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Know, the Bank of England is predicting that we're going to have 13% inflation in October that they wanted something that matches the cost of living that their fears in. Tell us what kind of disruption this will cause. And which areas of the economy will be affected. Felix saw is the country's busiest port. It's kind of unclear as to just how much disruption this is going to cause. It's not a just in time port. There's a great deal of stock still left at the port. I think logistics UK, they're the transport body has said it's not expecting massive disruption. So there's not panic yet, but if the strikes continue after this, it did a period and that might change. It's just one of many strikes we've just had and strikes that are possibly coming up. And the country is facing energy price hikes plus a new prime minister in September. It does feel like the country is in for a difficult time, right? You often hear about a winter of discontent, but we're sort of in the middle of a summer of discontent as it stands. So you've got rail workers on strike, but you've got royal mail workers head to walk out, teachers potentially going on strikes straight, perhaps even nurses. For the new prime minister, this is a party leadership contest that has been played out with a very specific group of people at the moment. I don't know whether both of their tones may become more conciliatory when they take office. They both talked about the need for some peer strength because they're concerned that inflation busting pay rises might lead to the kind of wage price spiral that we saw in the 1970s, which is also a risk when you consider that the country is likely to enter a recession a recession which is three quarters long. It's a very difficult picture for whoever takes office. That's Rachel, we are mouth, deputy political editor of the new statesman. On the latest strike to hit the UK this summer. You're listening to NewsHour from the BBC. I'm Audrey Brown. President Gustavo Petro of Colombia has told the military to prepare to become an army of peace after removing a major obstacle to negotiations with the last act of guerrilla group, the ELN. Speaking at a cadet academy in front of newly appointed military leaders, mister Pedro said troops had to switch their focus to threats to national sovereignty from abroad, including from drug trafficking gangs. He said the Colombian people wanted to see a change in the role of the military. If we want peace, it will not come through unlawfulness or guns. What makes it possible to reach peace is unity between the military and its people. That's what we have to reach because it has been broken in many parts of the country. Joining us now is Megan Janet ski who's a freelance journalist based in Colombia. Welcome to NewsHour, Megan. Just tell us more about this announcement. How significant is it? Yeah, absolutely. So Gustavo Petro is Columbia's first leftist leader and also an ex insurgent who went through his own peace process a long time ago and basically this announcement could, you know, if Columbia and its biggest Korea group, the national Liberation Army, were to sign peace accords. It could be this new president's legacy. And in a country that's struggled with armed conflict for decades and is facing deepening conflict right now. It could shift a lot of the regional dynamics and lower violence in a lot of parts of the country that are being torn by currently. There have been numerous attempts at the peace deal with the ELN, so how confident are the people of Colombia that this time it will be successful. You know, will people are skeptical also because you have to remember that this is, again, a country torn by decades of conflict and a lot of people have been victimized by, if not this guy than other armed groups. So there's always a deep distrust of our groups. And then this piece talk looks to have a bit more potential than past conservative governments. Simply because a lot of these past governments have been a lot of about force against these gurias and fighting this war. And this is a president that is promising to usher in an era of quote unquote total peace. So it's generating more trust likely with these gurias that are going to be negotiating. So it could significantly shift shift things. Yeah, it's a big deal, I think. You've been on the border of Colombia and Venezuela where the alien have been active. So what are people there been telling you? Yeah, I mean, this is the place that essentially the hub for the ELN, the very, very important area in which they use to escape the grasp of Colombian authorities. And a lot of people have been terrorized by this group and they're just hoping that there's a ceasefire soon and that a peace pack is really signed because it could literally mean life or death for them and their families. Now that have been peace deals with other groups, how successful have they been, is there a blueprint that's being followed? Yes, I mean, there have been various negotiations. The most recent piece packed we've seen is with the Colombian guria group the farc in 2016. In largely due to failures in government implementation, it has been a very troubled process. And that's another reason why perhaps the ELN would walk with a bit more skepticism is Columbia has an entirely followed through with their promises, but because we again have this different kind of leader, there might be more of a generated trust that you wouldn't see otherwise. But previous previous accords have been a mix of success. But the most recent one is even struggling to move forward. It's actually a large campaign promise of petros is to implement the previous piece accords. So he's kind of juggling these two different deals with these groups. Thank you very much. That's Megan Janet ski, a freelance journalist based in Colombia. Now Singapore's prime minister said the country will end its ban on sex between men, but he also said it will take steps to defend the institution of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Lee San lung said Singapore society was becoming more accepting of gay people and the British colonial era law was now out of date. The legal ban on sex between men, while not enforced, has long been criticized by LGBT activists, although many more conservative citizens still support it. Joining us now from New York is Jane Barry Moran director of research and program strategy at out leadership. She's a leading voice in advocating for pathways to success for LGBT individuals in the workplace. Welcome

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