– Good News #345 8 July, 2011
– Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent
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Air-Force flying course 162 graduated
After 3 years of intensive training; proud families, friends and dignitaries attended Israeli Air Force cadet course graduation ceremonyon Tuesday. These young pilots came from families with deep values, parents that raised their children to excellence and Zionism. This new generation of pilots will fit well within the power of the IAF and its traditions, and thanks to this defense force we would be able to fulfill our desire to live peacefully.
Curtsey of Shai Behar see video and picture gallery at > http://www.pbase.com/xnir/israel_air_force
Weizman institute in Rehovot is one of the worlds’ leading multidisciplinary research institutes with 5 faculties; Mathematics, Computer sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology – divided into 17 scientific departments. The 150,000-sq/mtr leafy, landscaped campus of the Weizmann compound has again been named in ‘The Scientist magazine’ annual survey as the “best place to work in academia” outside the US.
The institute consistently appears among the top 5 international institutions, and has been ranked first several times. The institute, which consists of 100 buildings, has received increasing support from Israeli and European Union funding sources. > http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Home.aspx
US Congress Resolution 268
Douglas Ross; “Yosi, The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today in favor of House Resolution 268. It is heartening to see such strong bipartisan support in Congress for Israel. AIPAC does great work and I am very proud of my involvement”.
– Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced House Resolution 268, which calls on the Obama administration to lead opposition to Arab efforts seeking U.N. recognition of a state. It endorses direct bilateral negotiations as the best hope for a meaningful and lasting peace agreement. The Cantor/Hoyer resolution also warns of repercussions for U.S. relations with the Palestinians, including suspension of aid, if an unreformed Hamas is included in a new Palestinian government.
See resolution 268 at >
Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:
‘InsuPatch’ for adult type 1 diabetes patients.
‘Insuline’ technology was tested in more than 100 clinical tests and was found to be effective and safe.InsuLine Medical Ltd. has completed a first stage clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of its InsuPatch for adult type 1 diabetes patients. ‘InsuPatch’ improvesclinical effectiveness for diabetes enabling a faster insulin action Achieving normal physiology. http://www.insuline-medical.com/technology.html
New medical device prevents stroke from heart surgery
Dr. Dov Shimon developed a simple filter that prevents calcified pieces of artery from migrating to the brain.This filter could cut the high risk of stroke during a new minimally invasive operation to repair heart valves.
A revolutionary, minimally invasive heart repair procedure now being performed could save the lives of older people who might not be able to withstand open-heart surgery to repair their heart valves. However, up to 15% of all patients undergoing this procedure — called TAVI, for trans-catheter aortic valve implantation — suffer a stroke on the operating table. Cardiologist Dr. Dov Shimon invented a novel way to prevent stroke, which happens when hardened bits of calcium come dislodged during the TAVI procedure, passing through the heart and going into the brain. More info at >http://www.smtmed.com/
City of David comes alive this summer
New selection of innovative tours highlighting recent archeological discoveries;
– Emek Tzurim National Park: exploration of the Temple Mount‘s glorious past.
– Biblical City of David; impressive underground world in Warren’s Shaft, the city’s ancient water system, as well as an illuminated walk in the waters of the Gihon Spring.
– Second Temple Period; recent archeological discoveries as well as the Shiloah Pool and the Herodian Road.
– Nighttime Experience at the City of David: including innovative light show projected onto various antiquities.
– Twilight at the City of David; including David’s Palace and Hezekiah Tunnel.
– Hashmonean Aqueduct Tour: two 2,000-year-old aqueducts constructed to bring water from the
Pools of Solomon to the Temple Mount and Upper City.
– Kidron Monuments Tour; massive, elaborate monuments in the Kidron Valley around the Old City’s original
municipal border between the City of David and the Mount of Olives.
All time high number of tourists
A new all-time high in May with the arrival of 268,000 international tourists, 5% more compared to May 2010.
Also, approximately 1,168,000 tourists arrived in Israel between January and May 2011 – 4% more than the same period last year.This is in addition to 50,000 Cruise traveltourists docking in our port cities.
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Economy & infrastructure;
Morgan Stanley raises Israel growth forecast
US investment bank Morgan Stanley raised its growth forecast for Israel to 4.8%. A report entitled “Israel: Macro Smile – Say Cheese” began “Without doubt the Israeli economy remains one of the robust and well managed among both the developed and the emerging market economies.” The report continued, “Having shown an excellent track record in weathering the most recent crisis via timely monetary and fiscal policy responses, the country earned well deserved respect and confidence among global investors.” http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000659845&fid=1725
Foreign investments in May up 57%
The Bank of Israel today reported that foreign residents’ net investment in May in Israeli shares traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) was $418 million, 57% higher than the $266 million invested in April and more than double the $190 million average monthly investment since the beginning of the year.
China and Singapore government funds bought Israeli government bonds for $400 million.
Israeli real estate taxes among world’s lowest
Israeli real-estate market is a paradise for investors; accounting firm Baker Tilly reports that Israelis pay fewer taxes on real estate deals compared with other countries.The taxes examined are purchase tax paid on purchase of a property, tax on rental (by maximum tax bracket), and capital gains tax on the sale of a property. Israel was compared with Canada, Australia, Spain, Russia, the US, France and Japan.
Jerusalem street-train to begin service next month
The Jerusalem Light Rail will begin running on August 19.
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Swimming; Romy at the top
We have a winner; Romy Behar won the first place in girls swimming backstroke style, 25 meters.
Romy made it in 23.41 seconds, way ahead of the second place at 24.22.
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Demand for high-tech workers UP sharply
The demand for high-tech workers increased by 25% in the first half of 2011, in comparison with the first half of 2010. Companies give to their employees a bonus up to $2000 for finding new employees. There is an increase of 31% in the demand for electrical engineers, increase of 25% in the number of jobs in the IT sector and 10% more demand for workers in the software and Internet sectors. http://www.jobinfo.co.il/
‘Calanit’ shell wins Israel Defense Prize
Accurate targeting is the proper response against the Arab antitank units hiding in urban locations; the Calanit fly over the heads of antitank units in hiding and explodes shrapnel directly above them. The shell’s advanced capabilities allow minimizing the chances for human error. The crew only has to mark its target and let the Calanit do the work. This new shell is able to receive information about the target automatically, without human intervention, and allow the tank to continue moving while the Calanit is ready for any scenario. The tank crew is also able to change the requested target at will, even after the shell has been loaded. > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4092140,00.html
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Day temperatures around 29 centigrade