Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Today Programme Wednesday

Today Programme Wednesday
BBC Radio 4 12 August 2009
News Bulletin 7.30 am

The weather. Erm – expecting rain across central areas and showers in the North. So perhaps not quite as good as yesterday.

You’re listening to Today on BBC Radio 4 with Evan Davies and James Naughtie. It’s just after half past seven; Neil Sleat has a news summary.

The latest unemployment figures will be released this morning, and they’re expected to show another rise. The total for the three months to June is likely to reach a 15-year high of around two and a half million. There will also be an indication of the prospects for the economy, when the Bank of England publishes its quarterly inflation report.

The Audit Commission is warning councils in England that they must prepare for a second phase of the recession. It says that pressures on family life will lead to an increase in domestic violence, alcoholism and mental health problems, putting extra strain on councils.

The Financial Services Authority is to publish its new code on bankers’ pay. Writing in the Financial Times, the FSA’s chief executive, Hector Sants, warns that an over-prescriptive code in the UK would lead to a brain drain if it’s not matched by similar rules in other countries.

An international search is continuing for a Maltese-registered cargo ship that hasn’t been heard from since communicating with Dover coastguards on July 28th. There are fears that the Arctic Sea could have been under the control of pirates when it sailed through the English Channel.

Taiwan’s military is deploying 25 helicopters to rescue hundreds of people stranded after mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot. People from several villages are said to have made it to higher ground before mud and rock engulfed their homes. Hundreds of others are missing.

President Obama has been defending his controversial healthcare reforms at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. He denied rumours that he was intending to set up panels of officials who would decide if it was too expensive to keep elderly patients alive. Mr Obama accused his opponents of “wild misrepresentation” of his plans.

Police in Brazil have accused a TV presenter of ordering murders to boost ratings for his crime show. They say Wallace Souza commissioned the killing of his drug-trafficking rivals, then sent camera crews to the scene. His lawyers say Mr Souza, who is also a state legislator, is the victim of a political smear campaign.

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