Cadet Men’s Epee:
In the top half of the bracket, the high seeds advanced through with the predicted matchups of 1 vs 8 and 4 vs 5. It took until the semi-final bout for an upset to occur here when Israel’s Yuval Shalom Freilich defeated top seed Balazs Hamar (HUN) 15-5.
The bottom bracket, however, was filled with upsets with the top seed being #15 Sangyoung Park (KOR). Alexander Eldeib (USA) broke through in the elimination rounds, coming from a seeding of 54th to break into the top-8.
In the 8, Eldeib defeated 30th seed Hyeonil Hwang (KOR) 15-8 before facing off against Sabastian Majgier (POL). In their bout Majgier won with a score of 15-8.
For the finals, Freilich won easily against Majgier, 15-6.
Cadet Women’s Epee:
The Cadet Women’s Epee finals were almost a replay of last year, as they featured a China vs. Israel match up. This year, however, the spoils went to Israel. Epee today was Israel’s event as Daria Strelnikov (ISR) defeated Yixuan Xiang (CHN) 15-13 in the final.
2 US fencers made the final 8 with Audrey Abend losing a 15-14 match in the quarter-finals to Xue Qin (CHN). A second Chinese upset, this time of top-seeded Alona Komarov (ISR) set up an all-China semi-final match.
In the other quarter-final matches Jessie Radanovich (USA) dominated #2 seed Hye In Lee (KOR) 15-5 while Strelnikov (ISR) outlasted Lizaveta Khlystunova (BLR) 15-13. In their semi-final match Strelnikov continued her run with a 15-13 victory over Jessie Radanovich.
Adam Cohen was born in 1972 to a house full of music, but after his parents got divorced he moved with his mom Suzanne to live in Paris, and later on he lived in Greece and even though at the beginning he wasn’t sure he wanted to follow his father and have a career in music, he taught himself to play guitar, drums and piano by age 12.
In 1996 Adam moved to Los Angeles in order to officially kick start his career. His first album was released in 1998, and since then he’s released 3 more albums, and also wrote songs for other people (like the song “Lullaby in Blue” from Bette Midler’s Bathhouse Betty album).
In an interview that Adam Cohen gave this week to the UK Daily Telegraph, he commented on his childhood in the shadow of his father and said: “And just the other day I woke up before my son, and was at the kitchen table in my underwear playing guitar, and I saw him watching me from the couch. And I know exactly what effect that has. I know exactly what it feels like to say ‘daddy’s going to work’, and what that means in the child’s mind is ‘daddy’s going to make music and sing and commune with people.’”
Having already teamed up last year on a Free the Children project, the actress is back for an encore—this time as an ambassador for the charity.
“As a mother and the organization’s newest ambassador, I am grateful to Free the Children for giving me the opportunity to channel my passion and love of children into meaningful action that furthers the education and leadership of young women for years to come,” Portman said in a statement released today. “I hope others join me in supporting this important cause.”
It was also announced that Portman has partnered with Dior—she’s currently the face of the brand’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance campaign—with proceeds from the sale of the company’s newest Rouge Dior lipstick to go to Free the Children in support of its Scholarships for Girls’ Secondary Education in Kenya program.
The world is thirsty for alternatives to the highly polluting fossil fuels, and there are a number of Israeli companies working on interesting innovations in this arena.
According to Israel NewTech, a delegation of Israeli companies and startups showcased the local industry’s latest innovations at the 7th World Biofuels Markets conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The WBM is considered the most important industry event in Europe and hosted the world’s leading biofuel, aviation, transportation and finance companies. This year, the conference enjoyed some 2,000 participants.
The Israeli mission to WMB was partially sponsored by the Alternative Fuels Administration at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israel Export Institute and Israel NewTech.
The delegation included nine companies from the fields of agricultural, biomass, biodiesel and algae. The participating companies included: Kaiima, the Agricultural Research Center (Volcani), Migal, Netafim, Tahal, Univerve, Transbiodiesel, Virdia and Dr. Yaron Yehoshua, founder of the biotechnology of algae department at Bar Ilan University.
Arik Rath, head of business development for Energy and Environment at the IEI, said that the government’s goal is to support Israeli technologies in international projects and to position Israel as a leading technology incubator for the alternative fuels industry.
The Hunger Games movie has become an instant success on the silver screen and now that success has been translated into a slightly smaller medium – computer screens.
The official Facebook game for “The Hunger Games”, which was developed by Israeli company Funtactix, already has 150,000 users following its Friday launch. It is estimated that the number of users will reach 20 million.
Start up company Funtactix, whose main investor is the JVP fund, recently signed an agreement with Lionsgate Films to develop the official game for “The Hunger Games.”
This is not the first game Funtactix has developed for a Hollywood blockbuster – two months ago it was the Facebook game for “Mission Impossible 4″ and before that it was Rango.
The new game lets fans play with their friends in a virtual world based on the characters and scenes from the movie and the book trilogy it is based on.
“Even though we knew in advance that the movie would be a huge hit with teens we were still very excited when we saw the initial statistics, and we hope they will continue to grow and increase,” said Funtactix founder Yaron Leifenberg.
“The Hunger Games” became one of the most successful movies in the history of motion pictures after it grossed a record breaking $152 million on its first weekend.
The movie is based on a trilogy of children’s books written by American author Suzanne Collins. The books became international bestsellers and still feature on the bestseller weeks – 100 weeks in a row.