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Ian Wright lays into Gareth Southgate after Scotland draw: 'I was embarrassed for us'

Ian Wright has criticised England manager Gareth Southgate for making confusing substitutions which left him “embarrassed” after the 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday. Southgate took off Phil Foden and Harry Kane in the second half at Wembley, but Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford did not make the difference.

Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, among others, all stayed on the substitutes’ bench as England played out a dire draw in front of the home fans.

Scotland arguably had the better of the chances, with Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams more dangerous up front than the hosts’ forwards.

And it was Jordan Pickford – not David Marshall – who was forced to make the best save of the match from Stephen O’Donnell’s well-struck volley in the first half.

England were lacklustre and ponderous in possession and, besides John Stones’ earlier header onto the post, were blunt in attack.

The draw takes England onto four points in Group D ahead of Tuesday’s match against the Czech Republic, but former Arsenal striker Wright was not happy post-match.

JUST IN: Harry Kane responds after being substituted in Scotland stalemate

“I was very surprised, the intensity and closing down were not there, they sat back,” he said on ITV’s coverage.

“I think they enabled Scotland to build themselves into the game, build confidence and in the end, the chances Scotland had, you have to say, we’re quite fortunate to get a point out of that now. Very disappointing.

“The substitutions confused me, I don’t know what to say about that.”

The form of Kane was a big talking point at Wembley, with the England captain unable to affect the game in the final third.

After barely touching the ball, he was substituted in the 74th minute for Rashford and while Wright was worried by what he saw, he placed the blame elsewhere.

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“I think it’s plain to see that he doesn’t look at his best,” he said.

“Let’s face it. You’re looking at the chances created, Reece James coming into the team, one of the best crossers from his position, hardly any crosses, not enough balls into the last third for people to play.

“Why has he taken Foden off for? There’s no way Phil Foden should be leaving the pitch today, for me. It’s very disappointing to see.

“You’ve got someone like Jadon Sancho on the bench, 16 goals, 20 assists this season – he doesn’t even get on and we need to create.

“We can talk about Harry Kane and the chances he could have had, or how many touches he hasn’t had, but at the same time, did we really create enough? Did we have enough?

“We looked like a team, we’re meant to be favourites to win the tournament, it’s embarrassing, I was embarrassed for us today.

“Whatever happens, you’re still meant to be linking up, getting the chances made for him, we’ve got the players to do it.”

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Mayor Sylvester Turner lays out plan for Houston firefighters' pay raises

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Mayor Sylvester Turner is expected to announce on Wednesday the timing and the amount of money the city will spend on long overdue pay raises for Houston’s firefighters.The announcement is underway at city hall, with Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña slated to appear. The event is streaming on ABC13’s apps.

While the pay raises, which were approved under ballot measure Proposition B, are the culmination of two-and-a-half years of court battles between the city and the firefighters’ union, the mayor in the last week indicated the salary hikes for at least the next three years will be only “what the city can afford.””It is in year four, year five, year six that the city is going to be challenged with not only continuing to pay for it – not just for that – but for other services as well,” Turner said on May 11 during his fiscal year budget announcement, which revealed a $ 201 million shortfall, the largest in the city’s history.

In the same statement, Turner insisted that he has supported pay raises for some 4,000 firefighters “from day one.”

SEE MORE: Houston presents budget with historic $ 201 million shortfall

Despite the shortfall, Turner promised the 2021 fiscal year budget, which he said is balanced, will address firefighters’ pay raises.

Turner’s words followed a Texas appeals court’s ruling just days earlier that sided with firefighters regarding a separate claim for retroactive pay raises. The city was bidding on having their collective bargaining rights declared unconstitutional.
SEE MORE: Texas Court of Appeals tell Houston Mayor ‘NO’ in legal dispute with firefighters

While the May 7 ruling upholds union bargaining rights, the larger and more immediate effect is that a judge will now set wages for Houston firefighters all the way back to 2017. Texas law permits it when unions and cities can’t agree on a contract. In this case, it would affect not only 2017 wages, but every year since then.

Based on salaries when the case was filed, every 1% increase would be more than $ 3.25 million per year in back wages alone. Firefighters were seeking far more than just 1%. A union expert suggested Houston firefighters could be as much as 50% underpaid which would be $ 162.5 million for one year alone. Thursday’s decision could affect four years of back pay.

As for Prop B, a ruling is still pending in the same court.

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Switch vs PS5 vs Xbox Series X sales figures: Nintendo console lays down huge marker

The Nintendo Switch has just hit another incredible sales milestone. Earlier this year the Nintendo Switch celebrated its fourth birthday with the hit hybrid console first releasing on March 3 2017. And now Ninty has revealed how many units the console sold between its launch and the end of March this year.
As of March 31 2021 the Nintendo Switch has sold a staggering 84.59million units.

That means the Switch, after just over four years on sale, has already sold more than the Xbox 360 and Gameboy Advance did during its lifetime.

The Switch is already the eighth best selling console of all time, and is just behind the PS3 which it looks certain to eclipse soon.

The PS3 sold 87.4million consoles during its lifetime, with the Nintendo Wii the next console on the all-time leaderboard – selling 101.63million units during its lifetime.

Analysts previously predicted the Switch could eclipse the Wii’s all-time sales figures this year, and when all is said and done it could be very high up the list of the best selling consoles ever.

The PS2 is the most successful console of all time, selling 155million units with the Nintendo DS not too far behind on 154.02million.

The latest Switch sales figures lay down an enviable marker for the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched last November, kicking off the ninth console generation.

Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles have been hit with widespread stock shortages since launch which are continuing across the globe.

Despite this though, the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles have still sold millions of units.

According to new analysis by VGChartz, between launch and April 24 the PS5 has managed to sell more than the Xbox Series X and S.

Worldwide the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition have allegedly sold just shy of eight million units (7.94million) with the Xbox Series X and S selling 4.75million.

If supplies were more plentiful than the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S would no doubt have sold much more.

The Switch itself last year was hit by worldwide stock shortages when coronavirus lockdowns first hit, with Nintendo warning recently that the Switch could suffer from low stock once again in 2021 due to the semiconductor shortage which has impacted PS5 and Xbox.

Either way though, the Switch in its first four years on sale has laid down an impressive marker for the PS5 and Xbox Series X to try and match. And right now this huge sales momentum the Switch is having is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Novak Djokovic lays down marker to Rafael Nadal with Jannik Sinner victory

Novak Djokovic beat Miami Open finalist Jannik Sinner without breaking out of second gear to lay down a marker to world No 3 Rafael Nadal, who is the favourite for the Monte-Carlo Masters title.
Sinner, 19, suffered a narrow defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in Miami earlier this month but rose to No 22 in the world rankings following his impressive run to the final.

The Italian was no match for world No 1 Djokovic when they met in the second round in Monte Carlo.

He was looking to become just the third teenager to beat Djokovic at an ATP event and was offered a glimmer of hope when he broke in the third set.

But that seemed to trigger the Serbian 18-time Grand Slam winner into action and he got his clay campaign underway with a 6-4 6-2 victory.

“It feels great, also playing here in Monaco where I reside,” Djokovic said.

“I have been using this club as a training base so It feels like playing at home and it was very good encounter.

“It was a great first match for me. Jannik is in form, he played the finals of Miami and has been playing well.

“I just hung in there today and found the right shots at the right time.”

Djokovic was expected to have a much tougher run battle against one of the most promising players on the tour.

Djokovic will face the winner of Dan Evans and Hurkacz in the next round.

He has been drawn in the opposite half of the tournament to early favourite Nadal, who is an 11-time champion in Monaco.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush “seriously considering” run for attorney general, lays out case against Ken Paxton

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Thursday he is “seriously considering” running for attorney general in 2022 — and detailed how he would challenge the incumbent, embattled fellow Republican Ken Paxton[1].

“There have been some serious allegations levied against the current attorney general,” Bush said in an interview with Dallas radio host Mark Davis. “Personally I think that the top law enforcement official in Texas needs to be above reproach.”

Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew for President George W. Bush, went on to say a Paxton challenge would not be centered on “conservative credentials” but how the incumbent has run his office. “I think character matters and integrity matters,” Bush said.

The land commissioner, currently in his second term, has for months kept open the possibility of running for another statewide office in 2022 — including attorney general[2] — but his remarks Thursday offered the starkest indication yet that he is focused on Paxton. Bush did not give a timeline for a decision on the race beyond saying he is currently focused on the legislation session and will visit with voters afterward. The session ends May 31.

Bush has given other interviews in recent days in which he has also made clear his interest in challenging Paxton, telling Fox News earlier this week[3] that he is “taking a very serious look” at the contest.

Paxton has repeatedly said he plans to seek a third term next year despite a series of new and old scandals. Last year, seven of Paxton’s top aides accused him of accepting bribes and abusing his office to assist a wealthy donor. Those aides were subsequently fired or resigned, and it has since come out that the FBI was investigating the claims against him[4]. And for almost his entire time as attorney general, he has been under indictment[5] on state securities fraud charges.

Paxton has denied wrongdoing in both the FBI investigation and the securities fraud case.

“Attorney General Paxton is focused on keeping the Texas border secure, holding the Biden Administration accountable, and taking on Big Tech,” Paxton campaign spokesperson Ian Prior said in a statement responding to Bush’s interview. “It is unfortunate, but not surprising, to see a potential opponent more interested with the narrative being set by the liberal media than on the real and important issues facing Texas families and small businesses.”

Bush did not let up on Paxton in the Davis interview, saying the attorney general “has been in public service now for 20 years, and I’m not sure another four years is gonna bring Texas anything better.”

“From my perch in Austin, I’ve seen some high-quality attorneys leave that office,” Bush said. “I’ve visited with many conservative attorneys general throughout the country. They’re embarrassed by the conduct, and I think Texans deserve better.”

Bush said Texans “need a top cop that the law enforcement of our great state” can trust and added that sheriffs across the state have told him the same thing. Asked by Davis to identify sheriffs who have told him that, Bush declined to do so, saying he promised the sheriffs “confidentiality.”

Former President Donald Trump would undoubtedly be a point of discussion in any Bush-Paxton showdown. Paxton has closely aligned himself with Trump as attorney general, most notably asking the Supreme Court late last year to overturn Trump’s reelection loss in four battleground states. Paxton then spoke in January at the pro-Trump rally that preceded the deadly U.S. Capitol riot. And Paxton has stayed in touch with Trump since he left office, visiting him[6] at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida in late February.

Bush is the most prominent member of his famous political family to have backed Trump, getting behind him in the summer of 2016 after he officially became the GOP nominee.

Speaking with Davis, Bush argued there is “no separation” between himself and Paxton when it comes to being conservatives and supporting Trump.

“When you pick up the paper, yes, there’s good lawsuits, there’s good ideology and filings, but it’s about how you run an office, it’s about how you lead and it’s about how you’re a role model for our children and for members of the Texas bar,” Bush said.

References

  1. ^ Ken Paxton (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ including attorney general (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ telling Fox News earlier this week (www.foxnews.com)
  4. ^ investigating the claims against him (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ under indictment (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ visiting him (twitter.com)

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Hillicon Valley: DHS chief lays out actions to boost cybersecurity after major hacks

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasGOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches UK considering ‘extreme’ measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit MORE[6][7][8][9][10][5] on Wednesday laid out a roadmap for federal cybersecurity while teasing an upcoming cyber executive order. Facebook enforced its indefinite suspension on former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE[12][13][14][15][16][11] by removing a video posted by Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump now official Fox News contributor Lara Trump ‘absolutely’ considering Senate run The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump MORE[18][19][20][21][22][17] of a sit down interview with the former president. President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan GOP seeks new line of attack on Biden economic plans MORE[24][25][26][27][28][23] proposed billions in funding to boost research and development of emerging technologies, and Republicans pushed back on the idea of so-called vaccine passports.

DHS DRILLS DOWN ON CYBER: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday issued a “call for action” to confront mounting cybersecurity threats to the federal government, laying out a plan to combat hacking efforts following two major foreign cyberattacks.

Mayorkas warned during a virtual speech hosted by RSA that “cyber threats are coming dangerously close to threatening our lives” and detailed plans for focusing on issues including debilitating ransomware attacks, bolstering the cyber workforce and securing critical infrastructure against attacks.

“The government does not have the capacity to achieve our nation’s cyber resilience alone,” Mayorkas said. “So much of our critical infrastructure is in the private sector’s hands. We need to work with the private sector to protect the interests of the American people and the services on which we rely.”

Mayorkas’s comments come as the federal government continues to respond to two major cyber espionage incidents carried out by foreign entities that were discovered over the past three months, and as the Biden administration works to roll out an executive order to strengthen federal cybersecurity after both incidents.

The secretary said Wednesday that the order would include “nearly a dozen actions” and that “more details would be shared soon.”

Read more about Mayorkas’s remarks here. [29]

REMOVING TRUMP: Facebook removed a video of an interview between former President Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump based on the platform’s indefinite suspension of the former president, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Lara Trump Tuesday night posted a screenshot of an email that appears to notify her that the video had been removed in line with the platform’s current suspension of the former president. Her post also included a screenshot of an email with an earlier time stamp that seemingly warned her that video of the interview would be removed if posted.

A Facebook source verified the email posted by Lara Trump was authentic.

The email also warns Lara Trump that posting similar content could lead to more limitations on the account.

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email said.

Facebook suspended the former president shortly after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The decision on whether to permanently ban or reinstate him is in the hands of Facebook’s Oversight Board which has yet to make a final decision.

Read more about the removal[30].

PASSPORT PUSHBACK: Republicans are up in arms over the possibility that businesses and local governments may require vaccine passports for people to get access to certain activities, buildings or events.

The pushback comes after New York last week launched its virtual Excelsior Pass, created in partnership with IBM, that allows people to show if they have been vaccinated by flashing a QR code to get into events where proof is required.

Other governors, including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D), signaled they may launch similar programs soon, and IBM said it is in talks with federal officials and just about every state.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Battle rages over vaccine passports Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts COVID-19 vaccine passports: ‘Biden’s mark of the beast’ MORE[32][33][34][35][36][31] (R) has urged his state’s GOP-controlled legislature to pass a law forbidding passes showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, while vowing to take executive action. Congressional Republicans have similarly slammed the passports, framing them as invasive.

The Biden administration has said it will provide guidance on the matter, but signaled the decisions will largely be left up to local governments and business owners.

“We’re going to provide guidance, just as we have through the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan Battle rages over vaccine passports Biden to unveil trillion infrastructure proposal MORE[38][39][40][41][42][37] said Monday. “There’s currently an interagency process that is looking at many of the questions around vaccine verification.”

Read more here.[43]

BIDEN EYES R&D: President Biden’s newly unveiled infrastructure proposal includes billions of dollars in proposed funding to invest in “technologies of the future,” with a particular focus on ensuring the U.S. can compete on the global stage against countries such as China.

The proposed investment package, which totals[44] around $ 2.25 trillion, proposes that over $ 180 billion be set aside for enhancing research and development of new and emerging technologies, along with addressing racial and gender inequalities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“President Biden is calling on Congress to make smart investments in research and development, manufacturing and regional economic development, and in workforce development to give our workers and companies the tools and training they need to compete on the global stage,” the plan released by the White House reads.

Read more about the funds here. [45]

GOOGLE UNION’S FIRST SETTLEMENT: Google and its contractor Modis must post notices about worker rights at a data center in South Carolina as part of a settlement reached with the Alphabet Workers Union on Wednesday.

The settlement follows an unfair labor practice charge the union filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in February alleging the company prohibited employees from discussing pay with coworkers and suspended a data center technician, Shannon Wait, for supporting the union.

The official notices Google and Modis, part of the Adecco Group, must put up strongly state worker’s rights including that they have the right to join a union and discuss their wage rates.[46]

The notice also states that the company will not discipline workers for discussing wages or for exercising their right to join a union and that all references to Wait’s suspension will be removed from Google’s files.

This is the first NLRB settlement involving the Alphabet Workers Union.

Read more here[47].

URGING AN INVESTIGATION: Two tech advocacy groups, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD,) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday alleging Google is certifying apps for children as safe and appropriate violate a children’s privacy law by collecting personal data without parental consent. [48]

“We urge the FTC to investigate Google’s practices and the truthfulness of its representations and act to protect parents from being misled and children from playing apps that are not appropriate and violate their privacy,” the groups wrote in the complaint.

A Google spokesperson defended the company’s handling of apps directed to children in response to the complaint.

“Google Play is committed to providing a positive and safe environment for children and families,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company has taken steps to update the app store in recent years.

The groups acknowledged that Google has changed how it treats apps intended for children since they filed a complaint in 2018 over similar concerns. But they said the company has not fixed the alleged violations of COPPA.

“The FTC failed to act when this problem was brought to its attention over two years ago. Because children today are spending even more time using mobile apps, the FTC must hold Google accountable for violating children’s privacy,” Angela Campbell, chair of the board of directors of CCFC, said in a statement.

Read more about the complaint[49]

IN OTHER GOOGLE NEWS: Google told its staff in a Wednesday email that offices will begin to open in April after being closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Conditions vary significantly from state to state, so you’ll hear directly from your local leaders when your office is eligible to reopen,” top Google personnel executive Fiona Cicconi said in the email, which was seen[50] by The Wall Street Journal.

Returning to in-office work won’t become mandatory until September, a Google spokesperson said. Although offices will reopen next month, they will be at limited capacity.

Read more here. [51]

MORE CONTROL: Facebook is launching features to give users more control over the content that appears in their newsfeed, the company announced Wednesday[52]

Facebook’s new Feed Filter Bar, a menu that will appear at the top of the News Feed, will allow users to more easily access a tool to rank content chronologically as opposed to algorithmically.

By choosing the “most recent” filter, users can see the newest posts appear first. The new tool offers a more accessible way for users to switch to a chronologically sorted News Feed.

Facebook also said it is expanding its “Why am I seeing this?” page that aims to give users more information as to why content was suggested in their News Feed.

Read more here[53]

TIME OFF FOR APPLE EMPLOYEES: Apple is offering paid time off for employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News.[54]

Bloomberg also reported that Apple is offering paid sick leave for those who experience side effects from the vaccinations. However, the company has told staff that it does not have access to vaccines and is not itself providing vaccines to workers.

The announcement comes as Apple plans to have more staff return to corporate offices as early as June. Apple CEO Tim Cook first disclosed the timeline to employees at the end of December, Bloomberg reported.

Read more here[55]

Lighter click: 14 month’s a charm?[56]

An op-ed to chew on: Vaccine passports will be convenient, but we should keep our privacy top of mind[57]

NOTABLE LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB: 

Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers (NPR/ Shannon Bond)[58]

Tech workers want vaccine mandates. Will their bosses bite? (Protocol / Issie Lapowsky) [59]

A comedian says he created ‘Darla,’ the anti-union Amazon workers, as a joke (The Verge / Makena Kelly)[60]

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  5. ^ Alejandro Mayorkas (thehill.com)
  6. ^ Alejandro Mayorkas (thehill.com)
  7. ^ GOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration (thehill.com)
  8. ^ Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches (thehill.com)
  9. ^ UK considering ‘extreme’ measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit (thehill.com)
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Ant Middleton lays into Channel 4 after ‘disappointing’ SAS axe ‘I stay true to my values'

Former SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton, 40, has aimed a dig at his former bosses at Channel 4, as he spoke out about launching a “tough” new reality show in Australia. Ant promised that the new version of Who Dares Wins will be “authentic”, as he made comparisons to the UK version.
The former soldier’s comments come after Channel 4 declared last month it will not work with Ant again due to his “personal conduct”.

Before his departure from the programme was confirmed, Ant had faced backlash last year over his controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic.

Ant claims he left the show because producers tried to make changes to the challenges contestants faced and tried to soften his tough-guy image.

He said: “It’s unfortunate and disappointing but when something has run its course and you’re forced to change to someone you’re not, it’s time to move on.

READ MORE… Piers Morgan shares exactly ‘what went down’ with GMB exit

“I’ve always said the moment I lose full control of my work, then it’s time for me to move on and that’s what it got to on the UK version.

“The way I do stuff is maybe a bit too tough for society these days, but, I stay true to my values and who I am.”

The dad-of-five added of his move to the Australian show: “The beautiful thing is that we have full control of the course.

“It’s why it was so successful because you let the experts get on with their field of expertise.

 

Recruits are set to undergo a rigorous military testing regime under the watchful eye of Ant.

Previously, four female members of the Channel 4 version of SAS: Who Dares Wins claimed that he had made “lewd and suggestive comments” during filming.

The allegations detailing the “inappropriate” behaviour were sent to media union Bectu by the women after they became enraged by Ant’s comments on Good Morning Britain.

A spokesman for Middleton has denied this, saying the presenter “wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects the allegations, adding: “Ant has worked on TV sets around the world for many years and has never at any point been accused of speaking inappropriately by anyone.”

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the ITV show, the former soldier claimed his comments were “military banter”.

In a full statement, Channel 4 confirmed that they had parted ways with the former soldier over his behaviour.

It read: “Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

“Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”