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The Today programme's Friday boss this week is the director of Dyno-Rod, the drain and plumbing repair company. David Alexander told busi...
The only crude oil refinery in Scotland - Grangemouth - has temporary closed, placing the futures of 1,400 employees and many suppliers i...
A collection of Chinese paintings to be exhibited at the Victoria & Albert museum in London, reflects the enormous wealth of the country'...
Business news with Simon Jack: hundreds of thousands of US government employees are back at work after
President Barack Obama signed a law ending a 16-day government shutdown and
extending the US debt limit. Plus, the Today programme's Friday boss is David
Alexander, director of Dynorod.
A European connection has emerged for one of the suspects of
the Westgate shopping centre attack in Nairobi. Journalist Tormod Strand, who
has written extensively about the Somali
community in Norway, explains how a Norwegian
citizen has been identified.
The government plans to introduce a life
sentence for the worst cases of human trafficking and exploitation, as part of
a renewed effort to tackle what the Home Secretary has called “modern day slavery”.
Klara Skrivankova, from the pressure group Anti-Slavery International, explains
how many victims of trafficking are used for sexual exploitation or forced
Business news with Simon Jack.
Humans instinctively know that it is rude to
interrupt, as apparently do marmosets.
Apparently sleep is not just for making us
feel and look more human, but also for washing away waste toxins in our brains.
Dr Maiken Nedergaard, a researcher from the Journal Science, discusses how
sleep is an essential waste removal process.
A report published today argues that our
armed forces should be protected from the full might of human rights
legislation. The mother of Private Philip Hewett talks
about concerns for soldiers travelling in lightly-armoured Snatch Land Rovers.
The story of China is one of
re-birth of a great and ancient civilisation; and a collection of paintings
coming here are proof of that. The BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones
has been to the V&A to see the exhibition taking shape.
Thought for The Day with Lord
Harries of Pentregarth.
Members of the Scottish National
Party are in Perth for their annual conference. The Today programme’s
James Naughtie meets with the members and discuss the
ways in which a referendum would be the biggest change in the whole history of
Ministers say people responsible for the
worst cases of human trafficking should be jailed for life, after the number of
detected cases in the UK rose by 25% last year. Many of the victims came from
eastern Europe. Kristy Adams, a Conservative
councillor who also runs an organisation called Bedfordshire Against Modern Slavery,
and chief constable Shaun Sawyer of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss new measures set to be introduced.
American documentary is looking at the first independent television network
created in Afghanistan, after 30 years of censorship. Eva Orner, who made the
documentary The Network, and BBC Afghan's Dawood Azami, talk about the channel.
It is a
source of "national shame" that as many as 800,000 people in England
are "chronically lonely", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to say in a
speech today. Anthea Tinker, professor of Social Gerontology at King’s College
London, and Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta - which
runs programmes for older people - discuss
the scale of the issue.
Business news with Simon Jack: George
Osborne and Boris Johnson have been in China this week, announcing a slew of
measures aimed at strengthening economic ties between the UK and China. Will
Butler-Adams, managing director of London-based manufacturer Brompton Bicycles, and
Miranda Carr, head of China research at North Square Blue Oak, discuss the
practicalities of working with China.
Brazil is on the verge of
becoming a major oil producer as it auctions off the rights to develop
a huge offshore deposit just to the north of Rio de Janeiro. The BBC's Wyre
Davies reports on concerns Brazil is demanding too high a price.
The man being investigated by Norwegian police over the attack on
Kenya's Westgate shopping centre is Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, BBC Newsnight has
up a seat to a pregnant woman is the "decent thing to do", Downing
Street said after expectant mother and equalities minster Jo Swinson
was forced to stand during Prime Minister's Questions. James Forsyth, political
editor of the Spectator, and Caron Lindsay from Liberal Democrat Voice, discuss
whether it would have been sexist to offer her a seat.