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Accenture CEO steps down due to health reasons

FILE PHOTO: Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme leaves after the “Tech for Good” Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (Reuters) – Accenture Plc’s Chief Executive Officer Pierre Nanterme is stepping down due to health reasons, the consulting and outsourcing company said on Friday. Chief Financial Officer David Rowland will serve as the interim CEO, Accenture said in a statement. Nanterme, who took the helm in January 2011, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Rowland will be replaced by KC McClure, who currently heads…

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Tesla sued for passenger death due to defective battery

(Reuters) – Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio said on Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) alleging that its 2014 Model S sedan had a defective battery pack that caused the death of an 18-year old passenger in an accident last year. The logo is seen on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S car in Hawthorne, California October 9, 2014. T REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Last May, a Tesla driven by Barrett Riley with passenger Edgar Monserratt Martinez crashed into a concrete wall and…

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Spacex halts launch of U.S. military satellite due to winds

(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX scrapped Saturday’s launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military due to strong upper level winds. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. The launch, SpaceX’s…

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Spacex halts launch of U.S. military satellite due to winds

(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX scrapped Saturday’s launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military due to strong upper level winds. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. The launch, SpaceX’s…

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Katowice UN climate talks extended due to sticking points

Image copyright Getty Images Climate talks in Poland have continued through the night as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. Thousands of delegates worked well past the official deadline for reaching a deal but key sticking points remain. Rows continue over the issue of paying poorer countries for damage caused by global warming and the use of carbon markets to reduce emissions. The likelihood of a deal increased on Friday after a new text was released. The outline decision contains plans for a…

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Canadian said to be detained in China, Huawei CFO due back in court

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, two sources said on Tuesday, just hours before a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] is set to return to a Vancouver courtroom for a bail hearing that has angered Beijing. It was not immediately clear if the cases were related, but Canadian analysts had already predicted China would retaliate after the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. authorities. The former diplomat is Michael Kovrig, who is based in China.…

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New homes ‘crumbling due to weak mortar’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVincent Fascione says he will never buy a new build-home again Hundreds of new properties have been built using weak mortar that does not meet recommended industry standards, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found. There are reports of homes with the fault on at least 13 estates in the UK. The full extent of the industry-wide problem is hard to measure as some homeowners have been asked to sign gagging orders to claim compensation. The industry says mortar performance is a complex…

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Measles resurgence ‘due to vaccine hesitancy’, WHO warns

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a worldwide resurgence of measles, with many countries experiencing “severe and protracted” outbreaks last year, a report warns. The World Health Organization data shows a rise in cases in almost every region of the world, with 30% more cases in 2017 than 2016. Experts say complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise in fake news about the vaccine are behind the rise. They say the measles vaccines can save millions of lives. ‘Devastating disease’ Measles is a highly contagious disease that in severe…

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Max Verstappen: F1 hoping to reinstate Dutch GP due to ‘the Max factor’

The grandstands at the Red Bull Ring in Austria have become a sea of orange in support of Max Verstappen Formula 1 is hoping to reinstate the Dutch Grand Prix in the wake of the growing popularity of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. The race was last held at Zandvoort, a seaside resort 20 miles from Amsterdam, in 1985 but could be revived for 2020. F1’s commercial managing director Sean Bratches said he was “very interested” in re-establishing the event. Bratches said he was having “productive conversations” and was “cautiously…

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Flooding hits roads and homes in Pembrokeshire as more rain due

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMilford Haven was one of the areas to suffer flooding Roads and homes have been flooded amid weather warnings that more heavy rain could be on the way to south Wales. There are four flood warnings in place in Solva and Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire – meaning flooding is expected – as well as 12 flood alerts. Pembrokeshire council said “a number of roads” were flooded and were being dealt with on a “priority basis”. Water levels are set to rise at high…

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