An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.
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Friday 17 January 2014
Mike Ashley will be feeling very clever.
Friday 15 November 2013
Monday 12 August 2013
Wednesday 19 June 2013
Jet makers were yesterday fighting to show what lucrative contracts they are close to securing at the Paris Air Show, and punters flew in to BAE Systems on hopes it is close to agreeing long-awaited Middle Eastern deals.
Sunday 10 February 2013
Man Group, the troubled hedge fund that started life supplying rum to the Royal Navy in the 1780s, has asked KPMG to sort out its governance after a shareholder revolt last year.
Friday 11 January 2013
A banker jumped to his death from a rooftop London restaurant after coming under “an enormous amount of pressure” in his job, an inquest heard today.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are among the big names pitching for a key advisory role with Cairn Energy, the Edinburgh-based group that explores for oil from the North Sea to Kathmandu.
Thursday 15 November 2012
Although Talvivaara has plugged the leak in its nickel mine, it now might need to plug a gap in its finances. The miner's shares sank more than 30 per cent when it revealed the leak in a gypsum pond at its mine at Sotkamo in eastern Finland on 4 November. Production was halted and the likely financial impact to correct the damage to the environment caused investors to bail out.
Thursday 15 November 2012
BT has agreed to pay £64.2m for Tikit, an IT group that mainly works with law and accountancy firms.
Thursday 09 August 2012
Investors in Vedanta Resources were bidding farewell to the boss of a major unit yesterday. Eight months since the miner took control of Cairn India in a deal worth $8.7bn (£5.6bn), the Square Mile was in for a shock after the well-regarded boss of the oil and gas company announced he was resigning.
Thursday 19 July 2012
Bank of America, the US financial giant that twice had to be bailed out by American taxpayers, yesterday claimed it was firmly back on the road to health, thanks to several rounds of vicious cost-cutting by Brian Moynihan, its chief executive.
Wednesday 23 May 2012
People really are going to work in the garden. This year’s Chelsea Flower Show not only inspired gardeners, it inspired homeworkers too
Saturday 21 April 2012
Fans of Man Group have been rather conspicuous by their absence recently. The hedge fund giant has suffered a dramatic fall from grace, with the stock losing a third of its value in a month, meaning its share price is now three-quarters lower than in 2009.
Wednesday 04 April 2012
Ian Hannam is by far the Financial Services Authority's biggest scalp in the recent flurry of prosecutions on disclosing inside information.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Morrisons will unveil an expansion of its fledgling convenience stores and online non-food lines on Thursday when it posts a rise in full-year underlying profits.
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- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds