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                ‘Time-To-Know’ successful in U.S.A too.

‘Time-To-Know’ T2K is an Israeli startup developing a digital platform to enhance learning and teaching practice in Education. Pupils and teachers love it – result; a significant jump in achievement scores and higher-order thinking skills.

Last year, thousands of students in 120 classrooms that participated in T2K pilot in Texas and N.Y scored up to an average of 17.2% in Math and 13% in reading – outperforming the other pupils who studied without T2K system.

   Over 90% of T2K students achieved the MET or Commended TAKS levels.          

This year, 4 more schools in Bronx and Manhattan adopted T2K curriculum.

In Israel – 150 classrooms with over 5000 students will benefit from using T2K this year.

See detailed report at> http://www.timetoknow.com/results

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          U.S. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee;

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; “In 1989, Yaser Arafat pushed for membership for a “Palestinian state” in UN. The PLO’s strategy looked unstoppable until the George H.W. Bush administration made clear that the U.S. would cut off funding to any UN entity that upgraded the status of the Palestinian observer mission in any way. The UN was forced to choose between isolating Israel and receiving U.S. contributions, and they chose the latter. The PLO’s unilateral campaign was stopped in its tracks. This demonstrates a simple but needed lesson: At the UN, money talks, and smart withholding works.  With Arafat’s successors up to the same tricks today, the U.S. response must be as strong. If Obama administration executive branch will not demonstrate leadership on this issue, Congress must fill the void. 

        Courtesy of Jay Halpern             > The Miami Herald August 27, 2011

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Israeli contributions in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

 

                  Israelis help Kenya save lives

The Kenyan Ministry of Health adopted the model of the Terem emergency medical centers in Jerusalem, and set up a similar chain of clinics in Kenya. Kenya’s’ ministry director-general with her staff visited here recently and signed an agreement with ‘Terem’ for the establishment of emergency medical centers in Kenya. Kenya ministry of health also purchased several technologies and special software for the emergency centers in Kenya. This important goal of advancing health services in Africa will help save many of the country’s citizens who are currently lacking suitable treatment.

http://www.terem.com/en

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Israeli aid group off to Africa

  An Israeli humanitarian group has sent a delegation to the border of Kenya and Somalia to aid tens of thousands of locals displaced by the worst drought to have hit the Horn of Africa in over 60 years.  

           http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=236410         

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Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

7 new hotels and commercial center to Nazareth

  

7 hotels are currently being built in Nazareth at an investment of $140 million– an additional 865 rooms, double what it currently has to offer. Applications for the construction of 100 more hotel rooms in Nazareth’s Old City are awaiting authorization, and 10 applications for the establishment of businesses in the tourism industry are pending approval as well. The new commercial complex at cost of $24 million will include a 2-level shopping center, 4 levels of underground parking, and 2 towers, one of which will house a 186-room hotel. A restaurant is to be built atop the hotel, overlooking the Basilica of the Annunciation. 

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 Caesarea harbor 2,000 year old – impressively restored.

The Caesarea harbor and the remains of the ancient city which was discovered 2,000 years ago have been impressively restored.  Caesarea, located 40 minutes drive North of Tel-Aviv, is a city which combines spectacular beaches, an ancient harbor and vivid Jewish history from the Roman times; King Herod’s ancient port (located underwater), a pier, an esplanade, a hippodrome, a theater, and much more. Along each path there is signage, explanations, accessibility points for disabled persons, and above all – innovative and technologically up-to-date displays. When visiting Caesarea, one can enter the Time Tower, which overlooks the magical landscape of Caesarea. Through three-dimensional computer animation, visitors can see Herod’s impressive construction in the city, from the establishment of the port to the building of the entire city. > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/147492

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Martha Stewart in Israel

  

US lifestyle guru Martha Stewart’s itinerary included trips to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee, Masada, and the Dead Sea. She is supporting the Dead Sea’s candidacy to win in the international New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.
Martha
; amazing week in Israel, truly one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes I’ve ever seen. Though it is a desert-like climate, much of the country appears as a garden: lush, colorful, and flower-filled. Plants are in flower year-round. Take a peek at my photo album to see what I was fortunate enough to catch in bloom on my visit, and if you’re hungry for more – go to Israel”.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth ~1400 ft below sea level. The water is heavy with therapeutic minerals enabling you to relax afloat while reading a magazine. Vacationers come from all over the world throughout the year.

   

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/280/406.html?hp=1&cat=459&loc=0

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Tamar gas pipeline almost complete 

In July 2011, Netherland Sewell and Associates Inc estimated the average potential of Tamar proved and potential reservoir at 259 billion cubic meters of natural gas, and that the reservoir’s potential revenue is $73 billion.The Tamar production wells are due to be completed during the first quarter of 2012. 80% of it is ready. The upper sections of the 3, 4, 5, and 6 wells have been completed. The Tamar 3 and Tamar 5 wells have been deepened to the final measuring depth.

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Housing construction hits 10-year high

75,000 apartments were under construction in the second quarter of 2011, the largest number since 2001, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today. There were 21,980 housing starts in the first half of 2011, 15% more than in the first half of 2010, and 6% more than in the second half.Housing starts were up 55% in the first half of 2011. 

   http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000678433&fid=1124

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SOCIETY;                                                                                                                  

Weill family from NY donates $ 10 million    

Joan and Sandy Weill donated $ 10 million to support the pediatric care at Rambam medical center in Haifa.Sanford Weill is the former chairman of Citigroup. Rambam medical center is expanding its capacity by building a new west campus. The Weill’s gift will help establish the Joan and Sanford Weill Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department within the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital. The new department will better enable Rambam to fulfill its role as the exclusive provider of treatment in pediatric oncology and blood diseases for some 600,000 children in northern Israel.

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sport                                                                                                                                      

Basketball;  Israel beat Italy and Latvia

This week, our national team beat Italy 96/95 and Latvia 91/88 at Eurobasket championship. 

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

 Othello; Hostile fire source locator

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unit Elta System unveiled Othello Optical Hostile Fire Source Locator system. Othello precisely locates the sources of hostile fire, including antitank guided missiles, RPGs, canon fire, and gunfire on the battlefield. It can classify the treat and timing of the fire. Othello can be mounted on top of light tactical armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, and airborne platforms. The small 10-kilogram system is operated by a single soldier. It can locate the source of fire and direct counter-fire. > http://www.iai.co.il/32981-43093-en/MediaRoom_News.aspx

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French Army deploys Israeli UAV over Libya 

The French ministry of defence has confirmed using IAI Israeli Aerospace Industries Harfang medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (MALE UAV) in operations over Libya. The first operational mission took place late in the night of 24 August. France has been operating the Harfang, a derivative of the IAI Heron, since 2006. The system has been deployed to other war zones, including Afghanistan. In July, France selected a larger version, the Heron-TP, to replace the Harfang.

Courtesy of Hedva Behar   http://www.unmanned.co.uk/unmanned-vehicles-news/unmanned-aerial-vehicles-uav-news/libya-deploys-harfang-over-libya/

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 ‘HCL Cleantech’ to build 4 plants in Mississippi

Mississippistate legislature has approved a $100 million bond package for Israel’s HCL Cleantech Inc. from Herzelia to build 4 plants, in areas with plentiful supplies of pine trees, to turn wood chips into cellulosic sugars that can be used in pet foods, cosmetics, lubricants and other products.The first processing plant is due to open in 2012, and 3 larger plants in 2015, 2017 and 2019.   

  http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000679321&fid=1725.

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Weather                                                                                                                                               

Day temperatures around 28 centigrade with rain drizzling in the mornings.

Weather forecasters tell us that the early blossom of the squill indicates that a rainy winter is coming. Amen!

  

   

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

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