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Prime Minister Lasker, Government Approve 2,000 Homes in Mevo Settlement

By Arlan Levi, 23 November 2018

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Prime Minister Lasker, alongside Construction Minister Mikel Sokolov, yesterday announced the construction of 2,000 new housing units in the Mevo settlement bloc east of Ayalon. The plans include relevant public buildings, green spaces, and infrastructure. This is the second major construction in three years since Lasker rose to the Prime Ministry. Sokolov, the Construction Minister, stressed that Tikva is facing a massive housing shortage as the population is expected to climb steadily over the next two decades. Equally putting pressure on the housing market is the potential wave of further Aluxian Juddish migrants, fleeing that land which is now engulfed in a Civil War. Lasker, in defending the Government's action, said that Mevo lies within the control of Tikva's portion of the Samarran Valley acquired at the end of the 9-Day War and that the territory in question is the sovereign territory of the State. He further emphasized that secondary works involve transport infrastructure in the region would benefit not just the Juddish people but those Palladines who live in proximity to the demarcation line and who work in Tikva-controlled Samarra and further into Tikva proper.

As expected, Palladine Authority Chairman Salah criticized the Government for its pro-total annexation actions and threatened to take action if the Lasker Government did not return to the negotiation table immediately to resolve the ongoing situation that has stalled since 1995. Lasker said he was not prepared to sit down with an individual who has deemed his Government to be illegitimate. In response to the Authority's comments, the Defense Forces throughout the Valley territory has been on heightened alert. Additional security measures are in the process of being implemented until otherwise directed by the Government.

The Authority were not the only ones to attack the Prime Minister. The leader of the Opposition, and the leader of Avoda, Liora Kagan, said that there was plenty of available land to build housing within the confines of Tikva's urban centers that the Government was refusing to utilize due to pushback from its coalition parties, all of whom are pro-settlement. She highlighted that it cost the Government more to build in the Valley than building large-scale housing developments outside Ayalon, by more than 50 percent, saying that there was clearly some back-room deals with political allies of the Prime Minister concerning the construction. Argov further lashed out at Lasker for failing to maintain his election promise of keeping the settlement construction solely to Regba, as per an agreement it had reached with the Authority right after his election.

In a retort, the Prime Minister's Office dismissed Kagan's statements and said the Juddish people are grateful for the Government's actions on dealing with the housing crisis and that under their Government, both now and over the next three years of its tenure, it will have planned and approved upwards of twenty-five thousand homes across the Samarran Valley. At the end of the statement, the Office said that Lasker is more than happy to discuss the matter in-depth with both Kagen and the other leaders of the Opposition whenever they wanted.

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Zori Pharmaceuticals to Begin Research to Find Cure for Alzheimer’s

By Rafael Rosenberg 10 December 2018

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Alzheimer's: Memory loss. Fatigue. Confusion. Behavior change. From these initial symptoms, doctors know that once a confirmed case has been identified in a patient, the individual has anywhere from three to eight years until their brain has lost many of its neurons and leads to dementia. It is one of the most crippling and relatively unknown diseases. There is no cure today but Zori, Tikva's most well-known pharmaceutical company, has announced that it will begin in earnest to find a treatment. "We are ready to take this challenge head on," said CEO Lemuel Gerlis, "we will find the cure. Tikvans are no strangers to challenges. As a people, we have helped find some of the greatest medical breakthroughs over the past fifty years alongside others across the Eurth. If we can cure Alzheimer's, I believe we have made one major leap in improving humankind's health for generations to come." Gerlis said that Zori would be establishing an entire division dedicated to the effort and would be hiring upwards of 1,500 personnel.

 

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