NEWS DIGEST 12.09.2021: UK crop losses could worsen, other stories

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Growers could face “higher crop losses than ever” as the fruit and veg sector battles a deepening labour crisis, key industry figures warn. With the shortage of seasonal labour hitting record figures and permanent staff said to be moving into other industries, the NFU, British Summer Fruits and British Growers Association have called on the government to change its post-Brexit immigration system to allow more workers into the UK. The latest NFU figures from a survey of labour providers and large businesses at the peak of crop harvesting in July showed the shortage of seasonal workers stood at 34.5% – a figure that is only likely to rise when August’s figures are released. Food waste spurred by labour shortages has also been seen in the berry sector. “We’ll have higher crop losses than ever and horticultural performance, in terms of yields and fruit quality, will probably have reduced because we haven’t got the labour to conduct critical husbandry tasks on a timely basis,” said BSF chairman Nick Marston. A Defra spokesman said the government understood “the importance of seasonal labour” to the sector, adding that the government would “continue to work closely with industry to understand labour demand and supply” – ‘Higher than ever’ crop losses expected as fruit & veg labour crisis hits record levels (The Grocer/William Reed)

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Marcus Rashford led the tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo on social media after the Portuguese superstar netted twice on his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw him straight into the mix by naming him in the starting XI as the main striker in front of Bruno Fernandes, and Ronaldo repaid his faith by tapping home against the Magpies in the first half to make it 1-0.There was certainly a feeling of inevitability about the goal, and his new team-mate Marcus Rashford was the first to offer his congratulations as he tweeted: ‘It’s like he never left,’ accompanied by a clapping emoji. Ronaldo also had sportsmen outside of football delighted as former sprinting champion Usain Bolt simply wrote: ‘Yessss.’ Fans were also struggling to contain their excitement after watching the legendary former Juventus and Real Madrid star find the back of the net. One wrote: ‘That’s the most Ronaldo goal… his anticipation is just mad,’ while another said: ‘It had to be him!’. Ronaldo wasn’t satisfied with just the one strike – as he quickly added a second after Javier Manquillo had equalised for the away side – ‘It’s like he never left’: Marcus Rashford leads the tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring TWICE on his second debut at Manchester United against Newcastle as delighted supporters admit: ‘It had to be him’ (Mail Online Football)

France has granted citizenship to more than 12,000 frontline workers whose jobs put them at risk during the Covid pandemic under a special fast-track scheme. “Frontline workers responded to the call of the nation, so it is right that the nation takes a step towards them,” said the citizenship minister, Marlène Schiappa. Among them were health professionals, security and cleaning staff, those who looked after essential workers’ children, home help workers and refuse collectors, the minister announced. In April 2020, French hospital staff and nursing home workers were awarded tax-free bonuses of between €1,000 and €1,500 as part of the government thank you for their work during the Covid-19 crisis. In August 2020, France’s 320,000 home-care workers were given Covid-19 bonuses of up to €1,000 – France grants citizenship to 12,000 Covid frontline workers (The Guardian UK edition – News – World – Europe)

A stray kitten who was found in a parking lot, insisted on staying with the family that took him in. Last month, Sam Christie, a foster volunteer based in Sacramento, California, came across a Facebook post about a kitten found in a parking lot. The vehicle where the kitten was hiding under, started to pull out, but fortunately, the woman was able to scoop up the little one in the nick of time. Sam responded to the post and offered to foster the kitten and help him find a home. Oakley, the family dog who adores cats and kittens, joined Sam on her rescue mission. “After we got the kitten in the car, Oakley and I walked around the parking lot but saw no signs of the kitten’s mom or siblings.” Follow Wilder the kitten and his adventures on Instagram – Stray Kitten Found in Parking Lot Insists on Being with Family that Took Him in (LoveMeow)

There is a place in Tokyo where there is always something blooming: Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden. Each area of flowering plants across the garden is labelled with a number, said to correspond to a signboard somewhere in the garden that identifies what the flowers are. The garden has several little Japanese-style gazebos, inviting visitors to sit in the shade and enjoy the garden. Another interesting feature of the garden is the stone monuments dotted around the garden containing poems or otherwise commemorating famous Japanese “men of letters”. What garden is Japan is complete without a pond? Hyakkaen has a long pond, crossed by three sweet little bridges – MUKOJIMA HYAKKAEN GARDEN, A PLACE TO FIND EVERY BLOOMIN’ THING (Jigsaw Japan/WordPress)

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