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Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a civics class to some 6,700 students.

He delivered the class from Netanya, where the Israeli branch of communications and networking company Cisco is located. The lecture, discussing democracy in Israel, was broadcast to students in 215 classes across the country. Students from both the Arab and Jewish sectors participated in the event, with students gathering in 55 high-tech "smart" classrooms to watch Peres speak in high-definition video. On hand to certify the results was the Senior Vice President of Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti.

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Natalie Portman joins Israeli initiative, sending aid to Syrian refugees

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has joined an Israeli initiative named “Operation Human Warmth” to send aid to Syrian refugees. She donated money and clothes to the organization’s cause and joined its effort to collect winter clothes and supplies for Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the civil war in their country, and who often lack basic necessities to survive the cold. The Israeli-born actress, who is currently staying in Tel Aviv, reportedly heard about the initiative from Israeli friends. 

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Israelis at Sochi Olympic Games

Five athletes assemble the Israeli team to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Figure skaters Alexei Bychenko and the duo of Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich, as well as short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov and skier Virgile Vandeput. The expectations are not high, but we wish our athletes the best of luck!

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Top 10 Israeli apps for kids

We tried to fight it, but it cannot be stopped: children are now using Smartphones and tablets. Since they already use out devices, it is best for them (and for us) to use children oriented apps. Israel C21 listed the top ten Israeli –made apps for kids, from My PlayHome  to HowDo.

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Getting closer through sports

Children from the northern Israeli Jewish and Arab towns of Kiryat Shmona, Hatzor Haglilit, Tuba-Zangariyye, Safed and Rehaniya gathered last week at the Kiryat Shmona municipal stadium for a special soccer tournament. This unique game is part of The Equalizer project, which aims to create a better society based on values of tolerance and mutual respect, focusing on education, studying and love of sports.

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She’s got the X Factor… And so much more!

Now that the first season of 'X Factor Israel' is over, the host of the show, supermodel Bar Refaeli, continues to take over the world. She now stars in a Spanish commercial for bread! In an interview to the Huffington Post, she reveals her guiltiest pleasure and tells what she thought of her famous ex's new film.

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Got Taxi?

GetTaxi, the mobile taxi-booking service continues to spread across the globe. After launching in New- York with a $12 million funding, the Israeli app now introduces the GetTaxi Kiosk worldwide. The self-service ordering stands run on tablets and are launching in London, Israel and Russia following launch at The Business Travel Show, with a New York launch to follow. The technology allows users to book cabs by entering their mobile number with one arriving in under five minutes.

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A new Israeli startup helps the elderly

Falling is one of the leading causes of injury for the elderly, and fall-related treatment costs the US at least $75 billion a year. An Israeli startup, a new orthopedic shoe, will give the elderly a chance to walk out in the world with more confidence in each step. The B-Shoe is a device that would extend the amount of time that elderly people can live without canes and walkers. Built with pressure sensors in the sole of the shoe and a small roller device in the heel, it gives the elderly peace of mind by automatically correcting any imbalance as they walk.

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Israeli art covers The New Yorker

Talk about Israeli pride! The cover of the February 10 issue of the prestigious American weekly, The New Yorker, has been created by an Israeli artist. The drawing, "Perfect Storm," was drawn by Tomer Hanuka, and it is his first cover for the magazine.

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National women’s tennis team determined to advance

For a fifth year in a row, Israel’s Fed Cup team is aiming to leave behind Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The national team opens its Pool C account in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday, where  stars like Shahar Pe’er (ranked No. 86 in the world) and Julia Glushko (90th) will face Ukraine. Israel hosted the Zone Group I matches in Eilat for the past three years, but even on homecourt still failed to return to the World Group II playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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Canada and Israel are talking business

Canada and Israel launched their first round of trade talks. Both countries, who are very close allies, announced that they would modernize their free trade agreement (CIFTA). The aim is to improve its chapters on market access for goods and rules of origin, along with its institutional provisions and dispute settlement rules. Canada will press for new chapters on trade facilitation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property, e-commerce, labor, and the environment.

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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.

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