Some 200 Israeli and foreign photographers and as many as 30 curators will take part in the 2012 International Photography Festival, which will be held during the intermediate days of Sukkot (October 2-8) at the Jaffa Port and other locations.
According to organizers, this year’s festival will be focused around the themes of the environment, community, and art.
The festival will include a project in collaboration with Google, as well as several exhibitions in which photographers will select the works of their colleagues.
The Shpilman Institute for Photography will present an integrated project of exhibitions and video screenings, and huge photos with “harsh messages on the boundaries between society and art” will be showcased on the port’s buildings.
Some of the exhibitions are free, but tickets should be purchased to see the whole festival. A single entry card costs NIS 39 (about $10), and a family card (a couple and up to three kids) costs NIS 78 ($20).
Israel Chemicals (ICL) was given a special authorization Sunday to have one of its European subsidiaries sell water purification tablets to UNICEF with the knowledge that they will be used in the agency’s relief mission in Syria.
UNICEF is overseeing a project meant to rehabilitate Syria’s water sources, which have suffered significant damage during the 18-months revolt against President Bashar Assad.
The deal will be carried out by ICL’s Ireland-based subsidiary, Medentech. The company needed government approval for the deal since it involved the delivery of Israeli products to an enemy state.
According to details obtained by Ynet, UNICEF expressed interest in the company’s “AquaTabs” water purification product following the growing shortage of drinking water in war-torn Syria.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was therefore called on to authorize the deal, due to the innate political sensitivities.
He did so citing humanitarian grounds; as well as the fact that the product will not be sold directly to Syria, but rather to the UN agency.
Some moments in life help put everything in proportions. Stepping outside the Kisumu Airport in Kenya and heading towards Lake Victoria was one of those moments.
Lake Victoria, or “Nam Lolwe,” in Luo, is one of the African Great Lakes. Hanning Speke, the first European to discover this lake in 1856, named it after Queen Victoria.
With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometers, Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. It is the world’s second largest freshwater lake by surface area; and the world’s ninth largest continental lake. It is also shared by three nations – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
For hundreds of years, the area’s impoverished residents – who are devoid of any real infrastructure, electricity and running water – have relied on the lake for their food and livelihood.
According to assessments, some five million people are dependent on this great source of life in Kenya alone, turning them, unfortunately, into one of the world’s poorest and most ailing populations.
Numerous mistakes have been made since the lake’s discovery by the white man, turning the area from one bustling with life, to one struggling with muddy waters – literally – and one that can only barely sustain the lives of those dependant on it.
Members of Migvan urban kibbutz, located in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, have decided to invest in a unique crop – solar energy.
The commune’s houses are covered with solar panels, making them the location of Israel’s first urban solar field, which produces electricity for its residents.
Migvan was formed in 1987 and is currently home to 50 people.
The urban kibbutz adopted environmentally friendly principles from its inception, and has a large recycling center and a compost recycling facility, as well.
About three years ago, the members agreed to install small solar systems on their roofs, to manufacture their own power.
“We had a clear agenda then, to save electricity, to contribute what little we could to the environment and yes, to form a long-term savings account for the kibbutz,” Migvan member Lior Lapid said.
Migvan was able to obtain a bank loan to finance the venture and soon installed 10 Sunpower systems.
In late April the systems went on the grid and started producing electricity.
Each rooftop system produced 4 kilowatts of power and together, they are expected to produce more than 70 kilowatts of electricity a year.
As it was soon discovered, the systems produced more electricity than Migvan needed, yielding an 11% return on their investment. The commune now hopes to pay off the bank loan it was given within 8-9 years.
“It’s like having a savings account with a 12% return,” Lapid said.
“The State should encourage these kinds of projects. There’s plenty of sun and more than enough roofs. There’s no need to take up open spaces for it.”
S&P stated that the affirmation “reflects our view of Israel’s economic policy flexibility as a result of consistent growth and careful macroeconomic management. Despite a weak global economic environment and a temporary slowdown in 2012 and 2013,” (Reuters)