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Justine Damond shooting: Police chief Janee Harteau quits

Media playback is unsupported on your device A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman. Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis last week. Police chief Janee Harteau had earlier said it “should not have happened”. The city’s mayor accepted her resignation, saying she had lost confidence in Ms Harteau. Ms Damond’s death provoked outrage in her homeland, where Prime…

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News: easyJet chief McCall appointed to lead ITV

easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall will leave the low-cost carrier to join the board of ITV as chief executive. McCall has led easyJet for seven years. Prior to easyJet, she was group chief executive at the Guardian Media Group. Peter Bazalgette, chairman of ITV, said: “In a very impressive field of high calibre candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen and strong record of delivering value to shareholders. “I’m delighted we’ll be working together at ITV.” ADVERTISEMENT McCall will…

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Georgia elections chief plans changes after security issues

Georgia’s top elections official stood out by refusing help from the Department of Homeland Security last August amid national concerns about the integrity of U.S. elections. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp called it an attempted federal takeover and insisted his office was already protecting Georgia’s vote from hackers. That stance earned him national media coverage ahead of his campaign for governor. But Kemp’s assurances threatened to become a liability after new details emerged last month about major security mistakes at the center managing Georgia’s election technology. It turns out…

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News: Qatar Airways chief Al Baker apologies for cabin crew remarks

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has apologised for sexist and ageist comments he made in a speech in Ireland. Speaking an event to celebrate the launch of a new route from Dublin to Doha, Al Baker said US airlines were “crap” and their passengers were “always being served by grandmothers”. Al Baker also boasted “the average age of my cabin crew is only 26”. However, in a letter to the US Association of Flight Attendants, the Qatar Airways chief distanced himself from the remarks, saying he had spoken…

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News: Basterrechea takes up chief operating officer role with Rezidor

Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Chema Basterrechea to the role of chief operating officer. Basterrechea had been chief operating officer at NH Hotel Group, prior to his appointment with Rezidor, and follows former NH chief executive Federico González-Tejera to the company. He has worked for NH Hotels for more than 23 years, as chief operating officer, managing director of different business units, senior vice president food and beverage, director of integration, and as a general manager. As an expert in operational excellence especially during mergers and acquisitions, Basterrechea spearheaded a…

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Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution

Cancer patients should be routinely offered DNA tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to England’s chief medical officer. Prof Dame Sally Davies says in her annual report that the NHS must deliver her “genomic dream” within five years. Over 31,000 NHS patients, including some with cancer, have already had their entire genetic code sequenced. Dame Sally wants whole genome screening (WGS) to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies. Personalised medicine Humans have about 20,000 genes – bits of DNA code or instructions that control…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Kevin Goh, chief operating officer, The Ascott Limited

With the brand having taken the title of Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand at the World Travel Awards for the third year in success, Breaking Travel News here chats with Kevin Goh, chief operating officer, The Ascott Limited about the company’s plans for global expansion and the changing dynamics of the hospitality market. Breaking Travel News: The Ascott Limited has been recognised as Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand for the third time in succession at the World Travel Awards. How important is it to be honoured in this way? Kevin…

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