A team from the Savionim middle school in Yahud-Monosson on Sunday won first place in the First Lego League International Robotics Competition which was held in Orlando Florida.
The Israeli team which calls itself “The Pink Eagles” and includes three boys and two girls, came out victorious against 64 teams from around the world. The theme of this year’s competition was food safety and the Israeli students managed to develop a sophisticated robot that gave an optimal solution to food quality problems.
This is the second achievement in a row for the team after they won the second and third places in the competition last year when they developed a product that enabled people with disabilities to play computer games.
Guy Ostfeld, a member of the team said: “We have a lot of fun playing around, building and creating in the field of robotics, and we are very proud to have won this prestigious and important award for the State of Israel.”
Dr. Ofer Rimon, the Director of the Science and Technology Administration at the Education Ministry said that this was an impressive achievement: “We hope that thanks to these knids of achievements we will be able to push forward the field of robotics in middle schools.
“Working with robotics fascinates children and through (robotics) we can open a gate to the world of science and technology…as through robotics children learn to work as a team and study mechanics, electronics and computers at a very high level.”
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said: “This is a qualitative team of talented children who have demonstrated advanced abilities of initiative, thought and creativity as well as interpersonal skills.
“These students are the face of the future of Israeli science, research and development – the impressive achievements and the highly developed capabilities of these students ensure that Israel will continue to lead among the world’s countries.”
With ‘The Dictator,’ opening next weekend in America, Baron Cohen mocks Arab leaders by exaggeration of their behavior, and there are those who call the new comedy a free interpretation of Saddam Hussain’s autobiography, even though the appearance of ‘The Dictator’ himself (AKA ‘General Aladin’), reminds us a little bit like the former Lybian dictator, Muamar Guadaffi.
With all of the above, when Dvir presented himself as “Nimrod from Israel” to ask a question, it was almost inevitable that Baron Cohen would put on a show. “He asked me if I’m Jewish and I said I’m very Jewish,” Dvir tells Abbanibi. “Then he smiled, asked me to get closer to him and got up from his chair to meet me. He pulled out a golden gun, point it to my crotch and asked me to prove that I’m Jewish.”
America’s Voices trips are exposed to all facets of Israeli society. They tour the country and meet political, cultural, business and scientific leaders. They acquire a firsthand understanding of Israel which they are then able to transmit to their American audiences.
AnnaLynne McCord from “90210″
Zach Roerig “The Vampire Diaires”
Paul Johansson from “One Tree Hill”
Omar Epps from “House”
Holly Robinson Peete “21 Jump Street”
Mekhi Phifer “ER”
Holt McCallany from FX series “Lights Out”
Paget Brewster from “Criminal Minds”
The brazen 2010 assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai, in which Israel’s Mossad was accused, unfurled like a spy movie thriller — and in fact much of it was caught on camera. Now an Israeli movie plays it as a spy caper, complete with a sly seductress played by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.
The movie “Kidon”, or Spear, gives the plot a twist by having a small-time gang of criminals murder Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in an attempt to frame Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
According to Israeli press, J.Lo – the American actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist regarded as the most successful entertainer of Latin descent (including almost 60 million record sales) – is in final negotiations to fix a date. The venue has been confirmed as the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, the date and ticket prices yet to be confirmed – as soon as we get any news, we’ll post it!
She will be apparently touring late in the year with Enrique Iglesias, a man who has wowed Tel Aviv in the past, but will apparently be performing in Israel alone.
J.Lo has staged a remarkable singing comeback over the last year or two and has added to her fan base, a base that was in its ultimate at the turn of the Millenium…and here’s a little reminder of what she can do…Tel Aviv awaits you J.Lo!