Candice Krieger

JC readers give cash to help bomb victim walk again

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

More than £7,500 has been donated by JC readers to the UK charity One Family to help Israeli paralysis victim Zion Shitrit realise his dream of walking again. Mr Shitrit, 23, was left paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing in Hadera, northern Israel.

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The seder-night operation that risks a man’s life

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Accountant Jason Boas would do anything to be having seder night at home with his family tomorrow night.

Instead, the 34-year-old will be undergoing a potentially life-saving operation to remove a tumour from his pancreas. But doctors have warned him there is a 15 per cent chance he will not survive it.

Mr Boas, of Mill Hill, North-West London, was diagnosed in October, after collapsing with stomach pains. He was told the tumour was inoperable and given 18 months to live.

But he endured six months of aggressive chemotherapy, and the tumour shrank to an operable size.

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My talk plan, by BT's new chief

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Ian Livingston, the new chief executive of British Telecom, explains how he has achieved so much at just 43, and reveals his plans for the company

Ian Livingston is taking nothing for granted. It is through making the most of his chances that he has become the new chief executive of BT at the comparatively young age of 43.



Ian Livingstone (centre) wants BT to be among the best service companies in the world

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Annabel Levin turns a baked bean into an award-winning story

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

North-London mother-of-two Annabel Levin has won a BBC short-story competition for her tale about a fire-breathing baked bean.

Ms Levin’s story, Dr Sharpneedle Visits, was picked from 2,000 other entries in a competition organised by the BBC’s Reading and Writing initiative (RaW).

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Michael Hirst books a place in the hotel world’s hall of fame

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Hertfordshire’s Michael Hirst has been honoured with a lifetime-achievement award for his contribution to the hotel and hospitality industry.

Mir Hirst, 64, was presented with the accolade in Berlin at the annual International Hotel Investment Forum. A consultant to CBRE Hotels, Mr Hirst has spent the past 45 years working in the hospitality and tourism industry. In 2003, he was appointed an OBE for his services to tourism.

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Dan Patterson takes some comedy steps to reduce his carbon footprint

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

TV comedy producer Dan Patterson has been lending his humour to a more serious cause. The award-winning producer, perhaps best known for creating the hit improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, says he has been motivated to reduce his carbon footprint after hosting a UJIA Jewish media networking event last week.

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Emma Spiegler is recognised for her work helping those with addicted parents

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Twenty-five-year-old Emma Spiegler has received a national honour for her work with children of drug or alcohol-addicted parents.

Miss Spiegler picked up the award — and a £1,000 prize — at the recent Young People of the Year awards, which recognise and reward positive role models in the community. Organised by SkillsTrain, its judges included the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown.

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A bomber left him paralysed for 2 years: this week he walked

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

A young Israeli, paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing, has defied medical odds by regaining feeling in his toes following pioneering treatment at a London clinic.

Zion Shitrit, 23, was working at a market in the northern Israeli town of Hadera when a suicide bomber blasted the area, killing six.

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Israel blasted over 'truth' of scroll ad

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

The Israeli Government Tourist Office was this week forced to change its ThinkIsrael advert following a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that it was misleading and breached its code of conduct.

The magazine advert promoting Israel displayed images of well-known landmarks, including Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, with text stating: “You can travel the entire length of Israel in six hours.”

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The budget hotels chief who plans to spend £100m on rooms

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Paul Flaum, the chief executive of Whitbread’s Premier Inn hotel and restaurant business, has good reason to smile.

The company has dismissed fears of a downturn in consumer spending — like-for-like sales in the 50 weeks to February 14 were up 10.5 per cent. And Premier Inn, already credited as the most dominant force in the British budget hotel market, could become a whole lot bigger if recent reports are anything to go by.

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Nadaav Soudry wants a few hot dates in front of a camera

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Thirty-year-old Nadaav Soudry is looking for Jewish dates — and calls it work.

Mr Soudry, a freelance film-maker, is currently directing new ITV series A Match Made in Heaven. The seven-part observational documentary — to be screened later this year — will follow a selection of Jews, Christians and Muslims as they search for love within their faiths. Fancy it? Mr Soudry is currently casting.

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Carly Stratton gets shipwrecked and survives to tell the tale

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Manchester beauty Carly Stratton is among those taking part in this years Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands series.


The 19-year-old student is one of ten islanders to appear on the hit reality show, which returns to our screens this Sunday. Set in the South Pacific, the series follows an initial 12 people cast away on two islands. Other castaways join the islanders throughout their three-month stay to compete for a share of the £100,000 prize.

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Nick Bitel hopes for a record-breaking London marathon

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Sunday’s London Marathon will raise over £46.5 million, smashing the world record for the largest annual one-day fundraiser, claims the event’s main man Nick Bitel.

A partner in sports law firm Max Bitel Greene, Mr Bitel has been part-time chief executive of the London Marathon since 1993. Under his authority, the number of people running has grown by around 50 per cent. So, what makes the marathon so popular? “It is the great suburban Everest,” says Mr Bitel, 48.

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Jill Moss warns animal lovers of the MRSA dangers lurking in their pets

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Pet-owners, take note. Your furry friend could be carrying the superbug MRSA. This is the message from North London’s Jill Moss, who contracted the human strain of the serious drug-resistant bacteria from her dog Bella, who died from the disease.

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Natalie Besbrode goes on air to get to the Heart of her Jewish roots

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Heart 106.2 DJ Natalie Besbrode — aka Natalie B — is using her radio prowess to get more involved in the Jewish community.

“I am on a big journey,” Miss Besbrode, 30, tells People.

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Royal invitation for Israeli who gave £20 million to maritime museum

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

The Duke of Edinburgh has asked to meet Israeli billionaire Sammy Ofer following his £20 million donation to the National Maritime Museum last week.

The Duke reportedly wants to show his appreciation to Mr Ofer for the bequest — believed to be the largest single donation by an individual to any cultural project in Britain.

Mr Ofer, 86, who once served in the Royal Navy, is a close friend of the museum’s chairman, Lord Sterling of Plaistow. He gave the money as a personal gesture.

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Why the £1bn salesman is getting political

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

It is all change for capital-gains tax this weekend. From Sunday — under the Chancellor’s CGT reforms — businesses will be charged a flat rate of 18 per cent on any business gains, meaning that for many people, the rate on business assets will increase by up to 80 per cent. Bad news, you would think, for clients of Howard Leigh, the managing director of Cavendish Corporate Finance, whose job is to help people sell their businesses.

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Susan Pinker can help you understand the opposite sex

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

What a perceptive family. Canadian psychologist Susan Pinker, the sister of eminent experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, has some thought-provoking theories on understanding the opposite sex. Bad news, though — it is harder than you thought.

David Rosen knows he faces a hard task helping Heather Mills to win public support

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Heather Mills has no chance of ever turning the tide of public opinion in her favour, according to her lawyer, David Rosen.

Mr Rosen, who acted as her legal adviser during the divorce hearing against Sir Paul McCartney and has now been appointed her lawyer, tells People: “It’s impossible for her to change the public opinion. She was married to a legend and never had the chance to get good press. I think she is misunderstood.”

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Stanley Medicks pays a final tribute to Israel’s 1948 volunteers

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

War veteran Stanley Medicks hopes that Israel continues to commemorate its creation forever — after all, he did help fight for it.


Eighty-two-year-old Mr Medicks is the founder of the British and European Machal Association, an organisation of overseas volunteers who fought for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. Mr Medicks, one of 3,500 volunteers, is organising the association’s final reunion. More than 80 Machal veterans are expected to unite in Israel on Yom Hazikaron next month.

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