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Montreal – Hillel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut After Party!!!

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FREE BBQ, CHEAP BEER, LIVE DJ , GREAT MUSIC!
CELEBRATE YOM HA’ATZMAUT WITH HILLEL!
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As most of you already know, each year after the Yom Ha’atzmaut rally downtown, Hillel invites you all to the house for a free BBQ!

This year it is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever with the same delicious free food, cheap beer, cake, and great music!!!!

Join us for a toast to Israel on the anniversary celebration of its independence!!!

It is the perfect STUDY BREAK as well!

For more information visit the facebook event page

Tel Aviv U students organize Humanitarian Medicine

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The HMC 2010 is a project established and led by a group of students from Tel Aviv University who take part in the StandWithUs Fellowship, a public diplomacy leadership program. The participants will  be exposed to various fields surrounding Humanitarian Medicine. The conference will include professional guided tours, and panels run by experts from the medical field.

The HMC conference will take place in Tel-Aviv from the 25th – 28th of July.

For more information visit the conference’s website

Canada’s Israel: Magna’s “Magna Steyr” Joins Israel, China and Italy to Make New “Chery” Electric Car

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By Karin Kloosterman

Fans of Canada’s “Canada for Better Place” website can’t wait for the roll out of an all-electric vehicle grid to hit the roads of Canada. Better Place, the Israeli company based in California has designs to electrify not only Canada’s roads, but roads of the world.

Canada’s Israel blog has previously reported Better Place’s Shai Agassi’s activities in the Province of Ontario (see the article Shai Agassi Goes Canadian, Eh?), but a strong Canadian connection to the Better Place plan is already in the works through a deep business agreement being developed by an Israeli firm, the mega-huge holding company Israel Corp, China’s Chery, an automobile manufacturer, Canada’s Magna Steyr, a division of Frank Stronach’s Magna International, and Italy’s Italdesign.

Israel Corp, who now owns 40% of Better Place found it was waiting too long for Renault-Nissan to bring its car to market (I was at an inauguration of the Renault car a couple of months ago). So the Israeli company has decided to team up with partners and produce its own version of the electric car –– one that will be compatible with the Better Place recharging grid, now being developed in Israel, and also with Better Place’s battery swap depots, now debuting in Japan. The current market issue with the electric car is time it takes to recharge. Better Place, has developed instead, a swappable battery that can be replaced in 5 minutes, at stations conveniently located like gas stations throughout the grid’s network. The company is also working in Israel to install charge points at popular shopping venues, train stations and at the workplace parking lots of big firms.

The plan to develop a new electric car model looks like it undercuts Renault-Nissan, which has also vested interests in Better Place.

According to an article in Globes, a daily business newspaper from Israel:

Better Place’s only current electric car is the Renault Fluence. Industry sources believe that Renault has imposed numerous restrictions on the global marketing of the car, which is why a source of cars from Israel Corp., which currently owns 40% of Better Place, is a critical factor for the venture’s business development.
Israel Corp. estimates that in order to begin mass production of the electric cars, it will require an additional €400 million in outside financing, which it will obtain from banks and government grants.
In the new international partnership, involving Magna Steyr based in Austria, the Chinese car manufacturer and the Italian design company, the group will develop 4 models of an electric car, and in parallel will develop petrol-fueled versions as well. The cars will be based on the engine made by Chery-Quantum LLC, a new joint venture between Israel Corp. and Chery Automobile Company Co. Ltd.

Expect these 4 new models of electric car, which may or may not resemble the above image from Chery.

1. The Chery urban compact CF1X
2. A family sedan CF11
3. The hatchback based on the same chassis CF14,
4. The compact road-off road recreation vehicle CF16

Frank Stronach’s Magna gave my sister a job for years until the recent financial woes for the company set in. Now it looks like Magna is taking a more dominant role in the new market of electric vehicles, which many believe is not just a responsible step in the right direction, but one with potentially huge financial gains.

Does this Canadian-Austrian-Israeli-Chinese-Italian league of companies getting together mean that a province-wide, or a nation-wide electric car grid is around the corner for Canada? Environmentalists like me certainly hope so. Besides, my dad’s been complaining too much recently about the price of gas. Stronach: if you can influence in any way an electric model pickup truck for every day Joe’s north of Toronto to drive, I am sure you will pick a market winner.

For more on this development, you can see an earlier sum-up of the electric car deal on my Middle East blog, Green Prophet. I am sure this will hit the Canadian newspapers soon. Remember, you read it here on Canada’s Israel first.

And just in: here’s a pic of Stronach eying a Ford electric car, captured by CTV news.

chery car china red photo

Source: Canadasisrael.ca

Israelis make breakthrough in stem cell research

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Hadassah Hospital researchers develop new cell growth method which may help heal Parkinson’s disease, diabetes

A breakthrough made by Israeli researchers may pave the way for healing chronic illnesses: Researchers from Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital have developed a new method for producing large amounts of human fetal stem cells.

Fetal stem cells can transform into any type of cell in the human body. The cells attract considerable scientific interest due to the estimate that in the future they could be used as an endless source of cells, which will be transplanted and improve the performance of organs in a wide variety of degenerative diseases.

The medical world hopes to be able to use fetal stem cells to heal Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, reticular degeneration and other illnesses. In addition, the cells may be used in the future to grow human organs which would replace damaged organs like kidneys and liver.

Up to now, stem cells would be multiplied in colonies of one cell layer attached to a flat substrate. In their study, the Israeli researchers showed that human fetal stem cells can be produced and multiplied while floating in liquid substrate.

“The study’s findings are an important step ahead of an automatic and controlled creation of the large amounts of cells needed for transplant and other industrial and research purposes,” says Prof. Benjamin Rubinoff, director of the Hadassah Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center, who headed the team of researchers.

The study’s findings offer the first practical option of growing large quantities of fetal stem cells in large containers with calculated and accurate control of the breeding conditions.

The research was conducted as part of Dr. Deborah Steiner’s post-doctoral study with the help of other researchers from the Hadassah Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center. The study was published recently in the prestigious Nature Biotechnology journal.

Source: Ynetnews.com