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Dean Richards: Newcastle boss ‘expected common sense to prevail’ in rejected player request

Blair Kinghorn’s try ensured a bonus-point win for Edinburgh on Friday Newcastle boss Dean Richards accused European Cup organisers of disregarding player welfare in Friday’s 31-13 Champions Cup defeat at Edinburgh. Following a front-row injury crisis, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) rejected the Falcons’ request to register an extra tighthead prop. It meant Newcastle fielded loosehead Sam Lockwood on the wrong side of the scrum with no cover at tighthead. “You would expect common sense to prevail,” Richards said. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, he added: “That’s life, isn’t…

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News Daily: Brexit compromise ‘rejected’ and O2 ‘restored’

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Tinkering? Fiddling? After three days chained to Westminster debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal, ministers are being dispatched to different corners of the country on Friday to sell it to the public. Critics back in the Commons, though, still aren’t buying it, and an attempt to find a compromise seems to have been rejected. On Thursday night, an amendment – understood to have No 10’s backing – was laid down in the Commons offering MPs more say over when…

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‘Rejected by my family, raped – but proud to be gay’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Many LGBT Asians face abuse from their own families Seyeda has been rejected by her family, abused and raped because she is gay – but is determined to be out and proud. The 42-year-old from Pakistan believes she would have been killed if she had not moved to the UK. “I can’t even imagine (what would have happened). I don’t think I would be alive there. “But there is no looking back. If people are harassing me, I need to make myself more…

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Woman’s faulty bed sex fall claim rejected at High Court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Claire Busby said her super king-size double divan was in a “defective state” (stock image) A woman left paralysed after being “catapulted” from her new bed during sex has lost a seven-figure damages claim. Claire Busby, 46, suffered spinal injuries when she landed on her head after shifting position and falling from the super king-size double divan. She said a “defective” product supplied by Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz, was to blame. But a High Court judge ruled the case was…

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Oxford University denies it rejected Stormzy scholarship

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stormzy says his funding scheme for black students was turned down by Oxford University The University of Oxford has denied claims it rejected an offer by Stormzy to fund two black students through a scholarship scheme. It told Radio 1 Newsbeat it “admires” his commitment but it had not “received or turned down any offer or proposal”. It comes after Stormzy claimed the university rejected his scholarship idea – which has since been taken up by the University of Cambridge. Newsbeat has contacted the…

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MLB notebook: Harper rejected Nationals’ offer

On the last day of the 2018 season, star outfielder Bryce Harper turned down a long-term “aggressive offer” by the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post. Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) prepares to bat against the Miami Marlins in the first inning in what may be his last game in Washington as a National at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn’t include any opt-outs and was less than the $400…

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Labour conference: ‘Nationalise the internet’ call rejected

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Eagle: “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t get to choose’ Labour MP Angela Eagle said there were “many ways of skinning a cat” after a Labour member called for the internet to be “nationalised”. Jonathan Cooper said the tech giants had to be stopped from creating “echo chambers of hate”. Ms Eagle agreed that they should be made to work for the “common good rather than private profit”. But she argued that international action was needed to “tame” the social media, data and tech “wild west”. Fake…

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Unilever relocation plan rejected by major shareholder

Image copyright Reuters One of the top shareholders in Unilever has said it will vote against the firm’s plan to move its headquarters to the Netherlands, amid growing investor concern about the plan. Aviva Investors told the BBC the move could force UK shareholders to sell their stock and offered “no upside”. Unilever, which makes Marmite and Dove soap, is relocating to simplify its corporate structure. It needs 75% of shareholder votes to get the plan through. Marmite maker Unilever goes Dutch for HQ Why is Unilever scrapping its London…

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Calls for abortion clinic buffer zones rejected

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAre women seeking abortions being harassed? Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by the home secretary. Sajid Javid said such protest-free areas around UK clinics “would not be a proportionate response”. He said a Home Office review found cases of harassment and damaging behaviour but they were “not the norm”. Labour called it a “disgusting failure to uphold women’s rights” and called for Mr Javid to urgently reconsider. The home…

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Burt Reynolds turned down James Bond – and 10 other stars who rejected great roles

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Reynolds’ role in 1972’s Deliverance made him a star Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday, had a long list of impressive films to his name, including Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights. But he could have had even more. During his 60-year career, he claimed to have turned down several huge roles, including James Bond and Han Solo. Reynolds was eyed up as the replacement for Sean Connery’s Bond, but told USA Today in 2015 that he turned down the…

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