Business Diary: Party time if you have the cash
Monday 14 November 2011
It is the time of year when companies have to think about this sort of thing, but we can't help wondering whether the latest issue of Director, the magazine for members of the Institute of Directors, has misjudged the economic environment with a feature on 12 party ideas for staff or clients this Christmas. Take, for example, its suggestion of a moving party on the Orient Express. Still, to be fair, suggestion No 1, holding a bash at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, is more of the moment.
Sky's project to save the Amazon
BSkyB is sticking with its troubled chairman James Murdoch, but is it secretly worried about its reputation? It's just sent us an amazingly glossy pamphlet, Amazon, detailing its efforts to help rescue the rain forest, in partnership with the WWF charity. The initiativepredates the Murdoch scandal, but Sky clearly feels the need to get its citizenship credentials out there.
EIB, the non-responding bank
What is going on at the European Investment Bank, the European Union body that invests our money in developing world projects? Counter Balance, a pressure group that aims to hold such bodies to account, claims the EIB's complaints process appears to be completely broken. The bank itself promises to respond to all complaints within 40 days. Sadly, Counter Point is still waiting for an answer to a complaint it filed two years ago. And people says Europe is inefficient.
Dr Doom makes it in Moscow
Good news for the population of Russia: your Government has no excuse for making the same mistakes as the imperial dogs of the West when it comes to managing the economy. For Nouriel Roubini, the economics professor popularly known as Dr Doom for his gloomy interventions, has now had his best-selling tome Crisis Economics, translated for the Russian market.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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