22 April 2018 - 8 Iyyar 5778 - ח' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
JDC helps relief efforts in Sri Lanka E-mail

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) recently responded with emergency aid to catastrophic flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka.

More than 200 people were confirmed dead and at least 100 were reported missing in the worst storms to hit the island nation since 2003.

JDC, together with its local partner Sarvodaya, a Buddhistinspired humanitarian organisation, deployed its first-responder unit to provide food, water and other emergency aid in Sri Lanka’s five hardest-hit districts in May. The Sarvodaya-JDC Disaster Management Unit was founded after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when the two organisations partnered to ensure immediate aid for tsunami survivors. Since then, the unit has responded to dozens of disasters in Sri Lanka, according to the JDC.

More than 77,000 people have been displaced and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of Sri Lanka.

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Tel Aviv University hosts conference in Hong Kong and Shenzhen E-mail

The Tel Aviv University (TAU) Coller Institute of Venture hosted CIV2017HK, a major conference in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from 22 to 26 April.

Guest speakers included Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Dan Shechtman; TAU President, Professor Joseph Klafter, and Hong Kong SAR Secretary of Technology and Innovation Nicholas W. Yang. The conference, featuring five days of events dedicated to venture and innovation, attracted well over 250 participants.

This annual conference of the Coller Institute of Venture brought together leading minds in venture and innovation to generate new insights on the future of society, and the role of venture in it.

The programme included an academic papers session, a plenary day at Hong Kong Science Park, and partner events and tours in collaboration with Qianhai, Cyberport and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Second Indo-Israel Center of Excellence in Gujarat inaugurated E-mail

The second of three Centers of Excellence (CoE) of the IndoIsraeli Agricultural Project (IIAP) in Gujarat state, India, was officially inaugurated on 15 June.

The centre for mangoes in Talala, Gujarat, is the 13th CoE to be inaugurated of the 26 planned centres in the programme. In Gujarat, the centre is joining the fully operational centre for vegetables in Vadrad and the centre for date palms in Bhuj, expected to be operational in 2018. Attending the inauguration ceremony were Parshottam Rupala, the Minister of State of Agriculture; Govind Bhai Parmar, a Member of the Gujarat State Legislature; Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India, and David Akov, Consul General of Israel in Mumbai.

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Israeli Consulate in Shanghai organises online lecture on innovation E-mail

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel, Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Aaron Ciechanover delivered an online lecture about innovation at the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai on 23 May.

The event was jointly organised by the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai, ECNU and Haifa University in Israel.

The Israeli Consulate General in Shanghai invited Prof. Ciechanover, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to give the lecture. It was the first in a series of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Israel.

During his lecture, Prof. Ciechanover expressed confidence that the cure for many types of cancer will be discovered, thanks to the progress in research on genes and personalised treatments. Addressing Chinese and Israeli students, he explained that it took merely a century to extend the average lifespan for humans from around 50 to 80 years, and commented that given our rapidly deepening understanding of the human body, it would soon be possible for man to “not just treat a disease, but to treat a disease within a person’s own individual body framework”.

He also answered many questions by students from both China and Israel, encouraging them to pursue their life’s passion.

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Philippine Red Cross receives equipment and basic medicines from donations E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines recently delivered US$1 million worth of basic equipment, medicines and supplies to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to support the immediate needs of people affected by the Marawi conflict. PRC set up a basic healthcare unit in Balo-i Lanao del Norte on 8 June.

Since basic healthcare services are a major priority in the communities and evacuation centres affected by the conflict, the PRC has provided basic, preventive and healthcare emergency treatment and medical supplies.

“We are all touched by the events in Marawi and the effect they brought to the people of Marawi. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed us to lend a hand of support to the affected people in Marawi and the surrounding areas,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau.

The basic equipment, medicines and supplies will benefit thousands of families in the evacuation centres. The equipment includes an emergency cart, a suction machine, a portable nebulizer machine, a portable ECG machine, a portable doppler, a pulse oximeter, an oxygen tank, a basic medicine package, emergency medicines and medical supplies.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received from our partners and donors as the Philippine Red Cross continues with its humanitarian efforts for our affected brothers and sisters in the Marawi crisis. We are committed to continuing our mission to save lives as well as to give the best assistance to the most vulnerable, to the best of our capacity,” said PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon.

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