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Twitter Launches Hebrew Menus

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Twitter users who share short thoughts and follow their favorite Israelis in the Hebrew language can now enjoy a full range of services, thanks to Twitter’s new Hebrew menus.

The Twitter Hebrew menu and language support arrive just 6 weeks after Twitter’s new version for “right-to-left” languages, according to a report in Globes.

Hebrew twitter grew by 150% between 2010 and 2011, but accounts for a mere 0.1% of all public tweets.

Israel Study: Maternal Stress a Plus for Fetus

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Children of mothers who experienced stress during pregnancy may have increased abilities to cope with mental and physical distress in maturity, according to a study out of the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion and Ha’Emek Hospital in Afula reported by Globes.

According to Dr. Avi Avital of the Technion, pregnant rats exposed to stressful stimuli gave birth to offspring who reacted to stressors with reduced levels of corticosterone hormone .  Babies of mothers with low stress in pregnancy reacted with higher levels of the stress hormone.

Furthermore, rats who experienced distress in utero showed less physical signs of distress during stressful situations than their previously non-stressed counterparts, and showed better survival instincts.

However, stress during the “childhood” of rats did not improve their abilities.  On the contrary, rats exposed to stress in pre-adolescence exhibited increased distress reactions in the years following.

New, Severe Traffic Enforcement in Israel

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

New measures to enforce driving rules announced by the Israel Police Traffic Division, the Knesset, and the State Prosecutor’s office this week will mean severe punishments for driving infractions, and a significantly increased likelihood of being caught committing them.

New speed and traffic light cameras will be installed throughout the country as part of the new crackdown.  Additionally, it will become easier for police to revoke drivers’ licenses for prolonged periods and will impose harsher penalties on many driving offenses.

The traffic cameras can operate in all weather conditions and times of day, and can photograph at a rate of less than a second between pictures, meaning driving breaches can be fined at any time of day or weather, and can capture images of any car on the road at any given time, as well as while turning at intersections.

A report by the Globes online business magazine informed readers that fines will be issued beginning at 10% above the speed limit, with a 31km/h (19.26 mph) rate above the limit resulting in an automatic NIS 750 fine (about $197).

Notices of fines incurred, or traffic court dates set, will be sent to violators in the mail.

A recent report by the State Comptroller’s office noted that 40% of road fatalities in Israel are occur to non-Jewish citizens, primarily Arabs, despite the fact that they are only 20% of the population.  The report blamed human error, road quality in pre-dominantly Arab areas, and the poor condition of the drivers’ cars.

Israel Home Prices Down For First Time in Almost 3 Years

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Home prices have fallen in the third quarter of 2011, for the first time in 30 months, according to an article in Israel’s Globes online business journal. The average price of a four-room apartment in the 16 cities analyzed in a government assessor’s survey was 1.2% less in the third quarter than in the preceding quarter, but was still 6.8% higher than in the corresponding quarter of 2010.

Tel Aviv’s average price was down 6% to NIS 2.39 million. Herzliya fell 2% to NIS 1.74 million, and Bat Yam fell 4% to NIS 1.44 million.  Jerusalem’s average price, however, rose 2% over the preceding quarter to NIS 1.7 million.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-home-prices-down-for-first-time-in-almost-3-years/2011/11/13/

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