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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 8, 2009 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Wash your hands with soap and water... This is from the internet: The swine flu epidemic crossed new borders last week with the first cases confirmed in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, as world health of- ficials said they suspect American patients may have trans- mitted the virus to others in the U.S. Most people confirmed with the new swine flu were infected in Mexico, where the number of deaths blamed on the virus has surpassed 150. But confirmation that people have been infecting others in locations outside Mexico would indicate that the disease was spreading beyond travelers returning from Mexico, World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl told reporters in Geneva. Hartl said the source of some infections in the United States, Canada and Britain was unclear. The swine flu has lready spread to at least six countries besides Mexico, prompting WHO (World Health Organization) to raise its alert level last week but not call for travel bans or border closings. Countries, including Canada, Israel and France, warned their citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Mexico. "Border controls do not work. Travel restrictions do not work," Hartl said, recalling the 2003 SARS epidemic that killed 774 people, mostly in Asia, and slowed the global economy. "There was much more economic disruption caused by these measures than there was public health benefit." Hartl said WHO is advising countries to provide sick people with treatments such as Tamiflu, and make sure national plans are in place to ease the impact of a larger outbreak. "Governments will need to start thinking about larger-scale care for a specific disease in accident and emergency wards," he said. "Do they have the infrastructure? Do they have the equipment? Do they have the medicines? This is the time, now, to prepare." WHO raised the alert level to Phase Four, meaning there is sustained human-to-human transmission causing outbreaks in at least one country. WHO's pandemic alert system was revised after bird flu in Asia began to spread in 2004. Monday [April 27] was the first time it has ever been raised above Phase Three. Oh no, not again!... I'm sure that million's of people felt that way when they saw a low flying jumbo jet overhead. Surely, some of those same millions were working in NYC on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was hit by two low flying jumbo jets. Did their hearts stop? Did they have the sudden urge to leave the tall buildings? You bet! Again, this is from the internet: It was supposed to be a photo-op that captured images of an Air Force One plane with a majestic Statue of Liberty in the background. Instead, it turned into a public relations nightmare that led to recriminations from the president and mayor and prompted thousands other to ask, "What were they thinking?" Just before the workday began on Monday [April 27], an airliner and supersonic fighter jet zoomed past the lower Manhattan skyline. Within minutes, startled financial workers streamed out of their offices, fearing a nightmarish replay of Sept. 11. For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the Financial District near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inun- dated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low. But the flyover was nothing but a photo-op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the plane in front of national landmarks. It was carried out by the Defense Department with little warning, infuriating New York officials and putting the White House on the defense. Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't know about it, and he later called it "insensitive" to fly so near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The director of the White House military office, Louis Cal- dera, took the blame a few hours later. One of the planes was a 747 that is called Air Force One when used by the president. "Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," Caldera said. "While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused." When told of the flight, President Barack Obama was furi- ous, a White House official said on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Still, federal officials provided few details and wouldn't say why the public and area building security managers weren't notified. They also wouldn't address why someone thought it was a wise decision to send two jets into New York City, all for a few photos with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Mother's Day is almost here... A wonderful early Mother's Day was had by SHIRLEY ELAZAR, whose daughter, LIAT, son-in-law, DAN ARAD, and their children, son HAREL, almost 7 years old, and daughter AMIT, almost 4, took her to Walt Disney World and also to dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill, Kissimmee. Shirley, Liat and Liat's brother Jack, all work for E1 A1 Air- lines and call Israel their home. They have celebrated many Passover's in Central Florida and have fond memories of their childhood spent here with their parents. Their father, Avram Elazar was murdered by the PLO when they were still young. They are following in his footsteps with El Al. Shirley Elazar (1) and Liat Arad (mother and daughter. (To celebrate Mother's Day, my spouse, Irv, took me to one of our favorite restaurants, Napoli's Italian Restaurant, where his favorite waitress, SARA LEUZZI, treats us like royalty. She is my favorite too.., but too darn pretty!) More about Mother's Day... BONNIE CHARYN brings Bonnie's Puppet Palace to Birthday World in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, May 10 from 1-2 p.m., featuring a very special Mother's Day Show: The Queen Who Could Not Sing. It's about a son's love for his mother. The show is an enchanting interactive dramatic story followed by singing and musical instru- ments. Need security?... Bonnie Charyn Hire Israelis! They are the best in the world! The Seychelles Coast Guard said last week it had arrested nine suspected pirates believed to be behind the weekend attempt to hijack a luxury cruise liner carrying an estimated 1,000 tourists in the Indian Ocean almost two weeks ago. A coast guard statement said the nine arrived in a port of the Seychelles islands and were being held in a local jail. They were thought to have participated in the attempted hijacking of the MSC Melody, which was attacked 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) north of the Seychelles. .... The Melody, carrying about 1,000 passengers and 500 crew, was en route from Durban, South Africa, to Genoa, Italy, on a 22-day luxury cruise when pirates in skiffs opened fire late Saturday [April 25]. The cruise ship's security detail returned fire, startling the pirates, who gave up and turned around. (Of course, the six security detail aboard that ship were all Israelis.) Keep on reading... On Friday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m., author NANCY ROSENFELD DALY will be on hand at Ur- ban Think! Bookstore to sign her latest book, "Finding Joy Amidst The Chaos." It is a concise volume of no-nonsense advice that shows the reader how to find personal calm centers, even as the earth seems to be spinning faster and faster beneath our feet. Nancy will also have copies of her previous book on hand, "A Left-brain Thinker on a Right-brain Journey," which tells how rational thought can exist within the confines of an emotional environment. Come and meet Nancy! NancyRosenfeldDaly This former CFO and cor- porate strategic planning facilitator guides you through an innovative, yet practical process to get unstuck, shift perspec- tive, take action and embrace change for the better. Using personal case studies, punctuated with humor and creative guidance, Nancy's popular books combine analytical and emotional "gut check" thinking and responses. Kick-start positive change to career, relationships and life with clarity and move from just surviving to thriving! One for the road... 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