Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, review — nothing fishy about this warm portrait of friendship

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two) sounded self-indulgent on paper,  as longtime friends and comedy stalwarts Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer embarked on a six-part angling jaunt around the UK. On screen, though, it was sheer delight. The pair’s first stop was Norfolk and while fishing for tench, mischievous novice Mortimer tried to impress experienced…

Hammond to unveil global partnership push for finance industry post-Brexit

Philip Hammond is to unveil a new strategy for the City of London that will focus on forming deals with countries beyond Europe post-Brexit.  The Chancellor will use his annual Mansion House speech to tell City leaders that the doors to Britain’s finance industry will be left open after Brexit as he pursues «ground-breaking» financial partnerships with governments around the world. …

IAG and Ryanair launch legal action against French government for air traffic control strikes

Airlines IAG and Ryanair are launching legal action against the French government over air traffic control strikes, saying it is an issue which has been «forced on airlines and forced on our customers». The pair are submitting a joint complaint to the European Commission which will argue that the strikes restrict the fundamental rights of European citizens,…

CMA ‘likely’ to demand store disposals, Sainsbury’s boss tells MPs

Sainsbury’s chief executive has admitted that the UK’s competition watchdog will probably demand store disposals in order for the supermarket’s merger with Asda to be approved, as he was grilled by a committee of MPs on the details of the deal. Mike Coupe told the environment, food and rural affairs committee that there were «less than 100 but probably…

Shell sells a further $1.3bn in oil assets

Royal Dutch Shell has pruned more than a billion dollars from its global oil portfolio by selling off assets in Norway and Malaysia. The oil major’s Norwegian subsidiary, Norkse Shell, reached an agreement with Okea to sell its entire 44.56pc stake in the Draugen field and a 12pc share in the Gjøa field for $556m….

David Byrne, Hammersmith Apollo, review

David Byrne claimed last year that his American Utopia tour would be his most ambitious since the concerts recorded for Stop Making Sense. That seminal 1983 Talking Heads film captured, with near-perfection, the frisson of live performance, with Byrne’s frantic energy amplified by a comically ever-expanding suit. Thirty-five years later, and with Byrne now 66,…

UK housing market loses £1bn in value

The UK’s housing market shed a billion pounds of its value in 2017 and flats fell out of favour among buyers, official figures have shown. For the first time since 2011 the total value of the UK’s housing market dropped. In the year to December 2017 the market lost £1.2bn in value, falling to a…

Express and Star newspapers braced for cuts as takeover approved 

The takeover of the Express and Star newspapers by Reach, the publisher formerly known as Trinity Mirror, has been waved through by the Government, clearing the way for sharp cost-cutting. Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, said he would not refer the deal, agreed in February, for a full investigation after receiving advice from Ofcom and…

Bookmaker 32Red fined £2m for encouraging problem gambling

The gambling watchdog has fined 32Red £2m after it found the bookmaker offered bonuses to problem gamblers. 32Red, which was sold to Swedish gambling company Kindred last year for £175.6m, admitted to a string of failures following an investigation by the Gambling Commission. Between November 2014 and April 2017 a customer was able to deposit £758,000 with 32Red…

Portugal World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list

We give Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re…

Spain World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list

We give Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to…

Ford and VW in talks to develop commercial vehicles

Volkswagen and Ford have said they are considering a “strategic alliance” to develop commercial vehicles. The car making giants said on Wednesday that they were “exploring potential projects across a number of areas – including developing a range of commercial vehicles together to better serve the evolving needs of customers”. The alliance would not involve…

Carbon dioxide shortage threatens fizzy drink and beer sales

A shortage of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) across Europe has left drinks manufacturers scrambling to secure supplies, as the continued warm weather in Britain and the World Cup has led to a surge in demand for carbonated drinks. While supply tightened as early as April due to planned shutdowns at some ammonia plants for maintenance…

Berkeley hikes profit forecasts but warns on London housing market

London-focused housebuilder Berkeley Group has raised its profit forecasts for the next five years after reporting a surge in annual profits but warned the shine was coming off the capital’s housing market. Pre-tax profits came in at £935m for the year to April 30, 15.1pc up on last year and ahead of analyst expectations, despite…

Labour to set Bank of England productivity target

Labour will commit the Bank of England to a productivity target and move part of its operations to Birmingham, if it wins the next election. Revealed as part of the party’s plans for the financial sector, a Labour government would require Threadneedle street to commit to a 3pc productivity growth goal to be delivered in collaboration…

France and Germany strike deal on draft for eurozone integration

The eurozone’s two biggest economies, France and Germany, have agreed to set up a common budget for the currency bloc marking a major step towards greater integration. The move, long championed by France and backed by the world’s lender of last resort, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was decided by the two countries’ leaders Emmanuel…

Heathrow third runway faces fresh hurdle as legal challenge is prepared

Heathrow’s third runway is facing a further disruption after a rival bidder prepared to launch a judicial review citing “serious errors” in the analysis which underpinned the Government’s recent airport expansion decision. The Heathrow Hub, which is arguing for an extension to the airport’s current runway rather than the building of a new one, has…

Markets rattled as trade war fears escalate

Commodities markets paid the greatest price in the mounting trade spat between the US and China in Tuesday’s trading. The sell off followed the US regime’s announcement that it would slap a further $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese imports tariffs of 10pc. This marked the latest escalation in the tit-for-tat trade row triggered by Chinese companies alleged theft…

Investors punish Footasylum as trainer retailer warns over growth 

Investors have put the boot into Footasylum, cutting its value in half after the trainer retailer warned over future growth. The Aim-listed company said sales had slowed since the start of the new financial year as choppy trading on the high street took its toll on performance. Rising costs linked to its expansion plans, coupled with…

The Duchess of Sussex makes her Royal Ascot debut in a Givenchy shirt dress, as her favourite Bardot neckline is banned

Today marks the first day of Royal Ascot, a five day event,characterised not only by the horse racing, but also by the extravagantly dressed parade of guests, from royals to celebrities, each offering their own unique take on the Ascot dress code.  Said dress code, which has always been a stringent one, has started to relax in recent years,…

Hornby execs handed golden goodbyes as losses mount

Hornby handed out almost £1m to two of its ousted executives amid mounting annual losses, it has emerged. Former chief executive Steve Cooke quit following a review by Hornby’s majority shareholder last September after just 18 months in the role. David Mulligan, previously Hornby’s finance chief, stepped down in December 2017. Mr Cooke took home £403,000…

Egypt World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list

Egypt’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare…

Russia World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list

Russia’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia….

Flybe boss insists its turnaround is on track despite soaring losses

Flybe today said operations have “significantly improved” over the last year despite losses almost tripling. The Exeter-based airline posted an adjusted loss before tax of £19.2m in the year to March 2018, up from £6.7m in the prior year. Christine Ourmières-Widener, who was parachuted in as Flybe’s chief executive in last January, has cut less-profitable routes…

XXXTentacion: inside the slain rapper’s feud with Drake

The news that controversial rapper XXXTentacion (pronounced X-X-X-ten-tay-shi-on) was shot and killed, aged 20, on Monday has ricocheted through the hip-hop world. For those outside of that sphere, it has proved a rude introduction to a musician whose short life was frequently punctuated by violence, mental illness, drug use and jail time. At the time of…

Ashtead boosted by US hurricane clean-up work

Clean-up work after hurricanes hit the US has given Ashtead a lift, with demand for the tool and plant hire company’s products surging. Posting annual results for the year to the end of April, the blue-chip company said revenues rose by a fifth to £3.7bn, with rental revenues up 21pc at £3.4bn. Profits for the 12…

Senegal World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Senegal’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Poland World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Poland’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Japan World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Japan’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Colombia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Colombia’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Number of global millionaires hits 18.1 million

The number of high-net-worth individuals globally has climbed to 18.1 million, up from 16.5 million in 2016. The combined wealth of the HNWI – those whose assets are worth at least $1m (£750,000) excluding their primary residence – has also hit an all-time high of $70.2 trillion, thanks to accelerating economic and equity-market performance across Asia and North…

Debenhams warns on profits for third time this year

A fierce price war and weak consumer spending have forced Debenhams to issue its third profit warning this year after sales slipped. The ailing department store chain now expects pre-tax profits of £35m-£40m, down from £59m last year and below the market consensus of £50.3m. The drop is partly due to a 2.1pc slump in like-for-like…

England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018: Player ratings

Tunisia Mouez Hassen: Packed enough drama into his 15 minutes on the field for an entire match, producing two brilliant reflex saves. An early injury ultimately told. 5 Yassine Meriah: Struggled to contain Ashley Young in the first half but did so after the break. Showed little going the other way. 6 Syam Ben Youssef:…

Accountancy watchdog blasts ‘unacceptable deterioration’ of KPMG audits

The accounting watchdog has released a damning report into Britain’s big four accountancy firms, singling out KPMG in particular for the «unacceptable deterioration» in the quality of its audits. The Financial Reporting Council said 50pc of KPMG’s audits of FTSE 350-listed companies required more than just limited improvements in the recent financial year, compared to 35pc a…

Two high-powered women join top Bank of England panel 

A senior financier and top academic have won places on the Prudential Regulation Committee at the Bank of England, overseeing banks and financial markets. Julia Black, a professor at the London School of Economics, and Jill May, an investment banker with 24 years of experience at SG Warburg and UBS, will each serve a three-year term on…

Rentokil merger with Cannon Hygiene on hold as CMA probes deal

The competition watchdog has blocked a merger between two of the country’s biggest providers of hygiene services, saying such a deal could lead to higher prices and lower quality for customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said Rentokil Initial’s acquisition of the hygiene services arm of Cannon would lead to less choice for businesses…

Encryption flaw left sensitive emails vulnerable ‘for decades’

Cyber security experts have warned that highly confidential communications may have been vulnerable for decades after a flaw in a technique used to secure particularly confidential communications was revealed. The bug, nicknamed “sigSpoof” by the German researcher Marcus Brinkmann, can be found in an implementation of Pretty Good Protection, or PGP, a form of encryption that is…

Deliveroo faces high-profile workers’ rights probe

Deliveroo is latest company in the gig economy to be subjected to a high-profile probe into its working practices. Labour MP Frank Field, who has led investigations into pay and working conditions at Hermes, Uber, DPD and Parcelforce, said Deliveroo was “the next one on the list”. He plans to gather evidence from Deliveroo riders over the…

Noble Group suspends trading in Singapore as future hangs in balance

Stricken commodities trader Noble Group has suspended trading of its shares in Singapore pending an announcement. The company is running out of time to secure approval from shareholders for a sweeping restructuring of its $3.5bn (£2.6bn) debt that would hand control to a group of major creditors. It is believed Noble has until Wednesday to…

How the Fortnite craze is drawing children into the seedy world of video game streaming — where sex and hate speech are rife

For many young players of the hit video game Fortnite, watching it being played is as compelling as playing it themselves. The battle royale game, which pitches up to a hundred players against each other in an all-out online death-match, has spawned a host of professional steamers, who can make millions a year broadcasting their…

Audi boss arrested in Germany over ‘dieselgate’ scandal

Audi’s chief executive has become one of the most high-profile executives to be arrested in connection with Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” scandal. Rupert Stadler, who has led the Volkswagen Group-owned premium car marque since 2007, had his home raided earlier this month by prosecutors in Munich. He has been charged with fraud and the falsification of documents which allowed…

Indivior wins injunction against maker of copycat opioid addiction drug

UK drugmaker Indivior has won the latest legal skirmish in its wide-ranging attempt to block generic versions of its top-selling opioid addiction treatment from entering the US market, after an American court imposed a temporary restraining order on a rival pharmaceutical company that was preparing to launch a copycat version of the drug. Generic drugmaker Dr Reddy’s…

Print your World Cup 2018 calendar

A feast of football is here, with 64 World Cup matches taking place up to the final on July 15. With up to four matches broadcast on any one day, it’s going to take plenty of planning to ensure you watch as much of the Russia tournament as possible. To help you do just that, we…

Panama World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Panama’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Panama’s World Cup squad — the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New…

Belgium World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Belgium’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Belgium’s preliminary World Cup squad — the 24 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea),…

South Korea World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at South Korea’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. South Korea’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC…

Sweden World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Sweden’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Sweden’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian…

Tunisia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Tunisia’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Tunisia’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England),…

CYBG to acquire Virgin Money for £1.7bn in shares

Virgin Money has agreed to be acquired by its rival Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group in a £1.7bn all-share deal that CYBG says will create “the UK’s first true national competitor” to the established banks. CYBG is offering Virgin Money’s investors 1.2125 of its shares for each of their shares, meaning they would control 38pc…

David Dimbleby to leave Question Time after 25 years

David Dimbleby is to step down from Question Time after 25 years, as the BBC fires the starting gun on the race for its most prestigious hosting job. The corporation has announced Dimbleby will leave the political debate programme at the end of the year to return to his “first love” of reporting, following his…

Labour Live, review: ‘There was a bigger crowd for gourmet burgers than Glen Matlock’

You could see the thinking behind Labour Live. When Jeremy Corbyn appeared on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last summer, perpetual chants of “Ohhh Jeremy Cor-byn” echoed up past the valley’s ancient Tor as the great leader addressed the throng. “Here’s an idea,” thought someone. “Let’s receate this in North London.” Sadly ‘JezFest’ was heading for the…

Switzerland World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Switzerland’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group E challengers. Switzerland’s World Cup squad — 23-man squad 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi…

Brazil World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Brazil’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the five-time winners. Brazil’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Marcelo, Danilo, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Willian, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Renato Augusto, Fred; Neymar,…

Mexico World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Mexico’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Mexico’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez…

Germany World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Germany’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Germany’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Leroy Sane was left out of Germany’s final World Cup squad — here are those who did make it: Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin…

Serbia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Serbia’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group E challengers. Serbia’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko…

Costa Rica World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at CostaRica’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Costa Rica’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall…

Oxford University ‘must investigate sexual harassment by staff on students’ amid fears of unreported cases

Oxford University must urgently investigate sexual violence and harassment against students by staff, one of Britain’s top lawyers has said, as new figures reveal that five dons have been disciplined over their behaviour in the last two years. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, head of Mansfield College Oxford, warned the problem could be more than twice…

Beauty is in the eye of the gasholder for Oval cricket fans

 In his own inimitable manner, Henry Blofeld once summed up the mounting tension at the Oval cricket ground by claiming fans were so quiet as a bowler delivered that “you can hear the creak of the gasometer”. For more than a century, that iconic towering skeletal frame that looms over the pitch has been synonymous…

Nigeria World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Nigeria’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Nigeria’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm),…

Croatia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Croatia’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Croatia’s preliminary World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico…

Denmark World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Denmark’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group C challengers. Denmark’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Final squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard…

Peru World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Peru’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group C challengers. Peru’s World Cup squad — the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz),…

Iceland World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Iceland’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Iceland’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg…

Argentina World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Argentina’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Argentina’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo…

Australia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at Australia’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group C challengers. Australia’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak…

France World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Here we take a look at France’s World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group C challengers. France’s World Cup squad — the 23 names Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez….

Trump fires $50bn salvo in trade war with China

Donald Trump has fired the first $50bn (£38bn) salvo in his trade war with China, slapping a 25pc tariff on hundreds of products and sending global markets sliding. Beijing immediately retaliated as officials promised to respond in kind with “countermeasures of the same scale and strength”. Mr Trump said he had been forced to act by China’s…

Star fund manager hits back in Stobart row

Popular fund manager Neil Woodford has hit back at “unfounded and ludicrous allegations” made by the board of Stobart Group. Aviation and infrastructure conglomerate Stobart yesterday fired its former chief executive Andrew Tinkler, claiming wrongdoing. Mr Woodford and billionaire retail tycoon Philip Day were implicated in Mr Tinkler’s alleged manoeuvring, which has been brought to a…

Sir Philip Green challenges accountancy watchdog over BHS report

Sir Philip Green has mounted a legal challenge against the accountancy watchdog over an investigation into the auditing of BHS accounts before the retailer was sold for £1. An application for judicial review has been made by Taveta Investments, the company that holds Sir Philip’s retail empire, in bid to change a report by the…

 Katy Perry review, O2 Arena: an evening of high-saturation escapism

Katy Perry’s foray into “purposeful pop” didn’t last long. In 2016, after experiencing an “awakening” triggered by Hillary Clinton’s election defeat, she set about becoming enlightened. She wore Planned Parenthood pins on-stage, paid tribute to US senator Elizabeth Warren at the Grammys, and apologised for past cultural appropriation in a live-streamed interview with activist DeRay…

Why the legendary glamour of Studio 54 is still influencing fashion today

An average night out at Studio 54 could have entailed any combination of the following scenarios; an impromptu aerobics session, a live performance by ‘new names’ like Joni Mitchell or Grace Jones, a guest appearance from a white stallion, ridden by Bianca Jagger… The scene evolved on every occasion- one night attendees might be ankle-deep in glitter…

Deliveroo union given day in court over employment rights

The employment status of Deliveroo riders is set to be considered by the High Court in the latest test of gig economy worker rights. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) was today given the green light for a full judicial review of a ruling by the Government’s Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), which had said…

Petropavlovsk calls in FCA in row over board’s future

Petropavlovsk has called on the Financial Conduct Authority to probe the identity of two investors who are seeking to oust the board of the Russian gold miner at its meeting on June 29. Chairman Ian Ashby has written to the FCA calling for their invention in the heated battle for control of the company. Mr Ashby…

Iceland profits dented by Christmas supply chain woes

Profits at Iceland have dropped by nearly a quarter after the supermarket chain was hit by supply chain problems during Christmas and a hefty interest charge. The retailer’s pre-tax profits fell 23pc to £55.7m for the year to March 24, driven by a £20m increase in interest charges when the company redeemed a number of bonds. Group…

EDF Energy pays penalty for sluggish smart meter roll-out  

Big Six energy supplier EDF Energy will fork out £350,000 after missing its smart meter roll-out deadline for last year. The supplier’s bid to meet its 2017 goal slipped into the first weeks of this year even after it doubled its efforts and employed more workers to install the digital meters. All major energy suppliers…

I said no to losing my eyebrows: microblading before chemotherapy

This January, a week before my 33rd birthday, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Life since then has revolved around tests, consultations, prescriptions and surgery. But aside from the obvious medical implications, there are also cosmetic ones. As many women undergoing treatment will tell you, hair loss is a major concern. Whether it’s wearing a…

After the job cuts, Rolls-Royce says what it will do next

Rolls-Royce has set out its stall for the future, explaining how it plans to turbo-charge its financial performance as massive job cuts announced on Thursday kick in. Fresh from revealing it would let go of 4,600 staff, two-thirds of them in the UK, the FTSE 100 engineer has told investors it is “well-placed” to hit…

Morocco World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Morocco’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Iran World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Iran’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply…

Egypt World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide 

Egypt’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare…

Uruguay World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Uruguay’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare…

Portugal World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare…

Spain World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide

Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they’re likely to fare…

The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson, review — Robinson is the weakest link in this sprawling film

«Modern feminists, you are the weakest link. Goodbye.» This was essentially the premise of provocatively titled documentary The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson (BBC One). Provocatively titled partly thanks to that irritating repetition of «with». Journalist and «Queen of Mean» quizmistress Robinson broke Fleet Street’s glass ceiling during the Sixties. She imagined that, half…

Blavatnik committed half a billion pounds to create ‘Netflix of sport’

The billionaire Sir Len Blavatnik has ploughed more than half a billion pounds into a bid to create a global “Netflix of sport”, an analysis of account has revealed. In 2017 alone the Ukraine-born investor, who made a fortune in post-Soviet heavy industry alongside oligarchs including Viktor Vekselberg and Mikhail Fridman, loaned Perform Group £410m…

Britain’s Best Home Cook: the Final, review — even a twist on a Mary Berry classic couldn’t give this series that elusive magic

It takes a brave amateur to tweak one of Mary Berry’s cake recipes, then serve up the result to the “doyenne of dough” herself. Berry’s verdict? “A bit cheeky.” Yet cancer research scientist Pippa Middlehurst got away with it and went on be crowned Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC One).  After eight weeks of eliminations,…

Stobart sacks Tinkler and implicates Woodford in raft of allegations

Stobart Group has sacked former chief executive Andrew Tinkler and accused him of “subverting the company in his own interests” while demonstrating a “flagrant disregard for fiduciary duties”. Flanked by revered fund manager Neil Woodford, Mr Tinkler last month launched a boardroom coup to oust Stobart chairman Iain Ferguson and insert billionaire retail tycoon Philip…

New fall in apprenticeship numbers strengthens calls for rejig of system

The number of apprenticeships being started has suffered its biggest fall yet, plunging 52pc, boosting industry’s demands for the newly introduced levy system which funds the training to be reformed. New data from the Department for Education showed 23,900 apprenticeships were started in March, less than half the 50,000 the same month a year ago. Starts for…

World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony, ITV, review — Robbie Williams plays ringmaster at the circus-style event

England probably won’t win the football tournament but at least a bloke from Stoke-on-Trent was the star of the curtain-raising event. Before a ball was kicked, Robbie Williams worked the crowd and crooned karaoke-style at the Fifa World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony (ITV). Port Vale 1, Rest of the World 0. Marking the start of the 21st global…

Shell’s home energy supplier hikes bills by 5.9pc

The energy supplier owned by Royal Dutch Shell will raise the energy bill of around 165,000 British homes by almost 6pc from next month. First Utility, the largest energy supplier outside of the Big Six, said the rising price of wholesale energy and policy schemes pushed its costs higher by 9pc compared to last year….

July 4th 2018: How a tax on playing cards and a thwarted tea shipment led to Independence Day

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will gather to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of their nation in the US’s biggest national holiday. Here’s everything you need to know about the Fourth of July. What is Independence Day? Independence Day celebrates the day the US secured independence from the British Empire after the Revolutionary War. It falls on the Fourth…

PZ Cussons in fresh lather after slipping in Nigeria

PZ Cussons, the maker of Imperial Leather and Carex, has warned problems in Nigeria have “tightened further” and warned that its annual profits will be at the lower end of expectations. Nigeria, one of Cussons’s key markets, has become a thorn in its side over recent months. In March the company issued a profit warning, highlighting weaker…

Miners BHP Billiton and Anglo American advance new projects

Two of the world’s biggest mining companies have signalled they will push ahead with long-awaited expansion projects, tapping new supply of iron ore and copper. BHP Billiton is to spend $2.9bn (£2.2bn) developing its South Flank asset in Western Australia, which will replace depleting production at its Yandi iron ore mine. Meanwhile its FTSE 100…

Aperol spritz puts fizz in Majestic Wine

Demand for Aperol spritz cocktails has helped Majestic Wine swing into profit despite facing a tough UK market. The Aim-listed business recorded a pre-tax profit of £8.3m for the year to April 2, up from a £1.5m loss in 2017, as it promised to make good of the brutal conditions for retailers. Chief executive Rowan…

Six ways to reduce blood pressure – naturally

Having even slightly high blood pressure in mid-life can dramatically increase your risk of dementia in later life, according to a major new study. Researchers from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and University College London (UCL) recently found that the current threshold of high blood pressure — 140/90 mmHg —…

The Duchess of Sussex returns to her pared-down beauty style during her first solo outing with the Queen

From the moment the Duchess of Sussex got engaged to her now husband, The Duke of Sussex her choice of beauty and fashion looks have been the topic of many conversations with some opinions suggesting that she is breaking Royal tradition through her «undone» and «pared-down» choices. During her engagement the Duchess opted for the «Meghan bun»- an undone…

Sun and snow prove a sour cocktail for Revolution Bars

Revolution Bars has come to rue both good and bad weather as it warned full-year profits would miss expectations. The company said today that full-year earnings were expected to be flat at £15.1m compared with analyst expectations of £16m. Shares plunged more than 15pc as markets opened before regaining lost ground. They were around 9pc lower…

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