Pets, jewelry, streaming: Meet the Hybrid accelerator’s Arab Israeli startups

Afaf Shehab, 27, and Basil Hawari, 32, have three things in common: they live in Haifa, they have a past in computer programming and they have a deep passion for pets. In fact, they love pets so much they set out to develop an app that will serve as an information hub for pet owners.

Petwork, which is currently in the alpha stage of development and is seeking investors, is a digital ecosystem for pet owners that provides information about services and allows users to share reviews and opinions about veterinarians, places to buy food and trainers in the area. Users can also search for parks with trails, local pet-owner gatherings, and pet-sitter options — both locally and around the world.

The two, who became friends after working together years ago at a marketing company, realized there was a gap in information and recommendations for the pet-owning community, and

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Local entrepreneurs earn $10,500 in Knoxville Area Urban League business pitch contest

Local entrepreneurs earn $10,500 in Knoxville Area Urban League business pitch contest

Five winners of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s business pitch contest have received checks totaling $10,500 for enterprises ranging from health care to art classes.


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Mark Isom, the founder and president of Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation, presented the entrepreneurs with checks during Impact Week, a virtual fundraiser held in late 2020 for the Knoxville Area Urban League’s community initiatives, including the 10-week CO.STARTERS training program for entrepreneurs.

Isom provides funding for the program, along with Randy Boyd, founder and executive chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, and his wife, Jenny Boyd.

“I want to congratulate the five entrepreneurs for having the vision to start a business and the commitment to pursue it,” said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. “The CO.STARTERS program is a key part of our mission to bring

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Governor Cuomo says Saratoga case IS connected to UK travel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the state’s upstate case of ‘super-COVID’ was in fact ‘connected to UK travel’, as he called on the federal government to implement mandatory testing for all people entering the U.S.

The jewelry store worker in Saratoga Springs, a man in his 60s, was initially believed to have contracted the highly contagious UK variant through untraceable community spread, but now Cuomo says that isn’t the case.

‘In the contact tracing, it appears that that person was in contact with a person who traveled from the UK to the United States,’ Cuomo said at a press conference on Wednesday, without offering further details.

Cuomo used the case to bolster his argument for mandatory virus testing at the border, and accused the federal government of acting too slowly by waiting until December 28 to implement mandatory testing for UK travelers after the variant strain plunged

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Egypt’s back on gold production map after loosening mining regulations

Jan 26, 2021

CAIRO — Egypt’s gold and jewelry exports have risen sharply in 2020, generating huge revenue for the country as it prepares to build its first jewelry-making city. The boom in gold production came after amendments to mining regulations two years ago, paving the way for more investments in this precious metal.

Gold, jewelry and gemstones exports increased during the first nine months of 2020, achieving a revenue of $2.444 billion, compared to $ 1.392 billion during the same period in 2019, a growth rate of 76%, according to the latest data released by Egypt’s Export Council for Building Materials, Refractory and Metallurgy Industries.

The London-based organization for gold industry, the World Gold Council, showed in its annual data that gold reserves in Egypt increased to 79.87 tons in the third quarter of 2020

This increase in the extraction and export of gold was an expected

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