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they are getting the full force of the storm right now. mandatory evacuation in effect. this order will go for all residents. if you are told to evacuate, get out quick. after a leak of controversial immigration proposals, the government insists it won't shut the door on eu migration, but says the current system can't continue after brexit. overall, immigration has been good for the uk, but what people want to see is control of that immigration. protest he is over public sector pgy- protest he is over public sector pay. hundreds of nurses stage a demonstration outside parliament calling for an end to the 1% pay cap. sinn fein calls to resume talks to try to restore a power—sharing government in northern ireland. and the unmistakeable voice of football for 50 years — john motson says he's hanging up his sheepskin coat and microphone in may. i did my first ever commentary for bbc tv from this very gantry and in those days, nobody had heard of the internet, although i can vouch i did say at the time "it's in the net." good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the atlantic has been battering the caribbean islands of antigua, barbuda and anguilla causing major damage. the category 5 storm — with sustained winds of 185mph and gusts of up to 225mph — is now heading towards the british virgin islands, puerto rico and then may hit florida by the end of the week. airports have closed on several islands and people have flocked to shops for food, water, and emergency supplies before taking shelter. officials have been warning of potentially catastrohpic effects. a french cabinet minister says it's already caused major damage and flooding while communications
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have been lost with a number of islands. richard galpin reports. the leeward islands of the caribbean are now being battered by this huge storm. this unverified video apparently showing winds of more than 180mph hitting the tiny island of saint martin. in the sky above, this special us research plane also takes a battering as it flies right through the hurricane, collecting vital data. for the crew, it's a wild ride. from higher up, a satellite captures the seething, churning power of this, one of the biggest atlantic storms on record. and from the international space station, a sense of how big an area the storm clouds cover.
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knowing the islands of antigua and barbuda will be the first to be hit by the hurrican, people here started moving to safety yesterday. here we are on market street, usually a very, very busy street in stjohn‘s. not today, it's a ghost town. while antigua may not have been hit too badly, the situation in barbuda is not known. the biggest cause for concern right now is we seem to have completely lost contact with our sister island, barbuda. they're getting really the full force of this right now. i think they are currently in the eye and that should be coming to a close soon. and then they are going to get those 185 mile winds happening again shortly. so we will be very grateful when we hear and finally get some news back from barbuda. hurricane irma is steadily moving west and according to latest reports, has already caused major damage. so now, even as far away as florida, people
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are stocking up with supplies. the hurricane is expected to make landfall here by the weekend. the storm is massive, and the storm surge that is predicted will go for miles and miles. it's incredibly important that all floridians keep a close eye on this incredibly dangerous storm. do not sit and wait to prepare. get prepared now. and already, the us authorities have ordered everyone living in the very vulnerable area of key west to leave. richard galpin, bbc news. our correspondent will grant joins us from havana. it looks lovely there, but to the for much longer. that's right. there isa for much longer. that's right. there is a bit ofa for much longer. that's right. there is a bit of a sense of calm, you know, ahead of the storm. i know it isa know, ahead of the storm. i know it is a cliche, but it really does feel like thatment havana looks like there is nothing going on, but
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people on the streets are beginning to get ready, they are trying to find water and hardware to board up their homes and particularly trying to find fuel, but this doesn't reveal what's going on elsewhere m the caribbean which is we can see from richard's report there, is that it isa from richard's report there, is that it is a much more serious situation with the same storm just barrelling its way in this direction. so how are they preparing? what are you seeing around you? well, by and large i think most people are concentrating specifically on their families. they are just trying to make sure those who live in low lying areas or are in more remote parts of the island come to more safe parts of cuba such as havana. asi safe parts of cuba such as havana. as i say, people are searching out tinned goods, fresh drinking water, making sure they've got plenty of supplies of those. one of the things about cuba is people have a good track record in dealing with hurricanes. they go through them every year in fact. so people tend
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to listen to the evacuation orders when they come down from the government and the government is issuing a lot of warnings on state television and radio at the moment. what's the most destructive thing they fear most, the wind, the rain oi’ they fear most, the wind, the rain or the storm surge? it's, i'd say, it is the rain to be honest. these homes are already in a precarious state. anyone who has been to havana will know of the crumbling state of much of the homes and the properties across the island. obviously, cuba has been under a us economic embargo for decades and that makes building materials hard to come by so many, many homes are in a precarious state. they have been lashed by the sea spray and the winds for years and now the idea of much more rain falling at a very, very short space time and the accompanying storm surges that would go with that are extremely worrying, i think, for most residents. more so perhaps than the winds which they hope might have
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dissipated by the time irma reaches cuba. 0k, thank you very much for that. that's will grant in havana. let's speak to someone who works for save the children. what's happening there at the moment? what are you hearing is going on? well, at the moment, we'rejust keeping an hearing is going on? well, at the moment, we're just keeping an eye hearing is going on? well, at the moment, we'rejust keeping an eye on the eye of the storm and seeing which direction it's heading. it's looking like it will not hit the northern part of the or the large northern part of the or the large northern and western area that was initially envisaged yesterday, but it doesn't mean that haiti will not come off, you know, will be left scot—free in particular with heavy rains, there is a greater chance of flooding and landslides. for save the children we have an emergency health unit on its way to be on
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stand—by in the dominican republic to see if there is need either in the dominican republic or here in haiti. we have alerted our teams in the north area to be on stand—by. we have also identified people in different health centres and schools that we support in the north so that we can be getting up—to—date information once the rains do hit and so that way we can monitor the situation and see which way we can go forward. hurricanes are nothing new in this part of the world at this time of year and yet this one does seem to be different? yes. it is, it appears to be a much more powerful one that we are used to and what would be said to be the early pa rt what would be said to be the early part of the season. and has been gathering a lot of strength as it
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increases coming across. it also is coming 11 months after the last devastating hurricane that hit haiti which was hurricane matthew which hit land fall in october 2016. we're hearing the areas that it has hit, barbuda and bermuda. devastation. one report suggesting all government buildings in st martin have been knocked over. presumably you have to keep an eye on what's going on elsewhere because you maybe required to get on planes and help? yes and that's why we have already an emergency health unit on the move. we're also speaking with our office in dubai where supplies come in. there will be an airlift probably tomorrow morning dubai time which could be tonight our time and another airlift of supplies so whilst we look at what's going on my tonight we will know whether or not we need to bring in a lot more stock
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than what we already have. we need to bring in a lot more stock than what we already havem we need to bring in a lot more stock than what we already have. it is good of you to give us your time. thank you very much. you're welcome. thank you. we will be talking to another guest later. the prime minister has told the commons that people want to see control of immigration after brexit. she was speaking after a leaked draft home office document suggested that heavy restrictions should be placed on the number of low skilled workers coming to the uk and that employers should be encouraged to hire british people first. but the government's insisting it won't shut the door on eu migration. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. for many voters, it was the key issue on which they made their choice in the brexit referendum. what should britain's immigration policy be for eu citizens? today, a government document leaked to journalists from the guardian newspaper gave some answers. the key philosophy being that immigration should benefit notjust the migrants themselves but also make existing residents better off. those who have campaigned for years for lower immigration are delighted.
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it's broadly on the right lines. it's to be welcomed. if implemented, as proposed, then we see a considerable, significant reduction in the sort of numbers coming from the eu, which is what people broadly voted for a year and a bit ago. the document is clearly a recent draft of the home office's long—awaited white paper on immigration after brexit. officials here insist it is not the latest draft, it's very much a work in progress and the cabinet is still arguing over it. that said, it's not back of the envelope stuff either. it is more than 80 pages of proposals. one of the key phrases in the draft says that, "wherever possible, uk employers should look to meet their labour needs from resident labour." but businesses insist they're already doing that. they do everything they can to employ british workers, it's just very difficult.
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sometimes you have skills gaps you need to fill with people from outside the uk, and that's just the way it is. the draft proposes that any eu citizen already living here before a certain not yet specified date would be allowed to stay. and even after brexit, there would be a transition period of at least two years. but at that point, the key proposals suggests that free movement for eu citizens ends, they would need passports, not id cards at the border, two year work permits would be available for eu citizens, though highly skilled workers could get longer permits. for the holiday and hospitality industry, like butlins in bognor regis, the future could be a real challenge. 30% of their workforce are eu citizens and they may find themselves applying for lots of work permits. i think nationally coastal resorts struggle to recruit, so recruiting from the european market is really important to us.
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today's leaked document will only fuel the debate about britain's future immigration policy. there's been a mixed reaction to the leaked draft document on immigration. here's our political correspondent ian watson. when britain leads the european union, the government wants to reassure businesses that the economy will not fall not off a cliff edge. does the prime minister agree with me that immigration is essential to the strength of the uk economy as well as enhancing our diversity and culturalfabric? well as enhancing our diversity and cultural fabric? overall immigration
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has been good for the uk, but what people want to see is control of that immigration. that's, i think, what people wanted to see as a result of coming out of the european union. and we continue to believe as a government that it's important to have migration at sustainable levels. theresa may knows that the only way she can get net migration down to the tens of thousands is if she cuts eu immigration significantly. that said, non—eu migration is way above that level, even with tighter controls. so some leave campaigners are hoping the government will officially adopt some of the ideas in this document for further restrictions. people are fed up with people coming in from the eu into this country putting public services under pressure and i would say that was the number one issue why people voted to leave. the government is delivering on the
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promise to end free movement. the document is marked sensitive, but restrictions in immigration are more sensitive in some parts of the country than others. this extreme hard brexit is a blueprint for strangling the london economy. why doi strangling the london economy. why do i say that? on a regular basis i speak to chief executives and i speak to chief executives and i speak to chief executives and i speak to employers and speak to businesses in london and i know the impact, positive impact eu workers make. this summer the home secretary commissioned research into the impact of immigration. so, some mps say she shouldn't be floating the idea of new restrictions until she sees the results. they really must wait for the evidence from the migration advisory committee about what the overall impact is and what the needs are in different sectors of the economy before they take decisions. the cabinet is yet to finalise what restrictions it wants to see on immigration, but critics say it's important that skilled workers who might benefit the economy will still feel welcome. the headlines on bbc
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news: hurriance irma, a life threatening category 5 storm, hit land a few hours ago in antigua and barbuda — knocking out power and damaging buildings — it could hit florida by the weekend. the government insists it won't shut the door on eu migration, but says the current system can't continue after brexit. mps sparred over the subject in this week's prime minister's questions. nurses stage a demonstration outside parliament calling for an end to the 1% public sector pay cap. andy murray is likely to miss the rest of the season as he tries to recover from the hip rest of the season as he tries to recoverfrom the hip injury which fours forced him to miss the us open. tobyjones has been named for the third test at his home ground of lords which starts tomorrow. beaten by the clock, leicester city missed out on signing a mid—fielder by 14
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seconds! that's out on signing a mid—fielder by 11! seconds! that's after they thought they had completed a £22 million dealfor the sporting they had completed a £22 million deal for the sporting lisbon mid—fielder. i will be back with morejust after half mid—fielder. i will be back with more just after half past. sinn fein has called for the resumption of formal negotiations to try to form a power—sharing government in northern ireland. the stormont executive collapsed in january and months of talks have so far failed to overcome a series of disputes between unionists and republicans. our ireland correspondent chris buckler explained more about the complexity of the negotiations. we spoke earlier this week, we heard the secretary of state for northern ireland meeting each of the individual parties. irish foreign minister has been here since then. he was here yesterday having the same conversations, but today's statement by sinn fein does indicate they want to get into the proper
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talks. to try to restore power sharing in northern ireland. there has been no power sharing government for a matter of months, i mean since january there has been no real government and as a result they have said listen, we have been talking to the dup behind the scenes over the last week and we think some kind of progress has been made there or that some kind of an agreement could be possible. that is a big statement for them. it does indicate that some of the party negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes have been going on behind the scenes have been to an extent successful and another indication of that is the fa ct another indication of that is the fact that as soon as michelle o'neill, the stormont leader of sinn fein stopped speaking there was a statement from the dup saying, yes, we have been involved in the chats and negotiations behind the scenes. let's see where this all goes. there isa let's see where this all goes. there is a more muted response from the democratic unionist partiment they we re democratic unionist partiment they were saying let's see if an agreement is possible before we start to get the parties around the table again. a fourteen year old boy has died
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after two teenagers were shot in east london on monday afternoon. coreyjunior davis — and another boy, who's seventeen — were found with gunshot injuries in forest gate. the second victim is said to have "life—changing injuries". police have launched a murder investigation. no arrests have been made. our correspondent chi chi izundu is with me now. police are looking for a light coloured 4x4 vehicle. the 17—year—old has life changing injuries and he is in a stable condition in hospital. do we know what led up to this, a 14—year—old boy shot dead? newham in east london had the most recorded gun discharges of nylon borough and we know that also the year ending march 2017 there has been a 23% increase in the amount of offences involving gun crime and in london, that figure actually shoots up to 42%. but it is quite rare. newham particularly of late over the last couple of months had a number of shootings. and the
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home office, police, both saying... the home office say they are reviewing serious a nd organised crime strategy to combat police violence. the police have gone to scoltion and are talking to peel in the local area and they say they are taking this seriously. they have warned they are taking it seriously because they are worried about retaliation, particularly gang retaliation, particularly gang retaliation, but they are not ruling that out as a line of inquiry. thank you very much. the prime minister was speaking after a d raft the prime minister was speaking after a draft leaked home office document suggested that heavy restrictions should be put on the number of low skilled workers coming to the uk. vicki young is in westminster. some are saying this is why many people voted for brexit in the first place. others are saying this is going to annoy the eu something rotten. yes, that's right. and there are others like those from business who are concerned that these kind of restrictions might have a negative impact on the
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economy. now, officially downing street say they won't comment on d rafts, street say they won't comment on drafts, but they say this exists and it has been redrafted several times since this particular part of the report was leaked. so it will not end up in its finalform, but it means that other people, of course, are commenting very much on what the future immigration policy of the united kingdom will be once we have left the european union. but also about what happens if there is a transitional phase of two or three yea rs. transitional phase of two or three years. i'm joined by the leader of the snp who has a particular view on this. obviously in this, and theresa may today, during prime minister's questions said in response to you that actually, there are up sides to immigration, but there are down sides too. do you not see those?|j think sides too. do you not see those?” think the point is what we have seen over the course of the last few months is the government demonising migrants of the we have the situation where 100 migrants of the we have the situation where100 eu nationals received letters threatening deportation. we already know from the ons data that european nationals
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are beginning to leave this country. we need eu nationals. we need migrants in this country if we are to staff our public services, our health service, you mentioned the impact on businesses, certainly even in my own constituency a number of businesses over the summer have said to me they are worried about recruitmed of labour. it is very important that we send the right message and we need to demonstrate to the people of the united kingdom that migration is something that we benefit from, culturally, socially, if we want to grow the economy on a sustainable basis we need the workforce that comes from europe and elsewhere. there are significant numbers of vacant jobs elsewhere. there are significant numbers of vacantjobs in elsewhere. there are significant numbers of vacant jobs in this country. to blame migrants as the prime minister did country. to blame migrants as the prime ministerdid in country. to blame migrants as the prime minister did in her answer to me was quite shocking and shameful. if there is a challenge in our public services, they ought to be invested in, we need the impact that migrants have on our economy and i will certainly with my colleagues and the snp be pushing for access to the single market and continued free movement of people if we're to demonstrate our ability to grow our
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economy. theresa may isn't saying that post brexit there will be no immigration to this country. she is simply saying it will be controlled. if sectors need work ertion they will be allowed to have them, it is about controlling it and making sure there isn't pressure, she says, at there isn't pressure, she says, at the lower end of the scale, putting pressure on people's wages?“ the lower end of the scale, putting pressure on people's wages? if you look at hospitality industry and the agriculture industry, we need labour. that sounds like the kind of people that she will be shutting the door on. we know from the leaks that come out, we run the risk of workers not being able to bring their families here. we cannot have a situation where families will be torn apart by what is rather a mean spirited approach to migration from this government and we will certainly be working hard to oppose that. we face a democratic challenge in scotland. we need to grow our labour force. we need to grow our economy. migration is essential to delivering on that what about more skills, more training for british workers? what the government is saying they are trying to encourage
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companies not to look to workers from poland, but to look at those that they have at home as well i'm glad to say in scotland that's what the scottish government are doingment we're investing in skills and we're investing in our young people and a lot more has to be done, but you need to balance that by the contribution that people coming to this country can make. if i may say so as well, the demonising of students that come to this country and the way they are classed as part of that immigration problem is wrong. students should be taken out of the migration figures, but those that come to study here should be given the right—to—work with the reintroduction of the study visa. that's been done at selected universities in england. it needs to be reintroduced through the whole country so we be reintroduced through the whole country so we can be reintroduced through the whole country so we can get the economic benefit of those students that come to study here. thank you very much indeed. so, immigration, of course, a lwa ys indeed. so, immigration, of course, always a controversial issue here. this was a leaked document. the
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government said it will bring forward its proposals for a new system sometime before the end of the year. thank you very much. nearly 2,000 nurses have held a demonstration over pay in parliament square today beginning straight after the first prime minister's questions of the new parliamentary year, the rally is part of a union campaign calling on the government to scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay. the royal college of nursing warns that its members may strike if nothing is done. it is really bad. there are 40,000 vacancies, not only are we not having people come into the profession as many as we would like we are beginning to see those very experienced staff leaving because of the pressure off leaving because of the pressure of work but they will always side that lack of their value by not having a pay rise for so long. it is causing them financial problems but also feeling that they're not valued anywhere. our correspondentjon donnison was at the demonstration for us. the demonstration has got under way.
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we have got a few hundred nurses who have come from all over the country to protest this ongoing cap on public sector pay in place now for some seven yea rs public sector pay in place now for some seven years and what the royal couege some seven years and what the royal college of nurses says is that means in effect in real terms when you ta ke in effect in real terms when you take into account inflation, that means a 14% drop in real wages. well, i've got three nurses here with me now who have travelled from various parts of the country for this protest. you have joined us you havejoined us from you have joined us from where?” you have joined us from where? i am the vice chair for the royal college of nursing and i've come from hastings today. you have been a nurse for 32 years. i mean how bad have things got now?” nurse for 32 years. i mean how bad have things got now? i have never known things to be as bad as they are now in the nursing profession. i
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have been in nursing over 30 years. what i'm seeing now are nurses deciding whether they can afford to stay in the profession, whether they can stay in the nhs. my entire career has been in the nhs and it breaks my heart to see the way nurses are treated. they are not being valued and recognised for the job they do and as a consequence of that patient safety is at risk and we need to see staffing levels improve and they're not with the pay that's being offered at the moment. brian, i mean, what does that mean in terms of shortages? i mean difficulties recruiting? it is very difficulties recruiting? it is very difficult to recruit into the nursing profession. as many as 50,000 nursing vacancies at the moment. and things like the government decision to stop bursaries for nurses is not drawing people in. we have got 1096 of our nurses who are likely to be retiring within the next two to three years, that's another 10% of our nurses that's another 10% of our nurses that are going and not having an attractive pay to try and draw people into the profession is
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damaging the health service.” people into the profession is damaging the health service. i guess the government would say, look, we have had very difficult financial times in the last seven or eight yea rs, times in the last seven or eight years, they needed cuts? well, it's the political decision. deciding not to pay the nurses an appropriate rate. i mean money has been found for other projects. the government did find money to give to the dup for example. that money could have been provided to provide nurses with a decent living wage. what does it mean for you in terms of your life, the money that you've got to spend? well, basically i'm like the other people who are here. i have been a nurse for over 30 years. i have got payslips from ten years ago which show that i'm taking home less money now in my pay packet than i was ten years ago. the government will say they have given us more money, but although my top line has increased, my pension contribution has increased, my taxes increased, my
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national insurance has increased and most nurses i know are working at least two jobs to manage to maintain their standard of living, that isn't saying we have a wonderful standard of living where we go on exotic holidays, most nurses are struggling to make ends meet. brian, you have got the leaked proposals today from the home office talking about how they might cut migration from the eu. i mean, how would that impact on the nurses? it would have a huge impact on the nhs workforce. 20% of the nhs workforce comes from overseas. and they are drawn here by a good living standard. but if we are going to stop people from coming over from overseas then we are going to lose those core services which is provided by health care assistants who aren't registered nurses, they haven't gone through the professional level, but near providing a very important service to our health care economy, and
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providing good social care for people out in the community. 0k, ok, iwant ok, i want to ask all three of you. the rcn has said it would be prepared to strike. would you? yes. absolutely. definitely. there have been some leaked reports that the government might be prepared to end its 1% cap on public sector pay, but nothing concrete so far. i want to bring you some news coming in from newcastle crown court to do with operation sanctuary. 18 people we re with operation sanctuary. 18 people were charged with sexual abuse offences. the sentencing hearings have been held this week and we have had the latest group to be sentenced. conspiracy to traffic for
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sexual exploitation, one man jailed for 12 years, another 34—year—old jailed for 29 years, for offences including rape, inciting prostitution, trafficking for sexual exploitation. a 37—year—old has been jailed forfour exploitation. a 37—year—old has been jailed for four years exploitation. a 37—year—old has been jailed forfour years for exploitation. a 37—year—old has been jailed for four years for allowing premises to be used for the supply of drugs. another man jailed for four—and—a—half years for conspiracy to incite prostitution, allowing premises to be used for to be used. these offences took place between 2011-2014. let's get the all—important weather forecast with chris. hurricane irma
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is the second strongest hurricane there's ever been. barbuda took a hit about 7 o'clock our time. there is the island in the eye of this dangerous hurricane. then it was st martin and then the island of aguila. these have seen scenes of devastation gusting up to 125mph. across the uk, it will be a quiet evening. overnight, the cloud will thick none the north and west. patchy rain working in the second half of the night. thursday starting off on a largely dry note. quickly we see the rain work in across scotland and northern ireland. that wet weather sinks north—west of england and wales. to the east, across the midlands and eastern counties, a fair amount of
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dry weather. feeling cool in glasgow, highs of 14. feeling cool in glasgow, highs of 1a. that's your weather. hello, this is bbc news with simon mccoy at 3.30. caribbean islands are being hit by hurricane irma, one of the most powerful atlantic storms in a century. it's causing major damage with winds up to 185mph. parts of florida where it could hit later this week have ordered a mandatory evacuation. theresa may has told the mps the government's committed to controlling immigration, because of the impact it can have on low paid workers and public services. it comes after a leaked document suggests ministers are considering restrictions on unskilled eu workers. nurses are staging a protest outside parliament calling for an end to the 1% public sector pay cap. there've been indications that the government is preparing to relax the limit, imposed seven years ago. time for the sport with hugh.
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andy murray says he's unlikely to play again this season. murray has been badly affected by a hip injury for a few months now, and he hasn't played since he was knocked out in the quarter—finals of wimbledon. he posted on social media that he was confident that after an extended period of rest and rehabilitation, he'd be challenging for grand slams again next season. he plans to return at the brisbane international, which starts on new year's eve. at the age of 37, venus williams has become the oldest semi—finalist in us open history. she beat petra kvitova in a real thriller — it took over two and a half hours and the deciding set went to a tie—break. kvitova only returned to the tour three months ago after the knife attack that damaged her playing hand — and williams said it felt like a "special match". this match means a lot to me
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obviously playing at home, with it being a major. it means a lot to her coming back and being able to compete in the major and to prove, you know, obviously to herself that she can defeat anything no matter what is thrown at her. it was amazing to see her shine today. england have made one change to their team for the decisive third test against west indies at lord's. the series is level at 1—1. bowler toby roland—jones comes into the team for chris woakes. he was dropped for the game at edgbaston in favour of woakes, who was returning from injury. this test will be england's last before the winter's ashes. the labour party has called for a ban on gambling firms sponsoring football shirts. with 25 of the 92 league clubs, including nine out of 20 premier league sides, currently engaged in such sponsorship, the shadow digital, culture, media and sport secretary tom watson said it was time to take action.
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last year punters lost pvened 13.8 billion on gambling. that's £5 billion on gambling. that's £5 billion more than in 2008. in the last few years, £1.11 billion's been spent on advertising. kids more than ever are exposed to gambling ads. it's no surprise to me then that gambling addiction's gone up by an estimated third in recent years. there's a problem. the current arrangements are not fit for purpose. we are asking football clu bs purpose. we are asking football clubs who've been targeted by gambling adverts to show corporate responsibility. take the lead, scrap the ads, take them off the tv and show some leadership in a space in's very important to millions of people in britain. leicester city missed out on signing midfielder adrien silva by 1a seconds. leicester believed they'd completed a £22 million dealfor him from sporting lisbon but fifa rejected their application
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to register the player because it came just after the deadline of the summer transfer window. leicester are appealing against the decision. former two weight world champion carl frampton has confirmed jamie moore as his new trainer. frampton recently ended his long term relationship with manager barry mcguigan and his trainer—son shane. the wales and lions fly—half dan biggar will join northampton from ospreys next summer. after more than 10 years in south wales, biggar will move to franklin's gardens after completing this season with ospreys. biggar has won 56 caps for wales and was a member of the british & irish lions squad in new zealand this summer. and before i go, there's time to let you know that the bbc get inspired unsung hero award is open for nominations. it's designed to recognise those who devote their free time to help people in grass—roots activities. you can find everything you need to know at: that's all sport for now.
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leah boleto has more in the next hour. one of the strongest hurricanes ever has been battering the caribbean. cricks fawkes explained the details earlier. this is right up there in terms of the ferocity of past hurricanes. we are getting hints of some damage being caused. the afp is quoting an interior ministry saying, government buildings on st martin, the most sturdy buildings there, have been destroyed and they've not heard from barbuda at all. so it seems there are impact reports coming in at the moment. we have a clearer idea of its path? yes. i can
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show you that barbuda was the first place that got hit. the satellite picture shows in the middle of that, thatis picture shows in the middle of that, that is the island of barbuda going right through the eye of the storm and it's around the eye wall that we have the most fierce winds. south of thatis have the most fierce winds. south of that is antigua. the irony of that, anyone on the island of barbuda seeing that picture must have thought it was a nice day? absolutely. next on the hit—list1 o'clock our time, the next place to get hit was st martin. we can see that again passing straight through the eye of the storm and, just to the eye of the storm and, just to the north of st martin, the another island. the catastrophic damage is an inevitability really. from here, it's going to track in a west north—west direction, so the next place on the hit—list is the british virgin islands. in the next five hours, there's going to be a land
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fall, same wind strength, 225mph. we have talked about the devastation they can bring but don't forget, in they can bring but don't forget, in the middle of this under the low pressure, the sea bulges underneath the low pressure and that bulging water, the storm surge gets washed inland. around the british virgin islands, they are expected to reach about 11 foot in height, so two of me pretty much! a wall of waterjust being blown inland quickly by the hurricane. then there's the torrential rain. it's inevitable that the scenes that we see coming out from the islands will indeed show scenes of absolute apocalyptic damage. it's an incredible storm. as it travels over water does it get stronger? this seems to be an upper limit of how strong they can be. i mentioned this is the second most powerful ever on record. it's got sustained winds of 185mph, but there are another three that had the same. there was a labour day hurricane in 1935, it didn't have a name because
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they didn't bother naming them back then but since then we have had gilbert and wilma that also were 185, so this is pretty much the strongest hurricanes can get. since we have been naming them, they've got a lot worse? who is to say. there could be an angle with global warming there. if you put hurricanes over warmer waters, they get the energy from the warmer waters, so you might expect them to get stronger over time. let's get more on one of our main stories. the government's insisting it won't shut the door on eu migration but says the current system can't continue after brexit. let's get some more analysis on this story. i am joined in the studio by nerissa chesterfield from the free—market think tank, the institute of economic affairs. your name suggests you would be against any sort of control. is that fair? i think certainly things like putting arbitrary net migration targets when at the moment the government can't even deal with the here and know issues that we have,
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particularly in terms of the economy and business. so i think it's quite ambitious for them to predict how many foreign labourers they are going to need. but that is not what they are doing are they, they are saying we are going to stop it for a certain level of low—skilled worker? yes, but they're looking also at trying to stop it as an aggregate figure which i think you cannot predict. you're limiting the visa amount that a low—skilled worker from an eu migrant can have. that's streamlining it with what a non—eu migrant can have. we are saying we need liberal migration, people who can come into the country, boost innovation and competition. it's been proven that economic migrants from central and eastern europe are net benefactors to the public purse. you and i are not politicians, this was all debated in the run—up to the brexit vote. there was a vote and a particular aspect of that vote out
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of london and the south—east was the issue of immigration. you must sympathise with politicians a bit who're having to implement something that perhaps not all of them agree with but they are being told, this is what we want? certainly. if you hadn't been paying attention to the two main politicalical parties for the last 1a months since the vote, this would probably come as a shock. this has been coming down the line. ina way, this has been coming down the line. in a way, for someone who was a vote leave myself, i'm very pro—immigration, pro—free movement so this is something that i don't necessarily see. i sympathise but we have to work with the politicians and show them what the economic case for freer and show them what the economic case forfreer movement of and show them what the economic case for freer movement of people and more liberal migration is. one can imagine michel barnier having a look at this and saying over my dead body, this is a red rag toa over my dead body, this is a red rag to a bull right now at this stage of the negotiations? absolutely. i think that is why it's probably genuinely not something that theresa
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may wanted coming out quite so soon because it doesn't make negotiations a smooth ride for her. but again, in pmqs, she didn't back away from it. this is probably roughly in line with what the government are planning to do but we have to make the case for that. you think it was a genuine leak? yes, in defence of mrs may, i think it was. we'll leave it there. thank you very much. five of the six men charged over the hillsborough disaster are appearing in court today for their pre—trail hearing. graham mackrell, peter metcalf, donald denton, alan foster and the former chief constable of south yorkshire and merseyside police, norman bettison are attending preston crown court this afternoon. norman bettison, who was an inspector in south yorkshire at the time of the disaster, has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office. match commander david duckenfield, who is not appearing today, faces 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter. tens of thousands more
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people are streaming over the border between myanmar — formally known as burma — and bangladesh. the rohingya muslims are escaping what they say is a bloody campaign by the burmese military against insurgents. but myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says fake news is fuelling the crisis in rakhine state — where most rohingya muslims live and she made no mention of the exodus of refugees. caroline hawley‘s report contains flash photography. the human toll of this crisis is growing by the day. more and morrow hint see yas are fleeing from burma for their lives —— rohingas. the terror they've endured, the difficulty of reaching safety, is writtenory their faces. translation: they burned our houses, we couldn't take our belongings, we we re we couldn't take our belongings, we were hiding in a hill for two days. we were there for two days with my
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children. we took a boat and crossed the sea to come here to bangladesh. aung san suu kyi, the day facto leader is under international pressure to use her moral authority to speak out. today during a visit by the indian prime minister, the former human rights icon instead appeared to back the military crackdown, blaming the crisis on terrorists. i would like to thank india particularly for the strong stand it's taken with regard to the terrorist threat that came to our country recently. we believe that together we can work to make sure that terrorism is not allowed to ta ke that terrorism is not allowed to take root on our soil. in a phone call with turkey's president, she reportedly spoke of a huge iceberg of misinformation, calculated to create problems between different communities, with the aim, she said, of promoting the interests of terrorists. it's a line echoed by other government officials. i'm
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deeply disappointed and saddened by the disinformation campaign being waged around the world with regard to the situation. these fabricated news items are written and published with the intent to mislead the public. they are blatantly false and cannot be accepted. they'll only exacerbate the situation. the burmese government's denied the world free access to the state. the latest military campaign that's forced so many people to flee began. for 50 years he has been the voice of football. but nowjohn motson has decided to hang up his microphone and sheepskin coat.
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‘motty‘ — as he's famously known — has covered ten world cups, 200 england games and 29 fa cup finals. his final bbc commentary will be for the fa cup final in may. our sport's editor dan roan went to meet him. and there it is! the crazy gang have beaten the culture club. here is gascoigne. .. brilliant! yes! oh, yes! goal! platini for france! it's dramatic, it's delightful, it's denmark! they are the european champions. what was, for you, the secret, the keys, to be able to call those moments in time so quickly? it's like saying to your postman, how do you prepare the letters? you know, people don't have do know that, do they? and people didn't need to know that i was spending two days in this office banging myself over the head with who the substitute was going to be for this team on saturday. they were only concerned with the end product,
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and i had to make that as good as i could. that'sjohn motson, reporting for us tonight of course on the southend and liverpool match, looking there rather like an orphan in the storm. your big breakthrough was the 72 cup match? oh, ronnie's goal... without that, would you be here? it changed my life. newcastle winning1—0 with five minutes to go. radford. .. now tudor has gone down for newcastle. radford again! what a goal! when i see ronnie radford, i always say "you changed my life, ronnie!" and he said, well, "that goal changed my career", which it did. and when i see it again, as i have hundreds of times, i still think to myself, please go in. don't hit the post. because if that had not nestled in the newcastle net, i would not be here now. i'm afraid that mark west and martin o'neill are going to have to wait a few days longer if they are to add another chapter to wycombe's famous cup history. the sheepskin coat, it has sort of entered folklore now. did you ever think at the time it would become a trademark?
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no, ididn't. i bought it for the warmth, because you could not buy a sheepskin full—length coat. it was only a jacket that you could get in the shops, so i started having these made—to—measure. people started saying "oh, you are the bloke in the sheepskin." "where were you when you were in the snow?" and that's when it grew. i didn't set out to make that a trademark, honestly. but it hasn't done me any harm. so we can't get down there to actually find out what's happened. but i think trevor brooking's is next to... well, he is next to me. and i think... laughter i did my first—ever commentary for bbc television from this very gantry, and in those days, nobody had heard of the internet, although i can vouch for the fact that i did say once upon a time, it's in the net. what do you think made you a great commentator, looking back now? i think you've got to be passionate about it. i also feel you've got to remember as well that it's only part of life, you know. i mean, while people are listening to football matches or commentating on them, there are people going to the theatre, and the cinema,
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and reading books. i think one or two people tend to forget that. i was going to say it was like being paid for your hobby, that's what people always say to me, but there is a little bit of hard work involved. you know, the preparation and the homework, and watching players and going to see games so that you could do the one that you are doing next a bit better... it was a challenge, but it was a challenge that i always enjoyed. moshe now on hurricane irma and we can talk i think to n a radio announcer. can you bring us up—to—date with where the hurricane is and what you are seeing? can you hear me?
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no, ithink no, i think we've got problems there. i think you will appreciate communications with all of the islands is difficult at the moment as hurricane irma hits the region. we'lljoin her a little later on. there you see the path as it passes over the island of barbuda. dentists in england are not accepting new patients according to research carried out by the bbc. the british dental association says it's evidence of an emerging crisis in dentistry. nhs england says 95% of patients manage to get an appointment if they want one. this is a familiar sight for fozia, who's been trying to find an nhs dentist in bradford. i was absolutely gobsmacked in a sense, i was quite devastated there are none locally. a mum of two on benefits, she needs a local nhs dentist for her son mansoor, who has
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an overcrowded mouth and a mineral deficiency with his teeth. i tried calling up, going through the yellow pages, using the internet, and then i used 101, where they find you the nearest nhs dentist. they said there wasn't one in bradford. now, open really wide for me... the bbc has analysed the data of 2500 dental practices across england, and provided information about whether they were accepting new nhs patients. 48% stated that they were not accepting new adult patients, while 40% were not accepting new child patients. there is an emerging crisis about more and more dentists not accepting new patients, simply because they are not allowed to see more patients. the government has only commissioned enough dentistry to treat about half the adult population, which is an absolute disgrace. people that need an nhs dentist should be able to get one. nhs england says the latest patient survey found that 95% of people seeking a dental appointment were able to get one, and overall, the number of dentists offering nhs
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care is now 3800 higher than a decade ago. david rhodes, bbc news. we'd normally have the business news now but let me show you this. this isa now but let me show you this. this is a bat in someone's kitchen. watch how they try to catch it. catch him! will you catch him? ! oh. 0h. catch him! will you catch him? ! oh. oh. catch him. catch him. this has gone viral and had over a million
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hits on facebook. . watch what happens. will you stop looking in the door. oh, she's... catch him. catch him. you are doing great. you're doing great. just... that's it. he nearly got it that time. nearly. he's still flying around the place. quick. oh. oh. you're doing a greatjob. stand place. quick. oh. oh. you're doing a great job. stand up place. quick. oh. oh. you're doing a greatjob. stand up there. oh! did you get him? no, he's there, he's making a mockery of you. you are no help behind the door. you are tiring him out. he's like mcgregor he's got no legs left. go on, catch him, there he is, go on. there you go. i would question his
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technique. bigger towel. ithink maybe just calm down because technique. bigger towel. ithink maybejust calm down because my pa rents maybejust calm down because my pa re nts ha d maybejust calm down because my parents had a bat infestation, they used to get them down the chimney, they'd sit on the walls, make it all calm and my dad used to go pick up the little bat, take him outside, none of the drama. from rachel, no drama? no. thank you for staying on to watch that. thank you for inviting me. no business but bats. thank you, rachel. now the weather with chris fawkes. thank you very much. we've already seen thank you very much. we've already seen this massive hurricane, the second strongest on record. it's mowing its way across the island of barbuda. there it is in the middle of this most dangerous of atlantic hurricanes. then it was the turn of st martin, again straight in the
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middle, a bullseye hit. with the winds gusting 225mph, there'll be catastrophic in both. both will have a massive storm surge. the next area it will hit is the virgin islands. land fall again, another direct bullseye hit with torrential rain and catastrophic winds, also massive storm surge which will do damage too. here weather—wise it's a quiet weather day really with patchy cloud around. one ortwo weather day really with patchy cloud around. one or two isolated, light showers which will continue for the first part of the evening, most of which will be across the north—west of scotland. northern ireland and the irish sea coasts of north—west england too. otherwise it's a dry start to the ovening. cloud will increase as we see the approach of a weather system that will be coming off the atlantic. patchy outbreaks off the atlantic. patchy outbreaks of rain working into western counties of northern ireland and across the hebrides in scotland's highlands too. thursday, we'll
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continue to see the weather front push in. the winds picking up for northern ireland and scotland. it will blow this band of rain across into north—west england and north—west wales. should be a bright start in central and eastern england. clouding up here throughout the afternoon with one or two isolated showers. holding on to some dry and bright weather towards the end of the day. friday, low pressure is firmly in charge. this weather front affecting southern counties. uncertainty with how far north this band of rain is. we are looking at sunshine or showers. whether it's showers or the rain band, you have a reasonable chance of wet weather. cool in the north—west where we have blustery winds and 18 degrees towards the south—east. temperatures are coming down. this weekend, low pressure will be with us. often cloudy with a few bright or sunny spells. generally things will be turning windier as the weekend goes by. that will add an autumnal feel to the weather. an unsettled
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outlook, rain on the way, followed by showers over the next few days. that's your forecast. this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at apm: one of the most powerful hurricanes in history is sweeping across the caribbean, destroying buildings and knocking out power supplies. thousands of people seek shelterment the storm is headed for puerto rico. in florida, officials urge people to get out of its path. do not ignore
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evacuation orders. remember, we can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life. after a leak of controversial immigration proposals, theresa may tells mps people will expect the level of immigration from the eu to fall after brexit. people want to see control of that immigration. also in the next hour, protests over public sector pay. hundreds of nurses stage a demonstration outside


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