How French sides are stealing a march on rivals by adding referees to coaching teams

In the hour before kick-off, while teams warm up, there are abundant opportunities for people watching. It was particularly intriguing to monitor the Montpellier half of the pitch ahead of their recent meeting with Harlequins at The Stoop.  Due to... Read more

Erik ten Hag’s insistence on Steve McClaren as Manchester United assistant makes sense

At Old Trafford, a great club plunged into recent despair, where new management structures and ideas have been grafted on to the previous set of innovations, Ten Hag needs someone to help him get an idea of the job that... Read more

The best fans for summer 2022, recommended by experts and tested at home

It will probably come as no surprise to see Dyson’s purifying fan at the top of this list. The British airflow experts’ products are consistently popular and an earlier model without purification (£350, Argos) was our top buy for many... Read more

Santander reduces branch opening times to less than six hours a day

Santander branches will be open for less than six hours a day from July in another blow to communities that have seen in-person banking services dwindle over the past decade. The changes mean customers will only be able to visit... Read more

Santander cuts branch hours in blow to the elderly

Santander is to close its banks earlier in yet another blow to local branch services.  The Spanish bank has said its British branches will now close at 3pm on weekdays, an hour and a half earlier than at present.  It... Read more

Sahara solar could soon rescue Britain’s broken energy system

It is hard to see how these giant EPR reactors – already blighted by the closure of Taishan 2 in China due to a design flaw – are ever going to compete with Saharan solar. Nor is big nuclear as... Read more

City firms deploy ‘red herring’ perks to stave off Great Resignation

“Citi has to redefine itself. They’re trying to an extent I haven’t seen before. However you’re not going to get someone with a first in economics going to this Malaga shop,” says one ex-employee. “It’s a nice PR spin that... Read more

From Squid Game to Space Force: Netflix’s five biggest hits and flops

Netflix forged a new age in the entertainment industry, popularising streaming and forcing out the likes of Blockbuster.  Its catalogue boasts shows that have become household names, including The Crown, Squid Game, Tiger King and Stranger Things.  Yet much of... Read more

Women turning away from make-up as lockdowns change beauty habits

Kantar analysts Maya Zawislak said: “Manufacturers are going to struggle and they’re really going to have to work harder to get our money from us.” A raft of celebrities have joined in a new trend for posting make-up free selfies... Read more

CNN shuts down streaming service after just one month

A streaming service intended to revitalise CNN is shutting just a few weeks after its launch. CNN+ will cease operations on April 30 and customers will receive refunds for signing up to the news-led online channel, which was available in... Read more

Hackers for hire attempt to destroy hedge fund manager’s reputation

Hackers bombarded a British hedge fund manager with 3,000 emails and fake news stories about his mortgage in an effort to destroy his reputation after being hired by a corporate rival. Criminals even sought to gain personal information about Matthew... Read more

Will Musk defy his critics again in Twitter battle?

It was the latest display of defiance that has come to typify Elon Musk’s relationship with his sceptics.   Despite a chorus of doubting voices decrying his attempts to buy Twitter, the world’s richest man emerged on Thursday with an ace... Read more

Gove takes Thatcher’s lead in struggle to fix Britain’s housing crisis

For the incumbent Conservative party torn between free markets and nimbyism, home ownership and growing big-state instincts, this poses a serious challenge. Gove argues that boosting social rented property is the way into home ownership as renters will be able... Read more

Issa brothers plan to open more Leon and Cooplands branches in petrol stations

The billionaire Issa brothers are planning to open more Leon cafés and Cooplands bakeries on Asda sites and petrol stations, creating 22,700 jobs. The Blackburn-based entrepreneurs will also accelerate openings for brands such as KFC and Starbucks on hundreds of... Read more

Disney stripped of special tax status in Florida over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Disney has been stripped of its long-held special status as a self-governing area of Florida, after Republican governor Ron DeSantis punished the company for refusing to back his culture war waged over “woke” LGBT policies. The Florida House of Representatives... Read more

Bankers left traumatised by their boss’s ’emotional terrorism’

Most workers who cost their company hundreds of thousands of pounds are likely to expect a sharp rebuke from the boss – particularly in the charged atmosphere of a trading floor. But one employee at BNP Paribas was left so traumatised... Read more