CITY DIARY

Britain's casinos are waiting with bated breath for the ministerial review expected from Michael Forsyth's office in the next few weeks.

Britain's 26-year old rules are draconian and casinos complain they prevent British businesses competing against foreign rivals. They want some of the rules lifted including those that prevent casinos advertising and scrapping the rule whereby new members cannot gamble for 48 hours. Allowing players to use credit cards and increasing the number of gaming machines are also on their list.

There is much optimism that Mr Howard will lift the ban on advertising, however, the 48-hour rule is less likely to go. Shareholders in companies such as Crockfords and Stakis are anxiously waiting for the result to see which way their shares will go.

The appointment of Howard Davies as Deputy Governor at the Bank of England will be a disappointment for Rachel Lomax, the Treasury high-flier who was widely tipped for the job. Mrs Lomax yesterday returned to Washington DC to her job at the World Bank as country department director for Europe and Central Asia .This involves over-seeing the bank's lending programmes in emerging democracies such as Bulgaria and Yugoslavian Macedonia.Compared with these tasks, Britain's problems seem to pale.

The nation's bosses will be meeting for the annual Institute of Director's convention shin-dig tomorrow under the careful eye of the Health Education Authority. The HEA have, like an officious nanny, declared that working lunches should no longer be washed down with claret and have suggested that the directors drink non-alcoholic beverages. To set an example Michael Heseltine, himself a victim of coronary disorders, will be sampling a pukka chukka made with lime juice and ginger beer. Nanny knows best!

Preparations are in place at Asprey's to celebrate the 64th birthday of Naim Attallah , the gregarious chief executive who is struggling to rejuvenate the jewellery chain after the loss of its two main customers. Stories of a boardroom row over the future leadership of the company are strenuously denied by the company. Mr Attallah, who will be 64 on May Day, can banish such worries from his mind with the thought that the company's official retirement age is only a year away.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Training/Learning and Development Coordinator -London

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Training/Learning and Development Co...

Training Programme Manager (Learning and Development)-London

£28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Training Programme Manage...

.NET Software Developer (.NET, C#, ASP.NET, front-end)

£30000 - £45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organi...

C# Web developer (C#,MVC,ASP.NET,SQL)

£30000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: C# Web d...

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried