Report: Immigration is making the US blue

naturalization-ceremony-immigration-reuters-e1397574309482The Daily Caller (April 15) — Large-scale immigration is coloring the United States of American a deep shape of Democratic blue, according to a new report about the impact of immigration on elections.

“Each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county’s population reduces the Republican share of the two-party vote by nearly 0.6 percentage points on average,” according to James Gimpel, a professor of government at the University of Maryland, College Park.

“The conclusion is inescapable. … An urban county that cast 49 percent of its vote for the Republican candidate in 1980 could be expected to drop to 43 percent by 2012, just as a consequence of a rising immigrant population,” says the report, which was released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that favors low levels of immigration.

That slow-motion process is also splitting GOP’s business wing from its political wing, which includes the party’s voters, leading advocates and legislators.

The business wing profits greatly from the inflow of immigrant consumers and workers, most spectacularly, from 2003 to 2008, when the real estate and banking sectors expanded with the wave of new Hispanic workers and homebuyers.

The business wing is now working with the Democratic Party to pass the Senate’s immigration rewrite, which would triple the inflow of legal immigrants and temporary guest workers over the next 10 years, up to 40 million.

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Moderate Palestinian Authority names park after jihad murderer Abu Jihad

Abu-Jihad-635x357“Palestinian Authority names park after arch-terrorist,” by Aron Dónzis, Times of Israel, April 13:

With peace talks on the verge of collapse, Palestinian Authority and Fatah representatives gathered to inaugurate a West Bank forest named for arch-terrorist Abu Jihad.

The March 30 event at Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir Forest was attended by dozens of officials, including Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid and representatives of the PA Security Forces, as well as several mayors from the Hebron district and relatives of Abu Jihad, Palestinian Media Watch said in a bulletin Sunday.

Abu Jihad, also known as Khalid al-Wazir, was a founding member of Fatah and a deputy to Yasser Arafat. He led the PLO’s military wing, and was responsible for numerous terror attacks that according to PA daily Al-Ayyam killed at least 125 Israelis. His facilitation of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre — the hijacking of a bus that resulted in 37 Israeli deaths, including 12 children — made him one of the most wanted Palestinian terrorists in the world.

Abu Jihad’s son, Jihad Al-Wazir, told the crowd, “All of you are martyr Abu Jihad’s children, and he is freedom in the memories and hearts of every one of you.”

According to Palestinian Media Watch, PA President Mahmoud Abbas also recently decorated Abu Jihad posthumously with “the highest order of the Star of Honor.”

Abu Jihad was assassinated in 1988 in Tunisia. It is widely suspected that Israeli agents carried out the act, but Israel has never acknowledged a role in his death.

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Amsterdam fined Holocaust victims for unpaid taxes while they were in camps

City collected more $10 million from survivors after the war for unpaid ground lease fees, researchers say.

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View of the house in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Holocaust. (photo credit: Nati Shohat / Flash90)

The Times of Israel (April 16) THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The City of Amsterdam collected more than $10 million from Holocaust survivors who were charged ground lease fees for periods they spent in hiding or in concentration camps, researchers said.

The team of researchers for the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, or NIOD, wrote their findings in a still unpublished report they have been compiling since last year at the city’s request, the Het Parool daily reported Tuesday.

The city under Mayor Eberhard van der Laan asked NIOD to look into fines that the city had imposed on hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors for properties they owned but for which they had failed to pay ground lease fees after the German army’s invasion in 1940 into the Netherlands. Nazi authorities began in 1942 the deportation and murder of 75 percent of the 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands then.

Many of the houses in question were used by Nazi occupation officers and local collaborates, Het Parool reported. The city went after Holocaust survivors for missed payments as late as 1947 and imposed fines on them for missing payments, according to the daily, whose publication on the issue last year prompted the investigation.

The NIOD researchers estimate the city received a total of $14.5 million from fines unjustly levied against Jews during the relevant period, according to Ronny Naftaniel, a former chief negotiator for the Dutch Jewish community in restitution talks and a member of the supervisory committee of the NIOD research.

The researchers have obtained documents that prove the city took $6.76 from 217 Jews who objected to the fines levied on them, Naftaniel added. The $14.5 estimate includes cases of Jews who paid and did not object.

“What has come to light is a scandalous procedure, in which people were stripped of their homes and then made to pay for those who moved in their place,” Naftaniel said.

He and other Jewish members of the supervisory committee have called on the city to begin restituting descendants of the Holocaust survivors who were made to pay unjustly, or the Jewish community in cases where descendants cannot be traced.

Mayor van der Laan, a son of resistance fighters, and the city council of Amsterdam in the near future are expected to decide on how to proceed and on what topics further research is necessary.

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Video: Al-Qaida holds largest, most dangerous gathering in years

Group’s 2nd in command is shown announcing his plan to “eliminate” America; CNN reports US must have not been aware of meeting.

The Jerusalem Post (April 16) – A civilian video has surfaced on YouTube illustrating the largest gathering of al-Qaida in years, reported CNN on Tuesday.

The meeting, which reportedly took place in Yemen, shows Nasser al-Wuhayshi a man known to be al-Qaida’s second in command, a man who, according to CNN, has previously announced his determination to attack the United States.

According to the international news organization, either the US was not aware of the dangerous meeting, or was not notified with enough time to attack.

“We must eliminate the cross,” says the al-Qaida leader in a speech in the video. “The bearer of the cross is America.”

US officials believe the professionally produced video is recent, says CNN, and that an attack could be in planning stages.

US officials: Moscow behind Ukraine unrest

April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine. REUTERS

April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine. REUTERS

Fox News (April 14) – The Obama administration and a top Senate Republican agreed Sunday that the Russian government appears behind the recent uprising in eastern Ukraine but remain split on the level of U.S. response.

“It’s professional, it’s coordinated,” Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s nothing grassroots-seeming about it.”

She also said the violence bears the “tell-tale signs of Moscow involvement” and that tougher penalties on Russia could follow if the aggression continues.

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain wants the United States to instead take a more hawkish approach to keeping Russian forces from moving deeper into Ukraine, after Russia last month annexed the country’s bordering Crimea region. He wants the U.S. to provide more arms to the Ukrainians and impose additional and “severe” sanctions on the Russian economy.

“We ought to at least, for God’s sake, give them some light weapons with which to defend themselves,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation.

McCain also suggested the administration is withholding intelligence from the Ukrainian government and put much of the blame on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Where is the president of the United States?” McCain asked. “Shouldn’t the president of the United States be speaking forcefully and strongly? And didn’t the president say if they carried out further actions, there would be further sanctions? So far, we haven’t heard anything.”

Ukrainian officials said Sunday a Security Service officer was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a pro-Russian militia in the eastern city of Slovyansk, where the police station and the Security Service office were seized Saturday by armed men.

Since Russian forces took control of Crimea, amid months of political turmoil in Ukraine, the unrest has spread to several cities in the country’s eastern region, including the major industrial city of Donetsk.

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Watch: This Flight Attendant Actually Had People Roaring With Laughter During Her Safety Presentation

TheBlaze (April 14) – Most well-seasoned air travelers know the drill: The moment you hear the words “brief safety demonstration,” you probably tune out and crack open your book.

But a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who “had a long day” used a bit of humor and successfully commanded the attention of the entire cabin.

“My ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features of this Boeing 737 800 series,” the flight attendant, identified by Digital Journal as Marty Cobb, said, eliciting laughs from the passengers heading to Salt Lake City.

Here are a few of the highlights from her comedy sketch posted to YouTube Saturday:

  • “Position your seat belt tight and low against your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra.”
  • In the unlikely event of a water landing, “everyone gets their very own, teenie weenie yellow Southwest bikini.”
  • “As you know it’s a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight. It’s a please and thank you, and you are such a good looking flight attendant flight.”
  • “If you’re traveling with small children … we’re sorry.”
  • “Basically, just do what we say and nobody gets hurt.”
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White supremacist ID’d as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

k.c.-shooting-965x543Fox News (April 14) – The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic activity, and authorities are investigating the shootings as a hate crime.

A Johnson County (Kan.) jail official told the Associated Press that authorities had identified the suspect in the shooting in Overland Park as Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller.

The Kansas City Star reported that Miller was booked into the Johnson County jail on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder Sunday evening, but had not been formally charged. Authorities say they expect to have more information available on possible charges Tuesday. The paper reported that public records showed that Cross is a resident of Aurora, Mo., a small town southwest of Springfield.

A dispatcher with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department told the Star Sunday that local authorities were working with Johnson County authorities and the FBI. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Frazier Glenn Miller told the paper she did not know where he was and then started to cry.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported on its website that it spoke to Miller’s wife, Marge, by phone Sunday and she said police told her that her husband had been arrested in Sunday’s attacks.

According to the law center, Miller has been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its “grand dragon” in the 1980s before the center sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against blacks. He later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party.

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White supremacist ID’d as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

k.c.-shooting-e1397430314176Fox News (April 14) – The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic activity, and authorities are investigating the shootings as a hate crime.

A Johnson County (Kan.) jail official told the Associated Press that authorities had identified the suspect in the shooting in Overland Park as Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller.

The Kansas City Star reported that Miller was booked into the Johnson County jail on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder Sunday evening, but had not been formally charged. Authorities say they expect to have more information available on possible charges Tuesday. The paper reported that public records showed that Cross is a resident of Aurora, Mo., a small town southwest of Springfield.

A dispatcher with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department told the Star Sunday that local authorities were working with Johnson County authorities and the FBI. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Frazier Glenn Miller told the paper she did not know where he was and then started to cry.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported on its website that it spoke to Miller’s wife, Marge, by phone Sunday and she said police told her that her husband had been arrested in Sunday’s attacks.

According to the law center, Miller has been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its “grand dragon” in the 1980s before the center sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against blacks. He later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party.

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Media: Hillary Shoe-Thrower ‘Frightening’; Bush Shoe-Thrower A ‘Folk Hero’

NewsBusters (April 11) – On Friday, all three network morning shows fretted over a woman throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speaking event in Las Vegas. NBC Today co-host Tamron Hall was particularly melodramatic:“I mean, but how scary is that?…Had it hit her, that would have been awful. It would have been awful.” Weatherman Al Roker added: “Jeez, that’s frightening.” Hall declared: “It’s hard for me to watch, actually.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

The shoe was on the other foot in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at then-President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. At that time, ABC and CBS referred to the shoe-thrower as a “celebrity” and “folk hero” who “thrilled the Arab world.” In 2009, then-MSNBC host David Shuster actually cheered the release of the footwear assailant from prison. Tamron Hall happened to be on the show at the time and observed that people would have been “more outraged” if someone threw a shoe at President Obama.

By contrast, on Friday’s ABC Good Morning America, White House correspondent Jon Karl reported: “Hillary Clinton took that with good humor. But it was a scary moment.” Co-host George Stephanopoulos remarked: “Yeah, Hillary Clinton, quick with the quip. But that was a scary moment there for a second.”

On CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose observed that Clinton “handled that quite well” before noting that the thrower was “facing federal charges.” Fellow co-host Norah O’Donnell gushed: “You know, it was amazing to see how calm she [Hillary Clinton] was….she didn’t really react much at all and had a great retort, you know?” Rose agreed: “It was amazing.” O’Donnell concluded: “Incredible, indeed.”

In 2008, concerns over Bush’s safety were less important to the networks, who seized on that shoe-throwing incident as a gaffe that showed his unpopularity.

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Senators: Iran-Russia Trade Deal Opens Floodgates for Nuke Materials, Weapons

Experts, lawmakers warn $20B trade deal violates nuke deal.

Russian S-300 air defense missile system / AP

Russian S-300 air defense missile system / AP

Washington Free Beacon (April 8) — Iran and Russia’s recently announced $20 billion oil-for-goods trade deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct line into Tehran for the import of sanctioned nuclear equipment and military hardware, shipments that would flatly violate the terms of the recently inked interim nuclear deal.

Tehran and Moscow are in the last stages of finalizing the trade deal, which would provide Russia with half-a-million barrels of Iranian oil a day. The deal would boost Iranian exports by as much as 50 percent a day, according to experts.

The trade deal could open the floodgates between the two nations and has sparked concerns that the trade pact will open a “channel for the transfer of sanctioned nuclear equipment or military hardware to Iran, not to mention other illicit financial transactions,” according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

The trade deal also led Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to demand that the White House immediately reinstate harsh sanctions on Iran if it goes through with the deal and violates the interim agreement, which provided Iran with more than $7 billion in sanctions relief.

Both lawmakers and experts have expressed frustration that the Obama administration has stood on the sidelines as Iran exploits the interim deal for billions and continues an intense economic and military buildup that includes the testing of advanced ballistic missiles.

Iran has been exporting well above 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past five months despite repeated White House assurances that this would not take place under the interim deal.

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Muslim Brotherhood gave $25 million to al-Qaeda for support in Egypt, says former jihad leader

Nabil-NaimJihadWatch (April 11) — Yesterday on Haya TV, Nabil Na‘im, a former leader of Egypt’s Islamic Jihad and close confidante of current al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Zawahiri—who also helped found Egypt’s Islamic Jihad—asserted that, during the reign of former president Muhammad Morsi, Zawahiri was given $25 million from Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shatter to organize, fund, and assemble the jihadi groups “in order to support the Brotherhood.”  (For more on the Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda relationship, click here).

It should be noted that al-Shatter, though not a member of Morsi’s government—only a leader of the Brotherhood—was, after being imprisoned after the revolution, asked for personally by John McCain during his visit to Egypt some months back, when he pushed for Brotherhood reinstatement.  Also, U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson was reportedly seen visiting Shatter often.

Earlier, Na‘im, the former Jihad leader had said that attempts by the U.S. to “reconcile” Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood was “nothing but a conspiracy by the American administration,” and that the Brotherhood, when in power, had betrayed Egyptian sovereignty, adding that ousted president Morsi granted Egyptian citizenship to more than 60,000 Palestinians, many of whom were in the ranks of the jihad.

Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the West Bank

Excellent and historically accurate video by Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon who explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The video explains where the terms “West Bank”, “occupied territories” and “67 Borders” originated and how they are incorrectly used and applied.

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Europe’s Unaccountable Palestinian Aid

The government in the West Bank is the only body receiving EU funds regardless of its human-rights record or economic performance.

The Wall Street Journal (April 9) – At a time of austerity and belt-tightening, the European Union remains the biggest donor to Third World countries. EU assistance to the developing world serves European values and objectives—but only if EU institutions abide by the highest standards of accountability in managing European taxpayers’ money. As a recent report by the European Court of Auditors found, that hasn’t always been the case with respect to EU aid to the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

Since the 1994 Oslo Agreement, which created the Palestinian Authority, the EU has offered generous financial assistance to Ramallah to help advance a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. The EU is today the largest donor to the Palestinian Authority, which relies mainly on foreign donations. But European lawmakers have a duty to ensure that EU funds aren’t diverted from the noble purpose for which they’re intended.

In its report, issued in December, the European Court of Auditors revealed major dysfunctions in the management of EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority, and called for a serious overhaul of the funding mechanism.

Among other things, the court criticized the absence of any conditions for EU aid to the Palestinian Authority, an approach that reduces the potential leverage of the EU to push for more reforms from the Palestinian Authority. This is a surprising exception to the EU’s famous “more-for-more” principle, according to which the EU offers stronger partnership and more incentives to countries that make more progress toward democratic reforms. This principle applies to every other recipient of EU aid in the world. In other words, the Palestinian Authority is the only body that receives EU funds regardless of its human-rights record or economic performance.

The court also revealed that, since 2007, “a considerable number” of Palestinian Authority civil servants in Gaza have received their salaries partly funded through EU aid—even though they “were not going to work due to the political situation in Gaza.” How exactly does this contribute to peace-building? And how can the EU preserve its credibility back home when it pays salaries to people who don’t work, while millions of European citizens are unemployed?

The court also found that the EU paid insufficient attention to the fungibility of the funds it provided to the Palestinian Authority. There is reason to believe that EU financial assistance has allowed the Palestinian Authority to use its own general budget to support terrorist or criminal activities.

The Palestinian Authority, for example, allocates a significant portion of its budget to paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism offenses. These salaries are up to five times higher than the average salary in the West Bank. Prisoners also receive large grants from the Palestinian Authority. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2012 the Palestinian Authority’s payments to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of deceased terrorists (including suicide bombers) together accounted for more than 16% of the annual foreign donations and grants to the budget of the Palestinian Authority. In February this year the Palestinian minister for prisoners’ affairs announced that €30 million will be allocated to current or former prisoners in 2014.

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Islamic Cleric Warns Offering Girls Physical Education Classes Could Lead to ‘Prostitution’

Saudi-Girl-ShutterstockThe Blaze (April 10) – As a policy advisory council debates whether to allow physical education classes for girls in Saudi public schools, some hardline Islamic clerics are warning against the reform, with one saying sports instruction could lead to “infidelity and prostitution.”

“If we keep silent about the step of adding PE classes to girls’ schools then we are giving the Shoura Council a green light to continue the steps of Westernization and these steps will end in infidelity and prostitution,” Abdullah Al Dawood tweeted according to the Wall Street Journal.

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council, which advises the government on policy, voted 92-18 on Tuesday to instruct the Education Ministry to study the possibility of starting to offer girls gym classes in state-run schools, the Wall Street Journal reported. This as long as the classes conform to Sharia rules of modest dress and gender segregation. There is currently a ban on sports instruction for public school girls, Reuters reported.

The Shoura Council last year permitted female students at private schools to participate in physical education lessons, as long as they wear “decent clothing” and are taught by female instructors, the Independent reported.

The kingdom for the first time included women on its Olympic team two years ago.

The conservative Islamic country bans women from driving and requires women to have a male guardian for various activities including traveling or opening a bank account.

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Pat Condell: A cure for Islamophobia

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Published on Apr 9, 2014

The lie of the century.

Who is to blame for “Islamophobia” in the UK?
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/418…

The truth about the “wave of attacks on Muslims” after Woolwich murder
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknew…

“Tell Mama” exaggerated anti-Muslim attacks
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/and…

Fewer anti-Muslim hate crimes after Woolwich murder than feared
http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/ju…

Muslim hate monitor to lose backing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalist…

The real agenda behind the push for “Islamophobia”
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/419…

Pew Forum survey: “The world’s Muslims: Religion, politics and society”
http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/th…

Fall in “Islamophobic” crime, while MCB spins the opposite
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/and…

Hate crime stats deflate “Islamophobia” myth
http://www.nationalreview.com/article…

The invention of Islamophobia
http://www.signandsight.com/features/…

The Islamisation of Britain in 2013
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/411…

Islamisation: The cultural suicide of the West
http://chersonandmolschky.com/2014/01…

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 8th Apr 2014

Highlights from verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com‘s weekly newsletter:

The year in 2 minutes.  A new Israeli Government video heralds its achievements since coming to power.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4500499,00.html

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Go tell the world. Moslem physician, author and women’s rights activist Dr. Qanta Ahmed visited the Technion and praised Israel’s academic freedom, plus its freedoms of expression and religion as unique in the Middle East.  And the way to silence the BDS movement is to publicize Israel’s success.

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Israeli system saves Chileans from tsunami.  No Chileans died in the tsunami caused by the recent 8.2-level earthquake, thanks to the automatic alerts sent by the geo-targeted notification system developed by Israel’s eVigilo. The system was installed after 400 Chileans died in an earthquake and tsunami in 2010.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=16615

 

Surviving heart failure.  Cardiologist Prof. Ilan Goldenberg from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center led an international study into cardiac insufficiency – also known as heart failure.  It reported that an automatic cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator implanted at an early stage of common heart failure could extend life significantly.

http://www.jpost.com/Health-and-Science/Sheba-Medical-Center-team-heads-important-heart-failure-research-346957

 

Career skills for Ethiopian-Israelis. Hundreds of Ethiopians study at Jerusalem College of Technology’s “Education for Ethiopians” program. Similar numbers attend the Ethiopian-Israeli program at Ono Academic College. There are also special tracks at Kibbutzim College and Yezreel Valley College.

http://israel21c.org/social-action-2/ethiopian-israelis-achieve-their-dream/

 

IDF treats 20 Palestinian Arabs after bus crash.  Israel Defense Force medics treated 20 Palestinian Arabs wounded when their mini-bus crashed into a car.  Captain Karin Yamin said, “… saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way.”

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/02/idf-medical-team-treats-20-wounded-palestinian-arabs-in-bus-crash/

 

Cool Technion technology.  Two student projects from the Control Robotics and Machine Learning Lab at Israel Technion’s faculty of Electrical Engineering. First, a tiny drone follows someone by tracking his face. Secondly, a Kinect device for the blind, that directs a blind person by telling him or her where to walk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1XCP6zugPI

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Israeli mom invents the Upsee.  Israeli mother Debby Elnatan’s son, Rotem, has cerebral palsy. She would not accept that Rotem would never walk, so she invented the Firefly Upsee. The harness places the child on top of the shoes of an adult who wears specially designed sandals. The child “walks” as the grown-up moves.
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Another A+ from S&P.  Standards & Poors has given Israel yet another top rating.  S&P expected average per capita income to grow to almost $42,000 by 2017, up from $28,000 in 2009.  Meanwhile, confidence in Israel’s stock market has resulted in the largest increase in investment into Israeli mutual funds since 2002.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-sp-affirms-israels-credit-rating-1000927969

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sp-israel-now-a-high-income-country/

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-mutual-fund-inflows-hit-12-year-high-1000929447

 

3,800-year-old fortress excavated.  Israeli archeologists have finished uncovering a massive Canaanite fortress dating back to the time of Kings David and Solomon.  The 3,800-year-old “Spring Citadel” was excavated in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/3800-year-old-biblical-fortress-discovered-in-City-of-David-347256

 

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Charity game between FDNY, NYPD leads to all-out brawl

CBS Sports (April 7) — Every year the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York get together for a little charity hockey game. The two sides meet and while it’s all in the name of charity, there’s certainly some rivalry aspect to it as well, a little city-wide bragging rights among the city’s finest. Apparently that rivalry has some bad blood as the game — it bears repeating, the charity game — broke out into a full-on brawl at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday. Just about everybody was fighting but the goalies, who watched the action together from center ice. In the end it was the NYPD getting the win in the game, 8-5. FDNY now holds a record of 23-16-2 vs. the NYPD but this one is probably going to be remembered for a bit more than the final score.

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