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Tel Aviv to get Waldorf Astoria too

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January 3, 2011
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Luxury chain’s second hotel in Israel to be built on shoreline, near Hilton Hotel

The Waldorf Astoria chain is expected to open a second hotel in Israel, on the plot adjacent to the Tel Aviv Hilton Hotel.

The chain’s first hotel will be opened by the Canadian Reichman family in 2011 in Jerusalem, opposite businessman Alfred Akirov’s Mamilla Hotel, at a total investment of $100 million. It is expected to be Israel’s most luxurious hotel. Developer Henry Taic plans to build the second Waldorf Astoria Hotel on the area north of the Tel Aviv Hilton Hotel, which includes its parking lot and gas station. The new hotel will be integrated into the activity of the historic hotel located near Independence Park.

According to Architect Moshe Zur, who is conducting the negotiations with the Tel Aviv Municipality, it is still unclear home many floors or room the hotel will have and whether it will include vacation flats.

Taic confirmed to Yedioth Ahronoth the existence of construction plans near the Hilton, adding that it would be a long process. In any event, the new hotel’s location is not expected to block the Hilton guests’ view.

Two Waldorf Astoria hotels in Israel will expand the country’s five-star deluxe hotel industry, which includes the two Ritz hotels being built in the Herzliya Marina and on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard and the Four Seasons Hotel planned in Jerusalem’s German Colony.

The Jerusalem hotel, being built by the Hilton corporation and the IPC Jerusalem company within the historical Palace hotel, is located on the corner of King David and Agron Streets – short walking distance from the Old City – and will include 220 rooms and suites and 30 residential apartments.

Waldorf Astoria Collection currently has five hotels, four of them in the United States. The Jerusalem hotel will be the second one located outside the US after the hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Taic is planning a hotel with residential apartments near the David Intercontinental Hotel which he also owns, at a total investment of NIS 750 million ($210 million).

Source: Ynetnews.com

Israel helps China combat child abuse

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For first time, delegation of Israeli experts trains Chinese pediatricians to diagnose and treat child abuse and neglect

Israeli expertise in combating the phenomenon of child abuse is being exported to China for the first time.

A team from the Jerusalem-based Haruv Institute, which provides innovative training in identifying and fighting child abuse and neglect, held a five-day seminar last week for a group of 40 pediatricians from across China led by Dr. Yoram Ben Yehuda and Dr. Gabriel Otterman.

Sanford R. Cardin, the president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which supports the Haruv Institute, attended as well.

The seminar sought to provide the pediatricians, who often serve as the front-line in identifying child abuse, new tools and clinical skills with a focus on early detection.

The training, which took place in Xi’an, a city of ten million in central China, also included methods for documenting and treating cases of child abuse. Shaanxi Hospital in Xi’ang invited Haruv’s physicians after hearing about their expertise.

The seminar included lectures, workshops, an examination of case studies, in-depth discussion and clinical, hands-on training. Some of the Chinese physicians were expected to travel to Jerusalem for further training at the Haruv Institute.

This is the first time an Israeli delegation has been invited to another country to train others on the subject of preventing and treating child abuse and is among the first times, if not the first time, that a Chinese institute has asked for such outside expertise on the matter.

Integral role

The seminar’s long-term goal is to train a core group of pediatricians in China to become experts in detecting and treating child abuse, who will then be able to transmit their knowledge and new tools to colleagues throughout the country, home to one of the largest populations of children in the world.

“The Chinese have recently realized that the role pediatricians’ play is a very integral one in fighting child abuse, and often they will be the first place a child will go after being hurt,” said Professor Hillel Schmid, Director of the Haruv Institute. “This innovative and pioneering seminar aims to train these pediatricians with the necessary skills and knowledge to detect when a child is in danger and, furthermore, have the resources and wherewithal to take the appropriate action.”

According to Schmid, the Chinese invitation is evidence of the Haruv Institute’s growing international influence as leaders in providing knowledge and training in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. “Our goal is to expand our reach and to deepen our collaboration with the professional community in China to share with them the knowledge and skills we obtained in Israel to fight this phenomenon,” Schmid added.

Source: Ynetnews.com