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Robert Davis becomes deputy leader of Westminster Council

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

Councillor Robert Davis has been elected deputy leader of Westminster Council. Mr Davis, 50, is the civil partner of Sir Simon Milton, who recently stepped down as council leader to become Boris Johnson’s senior planning adviser.

Mr Davis has served as a Westminster councillor for the past 26 years and was thought to be the youngest-ever Lord Mayor — a post he took at the age of 38 and held from 1996 to 1997.

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Alan Share slams the government’s policy on education for special-needs children

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

The government department for children, school and families has reported a significant fall in the number of children with special education needs (SEN) being placed in special schools — a result of Labour’s inclusion policy to have SEN children taught in mainstream schools.

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Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie bring celebrities together for a West End show to raise money for cancer research

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

Mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie, who have both suffered breast cancer, have set up a charity to help defeat the disease.

Mrs Leslie, a full-time mother-of-three, is currently clear of cancer, while Mrs Henry, 60, was recently diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.

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Pitching to the Dragons

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

In partnership with the London Jewish Cultural Centre, we invited aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a special Dragons’ Den-style event that could be their big break. The finalists will present their plans in front of top judges on Monday July 7 at the LJCC.

 

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Chinn sets out plan to aid London’s poor

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

Sir Trevor Chinn, the newly appointed chair of the Mayor’s Fund for London, says he plans to use his experience working in deprived areas of Israel to help transform London.

A Labour supporter and philanthropist, Sir Trevor, 72, was approached by the new Conservative mayor Boris Johnson to head the fund, which will tap private wealth to help tackle London’s social problems.

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Apprentice star Sugar quits Amstrad

By Candice Krieger, July 2, 2008

Sir Alan Sugar has stepped down as chairman of Amstrad, the electronics company he founded 40 years ago.

The 61-year-old star of BBC Ones’s Apprentice said the departure was a "planned move" following the company's acquisition by BSkyB last year.

But the self-made multi-millionaire is not retiring. He will continue to be involved with his other business interests, including Amshold, Amsprop, Amsair and Viglen computers.

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Menachem Haziza saves up to build a synagogue in Israel

By Candice Krieger, June 30, 2008

North-London butcher Menachem Haziza has taken on a new project — with no knowledge of meat required.

The 56-year-old owner of Menachems, in Golders Green, has used his savings to build a synagogue in Beit She’an in Israel, in memory of his parents, Aliza and Yosef.

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Wolf Suschitzky snaps up a lifetime achievement award for cinematography

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

You may not know the name, but you have probably seen Wolf Suschitzky’s work. A veteran cameraman, he has worked on films including Get Carter, staring Michael Caine, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. Last week, Vienna-born Mr Suschitzky, 96, was awarded Vienna’s Gold Merit Medal lifetime-achievement award from the Austrian Ambassador in London.

“It was very strange,” he tells People. “It was nice having all my family and close friends there.”

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Geoffrey Berg battles a Greater Manchester congestion charge

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Campaigner Geoffrey Berg is fighting against controversial plans to introduce a congestion charge in Greater Manchester.

Ministers approved a bid for the initiative last week.

Mr Berg, an ex-councillor in Bury, is urging councillors to vote against the charge. His campaign is sparking referendums for publicly elected mayors, which if successful could oust council leaders.

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Mark Silverman lobbies the government to help find a cure for his son’s illness

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

North London father Mark Silverman is lobbying the government to fund more research into a life-limiting disease suffered by his son. Thomas, aged three, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle-wasting condition that primarily affects boys and young men. It is currently incurable.

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Debbie King serves up a culinary podcast for university students

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Look out Jamie Oliver. Leeds-born television personality Debbie King is becoming something of a celebrity chef.

Ms King — perhaps best known for hosting ITV1’s cult entertainment game show Quizmania — is the presenter of new online cookery series Studentcooking.tv, which last week won the Best Contribution in New Media 2008 category at the Yorkshire Television Society awards.

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Cambridge first for former anorexic

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Recovering anorexic Mandy Kaye made history this week as she graduated from Cambridge with starred first-class honours and a distinction — the only student in her geography faculty to do so.

But it could have all been so different for the 25-year-old, who, five years ago, was given just days to live.

Ms Kaye, from Southgate, North London, has been battling anorexia for nine years. At her lowest, she weighed just under five stone.

Now, hopeful of a making full recovery, she is determined to inspire others to do the same.

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Now pitch your big idea

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

We recently invited aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a special Dragons’ Den-style event that could be their big break. We have now chosen the finalists, who will present their plans in front of top judges on July 7 at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. In the first of a two-part feature, we profile those who impressed and will face the Dragons.


Adam Caplan and Daniel Morris
Danada Retail

University students Adam Caplan and Daniel Morris set up their clothing company Danada Retail earlier this year.

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Jews for Jesus in new push

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Rabbis express deep concern after JC investigation reveals scale of missionary group’s membership drive

The missionary group Jews for Jesus has launched a new push to gain the allegiance of British Jews, the JC can reveal.

More than 30 volunteers from the London branch of the international organisation, whose central tenet is that Jesus is the Messiah and that Jews need to recognise him as such, are approaching and handing out leaflets to Jews across London.

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Bank Leumi UK boss held over £5m ‘fraud’

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

The UK head of Israel’s biggest bank has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in a plot to embezzle nearly £5 million.

Menahem Friedman, who worked for Bank Leumi in Tel Aviv before being made chief executive of its UK branch last year, is being held in Israel with 13 other businessmen.

Fraud-squad detectives told the Tel Aviv Peace Court that furniture-company owner Meir Ovadya and his son Rafi had acted as intermediaries for the group who, in 2006 and 2007, allegedly received fictitious loans from the bank without offering collateral.

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Plight of cancer-gene sisters

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Three sisters whose lives have been affected by breast cancer as a result of a genetic mutation common in Ashkenazi women are campaigning to raise awareness of the gene.

Glasgow-based Sue Faber, 44, and her sisters Elaine Mishkin, 43, and Karen Rosen, 37 — whose mother Lorna Klineberg died from breast cancer aged just 47 in 1986 — all chose to undergo mastectomies and reconstructive surgery in 2006. 

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Ambition: to be an MP

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Political writer Neil Glass is to stand against the former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election and has promised to donate half his MP’s salary to charity should he get elected. The by-election, likely to take place on July 10, has been triggered by Mr Davis’s profound opposition to the government’s insistence that terror suspects should be detained for a minimum of 42 days.

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The HBOS man who still sees opportunity

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Confidence in the world’s financial markets continues to evaporate as property prices plunge, share prices slide and jobs are being lost. Yet investment banker Gershon Cohen is not too concerned. In fact, he says, he is excited.

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Howie Fifer has some questions for a fellow breakdancer

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Breakdancer Howie Fifer failed to make it into the reality-TV series Britain’s Got Talent. But having auditioned and shown his moves, he now says he finds them remarkably similar to some of those used by George Sampson, the 14-year-old who impressed the judges and public to be crowned the winner of this year’s series.

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Vicki Prais is off to train Armenian judges in human rights

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

London lawyer Vicki Prais is off to Armenia. Ms Prais, who works for the British Government on a variety of high-profile anti-terrorism and national security cases, has been invited as an expert to take part in next week’s Council of Europe seminar.

The two-day event focuses on criminal procedure under the European Convention on Human Rights and related extradition issues. She will give a presentation and train Armenian judges about the convention.

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