Coronavirus lockdown 2.0 deepens divisions in Israel

JERUSALEM — When Israel went into lockdown last spring, Jerusalem pub owner Leon Shvartz moved quickly to save his business — shifting to a delivery and takeaway model that kept him afloat throughout the summer. Then came the second lockdown.

With restaurants and shops shuttered again, Shvartz’s business is struggling to survive. He has laid off 16 of his 17 employees.

By contrast, Israeli software maker Bizzabo, which operates in the hard-hit conference-management sector, quickly reinvented itself last spring by offering “virtual events.” It has more than doubled its sales and is expanding its workforce.

Such tales of boom and bust reflect Israel’s growing “digital divide.”

Even before the pandemic, Israel had one of the largest income gaps and poverty rates among developed economies, with a few high earners, mostly in the lucrative high-tech sector, while many Israelis barely get by as civil servants, in service industries or as small

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Velocity Technology Solutions Deepens Cloud Services Portfolio With Launch of Two New Service …

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Cloud Managed Service Provider, Velocity Technology Solutions, is enhancing its Cloud Services portfolio with the launch of two new service offerings: Managed Container Services and Cloud Data Analytics. These service offerings help Velocity customers sharpen their competitive edge by making the deeper and richer functionalities of the cloud more accessible.

This announcement comes on the heels of Velocity’s Cloud Managed Infrastructure, Cloud Managed Database, and Cloud Disaster Recovery services launch, which were designed to help customers optimize efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve resiliency in the public cloud. Now, with the launch of Managed Container Services and Cloud Data Analytics, Velocity is helping customers go one step further in their digitization journeys.

Velocity’s two new cloud service offerings include:

Managed Container Services: Velocity’s Managed Container Services offers planning, deployment, and ongoing management of customers’ Kubernetes environments with enterprise-grade functionality backed by robust

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Mystery Deepens Around Unmanned Spy Boat Washed Up In Scotland

Last week a small unmanned vessel washed up on the rocky Scottish Isle of Tiree, about a hundred miles from the UK’s nuclear submarine base as Faslane.  It was identified as a Wave Glider, a type made by U.S. company Liquid Robotics, capable of traveling thousands of miles and used by both the U.S. Navy and Britain’s Royal Navy as well as other government agencies and scientific researchers. The local Coastguard have been unable to trace the owner so far, but the craft’s configuration suggests it was on a secret mission.

Contacted by Forbes, Britain’s Ministry of Defence were at first uncertain, but later provided a definite statement.

“The vessel is not ours,” said a spokesman.

They could not provide any information

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