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Israel’s cycling success in Taiwan E-mail

The Israel Cycling Academy is hoping Colombian sprinter Edwin Avila’s triumph in Stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan in March will prove to be a sign of things to come.

The win was the first of the Israel Cycling Academy’s 2018 season, and came following an impressively strong showing in Tirreno Adriatico as the team moves towards its first ever Grand Tour, the historic Giro d’Italia, which will start in Jerusalem in May.

The former track World Champion cyclist was overjoyed with his result and the team’s work. “This win is really important to me because it makes me really happy because I did this with my new team,” Avila explained. “They had confidence in me and I responded well. It also gives me more confidence in the team and it gives the team more confidence in me because I’m new so they didn’t know me. We are really motivated to keep winning stages and races this season.”

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Football star Eran Zahavi signs three-year contract extension E-mail

Former Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer star Eran Zahavi has signed a three-year contract extension with Chinese club Guangzhou R&F worth at least US$10 million per season, making him the highestpaid Israeli sports professional ever.

By comparison, Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi earns a base salary of US$2,106,470 from the Golden State Warriors. Zahavi, 30, joined Guangzhou in June 2016 for an estimated US$12.5 million over 30 months, in addition to a US$20,000 bonus for each goal scored. Maccabi Tel Aviv received US$8 million for Zahavi, reportedly the most lucrative transfer ever involving an Israeli sports club.

Since then, Zahavi has become the Chinese club’s top scorer. Last season he scored 27 goals, although R&F finished in fifth place overall.

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Finland wins double gold in World Happiness Report 2018 E-mail

According to the “World Happiness Report 2018”, Finland is the happiest country in the world, as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup from 2015 to 2017. In addition, Finland’s immigrants are the happiest immigrant population in the world.

Rounding out the top ten countries in order of overall happiness were Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The US ranked 18, dropping four spots from last year.

Finland’s immigrants are also the happiest, based on the available data from 117 countries. “Governments are increasingly using indicators of happiness to inform their policy-making decisions,” noted Jeffrey D. Sachs, co-editor of the report. “US policymakers should take note. The US happiness ranking is falling, in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse, and untreated depression.”

“The World Happiness Report 2018”, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was launched at an event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. World Happiness Day is celebrated at the United Nations on 20 March.

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UK’s Prince William to travel to Israel in historic royal visit E-mail

In March, the British Royal House officially announced an upcoming state visit to Israel by one of its most senior members, Prince William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge.

The post, saying “The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer,” appeared on the Facebook account of the British Embassy in Israel. The visit, according to the statement, “is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities”. It contained no further details.

To date, no senior member of the Royal House has visited Israel in their official capacity – many observers believe that policy was adopted following the Zionist movements’ use of violence against British nationals when the UK ruled the Mandate on Palestine, an area comprising modern-day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Members of the British Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth, have made state visits to Kenya and other countries where acts perceived as terrorism were committed against Britain and its citizens by anticolonialist combatants, however they have stayed away from Israel in their official capacity since the country’s establishment in 1948.

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Einstein violin sold for record amount E-mail

A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for US$516,500 at the New York-based Bonhams auction house on 9 March. The instrument, which was reportedly gifted to the scientist in 1933 by Oscar Steger, a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, went for over three times its estimated price.

Steger made the violin himself and inscribed it with the words “Made for the Worlds [sic] Greatest Scientist Profesior [sic] Albert Einstein By Oscar H. Steger, Feb 1933 / Harrisburg, PA.”

Later, while working at Princeton University, Einstein gave the instrument to the son of Sylas Hibbs, who worked as a janitor at the school. It had remained in Hibbs’ family ever since.

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