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Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf man

The police chief of Oklahoma City says he plans to meet with advocates for the hearing- and speech-impaired following the fatal shooting of a deaf man. Police Chief Bill Citty said Thursday that the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez has raised “a lot of concerns” about training for officer interaction with people who have hearing or speech problems. Citty says officers who responded to a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe in his right hand. Citty says Sanchez didn’t respond to commands to drop the…

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News: Saudi Arabia Airlines chief meets with Mauritius prime minister as flights launch

Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabia Airlines, has met with the prime minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, following the start of new commercial flights between the two countries. During the meeting Al-Jasser and Jugnauth discussed economic growth and future opportunities, including the increase of flight frequencies, which currently operates thrice weekly between Riyadh-Jeddah and Mauritius. Mauritius is the airline’s third new destination this year and is a scheduled year-round service. The new flight to Mauritius is operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flying direct…

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower blocks found that just 2% have full sprinkler systems. Of those, 68% have just one staircase through which to evacuate. A public inquiry will look at the causes of the fire, the adequacy of high-rise regulations, Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment, and…

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Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis joins UEFA executive committee

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been appointed to UEFA’s executive committee as one of two representatives from the European Club Association. Gazidis, 52, will join new ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli on the ExCo, and becomes the second representative from the English game, alongside former Manchester United boss David Gill. Juventus president Agnelli replaces Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the ECA’s second ever leader. The ECA is the successor organisation to the G-14 group of Europe’s most powerful clubs and now represents the interests of 220 clubs from 53…

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News: New chief executive steps up at Uber

Ride hailing app Uber has announced Dara Khosrowshahi will take up the role of chief executive with the company. He was approved unanimously by the board earlier today. Khosrowshahi became chief executive of Expedia in 2006, where he built into one of the world’s leading travel and technology companies, now operating in more than 60 countries. He announced his acceptance in an email to Expedia staff. “I have to tell you I am scared,” he wrote. “This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life.” Former Uber chief…

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US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control

China has been an “incredible partner” in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday during a visit to the country considered the source of many of the deadly substances sought by addicts. Price said China has been quick to respond when regulators identify a threat from a dangerous drug such as fentanyl, the powerful opioid blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses, including the death of entertainer Prince. “When a particular drug is…

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Myer chief Richard Umbers happy with his new 'cohesive' team after Daniel Bracken departure

In business, as in life, it’s good to have a Robin to your Batman, a Goose to your Maverick. In the case of Myer, chief executive Richard Umbers has now assembled the Flying V. The executive level shake-up was brought on after the sudden departure of the retailer’s deputy chief executive and Mr Umbers’ key lieutenant Daniel Bracken, the retail wunderkind from Burberry who spearheaded the introduction of stand-alone Topshop boutiques in-store, an experiment that failed when the local arm of the high-street fashion chain went into voluntary administration earlier…

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