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An endless sight of empty shelves to be stark reality for UK consumers

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Brexit, COVID-19 and labour shortfall are among many factors contributing to food shortages across the European nation.

A shortage of delivery drivers also contributing to scarce food supplies

Food and drink shortages in the United Kingdom (UK) caused by Brexit and the pandemic could become permanent as the British government moves to further delay the introduction of import checks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was planning to introduce checks on European imports following the conclusion of the Brexit transition.

But Brexit Minister David Frost says checks on imported consumable products will be halted by another six months, and will now commence in July 2022.

There was also a requirement to notify border officials of any incoming food products arriving in the UK from Europe, which will also be delayed until January.

The new measures were initially postponed last year as the Covid pandemic took hold of the world, in a bid to avoid British citizens from going without food and other vital supplies.

A bid to fill empty shelves

This latest delay comes as shelves throughout the UK remain empty with supermarkets struggling to keep their shelves fully stocked.

A lack in delivery drivers is also a key contributor, with demand for products outweighing the number of lorry drivers available.

Henry Bloxham of Moors Covert Farm told the BBC that he was asked to dump his milk as it couldn’t be collected due to a shortage of drivers.

“Our costs are rising all the time and I’m just envisioning this winter is going to be very expensive,” Bloxham says.

“Unless we get more price increases going forward into the winter, there will not be milk on the shelves.”

The UK needs an extra 100,000 truck drivers to accomodate for the shortage of food transportation, according to the Road Haulage Association.

In addition, the industry is calling for the government to respond to labour shortages in order to boost their recovery.

“Labour shortages are biting right across the economy,” said CIB director-general Tony Danker.

“These shortages are already affecting business operations and will have a negative impact on the UK’s economic recovery.” 

Europe is the most important source of food for Britons, accounting for 30 percent of the country’s total supply.

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North Korea’s five biggest missiles

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North Korea has flown a missile over Japan for the first time in five years

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris did not mince her words when she paid a visit to the demilitarised zone last week.

“In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability,” she said.

North Korea’s latest missile launch is the latest in a string of tests following Harris’ visit.

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida following Tuesday’s long-range missile. The pair condemned the test in the “strongest terms,” as they described it as a danger to the Japanese people.

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff from the University of Melbourne believes the threat of nuclear war has increased.

“This is clearly the time of greatest danger of nuclear war since the at least the Cuban missile crisis.”

North Korea has carried out over 30 missile tests this year, as authorities brace themselves for bigger weapon, which could reach the U.S. east coast.

in response to Tuesday’s test, South Korea and the U.S. fired a string of missiles into the East Sea.

5. The Musudan

The Musudan, or the Hwasong-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 4,000km.

The missile was first tested in October 2016 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

4. The KN-08

The KN-08 is a long-range ballistic missile, which boasts an estimated range of more than 6,000km.

While North Korea had two unsuccessful tests of this weapon in 2016, it was successfully tested in 2017.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un inspects his weaponry.

3. The Pukguksong-2

The Pukguksong-2 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 2,000km.

This is a land-based variant of the Pukguksong-1 weapon, which is submarine-launched.

The missile was first tested in February of 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

2. The Hwasong-14

The Hwasong-14 is North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. It is also one of their most powerful missiles, with an estimated range of more than 8,000km.

The missile was first tested in July 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching New York.

1. The Hwasong-12

The latest missile test over Japanese territory is understood to be an intermediate-range Hwasong-12.

This ballistic missile has an estimated range of more than 4,500km, and is believed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific.

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.

North Korea’s missile tests have risen under the rule of its current leader, Kim Jong-Un. In fact, there have been more test launches this year, than in the previous decade alone.

“If anybody thought that the risk of nuclear war went away with the end of the Cold War, then these current concerns should put an end to any such complacency.”

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, the University of Melbourne

There are also a range of other weapons in the North Korean inventory, including a nuclear bomb, which is believed to be six times bigger than what the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Damming report reveals China ran smear campaigns against Australia and the U.S.

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A new report has taken aim at China’s response to a series of riots in the Solomon Islands last year

The new damming report has found China ran a smear campaign against western nations in the Solomon Islands.

After riots back in November 2021, the Chinese Communist Party published a number of false stories, blaming the unrest on Australia and the U.S.

The report says Chinese diplomats intensified their criticisms of western leaders, while state media tried to paint Australia and the U.S. as bullies.

It analysed Chinese state information campaigns in the Solomon Islands over a period spanning 18 weeks.

But the campaign had limited success.

Of the 67 articles published by China, only 11 were shared on public Facebook pages, and this is where the vast majority of Solomon Islanders access their news content.

However, the researchers warn this isn’t an excuse for Australian and American officials to relax.

Urging the two western nations to increase their engagement with media in the Pacific on-cam  to further counter China’s influence in the region before it’s too late.

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