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Davis Cup: Gerard Pique promises to ‘prove wrong’ critics of his tournament reform role

Gerard Pique, pictured with International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty, was at the Davis Cup finals draw on Thursday Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he will “prove wrong” critics of his role in the reform of the Davis Cup. And the four-time Champions League winner says he “hates” it when Roger Federer and others refer to the competition as the “Pique Cup”. The 25-year, £2.15bn revamp of the Davis Cup is funded by an investment group led by Pique’s Kosmos company. “In the future we will see this competition as…

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Drink-driver who went wrong way on M4 near Reading jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows police clipping Lee Johnson’s van A man who drove the wrong way down a motorway while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been jailed. Lee Johnson, 44, steered his red Citroen van against the run of traffic on the M4 near Reading. Police brought him to a stop by clipping his vehicle with a patrol car on 15 December. Johnson, of Colman Road in London, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court…

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‘If you hire the wrong people they can bleed you dry’

What are the dangers to your company if you pick the wrong team of managers? It could come close to meltdown. That’s what happened to the Anglo-American start-up WANdisco. Founder and CEO David Richards recruited directors from the world’s most prestigious tech corporations, but they started spending far more than his firm could afford. Video journalist: Jeremy Howell See more at CEO Secrets. Source link

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Police misconduct: Watchdog ‘bringing wrong cases’

Image copyright Getty Images Only five police officers in England and Wales were dismissed in the last three years following misconduct cases ordered by the police watchdog. The BBC also found in two-thirds of the 48 cases pursued by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) “gross misconduct” charges were not proven. The Police Federation said the IOPC was bringing the “wrong cases” and officers often had to wait years to be cleared. The IOPC said its approach had been legally tested and was “appropriate”. The watchdog has the power…

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Golf: Johnson penalized two shots for hitting wrong ball in Hawaii

Jan 4, 2019; Maui, HI, USA; PGA golfer Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Defending champion Dustin Johnson said he did not blame a marshal for his role in incurring a two-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Friday. Johnson pulled his tee shot into a penalty area, the new terminology used…

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What went wrong on the High Street in 2018?

Image copyright Getty Images The last 12 months have seen a string of High Street names go out of business. But what made 2018 such a bad year for retailers? “I absolutely loved my job at Poundworld. It was like a family – we all got on, and we all stepped in if somebody couldn’t do a shift.” Jenny Evans had been working for seven years as a part-time sales assistant when she heard the news on the radio in June that her company had collapsed. It wasn’t just her…

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‘Wrong to ignore’ ethnicity of grooming gangs – Javid

Image copyright PA Home Secretary Sajid Javid has defended highlighting the ethnicity of some grooming gangs. The home secretary faced criticism for a tweet earlier this year referring to “sick Asian paedophiles”. But speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today, Mr Javid – who has Pakistani heritage – said that ignoring the ethnicity of abusers gives “oxygen” to extremists. He said he wanted officials researching the causes of gang-based exploitation to leave “no stone unturned”. Asked by the British-Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie, who was guest-editing the Today programme, whether he was…

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Sports Personality 2018: Lewis Hamilton ‘used wrong words’

Image copyright PA Image caption Lewis Hamilton seemed to refer to Stevenage as “the slums” on stage on Sunday night Lewis Hamilton has sought to explain a remark at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (Spoty) awards in which he apparently insulted his hometown. The F1 ace, who hails from Stevenage, said it had been his dream to “get out of the slums”. His comment sparked outrage on social media from fans and residents of the Hertfordshire town. Speaking earlier on Instagram, Hamilton said he was “super proud” of…

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HS2: MPs had ‘enormously wrong’ cost estimate, says whistleblower

Image copyright HS2 Ltd Image caption HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project in Europe An early cost estimate MPs had when they were approving the HS2 high-speed rail project was “enormously wrong”, a former HS2 boss has told BBC Panorama. Doug Thornton said the costing underestimated the value of many properties HS2 needed to purchase along the proposed route and thousands more had not been budgeted for. Mr Thornton said the figure MPs saw was hundreds of millions of pounds too low. He was later dismissed. HS2 rejects claims MPs…

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