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Tube passengers suffer fresh Jubilee Line disruption

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Sir Frank Lampl: Holocaust survivor who later became chairman of the construction company Bovis

Sir Frank Lampl, a Holocaust survivor and Cold War prisoner, went on to become chairman of Bovis, turning it into one of the world's leading construction companies. Lampl epitomised man's desire to survive and succeed in the face of adversity and earned a worldwide reputation as one of the industry's leading figures.

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He's just banked £44m from Barclays - and as owner of a Grand National favourite, he's set for another payday

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Business Diary: Did Steve Cohen see the future?

Hedge fund managers seem to instinctively know when to buy and sell assets – that's why they're good at the job. Take Steve Cohen, the fabled US fund manager. The Wall Street Journal reports that two weeks ago, he asked a high-end auctioneer to sell his Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at a sale in May. The death of the fabled star of the silver screen last week has now seen its likely sale price soar.

Economic zones from the age of Thatcher to makea comeback in UK cities

Ed Miliband may think of the Chancellor as "Norman Lamont with an iPod", but Mr Osborne's announcement yesterday of new enterprise zones had more in common with the interventionist Lord Heseltine than the fiscally conservative former Tory chancellor.

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Business Diary: E&amp;Y set to take squash title

The Canary Wharf & Square Mile Corporate Challenge is hotting up – and if you want to make a few quid from the squash tournament that pits the staff of City firms against each other, put your cash on Ernst & Young. Already in the semis, it will take on PricewaterhouseCoopers for a place in the final against Credit Suisse or the Financial Services Authority. How can we be so confident? Well, E&Y is represented by an employee, a certain Peter Marshall. His work at the firm is his second career – he was previously a professional squash player. A former world number two, in fact. So unless E&Y's rivals had the foresight to hire a former world number one, they don't stand a chance.

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