the entrance to town when we heard a big explosion,” they said. “We immediately rushed to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, MICUs (mobile intensive care units) and medicycles.”

“Two seriously injured men were lying nearby, a 16-year-old at the bus stop and a 45-year-old on the sidewalk.”

MDA senior paramedic Emanuel Stern said it was a “miracle” that more people were not injured.

“If the bus had been full of passengers, or if there were people waiting at the bus stop, this whole incident could have ended very badly,” Stern said.

Raphael Poch, a spokesman for United Hatzalah International, a group of volunteer doctors, told CNN that first responders saw various injuries, including some from the blast itself. Poch said others were injured by shrapnel from damaged cars as well as nails and ball bearings – a feature of “bombs that explode in the name of terror”.

Security forces inspect one of the areas rocked by an explosion in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

“It’s something very, very tragic, and it’s something that we haven’t seen in a very long time. And we hope it doesn’t become a routine or a regular situation,” Poch said. everyone should be able to go to work on a normal day without having to worry.”

The US Embassy in Jerusalem condemned in “the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks on public places” in a Twitter post, while White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, said in a statement that “the United States stands with the government and people of Israel.”

“We unequivocally condemn the acts of terror committed tonight in Jerusalem,” said Jean-Pierre.

Baku Jazz Festival leaves jazz lovers in awe [PHOTO/VIDEO] Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:44:00 +0000

By Laman Ismayilova

The 17th Baku International Jazz Festival provided jazz enthusiasts and festival attendees with many unexpected discoveries and experiences, reports Azernews.

The large-scale event turned out to be an unforgettable musical feast for world-class musicians from Switzerland, Brazil, the Netherlands, Israel, Turkey and Italy.

Fans of the festival enjoyed a varied program including concerts, art exhibitions and jazz-themed movie days.

Israeli musician Yogef Shetrit and his band mesmerized audiences in Baku.

Speaking at the event, Yogef Shetrit spoke about the opening of the Azerbaijan Embassy in Israel, which will further strengthen ties between the countries.

During the concert, the Israeli musician delighted the listeners with his songs and a piece of music by the famous Azerbaijani jazz pianist Aziza Mustafazada.

The Baku Jazz Festival pays great attention to talented and promising musicians.

Every year, the festival organizes the International Competition for Young Performers I am Jazzman.

About 63 musicians applied to participate in the music contest, which has become a record since the contest was established.

The awards ceremony and final concert, titled Ekalogic, took place at the International Mugham Centre.

After the breathtaking concert, the international jury announced the winners of the competition: Alade Wilson (vocals) – 1st place (Nigeria), Ali Rustamzade (piano) – 2nd place (Azerbaijan) and Aslan Islamov (tuba) – 3rd place (Azerbaijan) .

Then, jazz lovers had great pleasure in attending the performance of Michael Schiefel (Germany). His unique musical improvisations do not leave spectators indifferent.

The 17th Baku International Jazz Festival was closed by the Italian duo consisting of guitarist Federico Casagrande and trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta, who performed at the Madrid Restobar.

The concert took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere that will long be remembered by jazz lovers.

The event’s media partners are Azernews.Az, Trend.Az, Day.Az and Milli.Az.

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Faulk’s power-play goal puts Blues past Ducks Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:51:46 +0000


ST. LOUIS — Justin Faulk scored a power-play goal late in the third period and the St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night

Faulk’s goal broke a tie at 1 with 4:13 left in the game. The Blues’ winning streak is the longest in NHL history for a team immediately following a losing streak of eight or more games in regulation.

Noel Acciari scored in the first half and added an empty net to seal the win. Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for St. Louis.

Cam Fowler scored and John Gibson made 23 saves for the Ducks, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Acciari put the Blues ahead after just 11 seconds. Brayden Schenn set it up by stealing the puck from Fowler and feeding it to a wide-open Acciari in net.

It was the sixth fastest goal to start a game in Blues history. Alexander Steen and Greg Paslawski share the record at eight seconds.

Fowler made up for the early mistake by leveling the game with just 17.5 seconds left in the first period, taking a shot on the leg of Blues defenseman Nick Leddy.

Anaheim killed a pair of Blues power plays in a scoreless second period. Gibson made a sprawling save with a glove on a Jordan Kyrou chance in first-man advantage.

Blues D Torey Krug took part in pre-game warm-ups but left the ice early, before being officially kicked by the team. He was replaced by Tyler Tucker.

Although Fowler scored, his three-game multi-point streak came to an end. Fowler is one of four defensemen in Ducks history to have multiple points in three straight games, and the first since Scott Niedermayer in 2008-09.

Ducks C Adam Henrique’s six-game point streak has also come to an end.

NOTES: Blues F Pavel Buchnevich was named the league’s second star for the week ending Nov. 20. Buchnevich has scored three goals and four assists in four games. … Ducks D Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body) returned to the lineup after missing four games. Shattenkirk played for the Blues from 2010 to 2017. … Blues D Colton Parayko (upper body) returned after a three-game absence.

Ducks: Host the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Blues: Visit Buffalo on Wednesday night.

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]]> Alan Jackson shares cryptic message after bizarre rumors the country music icon, 64, has died Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:55:49 +0000

SINGER Alan Jackson has shared a cryptic message following bizarre rumors that he has passed away.

The 64-year-old’s Facebook page on Friday included a clip of the country star with the caption, “Still living that honky tonk dream y’all.”


Alan Jackson received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award last weekCredit: Getty

Jackson revealed earlier that he is suffering from an incurable neurological disordersparking speculation about his well-being.

In the video, shared on his Facebook page, the singer tells fans, “All the wonderful fans I’ve had all over the world. Thank you all.

“Radio and all the parts of country music that’s been so good to me all these years. I’ve definitely been living the American dream.

“And I’m still living that honky tonk dream, y’all.”

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The clip was taken at the 2022 Country Music Association Awards last week, where it received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jackson, who was responsible for country music hits such as “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”, told fans, “Country music was very good to me and I fell in love with it when I was young.”

“I really like instruments, steel guitars and violins and things like that that made it so unique to me and made it its own,” he continued.

“And I love the lyrics and the songs and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies. It’s just real American music to me.

Jackson last week shared a photo from one of his music videos in the middle of the viral death hoax.

He is the latest celebrity to be the victim of a fatal prank by the FNEWS2 website.

The site’s main page featured a framed photo of Alan with “RIP” written next to it.

The caption reads: “6 minutes ago/with a heavy heart as we announce the sad news of 64-year-old singer Alan Jackson.”

The site has previously disseminated false reports about the death of stars like Bruce Willis, Denzel Washingtonand Dolly Parton.

Jackson revealed his diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in September 2021.

The degenerative nerve disease, which he was diagnosed with more than a decade ago, affects Jackson’s balance and walking ability.

“I have this neuropathy and this neurological disease,” Jackson said on TODAY when he revealed his health diagnostic.

“It’s genetics that I inherited from my father… There’s no cure, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s becoming more and more evident. And I know I’m tripping over stage.

“And now I have a bit of a hard time balancing myself, even in front of the mic, and so I feel very uncomfortable.”

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Jackson has not publicly addressed the hoax.

The US Sun has asked for comment.

(11-19-22) Ducks-Blues Gameday Lineup – News, Analysis and More from Sports Illustrated St. Louis Blues Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:32:54 +0000

ST. LOUIS – The Blues (8-8-0) will miss a few more key pieces as they try to extend their winning streak to six games tonight.

But the good news is that the defender Colton Parayko is near. He will, however, miss a third game in a row with an upper-body injury, and the striker Vladimir Tarasenko will not dress today at 7 p.m. against the Anaheim Ducks (5-11-1) due to illness.