Hadas Drucker's road safety sticker 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy of the Amal Group website 521)
Two students from Nahariya won first place in national competitions on
road safety last week. The winners, Nicole Sergeiv and Hadas Drucker, are both
students of Amal, the Yitzhak Rabin Arts and Sciences High School in the
Tenth-grader Sergeiv won the “creating safety on the road” national
poster contest, which the Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving in Israel
headed in conjunction with the Education Ministry. Meanwhile, 11th-grader
Drucker took the gold in another national competition for the best-designed
sticker with a focus on the danger of drunk driving. Conducting that competition
was the National Road Safety Council, in cooperation with the National Student
and Youth Council.
Sergeiv’s poster depicts a smartphone with a
half-written text message to the driver’s loved one reading, “Honey, I’m on my
wa –” alongside a heart and smiley emoticon. Accompanying the message is an
image of a smashed windscreen. Drucker’s sticker design features a giant hand
holding a car on puppet strings, with a caption that reads “Don’t let alcohol
Amal Group CEO Ravit Dom sent a letter of congratulations
to the school manager, Yigal Goshen, saying that “the two triumphs attest to the
high level of ability of the students. The fact that both competitions concern
road safety also testifies to the high level of awareness of this important
issue. These achievements are a great honor for the winning students, for the
Rabin Arts and Sciences High School, to the Amal Group and the entire city of
Nahariya; it evokes a great sense of pride in all our hearts.”
after Nazareth car crashes into wall
A car slammed into a wall in Nazareth last
weekend, injuring three men in their 20s. The collision took place near the Mar
Yousef Nazareth Baptist School.
Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at
the scene and evacuated the men to a nearby hospital.
One man suffered
serious injuries, while the other two were lightly to moderately
Man nabbed over sexual offenses against teen relative
arrested a 35-year-old man in Nazareth last Friday on suspicion of committing
sexual offenses against a 17-year-old family member.
The suspect is a
resident of a village in the Galilee. He was set to appear for a remand
extension at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court.
Injured man found lying in
A 48-year-old man was found lying in the road last week in Shibli, in the
Mount Tabor area, with injuries to his upper body.
The man was evacuated
to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center by helicopter.
Police launched an
investigation into the incident.
Faulty hand-brake leaves young man
severely hurt in Safed
A 25-year-old man suffered serious injuries after
attempting to stop his unattended car from rolling away due to a faulty
Once the young man parked the car, it began to move, and when
he tried to stop it, he became caught between the vehicle and a wall.
friend who was with the man moved the car immediately and saved his
Police were called to the scene, and the man was taken to Safed’s
Ziv Medical Center.
Syria protesters disrupt Little League soccer match
During a Little League soccer match in Majdal Shams over the weekend, between
children from the village and children from Kafr Kama, several residents
suddenly stormed the field, shouting that the area belonged to Syria.
disturbance led the referee to stop the game.
Golan Police arrested six
people in their 40s on suspicion of violating public order, and they were to be
brought to the Kiryat Shmona court for a hearing.
MDA calls for
blood donations ahead of Passover
In an effort to preempt the expected slack in
blood donations over Passover, Magen David Adom called on members of the public
to donate blood before the holiday began.
In addition, MDA increased its
manpower as of Monday, the first day of Passover.
The national aid
organization’s director, Eli Bin, said that “MDA is ready to solve any situation
that might arise during the holiday.”
NGO Pitchon Lev runs food drive for
Ahead of Passover, NGO Pitchon Lev launched a massive food drive for needy
families, aiming to hand out some 10,000 baskets of goods worth a total of NIS 3
The baskets contain basic food items for the holiday, including
matzot, oil, wine, canned beans, chicken soup, sugar, coffee, chocolate spread,
matza meal, meat, fruit and vegetables. The drive began last week at the NGO’s
center in Rishon Lezion, and the state contributed NIS 2 to each of the NIS 350
baskets. The goods are collected through fund-raising and donations.
NGO distributes over 4,000 packages to disadvantaged families every month, with
social workers and social services across the country referring the families to
the organization. This year, however, Pitchon Lev was so inundated with letters
that the quantity of requests for aid exceeded its capacity. In an unprecedented
move, it was forced to issue a letter requesting that the social services stop
the flow of referrals, though thousands of families were still waiting to
receive their packages.
According to Nissim Zioni, the organization’s
founder and director-general, the NGO works throughout the year, and especially
on holidays, to meet the needs of the large number of needy families in the country. In a letter to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, he called on the government to enable Pitchon Lev to
continue providing families with food and holiday cheer by sending food or funds
to the organization.
Shoes piled up in Rabin Square in solidarity with
Relatives of Holocaust survivors and others began piling up old shoes
in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday to show solidarity with the plight of the
country’s survivors. The mountain of shoes was to remain in the square all
83-year-old Netanya man suspected of stabbing wife to death
indictment was filed against an 83-year-old resident of Netanya on Sunday, in
connection with the murder of his wife three weeks earlier.
the indictment, an argument over money broke out between the couple, during
which the man took a kitchen knife and stabbed his wife seven times in various
parts of her body. Afterward, he allegedly hid the knife in the washing machine
and changed his clothes, which were covered in blood.
BGU brain researchers
US President Barack Obama bestowed accolades upon
researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev who presented two
brainfocused technologies at the Israel Museum technology showcase during the
president’s visit last week.
The researchers presented Obama and Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with brain activation technology by the ElMindaA
startup company, founded by Prof. Amir Geva of BGU’s Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering.
The company’s trademark “BNA” technology
measures brain state and brain changes and can potentially be applied to assess
a wide range of neurological, psychiatric and physical conditions, including
concussions, sports injuries, and central nervous system-related diseases such
as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Additionally the technology serves as a tool in
the development of treatments for these diseases, in rehabilitation from sports
injuries, and in evaluating when physical activity can be resumed. The US
president lauded BNA as “a great idea.”
Obama also viewed the MinDesktop,
a hands-free, thought-controlled computer developed by three BGU students to
help disabled people communicate. The technology includes a cap equipped with 14
EEG connect points that sense brain activity. Newsweek/The Daily Beast quoted
Obama as telling Netanyahu that the inventors of the MinDesktop “have deeper
thoughts probably than the two of us.”
Doron Krakow, executive vice
president of the New York-based American Associates, BGU, said, “Today, we were
stars, and it is so incredibly gratifying to be able to present two examples of
the cutting- edge technology being developed and commercialized by
He added, “We are proud of the two groups from ElMindA and
MinDesktop who are fulfilling Ben-Gurion University’s mission to develop
technologies that are helping people in Israel, in the United States and around
Police nab cell suspected of weapons trafficking
undercover operation conducted last month, police from the Negev’s YAMAR
(Central Investigative Unit) arrested 12 suspects in the South on suspicion of
possessing and trafficking weapons for financial gain, the Local website
After the month-long investigation, Negev Police filed a
declaration in support of remanding the 12 suspects in connection with 14