Business Diary: The incompetent insider dealers
Tuesday 20 July 2010
To succeed at insider dealing – not that we condone it, mind – you need someone to whom you have no obvious link to trade on the secret information you're supplying. This seemed to slip the mind of Jeremy Burley, the managing director of BMS Minerals, a Ugandan company that supplied equipment to the UK's Tower Resources. When he discovered Tower was about to announce a setback on one of its oil fields, Mr Burley told his contact back home to sell his considerable shareholding in the company. They were caught – and fined yesterday by the Financial Services Authority – possibly because the pair were just a little bit linked: Mr Burley's UK share trader was one Jeffery Burley, his dear old dad.
Proof there's life after Goldman
Farewell then to Paul Kafka, Goldman Sachs' head of European communications, who is off to ply his trade in a similar role at UBS. The Swiss bank has had its fair share of troubles – not least an embarrassing run-in with the US authorities over the taxes paid (or not) by some of its account holders – but one imagines Kafka is expecting a slightly easier time of things compared with life at the giant vampire squid.
Cashing in on a big idea
We're not sure whether to laugh or cry, but there's no denying Lagan Technologies, a Belfast-based IT consultancy, is quick to spot an opportunity. While David Cameron was still touring the television studio yesterday, Lagan was unveiling its "Big Society toolkit", which apparently features "tools that reduce bureaucracy, improve compliance and provide the public with better access to services via mobile applications, social networks and other web interfaces". Arggh.
Bonfire of the acronyms
Seventeen. That's how many quangos Vince Cable has now abolished since taking office. Yesterday's victims included the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP), but will anyone notice its disappearance? Postings on the online forums at SABIP this year number a magnificent 10.
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants slaughter 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
That Sugar Film director Damon Gameua receives shocking diagnosis after going on healthy sugar diet for just 60 days
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
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