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 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
General Election 2015: Polish prince challenges Nigel Farage to a duel over immigration question
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