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as some of britain's biggest businesses lobby government over soaring gas costs, the steel industry says there is no immediate help. businesses aren't covered by the energy price cap — the head of uk steel is baffled if the government are not helping them. other countries in the rest of europe have already stepped in. but the government is showing little appetite to intervene and we will be looking at the economic pressures facing businesses and consumers. pig farmers who don't have enough abattoir staff to slaughter their pigs say that uk agriculture has never suffered like this before. get yourflu jab —
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the nhs launches its biggest ever vaccination campaign against the illness. at least 50 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack in a mosque in the afghan city of kunduz. nobel peace prize 2021... and two journalists from the philippines and russia are awarded the nobel peace prize for theirfight in defence of free speech. and coming up on the bbc news channel, they have arrived and the rebuild is already under way. newcastle's new owners are on tyneside as the club begins its new era. good evening. the uk steel industry has said the government
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has failed to offer any immediate help to deal with the rising price of gas after a meeting with the business secretary kwasi kwarteng this afternoon. the head of uk steel, which represents the industry, said he was "baffled" that mr kwarteng did not provide solutions during ameeting with leaders of energy intensive companies which are struggling. the cost of natural gas has been at a record high, and businesses — which are not protected by the price cap — are already facing large increases in their bills. the watchdog ofgem warned that householders will see "significant rises" in prices next spring, when the cap on domestic gas costs is due to be reviewed. here's our business editor simonjack. it's notjust consumers feeling the heat of the gas crisis. businesses like pilkington glass rely on huge quantities of energy to keep the fires burning, but soaring gas prices recently have shocked veterans of heavy industry.
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i've been working at pilkington in the industry for 30 odd years, never known anything like it at all, and the impact is literally millions of pounds a month. some industries have stopped production, that is not an option here. a glass furnace runs 21w, 365 days a year for 20 years. so we literally can't turn it off. if we turned it off and it went cold, we would lose the whole of the production, the whole of the factory. the steel industry has seen production reduced or paused, but the industry warned today that without government help, temporary shutdowns could become permanently damaging. if we don't see action now in the days to weeks ahead of us, then what we will see is pauses in production that steelmakers are having to implement now when the price of steel is high. those will become more frequent, will become longer and then, my concern would be that we will then see job losses in the steel sector, which would be very bad news, not only for the uk steel sector, but for the economy as a whole. businesses, unlike consumers,
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are not protected by an energy price cap, meaning they are bearing the full brunt of a gas price shock. the uk is in a global scramble for energy. this is where we get our gas from currently, less than a half now comes from declining reserves in the north sea. 29% through a pipeline from norway, a little bit 2% from mainland europe and over a fifth now comes in the form of liquefied natural gas in tankers from places like the us, qatar, russia and there is a bidding war for those tankers, and the voracious appetite of china has seen manufacturs told, to pay whatever it takes to make those tankers change course for asia. that is pushing prices up here at home where energy concerns of some small businesses are more personal than industrial. it is not as easy as just putting on another jumper, or putting a blanket over their knees. these people are very vulnerable. they are very poorly quite often, and they don't move very often, so they don't have this kind of lifestyle that you and i
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have, where we can just get up and move around a bit. we have to keep them warm, we have to keep them safe, and looking at the energy bills at the moment, it's feeling like a very scary place for us to be at the moment. intensive energy users met with the business secretary this afternoon, but no immediate solutions emerged to a crisis that has brutally exposed uk and international reliance on fossil fuels a month before a major climate summit in glasgow. a shortage of abattoir workers has left pig farmers across the uk facing a "human disaster" according to the national farmers union. healthy pigs are already having to be destroyed due to a backlog on farms and the industry is blaming the pandemic and brexit. a government spokesperson said it is keeping the situation under review and working closely with the sector. our correspondent danny savage has been following the fortunes of one pig farmer after the bbc spoke to her last week and joins us from driffield in east yorkshire now. 600 sows in this barn alone, all of
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them expecting, and because of the size of litters that means there are basically 9500 pigs under this roof. this is the beginning of the process, but not enough pigs are going off the farm at the other end of the process. the national farmers union have said this is a human disaster, that is the tone of the messages being exchanged, and it is certainly what it has felt like spending a day on this farm here today. spending a day on this farm here today. it's been a busy week for kate moore, who is passionate about the welfare of her animals, but terrified she'll soon have to cull some of them. she's banging the drum for pig farmers. why do you say that, kate? this morning, she was outside doing a live tv interview while her mum and sisters watched in the kitchen. come and speak to me, borisjohnson. have the guts to stand up and talk to me. laughter. go girl, go girl! but behind the supportive smiles, there is a growing sense of despair. we are struggling so much, and all we are asking for is some help.
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did she sum up the tension? yeah, well, you can see, you can see. she did, she said exactly what the problem is, - and why it is so heartbreaking! i'm a really optimistic person, but, my god, this past week has really, well, longer than that. we're tired and just, ugh... we're farmers to feed people. it's a job, you know? that's what we do, day in, . day out, and we work bloody hard for it as well. and i am not killing pigs for no reason. | no way. sniffling. so these pigs are averaging about 100 kilos. if they get to 105 kilos, they're basically, their value is halved, basically. unlike beef cattle, pigs have a small window of time in which to be sold. leave it too long, and they're too
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heavy and too big for the retailers. the reality is that we will actually have to pay to get rid of these pigs for them to go into landfill or to be burned. we will pay for them. we will not get anything for these pigs. another key factor is that these pens are full, and there will soon be no more room to put pigs that are coming to the system. and when they run out of space, that's when they will have to start culling healthy animals. the government says it understands the challenges the pig industry is facing and says it's working closely with the sector, keeping the situation under review. but its call to make the industry more attractive to uk workers is frustrating here. everybody that works for us is local and british. i am all for borisjohnson�*s quote of getting british people in britishjobs, i'm for it, but you know what? there won't be a job, there won't be an agricultural industry for these kids to come and work into. the family on this farm says the situation must improve
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in the next fortnight. danny savage, bbc news. let's go live to westminster this evening and to our political correspondent jonathan blake. worker shortages, gas prices, there is a whole host of different economic pressures on the government going into the winter. the government _ going into the winter. the government is _ going into the winter. the government is under - going into the winter. tie: government is under pressure going into the winter. tte: government is under pressure on a number of fronts, the industry urging government to intervene. labour accusing the prime minister of refusing to take responsibility for these problems. if you take the example of pig farmers which we saw in the report there, some in government are urging the prime minister to act and say this problem could be easily fixed by relaxing requirements around the english language for the visas which are needed for people to come in and fill the vacancies that are there and ease the backlog. the trouble is that would not sit right with boris johnson's big theme at the moment of making the uk economy less reliant
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on foreign labour. as one minister put it to me, that would be politically difficult right now. downing street has drafted in a senior industry figure to be a new supply chain adviser, sir david lewis. the former tesco boss will advise boris johnson lewis. the former tesco boss will advise borisjohnson and others on how to fix these problems in the short and longer term. but i am told we should not expect any big changes in the government approach and downing street is willing for the sectors of the economy to enjoy short—term pain for what it hopes to be long—term gain. short-term pain for what it hopes to be long-term gain.— let's take a look at the uk's latest coronavirus figures. the government data shows there were 36,060 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. 35,185 new cases were reported per day on average in the last week. 6,763 people were in hospital with coronavirus across the uk yesterday. there were 127 deaths of people
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who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. 108 deaths were announced on average every day in the past week. 85.4% of the adult population have had their first dose of a vaccine and 78.4% have had both doses. more than 40 million people across the uk are being offered a flu vaccine this year in the nhs�*s biggest campaign against the illness. health officials are worried because this will be the first winter that covid and flu will be in full circulation at the same time. research shows those infected with both viruses are more than twice as likely to die as someone with covid alone. here's our medical editor fergus walsh. don't forget flu. with all the focus on covid, it would be easy to underestimate influenza. so how dangerous is flu?
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in the past five years in england, deaths have averaged around 11,000 each winter but can be double that. health experts warn _ that this winter, we could see high levels of flu activity alongside rising cases of covid—19. - last winter, social distancing meant there was almost no flew around there was almost no flu around but there is concern that people could get the virus and be infected with covid at the same time. it is because of the significant risk to individuals of co—circulation, so the circulation together of both covid and flu, and the likelihood that will cause more serious disease and people are more likely to go to hospital. so who can get a free flu vaccine? it is more than 40 million people, a record number, including the over 50s, younger people with certain conditions, if you are pregnant, as well as health and care workers and children aged 2—16 who will be offered a nasal spray vaccine.
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if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine on the nhs, you can book an appointment at many local pharmacies. gp surgeries will also be contacting patients. you might feel a sharp scratch... as you can see, it is quick, easy and pretty painless. how effective is the flu jab? every year, the vaccine is updated to protect against several flu strains, but predicting which ones to choose has been hard this year, as cases have been so low. but getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself. well, it does take two or three weeks to build up a full immunity with the flu vaccine once you've had it so it's really important to try to get it as early in the season as possible so when you get to the peak season of flu, you will already be protected. flu jab in one arm, covid booster in the other. more than 13 million of us,
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like this care worker in aberdeen, will be offered a third covid shot as well as a flu vaccine, sometimes at the same appointment, in a bid to keep both viruses at bay this winter. fergus walsh, bbc news. the time is 6.14pm. our top story this evening. as some of britain's biggest businesses lobby government over soaring gas cost of the steel industry said there is no immediate help. and still to come... xtour help. and still to come... your ro al help. and still to come... your royal highness. _ help. and still to come... your royal highness. mummy! - we speak to the star of spencer, the new movie that chronicles princess diana's strained relationship with the royal family. coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel, a huge match tonight for wales. we will look ahead to their world cup qualifier against the czech republic. they are without gareth bale but aaron ramsey returns to lead the side.
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the right to freedom of expression has been recognised by this year's nobel peace prize, which has been awarded to two journalists known for their hard—hitting investigations which have angered their countries' powerful elites and leaders. maria ressa from the philippines, and dmitry muratov from russia have both faced significant threats. the committee commended their work, saying that independent and fact—based journalism served to protect against the abuse of power and lies. caroline hawley reports. for the first time since 1935, the peace _ for the first time since 1935, the peace prize goes tojournalists for the first time since 1935, the peace prize goes to journalists for their battle to tell the truth at great — their battle to tell the truth at great personal risk. two maria ressa and dmitry muratov, _ great personal risk. two maria ressa and dmitry muratov, for— great personal risk. two maria ressa and dmitry muratov, for their - and dmitry muratov, for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.
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dmitry muratov is a russian journalist who has taken a stand against authoritarian rule. today, he dedicated the award to six colleagues who he said were murdered for their work. the prize, he said, belonged to them. his paper has been highly critical of president putin and russia's ruling elite. its investigations have exposed electoral fraud such as the stuffing of ballot boxes as well as official corruption and police violence. translation: i corruption and police violence. translation:— corruption and police violence. translation: i don't know what effect this nobel— translation: i don't know what effect this nobel award _ translation: i don't know what effect this nobel award will- translation: | don't know what l effect this nobel award will have on censorship of the media here in russia, with many investigative journalists being accused of being foreign agents. journalists being accused of being foreign agents-— journalists being accused of being foreian arents. n, . , ., foreign agents. maria ressa from the phili ines foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is — foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is the _ foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is the other _ foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is the other winner, - foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is the other winner, a - philippines is the other winner, a woman described by the nobel
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committee as fearless. she has faced criminal charges and death threats. her work has exposed state abuses under the controversial president deter te, under the controversial president deterte, in under the controversial president deter te, in particular the extrajudicial killings that have come with his deadly war on drugs. thousands of people, mostly from poor communities, have been murdered. today, maria ressa spoke of the vital importance of telling the truth. ~ , ., ., �* the truth. when you don't have facts, the truth. when you don't have facts. you _ the truth. when you don't have facts, you don't _ the truth. when you don't have facts, you don't have _ the truth. when you don't have facts, you don't have a - the truth. when you don't have facts, you don't have a truce, l the truth. when you don't have i facts, you don't have a truce, you don't have trust. trust is what holds us together to be able to solve the complex problems our world is facing today, so when you attack the media oftentimes it is about shooting the messenger. tiara shooting the messenger. two messengers _ shooting the messenger. two messengers in _ shooting the messenger. two messengers in the _ shooting the messenger. two messengers in the spotlight today as the nobel committee says press freedoms are necessary for both democracy and peace, but are under threat around the world. caroline hawley, bbc news. at least 50 people have died and more than 100 are injured after a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the afghan city of kunduz.
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it's the deadliest assault since us forces left. our correspondent secunder kermani is in islamabad for us. tell us more about what happened. this blast took place at around 1:30pm in the north—eastern city of kunduz, as worshippers were gathering for friday prayers. the mosque was very busy. we understand there were around 300 people inside there were around 300 people inside the mosque at the time the suicide bomber blew himself up, causing utter devastation. as you say, it is believed that more than 50 people were killed. in the last hour or so, the local branch of the islamic state group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. they have repeatedly launched attacks in the past, as was this one, targeting afghanistan's she a minority. and they are also fierce rivals of the taliban and in recent weeks, although is—k is much less powerful than the taliban, they have launched a campaign of bombing attacks targeting taliban fighters. that is
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largely in the east of the country, at times as well in and around kabul but this attack in the north of afghanistan, apparently committed by a member of the uighur ethnic group, represents an escalation, which suggest their influence is expanding. suggest their influence is exoanding-_ suggest their influence is ex-uandin. ., ., ., , former northern ireland secretary james brokenshire has died at the age of 53. the conservative mp for old bexley and sidcup was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018, and stood down from ministerial duties earlier this year when a tumour returned. his family described him as a brilliant government minister, dedicated constituency mp and most importantly, a loving father, devoted husband and faithful friend. james brokenshire had been an mp since 2005 and served as both northern ireland secretary and housing secretary under theresa may. she paid tribute to him as "an outstanding public servant, a talented minister and a loyal friend", and borisjohnson called
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mr brokenshire the "nicest, kindest and most unassuming of politicians", while also being "extraordinarily effective". tributes to the mpjames brokenshire, who has died at the age of 53. nine people in northern ireland are now facing charges in connection with the death of the journalist lyra mckee, who was shot by the republican paramilitary group the new ira in londonderry during rioting in 2019. those charged have been linked to a hardline political party called saoradh. police say it is the political voice of the new ira, which was formed in 2012. they've warned of its attempts to recruit and radicalise young people. our ireland correspondent emma vardy has this report. this is the public face of what remains of militant dissident republicanism in northern ireland.
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a march organised by the political party, saoradh, who reject the peace agreement which brought an end to decades of violence and see themselves as the true continuation of a radical struggle to bring about a united ireland. police investigating the death of lyra mckee have recently arrested a number of their members. whilst it's not true to say that everybody who is associated with saoradh is associated with the new ira, there is a crossover in terms of some of that membership. this paramilitary style kind of display, you may think looks more like a throwback to northern ireland's past, but for many supporters of saoradh, in their eyes, the conflict continues. they also hope to inspire the next generation to continue the fight. at least a dozen people linked to saoradh are now facing charges for rioting, bomb making and murder. security sources have previously told the bbc the man seen here in the green jacket, tomas ash mallon, is in the new ira's leadership. lyra mckee was shot
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when a new ira gunman fired towards police during rioting in derry. the dissident group believes the use of violence is justified to resist what it sees as british rule and northern ireland. in northern ireland. and continues to try and carry out gun and bomb attacks. some of those charged in connection with the death of lyra mckee have been linked with saoradh�*s youth wing, known as eistigi. how do you think these groups attract young people? in terms of how they continue to attract people to this cause, i think what they do is they give young men in particular a place to belong. and i think that sense of belonging is attractive to young men that have few other opportunities in life, almost to prove themselves. over the past year, the group has held protests in support of new ira prisoners in jail and stepped up its efforts to attract young people through recruitment
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videos on social media — aiming to appeal to a generation born long after northern ireland's darkest days of violence. many of those who joined the old provisional ira during its armed campaign turned away from violence with the good friday agreement in the 1990s. some of these guys that are in the new ira would've been in the provisional ira with you 30—40 years ago. what motivates them to continue? there is no semblance of strategic thinking there, but there is a belief in the tradition that any irish person has a right to take up arms against the british while the british are here. it's a very marginal ideological niche, but it exists. how do you feel when you see young people today attracted to that cause that you once supported? i think it's very sad.
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they are guided by antiquated ideology, which has no relevance in today's world. the people going to jail today will be in for a very long time. saoradh has always denied any involvement with violence. in a statement, the group told us it believes the recent arrests and charges of its members is an attempt to suppress republicanism and that it will not be deterred from pushing forward its ideology. police say those in the new ira continue to pose a serious threat, particularly to their own communities. emma vardy, bbc news. the bbc has reached a financial settlement with a graphic designer who was asked by reporter martin bashir to produce fake bank statements for his interview with princess diana in 1995. matt wiessler was sidelined by the bbc after raising concerns about the fake documents. in a statement, the bbc apologised to mr wiessler and his family, and said he had acted
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"with complete integrity". the metropolitan police says baroness casey of blackstock will lead an independent review into the force's culture and standards, following the murder of sarah everard. commissioner dame cressida dick announced the appointment after earlier this week setting out plans for the "independent and far—reaching review" to also look at the force's leadership, recruitment, vetting, training and communications. she was one of the most photographed figures of the late 20th century. diana, princess of wales remains a continuing source of intense fascination, nearly a quarter of a century after her death. now a new film, spencer, hasjust had its uk premiere at the london film festival. it looks at the strained relationship between the late princess, her husband prince charles and the royal family. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba spoke to the star of the film, kristen stewart. three days, that's it.
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it's set over christmas 1991, a period where diana felt trapped by the royalfamily. taking on the role was empowering, says kristen stewart. to play her, even though it was sad and torturous, it was sad and tumultuous, ironically, i felt taller. i felt like somebody who could lead with love and make people feel good, and it's really contagious. it comes right back at you. do you think i got delayed by someone? oh come on, come on. they are circling us. it seems they are circling just me. performers always feel pressure playing real—life figures. it is an even greater sense of responsibility for someone like diana. i felt such love for her and still do and, um... you know, in a way that isn't... without implying like a kind of developed spirituality, i felt her. i wanted to protect her. there is no future.
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the past and the present are the same thing. she is someone who many feel was exploited throughout her life and now there are still things that are making money from her. do people who think that a film like this is perhaps at best unnecessary and at worst exploitative have a point? we came to this with love. like, we truly... first foot forward is always trying to understand somebody that we love. the negotiation between art and commerce is a vast subject. i believe in art. i believe in trying to get closer to other people through it. they know everything. they don't. there is still almost six months to go but kristen stewart is already striding well ahead of her oscar best actress rivals. lizo mzimba, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear.
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—— here's chris fawkes, a grey day in london, any synovitis guys? we had an extra weather, lots of cloud in london and the south—east, some of us have seen some sunshine and scotland and northern ireland have had a weather front for the last couple of days that has been bringing more rain and it will eventually budge as we head into the weekend but still we have had some decent breaks in the cloud. northern england, north yorkshire, scarborough seeing some lovely sunny weather and again it has been very warm for october, temperatures reaching 21 in a few spots, bridlington one of those places. that compares with the average for the time of year of 1a. seven celsius warmer than it should be during this stage of october. satellite pictures show where we have seen the best of the breaks, even northern ireland and scotland, northern england and north—east wales having the best of it but down to the south—east, we are starting to the south—east, we are starting to see some breaks in the cloud coming into kent and the coastline with east anglia because we have a little cold front running in. behind that, the air is turning fresher
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which is significant because that will kill off the cloud and you will have much more sunshine across parts of england tomorrow. indeed, overnight tonight, cloud begins to melt away from east anglia and the south—east. south—west england, wales, northern england, the odd spot of drizzle, quite murky, mist and fog patches, rain for northern ireland and scotland again and if anything the rain turns a bit heavier so we could see some localised surface water flooding building in. a mild night but tomorrow, this weather front slowly start to push away from the north—west so finally you will get something a bit drier across the far north—west of the uk but the rain is starting to edge into the far north of northern england and north wales. lots more sunshine for east anglia, most of southern england and the midlands and still very mild, temperatures in the high teens and perhaps the low 20s in the warmest areas. the second half of the weekend sees our scottish and northern ireland where the front if you like slowly slipping southwards across england and wales, just a bit of clout and the odd bit of rain, nothing significant and for most of us, sunday is a bright day with lots of sunshine, a few showers across
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the north—west of scotland and fairly blustery winter. temperatures easing down, 12—15 for many but still warm across the south with temperatures 18 in london and maybe 20 still in cardiff. however, once that strip of cloud is through the cold front, we will start to see those temperatures coming back a little bit closer to average for the time of year. there will be a lot of dry weather next week as high pressure tends to build them. the exception of scotland, where on monday we will see the wind picked up monday we will see the wind picked up for a time and there will be more general outbreaks of rain but really, that is about it. through the rest of the week, high pressure starts to dominate and we will see temperatures getting closer to average for the time of year, london, 1a or 15 is right and those temperatures just easing back for everyone. a couple of warm days and much more sunshine to come for many across england as we go through tomorrow. thank you. a reminder of our top story... as some of britain's's biggest businesses lobby government over
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