blogspot.com, May 4, 2014
In the 4th May 2014 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:
· The first patient to receive a new Israeli device to prevent heart failure is doing well.
· Israeli army medics saved the life of a choking Palestinian Arab baby
· Even though underwater, a new Israeli camera can produce clear images above the surface.
· An Israeli device will scan any object and identify its composition.
· Intel is to invest billions in upgrading its microchip development center in Israel.
· 21 Israeli beaches now have blue-flag status – more than double the number in 2013.
· The Israeli Opera Company is staging La Traviata in the spectacular setting of Masada.
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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.
Reduced treatment times for Emphysema patients. Using the Alpha-P1 Glassia treatment from Israel’s Kamada, sufferers of inherited emphysema can reduce the weekly time taken for infusions down from 70 minutes to just 15. It greatly improves their quality of life.
Getting under your skin. (Thanks to NoCamels.com) Israeli biotech StartletDerma has developed a unique system for directing skin cosmetic ingredients deep within the skin where they can be most effective. Inocyte contains micro-injectors from the sea anemone to penetrate the skin and make channels for the cosmetics.
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.
2014/04/30/israeli-invention- obviates-divers%E2%80%99-need- for-periscopes/
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.
Ladybugs save Israeli sabras. Israeli scientists have released 150,000 ladybugs into Northern Israel to get rid of cactus-eating parasites that are threatening Israeli sabra shrubs. The ladybugs were raised in the BioBee Biological Systems laboratories at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, near Beit She’an.
Tech/Researchers-recruit- ladybug-species-to-help-save- Israeli-Sabra-350793
Excess heat makes fuel. Rehovot-based New CO2 Fuels (NCF) plans to use the waste heat released by steel, glass and ceramics factories to drive its innovative fuel production process. NCF currently uses solar energy to produce methanol in its proof of concept, but realized the value of a previously untapped energy source.
Tech/Israeli-startup-aims-to- harness-excess-industrial- heat-to-transform-CO2-water- into-fuel-350788
Turning jellyfish into paper towels. Cine’al Ltd., an Israeli nanotechnology start-up, is developing technology to turn jellyfish into Hydromash, Cine’al says that this super-absorbing strong, dry, flexible material is several times more absorbent and more biodegradable than the material used currently for disposable diapers.
The database of matter. Israeli start-up Consumer Physics is developing Scio – a unique handheld sensor that scans any object and tells you what it contains. For food, it reports carbohydrates, fats, calories etc. Medicines will reveal their molecular makeup. Results will also update a central database for future research. (See video)
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 whoearned their 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%.
2014/04/28/israel-to-open- trade-attache-offices-in-asia- africa-south-america/
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.
US healthcare provider authorizes Brainsway treatment. UnitedHealth Group now offers the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment of Israel’s Brainsway to patients suffering from depression who have not responded to other antidepressant treatments.
Israel’s secret Internet success. (Thanks to Nevet –www.broaderview.org) You probably haven’t heard of Israeli start-up iBario. It has kept away from the media as its software installation engine InstallBrain and advertising network RevenueHits earned $10 million last year, without any publicity. But now you know.
pulse/business/2014/04/ibario- babylon-israeli-start-up- internet-giant-software.html
Better water quality for India and Paraguay. Israel’s Blue I Water Technologies is distributing its water quality analysis products and services to India and Paraguay. Blue I’s devices measure chlorine, pH, redox, turbidity, conductivity, pressure and temperature, transmitting online alarms if safe levels are exceeded.
com/articles/168097-blue-i- water-technologies-expands- reach-in-paraguay-and-india
Jerusalem boosts recycling by 60%. Jerusalem sanitation officials report a 60% increase in recycling in 2013 as compared to the previous year. 65,881 tons of garbage was recycled in 2013 as compared to 40,922 tons in 2012. 3,000 new recycling bins receive paper, carton, metals, electronics, textiles and organic materials.
com/news/headlines-breaking- stories/228382/jerusalem- boasts-a-60-percent-increase- in-recycling.html
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.
Tech/21-Israeli-beaches-2- marinas-receive-Blue-Flag- label-for-environmental- quality-350675
Get in the mood for Yom Ha’atzmaut. Yom Haatzmaut starts on Monday night. Kol Cambridge’s DJ Antithesis on Tel Aviv’s Radio TLV1 gets us in the mood with a good dose of Zionist music. You would be amazed how many variations there can be on Hatikva!
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.
2014 Sunbeat Music Festival. The Sunbeat Music Festival (June 6-7) is Israel’s leading summer world music, global beats event. Set in the beautiful Pecan Park in the mountains of the Northern Galilee, Sunbeat draws some of Israel’s biggest homegrown musicians, as well as a diverse array of international musicians
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.
THE JEWISH STATE
Another great pro-Israel New Orleans event. Declare Your Freedom 2 (DYF2) at Tulane University, New Orleans, was a resounding success. Chloé Simone Valdary, an African American Christian Zionist student, organized top human rights speakers, bands who inspired and entertained a crowd of over 400.
How Technion students crossed the Reed Sea. In the latest TechnoBrain engineering challenge, Technion students had to devise a machine that could cross a pool of water (symbolizing the Reed Sea) fill a glass of wine to capacity and place it on the “Passover Seder table,” all without human intervention. Several managed it.
Takia never stopped dreaming of Israel. Ethiopian Jewess Takia (not her real name) began her exodus to Israel in 1980 but was stopped in Sudan and forced into a Muslim marriage. 30 years later, on Passover eve, she was reunited with her parents in Beersheva. She now is working to bring her children to Israel to join her.