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Oscars, Razzie, the soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 10, 2014 | 9:18 am

Israeli President Shimon Peres/ Reuters - Suzanne Plunkett

Big in Japan

More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments. Large business organizations including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Keidanren have recently dispatched research tours to the country. This past week, 11 Israel-based venture capital companies pitched their businesses at an investment seminar in Tokyo, drawing more than 200 participants.

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The Israeli- Nigerian agricultural cooperation

Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and his Nigerian counterpart, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, signed a joint declaration to increase agricultural cooperation between the two countries. As part of the agreement, Israel will help Nigerians expand the amount of land they cultivate, increase their water sector efficiency, improve crop quality and strengthen professionalism of those engaged in agriculture.

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Israel Prize to the Professor who slowed dementia caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Hebrew University emeritus Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin, developer of a drug to slow dementia caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, will receive the Israel Prize on Israel’s Independence Day (May 6th.) The drug is now undergoing Phase II clinical trials in Israel and Europe for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The new, highly secured, Israeli Shekels bills

Last year, the Bank of Israel announced that it was coming out with a “line” of new shekel bills, all to be equipped with the latest technology that would make it extremely difficult for counterfeiters to duplicate Israeli money. This week, the final version of the design for the 50 shekel note  was released. The note includes security features that are being incorporated into all of the shekel bills’ designs, similar to those that were introduced in the new version of the US $100 bill released last year.

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Tel Aviv is HAPPY!

 

The Israeli who won an Oscar

After years of Israeli nominations for Academy Award at the Best Foreign Film category, this year, the Israeli hope, Bethlehem, did not make it to the coveted list nominees.  Nontheless, Israel did have a blue and white representation up on the Oscars stage: Soundman Niv Adiri pocketed an Academy Award with his four-person team for sound mixing on Gravity. The Kfar Vitkin-raised Adiri has won numerous awards in his career but this was his first golden Oscar.

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And the Israeli who won a Razzie

One of the big “winners” of the 2014 Razzie awards for worst performances on film was Movie 43, a sketch comedy anthology starring many famous Hollywood actors, including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and her husband Liev Schreiber, Richard Gere, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Kieran Culkin, Uma Thurman and Josh Duhamel. Israeli model Esti Ginzburg also participated in the film, and she has something to say about the win…

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The chicken or the egg? President Peres knows what came first

In a special on-line Facebook session Wednesday night, President Shimon Peres answered dozens of questions posed by users from all over the world. For many, it was an opportunity to hear what Israel’s longest-lived political leader thinks about a range of issues, from security to the economy. But he also took on the deeper questions that man has long sought to answer – like whether the chicken preceded the egg.

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The Israeli soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus

20-year-old Israeli soldier Tal Dahabani developed an app for smartphones, which became a huge success over night. Little did he know that the funny game he created, named “Flying Cyrus,” would put him at the heart of a dispute with world-famous pop star Miley Cyrus.In the game, a parody of Cyrus’ hit video “Wrecking Ball,” the player is required to help a drawing of Cyrus's head to avoid hammers and wrecking balls.

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…And the 2014 Israeli Beauty Queen is…

The winner of the 2014 national beauty pageant, and Israel’s newest Beauty Queen is 18-year-old Mor Maman of Beersheba. Maman, who studies computer graphics, will soon enlist with the Israel Air Force. She comes from a family of beautiful women: Her mother, Ilana Maman, was once crowned Miss Beersheba. This week, she was handed the crown by former Beauty Queen and the first Ethiopian-born woman to be crowned Miss Israel,Yityish (Titi) Aynaw.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

I am very socially...

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