News The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

Ambulance cuts 'will affect the front line'

A leading union representing paramedics warned yesterday that the closure of ambulance stations to meet NHS cost-cutting would inevitably have an impact on frontline services and staff. Simon Jones of the Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel said a review under way in Greater Manchester, which has left the future of half the region's stations in doubt, could result in crews spending more time travelling to restock drugs and medical equipment or taking breaks.

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Danny Rogers on PR: BBC bosses wield the axe on comms team

The BBC’s communications team is the latest part of the corporation to feel the scythe of cost-cutting.

Derek Pain: It never pays to be sentimental about shares

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BA cabin crew vote for more strikes

British Airways cabin crew have voted by more than 8-1 to stage fresh strikes in their long-running row with the airline.

Cuts will destroy rarest habitats in Britain, warn conservationists

Catherton Common reverberates with the distinctive song of skylarks. It boasts stunning views over the Shropshire countryside and is one of the most valuable spots for plants anywhere in Britain.

BA braced for strike ballot result

British Airways will face the renewed threat of strikes by its cabin crew tomorrow when the result of the latest ballot in a long-running dispute will be announced.

Telegraph owner profits up 11 per cent

Telegraph Media Group (TMG), the company that publishes The Telegraph newspaper, score a profits rise of 11 per cent last year. The group filed its accounts with Companies House yesterday, which showed pre-tax profits rose from £53.1m in 2009 to £58.9m a year later.

Montgomery landed £1.3m Mecom payout

The publishing group Mecom paid its former chief executive David Montgomery €1.5m (£1.3m) after he was ousted in January from the company he founded.

Rock readies for sale despite losses of £232m

Northern Rock's executive chairman stoked expectations of an imminent move out of public ownership yesterday when he said the bank did not need to make a profit before returning to the private sector.

The stars are aghast – Hollywood's juiciest new roles are going to unknown actresses

For Phyllida Lloyd, the decision must have been straightforward. Not only has she worked with Meryl Streep before, but she knows that – in casting the Oscar-winner as Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming biopic Iron Lady – she is almost guaranteed a hit. Streep, after all, is both extremely famous and extremely bankable. Last year Forbes named her the seventh best value-for-money star in Hollywood. The third woman on the list, she was trumped only by Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston. She is, at least on the face of things, a pretty sound bit of casting.



RAF 'to cut back trainee pilots'

A quarter of the RAF's trainee pilots are to be sacked in the latest stage of the the Government's defence cuts, it was reported.

Police to cut checks on gun owners

Police chiefs today defended cost-cutting plans which could see changes to the way checks are carried out on gun owners.

Corporate profits see surge in 2010

Corporate profits surged by up to a quarter last year, with 69 per cent of fourth-quarter results outstripping market expectations and companies increasingly optimistic about 2011, a survey from consultancy Deloitte says.

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