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welcome to bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: 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. a posthumous honour for henrietta lacks whose cells were taken without consent after she died in the 50s, and who's gone on to save countless lives. 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
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happened. 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 everything 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,
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full of goods from asia, unable to dock at full terminals in the ports of california, with containers piled high. 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,
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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 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.
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and that could lead to higher prices permanently, alongside otherfactors, from us—china tensions, post—brexit visa restrictions orfears over uk—eu trade. it's a global economic challenge and it's not going away. faisal islam, bbc news, in washington, dc. we can now speak to terry esper who's an associate professor of logistics at ohio state university. thank you for coming on the programme. thank you for havin- thank you for coming on the programme. thank you for havin- me. thank you for coming on the programme. thank you for havin- me. it thank you for coming on the programme. thank you for havin- me. it is thank you for having me. it is a mess are — thank you for having me. it is a mess are there, _ thank you for having me. it is a mess are there, what - thank you for having me. it is a mess are there, what are some things we can do to fix it? i think that we are seeing, in terms of navigating through the congestion that we are facing as a lot of companies investing in a sense that they are investing and chartering vessels, we see companies standing up your operations
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that allow them to get products to the shop quicker. ultimately, from a consumer level, there are a lot of discussions about how we can navigate this, particularly during the holiday season. will it mean simply we are not going to be able to buy as many things as we want and they will be more expensive? yes, i think as a lot of truth to that, we will see a lot of shortages at retail, there has been a lot of discussion about the christmas shopping season starting much earlier than it typically does. someone suggested that christmas shopping starts now. if you see something that you are thinking as a gift that you would like to buy for a loved one, buy it now. over and above that, we are also going to see a lot more of a focus on experiential gifts during the holiday season, really migrating away from so much focus, and more on experiences and things that don't require the purchasing of inventory at retail. that's an interesting idea, then what about moving on to
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then what about moving on to the medium term, how do we try and put in some sort of text? —— fix. i think there are some things wejust need —— fix. i think there are some things we just need to grapple with. the reason why we are seeing this issue as our infrastructure just wasn't ready to handle the uptake and demand associated with the curtailing of the pandemic, and the holiday rush. and so as a result i think we're going to have to start thinking differently about companies invest inventory, we will have to start to grapple more directly with conversations about labour, because labour shortages are a big part of this. i think investment in technology will be a big part of this discussion as well. so a number of factors to really get us out of this crisis that we are in. and then i think in terms of your average consumer, we are going to have to start thinking differently about how we shop and relying on — we are getting so used to relying on inventory availability in retail, as we have in years
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past. interesting, so there could be some long—term changes to our behaviour. terry esper, thank you for coming on. terry esper, thank you for coming om— terry esper, thank you for cominu on. . ~' ., ., coming on. thank you for having me. 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 across the country have been told to arm themselves. russell trott reports. the attacks took place atjust after six 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. his motive is unclear, say police, but they believe he acted alone. translation: | want to | underline that if it's terror related, we don't know if it's a political attack that has taken place. the police will have to investigate that. we know that in many countries over a long time attacks have been struck by good police work, but the issue of lone perpetrators is difficult, but we need to know more to find out if this is one
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of those situations. some of the casualties were in a supermarket, including an off—duty police officer who's now being treated in hospital. as this person was on a rampage for between half—an—hour and an hour, it's not clear yet how long this was going on, but one witness said he saw a police firing warning shots, and police have confirmed that there was a warning shot was fired during the apprehension. images posted on social media show arrows stuck in the wooden walls of houses. the prime minister said the community had been hit hard. norway still remembers the events of 2011 when the far—right extremist anders breivik killed 77 people. a man is in custody as police try to piece together exactly what happened here. russel trott, bbc news. let's get some of
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the day's other news. 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 in the deal. the indonesian holiday island of bali is set to open up to international travellers on thursday. fully—vaccinated visitors from selected countries with low infection rates such as china, new zealand and japan will be able to holiday there after quarantining for five days at their own expense. conservationists want to use satellite imagery to count the number of walruses in the arctic and give them a better understanding of how changes in sea ice are affecting the animals. the volunteers will be asked to trawl through thousands of satellite pictures to see how many herds of the huge, tusked creatures they can spot. walruses use ice floes as a base for hunting,
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resting and rearing their young, but climate change is causing the ice shelf to retreat. the world health organization has held a ceremony to honour henrietta lacks, an african american woman who died in 1951, for her enduring contribution to medical science. cell samples from mrs lacks, taken without consent, became the first ever to survive and multiply outside the human body. aru na iyengar reports. henrietta lacks was my grandmother, she was born and virginia to eliza and johnny. the ceremony at the world health organization was to honour henrietta lacks, but also a health organization was to honour henrietta lacks, but also a reckoning health organization was to honour henrietta lacks, but also a reckoning for health organization was to honour henrietta lacks, but also a reckoning for past injustices. our poor and mother
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of five, just 31 years old when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. during treatment, some of her cancerous cells were removed without her consent. what was groundbreaking was groundbreaking was that they were the first living human cells ever to survive and multiply outside of the human body. this woman had immortal cells. the cells are still used today. they have been used and researched, leading to the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cancer and ivf treatments. lately, they have helped to make covid vaccines. they have also helped to make hpv vaccine, it prevent cervical cancer, the disease that took henrietta lacks lie. it was only in 1975 that by chance the family found out about her legacy. since then, they have sought guardianship of her sales and recognition for her contribution to medical science.
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henrietta lacks's cells will go one to be commercialised, distributed worldwide to enable countless advances in medicine. while these cells make a global impact, herfamily was not informed. the who said the racial inequality she suffered is still an issue, saying it stood in solidarity with marginalised patients and communities all over the world who are not consulted, engaged or empowered in their own care. we are them that in medicine and in science black lives matter. henrietta lacks' life mattered and still matters. her family says the who recognition allows them to reclaim her name, her story and wider appreciation that her legacy lives on. aruna iyengar, bbc news. doctor clyde yancy is a member of the henrietta lacks foundation, and also chief of cardiology
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at northwestern university's feinberg school of medicine, as well as being vice—dean of their diversity and inclusion department. he joins us from chicago. thank you forjoining us. thank you for the invitation. why is a day like today significant for you? this is an incredibly important day. the only way we can avoid the missteps of the past is to acknowledge the history, and in this case not only acknowledge the history but celebrate the gift. it wasn't a gift under usual circumstances but so many have benefited, so it is very important to acknowledge the history and what we can do differently as we go forward. we heard a little bit of the signs they about some of the impact, but broaden that out for us. what has the been here? think about how important it is to have tissue that we can study that not only approximates the human condition but actually is the
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human condition. so many times were you animal data on animal cells when at the point is a doesn't always strike very well with human experience. in at this very unusual case, we actually have human cells. it has been a short circuit, it has been a short circuit, it has been a leapfrog to answers that otherwise would have taken a long time to retrieve because we have the precise biological information, and we can do more capital experience. you have heard the litany of funding that has led to better human health. yes, they can't be too many people who have had such a long and widespread impact on other peoples health. here is the irony. this was a functionally illiterate, very young, very poor woman who had no idea that her cells were even harvested, and yet her gift to science and medicine may be more significant, more magnificent and many other gifts we have already acknowledged over the decades with any number of prizes and
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accolades. it really is remarkable when you juxtapose her social circumstances with the gift that her cells have provided. and just because people will be slightly concerned, obviously, about that harvesting, is this something that is completely confined to the past decades and decades ago now? the one important thing i can share with you is that we have to understand the history. at the time that henrietta lacks underwent her surgery informed consent really hadn't been invented, and we can really attribute those kinds of scenarios that she experienced as a leverage that allowed us to enter a world that we exist in now where we have a type of respect for personal health information, and where we insist on truly informed consent before we do procedures or the harvest tissues. where we still don't have clarity as, how do utilise that human there could be subsequent
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discoveries. that is yet to be established. it is a remarkable legacy. thank you so much for coming on. 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, 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
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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 out an almighty roar. - this is bbc 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. in norway, climate activists are taking their government to court, trying to stop an increase in drilling forfossilfuels.
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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 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
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government to the european court of human rights, arguing that plans to drill 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
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to rising sea levels. in 1998, the glacier reached all the way back to here. 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,
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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. 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. a world—record—holding kenyan athlete, agnes tirop, has been found dead in her home in itenni, an athletics training hub
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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 investigators were at the home of agnes tirop, who was reported missing by herfather on tuesday night. police say they found tirop in bed with a stab wound on her neck which is what they believe to be the cause of death. according to police, preliminary investigations show her husband is a suspect and they are trying to find him so he 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 road race. prior to that, the 25—year—old had earned fame when winning bronze medals over the some distance on the track at the 2017 and 2019 world athletics championships. in august, she finished fourth in the olympic 5000m final. she also excelled in cross—country, winning a world title in 2015. kenya's president of uhuru kenyatta lauded
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the athlete, calling her a kenyan hero by all measures and asked the police to track down and apprehend the criminals. athletics kenya has described itself as distraught over the news of the athlete's death. the actor william shatner has made history as the oldest person to go into space. the 90—year—old went on a 10—minute flight on—board the blue origin rocket, built by a company owned by the amazon billionairejeff bezos. the man familiar to millions as captain kirk returned safely to earth describing his trip as a most profound experience. 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.
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mission control: 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... 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
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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 where no nonagenarian has gone before. sophie long, bbc news, blue origin launch pad one. congratulations to him. that is about it for me. plenty more on the website and remember to download the bbc news app. you can get me on social media on twitter. i'm lewis vaughan
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jones. and 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. and then the rain progressively
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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.
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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 come 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.
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this is bbc news. 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. the world health organization has held a ceremony to honour henrietta lacks, an african—american woman who died in 1951, for her enduring contribution to medical science. cells taken from her body without consent have been used to develop treatments including vaccines and cancer and hiv drugs.
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