Monthly Archives: August 2016

Jessye Norman receives Wolf Prize for music

70-year-old American-born iconic opera singer Jessye Norman received Israel’s coveted Wolf Prize for Music. Poor health prevented her from collecting it last year and she almost missed out again this year, arriving in an electric wheelchair after fracturing her ankle. … Continue reading

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If I forget you, Jerusalem

A beautiful rendition of “Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim” (If I forget you Jerusalem) by KOLture Shock. Signalling the end of the sadness of the Three Weeks between the fasts of Tammuz and Av. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulNTsAQbMsc

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Take a bite of Haifa

A new special sightseeing tour is aimed to show that Haifa has much more to offer than the visit of the famous Bahai Gardens: With the Haifa Street Food tours you can experience the city with your taste buds. http://israelbetweenthelines.com/2016/08/04/take-a-bite-of-haifa/

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Fly from Terminal 1

After the new Terminal 3 was opened in 2004, Terminal 1 has been used initially only for domestic flights and check-in, border control and security for international flights. Passengers are bused to Terminal 3 to board the plane.  But in … Continue reading

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Oxford University press – latest news

I reported previously (Feb 7) on the digitizing tie-up between Oxford University press and Israeli start-ups Tiny Tap, Kidoz, and Total Boox.  Here is how they have been progressing. http://publishingperspectives.com/2016/07/israeli-startups-oxford-university-press/

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Israel’s economy is an island of stability

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger’s latest report shows Israel is one of the top five world high-tech powers thanks to billion-dollar investments by Apple, USA, China, Russia and India.  GDP has doubled since 2006, FX reserves are over $90 billion, unemployment is … Continue reading

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Hi-tech mutual funds to benefit Israeli investors

The Israeli Government is promoting mutual funds for investing in public and private high-tech companies.  In this way, the Israeli public can participate in Israel’s high-tech sector – an area dominated previously by overseas shareholders. http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-govt-promotes-high-tech-investment-funds-1001142404

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The Australians are landing

A delegation of 10 Australian cybersecurity and fintech startups will take part in an accelerator program in Tel Aviv in September to boost Sydney’s position as an innovation hub.  It is part of the Australian Government’s Landing Pads initiative to … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence to grow better crops

Israeli startup Prospera uses artificial intelligence to help farmers better monitor their crops.  Using in-field cameras and climatic sensors, farmers can irrigate, manage pesticides and fertilizers to achieve maximum crop yields. Prospera has just raised $7 million of funding. http://www.timesofisrael.com/prospera-raises-funds-to-expand-agro-tech-globally/

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Engie on TV

I featured previously (Jun 2015) Engie – the Israel startup which provides an app that connects to your car via Bluetooth and diagnoses mechanical faults.  It then helps you contact the repair shops that can fix your problem efficiently at … Continue reading

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