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Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling star in the sense of an ending, we


will get James King's thoughts on that and the rest of the cinema


releases in the film review. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be With me are journalist


and broadcaster Helen Croydon and Business Editor


for the Independent, Tomorrow's front


pages, starting with: The Mirror says North Korea


and the US are edging towards a nuclear war -


it says Kim Jong-un threatens a "merciless response"


to any provocation. The same story


is on the Times front page, with China warning that a conflict


could break out at any minute. The Telegraph concentrates


on comments from CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has said rogue


states should take note of Donald Trump's forthright


military decisions in Syria The Premier League is set


to announce a record loss due to new accounting rules and the fall


in the value of sterling, that's according to documents seen


by the Financial Times. The Daily Mail says learner


drivers will soon be tested on whether they can follow


directions from satnavs The Daily Express leads


with the tension surrounding North Korea, with the country vowing


to target American bases The Guardian reports on North Korea


too, but also headlines the news that some doctors are being offered


?95 an hour by hospitals And the i says teachers


are preparing to take legal action to stop academy schools


selecting pupils. They slip that in there to catch me


out. Let's get on with it. Helen, journalist and author, Josie Cox,


business editor with the Independent, we will start with some


frightening is perhaps, the Daily Mirror. Absolutely, this headline


will ravage US soldiers: we have seen other headlines like this but


nothing quite as brutal. And it really sums up the weight of the


rhetoric is heating up. We must emphasise it is Korea saying that.


There is a lot being said. That is absolutely right. But nonetheless,


this is starting to sound like fiction, quite frankly. Something


more out of a thriller novel than anything I have seen before. What I


think is interesting here is China's role. China is obviously a friend of


North Korea, but at the same time, Trump has also seemed to turn


towards China a little bit, and he is actually asking China to use


their leverage to preventing from escalating to much. While Trump is


playing very hard ball here and saying "We will bomb you if you are


not careful" basically, at the same time, there is an element and a bit


of a sense that he is saying "Help us out here, we don't in -- don't


want things to end..." Trump is perhaps changing his tone, we all


remember when he first became president he and noise China by


going against convention and saying, we are not bothered about doing


trade with you, he called up the leader of Taiwan, made a little


friendly gesture towards them, and now he has kind of gone back and


said, actually, China, we are serious... I think Trump is kind of


realising that all these big things he said at the beginning of his


presidency, like" I will get rid of ISIS, get tough on trade with


China", things are heating up and he is having to backtrack on a lot of


those things, and the complexity of everything comes to the surface. Yet


the message that the Daily Telegraph are putting out is coming direct


from the CIA, who appear to be happy with this... Yes. The CIA as we all


remember when Trump first came into office was at loggerheads with him


and investigating him over his links to Russia. And now they are saying,


yes, this is the right thing, we should be showing our military might


to North Korea. But while I think, why didn't he do that before, we do


have to show the military might, because this is scary stuff, they


claim they can bond South Korea within minutes, -- bomb South Korea


within minutes. They have threatened to attack US bases in Guam and


Japan, but one part of me thinks, well, rather than do it now than


later, because North Korea is only going to get stronger in its weapons


testing, but equally, why didn't they do it sooner, for it got to


this stage, it is we don't know the scale of the strength of North


Korea's programme. The site is the only nuclear weapons test site in


the world, that North Korea use. This is why people are so jittery


because it is the only one that a jest -- exists. Josie, let's turn to


the Guardian. And yes, North Korea is on the front page here, with a


picture of Kim Jong-un, but the story that we are going to


concentrate on concerns money, hard money, ?95 an hour if you are a


doctor, and a senior one at that. Crisis at home as well as abroad by


the sounds of things, it is all bad news these days. This is a story


about a hospital in Peter Brock -- Peterborough, ?95 a shift, you are


almost pocketing a grand day. But while this sounds excessive, they


are offering this because there is no unavailable, we are in a crisis,


we get headline a day on the poor conditions within the NHS, the


problems, the shortfalls, I am just concerned that all this bad press


around the NHS, which is not getting any better, is just going to breed


even more problems, because how as a junior doctor would you have any


appetite to go and work in a system that is so dysfunctional? If the NHS


were a business, as a model, straightaway leaders of the business


would say, right, we have not got enough staff, if we are having to


pay ?95 an hour, literally in desperation, the first thing they


would do is recruit more people, invest in training, that is what any


good business would do. But I'm not sure that is what the NHS is not


doing. This article shows the sheer desperation of staff calling on


doctors, saying we are really desperate, why has to that point?


And Web you start fixing the NHS? That is the problem. And it all


might -- also makes you question quality of care, in these desperate


situations. If they're sending out e-mails over Guardian is reporting,


SOS e-mails, essentially. We must point out, if you do get a chance to


pick up the paper, and you are tempted to go see your GP or you'll


will nurse, this is that AMD doctors -- A doctors, don't have a go at


your local nurse, this is for senior doctors in A Let go to and other


extreme, and it is a zero our contract, this is your area of


speciality, Josie. This is a story in the FT, based on an interview


with Matthew Taylor, who was Tony Blair's former policy chief, and


last October made headlines when Teresa may hide him to lead and


independent review into working conditions -- Theresa May. The gig


economy is exploding at a rapid rate, which is causing problems.


What he is proposing is that we introduce a premium on minimum wage,


the people who actually do zero our work have our contracts. -- zero


hour contracts. Which would give employers less incentive to mark


around, basically, and call them up at 7am and say they don't need to


come into a shift. There are several problems here, first of all it will


not sit well with employers because they have so many other pressures


facing them at the moment, the rise in business rates, minimum wage has


gone up, and on top of that we have a load of economic uncertainty


coming into play as a result of Brexit. It doesn't solve the


problem, putting a premium on the pay rate is only going to be a very


minimum amount per hour, whereas you have rules instead, perhaps to give


them notice, you cannot just cancel a shift on the day that the work is


supposed to be done, perhaps fine the company instead. I don't think


that adding another pound or two now will deter these things. -- pound or


two and ally. We will stay with money, car loans could be the source


of the new financial crisis. A very quick summary? Just as we are


getting out, the wounds healing of the credit crunch crisis, which was


all caused ire at borrowing too much money, it is now transpired that we


are borrowing too much money on cars. ?30 billion a year, is


shocking when you look at the figure. When comes to cars, in a way


it is worse than houses because we never really pay it back, because as


soon as you pay back your car is appreciated, and you want a new one


or you will upgrade your car. Cars are depreciating items, so to borrow


so heavily on it is double danger, even more dangerous than borrowing


on a house. Josie, I am desperate to get to men and height, how is that


for a tease. Very quick summary of the Telegraph, again, the EU is to


axe its green targets, or rather that EU -- the UK is to axe the EU's


green targets. The UK is at the moment committing to getting 15% of


all its energy from renewable sources by 2020, it does not look


like that is going to happen, those targets look way too ambitious, and


effectively the UK is saying, right, let's cut the targets, Brexit is


happening, it might be irrelevant anyway. Let's turn to the Times,


this is on page three. Very important news. Man has not always


been statuesque, we are not at our peak height. There is this myth that


as centuries have gone on and we have got healthier Batman's height,


-- that men's height, it doesn't mention women, but men's height has


gone up. The peak -- the peak of male height was in the 1600, just


after the Black death, in fact. And then we regressed, and they think it


was that after the Black death which killed so many millions of people,


we all had my land -- more land per capita, so we were at our peak


health, more food, and we were at -- at our peak height. Josie, men's


height, does it matter? What a question. Does it matter to you as a


woman? You can be honest. No. My partner is 6-foot fight, so I... You


have got to say yes! Whether it is an indication of health, I am not


sure these days. It gives a nice short little look into abolition and


how history... The reason women are supposedly programmed to be


attracted to a taller man is because it symbolises strength and the


ability to better hunt and fight... My husband is over six foot. That is


it for the papers tonight, thank you Josie and Helen. Stay with us here


on BBC News, because coming up next is the film review.


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