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VIDEO: AbbaNibi.com caught up with Israeli designer Yotam Solomon

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March 16, 2012
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Abbanibi.com caught up with Israeli born fashion designer Yotam Solomon during this week’s echo-friendly fashion event, and found out what is his next dream to conquer, after dressing Victoria Beckham and being featured on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Microsoft, Intel opening new research, start-up projects in Israel

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Intel and GE Healthcare staff celebrate the establishment of the partnership between the two companies, as they work together on an evaluation center in northern Israel (Photo credit: Courtesy)

Intel and GE Healthcare are opening a new research center to develop better medical device technologies, while Microsoft is opening its first-ever start-up accelerator in the Holy Land

Three of the world’s biggest tech companies announced this week that they were going to open up new facilities that they hope will enable them to take better advantage of technology innovations developed in Israel.

On Wednesday, Intel and GE Healthcare announced that they would open an evaluation lab in northern Israel, to optimize integration of GE Healthcare products with Intel processors.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced on Thursday the establishment of the Windows Azure Accelerator, the company’s first accelerator designed to help startups develop their technology. The four month program, which begins in April, will take place at Microsoft’s Herzliya offices.

Both Intel and Microsoft have long had research labs in Israel, and both companies’ local research centers have developed products that have been crucial to the success of each; Intel has developed numerous processors at its Israeli facility, based in Haifa, while Microsoft developed key components of its Windows operating system here.

GE Healthcare said in a statement that it was opening the evaluation lab in Tirat Hacarmel, near Intel’s Haifa research center, with staff coming from both companies. The lab will focus on aligning and optimizing GE Healthcare products, many of which use Intel’s microprocessor technologies, the company said.

The Microsoft program is aimed at early-stage start-ups, and Microsoft plans to provide office space, training, mentoring, and other benefits – including financial, depending on the product or service being developed – to participating start-ups. Among the benefits will be inclusion of participating start-ups in the Microsoft BizSpark program, which provides free software and development tools for start-ups, and a “starring role” at Think Next, Microsoft Israel’s annual innovation event that highlights the company’s most promising upcoming technologies.

Microsoft is not seeking any equity in the companies it approves for the accelerator. Nearly all accelerators require a partial ownership of companies they adopt, usually between 6% and 8%. Microsoft is seeking early-stage companies working in enterprise software cloud services, consumer services, and mobile technology.

Tzachi Weisfeld, Microsoft Israel’s director of business development, said that the company had chosen Israel as the first location for a Microsoft accelerator because of the country’s active start-up scene. “The accelerator is the first one in Microsoft history, but we have a great deal of experience in working with early stage start-ups. The model we have chosen will provide start-ups with world-class products and services, and help them enter the market.”

While Microsoft might not seem like the kind of place that a start-up would be able to get the support it needs to move forward – after all, it is a large corporation with its own agenda – Tomer Dvir, chairman of Israeli start-up Soluto said that, counter-intuitively, Microsoft is actually an ideal fit for start-ups. “If I were starting my company now, I would almost certainly never have thought of Microsoft as a potential partner, but the reality is completely different than most people perceive. Besides the support of mentors who are top people in the industry, Microsoft offers exposure to the world markets, and a wealth of tools that are very valuable for start-ups.”

Source: Times Of Israel

VIDEOS: In Case you’re in Tel Aviv.., or heading there: Tel Aviv’s Top Parties for Spring (GayTravel.com)

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March 16, 2012
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Spring is coming and it’s time to store yours coats, wear your shorts and get wild in one of Tel-Aviv’s top 5 parties!

Arisa- If you’re planning on visiting Tel-Aviv soon, make sure that ARISA party is going on.
The first oriental gay party takes place once a month, generally at the Comfort 13 club, attracts gays from all-over the country and hosts a different oriental artist each party. Lately, they have started combining a colorful ceremony taken from the Israeli’s wedding culture- The Henna- which makes this night totally unforgettable.

FFF – Shirazi’s eternal line usually happens every second Friday at Haoman 17, and plays house music till the sun rises. The FFF is being named as Tel-Aviv’s best gay party almost every year – with magnificent decoration, breath-taking performances and muscular guys and it just keeps getting better. No wonder it owns the throne.

Dreck- Great electro-pop music and gorgeous guys are the reason why Tel-Aviv’s weekend starts on Wednesday night. The party-line became the city-talk almost overnight hosting different DJ’s who makes the dance floor moves.

Forever Tel-Aviv – 6 years had passed since “Forever Tel-Aviv”’s first party, and its still considered as one of Tel-Aviv’s finest parties. “Forever Tel-Aviv” hosts the well-known Israeli DJ, DJ Offer Nissim, who produces house music in mostly tribal, hard and progressive styles, and who had remixed a large repertoire of artists. These parties’ productions are always shiny; combining local artists and talents and makes the night larger than life.

PAG – This electro-house music party line started his way 8 years ago, and moved between 5 different clubs, till today, when it’s finally located at the ZIZI club. The party line usually happens every second Friday. The party owners always put all their efforts to turn every party to a night-to-remember; Different DJ’s from all over the world , spectacular and unique production in each party, and sleazy-underground feeling that words definitely cannot tell  makes the PAG a must  try, even if you’re straight.

Written by Liron Levy, travel agent at “Gayway”- gay Tel Aviv travel agency

‘Water will become more valuable than oil’

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Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau visits 6th World Water Forum in France, says he hopes to expand Israel’s water-tech collaborations

“With the growth in the population and the rise in need for fresh water, water in the Middle East will soon become more valuable than oil,” Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said, in his recent meeting with Veolia president Antoine Frerot in France.

The two met while Landau was visiting the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.

Landau lauded Israeli water technology, saying that “After seven years of drought having a regular water supply is not something you can take for granted.”

Frerot added that “Israel is a great place to find collaborations in the fields of water and energy. We will continue with our commitment to the Israel water marker and will pursue future ventures in Israel.”

Landau welcomed the possibility, adding: “Israel has research and development centers by some of the world’s leading companies. I hope we can expand our ties with Veolia and with other nations in the region.

“I hope Veolia decides to open an R&D center in Israel,” he added.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Lenny Kravitz: “I’m coming to Israel”

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March 16, 2012
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Following reports in Israeli media outlets, singing legend Lenny Kravitz confirms he is headed to Israel, as part of his 2012 tour, in support of his latest ninth album “Black and White America”, which was released last August. Kravitz says he is excited about hitting the holy land for the first time as a performer, but has yet to release any information regarding a specific date. He has also confirmed unspecified tour stop in Australia and Europe.

In a recent interview promoting his role on the eagerly anticipated film “The Hunger Games”, out next weekend domestically and internationally, Kravitz says “Shalom to Israel, that’s part of my tour plans right about now”. Addressing reports he is simply looking into a private trip he responds “No, i’ll be performing. I know the movie is coming out in Israel right about the time that it does out here, so the movie first and then music”.

The 47yo multi-talent, who is the son of Bahamian-African American “The Jeffersons” actress Roxie Roker and Jewish-Russian former NBC news producer Sy Kravitz, has enjoyed a prolific career in music, with stand out hits such as “Let Love Rule”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “Stand” off his latest cd. Kravitz holds the records for most wins and most consecutive wins after winning four Grammy awards four years in a row for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance”.

He has also acted in several films, such as “Zoolander”, “Being Mick” and his 2008 NAACP Image award nominated performance in “Precious”, opposite Gabourey Sidibe, Monique and Mariah Carey. His current role is as Cinna on the highly buzzed “The Hunger Games”, for which he is currently busy with doing the media rounds. Soon after Lenny will be free to rock out in Israel.

Via AbbaNibi.com 

PICTURE/VIDEO: Our ‘Canadian Ginger’ dances through the night as ‘AfroJack’ hits Tel Aviv

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March 16, 2012
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By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

TLV was wild last night! Afrojack concert was definitely worth getting VIP tickets for! Insane music, thousands of people, jumping, dancing and of course drinking… Getting home at 6:30am was totally worth it!