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hello, you're watching afternoon live, i'm martine croxall. natalie pirks, bbc news, doha. today at 2pm: downing street is accused of using aggressive language that incites violence. former cabinet minister amber rudd criticises some of number baking hot there, not quite as warm 10's tactics as immoral here. time for a look at the weather. but borisjohnson denies his language is divisive. the collapse, a lot of weather to get through. i really unsettled and quite turbulent weekend —— back a can you use words like surrender to describe a certain act, a certain bill? and quite frankly, i think lot. the system weather we will get that she can. meanwhile, the snp suggest on saturday night and sunday, very they could accetheremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister. wet and windy. in meantime, it swell cleveland — the police force so bad it's putting the public at risk, of cloud in charge, area of low according to inspectors. pressure driving quite a few calls for the bbc to overturn its ruling showers, you can against its presenter naga munchetty pressure driving quite a few showers, you can see pressure driving quite a few showers, you can see where they have been sci—fi today, together into over remarks she made about president trump. long spells of rain. continuing to and following in his mother's footsteps — prince harry walks through a partially cleared drift east this afternoon. in the south coast, wind gust perhaps touching 50 mph, not as windy further north, decent amount of dry
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weather for northern ireland and scotla nd weather for northern ireland and scotland with just a few showers. this evening and tonight, we lose sun showers but mobile racing from the west. southern half of the uk, staying windy. —— moore will race in. staying dry in the north—west of scotland, some spots in the countryside might get down to 2 degrees, more generally 9—12. this low pressure heading in full saturday night. in between, bump in the isobars, you have to squint to see it, a little ridge of high pressure canning in squashing the shower activity. morning showers tomorrow will fade, decent amount of sunshine, temperature wise highs of 16-19, sunshine, temperature wise highs of 16—19, windy in the south. behind me, the next weather maker, lower pressure, driving up from the south west, heavy rain, could cause flooding in parts of england and
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wales, and strong south—westerly wind, costs of maybe 55 miles per hour. sunday, very wet and windy. particularly heavy rain in parts of wales and northern england. not as much rain, a few showers for scotla nd much rain, a few showers for scotland and northern ireland. sunshine as well. as the area of low pressure finally clears away, we will notice the white line squeezing together, another swathe of strong winds, from the north, north west. gusts on the east coast of 50—60 mph, with high tides, could bring coastal flooding. heavy rain and gales and that could be travel problems for the weekend. a reminder of our top story... downing street is accused by former cabinet minister amber rudd, of using aggressive language that
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incites violence, but borisjohnson denies his language is divisive. can you use words like surrender to describe a certain act, and quite frankly i think you can. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me. and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. shipped good afternoon. it's 1:33pm and here's your latest sports news. i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre. it's the start of the world athletics championships in qatar. the late staging of the event is because of the extreme temperatures in the gulf state. the british team have been set a target of seven medals. sprinter dina asher—smith is one of the teams best chances of individual success, tipped for the podium in the 100 and 200 metres by sprint
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legend michaeljohnson. she leads the world list in a 200 metres, she has had some great victories in the 100 metres, beating double olympic champion, just a few weeks ago. she is in great position. it is not easy to come into a major championship like this when you have not won medals at a major championship or olympics, she has not done that yet. but i think she has a strong put herself in great position for great medals, with 130 metres, it could be gold, who knows. and you can follow the world athletics championships on the bbc. coverage starts on bbc2 at 1:45pm. the heats of the mens 100m among the events this afternoon. full coverage on the website as well, of course. the women's marathon taking place at midnight local time because of those temperatures.
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some rugby world cup news that england had been expecting — their centre, piers francis, has been cited for a high tackle in yesterday's world cup win over the united states. he's facing a likely suspension of three matches. it's a rest day at the world cup today, but some big matches coming up over the weekend. wales coach warren gatland has named an unchanged side to play australia on sunday in tokyo. there's just one change to the replacements — owen watkin coming in for leigh halfpenny. captain alun wyn jones will win his 130th cap, making him the most capped wales player of all time, he had been level with gethinjenkins. wales beat georgia in their first match of the tournament. england wicketkeeper sarah taylor has retired from international cricket because of her ongoing battle with anxiety. she previously took a break from the sport in 2016 because of the same issue. she won the world cup with england in 2017 and has been named the best
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women's t20 player in the world three times. she's also second on the england women's list of run—scorers. taylor, who's 30, says she can leave the sport with her head held high, having made the right decision for her health going forward. chris froome is going to race in japan next month, his first compettion since the horrific crash at the criterium du dauphine in june. the 3a—year—old, four—time tour de france winner, broke his femur, elbow and ribs in the carsh that ruled him out of the summer's grand tours. the team ineos rider wasn't expected to be back in action until next year. england hookerjosh hodgson will captain canberra raiders in next weekends nrl grand final. his side beat fellow england international sam burgess' south sydney rabitohs16—10 in this mornings semi—final. england teammates john bateman and elliott whitehead will also feature in canberra's first grand final for 25 years. they'll play either sydney roosters or melbourne storm.
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that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that will be dominated by the athletics for the next ten days, getting under way very shortly in qatar. a british couple have been jailed for eight years by a portuguese court for drug smuggling on a cruise ship. roger and susan clarke, who are both 72, were caught last year while attempting to smuggle nine kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of £1 million. damian grammaticas has this report from lisbon. lisbon — beautiful in the autumn sun. last december, a different ship was here. the marco polo, just arrived from the caribbean. in cabin 469, roger and sue clarke, pensioners who took frequent, costly cruises, living beyond their modest income. police had noticed.
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today, the couple, both 72—years—old, were brought to court in handcuffs. sentenced to eight years each for drug smuggling. as the judge spoke, sue dropped her head in tears and roger, also shaken, turned to her and said, "i'll be nearly 80 when i get out. it's ridiculous!" as he left the court, he turned to me and said, "the truth needs to come out. come and visit me in prison." but the truth is the couple have a history. this was roger injail in norway, caught 15 years ago with 200kg of cannabis hidden in his car. and recently frequent trips to jamaica — the photo they took from their hotel, the wedding they attended. but police caught them with these cases. "empty ones for a friend," they said. the drugs officer who raided their cabin found more than £1 million of cocaine in the lining of the bags.
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translation: at first, they acted confident. they said, "you're not going to find anything." but afterwards, they admitted they'd known all along the cases had drugs. now, instead of enjoying their sunset years, the couple may be spending the rest of them behind bars. damian grammaticas, bbc news, lisbon. a ten—year—old schoolgirl who died after a suspected hit—and—run collision has been named by police. melissa tate was taken to hospital after being struck by a car in kenton shortly after half past six on wednesday, but died the following day. northumbria police said a 23—year—old man, believed to be the driver, had been arrested. all this week the bbc has been in stoke—on—trent, discovering the stories about what makes the city tick and hearing what matters to the people who live there. our correspondent, beccy wood, is there this afternoon. tell us a bit more about the stories
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you've been hearing? we have had some absolutely fantastic stories coming from stoke—on—trent, my home city. we have a bit of a lunchtime rush on in our pop up, this is where we are asking people to come and tell us what they think should be making the news agenda in the city, it is a unique city, it is made up of six very different towns, each with their own identity. we are getting some fascinating stories, lots of people want to talk about the strength of the community, the work of charity groups in the city. we have also been talking about the future and where the city goes, and staffordshi re future and where the city goes, and staffordshire university is a great university, starting to rise through the rankings. it is really proud of the rankings. it is really proud of the work it does in this community to support students who perhaps do not have as much disposable income, come from a different background, mature students as well. welcome to the first week
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of the rest of your life. yet despite all the clubs to join, societies to sign up for, and all the new friends we made at fresher‘s week — students are only thinking about one thing. i think every student has money and finance on the mind. money is really always going to be a problem because i get the lowest amount of maintenance. i mean, it's been difficult. yeah, so i'm going to save up and everything. with tuition fees, accommodation and living costs, students in stoke need to find an average of about £17,500 a year before they can even start lectures. i left school with no qualifications, ended up getting kicked out. and then after that, i got made homeless. ben is not your typical student. i know it's going to be a struggle with student loans and stuff. i know what spare time i have got, i'm going to have to work and stuff, and just get that extra money. stoke takes more than a quarter of its students from deprived areas, many from the local area,
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which creates a particular set of problems. according to the latest figures from staffordshire university, 38 first—year students dropped out entirely in a 2016—2017 academic year, citing "money problems" as the reason why. what that basically means is that 1 in 25 students had to stop studying because they couldn't afford to. that may be why staffordshire is one of only a handful of campuses with a food bank on site. so we have got everything. we have got all the pasta and stuff here, the dried ingredients. it comes from an advisor, either through the university or ourselves, they assess what the best route is to help that student. because of the stigma of using food banks, anyway, you wouldn't want to use it unless you have to. ben is about to move into his student accommodation. he has been at stoke's ymca for five years since he came off the streets, but now he's at university, someone else needs his room. my standard charge is £15
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a week to live here. the house that i'm going to be staying in costs £75 a week to live in. i really haven't been thinking about it, as of yet! this is kind of make or break for me. that's how i look at it, it's not an option, i'm not going to drop out. that's it. lee story suggestions are continuing to pour in. this is a huge bbc project which has been in the city for the last five days. it feels like wherever you go you stumble across another member of the bbc i am done by my fellow stoke native. rowan, you're back in our home city, how has it been for you? i'd been great. you understand the character of the place. a lot of the headlines
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around stoke—on—trent at around brick said, problems with deprivation. —— around brexit. scratch beneath the surface and you find a new generations of up—and—coming engineers, the next iteration of wedgwood, the new ones have a very different vision of what they want the city to be and where they want the city to be and where they wanted to go in the future. that's very interesting to see. you have had a busy time, you have been reporting on what it's like being from here. what have your family and friends made of the project? from here. what have your family and friends made of the project7m from here. what have your family and friends made of the project? it is interesting. you slightly worry about how it will be perceived, a bunch of people from london coming up bunch of people from london coming up to stoke—on—trent, putting us out of magnifying glass on a new place and disappearing again. actually, the response has been completely different to that. there has been a great deal of support for the project, loads of people are happy to see stoke—on—trent on the national news and portrayed in a very positive light. not what i expected but it has gone down very
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well, it's very pleasing to see, i think people have engaged with it and really enjoyed having the bbc here. has anything come up that you have been surprised by?” here. has anything come up that you have been surprised by? i think the thing that may surprise me is that i went to a business around the corner, they are screen printers and they do graffiti art. they are mounted over a guy from new york works with sportif i and new york to the city, he did an exhibition for nike on fifth ave and one of the buildings ina nike on fifth ave and one of the buildings in a stoke—on—trentjust round the cornea from here. the nikkei on fifth ave, and a building ina nikkei on fifth ave, and a building in a stoke—on—trent— i think you can't get much more surprising than that. i personally think there is nothing that i stoutly cannot do, i'm sure you agree with me. you can follow the bbc‘s coverage on a stoke—on—trent across the network. we have an e—mail address for you to get in touch with your story ideas. follow us on social media,.
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in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first — the headlines on bbc news: downing street is accused by former cabinet minister amber rudd, of using aggressive language that incites violence. snp leader, nicola sturgeon, suggests the party could accept a no—deal brexit. a police watchdog says cleveland police has been putting the public at risk as it becomes first force in the uk rated as "failing2 in all areas.. an update on thmas cook: the civil aviation authority says it has now flown a total of 61,000 thomas cook customers back to the uk, taking the total
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to 40% of passengers. the caa says operation matterhorn will continue until 6 october with more than 1,000 flights planned in total. a policy maker at the bank of england has said the central bank may need to cut interest rates should brexit uncertainty persist. even if the uk avoids a no—deal brexit, rates may still need to be cut, michael saunders said. interest rates have been on hold at 0.75% since august 2018, when they were raised from 0.5%. houses in the uk are falling to what the property website zoopla calls "more realistic prices". the biggest house price fall in august was in aberdeen, where house prices were 4% lower than a year earlier. not a single one of the uk's biggest cities saw property growth edge above 5% in 12 months to august — the first time since 2012 that this has happened. more on the latest situation for the passengers who booked with thomas
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cook and staff who were employed by the company. day by day the tourists are coming home from their somewhat unsettling holidays — 16000 people today on 72 flights — as part of the huge repatriation plan — operation matterhorn which began following the collapse of the company on monday. the civil aviation authority said that 95% of passengers have been flown home on the planned day of their departure. earlier we spoke to our business correspondent theo leggett about the repatriation. looked at objectively, you have to say that this has been a remarkably successful operation. as you say, 61,000 people already brought home, 275 flights operated. 95% of them on at the same day people were due to fly with thomas cook. yes, there have been horror stories, people have been horror stories, people have had to wait a long time in airports. but look at what has been achieved as well, this is basically achieved as well, this is basically a shadow airline set up from
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scratch. the civil aviation authority had to cobble together a fleet of 45 aircraft and then try to match in some way the schedules of thomas cook, all in a very short period of time. there were inevitably going to be problems, some people have had a pretty miserable experience, no denying that. getting so many people home so quickly with an operation that has had to be put together at such short notice, i think, had to be put together at such short notice, ithink, as had to be put together at such short notice, i think, as a whole, taken objectively, you have to say it has been a pretty successful operation so far. also today — people who worked for thomas cook are due to meet at manchester airport today, many very concerned about wages which are due. latest data from the insolvency service shows that 6,000 thomas cook staff in the uk have been made redundant and just over 3,000 employees are currently retained. one thomas cook employee, claire hoang, who worked on the social media team told the bbc how unprepared she and colleague were for the collapse of the company. it's a little bit of shellshock, you know. we are a family, we came into this business, we've known
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and supported each other. we were told by e—mails that the leaders were doing the best to get a deal over the line. to be honest, i didn't think the government would let us down, i didn't think that anyone would say, "we are not going to support you." we are such a large number of people, so you're shell—shocked. you suddenly go, "do i go into the office?" i was one of the lucky people who knew what was going on because i was reading the e—mails at 1am in the morning. a lot of people weren't. i have heard stories of people who are travelling or in the air, they haven't even had the monday morning debrief. even the monday morning debrief was like, "we are going to read a really cold to statement out to you. oh, pack up your bags, leave your computers. off you go." we were supposed to be paid, we're not going to be. cash flow is going to be a massive issue for a lot of staff. i'm one of the really lucky ones, you know, my husband works,
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i've worked freelance so i kind of know the issues. there are people whose entire families worked for thomas cook, so they have no income coming in, they don't have any money coming to support them, and they don't know when their next job is going to come along. so it does feel a bit like the rug has been pulled from under ourfeet. claire hoang there. waste management company, biffa, is about to be sentenced this afternoon following a successful prosecution by the environment agency which found that household waste — nappies and food packaging — were being sent to china in may and june 2015 under the description of waste paper. but the very fact that biffa was breaking the law in this way raises the issue of what is happening to our waste — and why. simon ellin, ceo the recycling association. everything changed about two years
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ago when china said it was no longer going to be taking a large amount of otherwise, what is happening to it at the moment, what is it all going? it is going to a variety of places. we retain significant amounts of it in the uk, we export the surplus to europe, and largely into south—east asia. is that a satisfactory state of affairs? i know a lot of the south asian curried cheese would like to follow china soon and stop it going there. —— south asian countries. we don't really face any choice in the uk at the moment, we do not have the manufacturing capacity to process the materials we are collecting. plastics and packaging are 65% net exporter. we we re packaging are 65% net exporter. we were like more material to be processed at home. also with the caveat that good, balanced, compliant export is very good, it is
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good for balance of payments, we are sending material back a lot of the time from when it came from in the first place. if china exports a lot of goods that is wrapped in cardboard boxes, we are sending it back to it came from. it also as competition to the marketplace. as long as we are doing it compliantly, we are getting better at that, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with a nice healthy export market. it would be good to have a nice healthy recycling industry here now? and yes, it would. government at the moment are looking at ways to stimulate the investment in the infrastructure. unfortunately, that will not happen overnight. is it happening at all though? not really, not at the moment. i use fibre paper as an example, i don't see any milk or plastic used going down in the next ten years. i think... we are at consultation at the moment with a
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new strategy documents which will put a tax on any plastics manufactured in this country, or imported with less than 30% recycled content in it. that is designed to stimulate the market and investment, let's hope it works. a quick look at the markets. i think that has in error, no movement, but we are respecting it later. pound to the dlr, 1.12. the euro against the dollar is 1.28. the pound has gone down slightly on the back of the policymaker of the bank of england suggesting the intense rates make the cut in the event of a new deal. possibly if there is any deal at all. -- in possibly if there is any deal at all. —— in the event of no—deal.
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the conker tree has been put on the official extinction list. ravaged by moths and disease, the horse chestnut is now classified as vulnerable to extinction. the tree is among more than 400 native european tree species assessed for their risk of extinction by the international union for the conservation of nature. steve marsh from the woodland trust says many diseases are being imported and infecting native species in the uk. in the climate crisis is a real threat to uk woodlands. we have over 19p and diseases which are affecting our native trees. —— 19 pests and diseases. one that the viewers might have heard about is pub too, it is prevalent across the uk now and are expected to affect up to a ash trees. possibly costing in the long term about £15 million. there are a number of reasons for the increase in these pests, many have been
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imported on infected stock. for example, ash dieback was imported on infected species. another disease which affects larch trees was imported on rhododendron trees. the change on climate is making our native woods more susceptible to these pests and disease. we do need better bio—security. we at the trust have a scheme to allow the regeneration of much uk woodlands. from that, we have a project where all of the trees that we plant are sourced and grown in the uk, so we can make sure that they are disease free. as part of that, we need to create resilient landscapes, nature trees, next broadleaf species, to enable those woods to adapt and be resilient to the changes that we have seen, to help us tackle fightback against climate change.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good afternoon. if you are travelling this weekend or have plans for the outdoors, very much worth staying in touch with the forecast because it does look pretty turbulent. weather systems are queueing up in the atlantic, one head our way on saturday night and sunday, some very wet and windy weather with that. there is a big patch of cloud diving showers and longer spells of rain across the british isles this afternoon, some sunny spells in between. when the no self, just might get up to 50 mph near the coasts. not as windy up north, temperatures ranging from 14 to 17 celsius. enter tonight, a band of showers is likely to clear away but another one will raise him from the west, pushing into northern ireland, southern scotland and parts of northern england and wales. it stays breezy across the south,
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temperatures generally nine to 13 degrees. some rural spots enough north—west scotland could get colder than that. saturday, there is a ridge of high pressure trying to build its way in, that will suppress the shower activity to some extent. so through saturday, shall be tend to fade away and we will see some good spells of sunshine. temperature wise, highs of 13 to 19 celsius. another area of unsettled weather pushing in from the south—west, very heavy rain spreading across many parts of england and wales particularly. ahead had a flat, strong gust of 40 to 50 mph, may be stronger in places, enough to cause some problems. as a low pressure spend three on a sunday, we will see some very heavy rain, particularly parts of wales and northern england. northern ireland not seen as much wet weather, some showers but
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sunshine as well. they win comes in from the north so a killer feeling day. if you as we go into sunday evening, low pressure pushes away, another sleeve of strong winds, coming down from the north, could see gusts of 50, no be 60 mph for some eastern coast. that could bring some eastern coast. that could bring some coastal flooding were some pretty high tides. heavy rain and gales this weekend, there could be 00:29:28,147 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 trouble problems.
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