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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to step down

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to step down

Business
Gavin Patterson is to step down as the chief executive of BT as frustrated investors pushed for change. Mr Patterson has been under pressure from shareholders to improve the company's stock performance, which has almost halved over the last two years.Last month, the BT said it would cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years as part of a restructuring plan to focus on ultrafast broadband and next-generation mobile phone services. Since taking on the role in 2013, Mr Patterson has splashed billions on buying football rights to attract customers to its pay-TV channels. He also spent £12.5bn to buy mobile phone operator EE in 2016.But the company failed to meet its financial performance targets and forecast flat profit growth over the next few years.A number of issues took...
Colao to step down from Vodafone after 10 years in charge

Colao to step down from Vodafone after 10 years in charge

Business
Vodafone's chief executive Vittorio Colao will step down on October 1 after more than 10 years in charge of the world's second-largest mobile phone company. Nick Read, group chief financial officer, who will become chief executive designate from July 27, will replace Mr Colao.Under Mr Colao's tenure, Vodafone sold its joint venture with Verizon for $ 130bn and merged its business in India with Idea Cellular.Last week, Vodafone agreed to buy Liberty Global's cable operations in four European countries for £16.1bn as the mobile phone operator extends its reach to 110 million homes and businesses by offering fixed-line and TV services.Vodafone group chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said: "I would like to express our gratitude to Vittorio for an outstanding tenure."He has ...
Southampton take big step towards safety with win at Swansea

Southampton take big step towards safety with win at Swansea

Sports
Southampton took a huge stride towards securing their Premier League survival and simultaneously relegated West Brom with victory at Swansea City, who are now perilously close to joining the Baggies in the Championship.Manolo Gabbiadini's strike means the Swans are now three points adrift of Southampton - and safety - and will go into Sunday's final game of the season occupying the final relegation spot.Southampton's considerably better goal difference over Swansea means even a defeat at Manchester City will keep them up, as long as the Swans do not make up a 10-goal swing when they face Stoke.Huddersfield are 17th, level on points with Southampton, but have a game in hand at Chelsea on Wednesday - a point at Stamford Bridge would be enough to keep the Terriers up.With so much at stake, bo...
Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

Entertainment
Hank Azaria says he is "willing to step aside" from his role voicing Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.It follows a documentary made by Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu that argued the Indian character is based on racial stereotypes.Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor said his "eyes have been opened" by the debate and that he never intended to cause offence.He also distanced himself from the show's controversial response.Shopkeeper Apu has been part of the long-running animation series since 1990, with Azaria adopting an Indian accent to voice him.The character is one of several voiced on The Simpsons by Azaria - he is also the voice of Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy and bartender Moe Szyslak.There has been a focus on the portrayal of Apu since Kondabolu's 2...
You're Basically Wasting Money on Flax Seeds If You Don't Take This Extra Step

You're Basically Wasting Money on Flax Seeds If You Don't Take This Extra Step

Health
If you're stressed for time, you can pay a little extra for the best kind of flaxseed for you. If you've been shelling out dough for flax seed-laden foods—or just for the seeds themselves—you may not be getting all the heart-healthy benefits that you were hoping for.It's true—flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and it's worth adding them to weeknight meals, like this classic meatloaf and this freshly seared fish.But note that both of those recipes call for ground flax seeds. This is because you have to grind flax seeds before eating or cooking with them.Getty: Arletta Cwalina / EyeEmBrierley Horton, MS, RD, explains that the human body doesn't fully digest whole flax seeds. In order for you to get all the heart-healthy benefits that flax seeds p