Sandy Rashty

Roll out Israel's oil barrels

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2013

Israel has a wealth of underdeveloped natural resources that promise to revolutionise its economy.

The country, known for its academic prowess, technological expertise and entrepreneurs, is now making headlines with rumours of vast oil reserves beneath its natural gas fields.

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Second Bank of Israel candidate checks out

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 2013

Professor Leo Leiderman has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

The chief economist at Israel’s Bank Hapoalim withdrew from the position on Friday, despite being appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid as the next governor just two days earlier.

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Jewish mother comics Ronna and Beverly are feeling The Heat

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 2013

Comic duo Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo are known for their roles as overbearing fiftysomething Jewish mums in the global TV, stage and podcast live chat show, Ronna and Beverly.

But now the garrulous Los Angeles-based actresses are taking on Hollywood with their film debut alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, released here this week.

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Orli’s plans for Britain impress David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

A Jewish schoolgirl has won a national writing competition to which Prime Minister David Cameron responded.

“Thirteen in 13”, launched by the Anne Frank Trust UK, asked anyone turning 13 in 2013 to say how they would make Britain a better place in an online letter to the prime minister.

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How I bombed: Comic’s war jokes earn him a ban

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

An award-winning comedian has been banned from a comedy club after his use of Nazi images upset some members of the audience.

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Wish you were here?

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

For most British teenagers, a one-month tour of Israel at the age of 16 is a rite of passage. For some, the experience marks their first visit to the Jewish state. For others, it is a chance to renew acquaintance with Israel — social and tanning opportunities included — after completing their GCSEs.

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Bank of England deputy ready for challenge

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

Former government adviser Sir Jon Cunliffe was this week appointed the new deputy governor of the Bank of England.

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New Bank of Israel governor announced

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2013

Professor Leo Leiderman, the chief economist at Israel’s Bank Hapoalim, will become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

The appointment by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid was revealed today.

Prof Leiderman, who will replace outgoing governor Stanley Fischer, has been the chief economic adviser at Bank Hapoalim for over a decade.

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Jewish schoolgirl wins writing competition judged by David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2013

A Jewish schoolgirl has won a national writing competition judged by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The “Thirteen in 13” competition, launched by the Anne Frank Trust UK, asked anyone turning 13 in 2013 to say how they would make Britain a better place in a 250-word online letter to the prime minister. The winner was announced in the Times newspaper on Friday.

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Arctic bravery rewarded 70 years later

By Sandy Rashty, July 26, 2013

British servicemen who served on convoys between the UK and Russia during the Second World War have been recognised by the government.

Around 24 members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex) received the Arctic Star award after a 70-year campaign.

The vessels travelled through German blockades to keep war materials and supplies afloat between the Allies.

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Mum’s hell as father runs off with two sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A Jewish mother has spoken of her ongoing “hell” in her legal battle to bring two of her sons back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt, 35, from Hendon, thought that her two elder sons, Daniel and Jonathan, had taken a two-week holiday to visit their Russian-born father’s family.

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Bring me the royal baby and I’ll give him the snip, says top mohel

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A leading mohel has offered to circumcise Prince George — in keeping with a Royal Family tradition.

Dr Joseph Spitzer, a GP and the head of the Initiation Society, is willing to carry out the procedure should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to maintain the practice common among royals since the 19th century.

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Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.

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Peres sends gift for royal baby

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

The Israeli president has sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a unique outfit to welcome the birth of the royal baby boy.

President Shimon Peres sent a hat, socks, white shirt, blue tie and trousers set with the message “From Israel with love” printed on the shirt.

The baby, who has yet to be named, was born on Monday afternoon and weighed 8lb 6oz.

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Barnet charges primary school for PE in park

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2013

Plans to charge a modern Orthodox free school for use of a nearby park have been condemned as “outrageous” by a Barnet councillor.

Barnet Council wants the Rimon Jewish Primary in Dunstan Road, Golders Green, to pay for the use of Childs Hill Park during physical education classes. The school has a gate that backs on to the park.

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EcoStream beats boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, July 19, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

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Teenagers mugged at gunpoint

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Three Jewish teenagers were recovering this week after being robbed at gunpoint shortly after Shabbat went out last weekend.

The boys, two aged 15 and one 14, were confronted by three masked men in West Hampstead, north-west London, as they walked to a friend’s house at around midnight on Saturday.

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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange boss to step down

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Esther Levanon, the CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, will step down at the end of the year.

A spokesperson said the decision came “at her own request”.

A successor has yet to be announced.

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Unemployment statistics do not reflect youth 'under-employment'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Official statistics released this week indicated a 20,000 fall in youth unemployment in the UK.

The statistics, released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday, were described as “encouraging news” by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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US accuses Israel-linked drug ‘kingpins’ of laundering millions

By Sandy Rashty, July 16, 2013

Criminal charges have been filed against Colombian mobsters with Israeli connections.

United States authorities have placed 31 people on watch-list for alleged participation in a million-dollar money laundering network – with connections to bank accounts in Israel, China, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

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