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Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley ‘deeply apologetic’ for virus blunders

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley ‘deeply apologetic’ for virus blunders

Business
Retail tycoon Mike Ashley says he is "deeply apologetic" following a series of mistakes in his company's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.The boss of Frasers Group, which has Sports Direct and House of Fraser in its stable of companies, published an open letter on Friday morning in which he expressed regrets but also offered use the company's truck fleet to the NHS for the delivery of supplies to fight COVID-19. He was roundly criticised by MPs for emails to the government, as the country was placed on lockdown, in which the company claimed Sports Direct was essential for keeping the nation active. Image: Sports Direct's website remains open for sales It later moved to defend its stance in further correspondence before backi...
Twitter suspends 70 accounts promoting presidential wannabe Mike Bloomberg

Twitter suspends 70 accounts promoting presidential wannabe Mike Bloomberg

Technology
Twitter has suspended around 70 accounts for attempting to manipulate the platform in support of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.Mike Bloomberg, the world's 12th richest person and the former mayor of New York, is the latest entry in the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate. He qualified to appear in a campaign debate alongside rivals including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg after spending an unparalleled amount of money, which he has put up himself without doing any fundraising, to gain public attention. :: Listen to Divided States on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Spreaker"We took enforcement action on about 70 accounts, which includes a combination of permanent suspensions and account challenges to verify ownership," a Twitter spokeswoman c...
Daredevil inventor ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes killed in rocket crash

Daredevil inventor ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes killed in rocket crash

Technology
A daredevil inventor known as "Mad" Mike Hughes has died after launching himself in a homemade rocket which crashed in the California desert.The 64-year-old was attempting to fly 5,000ft (1,524m) into the air in a steam-powered rocket when it crash-landed shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday. The Science Channel, which was filming the launch attempt as part of a documentary series called Homemade Astronauts, confirmed Mr Hughes had died in the crash. Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey pic.twitter.c...
Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe to quit after six years

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe to quit after six years

Business
Sainsbury's has announced its chief executive Mike Coupe will retire from the supermarket group.Mr Coupe has led Sainsbury's for almost six years, during which time he oversaw a failed attempt to merge with rival supermarket Asda.The head of Sainsbury's retail and operations, Simon Roberts, will take over from Mr Coupe."This has been a very difficult decision for me personally," Mr Coupe said. "There is never a good time to move on, but as we and the industry continue to evolve, I believe now is the right time for me to hand over to my successor."Mr Coupe's departure comes after he said last May he would be "sticking to the company" when asked whether he had been asked to step down after the failed merger."I'm planning to stay," he said at the time.Mr Cou...
Mike Horn and Boerge Ousland: North Pole explorers complete epic trek

Mike Horn and Boerge Ousland: North Pole explorers complete epic trek

Science
Two explorers who trekked hundreds of miles at the North Pole and were running out of food have reached safety after an epic journey across the ice.South African Mike Horn and Norwegian Boerge Ousland covered about 1,800km (1,120 miles) on treacherous drifting ice in the past couple of months.Because of delays, they had been expected to run out of food by Friday.However, they managed to meet up with two Norwegians sent to rescue them despite a local storm.The latest Instagram update on Sunday showed a picture of the four men on their way to the Norwegian polar research ship, the Lance, which was due to pick them up. An earlier entry described how the two pairs had got closer and closer to each ot...