Housing MarketIsrael Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags By some counts, applications from Americans to move to Tel Aviv more than doubled year-over-year in 2020. (Getty)The pandemic has sent some Americans with the means searching for bigger homes and more space.But some are also looking abroad, and an increasing number of Americans are buying homes in Tel Aviv, Israel’s Mediterranean metropolis.Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps people relocating from the U.S. and the U.K., found that applications from American citizens to Tel Aviv were up 126 percent last year compared to 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.“Two years ago, I’d have one or two inquiries a month [from U.S. citizens], now it’s around 20,” said Matthew Bortnick, a director at Beauchamp Estates’ Tel Aviv office. “The market used to be dominated by buyers from the U.K. and France, but Americans now equal them.”ADVERTISEMENTTel Aviv is Israel’s most expensive residential market and home to some of the country’s priciest properties. An American couple closed the priciest sale of last year when they bought a condo for the equivalent of $25.2 million.The city is just behind Paris in terms of average transaction costs at $1,084 per square foot, according to a Deloitte’s 2020 property index. Bortnick said a standard two-bedroom unit in central Tel Aviv typically sells for $1 million.The Israeli government reported that 16,000 people from 85 countries arrived in Israel last year as of October. Improved relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is driving some demand from Middle East countries as well.[WSJ] — Dennis Lynch
Bollin Dale Engineering is supplying a complete line for production of Jaffa Cake style biscuits to a customer in Iran.The 1.2-metre wide line, valued at £1.3m, is on its way to the factory and will be installed and commissioned by Macclesfield-based Bollin Dale. It will have an output of 750kg per hour – 18 cakes across 60 rows a minute. The line consists of a batter preparation and aeration system, batter depositing unit, travelling oven and cooling system, jam preparation/depositing system and forced cooling and chocolate enrobing stations. All parts except the oven and enrober have been designed and manufactured in-house.Until recently, Bollin Dale was the principal machining shop for Asser Oakes. It now produces and markets its own equipment.
As shown in the latest figures from 2015/16, over £12bn worth of central government work was delivered by SMEs in that year, and there’s effort underway to ensure this figure continues to rise:Regular webinarsIntroducing small business owners to platforms such as Contracts Finder, services like Mystery Shopper, and buyers who set out the type of products and services they’re after. In the space of 30 minutes, with a conversation accessible from anywhere, these online events connect SMEs with the people in government who are working to make it easier for small firms to win work.Meet the Buyer eventsFace to face meet the buyer events are on the rise with cross departmental events, the popular and annual NDA supplier show, and sector focused innovation and buying exchanges such as such as Defence Contracts Online and Transport Systems Catapult. We are looking to collate these events on a single page so SMEs have one point of access to find out what’s happening in their sector/locality.Advice and guidance for SMEsA free selling to the public sector guide offers top tips and testimonials from entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done it, in addition to 4 videos featuring advice and guidance for SMEs, from SMEs, wanting to work with government.SME PanelA passionate group of entrepreneurs, in the form of an SME Panel, meets regularly to work on solutions to bring down the greatest barriers to SMEs winning work. And their counterparts in government, the SME Champions, meets to discuss how terms and conditions in contracts can be simplified, payment be prompt, and upcoming contracts communicated to a small business audienceThis work reflects a commitment from within government, and from willing entrepreneurs, to work towards government’s aspiration of spending £1 in every £3 with SMEs is met by 2022.There’s always more that can be done. That’s why in 2018 a key area of focus for the SME team will be in matching government’s largest strategic suppliers with small businesses, to jointly fulfil government contracts. We do not want to see the problems that have afflicted SMEs in the Carillion supply chain – far from it. But what we do want to see is greater cooperation between big and small to sort payment terms down the supply chain, and to jointly innovate to deliver the best deal for the taxpayer.The case of Carillion isn’t a warning against outsourcing; it’s an opportunity to build stronger relationships in the delivery of public services; between government and auditors, large companies and their suppliers, and SMEs direct with buying departments. The benefits of this will be felt by all.Emma Jones is SME Crown Representative for Crown Commercial Service.
The Reverend Al Green is set to make his live comeback later this year with four more concerts announced on Tuesday which are scheduled to take place this spring. The upcoming run of shows will mark Al Green’s first run of live shows in seven years.Green had previously announced his upcoming participation at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which will now be surrounded by four headlining shows throughout Texas and Georgia. The run of comeback shows begins on April 24th with a performance at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX, followed by a gig in Irving, TX two nights later on April 26th. Following his appearance at Jazz Fest on April 28th, Green will head back to Texas for a show in Sugar Land on April 30th, followed by a final gig at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 3rd. Its unclear at the moment whether or not the 72-year-old soul icon will expand his comeback tour, but fans should be on the lookout for potential announcements in the coming weeks.Green will be joined throughout his brief spring tour on select dates by former NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas, and The War and Treaty. Fans can reference the listing below for a detailed schedule of Green’s upcoming shows.Tickets for the upcoming run of spring performances will go on sale starting this Friday, February 8th at 10 a.m. local time. With no operation website, fans should follow Green’s Facebook page for ticket info and/or performance updates as they become available.Al Green Tour DatesApril 24 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall*April 26 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Factory^April 28 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalApril 30 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre*May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre^* w/ Tank and the Bangas^ w/War and Treaty[H/T Consequence of Sound]
With increased electronic communication leaving many members of older generations behind, a partnership between the Microsoft Corporation and the National 4-H Council has mobilized an energized group of 4-H Technology Changemakers to help provide resources and training to level the playing field.One of the first sites selected to begin implementing the 4-H Tech Changemakers program was Murray County, Georgia, where 4-H youth began working with older individuals living in rural communities on the value and use of technology and digitalization.“An average of 20 to 25 youth became active 4-H Tech Changemakers,” said Stephanie Skojac, a 4-H agent with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Murray County. “An average of 15 older adults would attend monthly meetings at the senior center, where the youth would act as the teachers in order to bridge the digital divide in our community.”As modern technology becomes a more integral part of everyday life, many older members of the community find it challenging to acquire new digital skills on their own.4-H Tech Changemakers is designed to bridge the digital divide between generations with a strategy geared toward combining the accessibility and affordability of broadband internet with the willingness of community members to adopt and use new technologyWith an increased number of people confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for electronic equity is greater than ever.“Although this project began long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the impacts of the digital divide now more than ever,” said Kasey Bozeman, UGA Extension 4-H specialist for science and environmental education. “A strong body of research indicates that people are less likely to purchase internet services if they do not have strong digital literacy skills. Not only can 4-H youth teach these skills to their peers and adults, but they can also advocate for this critical need that benefits their entire community.”The Murray County program began serving members at the local senior center, a hub for citizens over the age of 50 to gather and gain access to a variety of services. Seeing a greater need for digital literacy and resources within their community, youth from fourth through 12th grades had the opportunity to instruct the seniors while gaining their own benefits from the collaboration.“I found it surprising that the Murray County 4-H Tech Changemakers program not only helped older adults with their digital literacy skills but helped the youth develop leadership skills through teaching,” said Skojac. “Most importantly, it created lasting relationships between these older adults and the youth. They looked forward to seeing one another every month and that made this program very rewarding.”For youth chosen to lead this project, the change in perspective has helped them grow and appreciate the progress in their community.“Seniors are sometimes made to feel dumb when they don’t understand technology,” said Boaz Whealy, a 4-H Tech Changemaker attending Murray County High. “It’s really exciting when they begin to understand and start to love using technology.”For more information on the 4-H Technology Changemakers program, visit georgia4h.org and 4h.org.
Governor Jim Douglas joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today to announce a $6.2 million federal grant to rehabilitate a runway at Edward F. Knapp State Airport in Barre. The project is estimated to create 54 direct and indirect jobs. The funds were made available by the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Secretary LaHood was also joined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie. This money will put people to work in Vermont while providing an important investment in airport safety. That means boosting the economy in the short term through job creation and sustaining economic recovery in the long-term by making airports more efficient and secure, said Sec. LaHood.Gov. Douglas added, This project is a great example of the economic good that can be provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In the short term, construction projects like this one will provide employment opportunities for Americans in need of work during the current economic downturn. In the long term, this project will have a lasting impact that will keep local businesses viable and competitive for years to come. This grant is another example of how the economic stimulus package is rebuilding our infrastructure and moving America in a dramatic new direction by creating millions of good-paying jobs, said Sen. Sanders. As a military and commercial pilot for the last 27 years, I know why the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have both identified taxiway and runway safety as a top priority, said Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. This ARRA investment in Vermont s aviation infrastructure will directly enhance safety at one of our state s premier airports, and equip it to serve the area s aviation needs for many years to come.Immediately following the announcement, Secretary LaHood met with Vermont officials to discuss additional transportation issues facing Vermont. He then traveled to the State House for a town hall meeting where Vermonters had the opportunity to share with the Secretary the unique transportation challenges facing our state. I want to thank Secretary LaHood for coming to Vermont and for spending so much time listening to local officials and Vermonters about our important transportation needs. I was encouraged to hear the Secretary express his opposition to increased federal gas taxes during this difficult economic time. I agree, now is not the time for higher taxes on struggling families. Instead we should work together to find creative solutions to our transportation challenges, Governor Douglas concluded.
July 1, 2002 Regular News ABJA sets seminar and certification examination ABJA sets seminar and certification examination The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants has set its 2002 Certified Bankruptcy Assistant Seminar and Examination for October in San Diego.Secretaries/judicial assistants holding appointments by U.S. bankruptcy judges are eligible for membership in the ABJA, a national organization chartered in 1989. Certified Bankruptcy Assistants also are eligible for associate membership in the ABJA.One of the primary objectives of the ABJA is to develop educational programs for its members and the bankruptcy legal community.“Understanding that certification in a particular field can promote and maintain professional standards, our Continuing Legal Education Committee developed and modified, for non-lawyer persons, a Bankruptcy Certification Program,” accordintg to the ABJA. “This certification program will enable secretaries/assistants, paralegals, and others in the legal profession to keep pace with new developments and will be an effective quality improvement mechanism for employers.”According to the ABJA, bankruptcy law has developed into a very sophisticated and technical area of legal expertise.“With the record number of bankruptcy filings nationwide, the ability and proficiency of those who practice in this field are becoming more demanding,” the association said. “It is imperative that as secretaries, legal assistants, and paralegals, we also develop expertise in this highly specialized area of the law. To assist you in your professional development, the ABJA is offering the opportunity for you to become ‘certified’ as an assistant in the bankruptcy field.The 2002 Bankruptcy Certification Program will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, at the Doubletree Club Hotel San Diego, 1515 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, California, and will conclude with the administration of the CBA examination on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9.The seminar fee for the two-day program is $100 and includes continental breakfasts, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, lunch on Wednesday, break refreshments, and all program materials. The Certified Bankruptcy Assistant examination fee is $99. A study guide is available for $25, which includes a review of materials to be presented and a sample exam.Presenters at the program will include Bankruptcy Judge Peter W. Bowie of the Southern District of California; Claude Lightfoot, Jr., chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association; Stephen Williamson, an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy, and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Law School where he teaches bankruptcy.Following the CBA Course/Examination, the ABJA will offer an Advanced Bankruptcy and Ethics program on October 10-11 that will fulfill continuing legal education unit (CLE) requirements. These CLE credits can be applied to the continuing education component of the CBA designation and/or to other existing certifications. It is not necessary to register for or participate in the CBA program to attend the educational program.To register visit the ABJA website at www.abja.org or contact Martie Kantor at (850) 942-8943, or [email protected]
The appeal will take place in a Nicaraguan court room, the Broome County District Attorney’s Office tells 12 News, and will be viewable via livestream. In November 2019, Tercero was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was found guilty in the murder of Binghamton University student on Nov. 1 2019. (WBNG) — Convicted killer Orlando Tercero will appeal for a shorter prison sentence on March 10.
Judy Murray OBE will present a new Sky Sports docuseries ‘Driving Force’ which starts on November 24 Dame Kelly Holmes DBEChristine Ohuruogu MBE Take a look at what’s to come as Judy Murray interviews the biggest names in sport and explores stories of success, discrimination and achieving the impossible “Sky Sports made the commitment back in March 2020 to invest in more original women’s sport content and programming,” Rob Webster, managing director of Sky Sports said.“Driving Force is a great example of how Sky Sports can use its voice to bring important sporting stories to new audiences, with the ambition of raising awareness around the challenges female athletes face, for both existing and future generations.“We want to bring to life, stories we know that viewers will love, but that will also ultimately drive change within sport.”Driving Force EpisodesEp 1. Judy Murray OBE: Looks at the driving force behind Judy herself, her career and why she won’t take no for an answer.Ep 2. Steph Houghton MBE: Examines the responsibility of becoming captain, the importance of family and how to stay true to yourself.Ep 3. Victoria Pendleton CBE: Explores how to overcome setbacks, quiet determination and what it takes to succeed.Ep 4. Dina Asher-Smith: Takes a look at the power of visibility within sport, feeling invincible and really hard work. Ep 5. Natasha Jonas: Talks about respect, supporting others and the mindset needed to be the best.Ep 6. Charlotte Dujardin CBE: Explores unexpected success, pushing boundaries and keeping her cool during competition time.Ep 7. Rebecca Adlington CBE: Highlights the importance of a support network, sports psychology and becoming a champion.Ep 8. Dame Sarah Storey DBE: Discusses training, falling in love and dealing with the unexpected.Ep 9. Dame Kelly Holmes DBE: Delves into fighting injury battles, mental health and the price of success.Ep 10. Christine Ohuruogu MBE: Focuses on harsh realisations, learning to adapt and what it takes to win.Ep 11. Katie Taylor: Offers a rare glimpse into her life in the spotlight, what makes her tick and the pressures of staying at the top of her game.Watch the first episode of Driving Force on November 24 at 9pm on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Main Event at 10:15pm. It will also be available On Demand via Sky and NOW TV. Dame Kelly Holmes delves into the areas of fighting injury battles, mental health and the price of success while Katie Taylor will offer a rare glimpse into her life in the spotlight, discussing what makes her tick and looking at the pressures of staying at the top of her game.Billie Jean King, Sir Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, Martina Navratilova, Graziano Pelle and Jamie and Harry Redknapp all contribute to the series, alongside the featured athletes.“Driving Force tells the backstory of some of our most successful sportswomen – discovering who and what inspired them and helped them to the top of their game,” Judy Murray said.“We explore their journeys and feature the highs, the lows and the curve balls. It’s a fascinating watch and will raise awareness not just of their incredible achievements but also of the issues and challenges that still exist for women in sport.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Driving Force – Featured Athlete Episodes Rebecca Adlington CBE Dame Sarah Storey DBE Natasha JonasCharlotte Dujardin CBE Judy Murray is set to interview the biggest names in sport and explore stories of success, discrimination and achieving the impossible for a new Sky Sports docuseries ‘Driving Force’.The series, which starts on November 24, is exclusive to Sky Sports and explores the making of athletes and the driving forces behind their success.It aims to shine a light on inequality and other challenges in sport and has a view to calling out, educating and highlighting the need for change for future generations. Across the series, athletes lay their stories bare and unveil both the negative and positive sides of professional sport.- Advertisement – Victoria Pendleton CBEDina Asher-Smith Steph Houghton, Dina Asher-Smith, Natasha Jonas, Katie Taylor, Victoria Pendleton, Charlotte Dujardin, Rebecca Adlington, Dame Sarah Storey, Christine Ohuruogu and Dame Kelly Holmes are among the athletes who will tell their stories to Judy Murray on ‘Driving Force’ Last Updated: 12/11/20 10:07am Judy Murray OBESteph Houghton MBE
Dec 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials said today that analysis of a virus sample from a 24-year-old man who died of H5N1 avian influenza shows no signs of a dangerous mutation, as some news reports said the man and his father, who is hospitalized with an H5N1 infection, both had eaten undercooked chicken.Mao Qun’an, a spokesman for China’s health ministry, told reporters today that though the son’s sample showed no evidence of mutation, authorities could not rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission, Reuters reported.”The virus is still avian and has not undergone a mutation in its nature,” Qun’an said at a press conference. He said the men could have been infected from the same source or separate sources, according to Reuters.The 24-year-old man, from Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, died on Nov 27 from an H5N1 infection, according to a previous report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Six days later his father was hospitalized, and on Dec 6 China’s national laboratory confirmed the man had an H5N1 infection, according to a WHO statement yesterday. The father is listed as China’s 27th H5N1 case-patient.News of the men’s H5N1 infections raised suspicions of human-to-human transmission after media reports and the WHO said the son had no known exposure to sick birds.However, Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper controlled by the mainland, reported today that both men had eaten undercooked chicken in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, the Reuters report said. The claims came from unnamed sources.More details on the men’s alleged consumption of undercooked chicken were reported today by ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The ProMED post consists of an English translation of a news article from Singtaonet.com, a newspaper based in Hong Kong.The ProMED post says the father and his wife took their son and his girlfriend to a restaurant at a temple, where the four ate a dish called “beggar’s chicken.” According to a 1990 report on beggar’s chicken from the New York Times, the chicken is stuffed with herbs, wrapped in lotus leaves, packed with “6 pounds of pond mud,” and baked at low heat for several hours.Two days after eating the chicken, the son became feverish and was hospitalized, the ProMED report said, adding that his father got sick 6 days after eating the meal. Relatives also said the father’s refrigerator was full of butchered chicken. The report speculates that the son got sick first because his immune system was weakened because he recently had undergone a series of rabies shots after he was bitten by one of his girlfriend’s dogs.Hans Troedsson, a WHO representative in China, said reports of the men eating undercooked chicken have not been confirmed, Reuters reported today.The father is recovering after treatment with oseltamivir at the onset of symptoms, Troedsson told the Associated Press (AP) today.Eighty-two people who had contact with the father and son are being monitored, but none appear to have symptoms, he told the AP.The two recent cases serve as a reminder that “the virus is circulating in the environment, (and) there is a risk that we will see these isolated cases,” Troedsson said.So far, there is no strong evidence of human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus, and the WHO has not received a request to help officials in Nanjing investigate, he told the AP. “We don’t see that is an imminent risk that these cases would be the start of a pandemic,” he said.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementDec 4 WHO statementDec 10 ProMED post on Chinese H5N1 casesDec 7 CIDRAP News story “Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection”