The expedited construction of gas distribution lines comes as part of a plan by Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry to reduce air pollution in the Haifa Bay area.
Following pressure from the Environmental Protection Ministry, four factories in the Haifa Bay region will soon be connected to natural gas for the first time, the ministry announced on Sunday.
Haifa bay – Photo: URIA ASHKENAZY/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
The Haifa District Committee for Planning and Building recently approved the connection, after Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai met with a number of officials in the bay region to demand the expedited construction of two low-pressure gas distribution lines, the ministry said. Continue Reading »
The Chinese pandas chief visited Israel last week with a huge 200-man business delegation, to determine if the Haifa zoo is Panda-worthy. Watch adorable video.
Following a diplomatic tradition going back millennia, China will be gifting Israel with two giant pandas, if it decides that the conditions in the Haifa zoo meet the animals’ needs.
Four-month old panda babies playing at Atlanta Zoo, December 12, 2013. – Photo: Reuters
The delightful duo, which are actually a primitive species of bear, would be the latest to travel further to China’s “Panda Diplomacy,” a policy first employed by the Empress Wu Zetian in the year 658 AD to charm the Japanese emperor Temmu. Continue Reading »
Friday, Israel’s northern city of Haifa launched a special fast stretched-bus system, the Metronit, aimed at reducing traffic & commuting times.
The city of Haifa’s Metronit system launched on Friday. The system is undergoing a test run, during which passengers can ride the Metronit buses for free.
Haifa’s Metronit mass-transit system launched on Friday
City officials will weigh the impact of the new system and will consider changes to local bus routes.
The Metronit system uses a special extra-long, fast bus, with several doors to allow for quicker pauses at crowded bus stops. The bus will be given precedence at intersections and will have several streets to itself, allowing it to progress quickly through the city. Continue Reading »
A local Muslim cleric instructs mosque criers in Israel’s northern coastal city to avoid calls to prayer on loudspeakers during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays. ‘There are things we can do without for the benefit of our neighbors,’ he says.
By Lior El-Chai
A Muslim cleric from Haifa has instructed muezzins in the city to refrain from calls to prayer during the High Holidays, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
No calls to prayer in September – Photo: Avishai Zigman and Hagai Dekel
Amir Mahmoud Sharif, head of Israel’s Ahmadi Islamic movement, gave the directive during a tour of Haifa’s mosques for Eid al-Fitr held by Mayor Yona Yahav. Continue Reading »
Israeli official says Syria’s failed cyber attack was launched about 2 weeks ago.
Literally, hundreds of cyber attacks occur every minute against crucial Israeli infrastructure.
By Ilana Curiel
A senior Israeli official revealed on Saturday that Syria has attempted two weeks ago to launch a cyber attack against Haifa‘s water system, in retaliation to the alleged Israeli attack in Damascus a month ago.
Syria’s Bashar Assad – Photo: AP
Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, chairman of the National Council for Research and Development, said that Israeli critical infrastructures such as electricity, water and the stock exchange undergo hundreds of cyber attacks every minute. Continue Reading »
First report: Truck driver loses control of vehicle, crashes into 8 cars & pedestrians.
Emergency crews treating wounded at scene with at least 10 people reported injured.
At least six people were killed and a dozen were injured – two of them critically – in a multi-vehicle accident on the outskirts of the northern Israeli city of Haifa on Wednesday afternoon.
The scene of the accident in Haifa, April 10, 2013. Photo by ZAKA
Police say that they are not ruling out any possibilty in their investigation of the accident, including the possibility that it was a terrorist attack. Continue Reading »