Interior Ministry joins fight against illegal building in Safed.
KINDERGARTEN BEGINS in Migron Photo: Tovah Lazaroff
The Interior Ministry joined municipal officials in Safed this week in
efforts to protect the city’s historical and cultural character, demolishing a
two-story building in its Old City, the Local website reported.
a government decision to help develop and preserve the Old City, the ministry
collaborated with the local planning and building authorities to stop the
phenomenon of illegal building in Safed, according to the report. As part of the
enforcement operation, officials mapped building violations throughout the city,
issuing orders to stop illegal construction and the employment of unlicensed
The building demolished this week was on public land,
according to the report. The demolition was carried out with the cooperation of
the ministry, a local planning committee and the Israel Police, Local
Nahariya kindergarten teachers to get laptops
teachers in Nahariya will be receiving laptop computers in the next few weeks as
part of the “Laptop for Every Teacher in Israel” program, the Local website
“We were very happy and excited about the inclusion of
kindergarten teachers [and] kindergarten directors in Nahariya,” the report
quoted Dr. Orna Simhon, the Education Ministry’s Northern District director, as
Haifa moves toward environmentally friendly dumpsters
Municipality’s sanitation department has begun a process of replacing older
garbage dumpsters with more environmentally friendly plastic containers, the
Local website reported.
According to the municipality, the metal
dumpsters run the risk of becoming health hazards due to the formation of rust,
which could eat through the bottom of the containers, allowing oils and fluids
to permeate the ground and runoff water, the report said. The open containers
also increase the numbers of street cats, flies, odors and
Furthermore, the heavy weight of the metal dumpsters requires
heavier-duty trucks to collect trash, which consume more fuel and contribute to
air pollution, according to the report.
Haifa municipal sanitation
director Nathan Amram said his department would continue working to reduce the
number of containers placed in public spaces to the absolute minimum.
someone who has worked for many years in the acquisition of sanitation
equipment, from compactor trucks to home garbage cans, I do not remember such a
swift process for replacing containers,” Local quoted him as saying.
joins ‘healthy workers’ program
The Acre Municipality has announced its
participation in a program to promote healthy workplaces under the title of the
Association of Public Health. The program, “Healthy Workers in Successful
Organizations,” is designed to achieve sustainable improvements in health and
welfare, the Local website reported.
The five-month program will be
available to municipal employees and will include a wide range of activities and
services, ranging from lectures on health to group weight-loss programs, group
exercise activities, and ergonomic office advice and design, according to the
report. The National Insurance Institute is funding the program.
Mayor Shimon Lankry welcomed the initiative, saying it would greatly contribute
to the welfare of municipal employees and help them maintain their health, Local
TA to open CCTV command-and-control center
Aviv-Jaffa Municipality recently completed the construction and setup of a
command-andcontrol center connected to closed-circuit security cameras deployed
throughout the city, the Local website reported.
The city expects the
command center to begin operating within weeks as it completes staffing the
facility. The goals of the new project are to provide real-time information
about urban spaces and thereby maintain public order and improve personal
security for the city’s residents, according to the report. The center will
operate 24 hours a day, initially monitoring 57 cameras that have been installed
in the Naveh Sha’anan neighborhood – including 20 in the Levinsky area – and 80
cameras in the Shapira neighborhood, Local reported.
In the near future,
the city plans to deploy additional cameras in Jaffa.