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you're watching bbc news. the headlines at 7pm. tributes have been paid tojill saward, who's died aged 51. she dedicated her life to helping victims of sexual violence after she was raped at her father's vicarage in ealing 30 years ago. figures suggest the services sector in britain grew at their fastest rate for 17 months. two people have been killed by a car bomb at a courthouse in the coastal city of izmir in turkey. thejustice secretary is trying to close a loophole which allows domestic abusers to cross—examine former partners during some court hearings in england and wales. also coming on, a ray of hope for passengers in the southern rail dispute. the rmt union has accepted an offer to hold direct talks with transport secretary chris grayling. and we'll be live in las vegas finding out what gadgets are grabbing the raw‘s attention as the biggest technology show on the
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planet gets underway. —— grabbing the world's attention. good evening and welcome to bbc news. jill saward, the first survivor of rape to waive her right to anonymity has died. she was 51. in 1986 she suffered a violent assault by two men during a burglary at her father's vicarage in west london. at the end of the trial of the rapists, thejudge said "her trauma had not been so great". jill saward went on to become a tireless campaigner and many believe her efforts changed the way we now deal with sex crime and its victims. our home affairs correspondent june kelly looks back at her life. jill saward was 21 when, in 1986, she became the victim of a crime which caused revulsion across the country. there was horror that,
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in a suburban vicarage in ealing in west london, a young woman was dragged into a bedroom at knife—point and raped repeatedly by two men. it began to be serious when man 2 took me upstairs and brought me into this room, the spare room, basically. and told me to undress. her attackers were part of a three—man gang who broke into herfamily home. her father, the reverend michael saward, and her boyfriend were badly beaten. jill saward's rapists tied her up with a skipping rope. in the criminal trial which followed, thejudge caused outrage when he said thatjill saward's trauma had "not been so great". he gave her attackers lighter sentences than the gang member who didn't rape her. my response to what the judge said about me, that i'd suffered no great trauma, or that the trauma suffered was "not so great", again,
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i don't think words could have expressed how i felt in that situation. i don't think thejudge had a clue what i went through. as a rape victim, jill saward's name was kept secret. but she took the decision to write a book and speak publicly about what she had endured. i want people to be able to understand just how much of a trauma rape is, and just what you do go through when you have been raped. i hope that what i've done will help other people. having been exposed to the realities of the criminaljustice system, jill saward became a pivotal advocate of better treatment for other victims. she was at the vanguard of a successful campaign to stop defendants in rape cases from cross—examining women bringing complaints. tonight, fellow campaigners paid tribute to her. one of the most important things she did was try to dispel
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the stigma and the taboo around rape and sexual violence. as a survivor herself, she very strongly and rightly repeated the message that the survivor, the victim has nothing to feel ashamed about. it's always the perpetrator who has the reason to feel shame. jill sawa rd leaves a husband and three sons. the attorney general said she had opened the eyes of many politicians and helped to ensure that victims were placed at the heart of the criminaljustice system. the campaignerjill saward, who's died at the age of 51. and now to another sign of how the economy is doing. britain's service sector grew at its fastest pace for 17 months in december — according to a survey published today. services — which cover everything from retail and banking makes up three—quarters of the economy.
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our economic editor kamal ahmed is here with me. which of course, we did, don't seem to have come true. we could now be the fastest—growing economy in europe when those figures are finally published at the end of this month. andrew harding, the chief economist of the bank of england, i went to an event he spoke to today at lunchtime. he welcomed the figures and said he was optimistic 2016 would be stronger in terms of growth than many had predicted, including the bank. he said the bank maybe had been too pessimistic. these very good figures are based on the great british shopper, who has kept spending despite the warnings of what the brexit vote might bring. mr harding, from the bank, sounded a note of caution and warning when he
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said that this year could be tougher, inflation looks like it could be a head, higher prices for consumers, the fall in the value of sterling since the referendum means that imports of food and fuel are more expensive. that, eventually, it's going to feed through to consumers who could see higher prices, that means lower spending, and possibly some tougher headwinds for the economy this year and next. but it is impossible to predict how much of a knock the economy could ta ke much of a knock the economy could take in 2017. forecasts are also is a wideband possibilities. today we have been speaking to consumers on the streets and shopping, and, interestingly, do business owners, one that we spoke to one is a card shopin one that we spoke to one is a card shop in glasgow. she said she has had a good christmas but she was worried because all of our suppliers have increased their prices by 10%. she would have to be feeding through those prices to consumers in the
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future. consumer confidence is one of the most important things when it comes to the performance of the british economy. and inflation expectations, the concerns consumers have that prices might be higher in future, are going up. consumers are pretty savvy. they know that at the moment interest rates are low, employment rates are high, real incomes are growing, but spending, doesn't mean they are going to keep spending if any of those figures start to turn. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are former trade minister lord digby jones and commentator henry bonsu. stay with us for that. a car—bomb has exploded outside a court building in the turkish coastal city of izmir,
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killing two people including a police officer. police say they shot dead two suspected attackers, and that a third is on the run. the authorities say they were armed with grenades and automatic assault rifles, and may have been planning a much bigger attack. officials have blamed kurdish militants. sangita myska reports. this cctv footage silently conveys the scale of the fatal blast in izmir. now the mangled wreckage of the car bomb near the police checkpoint where several people had been killed and injured. turkish police said the bomb was detonated after officers attempted to stop a vehicle in front of the courthouse in izmir. eyewitnesses describe what happened next. translation: i was at security checkpoint when a black car approached the crashed into a
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policeman. he got out of the car and exploded a bomb he had in his hand. iran into the exploded a bomb he had in his hand. i ran into the market exploded a bomb he had in his hand. iran into the market and exploded a bomb he had in his hand. i ran into the market and lay down oi'i i ran into the market and lay down on the floor. police at the scene shot dead a man they suspected of detonating the bomb, following a shoot out involving police and a number of men carrying machine guns. the area has now been sealed off for further investigation. the governor of izmir says he believes that kurdish separatists, the pkk, are behind the attack. it has not claimed responsibility, however. it was just a week ago in istanbul that 39 people were killed in a terrorist attack carried out by the so—called islamic state. as security forces grapple with the events of today, in the normally peaceful seaside town of izmir, perks once again sense that they are no longer safe in their own country. —— turks. the way domestic violence cases are dealt with in family courts in england and wales looks set to change.
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the justice secretary wants to stop the growing practice of abusers questioning their own victims, adding to their ordeal. one woman in four can expect to experience domestic violence during her lifetime. at the moment two women are killed every week in england and wales by a current or former partner. now a home office—backed pilot scheme has brought northumbria police and several other agencies together in a new way of tackling the problem, and as our uk affairs correspondent jeremy cooke reports, the early signs are encouraging. they're on the road. and on the doorstep. i'm just going to try around the back. northumbria police, tracking down those guilty of a crime often unseen — domestic violence. the lad we're going to see is no stranger to the police anyway. it's a volatile relationship, erm, so there's physical violence, emotional violence. this time, he's not there. but the cops will be back. the key is intelligence—gathering,
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a task that goes well beyond the police. his father believed he may have been recalled to prison... in this one room are councils and probation workers, victim support groups, the nhs and more. six police events on our system are all down to domestic abuse. all of it designed to identify suspects. we wouldn't have a domestic abuse victim if we didn't have a perpetrator. therefore, if we want to stop domestic abuse, we need to stop the perpetrators. the work could hardly be more urgent. this police force alone has dealt with almost 30,000 domestic abuse calls in the past year. we were standing in the kitchen just talking. and then next thing, he just flew for me. was biting us, punching us, grabbed us by the throat. ijust thought she was in the wrong. i was blaming her for everything and i punched herand kicked her and i physically assaulted her. i don't know what i done it for, just something flipped, or clicked, and ijust went absolutely berserk.
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back on the street, the police are still on the case. and finally, they track down their man and the woman he's abused many times. they've slipped out of the house into the back alley. hiya, folks, you all right? this is to inform you that northumbria police have identified you as a domestic abuse serial perpetrator. what's different here is that these cops are not making an arrest, they're trying to get him to engage in a programme to stop the violence. we can offer you these courses now, and... what kind...? is it a big project? it's things like, they're looking at things like anger management, drug and alcohol misuse, and it's like, you want to make that step. and that step is this. you recognise the behaviour before it escalated towards being abusive... it's a key element of this new home office—funded pilot scheme. aggressive behaviour is a choice. every man on this course had admitted domestic abuse,
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physical or mental. your body tenses up, your fists will clench. the numbers are impressive — for men who complete this course, rates of offending have reduced by 61% — enough to make a difference. i love him, and we've got four children together. that to me is enough to try to make things work. and thank goodness it did. thanks to this course. some people watching this who will say, you shouldn't be on this course, you should be injail? yeah. well, to be honest with you, i think i should have been injail. i think anyone who hits anybody or abuses anybody or anything else, should go to jail. but obviously, i've had a second chance. ultimately, those behind this programme want one thing — to stop the abuse. they're doing all they can, but there are warnings that the process can only be as strong as its weakest link. we've taken the initiative, and i want the courts
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to follow suit and take the initiative, too. perpetrators need to be stopped. and it is a nasty course of conduct that's changing vulnerable victims' lives and the courts need to intervene, understanding that. the police here stress that whenever possible, perpetrators will still face arrest and prosecution. it's a zero tolerance message, and it's all about protecting victims. with me now is the niece lester, a solicitor specialising in family law and domestic abuse and the law society family law committee member. —— denise. does the law society back that kind of initiative, the idea that kind of initiative, the idea that rather than automatically arresting these guys and taking them to court, have a trial and a jail,
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that they give them some kind of help dealing with the anger issues that result in the violence in the first place? the law society hasn't put out a formal policy statement but working in the field of domestic abuse, everything which potentially could assist men or male perpetrators, to become aware of their actions, is only beneficial. it's beneficial towards their families, beneficial towards future relationships and beneficial for society, rather than potentially criminalising them and them being debarred from employment prospects, for example. let's go now to what liz truss is trying to do. for many people, it would seem absolutely bizarre that an alleged perpetrator of abuse is allowed to cross—examine his very victim. that is what happens in the family courts. the
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problem is that, for the public, the family courts are secret, so this goes on regularly, across the country. and unlike the criminal justice system, where perpetrators are actually debarred from examining the victim, facing them directly, there is an intermediary scheme in place, this actually happens in the family courts. you have seen it?|j have seen it. what have you thought about it? i have seen it and, only very recently i heard the horror stories of one woman, amongst many, for example, who asked for screens, had to face. for every victim of domestic abuse in the courts they are reliving what has gone before. it does not enable them to be able to present their case. it does not
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enable the courts and judiciary to deal justly enable the courts and judiciary to dealjustly and enable the courts and judiciary to deal justly and fairly with the issues before the court, particularly if men are seeking child contact, child arrangement orders, and if there are issues which need to be tried. having said all that, what would you say to those people who say that, if someone is alleged to have committed a horrible offence against their partner, wife or whatever in a domestic setting, that they should have the right to test the veracity of what the victim is claiming. that's fair enough, so far as it goes. but the law society family division welcomes the government and justice secretary's call for an urgent review of the system so that they can put in place an example —— for example, intermediaries, specialist solicitors, who can pose the question is, because there are,
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at the heart of the family system, vulnerable children, women and even men who may be victims of abuse. there are issues which do need to be dealt with. and the law society has been calling for a review since 2014, and we very much welcome them continuing to engage with the government and other relevant agencies. thank you forjoining us. details of organisations providing support for victims violence are available at: you're watching bbc news. the headlines. jill saward has died at the age of 51. she dedicated her life to helping victims of sexual violence after being raped at her father's vicarage in ealing, 30
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yea rs father's vicarage in ealing, 30 years ago. figures suggest the services sector in britain grew at its fastest rate for 17 months last year. officials in turkey say two people have been killed by a car bomb ata people have been killed by a car bomb at a courthouse in the coastal city of izmir. we have an update on that police shooting on a slip road off the m6 gougnard spilled. a 30—year—old man from dewsbury will appear in court tomorrow, charged with firearms offences in relation to that police operation. that was on monday. a man from dewsbury has been charged with firearms related offences relating to a loaded semiautomatic handgun capable of firing nine millimetre ammunition. 0f firing nine millimetre ammunition. of course one man died in a police operation on monday. the latest, a 30—year—old man from dewsbury will
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appear in court tomorrow charged with firearms offences in relation to the police operation near huddersfield, in which one man died. top intelligence chiefs in the us have warned that russian cyber operations have become more aggressive and pose a major threat to the us government. they were speaking at the start of an investigation by us senators into cyber—attacks which the intelligence agencies say were designed to interfere in november's presidential election. but president—elect donald trump has cast doubt on claims that moscow was involved. our correspondent laura bicker is in washington for us. this must have been uncomfortable viewing for the president—elect‘s team. it be interesting to see he was watching. he will get his intelligence briefing on attacking tomorrow. president 0bama got today. he has —— have been claims that russians hacked into democratic party e—mails with the aim of
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undermining hillary clinton's campaign and helping him win the white house. he has was dismissed the claims saying that these are the same intelligence chiefs that brought evidence of weapons of mass destruction to saddam hussein. what these intelligence chiefs told the committee today was a very sobering assessment, not just of committee today was a very sobering assessment, notjust of an aggressive russia, and aggressive hacking into the us presidential election, but one that is growing, a threat that this continuing to grow, and they warned the successor to president 0bama, donald trump, that more needs to be done to combat it. here is the national intelligence director speaking. he said here is the national intelligence directorspeaking. he said it here is the national intelligence director speaking. he said it wasn't just about hacking, there was other involvement, too. this was a multifaceted campaign, so the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classical
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propaganda, misinformation, fake news. did that continue? yes. are these activities ongoing now, in europe, as europe prepares for elections? is that a fair assumption? it is. interesting there, afair assumption? it is. interesting there, a fair assumption from us intelligence chiefs that russia may try to meddle in the forthcoming french elections and others taking place across europe this year. that's right. they kept insisting that this was a threat that could be counted. donald trump finds himself increasingly isolated in his position that it may not have been russia, that it is russia and not some 14—year—old child sitting in their bedroom. he finds himself isolated in that, notjust by intelligence chiefs and intelligence committees, but he will soon, in 15
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days lead those committees, he finds himself at odds with his own party. republicans, several of them were in that meeting today. republicans back the claim that russia hacked into the claim that russia hacked into the us presidential election e—mails. however, they did not say that it influenced the election. donald trump has yet to even go that far. 0nce he's had his intelligence briefing tomorrow it'll be interesting to see what he says. so far, intelligence chiefs say that it is undermining their confidence. this is the exchange during that committee hearing today. let's talk about who benefits from a president—elect trashing the intelligence community. who benefits from that, the american people are losing confidence in the intelligence community and the work of the intelligence community. the benefactor of someone who is about to become commander—in—chief, trashing the intelligence community?
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is an important distinction here between healthy scepticism which policymakers, to include policymaker numberone, policymakers, to include policymaker number one, should always have with intelligence. there is a difference between scepticism and disparagement. they didn'tjust mention russia, it mention china, iran, and other agents. mention russia, it mention china, iran, and otheragents. in mention russia, it mention china, iran, and other agents. in total, they say that there are dozens of countries who could be increasing their cyber activity and good influence elections, notjust in the us, but, as were, how well. it will be interesting to see what response donald trump will have now. perhaps it might even be on twitter! young people are being left to fend for themselves when it comes
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to digital dangers such as bullying and grooming, according to the children's commissioner for england. anne longfield says children should be taught in school what they need to stay safe online. she also warned that children are frequently giving personal information away, without knowing how their data will be used. here's our education correspondent gillian hargreaves. look familiar? teenagers stuck to their mobile phones. millions are connected to their friends via social media but the children's commissioner says too many are allowed to roam in a cyber world with limited protection and regulation. the girls at birchwood community high school in warrington think there is a risk. teenagers don't know what they're signing up to. the important thing you need to know about setting up a profile, you need to be talking about it and kids need to be told. rules needs to be short and snappy. one, two, three, not 15 pages. the report calls for the appointment of a digital ombudsman to mediate between children and social media companies over online bullying.
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it also recommends there should be mandatory digital citizenship courses in schools and new privacy laws to protect children's personal information online. what everyone is trying to do is to respond to that change. parents are struggling to do their bit. there is a role for government to intervene to help strengthen privacy laws and a role for schools as well in teaching stronger digital curriculum and training. at hampstead high school, the gcse computer studies pupils are technically savvy, with many aware of the benefits and dangers of digital technology. i don't think we need another programme. it's notjust good schools. right from the age of four through the sixth form, children are already told about how to stay safe online in assemblies, working with a bullying officer and police, and we have an evening for pa rents where we invite
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them in to inform them about how they can help keep their children safe online. schools can only do so much. contracts for social media sites can be lengthy with complicated wording and many children can struggle to understand exactly what they are signing up to. when children use social media sites, they give their content to the site, so comments, photos, e—mail address, name, information like that which they may know about but they may not know that that information is then given to third—party companies who will target them with specific adverts. social media companies like instagram, facebook and twitter, say they take child security seriously and say their services are suited to children over the age of 13, and will shut down underage accounts. joining me now is the ceo of get safe 0nline, tony neate. that's an organisation that works to
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highlight the importance of online awareness. thank you forjoining us. what do you make of the views of the children's commissioner that not enough young people around the nation are actually savvy in dealing with safety online? she hasn't been in her position long, but we certainly welcome this report. we think it's fantastic. we have been banging on about terms and conditions. i don't understand these terms and conditions and i have sat down and read them. i have been involved in computer security to 20 yea rs, involved in computer security to 20 years, i was a policeman for 30 yea rs, years, i was a policeman for 30 years, and if i can understand them, how do you expect children to? were just handing over our pictures to these big organisations and it's not good enough, we need to do something about it. i have three grandchildren andi about it. i have three grandchildren and i want them to be safe and secure, online. it has got to be
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pa rt secure, online. it has got to be part of a school ‘s remit, hasn't it? yes, and many schools are including this from the age of four, up including this from the age of four, up to the age of 18. but some schools are not, and some schools are crying out for information on it. it is about educating everybody, children, parents, but let's be honest, but if they don't understand what they are signing and theyjust pick the box and move on, because that's what they've got to do to get into that site, then... how do you help young people to stay safe online? we have a number of sections for children and parents. we have a section in relation to terms and conditions. we tell people what to look out for. if you sit down with the terms and conditions of some of these big organisations, it is like reading a small novel. and if you do get through it, much of what is in there is so legalistic that you can't understand it. people are not
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going to stop using the social media sites. if they say no, they are not going to get on them. they are being pushed by their peer group to go on there and share information. and what i want to say to these big businesses is, why do you want this information? if you're not going to use it, you still want to have the authority to use it. why are we going down that road? you might not have to do that, if we do get a digital ombudsman. that seems like a good idea. as long as that person has teeth and is encouraged to do something about it. if these big companies will not do something about it, there must be legislation to force them to. we have to protect children. they are very precious. they are the new britain, going forward and we need them to use computers, but to do so safely. have a look at what we say and join us in this shout to make sure that children are protected more. tony, good to see you. thank you for
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joining us. stay with us, we have a lot more coming up. now at time for the weather. after a bitterly cold, but sunny day, the mild air arrives with this bank of cloud and eventually it will bring rain and strengthening southerly winds. there could be patchy fog and frost forming across the south—east corner. it will be a cold night here, but north and west of that, mild. that mild, wet and windy weather will push steadily eastwards through friday. some of the rain heavy on west facing coasts. becoming lighter in nature as it drifts further east. perhaps staying dry with some sunshine into the south—east corner until late on in the day. the wet weather pushes its way south—east overnight friday into saturday. high pressure builds and it will be a mild, but cloudy
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weekend for all of us. a good deal of dry weather just a little weekend for all of us. a good deal of dry weatherjust a little bit of drizzle from time to time. this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines. jill saward, who became a campaigner against sexual violence after being raped at her father's vicarage, has died at the age of 51. the attorney general said she had helped to ensure that victims were placed at the heart of the criminaljustice system. i want people to be able to understand just how much of a trauma rape is and just what you do go through. thejustice secretary is attempting to close a loophole which allows domestic abusers to cross—examine former partners during some court hearings in england and wales. two people have did and at least five others were injured, after a car bomb exploded outside a court house in the turkish city of izmir. police say two of the attackers were shot dead but another is on the run. a new survey suggests britain's
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service sector is growing at its fastest pace for 17—months. the rmt union has taken up an offer from the transport secretary, chris grayling, to hold talks to resolve the long—running dispute with southern rail over driver—only operated trains. as the world's biggest technology show gets underway in las vegas, manufacturers claim a humanoid robot — with artificial intelligence — is going to transform our homes, along with other gadgets of the future. the chance of a deal to end the strikes, which have crippled services on southern rail, is more remote than ever, according to the head of one of the unions involved. mick whelan, the general secretary of the drivers' union, aslef, has told bbc news that both sides are, in his words, "not in the same universe." management and the unions are at loggerheads over the introduction of more trains controlled solely by the driver. karl mercer reports. this is what victoria station looks like on a normal day.
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but next week, it looks like the stations that lead to it will look more like this, with a three—day strike in the ongoing row over plans to make drivers responsible for closing the train doors. it seems any hope of a deal is gone, despite these words from the train operator. we've sent a formal offer to aslef that we believe can bring an end to this dispute, and we're urging our members to talk to their leaders to get them to accept this offer so we can bring this dispute to an end for the sake of our passengers. they may be optimistic, but listen to how far apart the unions feel the two sides are. we're not in the same universe currently. the reality is that there's been no real move to address the fundamental issues that are at the heart of the deal. it's about the imposition of a system and breaking of agreements that we feel is unsafe, and if everything is going to be done by imposition in the future, then the reaction's always going to be the same. the deadlock means there'll be strikes next week on tuesday, wednesday and again on friday, with southern warning no trains will run. more strikes will then follow in the last week of january — again three days being targetted, again disrupting travel throughout the week.
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today, another twist in the dispute, too, with the organisation that oversees safety on the railways saying southern's plans for driver—only operation would be safe if certain conditions were met. it's safe as long as you have the right equipment, competent staff and the correct processes and procedures and you've done all the risk assessments of the platforms to ensure that, if necessary, assistance is provided. also today, london's mayor restated his desire to take over southern. he wouldn't, though, be drawn on the key issue in the dispute. would you say to the unions, if you were to take over southern, i will keep guards on the trains? well, we'll have to wait and see till we take over the lines. i mean, once we take over the lines, should the government see sense, we'll look at the trains, we'll talk to the trade unions. some of the suburban lines we run on london 0verground, i know sometimes don't have a guard. it's a conversation you've got to have. the most important thing is safety, but you've got to have the conversation.
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that may be one for the future. for now, southern passengers will have to plan once again for a difficult week. karl mercer, bbc london news. with me in the studio is steve hedley, who's senior assistant general secretary of the rmt union. good to see you. thank you for having me. do you have any idea when the pain of passengers will be over in this dispute? it's gone on for so long? it's been going on for nine months. during that entire nine months. during that entire nine months we asked to meet chris grayling and his redcressor on numerous occasions. the department of transport is pushing this. it's not only about opening doors. driver—only operation would do away with the person who got all the passengers to safety during the watford derailment. that was a guard. a guard is absolutely essential to safety and i think that the government might be listening after a ll the government might be listening after all this time, they are now — they agreed to meet the rmt. it was our invitation, not their
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invitation, by the way. that is the way they are trying to spin it. hopefully, they will come to the table in good faith and we can get a solution sorted you know the out. arguments about safety and there are others. including, of course, the government who argue that safety is not the issue here on their part. but when you guys sit down with chris grayling, what are you going to be saying to him? we will be trying to complain to chris, one more time, that the guards role is absolutely more time, that the guards role is a bsolutely safety more time, that the guards role is absolutely safety critical. it's about derailments. it's about accidents. it's about events like a fire. where the guard has to evacuate the train. get passengers to safety, block all the lines. make sure that the emergency services are contacted and got on the way. get all those passengers to a safe position. now, if you look at it, in watford, the driver was actually trapped in a cab, in the cab of the train because of the way the train derailed. the guard had to do that
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on her own. a lady had to do it all on her own. a lady had to do it all on her own. didn't have the assistance of the driver. that is the main issue. the company aren't guaranteeing a second person on the train. they will try try to put a second person on the train. we had hundreds of instances where that hasn't happened. no safety person on the train at all. the lund has a driver and a camera and he shuts all the doors. no problems there. that this isn't about safety. this isn't about safety. that this is about you quys about safety. that this is about you guys potentially losing jobs?|j would disagree. in fact, they are saying that no jobs will be at threat. it's not about that. if you look at london underground, the number of instances, especially with the massive increase in passengers, that are trapped on the doors trying to get in the trains, people have even been dragged along by the doors, it's increased 70% in the last year. passenger numbers are forecast to go up even more. we
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think, even on london underground, we will need more despatch staff or going to need guards on trains. 0n the main line you have massive distances between stations. they are not two minutes distance run away. they are not like that. you have the potential where there will be no station staff for miles and miles. trains derailed, driver incapacitated and no—one there to help out that train and get those passengers to safety. 0k. the strikes, the disruption, all the problems people losing money, the hit to the economy, you are doing it for the benefit of passengers? absolutely i know that's hard for some people to take, but the fact of the matter is we have a driven government who are determined to pushit government who are determined to push it through. at the start of the dispute peter wilkinson saying he wa nted dispute peter wilkinson saying he wanted a punch—up with the trade unions. what language is that? we have mr grayling, who has done such a wonderfuljob in the prison service they are having riots and
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burning the place down has been put in charge of the railway. see how you get on there. he brought the same level of chaos and disaster to the railway that is he brought to the railway that is he brought to the prison service. grayling must go if he's not prepared to listen and get a government thatogical act in the interests of passengers and not driven by ideology. all right, we will leave it there. thank you for joining us. thank you. thank you. the world's biggest technology show has been getting underway in las vegas. c.e.s as it's known, has attracted nearly four thousand exhibitors from all over the world. there's a range of products
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designed for the home, which claim to use artificial intelligence. we can speak to our technology correspondent, rory cellan—jones, who is in las vegas for the electronics trade show. we are in the central hall. you can see one section of the vast central hall. there are two other halls and a separate convention centre full of start—up companies a mile away. it's where the video cassette recorder was launched. we saw hd tv and drones. this year it's about artificial intelligence coming to all sorts of devices. all of your devices will become "smart" devices. in a penthouse suite at a ritzy las vegas hotel, smart home exhibits are on show. there's a smart speaker for children where each toy is a playlist. # everybody is kong fu fighting...#. alexia, trigger lock. a voice activated door lock. alexia, what's the weather like in las vegas? and here's another giant step towards a world where we talk to our devices.
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alexia, ask links to dance. in a world first, this chinese robot is controlled by amazon'a alexia system, artificial intelligence helps it move and interact with humans. we'll be able to detect you're perhaps perhaps having a bad day. and it'll try to cheer you up. that's all about, that is al that is doing that? it's an interaction with software that is unscripted. out on the road, cars are getting smarter. this bmw prototype is the company's most radical step so far towards making the driver redundant. so i've been told that it's perfectly safe for me to do this, take my hands off the wheel and turn all the way round. look around me, not actually concentrate on the road. a safety adviser is ready to take the wheel and order me to brake, but how many years before the car can really be trusted to do everything? i think bmw believe that starting ‘21, roughly like that,
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we start with highly automated driving, not full automated driving. fully automated driving will come up to say 2030s. the avenue, las vegas. out on the las vegas strip, a young entrepreneurfrom manchester thinks he has a very smart idea. welcome to las vegas. danny's instance translation headphones aren't quite ready, they'll eventually be tiny earbuds, but he's still looking forward to ces. it's really important to us because we'll be able to showcase what we've been working on to the whole public and the whole world to let them know this is something we started years ago as a small team, as a small start—up, with dedication, passion. with giants like apple and google competing in the same field, the odds are against danny. but like plenty of people here, he's betting he has the product that can change the world. rory cellan—jones, bbc news, las vegas. danny is of 50 to 60 british
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exhibitors. . itare 1,300 danny is of 50 to 60 british exhibitors. . it are 1,300 chinese companies. an awful lot of french companies. an awful lot of french companies. discussion about whether the brish government has done enough to help people show off their wares. they say they have the tactics to make britain a great technology exporter. we are doing it smarter than the others. we will bring you more tomorrow. we look forward to it. many thanks for that. rory cellan—jones there in vegas. hip—hop blues singer rag ‘n' bone man has been named runner—up in the bbc‘s sound of 2017, which aims to predict the year's biggest new acts. in fact, 2016 ended well for him as he secured the christmas number two with his single, human. born rory graham, the 31—year—old started his musical career as a dj before his parents encouraged him to sing. he's been speaking to us about his work and what inspires him to write music.
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but he began by giving us a quick tour of his dressing room as he warmed up before going on stage. # want some money # want some money # want some money now... # want some money now... now... #. # want some money now... #. we have a short on rider today. they didn't adhere to my demands! i have a framed picture of an eastenders cast member, past or present, because i love eastenders andi present, because i love eastenders and i think — when i'm in a different country, it will be nice to have a little bit of comfort. i'm waiting for someone to go rogue one day someone might get robbie fowler or nigel the market inspector from 1998. # some people have got real problems... #.i problems... #. i started off playing in pubs. went on to making hip—hop and being involved with a

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