NORTH A fishing competition run by the Israfish association was held last weekend on the shores of Lake Kinneret’s (the Sea of Galilee) Rotem and Sheizaf beaches.The Wild Carp team, comprising Yuri Levidev of Ariel and Yuri Kozimsky of Kiryat Motzkin, took first place. They managed to catch a total of 20 kilograms of carp and also succeeded in catching the biggest fish in the competition, weighing 5.23 kg. The heaviest fish caught in the competition to date was a 16.2-kg. creature caught in 2012.Stormy weather made the competition difficult, but the 34 competitors persevered and caught a total of 44 fish, weighing 100 kg. altogether. It was held in preparation for the international fishing competition, which take place on the Kinneret’s shores on December 21-26; the fish caught will be weighed by professional judges before being returned to the water. Fishermen will stay at the beaches for two days, sleeping in tents in a compound arranged by the Kinneret Towns Association.Shots fired at Hadera home from moving vehicleA Hadera house came under gunfire Sunday after shots were fired at it from a moving vehicle, Army Radio reported. The bullets hit the house’s walls and caused light damage, but no injuries were reported.Police were investigating the circumstances behind the incident. CENTER Bar-Ilan professor, Israel Prize laureate Pnina Klein buried after cancer battleIsrael Prize laureate Pnina Klein died last week at the age of 69, after a battle with cancer.A full professor at Bar-Ilan University’s Churgin School of Education, Klein was one of the world’s premier experts in early childhood education, developing research-based models for educational care and enrichment focusing on infant-adult interactions. Her research, dealing with early intervention in education, made important contributions to the field in Israel and around the world, gaining international recognition among leading researchers.Klein was born on November 20, 1945, in Tarnów, Poland.The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she was the first baby born after the war to a family that had lost all its children. She immigrated to Israel aboard the Negba ship with her parents.At age 16 she graduated from high school with honors, and was accepted to study psychology and biology at Bar-Ilan University. Later, during graduate studies, she worked in educational/psychological services in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood. There, she was exposed to at-risk children and became interested in the development of early intervention programs for these children. Klein devoted much of her 40-year career to developing methods for assessing the quality of adult-child interactions in early childhood, and translating them into intervention programs designed to enhance the emotional, social and cognitive development of young children.Improving the quality of parental mediation vastly improves the child’s cognitive performance, as well as social and emotional behavior, research has shown. Much of her work focused on children with developmental disabilities, those from low-income families and gifted children.The State of Israel recognized Klein a number of times for her singular contributions to her field. In awarding her the Israel Prize in 2011, the prize committee hailed Klein as one of the world’s most prominent researchers in the field of early childhood education research.Klein was buried in the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva.She is survived by her husband, three children and many grandchildren.Peru presents world’s largest corn at global food fair The Israfood annual international trade fair for Israel’s food and beverage industry was held last week at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. There, Peru presented a new series of food products, including the world’s largest corn crop from the Andes Mountains; it also presented quinoa, hearts of palm, potatoes from the Andes and yellow beans.The giant corn, the largest of its kind in the world, grows in the area of Cuzco, a popular destination for Israeli travelers known as the ancient capital of the Incas.Visitors at the Peruvian stall tasted the Pisco national cocktail, and other specialties including quinoa-based dishes. Peruvian Ambassador Gustavo Petro, who recently took office, attended the event – which came days after Peru opened its first tourist and commerce office in Israel, to promote tourism and trade relations between the two countries.Curtain to rise on new ballet show for kids on HanukkaLior Lahav’s International Jerusalem Dance Theater Company is presenting its new children’s ballet show, Kaduryahad (“Balltogether”), on Hanukka. The show is presented as a colorful game of basketball – dramatic, comic and rhythmic – through which children enter an imaginary world. Using music, light and colorful theater, kids demonstrate how the values of teamwork, camaraderie, friendship, encouragement, sympathy and renewed energy can lead to true victory. The show was inspired by the best-selling book The Seven Habits of Happy Children by Sean Covey, which deals with the importance of collaboration as well as recognizing individual ability. It will take place at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center on December 21 (Hanukka), and is suitable for ages five to 12.Man in serious condition after suspected self-immolationA 50-year-old man was evacuated to Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Medical Center in serious condition, after receiving initial treatment from Magen David Adom for burn injuries at Petah Tikva’s Segula Cemetery. He is believed to have set himself on fire.Police, firefighters rescue youngster stranded on riverbankLast Friday, Border Police from Mateh Yehuda, together with a team from the Beit Shemesh Fire and Rescue Station, rescued a young man after his vehicle was swept away by water near Nahal Sorek.That afternoon, three young men from Beit Shemesh had driven their cars in the Nahal Sorek Nature Reserve, near the “wet” quarries.When they tried to cross the raging river, the car got swept up in the strong current with the youths inside. They immediately called police, and officers and rescue teams promptly arrived on the scene.Meanwhile, the young men managed to get out of the car on their own, but one of them was caught on the opposite riverbank, unable to cross. Upon arrival, the police and rescue team immediately began a rescue operation that involved the use of a special rubber boat and other equipment. Mateh Yehuda station commander Supt. Ilan Nathaniel, who commanded the rescue operation, attributed its success to “the close cooperation between all parties.”SOUTHRahat resident arrested over shattering of soldier’s gravestone Police arrested a Rahat resident in his 20s on Monday morning, on suspicion of shattering a soldier’s gravestone a month ago. Under investigation, he linked himself to the crime and claimed he was drunk at the time of the act.The suspect was set to be brought for a remand extension.