News in Brief
Histadrut instructs Channel 10 workers not to accept dismissal
The Histadrut labor federation has instructed Channel 10 employees not to accept the dismissal letters that management is expected to issue to 150 workers. The station - threatened with closure at the beginning of next month if its debt isn't sorted out - employs 540 people, including the staff of its news company and its website, Nana 10. "We'll do everything we have to do to prevent the closure of the station," Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini told a meeting of some 300 workers yesterday. Eini's words lent credence to rumors circulating yesterday that the Histadrut might cover the station's debts itself from its Impetus for Growth fund, which helps troubled enterprises.
Last week, the Second Authority for Television and Radio said it planned to appropriate the guarantees put up by Channel 10 and Channel 2 franchisee Reshet, to immediately cover the debts that have accumulated from nonpayment of franchise fees and royalties to the state. Channel 10's debt is estimated at NIS 60 million, and calling it in will force the station to close. The station's franchise in any case expires in January, and in its current state it won't be able to fulfill the criteria for receiving a permanent broadcast license. (Gili Izikovich )
The Israeli embassy in Dublin was evacuated yesterday after a suspicious device was found on the premises, police said, later adding that the incident was a false alarm. The army's bomb-disposal team was called out to investigate and a police officer at the scene told Reuters that it was a false alarm after the team left the building. The evacuation came amid heightened tension in Israeli embassies worldwide, following past attempts to target Israelis. Last month, seven people were killed in a bombing attack targeting a tour bus filled with Israelis in the Bulgarian town of Burgas, five of whom were Israeli tourists. (Haaretz Staff and AP)
Shimrit Shoshan, a highly regarded Israeli jazz pianist on the New York scene, died August 19 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The cause, according to her press representative, was cardiac arrest, the website jazztimes.com reported yesterday. She was 29. Shoshan graduated from Givatayim's Thelma Yellin School of the Arts. Moving to New York, she appeared at some of the city's best jazz rooms, and in 2009 was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble Competition and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Competition. A memorial event is to be held Sunday at the famed Smalls Jazz Club. (Haaretz Staff)
Jerusalem-born artist Dor Guez is scheduled to open a solo exhibition next month that is to be spread throughout the gallery space at Boston's Rose Art Museum. Entitled "100 Steps to the Mediterranean," it opens on September 20 and will include five major projects that Guez has created over the past five years, combining photography and video. The exhibit explores the history of the Palestinian Christian community by tracing the memories and experiences of Guez's own family. (Camea Smith)
A new prize for young writers (under age 31 ) is to be awarded on September 6 by the Sapir College near Sderot. The NIS 10,000 prize will be given to the best short story (under 2,500 words ) on the theme "Reality as a Dream." The prize is the initiative of the college's Culture, Creativity and Production Department chairman Prof. Nurit Gertz, who said the aim was to broaden the range of literary writing in Hebrew. Entries used genres that included fantasy, legend, science fiction, horror, and surrealism. (Maya Sela)