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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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Kegworth plane crash: Survivor takes first steps 30 years on

When he was finally rescued from the wreckage of a British Midland jet after the Kegworth air disaster, Stephen McCoy was given little chance of survival. His injuries were so severe he did not regain consciousness for 18 months and he spent the next three years in hospital. Stephen McCoy was left with brain damage and paralysis down one side. The crash happened on 8 January 1989, after a Boeing 737 developed a problem in the left engine, shortly after leaving Heathrow for Aldergrove – Belfast’s main airport. Forty seven…

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Craig Bellamy steps down from Cardiff youth coach role over bullying claims, which he refutes

Craig Bellamy has temporarily stepped down from his role as Cardiff City Under-18s coach following the club’s decision to investigate a bullying claim against him. The investigation is taking place after reports of a complaint about the former Wales striker’s alleged treatment of a young player, who has since left the club. Bellamy has refuted the allegations. “I categorically refute them,” said Bellamy. “I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position.” Cardiff City have not yet commented on the allegations…

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Chinese drivers take baby steps towards F1 dream

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The tires of the Aston Martin Racing team car screech and the engine roars as it leaves the pits on its way back into the race at the Shanghai international circuit, one of China’s premier motor racing venues. Hostesses stand in a line before the drivers’ parade at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song This sound is something of a metaphor for the growth of the sport in China, where young and old drivers alike are increasingly itching to make an impression…

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Blythe Masters steps down as CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset

(Reuters) – Blockchain startup Digital Asset’s chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday. AG Gangadhar, a former Uber executive who joined Digital Asset’s board in April, has been appointed as the chairman and will serve as the acting CEO while the company looks for a new chief executive, it said bit.ly/2BvQuNI. Blockchain, which first emerged as the software underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin, is…

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Hotel steps in to give rooms to homeless over Christmas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGroup founder: Hull hotel ‘discriminating’ against homeless people A second hotel in Hull has stepped in to offer 28 homeless people rooms over Christmas after their previous booking by a homeless project was cancelled. The group had been due to stay at the Royal Hotel in Hull but were then told they could not, prompting an outcry. The hotel later said they had been told about damage to rooms by the group at an Ibis hotel last Christmas. Raise the Roof Hull…

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Chief at Alibaba video site Youku steps down amid corruption probe

BEIJING (Reuters) – The president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s video streaming service, Youku, has stepped down and is believed to be talking to Chinese authorities as part of a potential corruption case, the company said on Tuesday. The abrupt departure comes amid a wider reshuffle of Alibaba executives as the company shores up its leadership following the announcement by chairman Jack Ma that he will retire next year. Yang Weidong, who has been at Youku for roughly five years, joined the firm before it was fully acquired by Alibaba…

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Olympics: Sheikh Ahmad steps aside as head of ANOC – IOC

FILE PHOTO: 2018 Asian Games – Closing Ceremony – GBK Main Stadium – Jakarta, Indonesia – September 2, 2018 – Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, speaks. REUTERS/Issei Kato ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of the umbrella organization of national Olympic committees (ANOC) has stepped aside from his role amid an ongoing legal case in Switzerland, the IOC said in a statement on Monday. The IOC said it had taken note of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah’s decision to “temporarily suspend himself from his…

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Luxury goods group Kering steps up digital strategy with new Apple deals

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a window display outside a Gucci store, part of the Kering group, at Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district in Hong Kong January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip PARIS (Reuters) – French luxury goods group Kering announced new measures to step up its digital and e-commerce presence, which is among its fastest growing areas, including new partnerships with Apple Inc.. Kering, whose brands include Gucci and Saint Laurent, said it was working on a suite of new apps in partnership with Apple to be used by…

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Germany’s Varta steps up plans to mass produce electric car battery cells

STUTTGART (Reuters) – German battery maker Varta (VAR1.DE) has sealed a research agreement to lay the groundwork for mass production of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars as it seeks to take on Asian leaders in the sector. FILE PHOTO: Varta battery cells are displayed in this picture illustration taken September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo Varta, which currently specializes in batteries for hearing aids and large storage systems for solar energy, has agreed a cooperation deal with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, a scientific research body, the two parties said on…

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