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Food tsar Dimbleby tells companies produce an annual report on food waste to enable scrutiny and 'maintain public pressure on companies to do the right thing'

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Henry Dimbleby's Government-commissioned National Food Strategy has recommended that all food businesses with more than 250 employees be legally required to publish food waste figures Boris Johnson's food tsar has called on companies to declare the amount of waste they produce – in a victory for The Mail on Sunday's War on Food Waste campaign. Henry Dimbleby's Government-commissioned National Food Strategy has recommended that all food businesses with more than 250 employees be legally required to publish food waste figures – a key demand of our campaign. The founder of the Leon restaurant chain said that businesses should produce an annual report on food waste to enable scrutiny and 'maintain public pressure on companies to do the right thing'. Mr Dimbleby, whose report will influence a White Paper being developed by the Government, said: 'Slashing the food waste this country produces at all levels is vital, so I am delighted to support The Mail on Sunday&#

Plants have become used to the extra warmth of people moving around their homes, horticulturists say

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As millions of people prepare to return to offices for the first time in months tomorrow, experts have warned of a new wave of loneliness… among houseplants. Horticulturists say plants have become accustomed to the extra warmth of people moving around their homes and the additional carbon dioxide produced by their breathing. Gardening expert Angela Slater says: 'Studies have shown that plants can sense water, light and gravity.  'They can even defend themselves and send signals to other plants to warn that danger is near.  'They're much more aware than people think so it's very likely they'll be able to sense when owners are not at home.  As millions of people prepare to return to offices for the first time in months tomorrow, experts have warned of a new wave of loneliness… among houseplants 'Plants will not fare well in the silence when owners are back at work.' Ms Slater, an adviser at Hayes Garden World in the Lake District, suggests leaving a talk r

Children will only be vaccinated if they are vulnerable as watchdog advises Government that more evidence is needed to jab under-18s

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British children will not be offered a Covid jab as part of a mass roll-out and only those who are listed as clinically vulnerable can expect to receive a jab, it has been revealed. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is reported to have advised ministers against providing a mass vaccine programme for children that had previously been mooted, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Experts are suggesting more data is needed on the impact of using vaccines on children before progressing with any firm recommendation.  Instead, JCVI guidance will suggest those aged between 12 and 15 with serious health conditions and those who are just three months away from celebrating their 18th birthdays can be offered a Covid-19 shot. The UK regulator Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency had previously approved the Pfizer jab for use in 12 to 15-year-olds.   British children will not be offered a Covid jab as part of a mass roll-out and only those who are listed as clinically vuln

Dad who watched his wife and two family members die in Dreamworld tragedy is missing feared drowned five years after theme park horror that shocked Australia

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A father who lost his wife and two family members during the 2016 Dreamworld disaster has disappeared and is feared to have drowned. Police searched for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30km west of Canberra, on Thursday. SES volunteers combed through bushland while police divers joined the search over fears he may have deliberately dived intto a river to take his own life. A friend claimed Mr Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years on from the disaster at the Gold Coast theme park in 2016.   Police have continued their search for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30 kilometres west of Canberra, on Thursday (pictured, David Turner with his partner Kate and their daughter Ebony) A friend claimed Mr Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years on from the Dreamworld disaster, on the Gold Coast, in 2016 His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett, and

Drone disguised as a manta ray will be deployed by Royal Marines to spy on warships and submarines with sleek design to avoid enemy radar and silent fish-like propulsion

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A near undetectable drone disguised as a manta ray will soon be deployed by the Royal Marines for surveillance of warships and submarines. The 'Raydrive', a 1m by 1.25m underwater drone equipped with wings and 3D printed fins, will be used by British troops for military intelligence in the future.  £100,000 has been provided by the British government for the device's development, as it was revealed the innovative surveillance gadget will be operable from the seabed or on the shore. Benefitting from its silent fish-like propulsion, the drone will be near undetectable while snooping for information from vessels in the water. The team behind the innovative new drone are Oxford-based Animal Dynamics - who specialise in the development of civilian and military drones that mimic wildlife. A small version of the 'Raydrive' was proudly on display outside of the Ministry of Defence's new £5.7million Dorset base.   The 'Raydrive' is equipped with wings and 3D prin

M&S boss warns store hours may have to be cut with up to one in five supermarket staff forced into Covid isolation in Freedom Day 'pingdemic' chaos

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The boss of Marks and Spencer has warned that store hours may have to be cut amid Covid 'pingdemic' chaos in the wake of 'Freedom Day' next week. Steve Rowe said the number of test and trace app 'pings' is growing exponentially - at about three times the rate of Coivd cases - and that by mid-August as many as one in five supermarket workers could be in home isolation. 'If there's shortages we'll have to manage it by changing hours of stores reducing hours,' he said. His warning comes amid fears of food shortages when supply chain workers such as lorry drivers inevitably caught in the track and trace net, meaning supplies rot before they can be sold. Tesco told ministers last month that 48 tons of food was being binned every week due to a driver shortage, a situation that is bound to be made worse when almost all Covid restrictions are lifted on Monday. The NHS test and trace app has been in use since last year, sending alerts to 'close conta

Widow of Haiti's assassinated president Jovenel Moise arrives home in bullet proof vest and her arm in a sling after she was shot during raid and airlifted to hospital in Miami

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The widow of Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise returned home Saturday after being treated in Florida for wounds she suffered in the attack, an official said. Martine Moise, 47, with her right arm in a sling and wearing a bullet proof vest, was received at Port-au-Prince airport by interim prime minister Claude Joseph, secretary of state for communications Frantz Exantus wrote on Twitter. Under gray skies and buffeted by strong winds, the first lady gingerly descended the steps of the plane, before firmly shaking hands with those assembled to welcome her, as seen on a video posted on social media. 'The first lady... has just arrived in Haiti to take part in preparations for the state funeral' of her late husband, Exantus wrote, posting pictures of Martine Moise disembarking from a private plane accompanied by multiple security agents. She had spent 10 days in hospital in Miami, Florida, where she had been air lifted after her husband was gunned down in their home in the

Why OAPs love Gran Theft Auto... Pensioners are spending more than eight hours playing video games every week

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Forget bingo and gardening – pensioners are spending more than eight hours playing video games every week. Candy Crush was the top game among 2,000 old folk in a study, followed by Tetris. FIFA came in the third spot, and shoot-'em-up Call Of Duty was fourth. Other top choices were Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite. Candy Crush was the top game among 2,000 old folk in a study, followed by Tetris. FIFA came in the third spot, and shoot-'em-up Call Of Duty was fourth. Other top choices were Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite David Collins, 68, of Harrow, North London, said that gaming had helped keep him in touch with his two grandchildren. He said: 'I've been playing FIFA and Fortnite online with my two grandkids. It's great fun. 'The wife thinks it's a bit odd, but even she has started playing when the grandkids are on.'

Horrifying moment man is tasered by police as he lashes out during arrest after officers were called to a stabbing in Kent

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A man was caught on camera being tasered by police after officers responded to a stabbing.  The video clip, shot by a passer-by in Dartford, Kent, appears to show a man lashing out while being detained by approximately eight police officers. Emergency services had been responding to a reported stabbing in the residential area of Lowfield Street at 6pm on Sunday, July 17. Amid screams, shouts and a brief melee, the man can be seen being Tasered by an officer as his body stiffens and he collapses against a wall in Lowfield Street, Kent The video clip, shot by a passer-by in Dartford, Kent, appears to show a man lashing out while being detained by approximately eight police officers In the minute-long footage, a man wearing a white t-shirt can be seen being held by a group of officers. He appears to have blood on his shirt and arms.  Another man approaches the group and begins arguing with a PC, pushing them repeatedly. As officers try to restrain him, the chaotic situation escalates fu

Could one simple act save a life? Here's how to sign up to the organ and tissue donor register in just one minute... and you CAN sign up if you're English

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Are you a registered organ and tissue donor?  If not, did you know that more than 1800 Australians are currently on an organ waiting list and for them finding a donor match is a race against time and a matter of life and death? Registering takes just one minute and given there are around 13 million Australians over the age of 16 who are eligible to register as an organ and tissue donor but who haven't yet, now is the time to do so.  If you're among the nearly one million people born in England living in Australia you can become an organ donor If you're among the nearly one million people born in England living in Australia you may be mistaken in thinking you can't become an organ donor, you're wrong, you absolutely can register if you're over the age of 16 and have a Medicare card.  There's never been a better time to sign up and with DonateLife Week running from Sunday 25th July until Sunday 1 August, you can get involved in The Great Registration Race -

Dr. Fauci says U.S. 'probably would still have polio and smallpox' if America had the kind of 'false information' that's being spread on COVID vaccines

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The top U.S. scientist on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci blasted commentators who sound an anti-vaccination theme on Saturday, saying America might still be battling smallpox and polio if today's kind of misinformation existed back then. The comments from the country's leading infectious disease expert reflected mounting frustration over the sharp slowdown in the Covid-19 vaccination rate in the United States, even as the disease has been surging in states with low rates. It also came days after President Joe Biden expressed his own visible frustration, saying social media that carry widely heard misinformation about vaccines are 'killing people.' Dr. Anthony Fauci said successful campaigns to eradicate smallpox and polio wouldn’t have succeeded if the vaccines were subject to misinformation Top US disease expert Anthony Fauci has said that polio might not have been eliminated if it faced the media resistance that Covid vaccines face Dr. Anthony Fauci to @Acosta

Bootleg wildfire in Oregon is growing by 1,000 acres every HOUR and is creating dangerous 'fire clouds' which generate their own lightning and can dump embers on firefighters battling the nation's biggest blaze

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The massive Bootleg wildfire in southeastern Oregon is spreading at a rate of 1,000 acres every hour with smoke and heat from the massive blaze is  so intense that giant 'fire clouds' are being created overhead. The Bootleg Fire is now the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. at 241,496 acres, or 377 square miles — larger than the area of New York City — with active flames surging along a front 200 miles long. The inferno is just 7% contained. The fire is moving at an astonishing rate, equivalent to an entire football field every 5 seconds covering an area larger than Manhattan's Central Park every 60 minutes.  And smoke and heat from the inferno is creating pyrocumulus clouds - also known as fire clouds - over the blaze.  The dangerous columns of smoke and ash that can reach up to 6 miles in the sky and are visible from more than 100 miles away.  Fire crews have been forced to flee some areas as the clouds hit them with strong downdrafts and flying embers. The fire clouds