Skip to main content

tv   BBC News  BBC News  October 14, 2021 2:00am-2:31am BST

2:00 am
welcome to bbc news — i'm lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: president biden announces around—the—clock working at two of the biggest ports in the us in a bid to tackle supply chain disruption. five people have been killed in an attack in norway by a man armed with a bow and arrow. star trek�*s william shatner — at the age of 90 — makes history as the oldest person to go into space. what you have given me is the most profound experience ican ever... it's odd, i'm so filled with emotion about whatjust happened.
2:01 am
welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. president biden has announced longer hours at america's largest port — los angeles — to try to help ease supply chain blockages in the run—up to the black friday and christmas shopping seasons. suppliers around the world are struggling to cope with a rise in consumer demand, as countries emerge from pandemic lockdowns. the shortages are causing steep price rises in everthing from food to energy to consumer goods. from washington, here's our economics editor faisal islam. one of the world's biggest parking lots. dozens of cargo ships just waiting in the pacific, full of goods from asia, unable to dock at full terminals in the ports of california, with containers piled high.
2:02 am
the same now happening on the atlantic coast off georgia too and in other ports around the world, the plumbing of the world economy not functioning properly. at the white house today, president biden summoned us business bosses to work 24/7 to clear the backlogs. this is an across—the—board commitment to going to 21w. this is a big first step in speeding up the movement of materials and goods through our supply chain. the actions of the president show that this is a supply—chain crisis that affects many countries across the world. it arises out of the fact that after the pandemic, demand rebounded much faster than expected and much faster than the ability of the world economy to supply the goods required. that's led to shortages, it's led to price rises, and that's not going to be solved before christmas. in fields and airfields around the usa, there are tens of thousands of nearly finished cars and trucks, but they can't be sold because they lack the crucial microchips, the orders
2:03 am
for which were cancelled at the start of the pandemic. the companies were too pessimistic about the rebound in demand. that's led to a change in view from the bank chief who, earlier this year, predicted an unprecedented british boom. we did predict a booming recovery in the economy. i think what we missed was it would be so strong that it would create these supply—chain problems, whether it's gasoline, whether it's chips, whatever it is. because of pandemic restrictions, finance ministers attending international meetings are spilling out onto the streets and parks of washington, dc. one solution to all of this — producing more locally. to reduce the dependence of france and all european countries to key technologies, to chips, to semiconductors, to all the products on which there are bottlenecks and shortages today. and that could lead to higher prices permanently, alongside otherfactors, from us—china tensions, post—brexit visa restrictions orfears over uk—eu trade.
2:04 am
it's a global economic challenge and it's not going away. faisal islam, bbc news, in washington, dc. we can now speak to margaret kidd who's a logistics professor at the university of houston. thank you for coming on the programme. greetings from houston, texas. it is great to have you on, what has gone so wrong here? well, it was this perfect storm within a storm, you had covid really interfering with manufacturing throughout asia, southeast asia, china, and on again, off again at manufacturing. you had insatiable demand by us consumers, which was fuelled by federal stimulus money. what you see is — what we are
2:05 am
witnessing now is record trade and, regrettably, 36 open 40% of all trade with asia by container comes to la long beach. we certainly applaud the president's actions today, but one has to take a step back and kind of think we are in peak season currently, i mean, couldn't all of these stakeholders possibly have matt months ago and come up with a plan? crosstalk. a lot of people would have been frustrated by that — but it wasn't foreseen, given where we are, president biden has taken this 24—hour working approach, what other moves do you think are necessary now to get the world out of this? what we need to see as more near shoring for manufacturing and that could be in mexico, in the northern triangle countries of guatemala, el salvador,
2:06 am
honduras, even haiti. that's part of the solution, and a second part is really focusing on upgrading our infrastructure. ports and at the us are several decades behind european and asian ports in terms of technology. it is time to take windfalls from this record trade and invest in our infrastructure. one of the system is the european ports use, the community system, needs to be implemented here in the us, that certainly would help, get everyone on the same page and optimise import operations. you know, hearing east end and golf post port, we have seen record trade also but it has been manageable. i understand all that, just quickly because we have to go, but inflation, of course, the restriction of supply will lead to an increase in prices, do you think that this is temporary or could this be with us for a while? we already saw inflation
2:07 am
numbers that came out today that were up 5.4%. you are seeing that year in the us automotive market whether you are buying a new car or a used car, and you are seeing it in the grocery stores. it is going to clearly take another 12 or 18 months for the system to move towards normalcy, but the main thing is we need to flatten the covid curve. ac, 12 to 18 months is not what people are going to want to hear, thank you so much for your expertise. thank you. five people have been killed and two injured in an attack in norway by a man armed with a bow and arrow. he's now in custody. police think he acted alone but are not yet clear what his motive may have been. russell trott reports. the attacks took place just after six and in the evening around the town of kongsberg. a man apparently armed with bow and arrows walked around the town centre and began, at random, to shoot at shoppers.
2:08 am
his motive is unclear, says police, but they believe he acted alone. translation: i acted alone. translation: ., ., translation: i want to underline _ translation: i want to underline that _ translation: i want to underline that if - translation: i want to underline that if it's - translation: | want to | underline that if it's terror related, we don't know if it is a political attack that has taken place. the police will have to investigate that. attacks have been struck by good police work but the issue of loan perpetrators is difficult, but we need to know more to find out if that is one of those situations. some of the casualties were in a supermarket including an off—duty police officer who is now being treated in hospital. as this person was on a rampage for between half—an—hour and an hour, it is unclear at how long this was going on, but witness that he saw a police barring warning shots, and police have confirmed a warning shot was fired during the apprehension.
2:09 am
images posted on social media show arrows are stuck in the wooden walls of houses. the prime minister said the community had been hit hard stop norway still remembers the events of 2011, when the far—right extremist anders breivik killed 77 people. a man is in custody as police tried to piece together exactly what happened here. let's get some of the day's other news. russia's president vladimir putin has denied allegations that he's using the country's energy supplies as a political weapon against the west. russia — one of the world's largest suppliers of natural gas — has been accused of deliberately withholding supplies from europe. but mr putin said europe's energy woes were their own fault. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has more. chile's opposition has begun impeachment proceedings against president sebastian pinera, accusing him of corruption after he was mentioned in the leaked pandora papers. mr pinera says there was no conflict of interest in the sale of a mine owned by his family in 2010, denying any involvement
2:10 am
in the deal. the us special envoy for iran says washington is prepared to adjust to what he called a "different reality", if tehran is not prepared to return to its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. robert malley said with new leadership in iran, there was a good possibility the country would choose a different path. a world—record—holding kenyan athlete, agnes tirop, has been found dead in her home in itenni, an athletics training hub in the west of the country. police say she suffered a stab wound to the neck and are treating her husband, who has gone missing, as a suspect. celestine karonay is in nairobi with more details. on wednesday crime scene investigation�*s were at the home of agnes tirop who was reported missing by her father on tuesday night. police say they found agnes tirop in bed with a stab wound on her neck which is
2:11 am
what they believe to be the cause of death. according to police, preliminary investigations her husband is a suspect and they are trying to find him so can explain what happened to tirop. it was only last month that agnes tirop set a new world record for the women's ten kilometre rd race was operated at the 25—year—old had earned fame while winning bronze medal�*s over the track at the 2017 and 2019 world athletics championships. in august, she finished fourth in the olympic 5000m final stop she also excelled in cross—country, winning a world title in 2015. kenya's president said she was a hero by all than us and asked police to track down and apprehend the criminals. athletics kenya has described itself as distraught over the news of the athlete's death. the world health organization has honoured henrietta lacks, an african
2:12 am
american woman who died in 1951, for her enduring contribution to medical science. samples of her cells, taken without her knowledge or consent, have been used in research that's led to countless medical breakthroughs. that includes vaccines that help prevent cervical cancer, the disease that killed her. the head of the who, tedros adhanom ghebreyesus, said the ceremony was not only about honouring henrietta lacks but also a way of �*reckoning with past injustices'. they with past injustices'. commercialise distributed worldwide they commercialise distributed worldwide for researchers and enabling countless advances in medicine, while they were making a global impact, henrietta's family were not informed, it was not until 20 years after her death that we would learn how science retrieved herself and her grandmother's enormous contribution to medicine and
2:13 am
humanity. contribution to medicine and stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a scourge to some, but a livelihood for others — how the oil industry's creating a divided country in norway. parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life, but in the marina area where most of the damage was done, they are more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he has gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20—pound bomb . which exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, i ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken. democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation - held its breath for the men they called the 33. and then, bells tolled i nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let
2:14 am
out an almighty roar. - this is bbc world news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. the latest headlines: president biden announces around—the—clock working at a second major us port in a bid to tackle supply chain disruption. five people have been killed in an attack in norway by a man armed with a bow and arrow. the actor william shatner has made history as the oldest person to go into space. the 90 year—old went on a io—minute flight on board the blue origin rocket, built by a company owned by the amazon billionaire, jeff bezos. the man familiar to millions as captain kirk returned safely to earth, describing his trip as a most profound experience.
2:15 am
from texas, our correspondent sophie long reports. as the sun rose over one of the most desolate parts of the wild west, william shatner made his way to the new shepard suborbital spacecraft. william shatner. he wasn't leading the crew his alter ego commanded, but with three other passengers who would share what the few who've gone before say is a life—changing experience. two, one... more than 50 years after he first donned a spacesuit as captain kirk, william shatner is now on his way to the final frontier. and there they are, over 328,000 feet...
2:16 am
minutes later, as the new shepard crossed the internationally recognised boundary of space, he became the oldest person in the world to float there, weightless. and the actor who, for decades, played an iconic space explorer became one. and capsule touchdown. welcome back, the newest astronauts! he emerged from the capsule visibly moved by the adventure he said he hopes he never recovers from. firmly back on planet earth, he told me the beauty of what he'd seen was more profound than any words he could find or world record he'd broken. i wish i had broken the world record in the 10—yard dash or the 100—yard dash, but unfortunately it was how old i am! would you do it again, though? i am so filled with such an emotion and such a feeling of a novel experience, i don't want to dissipate by thinking of another journey. there may be debate about whether he can be called an astronaut, but he has gone
2:17 am
where no nonagenarian has gone before. sophie long, bbc news, blue origin launch pad one. we can now speak to jonathan mcdowell who is a space flight expert at the harvard—smithsonian center for astrophysics. thank you for coming on the programme. lots of people watching will say this is a big publicity stunt and it has clearly worked because we are all talking about it but william shatner clearly very emotional and lots of people watching pretty emotional as well. i watching pretty emotional as well. ~ , ., ., well. i think it is a great advert for— well. i think it is a great advert for blue - well. i think it is a great advert for blue origin. i well. i think it is a great - advert for blue origin. william shatner did not pay for his flight but there were to paying customers aboard. they need more and i think seeing william shatner�*s raw emotion and or at what he had experience has been helpful for the new advertising.-
2:18 am
helpful for the new advertising. helpful for the new advertisinu. . ,. . , advertising. that is certainly true. advertising. that is certainly true- on _ advertising. that is certainly true. on the _ advertising. that is certainly true. on the space - advertising. that is certainly true. on the space tourism l true. on the space tourism side, what does this symbolise? how many people have been into space in a private capacity and where are we on this journey? he is the 18th person to go into space as a pure tourist. a few other private citizens going for their companies, a film crew on board the international space station, a russian film crew filming a movie on location, and so we are seeing a lot more privately funded tracks into space both from rich people and companies and it is really starting to be and it is really starting to be a significant part of human space exploration. the question lots of us want _ space exploration. the question lots of us want to _ space exploration. the question lots of us want to know, - space exploration. the question lots of us want to know, when l lots of us want to know, when can the rest of us get involved? i can the rest of us get involved?— can the rest of us get involved? ~ , ., involved? i think it is going to be a while. _ involved? i think it is going to be a while. he _ involved? i think it is going i to be a while. he probably... the folks who paid for this
2:19 am
trip are probably in the several hundred thousand dollar range for this quick flight. the folks who went up on the spacex and orbited the world, the funder paid millions of dollars. so that is beyond my pocket money, for sure, but i think we will get back eventually. it is the same thing that happened with air plane travel and everything else. eventually, the price will come down but maybe not in my lifetime. irate will come down but maybe not in my lifetime-— my lifetime. we live and hope. thank you _ my lifetime. we live and hope. thank you for— my lifetime. we live and hope. thank you for talking _ my lifetime. we live and hope. thank you for talking to - my lifetime. we live and hope. thank you for talking to us. - thank you for talking to us. brilliant stuff. in norway, climate activists are taking their government to court, trying to stop an increase in drilling forfossilfuels. but norwegian officials are moving ahead, announcing a new round of bidding for contracts exploring oil reserves. our europe correspondent nick beake travelled to the northernmost county in norway to see how
2:20 am
the politics of climate change are dividing the scandinavian country. beside the fjords of northernmost norway, they formed their own arctic circle of solidarity. climate change campaigners have travelled from across the country and set up camp, to try to stop the opening of a cobalt mine. they say it would do yet more damage to an environment already under severe threat. ella marie haetta isaksen is one of norway's biggest young stars, a winner of their x factor style competition. the climate crisis is definitely here, and it has started, and it is dramatic already. she's one of six young norwegians taking her government to the european court of human rights, arguing that plans to drill
2:21 am
for more oil is depriving them of their future. i really do believe that norway has a big part of the responsibility to solve the climate crisis, because we have been such a big oil producer. scientists say these are already the scars of climate change in norway. hotter conditions have attracted moths, which decimate trees in their path. we don't want this fish in the river. and warmer rivers mean pink — or humpback — salmon are thriving where they shouldn't be. they often carry disease and are a threat to the native atlantic salmon that so many of us eat. other changes are even more striking. they call these the norwegian alps. but the ice here in lyngen municipality is melting, contributing to rising sea levels. in 1998, the glacier reached all the way back to here.
2:22 am
but in just four years, it had retracted to where i'm standing now. and in the years that followed, the ice continued to melt, and you can see what has happened. so much has been lost injust 23 years, a landscape redrawn. norway is a country of contradictions. most cars sold here are electric, the vast majority of domestic energy used is renewable, yet it continues to produce billions of barrels of oil as well as gas, fossil fuels blamed for damaging the planet. but not all young norwegians have the same outlook. electrician kim and his family rely on oil production for their livelihoods. he works on a rig, and if drilling stopped, he'd fear for their future. probably my children are also going to work at the same place as i do. it's very important.
2:23 am
we don't have any other place to work. so ifjobs were lost and companies were to close, what would that mean for you, yourfamily, your community? it will be a ghost city with no industry and no... nothing. this new generation of climate activists will have to convince the new norwegian government to give up the addiction to oil, and any european court ruling could be years away, so the campaigners say they'll keep on appealing to the world's conscience, to protect the planet and theirfuture. nick beake, bbc news, norway. if you never heard of the new tv show squid game, you're probably living on another planet. the dystopian violent korean drama has become netflix's biggest ever series launch. it tells the story of a group of misfits taking part in six, children's playground games, where the cost of losing is death. in just 28 days, it has been watched by a staggering 111 million users.
2:24 am
steve holden has more. squid game is a dystopian drama that puts a deadly spin on some classic childhood games. over nine episodes contestants with huge personal debt put their lives at risk to win millions of pounds in prize money. the creator of the south korean show originally came up with the idea in 2008, with netflix taking it on for distribution in 2019. it blends violence, satire and heart with striking visuals. put simply, everyone is talking about it. there was very little hype around the launch of this when it came out. they have launched this creative, interesting, vibrant, violent new show onto the platform and it has just grown through
2:25 am
word—of—mouth in a really interesting and pretty inspiring way. i will not have this go wrong. you mean our ruse? until now, netflix had said that period drama bridgerton was its most popular series launch. it says squid game has had 111 million users watching in its first 28 days. netflix can be secretive and selective about its viewing figures but it counts one view as anyone who has watched two minutes of an episode. squid game is also another example of the rise of korean culture globally. two years ago movie parasite won best film at the oscars. and bts, from the capital seoul, are now the world's biggest boy band. squid game continues to ride that south korean wave. steve holden, bbc news.
2:26 am
that's it from me. get me online and social media. this is bbc news. bye—bye. hello. plenty of cloud across the uk yesterday and plenty of it still around today as well. glimmers of sunshine or sunny spells at best, i think, sums up our forecast for the majority. for scotland, though, the winds are already picking up. here, we will see cloud bearing more meaningful rain through the day as this cold weather front sinks its way in. high pressure holds things steady for england and wales — just light winds here, that cloud around, as i said. similar story for northern ireland. perhaps a few showers down towards the channel coast. but for scotland, rain will make its way as far south, i think, as the central belt by the time we get to the evening rush hour. some of the rain could be heavy. should be brighter for the northern isles through the afternoon, but it will stay windy.
2:27 am
and then the rain progressively works its way into northern ireland and northern england through the evening. and then towards the end of the night, we'll see that rain pushing into the midlands, north wales and parts of east anglia. for the south of the band of rain, temperatures in double figures. behind it, here's a clue of what's to come — temperatures in single figures, much colder air moving in, some pockets of frost to the north first thing friday. and that colder air flushes all the way south through the day on friday, with perhapsjust the exception of the far southwest of england. so friday, much more in the way of sunshine, the day looking a whole lot brighter, but i think you will notice the chillier feel. the southwest of england likely to be warmest. in some areas, temperatures will come down through the day. as the cloud breaks, the weather front pulls away, but the colder air ushers in. top temperatures, well, widely around 13 or 1a, perhapsjust eight there in aberdeen. clear skies overnight friday into saturday. we'll see a patchy frost to start saturday, but then i think a decent day for many.
2:28 am
particularly in the east, there should be some spells of sunshine. towards the west, cloud trying to encroach, and i think we will see that bearing some rain on the afternoon. temperatures, though, lifting up a little once again as we start to pick up a south—westerly wind, so sitting in the mid—teens. for the mildest and the driest of the two days of the weekend, though, sunday looks to be the better option. we should, i think, see a lot of dry weather on sunday. it will be milder from the get—go. and when the sun comes out, with the south—westerly wind, i think temperatures a little above average for the time of year — highs of 17 or 18.
2:29 am
this is bbc news,
2:30 am
the headlines: president biden has announced around—the—clock operation at america's largest port — los angeles — to try to help ease supply chain blockages in the run—up to the black friday and christmas shopping seasons. he's also urged retailers to increase their logistics efforts. five people have been killed and two injured in an attack in norway by a man armed with a bow and arrow. he's now in custody. police believe he acted alone but his motive is not clear. researchers in the netherlands say they've developed a way to carry out injections without using needles. they've developed a laser called a �*bubble gun�* that fires droplets of liquid into the skin, in a process said to be virtually painless.
2:31 am
now on bbc news, it's time for the media show.


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on