tv Ros Atkins On... Global Supply... BBC News October 2, 2021 6:45pm-7:01pm BST
�* today will hopefully her victory today will help the recovery process, in terms of cycling in the uk. for help the recovery process, in terms of cycling in the uk.— of cycling in the uk. for the event itself, the — of cycling in the uk. for the event itself, the prize _ of cycling in the uk. for the event itself, the prize money _ of cycling in the uk. for the event itself, the prize money is - of cycling in the uk. for the event itself, the prize money is an - itself, the prize money is an aspect, but significantly less than the men's event — is that something that will improve over time, do you think? �* , ., , that will improve over time, do you think? 2 ., , , think? it's a big disappointment because actually, _ think? it's a big disappointment because actually, the _ think? it's a big disappointment because actually, the disparity i because actually, the disparity between the bike money spent, i think it was around 13 times lower for the women, the overall price part, compared to the men's prize pot, which is lavishly a huge disparity. with the prize money, although organisers can set their own levels of prize money, most organisers for races actually go by the uci regulations as to what the minimum levels can be. so it's really at the uci level that we need to be kind of looking at the prize money situation. but saying that, quite often what you see and women's racing is the teams that take home the prize money are those teams that
actually already have more equality in terms of, you know, they'll pay their writers a salary. so it's almost the money going to the teams that are already better funded anyway. . and the london marathon returns tomorrow, with thousands of runners on the streets of the capital. last year's event was limited to just elite athletes, because of the pandemic, and many were forced to take part virtually. mike bushell has been speaking to some of those who've been preparing for the race. it's finally back, the world famous marathon that gets 40,000 people running together, all with individual stories and reasons for why they are pounding the streets of london. among the most emotional, claire and asked wayne flanagan running in memory of their daughter, jade, who died injanuary this year just ten days after she was born. both claire and wayne had tested positive for covid 19 just days before jade suffered unforeseen
complications during her birth. immediately afterjade died, i started running as a way to start to understand my grief and the loss of jade. and then, the emotionsjust felt so overwhelming quite often. so as i started running more and more, i realised the benefits for me, my mental health and wellbeing. so we are running it to raise awareness and funds for the people that cared for us and jade. during the time, so nhs and care workers.— for us and jade. during the time, so nhs and care workers. there will be lots of tears. _ nhs and care workers. there will be lots of tears, and _ nhs and care workers. there will be lots of tears, and lots _ nhs and care workers. there will be lots of tears, and lots of _ nhs and care workers. there will be lots of tears, and lots of smiles. - lots of tears, and lots of smiles. we know — lots of tears, and lots of smiles. we know that we will have a lot of friends _ we know that we will have a lot of friends cheering us on, so it'll be really— friends cheering us on, so it'll be really special to see them. i think the thing — really special to see them. i think the thing that'll help push me through— the thing that'll help push me through his beastly knowing that jade is _ through his beastly knowing that jade is there, but hearing everyone shot name. — jade is there, but hearing everyone shot name, as well — that's going to be really— shot name, as well — that's going to be really special. last shot name, as well - that's going to be really special.— be really special. last year, over 37,000 people _ be really special. last year, over 37,000 people ran _ be really special. last year, over 37,000 people ran the _ be really special. last year, over| 37,000 people ran the marathon virtually on their own wherever they could, joining spirit and via their
screens. and even though a similar number are signed screens. and even though a similar numberare signed up screens. and even though a similar number are signed up to do it virtually this year, there's nothing like the real thing. i virtually this year, there's nothing like the real thing.— like the real thing. i truly believe that this will — like the real thing. i truly believe that this will be _ like the real thing. i truly believe that this will be one _ like the real thing. i truly believe that this will be one of _ like the real thing. i truly believe that this will be one of the - like the real thing. i truly believe that this will be one of the most| that this will be one of the most emotional and memorable london marathons in the history of the event. let's have some pretty special moments.— event. let's have some pretty special moments. whatever the reason, personal _ special moments. whatever the reason, personal cause, - special moments. whatever the reason, personal cause, the - special moments. whatever the - reason, personal cause, the 40,000 runners tomorrow will once again have the love of the running community around them — and the crowds helping them all the way to the finish line. mike bushell, bbc news. that's all from sportsday. just an update in the premier league's kick off, it is still goalless between brighton and arsenal with half an hour to go in that match. now on bbc news: ros atkins explains how global supply chain problems have led to some shortages in the west.
the global supply chain underpins how we get many of the things we need and use in our lives. but it's not functioning as it normally does and that's impacting us all — around the world and in the uk. you can't lay bricks, you can't cast concrete slabs and then it's a knock—on effect for our men, our subcontractors, and of course our clients. normally we have lots of spider—man but this is all we've got and we can't get any more. don't know why we can't get any more spider—man at the moment, you know, there's a new film being released, so this is the new character. still waiting for the products. from spider—man to semiconductors, there's now a huge gap between supply and demand.
that's the boss of the ports in los angeles. and look at the situation there. dozens of container ships are lined up, waiting and waiting to dock. the wall streetjournal wrote this week... or as the new york times puts it... well, we might have to get used to it but you may also be wondering, why is this happening now? well, there are several interconnected reasons. the first is covid. this is clairejones from the ft speaking as england emerged from its lockdown earlier this year. covid's brought us shut factories, labour shortages, surging demand and also ports under pressure.
this is ningbo zhoushan in china. it's one of the busiest ports in the world and in august it was partially closed after a worker tested positive. another huge chinese port was temporarily closed in may, too. because while covid is a huge immediate factor, the world's long—term reliance on shipping is at the heart of this. as the globalised supply chain rapidly expanded in the last 50 years so did the number and size of cargo ships. it's estimated that 90% of the world's goods are transported across our seas. and if that's the size of the global shipping network, this year we've seen its fragility, and notjust because of covid. the suez canal�*s in egypt. it's a shortcut from asia to europe for cargo ships. and i'm sure you remember this — when one ship got stuck in the suez canal, it caused havoc. this is my colleague theo leggett. the saga of the ever given itself may now be over but what this affair has shown is just how much impact a single event involving one giant
vessel can have on the entire global supply chain, and just how vulnerable the systems we rely on for imports every day really are. that vulnerability from that ever given to the pandemic has meant lots of containers stuck in the wrong places. combine that with surging consumer demand, and the cost of shipping has spiralled. we've never paid more than £2,700 for a 40—foot container coming to us from china. this morning, i was quoted over £15,000 for a similar container. prices have gone through the roof, and it is becoming unworkable. and, of course, if shipping costs go up, so do the prices that consumers pay. in every sector of the timber supply market, prices have gone up and supply chains have been less reliable. delivery drivers have been hard to get, so, just everything has been difficult. now, the shortage of drivers referred to there is an issue here in the uk. in part, though not entirely, because of brexit, but the uk's not
alone in experiencing labour shortages, and along with covid and shipping, this is the next factor to impact the supply chain. forbes magazine wrote this summer... and if we go back to those ships waiting to dock in la, a lack of port workers, distribution centre staff and truck drivers are all reasons why the goods can't be unloaded. now, our next factor is politics. when donald trump fired up a trade war between the us and china, he placed an emphasis on local and regional manufacturing over a reliance on china. and trump's successorjoe biden has also turned to the of over reliance. we need to prevent the supply chain crisis from hitting in the first place, and in some cases, building resilience will mean increasing our production of certain types of elements here at home. this is both practical and political. practical because relying on something from the other side
of the world brings an increased risk that it won't arrive. political because being so reliant on china can also be framed as a risk that impacts health and national security in america. that was particularly acute the start of the pandemic when countries had shortages of ppe. here's biden on that. we certainly shouldn't have to rely on a foreign country, especially one that doesn't share our interests or our values, in order to protect and provide our people during a national emergency. the final point is something we all know from our own lives — the more complex thing is, the more likely it is to go wrong. now, globalisation has brought in a system known as �*just in time'. the system creates savings by only delivering goods to firms when they need them, which is fine until they don't arrive. the chief executive of kellogg's puts it this way.
and if that's a cereal manufacturer, well the businesses that take those cereals are also under pressure. almost every sector is impacted in some way by these glitches in the supply chain. perhaps none more so than the car industry. in part because there is a global shortage of semiconductor chips. now, these are a vital component in cars and indeed in many electrical products from washing machines to smart phones. and when the pandemic began, car manufacturing stopped and so did the automaker�*s orders of semiconductors. now, though, they need them again, but the surge in everyone buying electrical products means the world is just about out of stock. the shortage of semiconductors and other parts, too, has now led toyota to temporarily cut production by 40%.
and if that's toyota, then this is the managing director of vauxhall, uk. it's a global problem. obviously it's affecting all of our industry, all of our competitors. and it's obviously suppressed our ability to manufacture. the issue is so serious that president biden held a summit about semiconductor supply chains last week, but with 75% of these chips made in asia, for all the reasons we've considered, there aren't going to be any quick fixes as the biden administration acknowledges. as you know, we've been working the semiconductor shortage since day one of the president's administration, and it's time to get more aggressive. the situation is not getting better, in some ways it's getting worse. this is one of so many different ways that the global supply chain is making itself felt. it's a reminder that things that can sometimes feel distant and detached from our lives, like the nature of globalisation, or the practicalities of the shipping industry, do connect directly to us all, tight down to the things that we make and the things
that we want to buy. this is an issue as christmas approaches. if you think you're going to go into toy stores in december as you normally would do with santa's wish list and you're going to get what you want, you will be very disappointed. the issues with the global supply chain have created short term challenges, but they're also a prompt to consider how we organise our world. globalisation has made many products possible and affordable, but this isn't just about whether toys arrive for christmas or of cars can be made on time, the current situation raises deeper questions about the volume of things we make and consume and about how and where we make them. hello there. tomorrow should be a little bit warmer and drier, as well. today we've had thick cloud, rain across much of the country. still some wet weather this evening across the eastern side of the uk, it's been very windy
in the southeast, the winds will ease here, the rain gets swept into the north sea, northwards up to shetland — where, by the end of the night, winds could be gusting 60—70 mph. some blustery showers will get pushed into western parts of the uk — we'll have some clearer skies after the rain further east, and it'll be a cooler start to sunday. we start with those showers from the word "go" across western areas, some of them could be heavy and thundering for a while, and the winds will blow them eastwards — they do take some time to reach east anglia and the southeast, but we've got some more persistent rain, together with those very strong winds in the far north of scotland. but it should be a little bit warmer during sunday, with temperatures up to 16—17 celsius in the sunshine, away from the showers. more sunshine and scattered showers as we head into monday. tuesday though, some wet and windy weather returns, particularly towards england and wales.
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