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Robert Halfon volunteers to teach in Rwanda — on a Conservative Party scheme

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008
Prospective Tory MP for Harlow Robert Halfon is taking a break from his political duties to volunteer in Rwanda.

Mr Halfon, 39, is currently in the Rwandan capital of Kigali teaching English to English teachers as part of Project Umubano - a social-action scheme launched by the Conservative Party to help bridge the gap between the world's richest and poorest nations. More than 100 people, including shadow ministers, MPs and professionals, are taking part in the initiative, which is being led by Shadow International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell.

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Alex Rinsler prepares to perform an explosive fire-spinning stunt

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Don’t play with fire? Not advice that Alex Rinsler would live by.

Mr Rinsler, 26, is the creator of FireWorks — a company of fire spinners that puts on shows across the UK. The group is getting ready for its biggest and most difficult gig yet. They are performing at next weekend’s Secret Garden Party festival, where they will build a 40ft pirate ship in the middle of a lake in Cambridgeshire, have 100 performers spinning fire simultaneously around it, and then burn it down in what Mr Rinser calls a “spectacular” fashion. 

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Valerie Goldston reveals how her parents helped catch Martin Luther King’s assassin

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Valerie Goldston’s parents inadvertently helped catch Martin Luther King’s killer by fighting him off when he tried to rob their London jewellery shop. Now, 40 years on, she has closed the shop where the incident took place.

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Rachel Erdos is one of the world’s most talented choreographers

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Tel Aviv based choreographer Rachel Erdos is making her move on the international dance circuit.

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James Charles lends his design skills to a new engineering project in Antarctica

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Aspiring mechanical engineer James Charles is helping to build a British research station in Antarctica.

Mr Charles, a second-year engineering student at Nottingham University, has landed a placement at the St Albans-based engineering consultancy Faber Maunsell — the company responsible for developing the new base for the British Antarctic Survey.

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Alec Bloom wins an award for his work to fight heart disease

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Former heart patient Alec Bloom, who set up a charity to fight against heart disease, has been honoured for his efforts.

In 1990, Leeds-based Mr Bloom founded the Heartbeat Appeal which has raised more than £2.5 million for hospitals across Yorkshire. He was recently awarded the Order of Mercy medal, which recognises the voluntary work in healthcare. He founded the charity one year before he underwent open-heart surgery.

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Oliver Sanders limbers up for a 14-hour running, swimming and cycling race

By Candice Krieger, July 11, 2008

Fitness fanatic Oliver Sanders is about to take on the biggest — and longest — challenge of his life. On Sunday, Mr Sanders, a 39-year-old father-of-three, will compete in the Forestman — a 4km swim, 180km cycle ride and 42km run. He hopes to complete it in less than 14 hours.

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Gil Cohen-Alloro has a laugh at Jewish humour in a new comedy

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Israeli actor Gil Cohen-Alloro has worked with Madonna and Samuel L Jackson. But it is his latest project that is giving him a buzz.

Mr Cohen-Alloro is currently staring in Star Power, a comedy about a group of actors trying to make the big time, which opened at the Landor Theatre in London last week. He plays Nick, a neurotic playwright.

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Emily Langford is singing her way to the top of her profession — aged 14

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Fourteen-year-old Welsh singing sensation Emily Langford is a step closer to achieving her dream of turning professional. Currently “singer of the year” in the Vale of Glamorgan, Emily, who lives in Cowbridge, South Wales, has picked up the title for South Glamorgan too — her biggest accolade yet. 

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Naomi Alexander showcases her shul paintings in Lithuania

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Artist Naomi Alexander has recently returned from Lithuania, where she is exhibiting her work at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilnius. The opening was attended by the United States ambassador to Lithuania, John Cloud.


The exhibition features a collection of paintings of Lithuanian Jewish homes and synagogues, which Ms Alexander has completed over the past six years.

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