Metro Grapevine: Exciting new arrival

News briefs from around the nation.

December 15, 2016 17:04
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Newborn baby

Newborn baby [Illustrative]. (photo credit: INIMAGE)

■ THE EXCITEMENT of the birth of his daughter, Ariel, did not prevent singer Kobi Aflalo from fulfilling his professional commitments. He went straight from the hospital to a gig in the north of the country where, in addition to performing, he shared his feelings about becoming a first-time dad.

■ THE RONIT Farm is the venue for a New Year’s Eve benefit party on behalf of the Lone Soldiers’ Center. More and more lone soldiers are coming to Israel from abroad to help defend the country’s borders.

Unlike Israeli soldiers, they are without the emotional support of families and close friends. Some of Israel’s leading entertainers have been recruited for the party. The roster includes Alon Olearchik, Rami Kleinstein, Yael Deckelbaum and Yair Nitzani. The doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are NIS 500 each. An entrance ticket plus a donation to the Lone Soldiers’ Center is NIS 1,500. For those who want to support a lone soldier, the cost including the price of the ticket is NIS 4,500.

■ BEN-GURION University of the Negev’s Prof. Doron Pappo has been named the outstanding young scientist for 2016 and will receive the Israel Chemical Society Outstanding Young Scientist Prize. A member of BGU’s Department of Chemistry, Pappo has been recognized for his breakthrough in developing novel environmentally friendly chemical reactions based on iron catalysis for preparing new materials for a wide variety of applications. The Israel Chemical Society presents the award annually to an outstanding young chemist on the basis of excellent research as an independent researcher. Pappo’s co-recipient will be Dr. David Margolis from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The prize will be awarded at the society’s annual meeting on February 13.

■ ONE OF the perks of being the general manager of a luxury hotel is that one gets to meet dignitaries, celebrities and top-flight entertainers – even more so if the hotel is in a resort area. Guy Adiran, the general manager of the Dan Panorama Eilat, has met nearly every top Israeli singer and musician. Most recently, he met Ivri Lider and Ehud Banai, who took part in a special event at the hotel last weekend.

It included a stand-up comedy show by Erez Shalem, dancing among the guests, a guided tour to Timna, and culinary delights prepared by the hotel’s chef, Emil Gasner.

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