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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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Oscars 2019: Five female-directed films that were missed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Left-right: Directors Lynne Ramsay, Chloe Zhao and Marielle Heller The Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, and there was a strong showing for films with women in lead roles. Both of this year’s most-nominated films – Roma and The Favourite – have female leads. But it was a different story in the best director category, where all the nominees were men. “It was an anticipated takeaway from this year’s Oscar nominations announcement, but that doesn’t make it any less unfortunate,” wrote Kristopher Tapley in…

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Australian police Google Maps blunder ‘missed location of body’

Image copyright Getty Images A missing man in Australia may have been found dead 18 months earlier had search teams not relied on wrong Google Maps information, a coroner has noted. Darrell Simon, 46, was last seen in November 2014 at his partner’s house about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane. Search crews scoured Mr Simon’s nearby rural property at the time, but his remains were not found there until May 2016. His death was ruled a suicide. A printed map used by police had shown incorrect boundaries on the…

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Missed GP appointments ‘cost NHS England £216m’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients who miss GP appointments are costing NHS England £216m a year, officials have said. Data shows more than 15 million consultations are being wasted because patients fail to show up. NHS England said cancelling appointments would free doctors, nurses and other professionals to see people who need care and attention. The British Medical Association urged patients to “play their part” to help the NHS cope with rising demand. NHS Digital GP appointments data shows more than 1.2 million GP hours are being wasted each year.…

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Russian doping: Wada chief ‘bitterly disappointed’ as deadline missed

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie had said he was “confident” of Russia complying with the deadline The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is “bitterly disappointed” after it was confirmed Russia’s anti-doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory. Russia was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada’s inspection team were denied full access to samples. The country could now be at risk of another ban from international events after a state-sponsored doping scandal. Wada says it will refer the issue to its…

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Elon Musk says Tesla to pay customers for missed tax credits

Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling event by “The Boring Company” for the test tunnel of a proposed underground transportation network across Los Angeles County, in Hawthorne, California, U.S. December 18, 2018. Robyn Beck/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) chief executive Elon Musk said the electric car company will reimburse customers if delays to car deliveries cause them to miss out on a significant tax credit. Under a major tax overhaul passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress late last year, incentives in the way of…

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‘Asleep’ pilot missed destination in Australia, officials say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane took off from Devonport, in Tasmania’s north A small plane overshot its destination in Australia by almost 50km (30 miles) after its pilot fell asleep in the cockpit, air safety officials say. The pilot was the only person on board the freight flight from Devonport to King Island in Tasmania on 8 November. The incident, classified as a case of “incapacitation”, is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Officials have not said how the pilot awoke before landing the…

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Premature Ovarian Failure: ‘I missed a period and hoped I was pregnant’

Image copyright Nicole Evans Image caption Nicole, now in her mid-40s, reflects on experiencing early menopause Nicole Evans was diagnosed with premature menopause at the age of 30. She writes for BBC 100 Women about the shock of infertility and how she has come to terms with the diagnosis. My periods had been getting lighter for a couple of years, but when I mentioned it to health workers here in my native New Zealand they brushed it off as a natural effect of the pill. When one month I missed…

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Astros lament missed opportunity, vow reset for 2019

Heading home for the winter, the Houston Astros are already plotting a triumphant return in 2019. Oct 17, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Houston’s bid to become the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the 2000 New York Yankees was shredded in the American League…

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Ryder Cup 2018: Thomas Bjorn says he felt sick telling players they had missed out

The three-day event starts on 28 September at Le Golf National in Paris Europe captain Thomas Bjorn says he “felt sick” when telling Rafa Cabrera-Bello he would be left out of the Ryder Cup squad. Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson were the four players given Ryder Cup wildcards by Bjorn on Wednesday. “It’s the tough part of being captain,” said the Dane, 47. “I called the four that made it and I called six players to let them know it wasn’t going to be this time.”…

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