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Stanley Fink steps down from Man Group to pursue philanthropy

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

What next for Stanley Fink? The City hedge-fund veteran has decided to retire from Man Group, the industry giant he helped create — and he has no shortage of plans.

Mr Fink, 50, has spent more than two decades at Man Group, the world’s largest publicly listed hedge-fund group. He served as chief executive from 2000 to 2007, and became non-executive deputy chairman last year. Mr Fink will bow out altogether at the company’s annual meeting in July.

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Nori Graham offers some advice to those coping with relatives who have Alzheimer’s

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

The Alzheimer’s Society forecasts that more than a million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025. Can anything be done to limit the impact of this debilitating condition?

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Lee Petar goes from Bicom to doing PR for the Sheikh of Dubai

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

When Lee Petar, the former director of communications at Bicom, left to set up his own PR firm, he probably did not envisage that one of his first major deals would involve advising the emirate of Dubai.

Mr Petar, who co-founded Tetra Strategy seven months ago, recently won the account to advise the emirate — one of the United Arab Emirates — on strategic communications and reputation management. The deal, reportedly worth around £500,000, is one of the biggest PR deals this year. “It’s a real communications challenge and a real opportunity for me,” Mr Petar tells People.

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Lauren Waterman is named one of Britain’s top volunteers

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Medical student Lauren Waterman, 19, has been crowned Hertfordshire’s top volunteer. She took the top £2,000 prize at the recent Young People of the Year and Youth Community Safety Awards.


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Marc Sidney muscles his way to a new British record

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Weightlifter Marc Sidney has set a new British bench-press record at the Midlands championship.

North London-based Mr Sidney, 45, has been bench-pressing competitively for the past two years. At last month’s championship, he lifted 170kg — one-and-a-half times his own bodyweight of 115kg — or, as he puts it, the equivalent of 375 bags of sugar or two large men.


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Ronen Givon and Chistian Mouysset encourage open democracy — for hummus

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Ronen Givon and his business partner Christian Mouysset, founders of food chain Hummus Bros, are used to cooking up their own variations of the chickpea snack. But after encouraging others to try their luck, they are so impressed with what they have seen — and tasted — that they have decided to serve it.

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David Appletree battles Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Activist David Appletree is taking a stand against the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish groups that are cropping up on Facebook, the social-networking website.

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Cindy Lass cultivates Anne Frank’s legacy with a painting of her famous tree

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

North-London artist Cindy Lass has been commissioned by Sir Elton John, George Michael and the Queen. But it is her latest endeavour that she feels particularly passionate about.

The mother-of-two recently completed a painting of “Anne Frank’s tree” for the Anne Frank Trust. The teenager famously looked out on to a chestnut tree, which provided a rare glimpse to the outside world, as she spent two years hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, aged 15.

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Alex Cowan jumps from 13,500ft to help fight multiple sclerosis

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

She may struggle to walk, but that has not stopped West Londoner Alex Cowan from wanting to jump out of an aircraft. Ms Cowan suffers from the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) and uses a wheelchair. On July 13, she plans to jump out of a plane flying at 13,500 ft, fall for 40 seconds, reach about 120 mph, and then float to the ground with the aid of a parachute.

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Warren Bergson uses the law to keep celebrities driving

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Manchester lawyer Nick Freeman, aka “Mr Loophole”— known for helping celebrity clients escape driving convictions — is not the only crusading solicitor around. Warren Bergson, who lives in Broughton Park and calls himself “the motorist’s friend”, is carving out a successful niche of his own. A specialist in traffic law, Mr Bergson — who does not hold a driving licence —

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