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tv   Ros Atkins On... Global Supply...  BBC News  October 3, 2021 2:45pm-3:00pm BST

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of all years. three of those running in the marathon will be honouring the memory of kiyan prince, who was stabbed to death outside his school in 2006. kiyan�*s dad, mark, has been explaining what that means to him. he was the cutest little boy, the cutest little boy. he was so full of life. he was a very, very fun, loving young man. he was a kid with lots of promise, first and foremost, as a footballer, but i think more importantly, they loved him as a human being. his potential was very high. there was lots of talk about him, i look at someone like raheem sterling, and kiyan perhaps not
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in the same mould as raheem, but people had extremely high hopes for him as a young, talented footballer. i knew that life was hard, but i had no idea of how painful it could become. the light switches off in your world, and at that moment, time stands still. all you can hear is screams from tracy, kiyan�*s mum, screams from family members, and that voice just letting you know that your son's dead. i had to overcome all this anger that consumes you daily and i had to step up. i said to tracy, "i feel that we can create an organisation that can help kids," just being a dad to other children. i felt that i needed this and i needed to get going now, so i began the kiyan prince
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foundation. it was simple — help young children change their lives. what his dad is doing takes so much resolve. to get up and say "right, my son's not gonna die in vain. "i'm gonna try and push people out there so they can see a positive light, they can see a positive way forward, rather than a negative way." my passion is about young people that are hurting, turning that around and giving them a future, just like i did with mine. that's the mindset you need to deal with your problems! tell yourself, let's go! the fact that people are running in his honour and to raise funds to help the situation that unfortunately he lost lost his life to, i think he would be very proud of that fact. knife crime has definitely soared london and as a father myself, i it's definitely something that, if i can take my part - and help to stop that, - then i want to take part and do as much as i can.
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when i feel like i cannot go any more, ijust remember mark's been doing this for so many years, he is still making an impact, so, yeah, kind ofjust have to persevere and push on. be blown away, man. he'd be blown away. kiyan would, to know that nothing that he'd done from when he was little has been forgotten about. kiyan left a legacy that shows everybody it's about who you are becoming as an individual, not what you have as an individual, that counts at the end of the day. the global supply chain underpins how we get many of the things we need and use in our lives. but it's not functioning as it normally does and that's impacting us all —
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around the world and in the uk. you can't lay bricks, you can't cast concrete slabs and then it's a knock—on effect for our men, our subcontractors, and of course our clients. normally we have lots of spider—man but this is all we've got and we can't get any more. don't know why we can't get any more spider—man at the moment, you know, there's a new film being released, so this is the new character. still waiting for the products. from spider—man to semiconductors, there's now a huge gap between supply and demand. that's the boss of the ports in los angeles. and look at the situation there. dozens of container ships are lined up, waiting and waiting to dock. the wall streetjournal wrote this week...
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or as the new york times puts it... well, we might have to get used to it but you may also be wondering, why is this happening now? well, there are several interconnected reasons. the first is covid. this is clairejones from the ft speaking as england emerged from its lockdown earlier this year. covid's brought us shut factories, labour shortages, surging demand and also ports under pressure. this is ningbo zhoushan in china. it's one of the busiest ports in the world and in august it was partially closed after a worker tested positive. another huge chinese port was temporarily closed in may, too. because while covid is a huge immediate factor, the world's long—term reliance on shipping is at the heart of this. as the globalised supply chain rapidly expanded in the last 50 years so did the number and size
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of cargo ships. it's estimated that 90% of the world's goods are transported across our seas. and if that's the size of the global shipping network, this year we've seen its fragility, and notjust because of covid. the suez canal�*s in egypt. it's a short cut from asia to europe for cargo ships. and i'm sure you remember this — when one ship got stuck in the suez canal, it caused havoc. this is my colleague theo leggett. the saga of the ever given itself may now be over but what this affair has shown is just how much impact a single event involving one giant vessel can have on the entire global supply chain, and just how vulnerable the systems we rely on for imports every day really are. that vulnerability from that ever given to the pandemic has meant lots of containers stuck in the wrong places. combine that with surging consumer demand, and the cost
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of shipping has spiralled. we've never paid more than £2,700 for a 40—foot container coming to us from china. this morning, i was quoted over £15,000 for a similar container. prices have gone through the roof, and it is becoming unworkable. and, of course, if shipping costs go up, so do the prices that consumers pay. in every sector of the timber supply market, prices have gone up and supply chains have been less reliable. delivery drivers have been hard to get, so, just everything has been difficult. now, the shortage of drivers referred to there is an issue here in the uk. in part, though not entirely, because of brexit, but the uk's not alone in experiencing labour shortages, and along with covid and shipping, this is the next factor to impact the supply chain. forbes magazine wrote this summer... and if we go back to those ships waiting to dock in la, a lack of port workers,
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distribution centre staff and truck drivers are all reasons why the goods can't be unloaded. now, our next factor is politics. when donald trump fired up a trade war between the us and china, he placed an emphasis on local and regional manufacturing over a reliance on china. and trump's successorjoe biden has also turned to the of over reliance. we need to prevent the supply chain crisis from hitting in the first place, and in some cases, building resilience will mean increasing our production of certain types of elements here at home. this is both practical and political. practical because relying on something from the other side of the world brings an increased risk that it won't arrive. political because being so reliant on china can also be framed as a risk that impacts health and national security in america. that was particularly acute the start of the pandemic when countries had shortages of ppe. here's biden on that.
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we certainly shouldn't have to rely on a foreign country, especially one that doesn't share our interests or our values, in order to protect and provide our people during a national emergency. the final point is something we all know from our own lives — the more complex something is, the more likely it is to go wrong. now, globalisation has brought in a system known as �*just in time'. the system creates savings by only delivering goods to firms when they need them — which is fine until they don't arrive. the chief executive of kellogg's puts it this way. and if that's a cereal manufacturer, well, the businesses that take those cereals are also under pressure.
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almost every sector is impacted in some way by these glitches in the supply chain. perhaps none more so than the car industry. in part because there is a global shortage of semiconductor chips. now, these are a vital component in cars and indeed in many electrical products from washing machines to smartphones. and when the pandemic began, car manufacturing stopped and so did the auto—maker's orders of semiconductors. now, though, they need them again, but the surge in everyone buying electrical products means the world is just about out of stock. the shortage of semiconductors and other parts, too, has now led toyota to temporarily cut production by a0%. and if that's toyota, then this is the managing director of vauxhall, uk. it's a global problem. obviously it's affecting all of our industry, all of our competitors. and it's obviously suppressed our ability to manufacture. the issue is so serious that president biden held a summit about semiconductor supply chains last week, but with 75%
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of these chips made in asia, for all the reasons we've considered, there aren't going to be any quick fixes as the biden administration acknowledges. as you know, we've been working the semiconductor shortage since day one of the president's administration, and it's time to get more aggressive. the situation is not getting better, in some ways it's getting worse. this is one of so many different ways that the global supply chain is making itself felt. it's a reminder that things that can sometimes feel distant and detached from our lives, like the nature of globalisation, or the practicalities of the shipping industry, do connect directly to us all, right down to the things that we make and the things that we want to buy. this is an issue as christmas approaches. if you think you're going to go into toy stores in december as you normally would do with santa's wish list and you're going to get what you want, you will be very disappointed. the issues with the global supply chain have created short term challenges,
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but they're also a prompt to consider how we organise our world. globalisation has made many products possible and affordable, but this isn't just about whether toys arrive for christmas or if cars can be made on time. the current situation raises deeper questions about the volume of things we make and consume and about how and where we make them. a mixture of sunshine and showers today _ a mixture of sunshine and showers today wind — a mixture of sunshine and showers today. wind across the far north of scotland~ — today. wind across the far north of scotland. longer spells of rain. most_ scotland. longer spells of rain. most showers into the western side of the uk, plenty of sunshine, at least earlier on across eastern parts of england. more cloud and showers working their way into these areas. 0vernight, we are keeping share was going across large parts of the country, it may get wetter
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across southern parts of england and wales and with those gusty winds it should be quite a bit milder. away from the showers in the north of scotland, temperatures down to four or five. scotland, temperatures down to four orfive. monday is going scotland, temperatures down to four or five. monday is going to scotland, temperatures down to four orfive. monday is going to be another day of sunshine and showers, the best of the sunshine likely to be across eastern parts of the uk. most showers further west not as windy on monday, temperatures likely to be similarto windy on monday, temperatures likely to be similar to those today except wales and the south—west of england. cloud increasing and by the evening it will be much wetter. we have got this next weather system arriving, set to deepen as it moves into the uk, the wind is going to strengthen and around we have the area wrapped around it, that could push into scotland, affecting england and wales although more southern parts could turn brighter and showery and it will be a mixture of sunshine and showers. strong wind likely tuesday, around coastal areas and that will
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make it feel cold coupled with the rain. large parts of the rain looking at maximum temperatures of 13 on tuesday. 0nce looking at maximum temperatures of 13 on tuesday. once the area of low pressure arrives, it will continue into the evening at push slowly towards continental europe on wednesday. still looking like quite a windy start across eastern parts with cloud left over and a few showers, that will move through, wind starts to drop and sunshine coming through in many areas before the cloud increases in northern ireland, the next weather system looming large by the end of the day. with sunshine around in the wind dropping, gets warmer, temperatures back up to 14—17. further into the weak, high pressure towards the south—east, some rain across northern western parts of the uk, coupled with south—westerly wind, temperatures should be on the rise.
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