Costs are high and profits are slim, meaning the only way to make a success of it is to dominate as many sectors and services as possible. By the time of its collapse, this is exactly what Carillion had done. From the provision of school dinners and road maintenance to the delivery of new hospitals and major infrastructure projects, this outsourcing giant was hoovering up public contracts as recently as last week.
Theresa May’s reshuffle was memorable for all the wrong reasons: a wrong name was announced and ministers refused to budge. To this list of regrettable incidents we can add the treatment of financial services. Despite contributing £70bn to Treasury coffers each year (over 10 per cent of government receipts) the associated ministerial portfolio appeared almost to be an afterthought. As if, come late evening, officials realised they’d left someone out.
Parliament returns today after its Christmas break and the Prime Minister will attempt to regain the initiative by reshuffling her Cabinet. Some call it a relaunch or a rebranding, but for May it's a roll of the dice and a chance to present a fresh face on the first day back at school. Not long ago, the PM was labelled too weak to reshuffle, so will today's new appointments be a sign of strength? Up to a point, yes.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".