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Directing Duos: Dynamic teams at #TIFF14

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September 10, 2014
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Directing Duos: Dynamic Teams at TIFF







David Blatt to Face Maccabi Tel Aviv in Exhibition

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September 5, 2014
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Cleveland Cavaliers coach’s former club will go against him and his new charges, including NBA superstar LeBron James, in nine-game international pre-season tour.

New Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt will face his former club, reigning Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, to open a record-setting nine-game international pre-season tour announced Tuesday by the NBA.
Israel’s Maccabi Haifa and Brazil’s Flamengo will also travel to North America in October and the nine games against NBA clubs are the most played by international teams in North America during any pre-season run.

Maccabi Tel Aviv, who defeated Real Madrid in the Europleague final under Blatt, must now go against Blatt and his new charges, including NBA superstar LeBron James, star guard Kyrie Irving and top forward Kevin Love.


Six-time European champion Maccabi Tel Aviv launches the international games at Cleveland on October 5 and visits the Brooklyn Nets two nights later.

Reigning Brazilian champions Flamengo, who play in Rio de Janeiro, will visit Phoenix on October 8, Orlando on October 15 and Memphis on October 17 in their first games against NBA opposition.

Maccabi Haifa, the reigning Super League champion, opens at Washington on October 15, visits Portland two nights later, plays at Sacramento on October 18 and concludes its North American tour at Toronto on October 22.

In addition to hosting international clubs, nine NBA teams will play seven pre-season games this year in six nations beyond the US and Canadian borders.

Last season, the NBA featured a record of 92 players from outside the United States.


Rare Rhino Born in Israel

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September 4, 2014
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After much anticipation, Ramat Gan Safari Park finally announced the first female white rhino birth in 22 years.

Congrats to Atari and Tanda, proud parents of the Safari’s first female white rhino. Coming into the world at approximately 100-pounds, the newborn is as cute as a large baby can be.



Click here to read more: Ha’aretz

Behind the Almighty Button: Nimrod Back

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September 4, 2014
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This week, SDM got an exclusive interview with Nimrod Back, the CEO and Co-Founder of Pressy. At only 30 years old, Nimrod is taking the tech industry by storm. We’re talking young, smart and a success.

Tell us about yourself and the path that brought you to Pressy?

My name is Nimrod Back, I’m 30 years old, single, and live in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I am an industrial engineer with a passion for android phone development. At first, I had so many ideas for new tech, however, quickly grew tired of them. Pressy was the only one that stuck with me.

What is Pressy?

Pressy is a tiny physical button that goes into a headphone jack and makes your phone do anything with a click, for example:

One short click can toggle your flashlight, two short clicks can take a quick photo, and one click can call your friend.

How did you come up with Pressy?

At the time, I was working on a different app that needed to be tested on my phone. However, in order to run the test,  I needed to unlock my phone, enter my pin code, exit Facebook, search for my own app and run it. So I thought to myself, I need to find a quick and easy solution to remove those painful actions… and Pressy was born!


It seems pretty easy to use. How does it work?

The Pressy button is just a trigger that gives signals to the Pressy app. The app translates the signals into actions that the user Pre-configured .

Right now Pressy is only available for Android phones. Do you have plans on making Pressy for iPhone users?

Unfortunately, there are too many problems with iOS, so Android it is.

What advice do you have to others who want to start-up their own company?

To begin, it is necessary to employ programmers and engineers. Note that one manager is not enough. You should build up a good team that is dedicated to their work and good at it.

And last but not least, when it comes to Israel and innovation does size matter?

When I travel around the world I always ask the locals how big they think Israel is, some people think Israel is as big as Germany or even Australia, I think it is the same with High-Tech.

- Nimrod Back

The Beach Boys are Surfin’ to Israel

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September 3, 2014
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Undeterred by recent Gaza conflict, legendary American rock and pop band will perform at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.

The legendary Beach Boys band will arrive in Israel this winter for one performance at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.
Producer Gad Oron has confirmed that he recently signed a contract with the American band, which will perform in Israel without one of its founders, Brian Wilson, but with another founder, Mike Love, alongside Bruch Johnston, Tim Bonhomme, Scott Totten, Randell Kirsch, John Cowsill and Jeff Foskett.


The Beach Boys concert is expected to include the band’s greatest hits. Ticket sales will begin soon, with prices starting from NIS 390 (about $109).

The Beach Boys band was founded in 1961 by brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend from school Al Jardine. Their music was pure fun and was initially based on texts inspired by surfing, sea, cars, the California beaches and women, not necessarily in that order. The tunes were catchy, the harmonies were beautiful and the band rose to fame very fast.

Their first album, “Surfin’ Safari,” was released in 1962, and in the following years they bombarded their fans with albums filled with hits.

In 1966, the music industry held its breath when The Beach Boys released its 11th studio album, “Pet Sounds,” which redefined the worlds of rock and pop, influenced many bands and artists, including The Beatles, and is considered one of the best albums in the history of popular music.

The Beach Boys have released 29 studio albums so far (the latest one two years ago), which have sold some 350 million copies, making them the most successful American band of all times. In 1988, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 it received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Could Sunday no longer be a “business day” in Israel?

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August 27, 2014
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Sunday has always been a “business day” in Israel… but not for long. The typical Western work week of Monday to Friday may be coming to Israel soon as, according to Times of Israel, “the management of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange will present a plan to members that would have the exchange close on Sunday, and the current Friday day off would become a regular work day.”

TASE’s decision to present such a plan comes from need to revive the stock exchange. Most stock markets worldwide operate on the basis of Western standards; Sundays are often low volume in the financial world. However this switch would affect Israeli workers as, ” if approved, would require thousands of people to change their work schedules.”

Read more at Times of Israel.