More than 1,000 dairy products fill Israeli supermarkets in time for holiday

Cheese cake illustration 
By: Anav Silverman

Israelis who are looking for a dairy treat for the upcoming Shavuot holiday, have a selection of over 1,000 items to choose from, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The vast assortment of dairy products can be seen lining the shelves of supermarkets, bakeries and open markets.

Everything from cheese cakes and blintzes adorn the dinner table during the holiday that marks the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, who had left Egypt to the “land of milk and honey.”

What most Israelis may not be aware is that the nation’s demand for milk and dairy products is mostly supplied by Israeli dairy farms.

National farms supply 80% of domestic demand and imported dairy products cover the remaining 20%.

With the first modern dairy farm established in the Mikveh-Israel agricultural school in 1880, today, milk is produced on 940 farms including family farms on moshavim and cooperative dairy farms on kibbutzim across the country.

The national dairy herd is comprised of about 124,000 heads of the Israeli-Holstein breed. The Israeli-Holstein breed was developed by the Israeli genetic improvement system, with the cows adapting to the hot climate.

The Israeli cow is considered a global leader in milk yields, with the highest national milk and milk solid yields in the world according the Israeli Dairy Board.

In recently released statistics, the Israeli Dairy Board reported that in 2013, Israel had a total annual output of approximately 1,372 million liters of cow milk, 10.6 million liters of sheep milk and 14.3 million liters of goat milk. The average annual milk yield per cow was 11,781 kg of milk and the annual value of products processed is about $2.8 billion.

Over 1,000 healthy and tasty Israeli dairy products fill the shelves of supermarkets. All this is nothing short of miraculous considering the desert conditions of the region, the heat, humidity, endemic diseases, and limited land and water resources.

“Israeli dairy managers have professional knowledge and some kind of university degree in agriculture, which serves the cows well,” explained Dr. Joshua Miron of the Volcani Center’s Institute of Animal Science, a government-run research institute for the agriculture industry in an interview with the Tazpit News Agency.

“The research institutions maintain close connections with the dairy managers as well, so that they are always on top of the latest technological advances,” Dr. Miron told the Tazpit News Agency.

While dairy cows elsewhere in the world are able to graze in natural pastures, Israeli cows cannot be left out due to the small size of the country and climate. They are fed with locally grown irrigated forage supplemented by imported grain. Employing advanced milking technologies and special monitoring programs helps ensure efficient milk production, with special GPS devices fixed on cows’ collars to sense when a cow needs to be milked.

The success of Israel’s dairy farm production has not gone by unnoticed in the world. Punjab has brought Israeli technology-driven dairy growth to its agrarian state, having sent a team of Punjab farmers last year for dairy training in Israel. Similar Israeli-inspired dairy projects have taken place in China, India, Vietnam, and Canada. Delegations of farmers from France, Thailand, and Russia, have visited Israel’s Volcani Institute, where they learn about the dairy farm industry and see the institute’s cowshed ecosystem in Beit Dagan.

“Israel’s pioneering advances in agriculture have developed very good relations with the world including third world and western countries,” Dr. Miron told the Tazpit News Agency. “In the area of dairy farming and agriculture, Israel’s advances are a light to the nations.”

Israel Defense Forces seen on video fighting one another Krav Maga style

Israeli soldiers fighting Krav Maga style 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A group of elite Israeli soldiers were seen on video fighting one another Krav Maga style, the IDF Blog reported.

The IDF’s most elite soldiers battled it out to see who is the best of the best in Krav Maga.

The IDF’s top units – including Sayeret Matkal, Duvdevan and Shayetet 13 – each chose their top fighters to battle against one another in the second annual Krav Maga competition, which took place at the IDF’s School for Combat Fitness in Netanya.

The competition had three weight classes. The first place winners this year were Duvdevan in the light weight class, Unit 504 in middle weight, and Duvdevan in the heavyweight category.

However, the most overall wins went to the Maglan Unit.

During the competition, some fighters exhibited styles from different forms of martial arts, including Muay Thai and Judo.

“Some people who practice Krav Maga have, practiced other fighting styles like Judo and boxing before coming to the army, so sometimes it shows in their fighting,” said Maj. Yaron Minister, who oversees training Krav Maga throughout the IDF. However, according to Maj. Minister, some soldiers begin learning Krav Maga without any previous background.

“Krav Maga is an Israeli form of self defense that’s self encompassing. It’s a system that provides solutions for immediate problems. It has no rules, except to move from a trapped position to a position of control: this could mean disabling your opponent, or escape.”

“We are trying to create a buzz about Krav Maga,” said Maj. Minister. “We are trying to embed it into the army as a way of life for a fighter.”

“What we do today with the elite units,” added Maj. Minister “will tomorrow be incorporated into regular units.”

One of the biggest concerns in the IDF is the kidnapping of soldiers. In fact, the military police have taken to staging mock-kidnappings to catch soldiers illegally hitchhiking on the roads.

Therefore, Krav Maga training has already started spreading to units around the IDF, where before it seemed less necessary. For example, in 2012, officer cadets of the Armored Corps held an exercise that was both unique and irregular, as it was the first time in history when so much emphasis was placed on Krav Maga for Armored commanders.

Ordinarily, the armored brigade would have no need for Krav Maga training, yet this perception changed after the capture of Gilad Shalit, who was himself in an armored unit.

Israeli soldier kills Palestinian terrorist who opened fire at West Bank checkpoint

The terrorist’s weapon and ID card 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) An Israeli soldier was praised for his quick action in neutralizing a terrorist who opened fire at a West Bank checkpoint, the IDF Blog reported.

The Palestinian terrorist opened fire on Monday night, at the Tapuah Junction, marking the second attack at the crossing in less than a week.

Israeli forces stationed at the junction returned fire and killed the attacker on site. The incident unfolded after the armed terrorist approached the checkpoint, opening fire at Israeli troops stationed there.

IDF soldiers and the Israel Border Police responded immediately, killing the terrorist and neutralizing the threat. The Palestinian terrorist fired at least six shots before Israeli forces stopped him.

The terrorist’s gunfire injured a border police officer at the scene. Israeli forces prevented harm to nearby civilians, and no soldiers were killed during the attack.

The Tapuah Junction is located in northern Shomron, an area with Israeli and Palestinian residents and is highly vulnerable to terror attacks. Monday’s incident came just three days after an unrelated terrorist attack at the same crossing.

Restaurant employees warn two men never to return because they are gay

Restaurant meal illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) Several Texas restaurant employees caused an uproar after telling a gay couple never to return to their establishment.

“We do not serve f**s here,” the couple of Pittsburg was told.

The incident began when the men went to eat breakfast at Big Earl's Restaurant on Tuesday morning. They said that they enjoyed their food and paid for their meals.

Collin Dewberry, who was leaving with his partner, said that the waitress told them that they do not serve these type of people at the restaurant. Collin and his partner Kelly Williams, said that they have lived in East Texas all their lives and have never been called that name before.

“Here at Big Earl’s we like for men to act like men and women to act like women, so never return,” the waitress also said. Ironically, that phrase is published on a piece of paper on the front door of the restaurant.

The owner said that sign had been there since the restaurant opened three years ago. He also said they have the right to refuse service to the couple in the future because they did not follow that policy.

Tractor trailer seen on video getting hit by lightning and exploding in a ball of fire on busy highway

Lightning strikes tractor trailer 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Drivers were shell shocked to see lightning strike a tractor trailer that was speeding along a busy highway.

The scary incident was recorded by a man who was driving home on the roadway in Wroclaw, Poland.

The video showed the moment the lightning struck the truck that exploded in a ball of fire.

“Cases where vehicles are affected by lightning are extremely rare, simply because they are sitting on rubber tires. If you look at the video you can see that the lightning seems to go around the truck before it hits the center, leaving a bright hot spot that faded quickly,” a weather expert said.

Police said that there were no injuries or accidents reported on the A8 Highway, where the lightning incident occurred. “There was a gasoline truck right behind. What a miss,” Harvester2007 said.

Sheep wearing helmet seen on video riding motorcycle like a pro

Sheep riding motorbike 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A large sheep was seen riding a motorcycle like a pro, a video uploaded to the Internet showed.

Now, the video showing two sheep riding on the motorbike with the help of two mischievous farmers, went viral on the Internet.

One of the animals is even wearing a helmet as the four sped down a highway in Iran. Despite the risky nature of their journey, the farmers were not wearing any protective gear.

The video was uploaded just days after another video showed a goat riding a bicycle in Ethiopia. The video showed a man with the goat pedaling through the streets of Addis Ababa.

The strange clip also went viral on the Internet. Most viewers were happy that the animal was wearing a helmet.

“Good thing they put the helmet on the animal,” Meewog wrote. “Got to say that people from that part of the world are mad skilled motorcycle drivers. Kuddos for protecting the animal,” Betterfire wrote.

Woman kills her 10-month-old daughter by overfeeding her

Baby crib illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of murder for overfeeding her baby until she died, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The woman of Ghana, was also ordered to leave the country.

However, a Superior Court ruled that the mother can stay in England, because of Human Rights. The court also ruled that the woman can live in the same house with her ​​three surviving children.

The court said that it had granted the woman’s request based on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to private and family life. The court also ruled that the identity of the 33-year-old woman remain private.

According to the police investigation, the woman who was obsessed with the weight of her little daughter, poured liquefied food into her mouth with a milk jug. Many people have criticized the court’s decision.

“Many people will look at this case and feel that it reflects the distorted nature of our human rights laws today. We need a Conservative majority government to stop these perverse outcomes, and restore some balance and common sense,” Dominic Raab, a Conservative member of parliament, said.

The baby died of respiratory pneumonia due to the force feeding technique. The mother was jailed for three years after being convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child in care.

Respected cancer scientist convicted of killing his neighbor's cat with rat poison

Dr. Colin Whitehurst 
By: Devansh Dutt

A well respected cancer scientist was arrested, charged and convicted for killing his neighbor's cat with rat poison, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The incident occurred after the professor placed cat poison in his garden to try to kill off the rats that invaded his property.

Dr. Colin Whitehurst of Little Bollington, Cheshire, became popular for inventing the lighting equipment used to treat cancer and skin diseases. Prosecutors said that Whitehurst mixed rat poison with tuna and bacon, and hid it around his garden.

Tallulah, his neighbor's cat, ate the toxic mix. The 18-month-old cat, who had given birth to a kitten, died in agony foaming at the mouth.

The cat’s owner, David Furness, 41, investigated the incident and discovered that poisoned food was placed on the neighbor’s property. Furness claimed that Whitehurst had spoken openly of his desire to free his land of any wildlife.

The 54-year-old scientist admitted to causing unnecessary suffering and was given a conditional discharge of 12 months. He was also ordered to pay 2493.03 pounds ($4,238) after showing contempt for wildlife.

Woman arrested for stealing Bible from Walmart

Frances Thomas 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman needs God in her life, but rather than going to a church she went to Walmart.

33-year-old Frances Thomas, wanted a Bible. However, instead of asking a pastor for one, she stole a Bible from her local Walmart.

When the woman was stopped by the loss prevention staff they found the Bible along with several pairs of socks and some cheese.

Thomas of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was booked on charges of theft and taken to the county jail on Saturday, after the alleged incident, according to a police report.

A worker for loss prevention with Walmart said that they saw Thomas select a Bible, several packages of socks and some cheese, but rather than going to the checkout line to pay for the stuff, she hid everything in her purse and walked out the store.

Police said that the stolen items were recovered “and are all resalable.”

Father rapes daughter,14, as punishment for having sex with her boyfriend

Bedroom illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A man was arrested after he raped his daughter as punishment, police in Zimbabwe said.

The 34-year-old of Chitungwiza, reportedly conducted a virginity test on his 14-year-old daughter after suspecting that she was having sex with her ​​boyfriend.

The man, who is separated from his wife, arrived home around 7:00 p.m., and saw the 15-year-old boy on his property. He called his daughter inside the house.

When the teen entered the house, he asked her about her relationship with the boy. The 14 year old explained that the boy was her friend and the two hang out together.

The man waited for the daughter to finish eating dinner and ordered her to prepare the bed. Once she was in her room the father entered, closed the door and sat on the girl’s bed.

He began accusing the teenager of having sex with her boyfriend. The man suggested that he will conduct a virginity test, but she refused.

He then forcefully undressed the teen and inserted his finger in her private parts. The father allegedly turned off the lights, turned up the volume of the radio and raped her. The daughter screamed, but nobody heard her.

After the act, they both went to sleep. Before the girl went to school the next morning she packed her clothes, went to her mother’s house and told her about the abuse.

The matter was reported to the police, leading to the father’s arrest. He was charged with aggravated indecent assault and rape. The father was remanded into custody and no bail was set.

Woman slashes cop’s uniform after threatening to cut off his privates

Police officer illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A woman was sentenced to nine months in prison after threatening a police officer.

The woman of Zvishavane, Zimbabwe, was sentenced to nine months in prison for threatening to castrate her husband with a knife before cutting his police uniforms to shreds.

Florence Hove, 25, pleaded ​​guilty to malicious damage to property when she appeared before magistrate judge Sangster Tavengwa.

The incident began when her husband Evias Vadhuma Murambo, 57, who is a senior member of the neighborhood watch committee, returned home late and found his wife speaking with another man.

Murambo, who was drunk at the time, questioned his wife as to why she was cheating on him with a number of younger men. A fight broke out as a result of the accusations.

Hove allegedly grabbed a butcher knife and threatened to castrate her middle-aged husband. Murambo escaped and locked his wife inside the house.

The woman allegedly warned her husband that he would regret his actions if he did not open the door, but he refused for fear of being stabbed.

Hove took out her anger on his police uniforms as well as seven of his jackets, two pairs of trousers and four shirts. She cut his clothes to pieces using the knife.

Murambo filed a police report and his wife was arrested.

Hove was sentenced to nine months in jail, but she will likely not spend any time in jail as two months were suspended for five years on condition that she does not commit another crime.

Five more months were suspended on condition that she performs 210 hours of community service, and the two remaining months were suspended on condition that she pays Murambo $250 as compensation for the clothes she destroyed.

Father, 65, rapes and impregnates his teenage daughter

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man angered his community after he raped and impregnated his daughter.

Police officers came to the rescue of the father after community members wanted to carry out street justice and beat him.

65-year-old Samuel Uba of Oguta, Nigeria, was accused of raping his daughter until she became pregnant with his child.

17-year-old Hannah Uba, finally confided in neighbors and said that her father repeatedly raped her after his second wife died.

The neighbor reported the rape to city elders. When locals learned about the allegations they wanted to get to the father and carry out street justice.

However, officers arrived and took the father into custody. The man allegedly admitted to having sex with his daughter since his second wife died two years ago.

Samuel Uba has nine children, two girls and seven boys.

Hannah Uba said that she had been a sex slave for her father. She also said that she begged her father to remarry, but he refused.

“Every night he would come and rape me. When I refused to have sex with my dad, he beat me and then he raped me. It always occurred when the other children were asleep. It was the fear of the beating that kept me quiet,” Hannah Uba said.

When she realized that she was pregnant the teen finally came forward with the abuse.

In an interview, Samuel Uba allegedly said that he used to have sex with his second wife even when she was ill and when she was in the hospital.

Samuel Uba has appealed to the community for forgiveness, and blamed the devil for his abominable act. However, local residents and the Imo State Police commissioner are not forgiving at all, and said that Samuel Uba was charged with rape and impregnating a minor under the legal age.

Nude female chefs welcome people at grand opening of restaurant

The chefs 
By: Aarav Sen

With many restaurants out there, owners have to make their eatery stand out.

One restaurant owner held a grand opening that brought controversy, but also made his eatery the talk of the town.

The restaurant in Guangdong, China, went for an unconventional touch for the opening, by featuring six nude models.

The women welcomed patrons in transparent thin aprons made from plastic and chef hats.

The women immediately attracted large crowds, who took photos and uploaded it to the Internet. The grand opening was a success.

The images attracted criticism as well as praise for the restaurant. Some people thought it was inappropriate and asked whether they were opening “a restaurant or a brothel.”

Others said it was a clever way to bring attention to the newly opened restaurant.

Dancer seen on video peeing on man in Las Vegas

The dancer 
By: Hydar Tomar

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, unless there are cameras around.

People were having a good time watching sexy women dancing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One dancer was seen walking over to an innocent looking man and began dancing next to him. She then ordered him to lay down on the ground and began dancing over his privates.

Many people who stopped to watch the act, got an eyeful when the dancer suddenly began peeing on top of the man. He freaked out, got up and ran.

Some of the onlookers were began laughing while others looked on in total shock.

Was this an accident or a prank? In a video uploaded to the Internet, the dancer seemed to be reaching for something on her backside before the water began to flow.

However, the reactions of the spectators are priceless.