Day: April 9, 2020

Farms ready to call up new land army

Britons have responded to calls for a new land army to help pick fruit and vegetables as harvest season nears. 

Farmers in the UK, along with those on the continent, have been left scrambling to find enough workers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Crops typically harvested by workers from eastern Europe will now have to be picked by British workers, who usually account for less than 1pc of the workforce, or left to rot.

But after reports of a 70,000 shortfall, many have flocked to websites to search for jobs. Applications are up 83pc in the past month,

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Chinese AR smart glasses startup plans funding round

BEIJING — MAD Gaze, a Chinese company that develops augmented reality smart glasses, is preparing for a new funding round after launching a motion control watch and wide-angle lenses that can be used at a distance.  

Tech majors such as Microsoft and Google have long launched AR glasses but the technology has yet to be used widely in part due to high prices. Estimates by industry officials showed that the majority of consumer AR glass makers sell an average of only around 2,000 units per annum.

But with the advent of fifth-generation technology, industry watchers are hoping that smart wearable

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France’s Total invests $500m in India renewables with Adani Group

TOKYO — French energy supermajor Total has invested more than 37 billion rupees ($487 million) to form a renewable power joint venture with India’s Adani Group.

The deal, finalized Tuesday, splits the ownership 50-50 between Total and the Indian conglomerate’s Adani Green Energy unit.

The French company is pursuing clean energy amid the global push toward lower carbon dioxide emissions. Despite India’s current nationwide lockdown, Total sees demand for renewables growing in the long run as the government tackles air pollution.

The joint venture takes over Adani’s solar projects, which span 11 Indian states and field a total power generating

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Can I get help paying back my overdraft, credit card or loan during the coronavirus epidemic?

The coronavirus crisis has plunged millions of people into desperate financial straits via unemployment or pay cuts. Recognising this, the City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority, has said banks must bring in a series of measures to help those struggling to pay their bills.

Here’s the help available and the loopholes to be aware of. 

Overdrafts

Anyone who has been affected by coronavirus and already has an arranged overdraft can ask their bank to lend them up to £500 interest-free for three months.  The overdraft should be for their main personal current account. 

Credit cards and personal loans

People with

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