Business Diary: Who'll be next with a Davos sick note?

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This year's Davos World Economic Forum is turning out to be something of a curse. First President Lula of Brazil failed to make it after being taken ill on his plane. Now Rupert Murdoch isn't coming either – the rumours are that he has hurt his neck. If you're a power broker flying into Davos this week, remember that these things tend to run in threes.

Look elsewhere for the caring types

Britain's media outlets are keen to recoup the cost of sending teams to Davos, so they've been selling adverts alongside their online reporting of the event. We get The Times's thinking – its top ad link is to a site selling skiing holidays in Davos – but The Guardian is not quite so slick. Its message to readers of its Davos coverage: "If you're looking for a rewarding job, look into social care here." One for out-of-work bankers, perhaps?

Pay up Pompey, says its internet provider

More bad news for Portsmouth football fans. The club, currently struggling with financial problems, runs a popular website where fans have been able to share their woes. No longer – it has been taken down after the club failed to pay the bills.

Banking payday for Britain's tennis ace?

Well done Andy Murray on reaching his second Grand Slam final. But will his sponsors be offering him a bonus should he triumph in Melbourne on Sunday? We know Royal Bank of Scotland, whose logo is plastered all over Murray's kit, is keen to reward its top performers.

A bonus pay-out that really is deserved

Still, here's some pay-outs that are deserved. Robert Wiseman Dairies is to pay 3,500 of its milkmen £100 each as a thank-you for getting deliveries through during the snow earlier this month. These hard-working folk put Britain's bankers to shame.

Right man for the job

And finally, best of luck to Kris Mole in his new role. Gorkana, the media information service, reports he has joined Tunnels & Tunnelling magazine. Could that be more apt?

Number of the day: 27

The number of EU regulators on the new "Body of European Regulations in Electronic Communications".

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