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Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

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Billy Vunipola has been given a "formal warning" by the Rugby Football Union after the England player defended Israel Folau's social media post claiming "hell awaits" gay people.The 26-year-old number eight liked the post by Folau and called for people to "live their lives how God intended".Vunipola, who has also been warned by his club Saracens, has been "reminded of his responsibilities" by the RFU. During a meeting, the RFU said Vunipola had "expressed genuine regret"."The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings," the RFU said in a statement."During the meeting the player expressed genui...
Climate change: Warning from ‘Antarctica’s last forests’

Climate change: Warning from ‘Antarctica’s last forests’

Science
Scramble across exposed rocks in the middle of Antarctica and it's possible to find the mummified twigs of shrubs that grew on the continent some three to five million years ago.This plant material isn't much to look at, but scientists say it should serve as a warning to the world about where climate change could take us if carbon emissions go unchecked.The time period is an epoch geologists call the Pliocene, 2.6-5.3 million years ago. It was marked by temperatures that were significantly warmer than today, perhaps by 2-3 degrees globally. These were conditions that permitted plant growth even in the middle of the White Continent. Higher, too, were sea-levels. It's uncertain by how much, but possibly in the region of 10-20m abov...
CBI chief’s warning to politicians amid Brexit stalemate

CBI chief’s warning to politicians amid Brexit stalemate

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter Theresa May's plans for a further Brexit delay to allow for talks on a unity deal has prompted a terse response from a leading business group.The Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) director general Carolyn Fairbairn issued a short reaction on Twitter signalling her exasperation and scepticism after the prime minister outlined her change of strategy in a Downing Street statement after a day of cabinet meetings. Mrs May's new plan first involves attempts to break the parliamentary stalemate through talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.:: LIVE: Corbyn 'very happy' to meet May for Brexit talksShe hopes to secure enough votes from MPs on a way forward - with Labour backing - to convince EU leaders next week of the m...
Car theft rise prompts keyless warning

Car theft rise prompts keyless warning

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device A new insurance claim is made every six minutes following car theft in the UK, prompting insurers to echo concerns over some keyless vehicles.The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said £376m was paid out by its members last year following vehicles being stolen, a 29% rise on 2017.While it has no data on what proportion of these were keyless vehicles it said thefts of these cars had risen.Researchers have said some new car models are vulnerable.In its theft-risk report, published earlier this month, Thatcham Research gave several cars a poor security rating, including the Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Nexo, Kia ProCeed, Lexus UX and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.However, car industry trade body the SMMT...
John Barnes sends England warning: ‘It’s harder to win European Championship than the World Cup’

John Barnes sends England warning: ‘It’s harder to win European Championship than the World Cup’

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John Barnes has warned England they will face an even tougher task to end over 50 years of hurt at Euro 2020 than they faced at the World Cup in Russia.Expectation is high after the Three Lions’ run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer, which saw supporters fall in love with their national team again after decades of disappointment. And, with Wembley Stadium confirmed to host both semi-final games AND the final, many are tipping Gareth Southgate’s men as one of the favourites for the title. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in England’s opening qualifier England kicked off their qualification campaign in fine style with a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic last week, and another victory is expected when they travel to take on Montenegro on Mo...