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George Floyd death: TV and radio stations mark ‘Blackout Tuesday’

George Floyd death: TV and radio stations mark ‘Blackout Tuesday’

Entertainment
Radio stations and TV channels have changed their programmes to mark "Blackout Tuesday", reflecting on George Floyd's death in police custody.BBC Radio 1Xtra is hosting a series of discussions and debates in support of the black community, with song choices that reflect black pride and identity.Many record labels and music stars have gone quiet to observe the initiative.MTV will go silent for eight minutes - the length of time a white police officer knelt on Mr Floyd's neck.The gesture will be replicated on other channels including VH1 and Comedy Central, while 4 Music will pause its output once an hour throughout the day.There will also be moments of reflection on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, while commercial radio stations includin...
Asda: Supermarket to trial refill stations

Asda: Supermarket to trial refill stations

Business
Asda is launching a "sustainability store" where shoppers can fill their own containers with food.Customers at a Leeds branch will be able to use refill stations for own brand rice and pasta, as well as Kellogg's cereals and PG Tips.Asda is the latest major grocer to launch an initiative to cut down on plastic packaging. UK supermarkets are responsible for 59 million pieces of plastic a year, according to Greenpeace. Asda uses around 65,000 tonnes of plastic a year. Plastic packaging: How are supermarkets doing? Plastic waste rises as 1.5bn 'bags for life' sold The "sustainability store" will open in May at the Asda Middleton site in Leeds."We will be testing and learning from the customers in Middleton to understand how we can reduce our environmental i...
Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

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

Technology
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 ...