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In This Issue
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says boycotters of Israel are 'fools'
Bombing near Jerusalem bus stop kills woman, 30 hurt
Taiwan, Israel destinations of choice for junketing MPs
Israeli neonatologists save babies' lives in Ghan
Mark Ronson returning to Israel
Israel Sending Help To Japan
An 'electric' way to reduce lower back pain
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Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says boycotters of Israel are 'fools'

Gene Simmons during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem on Tuesday. - Gene Simmons during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem on Tuesday. | AP

Kiss's Israeli-born singer-musician Gene Simmons is shouting out loud at the string of musicians who refuse to perform in his homeland.

"They're fools," the legendary bassist told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday, on his first return to Israel since leaving the country as a child more than 50 years ago. 


Bombing near Jerusalem bus stop kills woman, 30 hurt

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which coincided with an upsurge of violence on the Gaza border that has led to fears of a new war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, after months of relative quiet.

 

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Taiwan, Israel destinations of choice for junketing MPs


OTTAWA - Taiwan and Israel were the all-expenses-paid destinations of choice for MPs again last year, according to a parliamentary report on sponsored travel for 2010.

And Conservative MPs were the most likely to take these junkets paid for by foreign governments, advocacy groups and business organizations.

According to the annual sponsored travel report from the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner's office, MPs took 20 free trips to Taiwan, often with spouses, worth a total declared value of more than $133,500.

Fifteen of the 20 Taiwanese trips went to Conservatives, Liberals took three and the NDP and Bloc Quebecois one each.

The trips, including airfare, hotel, and sometimes gifts, were all paid for by the Chinese International Economic Co-operation Association, a business and trade lobby organization.

 

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Israeli neonatologists save babies' lives in Ghan



Israeli neonatologists provide the know-how for a cooperative effort to lower the mortality rate of newborns in Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city.

It's Ghana's second largest city - but Kumasi, with its population of 1.5 million people, has only one hospital. Overcrowded and undersupplied, it was no surprise that the infant mortality rate was running over 10 times higher than in Western cities like Beersheva in Israel. Of the 28,000 babies born in the city every year, some 4,800 died.

Now a team of Israeli neonatologists is changing all that. The specialists, brought in by the Alliance for Global Good in cooperation with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs' MASHAV Agency for International Development, have established two new neonatal units for the local population.

Kumasi, Ghana
Overcrowded and poor, the city of Kumasi in Ghana saw high infant mortality rates, until a team of Israeli doctors stepped in.

The Israeli medical team also trained local doctors and nurses in advanced, but low cost methods to help save the babies' lives.

"We believe it is our obligation as human beings and as a nation to share whatever we have with others," says MASHAV Director Haim Divon.

"Israel holds a special place in our hearts," says Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng, representative of Millennium Cities Initiative of Ghana and West Africa.

 

 

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Mark Ronson returning to Israel

 

About two years after his previous visit to Israel, British musician Mark Ronson will return to the Holy Land with his band in April for one concert, Ynet has learned.

 

Ronson will arrive in Israel as part of a world tour after performing in Europe, Asia and Australia. The PLUG Productions company said negotiations were being held with the musician but failed to provide additional details.

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Israel Sending Help To Japan

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, Israel is one of the first countries to send a medical delegation to the area, along with much-needed supplies. Six Israeli medical professionals and search-and-rescue experts are headed to the Miyagi prefecture disaster zone.
 
To date, only a few international search and rescue teams have provided assistance, but this medical team could be the first to arrive. Israel is also sending a consignment consisting of 10,000 coats, 6,000 blankets, 6,000 pairs of gloves and 150 mobile toilets. Japanese authorities noted that Israel will be one of the first countries to provide aid in accordance with their requirements.
 

 

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An 'electric' way to reduce lower back pain



Forget analgesics and narcotics; the new Israeli treatment for backaches stimulates nerves non-invasively and electrically.

Nervomatrix scan
The Nervomatrix device scans the back and pinpoints where the pain is. It then applies a gentle electrical current to stimulate the nerves.

Chronic pain is one of the biggest reasons for sick days in America, and back pain is the most debilitating kind, something that eight out of 10 of us will experience in our lifetimes. Analgesics might work temporarily, but heavy-duty painkillers can lead to addiction.

A new Israeli company, Nervomatrix, just got US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval to start marketing its medical device for the relief of lower back pain. In the United States, this is big business: Approximately $80 billion is spent every year on treating back pain, and lower back pain in particular is the biggest mobility problem for the under-45 crowd.

Using electrical signals emitted by the body, similar to the way EKGs can "read" heart health, the Nervomatrix device scans the back and can pinpoint where the pain is, expressed as low electrical resistance. It is at this point that the device applies a gentle electrical current to stimulate the nerves to reduce pain.


 

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