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21 November 2018 - 14 Kislev 5779 - י"ד כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Vietnam hosts international start-up event E-mail

The coastal city of Da Nang in Vietnam hosted the third International Start-up Conference and Exhibition, or SURF 2018, on 29 June, attracting participants in technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. The theme of the event was “linkthewaves”.

Around 2,000 attendees, including 20 investors and 30 speakers, participated in the conference and exhibition at the city’s administrative centre. A start-up pitch competition, part of the conference, is the largest in central Vietnam, and this year’s event offered a cash prize of US$6,000 for the winner. Participants had the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with start-up programmes and experts from Israel, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Finland, Singapore and Vietnam.

Deputy Chief of Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, Doron Lebovich, said SURF 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. He said Israel and Da Nang, as well as the Da Nang Entrepreneurship Support Centre, had developed positive partnerships with start-up programmes, and the city’s leadership had strongly committed to building a start-up programme and ecosystem.

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EL AL enters into codeshare arrangement with Hong Kong Airlines E-mail

Furthering opportunities to increase passenger numbers on Asian routes, EL AL Israel Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines announced on 4 June that they have entered into a codeshare agreement.

Subject to government approval, the arrangement will open up significant opportunities for both carriers. Hong Kong Airlines routes include Auckland in New Zealand, Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka in Japan and Seoul in South Korea.

EL AL currently operates six weekly flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv with its brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Featuring a threeclass configuration, EL AL’s Boeing 787-9 offers 32 seats in Business Class and 28 in New Premium Economy Class.

As an added benefit, members of Hong Kong Airlines’ frequent flyer programme, Fortune Wings Club, can earn loyalty points when they travel on EL AL codeshare flights, similar to when they travel on Hong Kong Airlines-operated services.

The codeshare agreement will also enable EL AL to add destinations in New Zealand, Japan and Korea to its growing network around the globe, strengthening its presence in Asia Pacific. Customers of Israel’s flag carrier will now benefit from one-stop travel connections to Auckland, Tokyo (Narita), Osaka and Seoul via Hong Kong. Hong Kong Airlines currently serves Auckland five times weekly and offers multiple daily flights to the other popular Asian cities.

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Agriculture students from Asia graduate in Israel Print E-mail

A graduation ceremony was held in June in Israel for around 1,100 students from many Asian countries who attended a 10-month-long agriculture course. The students were from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel Khuat Van Quyen said the Vietnamese students had learned about Israel’s advanced agriculture methods and will contribute to Vietnam’s agricultural development. Le Thi My Trinh from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry said students of the programme learnt about agricultural economy, finance, management, irrigation systems and food security. They also had opportunities to improve their life skills and practise English, she added.

Four centres are currently participating in the enrolment of students in Vietnam: AICATA, Ramat Negev, Sdot Negev and Agrostudies.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2018)

 
Philippine Red Cross officially takes delivery of desalination vehicle Print E-mail

Following the celebrations earlier this year of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Israel and the Philippines, the Pass It Forward Foundation recently officially delivered a donated GalMobile vehicle to the Philippine Red Cross.

Developed by G.A.L. Water Technologies, the GalMobile desalination vehicle is the world’s first water-purification vehicle. “This achievement underscores G.A.L. Water Technologies’ commitment to cleaning water and saving lives,” said Deputy CEO Sigal Levi. “What started out as a simple solution with the intent of saving lives is signified as one of the leading solutions for supplying clean and safe drinking water in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.”

GalMobile is a self-contained automatic system on a vehicle to provide treatment, storage and distribution of safe drinking water from any water source, in line with World Health Organization standards, in less than 30 minutes. The vehicle produces approximately 8,000 cups of water per hour.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2018)

 
More B’nei Menashe make Aliyah to Israel E-mail

A further 225 members of the B’nei Menashe Jewish community, which claims descent from one of Israel’s lost tribes, made Aliyah to Israel in June.

As in previous arrangements, this was organised by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalembased nonprofit that aims to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and the descendants of Jews around the world.

The 225 new immigrants all hail from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, which borders Burma and is home to the largest concentration of B’nei Menashe. Among those making Aliyah was Seingul Lotjem, a father of one, who had not seen his parents in the 18 years since they moved to Israel in 2000. “It has always been my dream to return to Zion,” Lotjem said, adding, “but it is especially emotional for me because my beloved father and mother made Aliyah in 2000 and I am overwhelmed to think that I will be able to meet them again and be reunited with them in the Land of Israel.” Also among the immigrants was Abel Hangshing, 80, who was reunited with his brother, whom he hadn’t seen in 10 years. He also met his great-grandchildren, who were born in Israel, for the first time.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming home 225 members of the lost tribe of Israel,” said Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund. “It has been an incredibly busy year – and we are only getting started. With 429 B’nei Menashe having made Aliyah since January, we are determined to continue until all the remaining B’nei Menashe still in
 India are able to return to Zion as well.”

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