Brazil fuel protests continue despite price cut

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Long queues have been reported at Brazil’s petrol stations A lorry drivers’ strike that paralysed Brazil for a week appears to be continuing despite the government’s decision to lower diesel prices. Most of the truckers’ unions backed the move to cut the price by 46 Brazilian cents ($0.13; £0.09) per litre. But some unions are still holding out. Drivers have been blocking major roads across the country.

What does it actually take to be a model?

Image copyrightAlexina Graham/Aaron HurleyImage caption Alexina Graham (left), who is signed with Models 1, and model-turned-scout Robyn Bright Defining what makes a good model is more difficult than it sounds. “I don’t like to think that we’re looking for one thing,” says Robyn Bright, a scout for the Models 1 agency, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. “If you find somebody who really just stands out, when you

South African 'world's oldest man' wants to stop smoking

Image caption Fredie Blom says there is no special secret to his longevity Fredie Blom spent most of his life as a labourer – on a farm and in the construction industry – in apartheid South Africa but he might soon be recognised as the world’s oldest man, as the BBC’s Mohammed Allie reports from Cape Town. Although he gave up drinking many years ago, Fredie Blom is still a

Why are so many firms so bad at social media?

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption When angry customers take to Twitter you’re already losing the PR battle These days disgruntled customers can vent their spleen on social media instantly, but many companies are not handling these platforms properly, experts say. So what are the dos and don’ts of social media customer relations? There are days when you get angry about how a company has treated you, there only seems to be

'I want to produce the world's best cannabis'

Image caption Legal cannabis farmer Lars Havens In the blistering heat of the Coachella desert, armed security guards ensure there are no unwanted visitors at a gated industrial complex. The smell is a giveaway before you step inside the nondescript buildings. With dozens of fans whirring, and under bright lights, Lars Havens shows us thousands of cannabis plants being cultivated by his company, Del-Gro. Most of the seven-acre (2.8ha) site

England should drop Stuart Broad for second Test, says former captain Michael Vaughan

Broad looked back to his best on England’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year England v Pakistan, second Test Date: 1-5 June Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Headingley Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full tour details Former England captain Michael Vaughan says he would

Alberto, year's first named Atlantic storm, makes Florida landfall

Image copyrightEPAImage caption Subtropical storm Alberto picked up pace ahead of the official hurricane season Subtropical storm Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, has made landfall on Florida’s north-western coast. Alberto passed the coast at Laguna Beach with maximum sustained winds of 45mph (72km/h), US meteorologists say. Thousands of people were earlier evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida. The storm is expected to weaken as

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver is 'trying too hard', says team boss Christian Horner

Christian Horner believes Verstappen has had some ‘harsh lessons’ this year Max Verstappen is “trying too hard” and needs to learn from Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, says team boss Christian Horner. Ricciardo won Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix while Verstappen finished ninth after missing qualifying following a crash in practice. The Dutchman has made errors at all six race weekends so far this season. “Max has an abundance of talent

France 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Giroud struck from close range after his initial header had been kept out Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored his 31st goal for France as Didier Deschamps’ side prepared for the 2018 World Cup with a comfortable victory against the Republic of Ireland. Giroud bundled in the opener just before half-time after his initial header had been blocked on the line. Reported Liverpool target Nabil Fekir made it 2-0 with a

Italy 2-1 Saudi Arabia

Mario Balotelli last scored for Italy at the 2014 World Cup against England Mario Balotelli scored as Roberto Mancini made a winning start as Italy boss against Saudi Arabia. Former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Balotelli marked his first international appearance for four years with a superb solo goal. Andrea Belotti put away a loose ball for Italy’s second before Yahya Al Shehri pulled one back for World Cup-bound Saudi