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WH Smith faces row over new chief’s pension award

WH Smith faces row over new chief’s pension award

Business
WH Smith risks becoming the first major company to face a pay backlash this year after an influential adviser warned investors over the pension award to its new chief executive.Sky News has learnt that the voting advisory service run by the Investment Association (IA) has issued a red-top notice - its strongest-possible objection - over the high street retailer's remuneration report ahead of this month's annual general meeting. The IA's alert relates to the fact that Carl Cowling, who recently took over as WH Smith's chief executive, is being paid a pension contribution worth 12.5% of his salary - a proportion higher than the average paid to the company's workforce.The investor body has run a prominent campaign over the last year aimed at forcing blue-chip to curtail pension perks for thei...
Browns release DE Chris Smith less than three months after girlfriend’s death

Browns release DE Chris Smith less than three months after girlfriend’s death

Sports
Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Browns released reserve defensive end Chris Smith on Tuesday, less than three months after his girlfriend was killed in a roadside accident on a Cleveland highway. Smith, who was in the second season of a three-year, $ 12 million deal with the Browns, played in nine games this season, recording one tackle and a pass defensed. He was inactive for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite the Browns playing without star defensive lineman Myles Garrett, who was suspended for the remainder of the season. The roster move comes despite Cleveland's depth issues on the defensive line, and the loss of Smith's girlfriend, Petara Cordero, in September. Cordero and Smith were pulled over on the side of the highway after Smith's car had a tire malfunction, c...
Callum Smith fight: Who could champion face in Anfield super fight? Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders in contention

Callum Smith fight: Who could champion face in Anfield super fight? Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders in contention

Sports
Callum Smith has made no secret of the fact he is targeting a big fight at Anfield next year.The Scouser previously boxed on Tony Bellew’s show at Everton’s Goodison Park in 2016 and now dreams of creating his own special night at the home of Liverpool – something promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed is in the works. Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Callum Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion Getty Images - Getty Anfield beckons for Callum Smith In 2018, Smith dethroned George Groves to win the WBSS super-middleweight tournament and become WBA world champion, however he has not landed a marquee fight since. The 29-year-old defends against mandatory challenger John Ryder on Saturday night. Providing he comes
The Hundred: Rashid Khan goes to Trent Rockets, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc at Welsh Fire

The Hundred: Rashid Khan goes to Trent Rockets, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc at Welsh Fire

Sports
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan was the first pick in Sunday's inaugural The Hundred draft.The leg-spinner will earn £125,000 after being picked by Trent Rockets.Australia team-mates Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc will play together at Welsh Fire while David Warner was drafted by Southern Brave. However, West Indies opener Chris Gayle, South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada and Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga all missed out on selection.The BBC will have live television coverage of 10 men's matches from The Hundred and up to eight live matches from the women's tournament, including both finals. Rashid, 21, will play alongside England Test captain Joe Root at Trent Rockets who described him as the "one of the
Sam Smith changes pronouns to they/them

Sam Smith changes pronouns to they/them

Entertainment
Sam Smith has asked fans to use the pronouns "they/them", not "he/him", after coming out as non-binary.The pop star wrote on Instagram: "After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out."The singer added: "I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think."Six months ago, Smith said they did not feel male or female, but "I flow somewhere in between".On Friday, the 27-year-old said they had been "surrounded by people that support me in this decision".Sam Smith comes out as non-binary: 'I'm not male or female'They wrote: "I understand there will be many mistakes and mis-gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you c...