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Slack’s product chief to step down

FILE PHOTO: April Underwood, Vice President of Product at Slack, talks during the business messaging company’s event in San Francisco, California, U.S. January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (Reuters) – Slack Technologies Inc’s chief product officer, April Underwood, is leaving the messaging startup, at a time when the company is exploring a public listing later this year. Underwood is leaving to spend more time working at #Angels, an investing group she co-founded three months before joining Slack in 2015, according to her blog post medium.com/@aunder/new-year-new-old-hashtag-angels-a4f2b73f68e. She will be replaced by Google…

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NBA chief Silver says takes threats to Kanter seriously

LONDON (Reuters) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supported Turkish player Enes Kanter’s decision to skip New York Knicks’ game against Washington Wizards in London on Thursday because of fears over his safety. Jan 17, 2019; London, ENG; NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives a pre game press conference before the game between the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards at The O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports The 26-year-old center has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his human rights record and was…

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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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US nursing home chief resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Image copyright Getty Images The chief executive of the corporation in charge of an Arizona nursing home where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth has resigned. Bill Timmons’s resignation was unanimously accepted by directors, the company said in a statement. The woman had been a patient in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare near Phoenix for over a decade and required round-the-clock care. Police have launched a sexual assault investigation into the incident. The woman, who has not been identified, is thought to have given birth on 29…

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Anna Soubry: 50 MPs write to Met Police chief over ‘Nazi’ abuse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit protesters chant ‘Nazi and scum’ at Conservative MP Anna Soubry More than 50 MPs have called on the head of Britain’s largest police force to improve their response to abusive protesters outside Parliament. Writing to Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, the MPs cited “serious concerns” about the “deteriorating public order and security situation”. It comes after Conservative MP Anna Soubry was verbally abused on Monday. She was shouted at – including being called a liar and a Nazi – during live…

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Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Rear Adm Kevin Sweeney is the third senior Pentagon official to resign after President Trump’s Syria announcement Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure. Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that “the time is right to return to the private sector”. He is now the third senior Pentagon official to announce his resignation after President Donald Trump said US forces would leave Syria. Officials have said there is no timetable…

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Russian doping: Wada chief ‘bitterly disappointed’ as deadline missed

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie had said he was “confident” of Russia complying with the deadline The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is “bitterly disappointed” after it was confirmed Russia’s anti-doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory. Russia was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada’s inspection team were denied full access to samples. The country could now be at risk of another ban from international events after a state-sponsored doping scandal. Wada says it will refer the issue to its…

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Iran TV chief sacked over uncensored Jackie Chan sex scene

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jackie Chan (L) starred in the film Shinjuku Incident alongside Daniel Wu (R) Iran’s state broadcaster, Irib, has sacked the head of a regional TV channel after it broadcast a Jackie Chan film without removing a sex scene. A video posted online apparently by a viewer on Kish Island showed the Hong Kong martial arts star sleeping with a woman in the film Shinjuku Incident. Iranian media said the “immoral” scene was aired by Kish TV in “total violation of Irib’s regulations”. Physical contact…

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Susanna Dinnage changes mind on Premier League chief executive role

Dinnage wants to stay in broadcasting at Discovery The Premier League says its prospective new chief executive, Susanna Dinnage, has told the organisation she will not be taking up the position. Dinnage was named as the replacement for the Richard Scudamore in November and was supposed to take up the role early in 2019. “The committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates,” said a Premier League statement. “There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.” Dinnage was supposed to join from media organisation Discovery,…

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No-deal Brexit could put public at risk, warns Met chief

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK will leave Europol after Brexit and will not be a member of the European Arrest Warrant scheme The public could be put at risk if the UK leaves the EU in March without an official agreement, the UK’s most senior police officer has said. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said a no-deal exit would threaten access to EU-wide criminal databases and make it harder to extradite people from abroad. She told the BBC the Met was talking to other police forces across Europe about…

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