Turkey’s industry minister has awarded an Israeli company with a prize for an innovative project during a technological parks convention in Istanbul.
The company, Adam Elktronik, is based in the GOSB Teknopark – an industrial park built by Israeli businessman and philanthropist Stef Wertheimer in Turkey.
The Turkish minister even promised to send a team from his office to visit Wertheimer’s industrial parks in Israel.
The GOSB Teknopark was built at a total investment of $10 million according to the model of the Tefen industrial park in northern Israel, and includes an art gallery.
The Istanbul ceremony was attended by the director of Wertheimer’s industrial parks, Arieh Dahan.
After New York (or to be more exact – Brooklyn), Vancouver, Istanbul and a series of other fascinating cities around the world, Tel Aviv is becoming part of the desired list of cities who have got their own special Absolut Vodka bottle.
The Absolut Tel Aviv bottle is being released as part of the Absolut Blank series designed by artist Nir Peled, who uses the professional name Pilpeled.
Pilpeled joins a long and distinguished list of artists from all over the world who have designed posters and other items for the Swedish vodka brand, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and others.
The bottle, which is being released in a limited edition of 150,000 units, commemorates Tel Aviv’s ficus tree boulevards. It serves as a tribute to nights filled with vodka and alcohol in the city, which is associated – internationally as well – with the club and nightlife culture.
“To understand Tel Aviv, one must walk its streets,” Pilpeled says of the bottle he created, as part of an initiative of the Tempo beverage company’s alcohol division and in cooperation with the Allenby Concept House owned by Srulik Einhorn and Guy Assif.
“I designed a sort of a two-sided setting with a window offering a peek into a Tel Aviv boulevard at night. In general, this city has so much energy that you get your inspiration by just feeling what you’re surrounded by,” Peled adds.
The bottle’s design is inspired by the night landscape of the Nordau, Rothschild and Chen boulevards.
Absolut is known for its bold and special ad campaigns, which are considered a milestone in the history of global advertising in general and alcohol advertising in particular.
In the past few years, the company has been releasing limited editions every year in different flavors and designs as a tribute to world cities, cocktails, etc. The special bottles are collected by tens of thousands of collectors around the world, as can be seen on websites like eBay.
It’s no surprise that the successful Swedish company decided to add Tel Aviv to its prestigious Blank series. The city has officially become in recent years one of the hottest and most fashionable cities in the world and the stronghold of partygoers from all over the world.
The New York Times has crowned Tel Aviv as the “capital of Mediterranean cool,” Lonely Planet ranked it as one of the 10 most recommended cities for clubbers and hedonists, and National Geographic declared it one of the top 10 beach cities.
The president’s spokesperson said Peres will be one of the first political leaders to convene with Pope Francis since his election to the august post in March. (Noam ‘Dabul’ Dvir)
“What I learned in Maryland saved the lives of many people in Israel, and we Israelis thank you for that,” Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the Department of General Surgery and Trauma Unit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, told Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Dr. Jay Perman on Tuesday.
The two American officials visited the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and Hadassah’s Trauma Unit.
Prof. Rivkind specialized in trauma care at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center from 1986 to 1988. He used the knowledge he gained there to set up the Trauma Unit at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Dr. Perman said he was proud of the student who excelled his teachers, as the special care methods developed by Rivkind and his team over the years were used by doctors who treated the victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
Governor O’Malley noted that Henrietta Szold, the founder of the Hadassah Women’s Organization who helped build the Hadassah hospital, came from Baltimore.
He said that during his term as Baltimore mayor, he had hung Szold’s picture in his office. “I can feel her spirit here today,” he added.
During the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Hebrew University’s School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Chan said Israel spends less on healthcare than the average OEDC country does, while getting excellent results. She added she has come to learn from Israel’s healthcare system. (Dr. Itay Gal)
In its 65 years of existence, the State of Israel’s volume of exports (goods and services) has grown 15,000 times, from some $6 million in 1948 to some $91 billion in 2012, the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI) reported Tuesday in honor of Independence Day.
According to IEICI calculations, this is the sixth highest growth rate in the world during that period, putting the Israeli economy in the 38th place in terms of export volumes and 29th in terms of exports per capita, after South Korea and Britain and before France, Spain, Italy, Japan and the United States.
An analysis conducted by IEICI economists, examining the export growth rates from 1948 to 2012, ranks Israel in the sixth place in the world after the United Arab Emirates (whose volume of exports has grown 150,000 times during that period), South Korea (29,000 times), Oman (24,000 times), Qatar (24,000 times) and Taiwan (17,000 times).
Israel is followed by China, whose volume of exports grew 3,900 times since 1948, and Japan (3,000 times).
Most countries preceding Israel in terms of export growth rates are the Gulf states, thanks to an increase in oil production and in its global price. Israel ranks second among OECD countries (after South Korea) and first among European countries.
“In its 65 years of existence, Israel has reached significant export achievements and enjoyed fast growth based, among other things, on the fast and significant increase in exports,” said IEICI Chairman Ramzi Gabbay.
The figures are encouraging but hold a concerning message too. They serve as a reminder of the Israeli economy’s dependence on exports as a source of growth. This dependence means that the Israeli economy is negatively affected by a slowdown in the volume of global trade, following a financial crisis, even when the economic trends which led to the crisis did not take place in Israel.
This was the case when the real estate bubble burst in the US, leading to the bank shares crisis on Wall Street in 2008, and this is the case today when the European debt crisis is leading to significant cuts in government budgets and to an economic slowdown in European countries, which serve as the Israeli industry’s main export destination.