Tiger Woods’ stardust is reducing his Masters rivals to helpless groupies

McIlroy, who grew up idolising Woods, does not resent his role model’s monopoly on public fascination. “He creates an attention on golf that nobody else can,” he said. “Any time that he’s involved, it’s a wonderful thing.” Seldom has the... Read more

Manchester United close in on Erik ten Hag as new manager

Manchester United are closing in on the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their next manager. Negotiations are now said to be moving vey quickly and there is clear optimism from all parties that a deal will be concluded in... Read more

Medics ranked Tiger Woods’ Masters return as ‘unthinkable’ after ‘setback’ in father-and-child event

McIlroy believes the strength of opposition is Woods’s fault himself. On the 25th anniversary of his 12-shot win on his professional debut at Augusta, Woods must face the generation who cast themselves in the image of that fearless young champion.  “They... Read more

In Tom Smith, not only has rugby lost one of its finest players, but also one of its greatest men

It was just last week that I spoke to Tom Smith when I heard he had taken a turn for the worse.  I left a message and he rang back. The first thing he did was thank me for leaving... Read more

Manchester United eye Harry Kane and Declan Rice with incoming Erik ten Hag set for transfer war chest

Manchester United will make substantial funds available to Erik ten Hag this summer even if the club miss out on the Champions League this season. United are facing a desperate battle to finish in the top four, with the club... Read more

Russian Embassy in Ireland running out of diesel after companies cancel contracts

Russia’s embassy to Ireland has complained it is running out of fuel for heating and hot water after Irish companies refused to deliver it supplies because of the war in Ukraine. The embassy begged the government in Dublin to intervene... Read more

Lower English language requirements to ease butcher shortage, say MPs

Strict English language requirements are creating an “unnecessary barrier” to recruiting butchers as the food industry wrangles with a severe labour shortage that could lead to price rises, MPs have warned. MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs select... Read more

P&O aims to restart Channel crossings in time for Easter

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has called on Mr Hebblethwaite to resign and pledged to bring in new laws to force P&O to pay the minimum wage.  The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is part of the Department for Transport. The... Read more

National Insurance rise: how much it is going up and how to beat higher taxes

How much extra is National Insurance going up? The amount you pay depends on how you work and how much you earn. National Insurance rates are split between different classes and bands. Employees pay “class 1” contributions. At the moment,... Read more

The top UK jobs with the best pay rises to beat inflation

HGV and 7.5 tonne drivers A nationwide shortage of lorry drivers has plagued Britain’s supply chain since the pandemic struck. Both companies and the Government have made desperate attempts to entice new hauliers to the road, promising pay rises, free... Read more

Uber adds plane and train tickets to its app

Uber plans to let users buy train and plane tickets through its app as it looks to move beyond minicabs into an all-encompassing transport hub. Inter-city trains and coaches will be available to book through Uber in the summer, the... Read more

‘The point of Channel 4 is to be risk-taking’: why a sale could backfire

This could result in Channel 4 making its own programming, something it is not allowed to do under its remit that requires it to commission from external production companies.  Barringer says it could emulate the ITV model, which over the... Read more

Forget talk of a bonfire – we are drowning in red tape

Is there any area of economic life in which this Government or its “arms-length” bodies will not interfere?  Just this week the Culture Secretary has announced English football will have an independent regulator in place by the next general election.... Read more

A ‘Macron shock’ would throw the EU and markets into chaos

While Le Pen is attacking Macron on the cost of living, her actual policies would only make the crisis worse. Cuts in VAT, renationalisations, a programme of extravagant economic nationalism, and rolling back the reforms of the last five years,... Read more

Social media ban on ‘climate misinformation’ sparks freedom of speech fears

Social media website Pinterest has become the first company to ban “climate misinformation” from its platform in a crackdown on freedom of expression online. The site will no longer permit posts that oppose “the existence or impacts of climate change”... Read more

Citigroup attacked by Republicans over pledge to cover staff abortion costs

Citigroup has come under attack from Republicans in the US after it vowed to cover costs for staff travelling for an abortion. The bank has offered to pay flight and accommodation costs for staff working in states such as Texas... Read more

Volkswagen gives up on overtaking Toyota by slashing model range

Volkswagen’s days as one of the world’s biggest car makers are numbered after revealing plans to slash its model range to focus on fewer, more profitable vehicles. The German company has its roots in producing a car that ordinary families... Read more

China gets its Covid comeuppance, but we cannot gloat

These appear driven as much by dogma as by the demands of the highly infectious omicron variant; Chinese belief in the country’s innate superiority has been strongly on the rise ever since the financial crisis, which brought discredit to western... Read more

Air France plane goes ‘nuts’ moments before Paris landing

French air safety officials described it as a “serious incident” after retrieving data about the aborted landing. Officials from the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation civile said officials had notepad: “Instability of flight controls on final,... Read more

Facebook looks to ‘Zuck Bucks’ after cryptocurrency failure

Facebook is planning to introduce virtual tokens and loans as it seeks new revenue streams amid fierce competition from other social media platforms. Meta, which had hopes to launch a cryptocurrency dashed by regulatory setbacks, has suffered an exodus of... Read more

Boris Johnson to nationalise key part of Britain’s electricity system

Boris Johnson is poised to nationalise a key part of the electricity network in the biggest overhaul to the UK’s energy system in decades.  National Grid is to be stripped of its role in running the electricity system more than... Read more

Crispin Odey’s hedge fund makes 50pc return on bonds bet

Returns for one of Crispin Odey’s funds have soared after his short bet on government bonds paid off. The financier’s Odey European Inc hedge fund jumped by about 15pc in March after he shorted government bonds that mature in 2050... Read more

Russia braces for first debt default since Bolshevik Revolution

Liam Peach, Russia economist at Capital Economics, said: “There was nothing in the contract that would allow Russia to pay in roubles. If it does go ahead, it probably is some sort of technical default.” Fitch and Moody’s have withdrawn... Read more