Sandy Rashty

Billionaire brothers get planning permission after £5.5m investment pledge

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

The Reuben brothers have obtained planning permission to convert a listed Mayfair home into a mansion worth up to £200 million.

David and Simon Reuben, aged 72 and 69, obtained council permission this week after investing £5.5 million towards an affordable housing scheme in Westminster.

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British POWs honoured in Holocaust heroes ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, April 18, 2013

British Prisoners of War who saved a Jewish girl from the Nazis were honoured as “Holocaust Heroes” by the government this week.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles presented awards to eight people who saved Jews from Nazi persecution during the Second World War.

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It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.

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Yom Ha'Atzmaut 2013

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2013
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Save our shop — Finchley bakery is fighting closure

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2013

Customers of the Parkway Patisserie in Finchley are campaigning against the plans of its landlord to close the kosher bakery and use the site as part of a development of offices, luxury flats and a library.

If Parkway closes in Finchley — where it served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967 — its owners say the other branches in Golders Green and Wembley will also shut down.

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UK rabbis unite to challenge global poverty

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

UK rabbis from across the community have joined together in signing a petition to alleviate global poverty and malnutrition.

A letter, recently published in the Financial Times, backing the Millennium Development Goals campaign to target extreme poverty, included signatories from the Liberal, Reform and strictly Orthodox movements.

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Lord Sugar tribunal victory against former Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

Lord Sugar has won an employment tribunal case brought against him by Apprentice winner Stella English.

Mrs English, who secured a job with Lord Sugar after competing in the popular BBC programme in 2010, brought a case of constructive dismissal earlier this year.

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Man with the recipe for sweet success on the high-street

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

Experts say the food industry has changed. Consumers are looking for practical products over pricey luxuries and stores will be replaced by online retail. But Asher Budwig, operations director of Lola’s, is bucking the trend with his cupcake business.

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Private investigator thanked over hunt for Holocaust hero

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2013

A Jewish private investigator has tracked down the family of a British prisoner of war who saved a Jewish girl from Nazi persecution.

Anthony Davis, from Manchester, dedicated his professional services free of charge to locate families of PoW’s who helped hide Lithuanian-born Sara Matuson in a hayloft at the Gross Golmkau PoW camp, in northern Poland, for four weeks in January 1945.

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Iran relaunches nuclear programme

By Sandy Rashty, April 9, 2013

The Iranian government has announced plans to open two new nuclear sites.

Today's announcement coincided with the Islamic Republic's Atomic Energy Technology Day and came less than one week after multilateral talks were held over curbing its nuclear programme.

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Shell reacts to claims over Israel gas field

By Sandy Rashty, April 9, 2013

Oil giant Shell is downplaying media reports that it is selling its stake in Australian company Woodside Petroleum because of Woodside's substantial interest in the Leviathan gas field in Israel.

Woodside, an oil and gas production company, recently acquired a controlling 30 per cent interest in Leviathan .

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Netanyahu announces extra assistance for Holocaust survivors

By Sandy Rashty, April 9, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the allocation of NIS 50 million to Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

The decision was announced on Sunday to coincide with Yom Hashoah.

"We have a deep obligation to the elderly in general and to Holocaust survivors in particular. First of all to their welfare and also to their security," he told the cabinet during the weekly meeting.

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Eight face oar-inspiring challenge

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2013

Eight men from the Hertfordshire suburbs will be rowing the Channel in aid of breast cancer awareness charity, Future Dreams.

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Amy Winehouse’s father hits out at Beyoncé over cover track

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

Late Jewish singing sensation Amy Winehouse is known for her top selling 'Back to Black' single – and international star Beyoncé Knowles has now released a cover of the hit. But not everyone is happy about it.

Mitch Winehouse, the late star’s father, said that he had not been consulted on the release of the cover that can now be heard on The Great Gatsby film trailer.

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No progress in Iran nuclear talks

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

Multilateral negotiations over the Iranian nuclear programme that took place in Kazakhstan today are reportedly failing.

The group of six nations in talks with Iran – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China – said they would ease sanctions if the Islamic Republic halted its suspected nuclear development programme.

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Man who called Jews ‘scum’ back in jail

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

A Welsh man who was jailed for encouraging racial hatred is back in prison after being given a 12 month sentence for harassment.

Trevor Hannington, who was associated with the far-right Aryan Strike Force, was jailed for two years under the Terrorism Act in 2010.

The neo-Nazi had described Jews as “scum” that should be “destroyed”.

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Jewish leaders reject Lord Ahmed apology

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

The Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust have rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for suggesting that Jews control the media.

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Leave Holocaust in the past, BNP Griffin tells radio station run by JFS students

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

British National Party leader Nick Griffin gave an interview to a small digital radio station run by JFS students last weekend — and told the interviewer that the Holocaust “needs to be left in the past”.

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Neo-Nazi Greek party plans international expansion

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

Greece’s Golden Dawn party has reportedly embarked on an international expansion campaign.

The neo-Nazi party, which is linked to black-shirted gangs that terrorise ethnic minorities and immigrants in Greece, has established a transatlantic group to preach the party’s policies in the United States.

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