Good to go: 15/12/2010

Mind your manor

Cancun: The creature from the swamp

Don't go to the artificial Riviera Maya to debate climate change, but it's a great beach resort. Sankha Guha samples Mexico Club-Med style

A Masters can boost your employment prospects – but only if you match it with work experience

In a tight graduate job market, more and more arts and humanities students are staying on at university to study for Masters degrees. But do these additional qualifications make you more employable? Opinion remains divided, although the stats suggest they can give you an edge. Charlie Ball, deputy research director of the High Education Careers Services Unit (HESCU), which researches graduate employment trends, says that the unemployment rate for Masters graduates in the arts, social sciences and the humanities was 6.5 per cent last year, compared to 10.7 per cent for first degree students in the same subjects.

Letters: Perspectives on NHS funding

Questions Of Cash: 'Is car-hire company giving me the runaround?'

Q. I booked for car hire through CarTrawler for a six-day car hire in Corsica, for collection at Ajaccio airport and leaving it at Porto Vecchio. My payment included a one-way fee of €90. On arrival I was told I couldn't return it to Porto Vecchio. Instead I had to return it to Figaro airport. I had to pay a €43.50 taxi fare after dropping the car at Figaro. I asked for a refund, but this was refused. I was told that unless I paid in full I would lose my deposit and car. I was told I could make a refund claim when I got home. I've done this, but all I received was a cheque for €40. I had calculated that I was due a refund of €133.50 [£117]. RK, London.

Travel challenge: New year celebrations in the French Alps

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a festive holiday over New Year's Eve at a French ski resort. Prices are per person, based on two departing together on 26 December for one week. Lift passes and ski equipment hire are not included in the prices quoted.

Letters: Housing benefit reform and landlords

Landlords must accept reality

It's hardly surprising that landlords would lobby so hard in relation to the proposed cap on housing benefit ("Landlords claim housing benefit sums are 'fiddled' ", 3 November). Many have benefited enormously from a flawed system which has undoubtedly driven up rents.

Bombers used unregistered mobiles to stay hidden

The 7/7 bombers evaded detection by buying unregistered pay-as-you-go mobile phones which they used for only a few weeks before dumping them, an inquest heard today.

Stelios and easyJet reach deal in branding dispute

The budget airline easyJet has settled a long-running dispute over branding with its founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, but the high-profile spat over strategy remains unresolved. Under an amended licence agreement, the airline is set to pay out tens of millions of pounds to Sir Stelios's easyGroup in return for greater operational freedom and more flexibility in how the company can generate revenues.

EasyJet agrees deal in Stelios row

Low-cost airline easyJet today announced a deal to end its long-running row with founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and secure its use of the "easy" brand.

Stelios takes action over Easydate

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyGroup empire threatened action against online dating group Easydate today in a row over alleged trademark infringement.

Couple in chemical suicide pact named

Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman in an apparent chemical suicide pact named them today.

Hewlett-Packard lights the touchpaper for US takeovers

Investment bankers' hopes for a vigorous autumn of deal activity were being borne out in the US yesterday, where takeovers were announced in the software, biotech and leisure industries.

Stay the night: Longevity Wellness Resort, Portugal

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Sequins ahoy as Strictly Come Dancing takes to the floor once more

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