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KPMG boss steps aside after ‘stop moaning’ comment

KPMG boss steps aside after ‘stop moaning’ comment

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KPMGThe UK boss of KPMG will step aside while the accountancy giant investigates offensive comments he allegedly made at a meeting on Monday. Bill Michael reportedly told consultants to "stop moaning" about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on people's lives, and to stop "playing the victim card".He later apologised, saying the comments did not reflect his beliefs.But KPMG said an "independent investigation" had begun."Mr Michael has decided to step aside from his duties as chair while the investigation is underway," a spokeswoman said. "We take this matter very seriously and will not comment further while the investigation is ongoing." According to the Financial Times, which first reported the story, about 500 KPMG staff attended the virtual meeting on 8 February.After Mr Michael'...

Next stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick succession

Technology
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After hurtling hundreds of millions of miles through space since last summer, three robotic explorers are ready to hit the brakes at Mars.The stakes — and anxiety — are sky high.The United Arab Emirates’ orbiter reaches Mars on Tuesday, followed less than 24 hours later by China’s orbiter-rover combo. NASA’s rover, the cosmic caboose, will arrive on the scene a week later, on Feb. 18, to collect rocks for return to Earth — a key step in determining whether life ever existed at Mars.Both the UAE and China are newcomers at Mars, where more than half of Earth’s emissaries have failed. China’s first Mars mission, a joint effort with Russia in 2011, never made it past Earth’s orbit.“We are quite excited as engineers and scientists, at the same time quite stressed and hap
Duke of Cambridge: Football Association president calls for racist abuse of footballers to stop

Duke of Cambridge: Football Association president calls for racist abuse of footballers to stop

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Last updated on 31 January 202131 January 2021.From the section FootballThe Duke of Cambridge has called for racist abuse aimed at footballers to stop, calling it "despicable".Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was the latest player subjected to racist abuse this weekend after a series of incidents.On Sunday, Greater Manchester Police began an investigation into the abuse.And writing on Twitterexternal-link, Prince William, who is also the president of the Football Association, praised those who had spoken out.He said: "Racist abuse - whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media - is despicable and it must stop now. "We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated, and those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountabl...
Climate activists lose legal battle to stop Heathrow third runway

Climate activists lose legal battle to stop Heathrow third runway

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Climate activists have lost a long-running legal battle to stop a third runway at Heathrow.The Supreme Court has overturned a previous Court of Appeal ruling in a case brought by Friends of the Earth and others against Heathrow Airport. The court was asked to consider if the government's failure to take into account the UK's climate commitments rendered the planned third runway unlawful.Tim Crosland, of the campaign group Plan B, said the original decision by former transport secretary Chris Grayling to support the expansion made a "mockery" of the government's commitment to show international leadership in the face of a climate emergency. Image: Activists had sought to challenge ex-transport secretary Chris Grayling's decision "Had C...
‘We just couldn’t stop writing’: Taylor Swift drops surprise ‘sister album’

‘We just couldn’t stop writing’: Taylor Swift drops surprise ‘sister album’

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Taylor Swift has surprised fans with a brand-new album - just five months after she released her last collection.Announcing her ninth studio album on social media, Swift called it a "sister album" to Folklore and explained that she and her collaborators "just couldn't stop writing songs". The 17-track LP was recorded in the same sessions as her earlier album - which was created during coronavirus lockdown - with collaborators including Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner. I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore. 📷: Beth Garrabrant pic.twitter.com/xdej7AzJRW— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020 It will be released at 5am on Friday morning here i