On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
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I was a very young dad; Chloe came along when I was 21. She's now 18, and doing her Leaving Cert, which is bonkers. Becoming a father at that age was nuts. My mates were all going on their lads' holidays, and there I was minding a one-year-old child. It was a total shock to the system, and a total 'wow, I'm a dad, and I'm 21'. Growing up, I was always babysitting; minding my cousins, or the next-door neighbours. And I was the middle of six children in our family. I grew up being around kids all the time, so it didn't phase me. When I became a dad it was like 'yeah, I know how to change a nappy, I know how to make a bottle'. So I kind of took it all in my stride and really enjoyed it. Now I have Ollie and Louis, who are six and three. They all get on famously. Chloe is Louis's godmother, which is great. I think if you spoke to my wife Pippa, she'd say she's the strict one, and she puts manners on them, which she does, in fairness. And I'd be the messer, the one they'd go to for a bit of … [Read more...] about ‘Memories are something I’ll always treasure’
Residents in Waverley will be heading to the polls on Thursday, May 2 to elect all 57 councillors in the borough. Waverley Borough Council is currently run by the Conservative party , with 49 councillors in the available 57 seats. The rest of the council is made up of six Farnham Residents and one Liberal Democrat representative. The Labour Party, Green Party and UKIP currently have no councillors so will be looking to get a seat on the council. SurreyLive has contacted every candidate in Waverley with the same brief - they have no more than 100 words to sell themselves. Below you will see the bios for every candidate who responded, listed under the name of the ward they hope to represent. Take a look to see what each candidate had to say. Alfold, Cranleigh Rural & Ellens Green Kevin Neil Deanus, Conservative Party There is only one candidate to be elected in this ward and it is uncontested, so there is no need for a bio. Blackheath & Wonersh Robert Ellis, … [Read more...] about Waverley election candidates explain why you should vote for them
GAME Of Thrones star Kit Harington had to wear high heels on set because he was so 'short'. The 5'8" star is back on the box with the hit HBO series, but has now revealed that he had to opt for "taller" shoes to boost his height. In a new interview for the May issue of Esquire, Kit confessed that while he’s long complained about the incredibly heavy costume he had to wear while playing Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, it was actually the high heels that were the biggest pain for him. The actor, 32, said: “So my costume weighed 33 pounds, and you’d carry all of that on your shoulders all day. “So 33 pounds for 10 hours. And then you’ve got the sword, and that weighs two kilograms, which is another X number of pounds. [It’s four pounds and change.]” Kit continued: “Plus, I was in f***ing high heels, because I’m short and they need me to look taller than other people, so I’m carrying 50 pounds in high … [Read more...] about Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington had to wear high heels on set because he was so ‘short’
The health watchdog - Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has had plenty to keep it busy so far this year, inspecting care homes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The CQC send in inspectors to make sure the accommodation and staff provide residents with a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service. They then give the care homes ratings of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Throughout 2019 we will publish the results of each care home whose inspection result was published, along with what the experts had to say. Here are the ratings and reports for GP surgeries in the region published in January, February and March: Berkeley House - Good Address: Cuerden Developments Limited, Berkeley House, Ellesmere Road, Wigan, WN5 9LA Report published: 1 January Overall rating: Good Safe: Good Effective: Good Caring: Outstanding Responsive: Good Well-led: Good What the inspectors had to say: "People living at the home … [Read more...] about Every care home inspection rating for Greater Manchester published in 2019