– Good News #332 8 April, 2011

– private letter from Yosi Behar- No commercial intent

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Israeli innovations for feeding the world

As living standards rise in developing world, people want more meat, quality food.

In the last 70 years, world population grew from 2 billion to 7 billion people. Millions live in poverty which causes global instability.

Jacques Diouf, GM of UN Food and Agriculture Organization; “Israel has emerged as a pioneer in agriculture technology that increases output with less land and uses brackish water with innovative irrigation systems. The world should learn from that!.  Thousands of farmers from around the world came to a recent agri-conference in Tel-Aviv “Agro Mashov” to learn what Israel has to ofer. Israel is world leader in per cow milk yield. Israeli experts have helped set up dairy farms in countries like; Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka, China…and are developing agricultural projects in Africa and South America while teaching modern technologies to the local farmers. http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=214683



Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:

Good news for lower back pain patients

Forget pain-killer drugs (analgetics and narcotics); the new treatment for backaches stimulates nerves non-invasive electrically. The ‘Nervomatrix’ device scans the back and pinpoints where the pain is. It then applies a gentle electrical current to stimulate the nerves. Nervomatrix is the developer of Auto-Targeting Neuro-stimulation (ATN) – a proprietary breakthrough solution for pain relief.
Based on the company’s technology, ATN has been designed to provide effective, non-invasive and drug free relief for lower back pain.
Combining advanced automated technologies of sensing, imaging and neuro-stimulation, Auto-Targeting Neuro-stimulation (ATN) allows pain clinicians to improve the quality, efficiency and clinical outcome of their treatments.
More at > http://www.nervomatrix.com/


Osteoporosis drugs lower cancer risk

Scientists’ team, headed by Professor Dr. Gadi Rennert, proves that Anti-osteoporosis drugs reduce the risk for colorectal cancer by 60%. The study included nearly 2000 women (with and without cancer) found that women who took Bisphosphonate drugs (such as Fosalan, Alendronate and Etidronate), which treat osteoporosis, for at least a year, reduced their risk of getting colorectal cancer. Also found in another study that osteoporosis medications reduce the risk of breast cancer by a third. Cancer of the large intestine follows breast cancer as the second most common type of cancer to occur over the age of 50. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027879,00.html

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Spa Treatments by the Dead Sea

Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400 meters (1,300 ft) below sea level, has more than the usual amount of ozone in the air, providing protection for sunbathers against skin-aging ultraviolet rays. Many visitors come from all over the world for healing or to enjoy the rejuvenating properties of the minerals. The spa has an ecological farm on which it raises its own goats, cows and chickens, and provides the hotel with homemade cheeses and yogurt; it also has an organic garden and orchards, where it grows vegetables, fruit and plants used in the hotel restaurant and to make the spa’s in-house treatment products. Once you taste it – You will come again every year.

Curtsey Tali Barel http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/business/energy-environment/22iht-rbog-spa-22.html?_r=2

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Economy & infrastructure;

Raising 2011 growth forecast to 4.5%

Bank of Israel says in its Annual Report for 2010; Israel’s GDP will grow by 4.5% in 2011, similar to the 4.6% growth achieved in 2010. The central bank previously predicted 3.8% GDP growth this year; the revised prediction is substantially higher. The Bank of Israel predicts that business product will be 5.2% in 2011. Unemployment rate will continue fall to this year, and to 5.9% in 2012 – an all-time low.

Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Stanley Fischer: “2010 was an excellent year for the Israeli economy: very rapid growth reaching 7.7% in the fourth quarter; inflation below the inflation target ceiling; a current accounts surplus; rapidly growing exports; a lower than expected budget deficit; a debt-to-GDP ratio of 76% by the end of the year, below the OECD average; a declining poverty rate; and the unemployment fell accompanied by a rapid increase in participation in the labor force. Most growth was in the private sector, and Israel has a successful and strong private sector. The world is beginning to look at us and try to understand the source of our entrepreneurship. http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/firsteng.htm


Second south line complete today


April 8; Israel Railways Company inaugurates today the completion of the second rail to BeEr-Sheva – it cuts travel time to Tel-Aviv from 90 minutes down to 50 minutes.


To Jerusalem in 30 minutes

The cabinet approved the upgrade of Road 1 (the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway). The $ 700 million project will shorten the road and cut travel time between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem to just 30 minutes. Construction is due to be completed in 2016. Road 1 will be widened to three lanes in each direction, and new tunnels and bridges will shorten its length.


Military exports top $7.3 billion in 2010

Israel‘s defense exports exceeded $7.3 billion in 2010. For two consecutive years, Israel has passed the $7 billion threshold, and that Israel is very proud to a member of the premier league of exporters of defense products. Israel’s defense exports have been rising for the past five years: from $3.5 billion in 2005; $4.9 billion in 2006; $5.6 billion in 2007, and $6.6 billion in 2008. As in previous years, 80% of Israel defense production was exported. For a small country under constant threat, such as Israel, exports were critical for the existence of the industrial establishment, maintaining the strength of the IDF, and creating diplomatic relations through arms sales and defense cooperation. http://www.defensenews.com/


SOCIETY, culture

Steve and Carol Doppelt

Every year, Steve and Carol Doppelt gather a growing number of American friends in Boston and volunteer in Haifa for an entire month. ;”We simply fell in love with the country and realized that we wanted to come back  again and again. We feel like we’ve come home when we arrive here,” Steve adds. “We want Israelis know that in spite of the situation there are always people who will come and stand by them here. We do it every year and we’re happy to see the positive effect of what we do. Let’s hope we can continue coming and doing this for many more years.”


Koreans admire Talmud study

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gmara (Talmud) in school. Korean ambassador ;”We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud, that is why we have required that Talmud study be part of our compulsory school curriculum in Korea”. Almost every home in South Korea now contains a Korean-translated Talmud. But unlike in Israel, the Korean mothers teach the Talmud to their children.

Curtsey Salomon Susi Esq.

>      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2011/03/koreans-love-studying-talmud.html#


Korean Delegation of parliament members in Israel

Arrived in honor of the establishment of the Israel-Korea Chamber of Commerce. Delegation head Lee Byung-Suk said he viewed the chamber of commerce as a real leverage for advancing the commercial and economic relations between the two countries. ;” The delegation is comprised of all parts of the Korean parliament’s coalition and opposition in order to demonstrate the importance Korea sees in advancing the relations”.


Elizabeth Taylor

Her connection to the State of Israel played a significant role throughout her life. E.Taylor worked tirelessly to defend the Jewish State, even if it meant putting her life in jeopardy. In an amazing story lost for years but not forgotten, Elizabeth Taylor offered herself as a hostage during the Entebbe hostage crisis of 1976!. She converted to Judaism to 1959. Since becoming a Jew, she had a great passion for defending Israel. In 1975, she was one of the 60 female signatories who condemned the misguided UN resolution claiming Zionism is a form of racism. She frequently visited Israel and met with heads of state. Arabs Ban Eliza Beth Taylor Films.

Curtsey Tali Barel

more > http://blogs.jta.org/telegraph/article/2011/03/23/3086532/in-the-jta-archive-remembering-liz-taylor



New park in Bnei-Brak

A new “Central Park” which will stretch over 105 acres along the eastern bank of the Yarkon River will include footpaths and a pond and serve as an alternative for Tel Aviv and Ramat-Gan Yarkon Park. The project includes an artificial pond with observation posts, bicycle trails and a center offering bicycles for rent, a skateboard park, extreme sports fields, picnic areas and a promenade. Bridges will be built for pedestrians above the park. Visitors will enter the park from the Bnei Brak railway station, and will be able to park their cars in new parking lots planned in the area. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4044405,00.html

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Interactive video surround

‘SimplyLive’ developed a New 360 degrees camera that can shoot videos with 360-degree capabilities named ‘Video Surround’. It enables the viewers to actually move 360 degrees and watch a video online, whether it’s on demand or live. The camera is constantly filming the object and the viewer can choose to view the object from any angle whenever he wants. Different viewers can choose different angles simultaneously so they are basically not controlling the camera. > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143323

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Temperatures around 9C-19C° centigrade (48F- 66F°) sporadic rain – with sunny intervals.

We had 4 inches of very beneficial rain in recent days. The mild rainfall all over the country

saturated the thirsty land and flora. More blessed rain expected this weekend.

Cherry blossom is at its peak. This year we shall have record quantity of fruit, especially from the Golan.

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar