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Finland wins double gold in World Happiness Report 2018 E-mail

According to the “World Happiness Report 2018”, Finland is the happiest country in the world, as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup from 2015 to 2017. In addition, Finland’s immigrants are the happiest immigrant population in the world.

Rounding out the top ten countries in order of overall happiness were Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The US ranked 18, dropping four spots from last year.

Finland’s immigrants are also the happiest, based on the available data from 117 countries. “Governments are increasingly using indicators of happiness to inform their policy-making decisions,” noted Jeffrey D. Sachs, co-editor of the report. “US policymakers should take note. The US happiness ranking is falling, in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse, and untreated depression.”

“The World Happiness Report 2018”, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was launched at an event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. World Happiness Day is celebrated at the United Nations on 20 March.

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UK’s Prince William to travel to Israel in historic royal visit E-mail

In March, the British Royal House officially announced an upcoming state visit to Israel by one of its most senior members, Prince William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge.

The post, saying “The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer,” appeared on the Facebook account of the British Embassy in Israel. The visit, according to the statement, “is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities”. It contained no further details.

To date, no senior member of the Royal House has visited Israel in their official capacity – many observers believe that policy was adopted following the Zionist movements’ use of violence against British nationals when the UK ruled the Mandate on Palestine, an area comprising modern-day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Members of the British Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth, have made state visits to Kenya and other countries where acts perceived as terrorism were committed against Britain and its citizens by anticolonialist combatants, however they have stayed away from Israel in their official capacity since the country’s establishment in 1948.

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Einstein violin sold for record amount E-mail

A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for US$516,500 at the New York-based Bonhams auction house on 9 March. The instrument, which was reportedly gifted to the scientist in 1933 by Oscar Steger, a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, went for over three times its estimated price.

Steger made the violin himself and inscribed it with the words “Made for the Worlds [sic] Greatest Scientist Profesior [sic] Albert Einstein By Oscar H. Steger, Feb 1933 / Harrisburg, PA.”

Later, while working at Princeton University, Einstein gave the instrument to the son of Sylas Hibbs, who worked as a janitor at the school. It had remained in Hibbs’ family ever since.

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2018 PyeongChang Games welcomes Israeli and Jewish athletes E-mail

Israel sent its largest-ever Winter Olympics squad to compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Games, held from 9 to 25 February in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The Israeli squad consisted of eight skaters, an Alpine skier and a skeleton racer. The squad were short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov, Alpine skier Itamar Biran, skeleton racer Adam (AJ) Edelman, and figure skaters Alexei (Oleksii) Bychenko, Daniel Samohin, Evgeni Krasnopolsky, Paige Conners, Adel Tankova, Ronald Zilberberg and Aimee Buchanan. Three of the current teammates also competed in the previous Winter Games in 2014: Bychenko, Krasnopolsky and Bykanov.

Unfortunately no medals were won this year. However, Alexei Bychenko and Daniel Samohin glided their way to the highest-ever ranking of Israeli Olympic skaters and achieved personal-best scores. Bychenko, the flagbearer for Israel’s Winter Olympic squad at the opening ceremony, was placed 11th in the men’s single skating free skating finals on 17 February.

Three of the 2018 Olympics teammates (Biran, Samohin and Zilberberg) are Israeli by birth. Bychenko, Bykanov, Krasnopolsky and Tankova are Ukrainian natives, while Edelman, Conners and Buchanan were all born in the US.

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Israeli-Thai Agriculture Technologies seminar E-mail

The Economic and Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Thailand hosted a seminar on 7 February about IsraeliThai Agriculture Technologies. It was devoted entirely to innovation in agriculture as a promotion for the Israeli Agritech 2018 Conference, which will be held from 8 to 10 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The seminar acted as a platform for policy-makers, CEOs, directors, researchers, consultants, managers and famers from Thailand and Israel. The aim was to share ideas and improve their knowledge of farm mechanisation, precision agriculture and innovative agriculture solutions, in order to increase the productivity of the industries and face current challenges.

Since Israel’s early days, the country’s agriculture sector has been forced to provide its citizenry with advanced technological solutions. Situated in an arid region, Israel has innovated precise agriculture, drip irrigation, and the recycling, purifying and reuse of wastewater for agriculture purposes. “Israel’s strength and achievements are based on a long-lasting experience confronting water shortages and desertification. Due to Israel’s understanding of the importance of food security, championed by a thriving agro-technology industry, it has positioned itself as a strategic provider of advanced solutions for the world’s increasing foodsupply demands,” said Dagan Alony, Head of the Economic and Trade Mission to Thailand.

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