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BBC Front Page News

CF Industries: CO2 production deal agreed amid food shortage fears

It comes after one industry group warned shoppers could start noticing gaps on shelves within days.

Boris Johnson dismisses fears over tough winter

The prime minister says the surge in energy prices and supply chain problems are "short-term" issues.

Harry Dunn: Parents reach resolution in civil case against suspect

The parents of the teenager, killed in 2019, had filed a claim for damages against Anne Sacoolas.

Salisbury poisonings: Third man faces charges for Novichok attack

Denis Sergeev is thought to have been the on-the-ground commander for the 2018 Novichok poisonings.

President Biden urges unity in first UN speech amid tensions with allies

Joe Biden called for cooperation in his first speech as US president to the UN General Assembly.

Covid-19: Drop in mask wearing on public transport, and men caught sneaking into KFC during lockdown

Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday evening.

Afghanistan: 'I feel betrayed. We feel left behind'

An Afghan interpreter affected by an email data breach at the MoD says he feels betrayed by the UK.

Staff to gain right to request flexible working from first day

All employees will be given the right to request flexible working, under government proposals.

BBC news for Staffordshire

Passenger dies and two hurt in crash on Staffordshire road

Staffordshire Police says a Land Rover in which the man was a passenger crashed on Kingsley Moor.

Walleys Quarry: Family can stay in home after landfill emissions victory

The High Court has ruled that stricter controls must be imposed on Walleys Quarry in Staffordshire.

Marcus Birks: Funeral for one-time Covid sceptic

Tributes are paid to Covid patient Marcus Birks whose illness led him to urge people to get vaccinated.

Watford v Stoke City

Live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Watford and Stoke City.

Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe

Live coverage of Tuesday's League One game between Crewe Alexandra and Morecambe.

Derby County 2-1 Stoke City: Max Bird sets up Rams victory

Troubled Derby end a miserable week in style as Max Bird's spectacular goal paves the way for a deserved home win over in-form Stoke.

Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Burton Albion

Crewe secure their first win in League One as Tottenham loanee J'Neil Bennett impresses in a victory against 10-man Burton.

Port Vale 2-0 Harrogate Town

In-form Port Vale secure a 2-0 home win against 10-man Harrogate.

AskTen - Nine things you may not have noticed last week!

1. How to embrace your creative spark. An Open University survey shows that 61% of people lucky enough to have some free time during 2020 took up creative pursuits, such as reading, knitting, photography or cooking. I discovered a love of gardening. Now that life is getting busier, is it possible to balance so-called “normality” with the creativity some were able to embrace in lockdown? READ MORE >>

2. NI rise could cost jobs. Business leaders have warned that the government’s plan to increase National Insurance could lead to thousands of job losses. The Federation of Small Businesses estimated the tax rise would cost small businesses £5.7bn a year and could put 50,000 jobs at risk, particularly after the furlough scheme ends. Other industry bodies including the British Chambers of Commerce, Make UK and the Confederation of British Industry also warned of the potential impact on jobs and economic recovery as businesses came out of the difficult pandemic period. The Independent

3. Johnson says Taliban has changed. Boris Johnson has told MPs he believes the Taliban has changed. The prime minister said: “What we need to do is to make sure that those elements of the Taliban who are different - and I believe different from the Taliban of 1996 - are encouraged and we put the maximum pressure on them not to allow the more retrograde elements to have the upper hand.” In another softening of rhetoric, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said there was a “clear difference” between the Taliban and terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda. The notion the Taliban has “changed its spots” is for the birds. The Spectator

4. Climate crisis costs hit global GDP. A study from Cambridge University, University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London reports that the climate crisis could cut global GDP by 37% in the next 100 years. Researchers estimate that every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted will knock around £2,170 ($3,000 USD) off the global economy by the end of the century. The study contradicts the widely held belief that climate disasters like floods, droughts and fires do not affect long-term economic growth. A researcher from UCL said: “If we stop assuming that economies recover from such events within months, the costs of warming look much higher than usually stated.” The Guardian

5. Parents say childcare is failing. A survey of more than 20,000 working parents found that 96% believed the government was not doing enough to support parents with the cost and availability of childcare while 97% said childcare in the UK was too expensive. One-third of parents said they paid more for childcare than their rent or mortgage – a proportion that rose to 47% of respondents from a black ethnic background. The House of Commons will hold a debate on childcare today. The Guardian


6. Oxford retains its global status. University of Oxford has retained the top spot on the 2022 Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for the sixth year in a row, with traditional rival the University of Cambridge moving up from sixth to fifth. The remainder of the top 10 were rounded out by US-based institutions, but 28 UK universities made it into the top 200, 19 of which improved or maintained their position, with Manchester breaking into the top 50 for the first time. The Times

7. KPMG sets working-class quota. KPMG has become the first big business in Britain to set a target for the number of working-class staff. The accounting and consulting firm is aiming for 29% of its partners and directors to be working class by 2030. It defined working class as having parents with “routine and manual” jobs, such as plumbers, electricians, butchers and van drivers. In Britain, people who come from a privileged rather than a working-class background are 60% more likely to be in a professional job. BBC

8. Why we should not longer see our careers as ladders. The how, why and where we work has changed considerably over the past year for many. So too has the notion of a career and its once-linear trajectory. Careers are less like ladders and more like lattices of vertical and horizontal opportunities. Many in the workforce decided to embrace the changes brought on by the pandemic to acquire new skills or pursue new paths altogether. To support the modern career, encourage employee-led learning and making sure workers are engaged, no matter where they sit. Editor

9. Fairytale of New York. The delightful Emma Raducanu pulled off the fairytale feat of winning the US Open. She becomes the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam and is elevated to British number one. At the start of the year, this inspirational young woman was ranked number 345 in the world and less than three months ago was sitting her A Levels. She has raised all our spirits and is a wonderful British story. Editor

10. The bottom line. Changes to how social care is funded should be welcomed but the system is being exploited by “rapacious” private care providers. The latest accounts for Runwood Homes show the firm tripled dividend payouts and handed one director £3m last year, while recruiting staff “on 9p above the minimum wage to look after people with dementia at night”. The i Paper

Covid Updates for Staffordshire

Click the the latest news on Covid within Wolverhampton https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274

The latest BBC Video News clips

The night my baby died as I gave birth in prison

Louise Powell says her baby died "due to errors" made after she went into labour in prison.

Prince Philip: Grandchildren recall a favourite royal prank

The personal reflections on the Duke of Edinburgh's sense of humour are part of a BBC documentary.

Boris Johnson on wages, prices and supermarket shortages

The prime minister says he does “not believe people will be short of food” amid reports of some empty supermarket shelves.

A year in Calais: One migrant’s year-long attempt to cross the Channel

The BBC followed Iranian migrant Alex, as he tried to cross from France to the UK with a smuggler.

Can compost help change capitalism?

John Cossham wants more people to take up composting to encourage a circular economy.

Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown and Ted Lasso win big

Netflix drama The Crown and Apple TV Plus comedy Ted Lasso were the stars of the Emmy Award.

Carol Kirkwood: BBC Weather presenter pulled over by dog on live TV

Carol Kirkwood says she's fine after taking this tumble on BBC Breakfast when the guide dog went astray.

Jimmy Greaves: Watch great goals of Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham & England striker

BBC Sport looks back at some great goals from Jimmy Greaves' career and highlights the statistics that made him a footballing legend.

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