Shocking number of scandals in the business pages | Brief letters

Legal reports | Scandal-hit headlines | Fast-food shutdown | Viking inheritance | Time-travelling correspondent? | Smallest carnivoresI would like to suggest that, when reporting on the outcome of court cases – particularly contentious or high profile ones such as that recently involving Charlie Gard, or the employment fees decision in the supreme court, but really more generally – you should provide a link (online and in print editions) to the location of the actual judgment on the web (most of them being available on the BAILII database fairly promptly after handing down). That way, people could more easily read the actual decision themselves, inform themselves of the actual issues and evidence the judge heard and took into account, and thus better appreciate the result arrived at. That might avoid much of the misinformed discussion – thinking in particular of the Charlie Gard case – that takes place “below the line” and otherwise online.Claire HodgsonWest Rainton, County Durham• “Italian scandal sends BT profits tumbling 42%”, “Capita mired in training scheme scandal”, “No easy ride for the new face at scandal-hit Uber”, “Barclays bill for PPI scandal increases to £9.1bn” – could you have squeezed the word scandal into any more of the headlines in the Financial section on 29 July? That’s four scandals over three pages. Impressive.Jon MylesIsleworth, Middlesex Continue...

Why Brits got the bug for holiday sickness scams

British holidaymakers lead the world when it comes to false compensation claims – and now travel companies are fighting back. What has caused these nasty ‘gastroenteritis wars’ being fought across the Mediterranean?In October 2013, Sean and Caroline Bondarenko spent a week at the five-star Caldera Palace hotel in Crete. Then they returned home. Three years passed. According to reports, in September 2016, the pair then put in a personal injury claim against the hotel for food poisoning. They had allegedly been so desperately ill that they were asking for £10,000 in damages.The couple were reported as saying they would never have made their claim if a claims management company hadn’t encouraged them to do so. After all, they had only been ill for one day. And only a bit. If the case had been anything like the vast bulk of gastric illness claims, the hotel wouldn’t have contested it at all: the couple would have got a cheque to cover their next couple of holidays. Continue...

Two men jailed in UK for horsemeat conspiracy

Andronicos Sideras and Ulrik Nielsen jailed for roles in ‘greed-motivated’ plot to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beefTwo men have been jailed for their roles in a conspiracy to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beef – a plot “motivated by greed” that was one part of the wide-ranging horsemeat scandal that came to light in 2013.Andronicos Sideras, 55, was sentenced to four and a half years, while his co-conspirator, 58-year-old Ulrik Nielsen, was jailed for three and a half years at Inner London crown court on Monday. A third man, 44-year-old Alex Beech, was given a suspended sentence. Continue...

Discovery Communications to buy Scripps Networks for close to $12bn

The owner of Animal Planet will buy the owner of Food Network, tying together two powerful stables of TV showsBear Grylls is joining forces with the Barefoot Contessa in the latest of a series of major mergers to shakeup the media landscape.Discovery Communications, owner of Animal Planet and maker of Grylls’ Man Vs Wild, Naked and Afraid and other reality shows will buy Food Network and lifestyle programme giant Scripps Networks for close to $12bn, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows. Continue...

Five easy recipes to make on holiday | Rosie Birkett

A holiday kitchen provides the perfect opportunity to get back to basics. Here are five adaptable recipes to make the most of local produce, and get you back to the pool pronto ...With their often-limited scope, holiday rental kitchens present the perfect opportunity to get back to basics with fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared with as little fuss as possible.Holiday cooking needs to be something special, but if you’re like me, you’ll find everything in the local supermarket exciting. Go on an exploratory first shop, and come back with whatever looks good: olive oil and vinegar, chicken and eggs, tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet fruit and salty snacks … Make sure you also track down the local bakery and the best place to get good booze. Continue...