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Israeli Startup Helping Americans Find Jobs

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

As the US economy suffers from a stagnant unemployment rate, an Israeli startup company is using innovative technology to change the way Americans search for and find jobs.

Utilizing social networking as its base, Jobsminer.com is the only job search engine that aggregates jobs in real time from social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and more. While such social networks are generally limited to family, friends or followers, JobsMiner offers a ground-breaking means to access job opportunities hidden within the vast and relatively untamed social networking frontier.

In unlocking these hidden jobs, JobsMiner presents potential employment opportunities that otherwise would have been missed by the job seeker.

If someone for example, wants to search for potential jobs in Maine, a simple click on the website’s map of the state yields a list of jobs, ranging from office manager in Portland to registered nurse in Bangor, all drawn from various social networking sites. The job seeker can always tailor the search by specifying the job field he or she is interested in and the geographical area.

According to the company’s CEO, Ran Enoch, over 22 million Americans have used social networks to find their most recent job in 2011.

“The majority of jobseekers today use social networking,” Enoch told Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview.

“Ours is the first and only on-line tool that searches all social media websites for relevant jobs,” he added.

JobMiner’s social media search engine is based upon the unique technology of Makam, a leading Israeli company which has been monitoring and analyzing social media for seven years, providing services in the fields of government, security, and healthcare to thousands of users in organizations both in Israel and internationally including the US.

“The reason that we chose to launch JobsMiner in the United States is due to the current economic climate of the country and partly because of our familiarity with the market there,” explained Enoch.

“Our search engine crawls through social networks, blogs and forums, filtering out the clutter and presenting those job opportunities that are relevant to the job seeker. What we realized is that company employees many times will post about a job opening on their social networks before it even appears on the company’s website or job board. JobsMiner gets this information out to a much wider circle of people in the quickest possible way.”

Launched in February 2012, JobsMiner has already helped countless Americans locate jobs, according to Enoch.

Joyce Lain Kennedy, a Los Angeles Times syndicated Careers columnist predicts that JobsMiner “holds the potential to play a major role in the 21st century job search revolution.” She described JobsMiner in her column as “an impressive burst of creative energy to refresh your job search.”

With ten Israeli employees who oversee one million job postings per month, JobsMiner is a small start-up company located in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv, and is looking to expand its services.

“Following our success in the American market, we are looking at the job market in Spain right now,” said Enoch. The company is also looking elsewhere in Europe and plans to make its job service technology available in its own home country in the coming months, with the Hebrew-language system already set.

“Even with our plans to continue expanding, one thing will not change and that is we plan to always keep our services free of charge,” Enoch told Tazpit News Agency. JobsMiner provides its services for free as it generates revenue through clicks on Google advertisements on its site.

“In general, our company’s vision is to continue to help people find work across the globe,” concludes Enoch.

Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, 84

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who was committed to fighting anti-Semitism and fought in Israel’s War of Independence, has died.

Sassoon died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home. He was 84. He had been battling leukemia, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In 1982, he established the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He toured the United States to raise funds for the center.

Sassoon, a London native, grew up in a Jewish orphanage after his father had left the family. He dropped out of school at age 14 to become an apprentice hairdresser.

In 1948, at the age of 20, he joined the Haganah and fought in Israel’s War of Independence.

He opened his first salon in London in 1954, and became known for his modern and low-maintenance hairstyles that used geometric cutting and layers to achieve a sleek and natural look. Soon Sassoon opened a chain of salons in England and the U.S.

In 1973 he debuted a line of shampoos and styling products, gaining fame with appearances in TV commercials using the slogan “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

His philanthropy included the Vidal Sassoon Foundation.

Sassoon was married four times and had four children.

Will Netanyahu Call Early Elections?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Rumors have begun to circulate that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to dissolve his government and call for early elections in September 2012. An article published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday suggested that Netanyahu’s recent call to expedite the Likud primaries was the first step in bringing early elections.

The idea that Netanyahu would want to call for early elections may sound odd to some, considering he is enjoying coalition stability and solid approval ratings, both rarities in Israel’s treacherous political landscape. But Netanyahu is thinking ahead. It is because of – and not despite – his current political stability that he would want to assure his next four years in office sooner rather than later.

The most important date on Netanyahu’s calendar is November 6, 2012, the day of the US Presidential election. Conventional wisdom suggests that if Obama wins reelection for his second and final term, he will lean heavily on Israel to consummate a peace deal, unrestrained by domestic politics and election considerations.

In pushing national elections forward, Netanyahu would hope to ride the wave of his current popularity into another four years of office, and his renewed mandate will precede a possible Obama reelection by two months. Capitalizing on his current popularity would also result in an upgrade of his mandate to an expanded one, which would be crucial if Netanyahu has to face the unrelenting pressure of a rejuvenated US president.

To be sure, the next few years promise to be critical for Israel, with the fate of Iran’s nuclear program and the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’ among its top concerns. Netanyahu undoubtedly wants to lead Israel through these travails, but to do so he will have to shrewdly assess the political risks and determine the best time to consolidate his political capital.

Pentagon Official Blames ‘U.S. Policies’ For Qaeda Attacks

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

       She believes al Qaeda was an “obscure group” turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies.

  She’s referred to former president Bush as “our torturer in chief” and a “psychotic who need[s] treatment” while comparing Bush’s arguments for waging a war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda.

  She’s worked on behalf of George Soros’s philanthropic foundation.

  Meet Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy, a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon.

  ”I prefer to think of [my new position] as my personal government bailout,” Brooks wrote in a departing piece at the Los Angeles Times, where she served as a regular columnist.

  Brooks’s new boss earlier this month briefed Congress on U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, two countries for which she has enormous power concerning drafting future military doctrine.

  ”Brooks will wield an extraordinary degree of influence in helping shape U.S. policy. Her extreme views should therefore be closely scrutinized,” wrote Nile Gardiner, a contributor to the London Telegraph’s online blog.

  Indeed, Brooks’s recent L.A. Times columns evidence views some may find disconcerting.

  In 2007, she labeled al Qaeda as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky. Thanks to U.S. policies, al Qaeda has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001.”

  Brooks wrote that both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney “should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. Impeachment’s not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant.”

  She also penned a column about Bush entitled “Our torturer-in-chief” in which she inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies.

  ”Today, the chickens are coming home to roost,” she fumed, but “the word ‘accountability’ isn’t in the White House dictionary.”

  In another column she referred to the regimes of Iran and North Korea as “foreign authoritarians,” while calling the Bush administration a “homegrown” authoritarian regime.

  In a column last month, Brooks claimed the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel arguments for prosecuting the war on terrorism were similar to tactics used by Hitler.

  Brooks is a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she serves as director of Georgetown Law School’s Human Rights Center. She previously served as special counsel to the president at Soros’s Open Society Institute.

  She has consulted for Human Rights Watch and served as a board member of Amnesty International USA.

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