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BBC Radio 5 live - Sportsweek, Marginal Gains

Jonathan Legard presents a special programme on the effect of marginal gains in sport with studio guest Sir Dave Brailsford, former performance director of British Cycling and current manager of Team Sky. You'll also hear from Chris Froome, Lewis Hamilton, Roy Hodgson, Dr Steve Peters, Wladimir …

Wladimir Klitschko

Kenya is building Africa’s biggest wind energy farm to generate a fifth of its power

Kenya set in motion the construction of Africa’s biggest wind power farm this week, near Laisamis, 550km north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.<p>Known as the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the wind farm site covers 40,000 acres (162km2), which will be powered by the ‘Turkana Corridorwind.’ It is a …

Renewable Energy

The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper

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How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter

The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep.<p>It was just after dawn on May 27 when Andrew Jennings’s phone began ringing. Swiss police had just launched a startling raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich, arresting seven top FIFA officials and charging …

Corruption

HSBC by the numbers: headquarters threat and what it means on tax

HSBC’s announcement that it is reviewing whether to keep its headquarters in the UK, more than two decades after moving to London from Hong Kong, …

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Ghosts of past cast a massive shadow

It is a complicated business comparing the pampered careers of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao with the fighters from the last 60 years who have …

Solving productivity puzzle is key to government finances

Britain’s advanced economy and comfortable living standards have been built on productivity growth. Ever since the industrial revolution, economic …

California hopes saltwater will help to quench its thirst

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable.<p>But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, …

Lockheed Martin

The economists’ manifesto

It’s often said that economists have too much influence on policy. A critic might say that politicians are dazzled by data-driven arguments and …

China's Great Wall of Sand

China is building new harbors and airstrips on various reefs and atolls in the Spratly Islands -- facilities that, Beijing confirms, will be used for …

China

US companies on course to return $1tn to shareholders in 2015

Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global economic outlook …

Welcome to No 10 … but do prime ministers really move the stock market?

Pundits fear that shares may slump after an inconclusive result on 7 May. But investors in a globalised world have more to worry about than a hung parliament<p>The headlines began warning us months ago of stock-market meltdown should the opposition win control after 7 May. “Shares tipped to fall if …

Henry Slade makes late run for England

Having impressed Stuart Lancaster, Exeter fly-half is now a certainty for wider England squad to be announced for summer training. But can he make 31-man selection for Rugby World Cup?<p>It is a matter of when, not if, Henry Slade plays for England. Or to be more precise, when Slade gains a full cap, …

European Rugby Champions Cup

Are OPEC's Days Numbered?

OPEC has been the most talked about international organization among investors, analysts and international political lobbies in the last few …

Oil

Deutsche Bank on brink of biggest ever Libor-rigging fine

German financial giant set to exceed $1.5bn paid by UBS over rigging of interest rate benchmark<p>Deutsche Bank is close to agreeing a record fine of more than $1.5bn (£1bn) over manipulating Libor, with the German financial giant also expected to plead guilty to fraud in the UK.<p>The bank will be one …

JCB: Britain’s yellow digger, a money machine scooping up sales of £2.6bn

By remaining a family business, the manufacturing giant is not held back by the concerns of City investors<p>White sparks burst into the air as a man in blue overalls draws the fiery beam of his welding torch across a large metal tube. He flips up his face mask to inspect the molten join shrouded in a …

Two tales of the City

THE beauty of financial markets is that they look forward. Clever traders try to predict tomorrow’s events and their implications for everything from …

Dreaming of a golden future: there will always be people willing to sacrifice all in the pursuit of gold

In a review of Gold Fever by Steve Boggan Sara Wheeler discovers that the search for gold is as addictive as crack cocaine<p>In 2008, the price of gold lofted above $1,000 an ounce for the first time in history, inspiring a rush of small-scale panners to head for the diggings with hope in their …

Books

The Diary

Premier Li Keqiang greets me in the Hong Kong room of the Great Hall of the People like an old friend. As he whispers a few words in English, two …

A banking giant and a giant bank

Over the past 30 years Santander has grown from a minnow to the euro zone’s biggest bank, thanks to the dealmaking of its chairman, Emilio Botín, who …

Rinse the rich without washing them away

<b>‘Doubts raised over costing of non-dom rule changes’</b><br>Financial Times, April 8<p><b>I know I’m against this non-dom thing but I don’t really know what it’s</b> …

Let’s stop pretending Britain is top of the world

There is a conspiracy among politicians and broadcasters not to mention the really important issues facing Britain<p>This is a make-believe <b>general election</b> – an elaborate game in which highly intelligent people pretend that they are debating major policy issues. They profess to get very cross with …

Wall Street heavyweights are pouncing on peer-to-peer lending

Prosper Marketplace, America’s second-biggest peer-to-peer lending company after LendingClub, just received an influx of cash that values the rapidly-growing business at $1.9 billion.<p>But the money didn’t come from tech-savvy venture capitalists betting on the next big thing. Instead, the bulk of …

Peer-to-peer

A relic of empire that created a tax colony

Arpad “Arki” Busson, the glamorous hedge fund manager who reportedly kept money in a Swiss private bank, is unlikely to have spared a thought for the …

To Feed the World in 2050, We Need to View Small-Scale Farming as a Business

How can we feed the world’s growing population? It’s an age-old question that has resurfaced following the economic shocks and environmental stresses of the past decade.<p>According to the latest data, the global population is expected to surpass nine billion by 2050, and much of this growth will take …

Agriculture

Thousands set to attend Reclaim Brixton rally as campaigners protest against gentrification

ES News Email<p>More than 2,000 people are planning to gather in the centre of Brixton to campaign against what they see as the "gentrification" of the …

My response to The Times on Malky Mackay.

This is 2014. This is actually Britain, in 2014. Where Jeremy Clarkson uses the N-word and doesn’t get so much as a minor fine by the BBC. Where …

Anti-Semitism

Why investors are pouring millions into fantasy sports

What do the media giant Disney, the cable colossus Comcast, the storied private equity firm KKR, and the National Basketball Association have in common? Not much really, in the scheme of things, besides a willingness to invest in the absolutely booming industry of American fantasy sports.<p>Fantasy …

Odell Beckham Jr

Alastair Campbell: The four characteristics of winners in business

The former spin doctor’s new book, Winners And How they Succeed, explores what it takes to get to the top. He says successful people share several traits<p>They solve problems<p>Many of Richard Branson’s best ideas come from personal frustrations. He started Virgin stores because he loved music but found …