24 November 2017 - 6 Kislev 5778 - ו' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Israeli agricultural experts visit Myanmar E-mail

Professor Ayal Kimhi, the Sir Henry d’ Avigdor Goldsmid Chair in Agricultural Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and agronomist Dr Avri Bar Zur visited Myanmar from 21 to 26 July.

In light of the co-operation between Myanmar and Israel to share knowledge and experience on “Agro Economics”, the leading agricultural experts provided an opportunity for local government officials and students to gain insights and exchange views during their stay.

During the visit, Professor Kimhi and Dr Bar Zur met with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Dr Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, together with the Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Zonshine. They also visited the Ye Zin University of Agriculture and had a discussion with the rector and professors from the relevant departments.

On 24 July, Professor Kimhi gave a lecture at the Yangon University of Economics to the post-graduate students of Master of Business, Public Administration and Development Studies Programs. The faculty also hosted a round-table discussion on Agro Economics for the professors, with the vice president and members and other relevant representatives from the private and public sectors. The discussion was moderated by Dr Zaw Oo, Executive Director of the Central Economic and Social Development Research Center (CESD). The aim was to bring Israeli experience at a practical level in macro-economics, to see things that are relevant to Myanmar, to share and create dialogue, and to have an impact.

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HKHTC’s The Auschwitz Album Exhibition Print E-mail

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) will be presenting a unique set of photographs from 11-18 September. The Auschwitz Album – an exhibition organised along with the University of Hong Kong’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures and in cooperation with Yad Vashem and the HKU Libraries.

The Auschwitz Album is one of the most significant photographic collections of 20thcentury European history. It contains the only surviving images documenting the systematic murder of European Jews by Germany between 1941 and 1945 at the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The images capture the arrival at Auschwitz of a Jewish transport from CarpathoRuthenia in May 1944. The most striking fact of the album is its discovery by Lili Jacob, a survivor of that very same death transport. The Auschwitz Album is a critical primary source reminding us of the horrors and barbarism that took place at heart of Europe over 70 years ago.

There will also be an opening talk, “The Auschwitz Album and its Historical Significance”, by Dr Roland Vogt at the HKU Main Library on 11 September at 6:00pm.

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Spain to create a Ladino academy E-mail

Spain’s leading linguistic authority will create an academy in Israel dedicated to the study and preservation of the Ladino language.

Ladino, sometimes referred to as Judeo-Spanish, is an endangered species in the language world. Some estimates say fewer than 100,000 people currently know how to speak it.

Dario Villanueva, director of the Spanish Royal Academy, or RAE, said Ladino is “an extraordinarily important cultural and historical phenomena” that deserved its own academy. Nine Ladino specialists have been appointed to help start the institution’s work.

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Israel Kristal, world’s oldest man, dies E-mail

Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal, who last year was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died in Haifa, Israel, on 11 August, at the age of 113 years and 330 days.

Guinness World Records said Kristal was born in Poland on 15 September 1903, and survived the Auschwitz death camp, where his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis. He married again after the war and moved to Israel in 1950.

Kristal was awarded a Guinness certificate as the world’s oldest man on 11 March, 2016, when he was 112 years and 178 days old.

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India looking to deploy smart Israel-developed barbed wire E-mail

India is deploying a smart Israel-developed barbed wire system along its border with Bangladesh. The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is implementing an ambitious project called the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS) as part of its plan to completely seal the India-Bangladesh and India-Pakistan borders in the next few years.

The aim of the system is to generate a “quick response team” when the CCTV-powered control room detects an infiltration attempt.

BSF is tasked with guarding over 6,300 kilometres of borders, which can be volatile and threatening.

“The new frontier guarding systems will bring a ‘sea change’ for the first time in this domain,” said KK Sharma, the Director General of BSF.

“The new equipment and technologies will be integrated, and a feed from CCTV cameras will go to the border outpost, where a monitor is installed. This will be monitored around the clock by two or three men.

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