Business Diary: 06/02/2010
Saturday 06 February 2010
AIG parties on despite the bonus furore
AIG can run, but it can't hide. After reading all about President Obama's displeasure about the huge bonus payouts made by the insurer, British holidaymakers in Tenerife this week were a little surprised to find 200 AIG staff indulging in a no-expenses-spared knees-up at the island's top five-star hotel.
Rocks for Tiffany over its Botswanan rocks
It isn't quite what Tiffany is used to. Global stores are being targeted by protests from Survival. The charity accuses Tiffany of funding the Botswanan government's activities on a reserve in the country where local bushmen have been badly mistreated since diamonds were found.
Broken hearts and empty wallets
A cautionary tale for lovebirds. The Office of Fair Trading has published a heart-rending note, ahead of Valentine's Day, warning that internet fraudsters have begun targeting online dating sites. The art of romance is truly dead.
Start as you mean to go on – or not
Best of luck to The London Weekly, the new paper that hit the capital's streets yesterday. It got people talking, though ridicule is the word that sums up the verdict of media watchers. Spelling Phil Tufnell's name wrong on the front page didn't help, and we like the top five records column with only four entries. Room for improvement, though.
British Gas's message undermined
The advertising department at the London Evening Standard should expect a call from British Gas, which this week paid through the nose to crow about its price cuts. The Standard placed the advert just under an article on the terrible tale of the two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu, headlined "Gas death family's agony".
Number of the day: 2,247
The number of homes sold in the UK by Bellway during the second half of last year – 12 per cent more than in 2008
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 3 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
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