03/02/2014 The Papers


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medal prospect is out of the competition after an accident on the


snowboard course, a course which several of the competitors have


labelled as dangerous. That is all coming up after The Papers.


Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me, Mina al-Oraibi, from the London based Asharq Alawsat


newspaper, and James Rampton, from the Independent. We are going to


start with the Financial Times, which is leading with a report that


fund managers based in Scotland could be facing a multi-million


pound bill to pay for a new regulator, if the Scots vote for


independence. The Daily Telegraph has the news that schools could be


encouraged to take children from as young as two to help with the


country's childcare crisis. Research has found that people are getting


more than a 10th of their daily calories from added sugar, according


to this report. The Guardian says experts have warned that alcohol and


obesity are fuelling a surge in cancer. Starting with the Daily


Telegraph, children to start school at the age of two, nursery places to


help solve childcare crisis will look it is a story which a lot of


people will be interested in, but is it the way forward? Well, it is


quite interesting. It is about how you can get mostly mothers, but also


fathers, back to work. These are really toddlers, at the age of two.


It is interesting because we have quite a few headlines regarding


educational reform and what the Government is trying to do to help


solve some of the crises. But this story refers to the fact that by the


end of this year, 40% of all two-year-olds, estimated to be


130,000 children, from poorer backgrounds, will be entitled to 15


hours of free care week. This is trying to help parents to create at


least part-time jobs. The story is very much about facts and figures of


what this means for the parents, in being able to have their kids at


school rather than nursery. It really takes a lot of the position


of the Government, which is basically to say that some of the


schools are being supported with ?1000 grants to look into how they


could do this and make sure that they are accessible for these young


children. But it is difficult to imagine a two-year-old being in a


school atmosphere. So, the Telegraph is writing it up as a good idea? The


main thrust is taking the Government's position. I mean, they


do say that there is one stay at home mother who confronted Nick


Clegg, having said that it was too much to have a full day for a


two-year-old, even in nursery. So they have given the other side as


well. It would be interesting to know what other parents might say. I


think it is interesting that childcare has become a political


football. Perhaps it is a sign of The Times, when many families are


thinking about going back to work instead of staying at home. It goes


on to say that the Government is once again ignoring the relationship


that mothers have with very young children, that is according to the


lady they interviewed. And there is a cartoon, with somebody going into


work for ten hours, saying, I do not know if my phone battery will last


that long. A ten hour day, for a two-year-old, that is an extremely


demanding position to put children in! In a way, the Government is not


exactly coercing parents, but suggesting that it might be a very


good thing, and there might well be some pressure on parents to take


that up. And would the children suffer because of it? I think it is


a really personal question. Staying with the Daily Telegraph,


environment chief admits, I have yet to visit the Somerset Levels. The


Government seems to be lurching from mistake to mistake on this one, in


the eyes of some people. Well, they are being flooded with stories! Last


year, a minister forgot his boots and got criticised for wearing shiny


shoes, and got some the citrus comments about the lack of dredging


which had taken place. And now, another PR disaster, Lord Smith


admitting that he had visited three or four times before, but not in the


last few weeks. The local MP is calling for the resignation of the


minister. He says it is the story of his entire tenure at the head of


this bloated organisation, plenty of talk and no action, as he puts it.


But the Daily Telegraph has come up with some fantastic stats. They have


found out that the agency spent nearly ?10,000 on business class


flights to attend a forest day in Durban, South Africa, to discuss the


role of trees in mitigating climate change. If that was in a Jonathan


Swift novel, you would say it was impossible. And all of this added to


the fact that you are wading through water in your front room, and you


pick up the phone to call the helpline, and you have got to pay


41p a minute! Exactly. It suggests the agency has spent nearly ?18


million on travel and subsistence, which is any credible figure. The


issue of Lord Smith visiting is, it is always a dilemma, because it can


become a photo opportunity. But if you go to try to pretend that you


are caring, are you actually making a difference?! You are damned if you


do, and damned if you don't. But maybe you should take the line, I


will take the photo Op, because at least you can be seen to be down


there. It is catastrophic what is happening in that area. Some people


have been marooned, literally, for four weeks. They cannot get


insurance, they could be wiped out by this. And the fact that he has


not been smacks to me of, let them eat cake. I am too busy in London,


defending the cities, as he said the other day. You remember when George


W Bush flew over New Orleans. They said that was the turning point in


his presidency, more than the invasion of Iraq, the fact that he


seemed to care so little about the people who had been devastated I


hurricane Katrina. I wonder if that could be the same for this


government. Moving on to the Financial Times - a warning about a


possible yes vote and the fact that a new regulator would have to be put


in place, which would cost a lot of money. Yes, and also the indications


of what it would mean for the Scottish economy, and also, those


companies which are UK companies but based in Scotland. It is an


interesting conversation, as we have less than nine months to go. It is


quite significant, because it says that firstly, it would cost millions


to do, and also, that fund managers would need to tailor their products


and services for a new tax and consumer protection regulator,


everything would change. A potential new currency! Exactly. It comes


after the statement from Mark Carney as well. I think we will see more


and more of these stories. I am sure the SNP would say that they have


looked into all of this, and yes, they understand that there is


Brobbel be good to be a financial penalty to pay. They would say that,


wouldn't they?! But it seems to me that it may not have been a full


consultation which has taken place. There is one consultant mentioned


here who said that he spoke to an American fund manager who told him


that a yes vote would be bad news for Scottish fund managers. Hundreds


of jobs would have to be created to staff the new agency, and the new


agency would then have to work in tandem with the old agency in


London. A new raft of regulation and red tape would be brought in,


creating a huge new level of bureaucracy, it is the last thing


business wants. Fund management is a big sector in Scotland. I think it


is worth ?520 billion. Scotland invented many of these things, to


clergymen in 1748 invented the assurance fund. It is a great


heritage in that country. -- two clergymen. Sticking with the


Financial Times, news about the new head of the Federal Reserve, and she


has got a tough job, to say the least? Yes, and of course, the


figures coming in today, saying that there has been a stumbling in the


markets in the US. It also says the Dow Jones has had its worst January


performance since 2009. And that is always a bad year in people's


heads, with the financial crisis. So, she comes into a very tough


position. She has for years in her new job, and this is a good photo of


her swearing the oath. She is the first woman in the job. James, the


fact is, the global economy, actually, in contrast to that in the


UK, seems to be stumbling at the moment, because of concerns about


Asia? Exactly, I believe the Dow fell 2% today. Welcome to the


pleasure dome, for this woman! It is an extremely turbulent time for the


markets. On a different note, it is amazing that it is a woman in this


role. For so long, it was seen as a bastion of the patriarch a of the


financial world. For anyone who has seen The Wolf Of Wall Street,


traditionally, a very match oh, Mail industry. It is an extremely


exciting film, but the fact that a woman is finally in charge I ink is


to refit. But she does have stormy seas ahead of her. Moving onto this


one, in the Metro... Stopped drinking those sugary drinks!


I am alarmed by this because we might be putting our health at risk.


Research is suggesting that we might have a raised risk of a heart attack


if we drink sugar through fizzy drinks because the sugar is inserted


after the event, and apparently that can be much more damaging to your


health. This was just one Canada Day. As little as one can today. --


one can per day. Sugar addiction is interesting and the impact that


sugar has. We had this with salt while ago and now we have sugar.


Clearly it not good for you. It is incredibly saying that 15%... Let me


read this. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease notably rises


with intake of 15%, equivalent of drinking one can of fizzy drink in


the daily diet. It is quite something. It has moved from


cigarettes on to saturated fats and now it is targeting sugar. That


seems to be what they are going for now. We see the stories all the


time. I am going back to one the other great Scottish exports,


whiskey. Joking aside, the strings are often marketed at children.


There was a big campaign to take fizzy drinks machines out of schools


because there was possibly a reality and a perception that children were


drinking too much but this research backs up how dangerous they can be.


There is also fruit drinks that have added sugar. We always think of


sugary drinks, but the University of Cambridge says that sugar sweetened


drinks need to be part of the conversation. It is something that


you can eliminate from your diet. Having water with meals and so on.


Processed food, right, all manner of things, you would not expect sugar


to be in them but it is there. The hidden danger. The authorities, the


papers and The Metro are making sure the public know all about that. You


will be back in an hour to look at more stories making the headlines.


And at 11 o'clock we will have more on the education secretary's


comments today that he wants state-run schools to be more like


those in the private sector. Your local comp looking different is what


he wants. Coming up now, it is Sportsday.


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