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'four celsius and mangflfi ene imwfl'vflig “m's fir mw mg, ms or four celsius and turning colder gci’oss or four celsius and turning colder across the south east as well. what will follow will be a chilly night with some frost. bye for now. the headlines at four: a heterosexual couple lose their court of appeal battle to have a civil partnership, instead of a marriage, but pledge to fight on. marriage, we recognise as a meaningful and valuable institution for many people, it is just not right for us. we see ourselves as partners in life and we want to be partners in life and we want to be partners in life and we want to be partners in law and there are many thousands he's feel the same way. most hospitals in england face cuts or the scaling back of services under local reform plans, bbc analysis shows. president trump condemns anti—semitic threats againstjewish community centres as ‘horrible and painful‘. a muslim teacherfrom swansea denied entry to the united states while on a school trip said he has still not been told why, juhel miah was with his students when he was escorted off his flight to new york. and in the next hour, the ice maidens cometh. seven british soldiers
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hope to become the first all—female team to cross antarctica, unsupported. and who ate all the pies? sutton‘s keeper under investigation by the fa for a potential breach of betting rules. a heterosexual couple have lost their attempt to be allowed to have a civil partnership. they have pledged to continue their campaign. rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan had argued that being prevented from entering into one is discriminatory. todayjudges at the court of appeal said that there was a potential human rights breach, but the government should have more time to decide on the future
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of civil partnerships, which were created in 2004 for same sex couples. our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports. emerging from court, charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld, a heterosexual couple fighting for the right to enter a civil partnership. all three of the judges agreed we're being treated differently because of our sexual orientation and that this impacts our private and family life. all three rejected the argument that we could just get married. all three emphasised that the government cannot maintain the status quo for much longer. a civil partnership defined in the 2004 act that created them as a relationship between two people of the same sex so they are not available to heterosexual couples. in december 2014, charles and rebecca were stopped from registering their notice of intention to form a civil partnership by their local registry office. same—sex marriage came
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into force in march 2014. sir eltonjohn and david furnish were among the first to tie the knot. since then, civil partners have been able to convert their civil partnership into a marriage, and some 13% have done so. charles and rebecca argued that the ban on heterosexual couples becoming civil partners breached their right to a family life and discriminated against them. the government won but only by a whisker. all three judges found that the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships was potentially in breach of their human rights and discriminatory. but two of the judges found that the different treatment of same—sex and opposite sex couples was justified by the government's policy on civil partnerships which is to wait and see how many same—sex couples want to enter into one, rather than to get married. the government has welcomed the court's ruling and says it will carefully consider it.
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but campaigners are impatient. the government has to wake up and smell the coffee. there is a growing feeling this needs to happen. there is a growing appreciation backed up by the court today that this is an inequality that cannot go on. there are more than three million heterosexual cohabiting couples in the uk who, campaigners say, want the option of a civil partnership which conveys and protects virtually all of the same rights as married. this important issue of social policy is not going away. some hospital services could be cut or scaled back in nearly two thirds of england, in order to save money and to try to improve efficiency, according to a bbc analysis of plans in 44 areas. proposed changes range from full closures, to centralising services on fewer sites. 0ur health correspondent
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sophie hutchinson has the details. protests outside horton hospital in 0xfordshire just a few months ago where there are concerns about bed closures and cuts to stroke and critical care. and it's not the only place. right across england, proposals for big changes are afoot in the nhs. the bbc has analysed 44 of the transformation and sustainability plans. two thirds include either hospital closures or moving treatments to a different site. more than a third involve cuts to the number of hospitals providing non—emergency treatments and around one third plan to reduce the number of hospitals offering emergency care. proposed closures to hospital beds have been heavily criticised by the think tank the king's fund. that has prompted concerns after scenes like this. to shut even 10% of beds is unrealistic at the moment with the current crisis.
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when hospitals are full they become less safe places we have to make sure any bed reconfiguration is done with patient safety the priority. the ambition of taking care out of hospital and moving it closer to patients homes has been praised by experts as the best hope of delivering essential reforms to the nhs but they say it can't be done without extra funding. for new investment, to strengthen and improve the out—of—hospital services, and to shore up adult social care, which is really in crisis at the moment. if those additional funds aren't forthcoming, the government needs to be honest about the consequences for patients and what the offer to the public will be. leaving downing street today, the health secretary was asked to comment... are you cutting hospital services? but decided not to.
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in a statement, the department of health said... the challenge, though, for the nhs in england is the short time given to deliver these large—scale improvements and during a period of unprecedented low increases to nhs budgets. you can find out the nhs plans in your area in england by going to let's cross to westminster and speak to the lib dem's health spokesman norman lamb, who also served as a health minister in the coalition government. good to have you with us. what do
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you think it will take to make these cutbacks in hospital services workable and practical? it is based ona workable and practical? it is based on a fantasy that you can deliver these changes with the amount of money the government is making available outside government, nobody, where ever they are on the political spectrum, believes it is achievable. the kings fund say it is based on heroic assumptions about the degree of efficiency savings you can achieve. that is why i have chosen to lead a cross—party group. i have brought together get conservative mps, labour mps and seven liberal democrats. we will make the case to the prime minister for establishing what we are calling a nhs and kerry convention to engage with the public and staff about how we can achieve a sustainable settle m e nt we can achieve a sustainable settlement for the nhs and for a
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carer. it is critical to look at both. did you think the prime minister will listen to that when we have been getting this message about the strength of the nhs is under four years now? it has been growing for years. that is absolutely right. the truth is also that none of the parties have come up with a solution. all of these solutions are difficult. they all involve more money. they involve us, if we stick with the nhs principle, but you get ca re with the nhs principle, but you get care when you needed free at the point of need, it is a principle i hold dear, but it does mean we have to be prepared to pay a bit more tax and politicians have to be prepared to say that. partisan politics has failed to come up with the solution. that is what you need a cross—party process. the prime ministers agreed to initiate a dialogue. we are attractive fixed at the meeting with health adviser in number ten. i
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don't know if it will succeed, but i am clearon don't know if it will succeed, but i am clear on one thing, you have got to try. we cannot spend three years shouting at each other and watch as the system gets closer to a precipice. isn't this cart before horse, without sorting and community ca re horse, without sorting and community care first of all then trying to deal with cuts to hospitals were to institute cuts in hospitals could create even greater chaos? that is the real concern. politicians have to be concerned to be honest with the public as well that some changes will be necessary. sometimes it is better to concentrate stroke care in better, bigger specialist units, you get better results by doing so. we have to be prepared to make the argument where it is based on clinical evidence. to try and do these changes without sufficient resources to invest as the king ‘s
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fund said, invest in and care, i think it can easily end in disaster. you'd think the government has some principles right but it is trying to do this with too broad a brush stroke? the principle of moving toward better preventive care is absolutely right. the tragedy is that because the whole nhs is working on the basis of crisis management, we end up cutting preventative services which stop people ending up in hospital in the first is. it is right in principle but it is not what is happening on the ground. president trump has called recent threats againstjewish community centres in the united states as ‘horrible and painful‘. he made the comments on a visit to the newly opened national museum of african american history and culture. eleven sites were evacuated on monday, bringing the number of centres evacuated due to bomb threats to 69 in the past month. the us president said more still needs to be done to tackle prejudice. this is a meaningful reminder of why
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we have to fight victory, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forums. the anti—semitic threats targeting ourjewish community and community centres are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out yet and prejudice and evil. the first minister of wales has written to the foreign secretary borisjohnson about a teacher from wales who was removed from a flight to new york. twenty five year old juhel miah who is a muslim, was travelling with students from a school in neath when he was escorted from a flight by security personnel. he says this is despite having a valid visa for travel, a british passport, no dual nationality and no criminal record. ben price reports. it was supposed to be a
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once—in—a—lifetime trip to iceland and newer. before this maths teacher he will remember this for all the wrong reasons. having spent days with staff and pupils in reykjavik, he boarded a flight bound for the big apple. before taking his seat, he was approached by a homeland security official and asked to leave the plane. they took me into this room with officials. two of them we re room with officials. two of them were checking me. one could be on the students were out of myjacket off, took my bag off. they checked thoroughly, then i had to take mcgeady off. i had a school in bath. they made me take my shoes off. they got a swab and rubbed it all over my back. he said he could not believe what was happening and he felt guilty for leaving pupils who were his responsibility. as she said i
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had been denied access i asked on what grounds, because i said i have made these i have every document needed and they could not give me an explanation. i asked needed and they could not give me an explanation. iasked more needed and they could not give me an explanation. i asked more than once and they couldn‘t give me an explanation. after he was taken off the flight he returned to the uk the following day alone. he has told me he has had no answers as to why he was removed from the flight to new york. the local council say they have written to the us embassy to express their dismay at the treatment of the teacher. the first minister has written to boris johnson, calling on the foreign secretary to pursue the matter directly with us authorities. to ask why this has happened to a uk citizen. the us embassy has been asked to comment. clearly we have had the decision to ban muslims from travelling into the us and come of that policy has been suspended, it seems to be likely this is a consequence of that. the pupils have since returned from new work, but
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there are teachers has many questions remain as to why he was traded differently to everyone else. the french presidential candidate, manuel macron, has met theresa may. he said banks and workers from the uk to move to france after brexit. he is the frontrunner for the presidential election said he was in london to address some of the 200,000 french to move to tenants, researchers, nt bikes tenants reggagggggs eceéevte so $0 on. zazéeabe 29-554— -- -— gel-gel.- 95,21.- ~ ~ ~ —— —~ — the eu are a very france and the eu are a very attractive destination now stuck in my programme, i will do everything i can to make it attractive and successful. thank you very much. the headlines now.
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16 minutes past four. they heterosexual couple have lost the court of appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage, but pledged to fight on. hospital services in two thirds of england could be cut or skilled bachasson bbc analysis of local plans shows. government finances recorded a £91; billion surplus last month, the biggest january recorded a £91; billion surplus last month, the biggestjanuary surplus for 17 years. and in sport, in the last hour, sutton united‘s reserve tea m last hour, sutton united‘s reserve team keeper, we in short, has resigned after the fa announced it was investigating a possible breach
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of their betting regulations. a bookmaker had offered odds on shore eating a pie during their fa cup tie against arsenal last night. he was then seen on television in the second half eating a pasty. manchester city face monaco in the first leg of their last 16 champions league tie. pep guardiola has never finished... neverfailed to reach the semifinals in his managerial career. gold cup favourite thistlecrack will not race again this season. the king george winner tore a tendon and will miss the cheltenham festival. i will be back with more on those stories shortly. with the budget only a fortnight away the chancellor has received a boost showing government finances were £91; billion in surplus in that january, according to the office for national statistics. the first month of the year traditionally sees a surplus, because of the high level of income tax receipts — but this is the biggest january
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surplus for 17 years. earlier i spoke to our business editor, kamal ahmed. he began by explaining some the reasons behind this year‘s surplus. these are the last public sector finance figures we will get before the budget next month and, clearly, the budget next month and, clearly, the economic performance has been better than expected so are tax receipts are up. businesses are paying more tax and better performance for the economy into the government gets more income and that is why you are seeing this larger surplus. philip hammond is a different chancellor from george osborne. i think he knows, or beliefs, but his biggest test will beliefs, but his biggest test will be balancing the books, getting rid of the deficit during the next parliament and i don‘t think he is the kind of chancellor he will come out with a spending spree on any career. public finances are still in debt and the government is still
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borrowing £60 billion a year. it has to ta ke borrowing £60 billion a year. it has to take a lot of money to service about that. i don‘t expect too much larger as when they get the budget, though that might be some tweaking around the two big issues, business rates, which we have been reporting on, and the nhs, which would have been reporting on all day. a little bit of tweaking but nothing they could get. the treasury is concerned that economic pain might be ahead with the brexit process was featured article 50 and once we start negotiating to get out of the european union. put some perspective on that figure. £9.11 billion looks like a huge amount. it does, but the government borrows every year 60 or £70 billion. these are the best borrowing figures we have had since the financial crisis. huge amounts of money borrowed after the financial crisis, some £10 billion sounds a huge amount of money, it is, but in the context of reducing
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the deficit, basically, the government is still spending more thanit government is still spending more than it earns. now, the conservative government does not want that to continue, it was to balance the books. other people say it is good for the government to borrow to invest in infrastructure and other things. the government doesn‘t want to do that. it is on the way to, famously, fixing the roof while the sun is still shining to an extent. could we be accused of a negative narrative here, because on the face of it this is just good news. narrative here, because on the face of it this isjust good news. tax receipts month by month are pretty volatile, but yes, i don‘t think we have a negative narrative. we are saying that because the economy is performing better, tax receipts are better, but the numbers we are dealing with are still very large numbers. british dead, by the end of the forecast period, to close at 19-20, the forecast period, to close at 19—20, will be touching £2 trillion.
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£60 billion by the a lot of money, £2 trillion is an awful lot of money. the government spent a lot into the financial crisis that had to spend more rescuing banks afterwards, fixing those numbers will take a long time and it will ta ke will take a long time and it will take a lot of very good news month by month to get us there. and we haven‘t got brexit yet. we haven‘t started at. we haven‘t started that process it and if there is economic pain to come, he would rather save any money he has fought them, rather than spending it with the upfront. police are continuing excavation work at two properties in swindon in wiltshire, one of which is the former home of christopher halliwell, who‘s serving a life sentence for the murder of two young women. halliwell, who‘s 53, murdered becky godden in 2003 and sian o‘callaghan in 2011. police have begun excavation work at two properties in swindon in wiltshire, one of which is the former home of christopher halliwell, who‘s serving a life sentence for the murder of two young women. our correspondent, duncan kennedy, is at the scene.
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we are not sure of the exact circumstances but they are acting on new information. the search is taking place behind me and this black tarpaulin and two terraced houses about ten feet beyond that. if you could camera, you get a better picture of what is happening. they put up white tents, they have covered the back garden with black tarpaulin to cover up what they are doing so they can carry on with some privacy and because it has been raining here. they are saying they are looking at the gardens and garage areas of those two houses, one of which, christopher helliwell lived in between 1996 and 2000. they are not saying they have got bodies or anything like that, the are saying they are acting on new information. they said this operation will last up to five days. because of the gap between the two murders of which christopher helliwell was convicted in 2003 and 2011, are police working on a
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possible theory that there might be other victims? i think you are exactly right on that point. this is all about dates. becky godden was killed in 2003, shanaka, and in 2011. there is an eight—year gap. it could be entirely innocent and christopher helliwell is not guilty of anything else. the trialjudge called devious and callous and police say as a result of interviewing this man, they have suspicions, but that could be other victims. it might be that this is just a tick box exercise, going through the motions at the sales and other places, going through the investigation that led on from the becky godden and shadow colour and enquiry, or it could be something more. we are being told. there is one more factor in this we should mention. at the time last year, which police were heavily criticised
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for the investigation into becky godden. essentially, there were some procedural error is made in that case which delayed the becky godden case which delayed the becky godden case getting to chorus. the family we re case getting to chorus. the family were upset about. they were very angry with butcher place for those procedural error ‘s which were made. it might be part of all that attempt by which to rectify those problems. we don‘t know, all they are saying is that this new information and they could be here for the rest of this week. a day after declaring a famine in south sudan, the united nations has warned that other countries could see similar crises. a hundred—thousand people are facing starvation as a result of the civil war in south sudan. but the united nations says almost 1.5 million children are at risk of dying of starvation in four countries in africa and the middle east. this is not a new problem and yet
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only now do we seem to be hearing about the scale of that, why? thank you very much, this is indeed not a new problem. this is a problem in the making for many years. famine is a degree of severity and for a situation to tip over into famine it requires 2000 and 10,000 people to die every day. that is a lot of starving children. in 201“ was working with the somalia famine and sing a child starve to death is something i never wanted to see again in my lifetime. now there are four countries on the farm watchlist and four countries have situations yea rs and four countries have situations years in the making. all of them man made. this is a problem, but it also means that might be a man—made solution. four south sudan the
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solution. four south sudan the solution does lie in men‘s with gun putting those guns down and sitting ata putting those guns down and sitting at a negotiation table and talking about peace. there are many men with guns in south sudan but they need to sit down and discuss peace. guns in south sudan but they need to sit down and discuss peacem guns in south sudan but they need to sit down and discuss peace. if you have,in sit down and discuss peace. if you have, in your work, actually witnessed the death of children through starvation, what keeps you gone? we have seen this so many times and seen so little about it. do you give up hope? sometimes it is difficult. there is a little girl i see in my mind who was in one of the therapeutic centres and reached out toa therapeutic centres and reached out to a couple of food that was being provided to her when we walked by and the doctor who was working in this treatment centre was walking around like a robot sing this one will not make it, this one will not make it and the moment she reached out to the cup, he said she might make it. it is that girl who keeps
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me going. there are many of those girls and boys who need our help, he can be saved. it is the mid—crisis and there is a man—made solution. funding is going to be required to stabilise this situation, but what we need to look at is the longer term game, how did we get south saddam out of this perpetual crisis, this endless cycle of crisis after crisis after crisis? there are solutions for that. before the money comes through that needs to be will. is there at the international will and ability to get the act together? i understand that there are many crises in the world. you just mentioned four countries at risk of famine, but in addition to those countries come in the middle east thatis countries come in the middle east that is the syrian crisis, a crisis in other places all over the world. is there the will? i firmly believe that if the public sees what a famine does two children, what a
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famine does two children, what a famine does two children, what a famine does the parents, i have spoken to a mother who said you have no idea what it is like. every single day we wake up and have no clue how to put food on the table for children. if people make those pa rents for children. if people make those parents and kids, they are going to be willing to help, they have to be willing to help. does that passion you are displaying average give way to anger? yes, it is angered that sometimes drives the same fashion. there is a lot of anger in the international community for the lack of solutions that we see, but we need to change that anger around into positive, into a constructive anger that helps find solutions. they are there. it is a pleasure to have run the programme. thank you very much. mps have warned of a worsening shortage of teachers in english schools, particularly in maths and science. the education select committee has
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called on the government to find ways of making teaching more attractive, to stop people leaving the profession. frankie mccamley reports. maths class for these children, with mr walton. but professionals like him are increasingly hard to come by. that‘s according to a group of mps who says school teacher shortages in england are getting worse. i‘m into my fourth year of teaching now. i know some people have dropped out now. i think that‘s mainly due to workload and pressure, and things like that. the education select committee is calling for a long—term plan to recruit more teachers and a bigger emphasis to be placed on retaining them, warning many are leaving. reasons include a lack of job satisfaction, curriculum changes, and workload. research has found teachers in england worked nearly 20% more than they do in other similar countries. an average of nearly 50 hours of week. 20 of those are spent here in the classroom teaching. mps say secondary schools are hardest hit in subjects
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like physics, maths and computing. what we‘ve got to get across is just how important teachers are to our society and our economy. they need to feel valued and trusted. the department for education says it‘s investing in teacher recruitment and development, to make sure the best in the profession stay put. french city, london is not a french city, but london is sick in the list of cities in terms of french speaking inhabitants. he will go home tonight feeling content haven‘t worked that out. so, what is french for weather? keidan bonjour, matt. that‘s as far
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as as it goes. bonjour! very misty across many western areas too. driest to the east as we finish the day, but we will see the rain in scotla nd the day, but we will see the rain in scotland and northern ireland, northern earning gland push southwards through the night. north—west england, it is a wet night. we could see over 50 millimetres of rain over the hills. temperatures will hold up. clearer skies to the north of it. a chillier start to wednesday. here with sunshine. strong to severe gale force winds across the north—east of scotla nd force winds across the north—east of scotland initially. a blustery day across—the—board. it scotland initially. a blustery day across—the—boa rd. it is scotland initially. a blustery day across—the—board. it is a day split in two on wednesday. northern england, northern ireland and scotland, a lot of dry and sunny weather around. further south, we will see cloud and occasional ranl. here, the mildest of the air. but as we go through into thursday, this is storm doris. it is set to bring some
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of you a very windy day and even some snow. i‘ll have the details in half an hour. hello. the headlines at li.32pm. a heterosexual couple have lost their court appeal for the right to enter into a civil partnership. they say they will continue their campaign to change the law and intend to take their case to the supreme court. analysis for the bbc has revealed that nearly two—thirds of local plans to reform nhs services in england involve closures or downgraded hospital facilities. the government says patients will receive better care in the community. american president donald trump has denounced dozens of recent threats made againstjewish community centres, describing them as "horrible" and "painful". nearly 30 centres across the us reported receiving hoax bomb threats last week. new figures show government finances were £9.11 billion in surplus last month,
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the biggest january surplus for 17 years. with the budget due early next month, the figures are being seen as helpful to the chancellor. forget about french and just concentrate on getting the time right, simon! let‘s get sense. a man we can just. jj has all the sport. hello and welcome. ah, thank you. in the last hour it‘s been confirmed that sutton united have accepted the resignation of reserve goalkeeper wayne shaw. he is now under investigation for potentially breaching betting rules in somewhat bizarre fashion during his sides 2—0 fa cup defeat to arsenal last night. i‘m joined now by our sports reporter patrick gearey who has been following the story. patrick, what is going on? well, we didn‘t expect to be talking about
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sutton‘s 46—year—old reserve goalkeeper today, perhaps even less in these circumstances, but today wayne shaw was asked to resign by the club and has agreed to do. he was filmed in the dugout during yesterday‘s fa cup tie against arsenal eating a pie or pasty, he was seen as a cult figure because of his unusual shape for a footballer. but before the game a bookmaker offered odds of 8—1 that shaw would be caught on camera eating a pie. that prompted investigations by the gambling association and the football association. shaw said on the bbc that he hadn‘t put anyone in jeopardy, it was just a bit of fun plus the fact that he was hungry. sutton made it clear, this doesn‘t show them in a good light. they will have to play the rest of the season without one of one of their most familiarfaces. blackburn rovers manager
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owen coyle has left the club by "mutual consent". he has been in charge for eight months and his side have only won 11 of their 37 games. blackburn are second from bottom in the table, three points from safety and they say the search for a new manager is already underway. manchester city‘s manager pep guardiola says his club‘s critics will "kill them" if they don‘t progress out of the last 16 of the champions league. they face monaco at home in the first leg of the tie tonight. city are without their captain vincent kompany as he has been plagued by groin and calf injuries this season. in seven years as coach of barcelona and bayern munich, guardiola has won the champions league twice and never failed to reach the semi—finals. he knows tonight opponents, who are top of frances league 1, are a formidable side. they are intelligent, physically strong. they arrive to the box. they are a complete team. so it‘s the most successful team
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in europe in terms of scoring goals. so, a tough draw. i‘m looking forward to playing against them. so just compliment because they are a real, real good team. uk sport chief executive liz nicholl has warned there is "no excuse" forfailures to look after athlete welfare. this comes ahead of a report into british cycling investigating whether or not there was a culture of bullying, favouritism and sexism within the organisation. nicholl has also revealed that they were never given the full details of a 2012 internal review into the sport that may have highlighted some of the current issues being investigated. we were given to believe that actually we had a very light touch version of it fed to us at uk sport. so we had no indication of the significance of that report. it is only now come to light through a very well managed cycling
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independent review that‘s been led by annamarie phelps. cheltenham gold cup favourite thistlecrack has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a slight tendon tear. his trainer colin tizzard said the injury was discovered this morning when he was scanned. he‘d won his first four races over fences including a three—length victory over cue card in the king george vi chase on boxing day. it means he‘ll miss the cheltenham festival next month. that‘s all sport for now. john watson will have more for you in the next hour. jj, thank you very much. thank you. the american department for homeland security issued guidance on how the department plans to tackle the country‘s estimated 11 million illegal migrants. donald trump says it will leave protections in place for immigrants who enter the united states illegally as children, known as dreamers, but others will be considered for deportation. let‘s
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speak to our correspondent. what more detail do we have on how the administration are saying this will work? well, we're funding out that the trump administration plans on aguessively enforcing immigration laws around the country. previously, the obama administration had set out a plan for expedited deportations just along the borders, about 100 miles from the border and only for people who had been in the country for 1h days. what the homeland security department is saying that anyone who has been detained or found to be illegal anywhere in the country, and who has not been in the country, and who has not been in the country for more than two years can be expedited, their deportation sent back to where they came back much more easily. so you‘re seeing across—the—board, increase more easily. so you‘re seeing across—the—boa rd, increase in enforcement. they made a provision. they did not rescind the dreamers, the so—called dreamers, children who had come over as undocumented immigrants, but had been deferred thanks to barack obama, but he did
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prioritise for deportation notjust people who had committed criminal acts, but people who committed acts that could be charged with crimes and also people who may have abused public benefits. that‘s a vague term. so if you look at the language, they‘re pretty much prioritising everybody for deportation at this point. so the trump team led, of course, by the president, trying to look very tough on this? yeah, i think that's definitely the case. he issued these orders, they were very broad orders giving a lot of discretion to the immigration authorities and department of homeland security and now we‘re starting to see some meat on—the—bone of these plans. what it looks like is that anywhere in the country, if a local official, or a government official, finds an undocumented person, they could be detained and deported much more likely than under the obama administration. it‘s a significant change of policy. just looking
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anthony at the comments that president trump made earlier about anti—semitism, saying it was horrible, something that has to stop. was he feeling under pressure when he made those comments because he has been criticised, hasn‘t he, for not being strong enough on his message? yes, he was asked two times to condemn a rise in anti—semitic rhetoric and threats made against jewish community centres across the country and the first time he talked about his election win and dodged the question. the second time he was quite belligerent to the jewish reporter whoevers asking him the questions and telling him to be quiet multiple time and over the past few days the level of criticism has been going up on donald trump because people viewed that as an inappropriate response and also viewed it in the context of some of donald trump‘s supporters being white nationalists who have a history of anti—semitism, the trump administration sent out a press
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release on holocaust memorial day, not mentioning dues. donald trump‘s comments last week or a lack of comments last week or a lack of comments on anti—semitism were putting him in the spotlight. so he came out today and was a little more detailed about condemning it. ok, thank you. more now on the couple who lost their court of appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan, from london, claim it‘s unfair that only same—sex couples can have a civil partnership. at the ruling this morning, ladyjustice arden, said the government should have more time to decide the future of civil partnership. the court of appeal today dismisses the appeal of rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan against an earlier decision of the high court not at
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this stage to propose any change to the bar on opposite sex couples entering into civil partnership. the decision was on one issue, a majority decision. n—their judgments, all the members of the court agree first the bar constitutes a potential violation of the appellant‘s human rights. sarah anticoni is a partner at charles russell speechlys and an expert in family law. shejoins me from our studios in central london. good afternoon to you. interesting that thejudges are good afternoon to you. interesting that the judges are asking for more time because that‘s looking to be the one thing that family law does not keep up with? that's correct. one tends to see law following social change and family law is no exception to that. it wasn‘t actually thejudges exception to that. it wasn‘t actually the judges that were asking for more time it is the secretary of state who is asking for more time. they are saying wait and saosmt we don‘t have enough data to see not the ba should be taken off
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or whether it should remain or whether people entering into civil partnerships should be limited to the ones that already entered into them. that review is to take place over an indefinite period of time. test case on discrimination like this. it seem odd that given on the face of it, this is discriminatory. yes, that‘s where the judges did ee, yes, that‘s where the judges did agree, there was on the face of discrimination, it is unusual for those representing a heterosexual community, the majority, takes this case and those practitioners who watch this area close lisa lieutenant both of them for spearheading such a campaign and saying they‘re going to press on to the supreme court because at the moment, other than private members‘ bills being pressed through parliament, there is no appetite from the government to introduce family law to reflect social change.
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three million people choose to cohabit at the moment. only 860 people, couples, 860 couples entered into civil partnerships according to latest figures. so these choosing to enter into civil partnerships as a small group, but those people who choose not to marry, but would like something, whether that‘s a civil partnership or something else are stuck. we had charles and re-becta in the studio. it is legal protection. it is an important part of their relationship in terms of how they see it, not, they don‘t wa nt to how they see it, not, they don‘t want to go down the marriage route, but they do want some protections particularly should the couple break up. they have a child? that's right. there is a huge gap in the legal framework. there isn‘t one body of law that deals with people who have entered into contractual arrangements, mortgages, pensions, financial planning, children with responsibilities. there isn‘t one body of law that deals with that. if
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you ask a lawyer what‘s the answer to this question, they have to bring out lots of different pieces of law on trust, on property, on wills, on pension, it is all over the place and the government is not leading on this. it‘s waiting and seeing still and that‘s what we hear today, more wait and see. i don‘t know whether they‘re going to bait for the next census data. what is interesting i‘m sure thejurpb census data. what is interesting i‘m sure the jurpb leursz will pour over it, the appendix gives them interesting data as to how society is choosing to live together in england. thank you very much. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news: a heterosexual couple have lost their court of appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. they had pledged to fight on. hospital services in nearly two—thirds of england could be cut or scaled back, bbc analysis
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of local plans shows. government finances recorded a £9.11 billion surplus in last month, the biggest january surplus for 17 years. hello. now a look at how the markets in europe have ended the trading session. hsbc shares led the market lower as the bank reported a big fall in profits and a smaller than expected share buyback. shares in hsbc were down 6.6% shortly after midday. profits fell 62%. well, shares that did do well this morning were that of intercontinental hotel group. it announced it was paying shareholders a special dividend of £322 million. investors liked that and shares rose in morning trade. the company had been struggling with making money from room hire. also around 14% of its hotels are in oil producing states —
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so the troubles of the oil industry have filtered through to the company as well. it has been a good day for mining companies. two of the biggest, bhp billiton and anglo—american, have reported sharp increases in profits. bhp‘s half—year profits were £2.61 billion, a massive jump from the £332 million it reported a year earlier. anglo—american reported full—year profits of £1.29 billion. now that compares with a £4.5 billion loss in 2015. now, the prices of commodities — the stuff mined by these companies including iron ore and coal, have risen, which has helped. also there‘s been an increase in demand from china. shares fell in hsbc. russ mould is investment
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director at aj bell. hi russ. let‘s talk hsbc. it is down considerably today. the share price was doing quite well up until this point when you compare it to a year ago. is it cause for concern? well, the shares had a terrific run, but the shares had a terrific run, but the market was disappointed with two things today. the quantity of the earnings, they came in sharply lower or they were lower than analysts we re or they were lower than analysts were expecting, but the quality of the earnings was disappointing. you mentioned the one off charges there. there was a $3 billion write—off on a european private banking operation and another $1.6 billion for litigation and conduct charges. when you add those up, $8 billion or so and it is the fact there is more of these charges, a continued drip, drip, drip and there was the sale of the brazilian business, while it brought in valuable revenue, it has
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not got the profits. it is a further evidence that the bank is struggling to grow. it is shrinking itself back to grow. it is shrinking itself back to health, but it is having to sell prime assets like those in brazil. loans prime assets like those in brazil. loa ns were prime assets like those in brazil. loans were lower. customers deposits we re loans were lower. customers deposits were lower and assets lower. the quality remains unpredictable and the one off charges aren‘t turning out to be one off. companies which have been doing well, bhb bilton and anglo—american. is that down to commod freut prices or is the businesses doing well? they have worked hard to cut costs and cut expenditure and to reduce debt which means the businesses are less risky, but yes, they have enjoyed the benefit from a tailwind in the form of higher commodity prices. bhb bilton, it was a straightforward, like rio tinto, debt down, costs down, profit up, dividend up, it was a simple story, the shares responded
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to that favourably, but dribbled off a little bit afterwards. there are issues to address at bhb. there is a chilean miners‘ strike, it is negotiating with the brazilian authorities with a settlement over a dam failure in 2015 in brazil and the boss did mention the word, "protectionism." he will be looking at president trump‘s state of the nation speech in america next week. there is a fear that an import tax in america might hit the chinese economy. iron ore and coal prices have been going up sharply, coal has begun to come off sharply and that‘s led iron ore down. it resulted in them going to steel. normally iron ore tends to follow and that would bea ore tends to follow and that would be a nuisance for bhp. let‘s finish with intercontinental
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hotel group. the share price went up initially. it is not as up as it was this morning. does it tell the whole story, the hotel industry, the outlook isn‘t great? story, the hotel industry, the outlook isn't great? it was an improvement in the key benchmark for the industry. they talk about increased rates and record occupancy rate. the reason their shares didn‘t do as well today was the issue you flagged about the american business. it looks to be very oil exposed and there is a cost—cutting exercise going on across the industry. the £4 money million special dividend, that means since it was spun out of six continents, the company has returned nearly $13 billion to investors which is some record. the shares in the end looking at that were at £39
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and they are taking a breather. russ, thank you. the ftse is still down there. weighed down by the hsbc shares. down 6%. hsbc, a very significant stock on the ftse100. that‘s it from me. there is a roundup of all the other top business stories on our website: a team of british soldiers is hoping to become the first all—female group to cross antarctica unsupported. during a three month expedition they‘ll face temperatures of minus 40 degrees and they‘ll be walking in that for up to nine hours a day. our reporter phil mackie joined them for some of their training in norway. the ice maiden team is heading out across a frozen norwegian lake at the start of its final training exercise. in september, these soldiers will begin their historicjourney, hoping they will succeed and inspire a generation of women. it‘s not just about five women crossing antarctica,
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it‘s about encouraging women from across the military but also in civilian life to get out there and give things a go, and realise there is no ceiling and you can achieve anything. i think we can inspire some women to get out there and be physically active. it doesn‘t have to be antarctica. their 5k can be their antarctica. we‘re just going to have... ooh, it‘s hot chocolate with orange today! their home for the next few weeks and the 80 days of the expedition will be a small tent. it will be a bedroom, living room and kitchen. hi, mum. hi, dad. there are doctors, a former teacher, and an electrical technician on the team. i‘m just a normal person from newcastle and i have just happened to come across this incredible opportunity. if you want it and work for it, you canjust do it. they will leave their families and partners behind to spend nearly three months together on the ice. there is important research being done as well. no one really knows what it will
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take to sustain an all—female team on a journey like this. it‘s not just about the calories. it‘s about the actual composition of the rations — making sure there is the right amount of carbohydrate, fat and protein — and trying to figure out how we can manipulate that, i suppose. and also for a group of women whose nutritional requirements are quite different to men, there has been very little research done and certainly not published. so i haven‘t really got a lot to go on. one of the hardest things will be maintaining morale as each long day‘s march goes by. well, they have just been out for a two—hour march. they will have to do up to nine hours a day once in the antarctic, carrying everything that they need along with them. it will be very, very tough, which is why they need to practise in conditions as harsh as these. there are seven ice maidens. two will be reserves as only five can cross the antarctic, where they hope to break the ice ceiling, putting them in the history books alongside explorers like scott, shackleton and amundsen.
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if you don‘t know who bowbow is, she is this wonderful panda. she is three years old and she is saying goodbye to the united states. she has been in the national zoo in washington. she is heading on a one—way flight to china where she will bejoining a panda breeding programme there. yes, keepers have a packing list of her favourite foods. they include 55lbs of bamboo, 5lbs of apples and 2le of sweet potatoes! this is how she is going to be travelling. not too much style. but most of the flight, apparently, they‘re hoping she willjust be eating. she leaves behind her younger brother who remains at the zoo, but as with all pandas on loan
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from china, any pandas born as a result, remaun the property of china. so she is heading back to ta ke china. so she is heading back to take part in their breeding programme in china. they must move to china by the time they are four, by the time they turn four. this is the scene at dallas international airport where the plane is ready and waiting to take her back to china. they are all there waving! on that note, with no references to the weather in another language, let‘s join matt for latest. thank you. what a week of weather it is. we will see two seasons in the space of a few days. we started off, of course, with the real feel of spring. temperatures 18 celsius in the south east corner. the spring bulbs coming outment we finish the week back in winter. some of you
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will be seeing a spell in snow and there will be stormy conditions too. out there tonight, quite a windy night in store, we will see gales develop across northern scotland. across the uk, the winds will be picking up. lots of rain to end the day. it stays wet across north—west england throughout. but turning drierfor much of england throughout. but turning drier for much of scotland and northern ireland and the far north of england into dawn. south of that, we will hold on to the cloud. patchy rain and drizzle. temperatures will hold in double figures, but a chillier start. and in fact, we can split the country into two. the winds touching severe gale force across northern scotland. blustery further south, but it is across wales, the midlands and southern england, we will hold on to cloud throughout the day. outbreaks of rain across wales, devon and cornwall, but temperatures in double figures. northern england, scotland
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and northern ireland, colder, but brighter, sunshine at times. blustery, a few showers which will turn wintry later. this coming in for thursday is storm doris, the fourth named storm for the met office this season. it could be a nasty little feature as we go into thursday. already, let‘s deal with the winds. there are met office amber be prepared warnings across northern england, north wales and the north midlands. this is where we expect the strongest of the winds to be. gusting 70mph, maybe 80mph at times. but bear in mind the figures could change and the position of the strongest winds could change as we head towards thursday and as well as the winds we could have significant snow fall on the hills. ten centimetres and the potential for low level through the morning rush hour across scotland too. this is how the day shapes up. cloudy, rain,
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sleet and snow becoming confined to parts of eastern scotland and north—east england. windy across—the—board. it will be a bright end to what will have been a stormy day. today at 5... a heterosexual couple have lost their legal case to be allowed a civil partnership. they‘re only available to same—sex couples, but it was a narrow defeat for charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld. marriage we recognise as a meaningful and valuable institution for many people, but not for us. we see ourselves as partners in life and want to be partners in law and many thousands feel exactly the same way. it was a close—run thing at the court of appeal, and some believe it‘sjust a matter of time before the law is changed. we‘ll have the latest. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... nearly two thirds of hospital services could be scaled back across england under local proposals, the bbc understands.
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