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Jerusalem Capital Studios production manager Shmuel Shem Tov will step down at the end of the year in accordance with an arrangement made with JCS CEO Gaby Rosenberg.

October 16, 2007 08:13


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Controlling the panic that rose in her throat, she completed what she had to say somewhat sooner than she expected, then darted into the crowd with the speed that only an anxious mom can summon. ALTHOUGH SMOKE signals will be the eye make-up theme for the gala opening in Jerusalem tonight (Tuesday) of the new MAC store, which has been enjoying a run-in period at the Mamilla Mall, MAC is also reviving another dramatic option for eyes as a result of a collaborative effort between acclaimed British fashion designer Alexander McQueen and celebrated make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. Inspired by the dramatic eye-shadow worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Cleopatra many years ago, the Cleopatra look in a shade of turquoise known as Nile, royal blue, a yellowy green and other related tones, will certainly draw attention to the mirrors of the soul and what covers them. For the full dramatic effect there are the kohl powder eye pencils. 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The popular excuse was that they were not selling well enough, but the real excuse may be that their preparation required too much manual labor. Be that as it may, the Ramat Gan College is trying to ensure that some of the time-worn secrets of how to prepare things do not disappear in the dust of history. For this reason it has set up an olive oil center alongside its wine academy. The courses at both the center and the academy have been devised by Dr. Zohar Kerem, whose field is chemistry, and whose areas of expertise include wine and olive oil. The Olive Oil Center operates under the patronage of Yad Mordechai which is one of Israel's leading producers of olive oil with a 26 percent market share. JERUSALEM CAPITAL Studios production manager Shmuel Shem Tov will step down at the end of the year in accordance with an arrangement made with JCS CEO Gaby Rosenberg. 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He continued to report for the Chronicle after coming back to Israel. THE MA'ARIV board of directors has approved the appointments of veteran journalists Rutie Yovel and Doron Glazer as co-editors. Their appointments, announced by Ma'ariv publisher Ofer Nimrodi, become effective December 1. The two will be responsible for NRG, the Ma'ariv Internet site, Ma'ariv's local publications and Ma'ariv's book publishing operations. LUXURY RESIDENTIAL construction is Jerusalem is continuing at a rapid pace. Although Yair and Yossi Biton may be responsible for one of the largest and most ambitious projects a 600-unit prestige apartment complex - in fact, a new neighborhood on the site of what used to be the Foreign Ministry - Lev Leviev, through Africa Israel in which he has the controlling interest, is rapidly buying up choice plots throughout the city and will build 900 units on five new plots he has purchased in downtown Jerusalem, Romema, Arnona and Rehavia-Talbiya. One of the downtown plots is in a former night club area adjacent to the Russian compound and the other is in Harav Kook Street. Africa Israel also owns the former President Hotel, which served for several years as an immigrant absorption center and is now classified as a dangerous building. There are various legal technicalities preventing Africa Israel from tearing it down and building on the site. BEN-GURION University of the Negev has yet another reason to take pride in the prowess of its students. A BGU team of four Honors MBA Students won first prize at the NOVA Tech Innovative Ideas Competition that took place on October 5 in Bucharest, Romania. The contest was organized by the Bulgarian Institute of Management and Technology (BIMT), in cooperation with the Bulgarian ICT Cluster and Sofia University and makes part of the worldwide initiative of Intel Education® and the University of California, Berkeley, to support innovative projects and ideas in the technology sector. The BGU team included: Avi Avidan, Daniel Eisen, Noga Bar-El and Roee Arbel - from the Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management. In addition to receiving a check for $20,000, the team will take part in the final competition at University of California, Berkeley, from November 13-15. At the finals, teams from all over the world will present business projects and the best of them will be given the opportunity to receive funding for their ideas. The prize went to the NRG Fuels project, whose team representatives were accompanied by BGU's Prof. Shoshana Arad, a leading researcher in applications for algae. The business plan is based on Negev Renewable Green Fuels (NRG Fuels), a clean-tech developer of innovative microalgae growth technology for biodiesel production. Utilization of NRG's closed system for microalgae growth will reduce biodiesel production costs by 40%. In addition, NRG Fuels' system has an output capacity per area of land nearly 15-times higher than the best agricultural feedstock. Before competing in Bucharest, the team took third place in a local Israeli competition for business plans (BIZTECH) organized by the Technion. The team is one of eight Honors MBA student teams that participated in a business plan writing course taught by Prof. Dov Dvir and mentored by Lea Atad. The team's participation in both competitions was made possible by the generous support of Dutch entrepreneur and member of the University's Ben-Gurion Society Nina Brink. AVIATION LINKS Ltd., a wholesale tour company that is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and is part of the New Hamashbir LeTzarchan Group of companies, and the hotel division of Africa Israel have signed an agreement for joint hotel investments abroad. The idea is for Africa Israel to manage the operation while Aviation Links markets the joint venture in Israel. 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Aharoni's area of expertise is in initiating, developing and ensuring the compatibility of CRM projects. In this context, he will be responsible for E-Drive Microsoft Dynamic.

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