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Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceUK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don't know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops.Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers' earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC survey. About 80,000 seasonal workers a year pick and process British fruit and veg. Most of them are from the European Union, mainly Romania and Bulgaria. Are you an EU seasonal worker planning to work in the UK this summer to pick fruit and vegetables? Email us at and include your telephone number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. One in five growers says they already have fewer pickers than t...
Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech.The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads.The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill also contains plans to push driverless car technology.It includes an extension of car insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles.There are several trials of driverless cars ongoing in the UK.Car insurance will be extended to automated vehicles "to ensure that compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily", the bill says.Lawyers have long argued that getting the legal framework right is essential if automated cars are to become popular.Peter Allchorne, a partner at law firm DAC Beachcroft, said ...

Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp

June 21 (UPI) -- In an image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Martian rover Curiosity can been seen as a bright blue speck ascending the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp.The image was taken by the orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on June 5 and shared online this week.Curiosity spent the end of last month and early June exploring active sand dunes among the mountain's lower elevations. In the newly released image, the rover can been seen en route to Vera Rubin Ridge.Once at Vera Rubin Ridge, the rover will investigate rock outcrops where the signature of hematite, a type of iron oxide, has been identified by the infrared spectrometers during previous Martian probe missions.On August 5, Curiosity will celebrate the five-year anniversary of its landin...
Daniel Day-Lewis: The end of acting?

Daniel Day-Lewis: The end of acting?

Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from Hollywood, and we're mourning the last great actor who refused to be a movie star.There will be no more milkshakes, no more glass eyes, no more handlebar moustaches, primal screams, tearful gazes or heartbreaking performances.We say goodbye to one of the greatest actors who ever lived.Day-Lewis is not dead of course, just retired.But that the man is alive matters very little because, unlike most of his contemporaries, Day-Lewis has refused to exist outside his characters.Half-English, half-Irish, the stage and screen legend won three Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and is widely considered the greatest actor alive - and he did it all while keeping his personal life away from the tabloids and his political views out of his speeches.Image:Playing Irish painter C...

Sources say Kawhi Leonard's braids still intact, photo edited

June 21 (UPI) -- Twitter was sent into panic Tuesday night when a photo emerged of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard without his trademark braids. Sources say the photo is a fake.People close to the 2017 NBA MVP candidate told the San Antonio Express-News that Leonard's braids are "still intact."#BraidGate began Tuesday when CBA player Xuewen Zhang posted a photo to Weibo. The photo featured Leonard posing with three other men. The defensive standout was hardly recognizable without his famous flow of cornrows.Fans were quick to take notice, going into a frenzy of displeasure regarding the supposed haircut.Several Twitter users posted memes and photos, shocked to see the development.Leonard played with braids through high school and college, before being drafted and traded by the Indiana...