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Sajid Javid says PM left him with ‘no choice’ but to quit

Sajid Javid says PM left him with ‘no choice’ but to quit

Business
Sajid Javid has said he had "no option" but to resign as chancellor - because Boris Johnson attached conditions to him staying in the role which "no self-respecting minister would accept".Mr Javid quit after refusing to sack his aides in a row with the prime minister that took Westminster by surprise. Read Sajid Javid's full resignation letter at the bottom of this article Image: Newly installed chancellor Rishi Sunak arrives at the Treasury The former chancellor said the condition was something he was "unable to accept"."I felt I was left with no option other than to resign." ...
E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

Health
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams has declared that e-cigarette use doesn't help smokers quit -- but it may get non-smokers to start. Adams made the remarks Thursday as he presented his office's 2020 report on tobacco. He noted that despite the fact that many e-cigarette -- or vaping -- products are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, scientific evidence supporting these claims remains mixed. The 2020 report -- the 34th overall -- was the first in roughly three decades to address smoking cessation specifically, and it comes in the midst of ongoing debate in Congress and elsewhere about flavored vaping products and their appeal, particularly among young people. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on flavored e-cigarette prod...
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...
More firms quit Facebook’s proposed Libra global digital currency group

More firms quit Facebook’s proposed Libra global digital currency group

Technology
Facebook's proposed global digital currency has suffered a setback after major payment companies including Mastercard, Visa and eBay pulled out.Stripe and Latin American payments company Mercado Pago also announced they were leaving. Visa confirmed they had pulled out, adding: "We will continue to evaluate and our ultimate decision will be determined by a number of factors, including the association's ability to fully satisfy all requisite regulatory expectations." Image: US payments processing firm PayPal has left Libra It comes just days after US payments processing firm PayPal pulled out.Facebook's head of the project David Marcus said people should not be "reading the fate of Libra into this update", although he admitted it was "n...
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field quit X Factor

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field quit X Factor

Entertainment
Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field will not be on the judging panel for the next X Factor, the star has said.In a post on Instagram, the former Take That singer said they would still work with Simon Cowell on other projects.Williams and Field only joined the show last year. Some fans were initially worried about the US TV actress's lack of experience in the music industry.But Simon said at the series 15 launch: "Ayda has been a revelation. I mean, seriously, she's been brilliant." He explained that you do not necessarily need to be an artist or a music manager to be on the show. "You have to have taste, good instincts, you have got to like people," he said."Ayda has seen the music business from a different point of v...