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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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From client to competitor: China’s rise prompts German rethink

BERLIN (Reuters) – As a golden era for its exporters fades, Germany is scrambling to secure its interests in Beijing, but China’s transformation from customer to competitor is forcing Europe’s largest economy to make changes at home. FILE PHOTO: A robot arm of German industrial robot maker Kuka is pictured at the company’s stand during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo China has been crucial to Germany’s recent expansion, sucking in German cars and industrial goods to create the infrastructure that has allowed it…

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Singer Bessie Turner’s crying selfie prompts talk plea

Image caption Bessie Turner said the pressure to “keep up with the pace of life” was overwhelming for people A musician praised for posting a selfie of her crying says it is important people feel comfortable speaking about their mental health. Bessie Turner, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Ipswich, posted the photo on Instagram along with a message urging people to seek help if needed. One comment said she was providing “comfort to all who struggle”. Turner said she was not seeking sympathy but wanted to let people know they were…

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Second child death prompts inquiry into Trafford care home

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Jordan-Lee Fitton was 17 when he died at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in August 2017 A coroner is investigating the death of a teenager in a care home in Greater Manchester, a year after a four-year-old girl died at the same facility. In April, another coroner published a formal report into EAM House in Partington saying that “action should be taken to prevent future deaths”. Nurses and carers “lacked the ability to act”, it said. Health inspectors also found the home to be…

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Interserve rescue plan prompts share collapse

Image copyright Creative Commons Image caption Interserve holds the contract for cleaning Network Rail stations Shares in Interserve – one of the UK’s largest providers of public services – have collapsed after it revealed it is seeking a rescue deal. The firm, which works in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the roads, has £500m of debts and says its rescue plan will involve issuing new shares. In early trade, its shares fell to 6.5p, down 70% from Friday’s level. The shares were worth 100p a year ago. On Sunday, the…

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Normanton fire prompts evacuation of 100 homes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNormanton fire prompts evacuation of 100 homes About 100 homes have been evacuated after a large fire took hold at a commercial garage in Derby. Residents are spending the night at a refuge centre set up as crews tackled the blaze in Twyford Street, Normanton. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service said the evacuation was prompted by “the presence of commercial cylinders”. Police closed nearby roads when the fire broke out at about 19:00 GMT. No injuries have been reported but emergency crews…

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Wedge-tailed eagle ‘mass poisoning’ prompts Australia arrest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey A man has been charged following the deaths of at least 137 wedge-tailed eagles in Victoria, Australia. Authorities found the animals – Australia’s largest bird of prey and a protected species – in April, prompting raids on several properties. The man is alleged to have used poisoned baits to kill eagles since October 2016. State officials described it as the largest case of suspected wedge-tailed eagle killings they had ever seen. Authorities have previously said…

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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Image copyright NHSBT Image caption Laura Beattie, who has cystic fibrosis, is waiting for a lung transplant The number of people waiting for a lung transplant has gone up by 46% over the past five years, according to official figures. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the challenge of matching lungs of the right size and a rising number of ageing donors are possible factors. It called on people to talk about organ donation, because lung transplants are the only hope for those on the list. The overall waiting list…

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Murder of Didi passenger prompts China clampdown, outrage

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China pledged on Monday to tighten oversight of its transport industry and warned that the country did not need ride-hailing firms which compromised on passenger safety, days after a Didi Chuxing passenger was raped and murdered by her driver. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing is seen at their new drivers center in Toluca, Mexico, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo The killing of a 20-year-old passenger who rode in the Didi vehicle on Friday in the eastern city of Wenzhou is the…

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