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SANTIAGO, Chile, 10 February 2013, (BWNS) — A new video detailing progress of the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for the South American continent has been released.

The video highlights the completion of the building's concrete foundation, the beginning of construction work on the basement and service tunnel, and the installation of ten isolators to counteract seismic activity. It can be viewed online through the official website at http://templo.bahai.cl/noticiario_eng.htm

Construction began with site excavation and the installation of utility lines in November 2010 and advanced to major concrete work in March 2012.

When completed, the edifice in Santiago will be the eighth in a series of Baha'i Houses of Worship, and the final one to be erected to serve an entire continent.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has been awarded the World’s Leading Hotel Brand for the fourth
year running, as well as World’s Leading Business Hotel for the second year in a row at the Grand
Final Ceremony of the 2012 Word Travel Awards in New Delhi, India.

President Shimon Peres swore-in 12 new judges and one senior registrar at a ceremony at the President's Residence under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Justice Minister and President of the Supreme Court:

 President Shimon Peres to the new judges:

"An independent and impartial judicial system is a prerequisite for an enlightened democratic society"
The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, delivered remarks this morning at a swearing-in ceremony for eleven new judges to the Magistrates Courts, one to the Transportation Court and one senior registrar. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the Supreme Court, Asher Grunis, and the Justice Minister, Yaakov Neeman.

President Shimon Peres, today (Thursday, 17 January 2013), at the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum at kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta'ot, took part in a ceremony to commemorate 70 years since the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, along with fighters from the ghetto, Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren.

President Shimon Peres:

"Peace is not just a desire, it is not just a call from heaven, I think it can be attained and achieved. We have to act determinedly, honestly and courageously to achieve it."

"May everybody be blessed with a good new year"

The Greek Patriarch Theophilos:

 "Our shared history has taught us that the road to peace is a dynamic process, that is to say that it is not through violence but through dialogue."

 In honor of the New Year the President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, hosted a reception for the leaders of the Christian faith in Israel. President Peres delivered a special greeting and said, "I would like to express my best wishes and greatest hope from Jerusalem, a city that is holy to us all and that represents peace for everybody in the world. May everybody be blessed with a good new year."