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Winners of the 2012 The Bodley Head & Financial Times Essay Prize Announced

LONDON: 19 December 2012: Hedley Twidle, a 32-year old South African university lecturer, has beaten more than 400 entrants to win the inaugural Financial Times and The Bodley Head non-fiction essay competition. His work, ‘Getting past Coetzee’, deals with the influence of the Booker-winning novelist on Twidle’s life and work in Cape Town.

Stuart Williams, publisher at The Bodley Head and chairman of the five-strong judging panel, said of Twidle’s essay: “Our winner writes thrillingly about JM Coetzee, in ways that both illuminate his novels and reimagines the essay form itself. His essay fizzes with intellectual and stylistic energy.” Read more >>

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In the US, free Google Nexus 7 offered with Financial Times subscription

In the US, the Financial Times is giving away a free Google Nexus 7 tablet with the purchase of an annual premium FT.com or combined newspaper/FT.com subscription. The offer, valid until December 17, is available at FT.com/nexus7offer.

The promotion is a natural fit for the FT’s increasingly multi-channel and mobile audience, with almost 14% of all readers now accessing the FT on two or more channels daily, and mobile users generating a quarter of all traffic to FT.com. Mobile also now drives 15% of new subscriptions to FT.com each week. Read more >>

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Financial Times and Citi name Community Cooker Foundation the Global Winner at 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

College Possible, GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, JCDecaux – Vélib’ honoured in Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure

NEW YORK: 6 December 2012: The Financial Times and Citi are pleased to announce that Community Cooker Foundation has been named global winner in the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Kenyan not-for-profit organisation as the global winner for its development of an innovative and practical waste-burning stove, which holds tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource environments. Read more >>

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Chris Giles named Business Journalist of the Year at British Journalism Awards

Last night the Financial Times’ economics editor Chris Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the first annual British Journalism Awards. Giles was recognised for his insightful report on the inner workings of the Bank of England.

“His piece about the Court of King Mervyn would have been a must-read in the City of London and at Number 10 and 11 as well,” judges said. “It was engaging and revealing writing about something we know very little about. Other journalists will be using this piece as background material for years to come.” Read more >>

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FT supports regeneration of local London park

The Financial Times is one of five organisations supporting a new Trees for Cities project, which aims to restore greenery to the Clapham Common area in London.

The charity, which works with local communities on tree planting projects in socially and economically deprived urban areas, founded the scheme in partnership with the Friends of Clapham Common and Lambeth Council. Partly funded by the FT, it aims to replace trees coming to the end of their natural life or damaged by storms or disease, and included an inaugural tree-planting day at Clapham Common in late November. Read more >>

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FTChinese.com hosts inaugural economic forum in Luzhou

Luzhou: 24 November 2012: More than 150 economists, finance professionals, entrepreneurs and artists gathered at the Jiucheng Hotel in Luzhou, China today for the FTChinese Economic Forum 2012 to share insights on the economy and explore the city’s cultural heritage.

Co-organised by the Financial Times, FTChinese.com and Luzhou Laojiao Group, this one-day event consisted of keynote speeches, panel discussions and a city tour of Luzhou. Fuan Li, former head of innovation regulation, CBRC and Yongfa Zhou, vice general secretary, China Banking Association delivered keynote speeches on the regional financial market’s development and banking service. Read more >>

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FT photography auction raises close to £170,000 for Global Fund for Children

The Financial Times has launched its 2012/2013 Seasonal Appeal with an exclusive photography auction, raising nearly £170,000 for this year’s charity partner, the Global Fund for Children (GFC). Global Fund for Children aims to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

The event, held on 15 November at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, was hosted by Adrian Biddell of Sotheby’s and contained works from notable artists including Cecil Beaton, Jane Bown and Stuart Franklin. Event highlights included Slim Aarons’ 1961 Penthouse Pool donated by Getty Images Gallery and Chris Smith’s Ali versus the Beatles. The lots can be viewed hereRead more >>

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Financial Times and Deutsche Bank extends FT Reading Group to London schools

Financial Times has partnered with Deutsche Bank to deliver an FT reading group programme across secondary schools in London.

The course, which is run by Deutsche Bank volunteers, meets monthly in local schools to conduct reading groups for students aged 16 -18. The sessions use FT content to strengthen students’ acumen in business and finance and inspire them to think more deeply about global economic issues. Using the FT’s global news coverage and expert analysis in education offers a practical way of enhancing students’ current affairs knowledge and international perspective, improving their career prospects and progression. Read more >>

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Financial Times launches MandateWire Asia

The Financial Times today announces the launch of MandateWire Asia, a new service that provides money managers with rapid, reliable and high-value business intelligence on institutional asset flows and sales leads.

With a reputation for being first to report on global investment opportunities, MandateWire has seen significant growth in Europe and the US over the past few years and its expansion into Asia further highlights the need for high quality information for asset managers worldwide. It also forms part of the FT’s strategy of taking market-leading publications to a global audience. Read more >>

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FT and IFC launch 2013 Sustainable Finance Awards

The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have today launched the eighth annual FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the leading global awards for financial institutions that have shown leadership and dedication in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into their business.

A new category for 2013 is Achievement in Inclusive Business, which will award ground-breaking initiatives by companies and financial partners that incorporate people at the Base of the Pyramid into their value chain as suppliers, distributors, retailers or customers. Read more >>

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