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Israel and Japan explore social entrepreneurship E-mail

The International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship in Israel and Japan was held on 15 November at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Minister of Justice, was the special guest during her timely visit to Japan in the same week.

One of the many topics she spoke about was “HELP!”, a smart phone application that promotes volunteerism and mutual responsibility. She said it was an example of social innovation initiatives in Israel, which is known as a startup nation.

The main lectures were by two social innovation experts: Professor Nir Tsuk from Israel (Guest Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at King’s College London and the University of Osaka) and Professor Toshiya Tsujita from Japan (Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Co* Design, Social Innovation Division, Osaka University).

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Philippine school to pilot iSTEAM project for multi-disciplinary learning E-mail

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau received a warm welcome from teachers and students of Mintal Comprehensive High School in Davao City on 24 November.

Ambassador Matityau graced the ceremony for the launching of the “Capacity Building of Teachers on Project Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (iSTEAM)” project, which is a collaborative project of the Department of Education – Davao City Schools Division, the City Government of Davao, the Embassy of Israel, the Pass It Forward Foundation and the ORT Israel Network.

About 2,900 senior high-school students from Mintal Comprehensive High School will soon benefit from a more holistic approach to learning core subjects in Mathematics and Science after their school was chosen to pilot the curriculum called Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics or iSteam. The learning curriculum was developed by the non-government organisation, ORT Israel.

Under the iSteam programme, teachers from Mintal Comprehensive High School will undergo training in Israel. “The idea is to incorporate these disciplines together and motivate the students to be self-learners, to initiate projects and to redesign the role of the teacher from just being the teacher to being able to men-tor the students,” said ORT Israel representative David Meir Rosenberg in an interview at the sidelines of the ceremony for the project.

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Cathay Pacific to open Israel office, schedule more flights E-mail

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flagship airline, is set to launch an office in Israel as well as daily Tel Aviv-Hong Kong flights beginning in 2018.

“The company’s agenda is to allocate airliners to destinations for which we see strong demand, and it can therefore be assumed that we will also increase the frequency of the flights to daily,” said Cathay Pacific’s Israel manager, Jonathan Bailey, Globes reported.

Cathay Pacific’s first flight to Israel landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport in March. The airline currently offers around four to six weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong, and uses the environmentally friendly 280-seat Airbus A350 planes on the route. Next year, the airline may introduce Airbus A350-1000 planes for the Israel route, increasing seating capacity by 10%, according to Globes.

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Exiled Bangladeshi national returns to Israel E-mail

The first Bangladeshi national to ever visit Israel, Dr Shadman Zaman, returned to the Jewish state in November with the Zionist Federation of Great Britain as part of an advocacy trip, after he was exiled from his home country following his initial visit to Israel in February.

“I want to use this platform to tell people from Bangladesh that Israel is a democratic state that provides equal rights to all of its citizens irrespective of religion, ethnicity and colour,” he told i24NEWS in an interview.

“Bangladeshi people would benefit greatly by being friends with Israel,” continued the pro- Israeli activist, who is currently part-way through his conversion process to Orthodox Judaism.

Now residing in the UK following a ban from his home country, Zaman explained how his upbringing by his “open-minded” family, where he was heavily influenced by his grandfather, who was described as “the earliest Bangladeshi Zionist”, was somewhat unconventional. He described himself as “coming from a Muslim majority country where you are taught to hate Israel in society and in school.”

The current Bangladeshi government is “socialist, progressive”, he said, but added that the population is “87% Sunni Muslims indoctrinated with the Wahhabi ideology that call Jews worse names than I wish to mention.”

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Eran Zahavi named most valuable soccer player in China E-mail

Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi was named in November as the most valuable player in the Chinese Super League after finishing the season as the top goal-scorer.

Zahavi, 30, won the award in only his second year in the Chinese league, which has attracted dozens of top international players in recent years with huge salaries.

He was also awarded the Golden Boot, given to the league’s leading goal-scorer. His 27 goals for the season were just one short of tying the league record of 28.

Despite his individual success, Zahavi’s Guangzhou R&F club finished only fifth in the league.

At the awards ceremony, Zahavi, who has a US$7 million a year contract with the club until 2020, was coy about his future with the team, saying he would have to consider whether he would remain with the squad next season.

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