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good afternoon. the business secretary says rising gas prices have created a critical situation for many industries but has defended the government's handling of the energy crisis. kwasi kwarteng said he's continuing to hold talks with energy suppliers and the treasury about possible support. the treasury denies any talks have taken place. our business correspondent katie prescott has the latest. catching prescott has the latest. up over sunday brunch. in the catching up over sunday brunch. in the run—up to winter, rising energy bills are a top talking panel day
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point in his leeds cabbie, not least for the owner is making coffee gets more expensive. i for the owner is making coffee gets more expensive.— for the owner is making coffee gets more expensive. i mainly worry that there is this — more expensive. i mainly worry that there is this idea _ more expensive. i mainly worry that there is this idea because _ more expensive. i mainly worry that there is this idea because we - more expensive. i mainly worry that there is this idea because we have l there is this idea because we have dealt this current situation, we get normalised that it's ok to keep those prices the same. the business secretary this _ those prices the same. the business secretary this morning _ those prices the same. the business secretary this morning would - those prices the same. the business secretary this morning would not. secretary this morning would not commit to extra support with energy bills for companies like this. i think it's a critical situation. clearly, i am speaking to industry all the time and high gas prices, they quadrupled this year. they are making an impact. that is why as you say i am speaking to people, listening and trying to work out a way forward. listening and trying to work out a way forward-— listening and trying to work out a way forward. those industries that use a lot of _ way forward. those industries that use a lot of energy _ way forward. those industries that use a lot of energy for _ use a lot of energy for manufacturing said the time for working out a way forward as long gone. 50 working out a way forward as long �*0ne- working out a way forward as long one. , ., ., , gone. so if the situation is critical which _ gone. so if the situation is critical which i _ gone. so if the situation is critical which i certainly i gone. so if the situation is i critical which i certainly know gone. so if the situation is - critical which i certainly know it is, then why isn't government acting now today, to address this problem, for energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry because without
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help now, today, in the next week or so, we are going to see a significant and permanent damage to the uk steel sector. here significant and permanent damage to the uk steel sector.— the uk steel sector. here is 'ust how dramatic i the uk steel sector. here is 'ust how dramatic price i the uk steel sector. here is 'ust how dramatic price rises i the uk steel sector. here isjust how dramatic price rises have i the uk steel sector. here isjust i how dramatic price rises have been over the past year. households are protected by the energy price cap, that was set when the price was 65p. it's now almost for times that. companies would like to see something similar in place to protect them from global market spikes. to cushion businesses throughout this period the business secretary said he has requested extra funds from the treasury. the statement the treasury denied. there is a certain amount _ statement the treasury denied. there is a certain amount of _ statement the treasury denied. there is a certain amount of kind _ statement the treasury denied. there is a certain amount of kind of- is a certain amount of kind of briefing going on behind—the—scenes, kwasi karteng saying warm words, quite like this, got to get it past the treasury but the truth is we need a plan and they need to get on with it but also we should not be in this situation, where we wait until there is a crisis and then react. here it is not the political
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ping—pong that matters, rather what the cost of energy might do to the price of a cup of tea. katie prescott, bbc news. our political correspondent ione wells is here. what is the government likely to do? as we have heard, the government is under increasing pressure for manufacturing firms to step in and support them either through subsidies or industry price cap like we have with households. this morning, the business secretary reiterated that he is in discussion with firms about potential solutions, also £2,000,000,000 has already been given to the energy intensive industries since 2013 to help with costs, did not really speu help with costs, did not really spell out any more about what the government is doing but he denied reports this morning he has requested billions from the treasury to subsidise firms but did say he was working with the chancellor to try and get through the situation. a treasury source then said he was mistaken and the chancellor has not been involved in any talks of this kind and i think what this tells us is that essentially the government
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does not yet have an answer or any part of cash to try and solve this. it is an ongoing discussion within government at the moment. meanwhile, there is pressure from the firms growing, some saying they are already halting production, pressure going from the opposition with labour today accusing the departments responsible for the cost of living of arguing over whether they are in talks are not while the prime minister is reportedly on holiday in ma be so i don't think this crisis is going away from the government and certainly when the prime minister is back from his holiday one of the things i think we'll be in his entry. ione, thank you. the government is to push the eu for a significant change in trading arrangements for northern ireland agreed under the brexit deal. both sides accept that some level of reform is needed of the protocol which keeps northern ireland in the eu's single market for goods. the eu is due to put forward proposals this week. let's speak to our europe correspondent, jessica parker, who is in brussels for us. how far howfarapartare
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how far apart are the uk in the eu on this? in how far apart are the uk in the eu on this? . ., ., .,, , , on this? in certain areas, pretty far. on this? in certain areas, pretty far- there _ on this? in certain areas, pretty far- there is— on this? in certain areas, pretty far. there is a _ on this? in certain areas, pretty far. there is a growing - on this? in certain areas, pretty i far. there is a growing drumbeat, people might have noticed around brexit. why? injuly the uk set out its proposals for making significant changes to the northern ireland protocol and as you say, this week the eu are said to respond. it is expected to offer some compromises, for example reducing checks on goods going between great britain and northern ireland, allowing the continued import of chilled meats, hence the headlines you might have seen about sausages. but it's not expected to shift on this issue of how the treaty is policed. the uk wants to remove the role, the oversight role of the european court ofjustice, the eu top court and law david frost, the brexit minister, is said to say as much on tuesday, it is a timely intervention to make that speech, the eu will set out its proposals on wednesday. talks are expected to start but things are already looking tough. jessica, thank you.
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a new study from the natural history museum has found that the uk only has around half of its biodiversity left, making it one of the most nature—depleted places in the world. researchers said there was little room for nature in a country where so much of the land is built on or used forfarming. helen briggs reports. the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. all rely on biodiversity, the variety of all plant and animal life on earth. but biodiversity is dwindling fast, because of us, with an estimated 1 million species at risk of extinction. the uk's no exception. it has just 53% of its biodiversity left, well below the global average of 75%, according to a new study from the natural history museum. researchers say there's little room for nature in a country where so much of the land has long been built upon or used for intensive agriculture.
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and they warned the world's lost so much natural biodiversity we risk an ecological meltdown, a future in which we can't rely on nature to provide the energy, food and timber we need. biodiversity is more than something that is beautiful to look at and that we love. it is also what provides us with so many of our basic needs. it's the foundation of our society. we have seen recently how disruptive it can be when supply chains breakdown. nature is at the base of our supply chains. the team from the natural history museum hope their data will help global leaders meeting for the un biodiversity conference next week. during a week of virtual talks hosted by china, negotiators will thrash out plans for protecting nature over the next ten years. none of the targets for the previous
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decade were met, and scientists say this is our last best chance for a sustainable future. helen briggs, bbc news. the environmentalist and tv presenter, chris packham, says a suspected arson attack outside his home won't stop him from campaigning against hunting and animal cruelty. the broadcaster said two masked men set fire to a vehicle at the gate of his home in the new forest on friday morning — causing extensive damage. i will, of course, just carry on because i have no choice. i cannot and will not let your intimidation sway me from my course. and that's why i don't really understand why you would do it. the boxer, tyson fury, has defended his wbc heavyweight title, knocking out american deontay wilder in their latest clash at the t—mobile arena in las vegas. the american had been hanging on for several rounds,
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before the british champion ended the fight in the 11th round. some shaky moments in there but i never lost faith and i continued and i carried on and persevered and got that single punch knockout. as soon as i landed it, ijumped on the ropes, i knew it was over, he wasn't getting back up from that. it was a great trilogy. good dance partner for trilogies. wilder has been a good dance partner. but there's no rematch close, its done, wilder is done, there is no more deontay wilder. that's it for now. the next news on bbc one is at 5.40 this afternoon. bye for now. good afternoon. you're watching the bbc news
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channel. now the latest from the bbc sport centre. the third installment to one of heavyweight boxing's great trilogies did not disappoint. tyson fury declared himself the greatest heavweight of his era after retaining his world title with a gripping and brutal knockout victory over deyontay wilder in las vegas. it was a spectacular finish to a bitter rivalry and in doing so, fury cemented his legacy in the sport's top division. after being floored twice in the fourth, fury produced a devastating blow in the 11th to end the contest. after the first bout was drawn, fury won the next two and remains unbeaten in 32 fights. there were some shaky moments, but i never lost faith, i continued on and carried on and persevered and got that single punch knockout. as soon as i landed it, ijumped on the ropes, i knew it was over and he wasn't getting back up. you need a good dance part of a trilogy is no rematch clause. while that is done. there is no more deontay wilder.
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look at that performance, the character _ look at that performance, the character of the man, the bravery of him _ character of the man, the bravery of him he _ character of the man, the bravery of him he is _ character of the man, the bravery of him he is a — character of the man, the bravery of him. he is a true warrior who gives everything. — him. he is a true warrior who gives everything, and when you think he's come _ everything, and when you think he's come from. — everything, and when you think he's come from, all the problems that he had, it— come from, all the problems that he had, it is— come from, all the problems that he had, it is such a marvellous story. fury was seen partying late in the night afterwards. he tweeted. don't ever doubt me, when the chips are down i always deliver! the plaudits kept on coming. lennox lewis said... after concerns that some england cricketers may not travel to australia to play in the forthcoming ashes series, they've named a pretty much full strength squad. injuries have ruled out jofra archer and ben stokes. the all—rounder is recovering from finger surgery and taking an indefinite breakfrom the game to prioritise his mental health. vice captain and wicketkeeper jos buttler is included. 10 of the 17 will be touring for an ashes
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series for the first time. the england and wales cricket board had extensive discussions with their australian counterparts to ensure players and families could tour under the country's strict covid rules. here's the full list, then. number one batsman in the world joe root leads england for the second time to australia. seamers james anderson and stuart broad are also included but all rounder sam curran misses out after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back. to have all the players into what we have now, and to get them in a state of mind where we can go out there and compete, that is the ultimate thing. we want the players in a state of mind where they can go out there and compete and worry about there and compete and worry about the cricket that is in front of them and enjoy the cricket that is in front of them, so i'm just grateful that we're at this point now. to football.
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manchester city women's forward georgia stanway says she received abuse after being sent off in the women's super league game against rivals manchester united yesterday. stanway was shown a straight red card for this poorly—timed challenge on leah galton after 35 minutes. she wrote on twitter that there was �*no malice intended' and she was glad galton was not injured. galton thanked stanway for the apology and urged people to stop sending abusive messages. five more games today. ahead of chelsea versus leicester, players and staff linked arms in a huddle in a show of solidarity to their counterparts in the united states, after cases of sexual abuse in the nwsl. just about half time now at kingsmeadow. a couple of minutes to go before the whistle, champions chelsea are currently goalless against leicester city in the early kick—off. later leaders arsenal host everton. a wet turkish grand prix has just got under way in istanbul too. lewis hamilton started in 11th. you can follow it with live text commentary right now on the bbc sport website and app. more from me throughout the afternoon. thank you, see you later. let's get
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more on tyson fury�*s 11th round knockout win to retain the wbc heavyweight title in las vegas. fury has now extended his undefeated professional record to 32 fights. i spoke to tyson fury�*s first watching coach, steve egan, and started by asking what he made a fury�*s stunning victory. amazing. from the third round onwards, you just never knew what was going to happen, did you? amazing performance from tyson, showing the guts and determination, and his will to win is second to none. to get up twice in the fourth round and keep pushing back, and the put the pressure on wilder, no matter what was thrown at him. he was still landing good shots. i was on the edge of my seatjust wishing tyson would find that punch and get it finished. i mentioned that you met him when he walked into your boxing academy when he was 1a. did you think when
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he walked in door? he wasjust a big kid, wasn't he? he was six foot four and 1a stone, and he was a big lad, but he went on the backs down the end of the gym, and after about half a minute of watching him, i said to my dad, heavyweight champion of the world. my dad said, he hasjust walked through the door! i said there is something about that lad. and i have been proved right all along. i have always said since his second amateur fight that he would be a champion. what was it about him? you mentioned his size, but was there something else? just something, i don't know what. when you coach good lads from an early age, and they have been very ordinary, tyson wasn't ordinary as soon as he came in. he has got something. you looked into the future and thought, imagine him
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in seven, eight, ten years. i coached him for seven years, so i done a lot of the work, really. so you just look forward and think, if he does everything, how special could he be? and he is heavyweight champion of the world. he said, i always find a way to win. i have been down and out, and i always find a way back. i assume you know exactly what he means when he says that? yeah. it is just his will to win his second to none, like i said. he has come through battles and sorted it out, his mental strength is something else. and so what he wants to be able to do next is to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. what would that mean for him? well, it's everything, isn't it? you are the best, that is it. you are the best heavyweight on the planet, full stop, and no one can argue with that, and the sooner he can get
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that fight the better, but boxing politics, we will see what happens. but i would say, usyk is not a problem for tyson at all. tyson fury�*s former coach, steve egan. iraqis are voting in a parliamentary election called in response to months of anti—government protests. iraq faces an economic crisis, corruption and sectarian division. president barham saleh says the poll is an opportunity to rebuild the state. there are loads of issues that the protesters have been asking for since back in 2019, and one part of the reform is an early election, but today we have been hearing here in
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mosul in the masks as well as well as with the military vehicles with people urging people to take part in this election, and this shows because the boycotting because of been strong among iraqis, because that has been the case all over the country. is much likely to change after this election? this is the main question because of the technicalities. iraq is presenting a new deal that 25% of the seats for women, for instance, as well as a very technology led system for counting as well as guaranteeing any breaches for the voting process. also there are international observers, but this technicalities boxes have been ticked by iraqis. but there is the political question.
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in a divided country with 21 coalitions running in these elections, how can they be able to reach a compromise and create a functioning government, functioning administration that can run the country, with all these problems they are facing whether it is economy, corruption or division on sectarian levels, so these are the questions that will be on the table, and this is the major question iraqis are facing, not just the technicalities of the election. and murad, how much of a story does the scene behind you tell? we can see a well—maintained road with traffic flowing, and obviously buildings that have been destroyed previously. actually in mosul here which has been liberated from the so—called islamic state just four years ago, but the buildings like this one, you can see them easily, the destruction is still remarkable here in this city. this is really triggering the anger and frustration among people i talk to,
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many of them stressing they won't be taking part in these elections. they said that the central government in baghdad are neglecting us, although all the sacrifices they have been fighting against, the so—called islamic state, the devastation situation, they went through after the islamic state in this area. so everyone is saying rebuilding mosul is the main question, and this raises questions for the sunni component in iraq, so sunnis, there were prisons ofjihadis, and their cities need rebuilding, and that is the main headline, all sunni candidates, but people are frustrated, they don't want to take part in these elections.
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the cech president milos zeman is in hospital in prague for an undisclosed medical problem amid ongoing speculation of his health. news crews saw an ambulance leave his country retreat and claimed it was fitted with a mobile intensive care unit. his long—time ally the popular prime minister looks to have lost his bid for re—election. the french authorities are calling on the british government to honour its promise to pay them more than £50 million to help them try to stop migrants crossing the englsih channel in small boats. hundreds of people have made the journey in the past two days, leading to tension between france and the uk. simonjones reports. on a visit to calais, the french interior minister meets the officers on the frontline in the battle to stop migrants crossing the channel.
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some of their work is funded by the british taxpayer. injuly, home secretary priti patel promised an extra £54 million to double the number of patrols on the beaches in northern france and to pay for increased surveillance. but m darmanin says that cash has yet to come. translation: the british - government has not yet paid us what they promised us. at the moment not a single euro has been handed over by the british, following the deal that i negotiated several months ago with priti patel. the english are an honourable nation, and i'm sure it's just a small delay and they will keep their promise. priti patel recently threatened to withhold the money if the french authorities didn't prevent more crossings. france says it's now stopping 65% of those who attempt to set off. but hundreds of migrants have reached the uk on small boats in the past two days, including children and a baby. that brings the total for this year to around 18,000 people. the number arriving by lorry, though, is comparatively small —
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around 850 people detected between january and august. and overall, asylum claims fell by 4% in the past year. both britain and france agree that the dangerous journeys must be stopped, but there's no consensus on the best way to achieve this. the home office has said it's doing everything it can to support the french response and to target the criminals organising the crossings. simon jones, bbc news. and simon gave me more details on the payment promised from the uk to france. we have heard from the home office here in the uk today that negotiations are ongoing about this money, diplomats are working to sort out the final funding arrangement. what is not clear is what sort of timetable we're talking here, because of the day the french interior minister from what he said
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when he visited calais was expected to have at least some of this money by now, and it is not at all clear whether it is dependent upon results, because france certainly seem to think they were getting this money come what may, but we had suggestions from the home secretary, priti patel, but the money was dependent on results, and stopping these crossings, but front saying actually we're stopping more crossings from getting onto the water than ever before, so real tensions, and i think relations between britain and france are at a low ebb anyway, there was all the controversy over submarine deals with australia and a row overfishing permits, so not in a good place at the moment between the two countries. so what is the latest on the number of migrants crossing the channel? it has been a busy couple of days. we had figures released for friday and saturday, and they tell us that 1115 migrants managed to reach the uk by boat on a0 boats, so a0 separate incidents. the busiest day was friday when more than 600 people made the crossing. yesterday almost 500 people managed to reach the uk. we're told over those two days france managed to prevent around 400 people from making the crossing. but the numbers are
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continuing to grow. i think why we've seen it busy over the past couple of days is that for around ten days it was pretty rough in the channel, not conditions for attempting the journey, and it is the busiest shipping lane in the world, so it is dangerous whenever you try. but it has been pretty calm in the last couple of days in the number of boats have been spotted in the channel, so it is likely to be another busy day for the emergency services in border force and also for the lifeboat. thank you, simon. during the second world war, thousands of men and women from the caribbean came to serve in the royal air force, training at raf hunmanby in yorkshire. many returned after the war to settle in britain. but there's no public memorial to reflect their contribution. campaigners who'd like to create one have been told it wouldn't be "inclusive". abi jaiyeola reports. the efforts of the brave men and women who served
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in the royal air force during the second world war are well known. but there's some parts of the story that are perhaps less familiar. glenn parsons wants to highlight the contribution of thousands who came from the caribbean to train with the raf here in filey. the nazi peril was only 26 miles away across the english channel, and the americans, it was still 18 months before they came into the war. so the call went out, it went out to the small isles of the caribbean, and farmers, fishermen, women, answered that call and came here. and i feel very strongly, as do many other people in the black community, that sacrifice to help this country has never properly been reflected. two of glenn's uncles travelled from jamaica and were trained at raf hunmanby. after the war, they returned to settle in the uk and raise their families. they were both young men at the time, my uncle gilmore westcar and edwin samuels both came here from jamaica. they were both very young men, perhaps in search of adventure.
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they answered the call and were proud to do so. they helped as ground staff up here, and they wanted to give service to the motherland. the caribbean contribution to the war effort formed part of an exhibition in 2019, which celebrated the community's history. it was hosted by leeds' jamaica society, and today they're backing glen's campaign. it would be good to have a memorial that, you know, we could visit. - and we could say, yes, - that is in recognition of our men, and some women, as well. we need to pass that history on to our young people. - the memorial gardens in filey pay tribute to those who served in both world wars. this is where glenn would like to see something to commemorate the caribbean contingent who trained close by. he presented his case to filey town council, but they say a specific memorial
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wouldn't be inclusive. what we have been told is that while they will agree to a plaque, it can only say the allies, and recognise the allies. and of course it is important to recognise the contributions that were made by other countries. but "the allies" doesn't really reflect this particular group of people from the caribbean, because of course they came here not as conscripts, they came here as volunteers. filey town council says it will consider this again in november. campaigners hope it will finally agree to honour the memory of those who answered a call to protect the motherland in her hour of need. english apples are said to be redder and tastier than ever this year thanks to ideal weather conditions over the past 12 months. however many could be left rotting in the fields because of a shortage of fruit pickers according to growers. 0ur reporterjosie hannett has the story. nothing beats a crisp, juicy apple and this year, due to the english weather, apparently they taste
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better than ever. but it's not been plain sailing for farmers. a pandemic, a shortage of hgv drivers and brexit have been causing disruption. the logistics behind trying to get a certain amount of tonnage out every and that's what we have to get to. we have to get this certain tonnage every day. you're asking people to do more hours, you're asking people to work weekends, you know, and you're looking for the biggest, boldest fruit to go into those orchards because the volumes will go up with that. today, at fourayes farm, 17 workers are picking apples. it should be 35—40. sam, what's it like doing thisjob? amazing. why do you love it? being outside, the people, it'sjust, it's nice. it's only my third day but it's really good. i i like being outside a lot. i live next to the yard so it's really handy. l although the bramleys taste better this year,
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the crop here is smaller so it means the farm with fewer staff are able to cope, but they still have to pick 1,000 tons of apples over the 90 acre farm in just four weeks. some bodies worry about the impact low staffing levels could have the industry. i'm hearing about shortages of between 15% and up to 40% short of the labour needed to pick the crop. those numbers are potentially catastrophic because it means — this is a fruit that ripens quite quickly and if we can't pick it quickly, it will overripen and become unsaleable. apple picking season will be finished here by the end of next week. bramleys ready for the factory and commercial customers. meanwhile, in just days to come, we'll start seeing british apples back on our supermarket shelves. josie hannett, bbc news, sittingbourne.

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