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Edith’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and More New York Restaurant Openings – The New York Times

| January 11, 2022

HeadlinerEdiths Elyssa Heller, a Chicago native who settled in New York 10 years ago, has been building a career in food. She worked in marketing and operations for several companies, and then, without quitting her day job, started Ediths, as a pop-up at Paulie Gees Slice Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in 2020 selling items like handmade bagels. Christina Jackson, formerly of Tetsu, and Benjamin Leung, formerly of Manhatta, prepared the food

How tech start-up is attempting to improve small businesses funding – The New Times

| January 11, 2022

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are key to the growth of African economies, but they are often plagued by challenges among them lack of adequate funding to startup or grow their businesses. Though governments like Rwandas are doing a lot to create a supportive and enabling environment, capital challenges still linger, especially for the micro SMEs operating in the informal sector, which find it hard to obtain loans from banks due to failure to meet the necessary requirements, for example collateral. Marlon Weir, a Jamaican-American diaspora who has relocated to Rwanda is developing a 1st of its kind, unique IT solution which he reckons can be a platform for local SMEs to qualify and host micro-investment opportunities, which will aid them in accessing funding from their counterparts in outside countries (the rest of Africa and the global African diaspora).

Nationalist tree planting in the south sparks coalition infighting, violent protests – The Times of Israel

| January 11, 2022

Bennett: Economy will stay open as much as possible in Omicron wave Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says that despite skyrocketing COVID cases in the country, he is working to ensure the economy stays open. Omicron is a variant that infects more than all the other variants put together, says Bennett in a live press conference ahead of a scheduled meeting of the COVID cabinet this evening

Israel to expand the definition of Jewishness. What does that mean? – TRT World

| January 11, 2022

Millions of Israelis are defined as others by religious law. Israels statistics bureau is now set to define them as extended Jewish. In Israel, nearly half a million citizens are defined as others a category for those who are neither Jew nor Arab

Omicron wave met with apathy among Israel’s Arabs, keeping vaccination, COVID testing low – Haaretz

| January 11, 2022

While the rest of Israels coronavirus testing network is straining to cope with massive demand, the situation in the countrys Arab community is entirely different: The resumption of classes following the school winter break has led to a small uptick in requests for PCR testing and for more rapid antigen testing administered by medical personnel, but many community COVID coordinators report very limited demand on the whole for testing in the countrys Arab locales. As of Monday, data from the Arab Emergency Committee, a panel of public health experts and public figures that was established at the beginning of the pandemic, pegged 22 Arab communities as red the highest rate of infection and another 21 just one notch lower at orange.

Oil, cyber and weapons: Inside Israel’s relationship with Kazakhstan – Haaretz

| January 11, 2022

Israeli leaders are likely looking at the unrest and power struggles in Kazakhstan with trepidation. Although the Central Asian republic rarely enters the public discourse and ties seem so marginal that there are no direct flights between the two countries, Kazakhstan is an important source for imported oil and a lucrative market for Israeli arms

Israel sends mixed messages on Western Wall deal, but plans to implement parts of it – Haaretz

| January 11, 2022

The Israeli government does not intend to freeze the Western Wall deal, which was meant to provide the Conservative and Reform movements with a proper egalitarian space and official status at the Jewish holy site. But neither does it plan to push ahead with it at full force. This conflicting message was conveyed to leaders of the non-Orthodox movements, as well as to representatives of the government and Jewish communities in the Diaspora, at a meeting held on Monday with Cabinet Secretary Shalom Shlomo

The U.N.’s final solution to the Israel question – Washington Times

| January 11, 2022

OPINION: Historians usually date the start of the Holocaust to June 1941 when German troops invaded the Soviet Union, identified Jewish civilians, lined them up and shot them by the thousands.

Omicron will cost Israel $640 mln every three weeks, central bank chief says – Reuters

| January 11, 2022

Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron gestures while he speaks during his interview with Reuters in Jerusalem June 16, 2020.

Israel’s COVID rules aren’t confusing. We just don’t like them – Haaretz

| January 11, 2022

In the lines for COVID tests, on the preschool parents WhatsApp groups and the incidental chatter on Zoom, the impression is that there is a broad Israeli consensus: The guidelines are extremely confusing. Muttering this sentence these days is akin to muttering something generic about the weather, a surefire way to break an awkward silence and evoke nods of agreement in solidarity from everyone around you. Man, the new guidelines are so confusing, arent they


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