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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
V Wave heart device implanted in first patient. The implant-able shunt developed by Israel’s V Wave treats congestive heart failure patients by reducing pressure on the muscle controlling the blood flow between the heart chambers. The first patient to receive the shunt is already experiencing an improved condition.
Israeli Parkinson’s treatment is used in 40 countries. Japan’s Takeda has signed a deal to commercialize Teva’s innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease, rasagiline, for use in Japan. It follows Takeda’s deal in Dec 2013 to develop Teva’s glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Relief for back pain sufferers. Israel’s Teva reported success in a Phase III clinical trial for its abuse-deterrent extended-release CEP-33237 treatment for chronic low back pain. The results showed significant improvement as measured by both weekly average Worst Pain Intensity and weekly Average Pain Intensity scores.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
IDF medics save choking Palestinian Arab baby. 2nd Lt. Ben Tzanani and his medical team rushed to save a one-month old baby from the village of Beitin near Ramallah. The baby began to choke whilst her sister was playing with her. Afterwards many Beitin villagers phoned the division headquarters to express their gratitude.
Arab Bedouins protect Israelis border. Meet Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib, the commander of the Northern Tracking Unit that operates near the Lebanese border and consists only of Muslim Arab Bedouin soldiers.
The other Zoabi – the Muslim Arab Zionist. Muhammad Zoabi is a relative of anti-Zionist MK Hanin Zoabi but their surname is all that’s in common. Muhammad says, “we are living freedom”, “the Jews are a great nation and they always accept others” and vows to “stand with the Jewish people until the last day of my life.”
Where Christians celebrated Easter in the Middle East. According to David Parsons, media director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Christians living in Israel have much to be thankful for and little to complain about compared to their Christian brethren in neighboring countries.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
No need for a periscope. (Thanks to algemeiner.com) Israel Technion researchers have developed a new camera that enables divers and submarines to see above the surface of the water without a periscope. The Stella Maris (Marine Refractive Imaging Sensor) counters distortions from the dynamic refraction of water waves.
If you can imagine it – we can print it. (Thanks to Israel21c) Industrial designers Oded Marcus and Shaul Cohen have set-up Tel Aviv’s 3D Factory – a three-dimensional printing shop. It features a do-it-yourself ‘experience store’ where anyone can print an actual object from a computer design.
Israel is “the wi-fi nation”. It starts when you arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and are treated to free wifi. Then you get on the train; for over a year now, Israel Railways provides free wifi. The Kavim bus to work offers free wifi. Enter a restaurant in Tel Aviv and you will likely be served free wifi. It’s not the same in Europe or USA.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Israel is the place to become a billionaire. A report by the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) shows that after Hong Kong, Israel is the best place to become a “super-entrepreneur”. The CPS report analyzed billionaires on Forbes’ lists of the world’s richest people who earnedtheir fortunes instead of inheriting them.
New Trade Offices in Asia, Africa and South America. Israel will open more trade attaché offices in Asia, Africa, and South America, to follow the growth of its trade balance. For 2018, Israel forecasts Asia buying 24.5% of its exports, the U.S. 20.3% and European Union 40%.
Venture capital up 53%. Israeli private high-tech firms raised $673 million in venture capital in the first quarter, up 53 percent from a year earlier. Foreign investment was the main reason for the increase.
Another Israeli company protects Soccer World Cup. Israel’s Risco Group has implemented a command and control system for the 44,000-seat Arena Patanal World Cup stadium in Cuiabá, Brazil. In previous news, Israel’s Elbit Systems is providing a Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles for the Brazilian Air Force.
Intel to invest billions in Israel. (Thanks to Israel21c) Intel has presented the Israeli government with an investment plan to upgrade its Kiryat Gat semiconductor-manufacturing facility. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that the investment could reach $6 billion. The project would require 1000 new employees.
CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT
The number of Blue Flag beaches doubles. 21 Israeli beaches and two marinas have just received the Blue Flag international accolade for environmental excellence. In 2013 only nine Israeli beaches and two marinas reached the sufficient standard. This year, the Blue Flag was awarded to eight beaches in Netanya alone.
Jerusalem is the place to visit. (Thanks to Israel21c) Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released a new list citing the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise around the world, and ranks Jerusalem as the fourth most popular site to visit. There are over 5,200 Jerusalem related posts on the global travel advice website.
La Traviata in Masada. Following the successes of Nabucco, Aida, Carmen and Turandot, the Israeli Opera will temporarily relocate Paris to the Judean desert. They will perform a new ravishing production of Verdi’s most popular opera at the footsteps of the majestic Mount Masada from June 12 – 17.