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Thorpe Park opposes homes plan over fears of noise complaints

Image copyright Google Image caption Screaming from rides could prompt complaints from neighbours, the park fears A theme park is objecting to plans to build new retirement homes nearby because it fears residents may complain of screams from people on the rides. Thorpe Park bosses say they are considering legal action over a planning application for a retirement home complex next to the park. They say the development could be “detrimental” to the park’s business. A planning application for the development of a neighbouring Grade II listed building has been…

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Uncollected rubbish prompts 1.8 million missed bin complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils make over 800 million waste collections every year according to the Local Government Association Councils in the UK received more than 1.8 million complaints last year about waste not being collected from homes, figures obtained by the BBC have shown. A survey of councils found the number of complaints about missed collections has increased by a third since 2014. In real terms, spending on waste collection in England has fallen by 17% since 2010-11, figures show. But the Local Government Association said 99.8%…

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Labour: 673 anti-Semitism complaints in 10 months

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour members have been protesting against anti-Semitism in the party The Labour Party has received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members. A letter from the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, revealed the figures after she was pushed by MPs for specific details. She said 96 members were immediately suspended from the party for their conduct between April 2018 and January 2019, and 12 were expelled. Labour has struggled to contain a long-running row over anti-Semitism. At a meeting…

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Charles Darwin school musical dropped after complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charles Darwin is the founder of modern evolutionary studies A school has axed a musical on evolution over its suggestive lyrics and portrayal of Christian views. Darwin Rocks, about the scientist Charles Darwin, was due to be performed by about 90 pupils at Hartford Manor Primary School, Cheshire, next month. The move follows six “expressions of concern” from parents, the school said. The musical’s publishers Musicline said it was written by a Christian, adding “we can’t ever recall having courted controversy before”. Image copyright…

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Amazon, Apple and Google face data complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Entertainment streaming giants including Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix and Spotify have been accused of breaking the EU’s data regulations. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules say EU customers have the right to access a copy of the personal data companies hold about them. However, privacy group noyb said it found that most of the big streaming companies did not fully comply. It has filed formal complaints, which if upheld could result in large fines. What’s the problem? GDPR took effect in May 2018 and gives EU…

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Heat fine Waiters after profanity-laced complaints

The Miami Heat fined reserve guard Dion Waiters an undisclosed amount Thursday for his profanity-filled complaints about playing time earlier this week. FILE PHOTO: Jan 8, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Coming back from left ankle surgery that sidelined him for nearly a year, the 27-year-old Waiters has played in only five of Miami’s first 42 games this season. After logging only 12 minutes in Tuesday…

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TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months

Image copyright Getty Images A TV licence email scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints over the past three months. Cyber crime monitor Action Fraud said fake TV licence emails regarding payment issues had been sent out to try to collect bank details. The number of reports has increased in each of the past three months, with 1,805 complaints in December alone. Action Fraud told the BBC the scam was “particularly nasty as it looks so convincing”. The emails use headlines such as “correct your licensing information” and “your…

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Celebrity Big Brother: Roxanne Pallet incident tops 2018 Ofcom complaints

Image copyright PA/Getty Image caption An incident on CBB involving Ryan Thomas and Roxanne Pallett attracted the most complaints Celebrity Big Brother was the most complained about TV programme of 2018, broadcasting regulator Ofcom has confirmed. The show received 27,602 complaints in total, the vast majority of which related to an incident involving Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas. Pallett claimed Thomas had punched her, but viewers who’d seen the footage said he was only play fighting. The Emmerdale actress later apologised, acknowledging she “got it wrong”. This was the last…

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Xiaomi told to be clearer after £1 phone complaints

Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption The Mi 8 Lite was one of the models involved in the flash sales The UK’s advertising watchdog has told Xiaomi to be clearer about how it promotes future sales, following complaints about a £1 smartphone offer. The regulator said it had received 24 complaints from the public after a promotion organised to mark the company’s debut in the UK in November. Consumers were unhappy that even if they tried to buy a phone as soon as a countdown clock ended, they were told the…

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EU’s Vestager may investigate Apple Pay if there are formal complaints

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators looked into Apple’s mobile payment service and found it was not market dominant but they could review it again if they receive formal complaints, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Monday. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir In an interview with Reuters, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager also signaled that Google and Amazon would remain very much on her radar until the end of her mandate late next…

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