Israel

Israeli And Palestinian Stock Markets React Very Differently To Peace Talk Collapse

Palestine Exchange (bottom left) and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (right)
Palestine Exchange (bottom left) and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (right)
Alex Zabzinski

TEL AVIV The collapse of Middle East peace talks is making headlines around the world and, of course, here in Israel as well. It is possible that the renewed negotations that began a few months ago are now taking a temporary break, or might even halt completely for an undetermined period of time.

And yet, if you look at the stock market screens in Israel, you won’t be able to see any real signs of the failure on the diplomatic front. Tel Aviv share prices are mainly influenced by performances of other trading worldwide, as is also the case with the Israeli bond market. Meanwhile, the shekel is still one of the strongest currencies in the world.

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Face In The Mirror: Dutch Hairdressers Trained To Recognize Domestic Violence

Early detection and accessible help are essential in the fight against domestic violence. Hairdressers in the Dutch province of North Brabant are now being trained to identify when their customers are facing abuse at home.

Hair Salon Rob Peetoom in Rotterdam

Daphne van Paassen

TILBURG — The three hairdressers in the bare training room of the hairdressing company John Beerens Hair Studio are absolutely sure: they have never seen signs of domestic violence among their customers in this city in the Netherlands. "Or is that naïve?"

When, a moment later, statistics appear on the screen — one in 20 adults deals with domestic violence, as well as one or two children per class — they realize: this happens so often, they must have victims in their chairs.

All three have been in the business for years and have a loyal clientele. Sometimes they have customers crying in the chair because of a divorce. According to Irma Geraerts, 45, who has her own salon in Reusel, a village in the North Brabant region, they're part-time psychologists. "A therapist whose hair I cut explained to me that we have an advantage because we touch people. We are literally close. The fact that we stand behind people and make eye contact via the mirror also helps."

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