UK news

Sir Alan to become Enterprise Tsar

By Candice Krieger, June 5, 2009

Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar is to be appointed as Enterprise Tsar to Gordon Brown.

The former Amstrad boss will advise the government on business issues and help the nation out of the current tough times by speaking to small and medium-sized businesses.

Sir Alan, a long-standing friend of the Prime Minister, has been vocal in his support of the Prime Minister, who is reshuffling his Cabinet following the resignation of several Ministers. Sir Alan will not become a minister. Reports suggest he will be rewarded for his new role with a peerage.


Analysis: what the Obama speech means

By Jenni Frazer, June 5, 2009

US analysts say President Obama's Cairo speech shows he stands by Israel, but disappoints on the subject of Iran.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrachi, founder of the Israel Project organisation, said: "Obama’s address comes at a time when Americans have clearly stated that they stand with Israel by a seven-to-one margin"


Jail terms for cannabis gang

June 4, 2009

Three Israeli drug smugglers have been jailed for their roles in one of the biggest-smuggling plots ever intercepted by British police.

Moshe Kedar, aged 81, and Yehezkel Srebro, 57, were both sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.

Their accomplice Mordechai Hersh, 67, received an eight-year term.

The men were convicted earlier this week of planning an elaborate operation to bring more than 12 tonnes of cannabis, worth £36 million, into the country using a tugboat.


Exclusive: Mars bars go kosher

By Simon Rocker, June 4, 2009

Rabbis will be soon able to snack on one of the best-loved chocolate products when Mars Bars go under kosher supervison.

The London Beth Din’s kashrut division has signed a contract with Mars to certify products made in its Slough factory.

As well as the popular snack bar, the division has also certified Galaxy Block, Galaxy Ripple, Snickers, Minstrels and three flavours of Tracker Bars.


Nicole Farhi: I thought I was going to die

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

The fashion designer Nicole Farhi told a court this week how she feared for her life when two men attacked her as she walked to her front door.
She said she had been attacked as she went to open the front door of her home in Hampstead.

She told Wood Green Crown Court in north London, that she thought: “How stupid to die in front of my house.”

Ms Farhi, wife of the playwright Sir David Hare, said that a hand was placed over her eyes while another squeezed her throat, at which point she passed out.


Fears over Tories’ ‘fascist’ Euro allies

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

The Tories have been warned to be on their guard over their European links with Polish and Czech right-wing parties.

Conservative leader David Cameron met leaders of Poland’s Law and Justice party (PiS) at the weekend, as well as Mirek Topolánek, the leader of the Czech Republic’s Civic Democratic Party (ODS). The opposition PiS party is run by twin brothers Jaroslav and Lech Kaczynski.


Table tennis champ jailed for sex abuse

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2009

A Jewish table tennis champion has been jailed for using his position in the sport to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex.

Former City banker Gary Tendler, 36, of Brentwood, Essex, met the teenager, one of Britain’s elite junior players, at a national tournament in 2007. After swapping mobile phone numbers he molested her several times.

The married father-of-two was a former nominee in the senior sportsperson of the year category in the Maccabi GB sports honours list and had been ranked as high as number 21 in the country by the English Table Tennis Association.


Soccer bosses in court over ‘shyster’ claim

By James Brewster, June 4, 2009

Former Leeds United director Melvyn Levi said this week that club chairman Ken Bates had repeatedly “vilified” him in print in a bid to “deflect criticisms” of his own running of the club.

Mr Levi, 65, is suing Mr Bates at London’s High Court for libel over three articles written by the chairman in the club’s match-day programme in 2006 and 2007, and a letter sent to fans in 2007.


Machete robbers slash jeweller’s arms to get gold and cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 4, 2009

Manchester police are hunting a machete-wielding robber with piercing blue eyes after a Jewish jeweller had his arms slashed during a raid on his car outside Prestwich’s main post office last Friday.

David Singer, 54, who lives in Whitefield, needed an operation to reattach an arm muscle which was sliced during his ordeal. Three men in black balaclavas surrounded his blue BMW at around 8.15am, smashing windows with bats and launching themselves through the openings.


Call to pull ‘ladette’ dating ad

By Keren David, June 4, 2009

An advertisement featuring a woman wearing a low-cut top and clutching a glass of beer to promote an online dating agency has been condemned as “offensive”.

People living and working near a prominent poster site in West Hampstead, London complained that the picture had been cropped to omit the woman’s head.

All that is shown is her torso, the beer and the slogan: “What’s more, she’s Jewish.”

“It’s saying that her brain’s not important,” said Sarah Kaiser, who organised a letter of complaint to the dating company, JDate, backed by 40 signatures.