The News Matrix: Monday 21 October 2013


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Tesco rethinks over wasted produce

Tesco is to rethink its sales tactics after finding that a quarter of all grapes, one in five bananas and four out of 10 apples were wasted. A study by the retail giant also found that 68 per cent of produce grown for bagged salad was thrown out, 35 per cent of it in the home.

Reports about child welfare soar by 15%

The NSPCC has reported a 15 per cent rise in the calls it receives from the public this year expressing concern about children’s welfare. The charity wants the public and professionals to act on their  instincts if they suspect that something is wrong.

Children accept cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying has become so commonplace that more than half of children in Britain accept it as part of everyday life, a study suggests. The Anti-Bullying Alliance found 55 per cent of children were resigned to the fact that cyber-bullying was normal practice. MORE

Greenpeace steps up pressure on Russia

Greenpeace plans to step up its campaign against Russia’s quest for Arctic oil as the country’s authorities refuse to bail the 30 activists and journalists they charged with piracy. Future campaigns are likely to focus on huge oil spills rather than action against rigs. MORE

Frank Sidebottom statue unveiled

A life-size statue of comedy character Frank Sidebottom has been unveiled in Timperley, Manchester. Hundreds of people paid tribute to the papier mâché star – the alter ego of comic Chris Sievey, who died of cancer in 2010.

Prince Charles’s deals remain secret

The Treasury has refused to provide details of property deals worth more than £100m which it has approved on behalf of Prince Charles and his Duchy of Cornwall estate. George Osborne’s department rejected a Freedom of Information request from i seeking disclosure of deals following the revelation that the estate spent £38.4m to add a supermarket warehouse to its property portfolio.  MORE

Storm over deported Roma girl continues

President François Hollande has done little to calm a growing political storm over a Roma girl who was deported from the country, after saying that she could return – but not her family. The compromise over Leonarda Dibrani, 15, appeared to appease neither the right nor the left – nor the girl herself. MORE

Tito’s widow dies  of heart failure

Jovanka Broz, the widow of the former Yugoslav dictator, Josip Broz Tito, died of heart failure yesterday in the capital, Belgrade. Tito, whose partisan guerrillas fought against Nazi occupiers during the Second World War, took power at the end of the war and ruled the federation of Yugoslavia until his death in 1980.

Hadrian’s Wall gets £500,000 facelift

A section of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is being restored at a cost of more than £500,000. Parts of the section of the world heritage site are on the “at-risk” register and it is hoped that the work will ultimately safeguard the Roman landmark.

Walking Dead event expects thousands

A convention dedicated to the zombie drama The Walking Dead, starring British actor Andrew Lincoln, is expected to draw thousands of fans to Atlanta, Georgia, next month. The show’s fourth series opened to 16 million viewers in the US this month.

Birthplace of Mata Hari destroyed

The birthplace of the exotic dancer and First World War spy Mata Hari has been destroyed by fire. Hari was born Margaretha Zelle in 1876 at the house in Leeuwarden.

Found: Neanderthal man’s last resort

Jersey was possibly one of the last places Neanderthal man lived, say scientists who have been studying teeth that were discovered at La Cotte de St Brelade in 1910.