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Simon Jack on news that Royal
Mail shares, priced at 330p, are due to begin conditional trading and investors
are keen to see if their value will rise. Plus the Today programme's Friday
boss is Luke Johnson, one of the founders of
Centre for Entrepreneurs.
who have bought shares in Royal Mail will find out if their shares rise in
value when trading begins this morning. General Secretary of the
Communication Workers Union Billy Hayes discusses the privatisation of Royal
rise for a breakthrough in the political impasse crippling Washington after
"constructive" talks between Obama and top Republicans on a short-term
fix to stave off a debt default. Democrat strategist Steve Elmendorf and
Sal Russo from the Tea Party Express campaign group discuss how officials have
warned the US risks default on 17 October if the nation's borrowing limit is
run-up to the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, we hear from
all six shortlisted authors. The judges have described this year's list as the
most diverse ever, with an exceptionally international feel for subjects and
authors scattered across the globe. Writers Jhumpa Lahiri and NoViolet Bulawavo
talk to arts correspondent Rebecca Jones about why they have chosen to write
about their countries of origin.
2011, 17 to 24 year olds drove 5% of all the miles driven in UK, but were
involved in 20% of serious accidents.
Mail is not the first UK company to be privatised - the trend started back in
the 1980s. Business reporter Jonty Bloom looks back at how these have fared -
and why setting a price for shares is not always straightforward.
have found evidence of Earth-like planets beyond our solar system. Dr Jay
Fahiri from the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge explains how habitable
conditions may exist beyond the sun's orbit.
for The Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth.
kidnapping of Libyan PM Ali Zeidan has focused attention on the security
situation in Libya, with many questions asked about how he could have been
abducted with apparent ease from a hotel in Tripoli. French philosopher
Bernard-Henri Lévy explains how little effort seems to have been made to build
the institutions of the new Libya.
Royal Mail shares start conditional trading for the first
time and institutional investors will be able to buy and sell the shares they
own in the company. Today business presenter Simon Jack reports from the City
of London, and Vince Cable, Business Secretary, defends the privatisation.
According to the publishers Penguin, Morrissey's new
autobiography is a classic work of literature and they are publishing it in
their Penguin Classics canon. Erica Wagner, former
literary editor of the Times, and Gavin Hopps, who wrote a book about
Morrissey, discuss whether the book should be on the same pedestal as the works of Aristotle, Austen
Jane and Aristophanes.
Two of the British
detainees seized by the Russian authorities from the Greenpeace ship involved
in a protest in the Arctic are appearing in court this morning. Russell Bryan,
brother of Kieron Bryan, who tried to board an oil platform owned by the
Russian oil giant Gazprom, and Sergey Golubok, a lawyer for Greenpeace
International, discuss the trial.
The conference of
Plaid Cymru starts in Aberystwyth today. With lots of attention now on
Scotland, with its referendum on independence next year, Leader of Plaid Cymru
Leanne Wood, examines whether there are lessons or implications for Wales.
news with Simon Jack on news that the government has announced proposals to
overhaul how corporate crime is reported and investigated, moving to a US-style
system that provides financial incentives to whistle-blowers.
Royal Mail is not the first UK company to be privatised. Business
reporter Jonty Bloom looks back at how back at how other privatised companies
have fared - and why setting a price for shares is not always straightforward.
Women and girls with autism often go undiagnosed
because it is typically seen as a male condition, and they are also more likely
to be misdiagnosed, according to the National Autistic Society. Author of the
study, Robyn Steward, outlines the findings.
An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.
From the leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, an expedition circumnavigating the Arctic.