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we do try very hard but our experience has been challenging over the years. the fact that it's a seasonal operation makes it difficult for people, and as well unemployment is very low in our part of the world. they have been picking strawberries for decades in this corner of essex. the nationalities have changed through the years. but if we want to keep buying british, then growers say they need a seasonal workers permit scheme. the government says it also wants this industry to thrive, but that there is insufficient evidence for such a scheme right now. emma simpson, bbc news, essex. nasa launched the world's smallest satellite today. it fits in the palm of your hand and it was designed by an 18—year—old indian student. the 12th grade student from tamil nadu had entered a competition run by nasa called cubes in space. this was the moment of liftoff just a few hours ago — a launch watched by the indian team that built the kalam—sat. it was one of 80
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experiments on board. earlier, the 18—year—old creator of the satellite, rifath sharook, spoke to the bbc along with his mentor, dr shreematee kaysun. my team designed copper fibre polymorph structure for the cube satellite. it is a technology demonstrate a satellite, which means before going to orbital flight, it will do a suborbital flight. so, in this mission, we are already using 3—d printing technologies. the main difficulty is we need to measure the rasiation the satellite is exposed to, for which we need to design a counter which is inside the small cube. so it is a big challenge for us, how we design a small counter that will also work fine in this mission. going to mars has become a real craze for children. and it has opened all the avenues
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by launching about 104 satellites. children have started becoming more creative and innovative and probably they want to leave earth soon and go to mars! lam i am interested in space technology from my childhood. my father was an astronaut. even from my childhood, i am interested in space technology and astronomy. theresa may has promised the eu
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citizens living in britain will be allowed to stay after brexit, but has rejected calls by brussels for the european court to oversee their rights. this was during the course of the working dinner. we were told that happened over coffee and after—dinner mints. they were given mrs may a chance to talk about an update on brexit. there will be no negotiations over dinner. michel barnier is going in to brief the eu with david davis. mrs may will leave and he will go in to ensure that there is no separate negotiation going on. that is interesting that, while eu citizens will be allowed to carry on living in britain after brexit, their rights will not be protected any longer by the european court, at least that is the view of the prime minister at the moment. we will bring you more as soon as we
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get it. grizzly bears in and around yellowstone national park are to be stripped of their endangered species act protection. the us interior secretary ryan zinke made the announcement under a new rule to be published this week. president obama originally made the proposal to drop their classification last year after it was found that their numbers had gone up in recent decades. i certainly wouldn't want to be the one to break that a grizzly bear! now it's time for meet the author. another martina cole thriller, another number one bestseller. betrayal continues herjourney through the london underworld where, in martina cole's stories, it's the women who are the most dangerous. in this one it's jade who is plotting to become miss big. for 25 years, since dangerous lady, this is an author who has made that world her own. welcome. 25 years since dangerous lady,
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martina, and the ladies are still pretty dangerous and rough, aren't they? yeah, i think i like my dangerous ladies, and i also like my dangerous men. i normally write from the point of view of the criminal, as everybody knows, as opposed to the police. i don't really write many police procedurals, so i quite enjoy sort of being on the other side of the coin. the other side of the coin — it's where you've always been, in a way, and the brilliance with which you made these tough women the ones who really ran the show, i mean, was that something thatjust came to you accidentally? you just tumbled into it? you know, i come from a long line of really really strong irish women, so i think that's probably got something to do with it. but also, you know, i'm a very strong woman, and i think that comes across in the books. and also i'm a great believer
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in women, you know — we don't get mad, we get even, which i think comes across as well. it's about women being put in extraordinary positions in their lives and making the best of it. betrayal, just out in paperback, is i think the 23rd novel — and betrayal, the title, is the essence of the book. now, i'm not going to give away the plot, but once again it's a woman who's in a position where she can really wield an extraordinary amount of power, and some pretty big rough tough men are actually quite terrified by her. yeah, well, jade is a fantastic character. she was a great character to write. aiden was a really terrific character to write too, who's sort of a love interest... head of the family. but also this is the first time i've ever done sort of the may—december romance, you know, where the woman's older than the guy. i like my women to be feisty and, you know, i like them to be able to take care of themselves,
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and i think that's very important. obviously, you're writing about london and the underworld and so on. do you feel close to that world? i'm not suggesting you're in it! but i mean culturally do you think this is a fascinating pulsating undercurrent of, you know, the world you know? you know, growing up in essex and london... well, without crime there'd hardly be any television programmes. there'd hardly be any books. think about it, you know. everybody wants to know, how do you catch the bad guys? the differences are i don't want my bad guys to get caught a lot of the time because i end up quite liking them. but, you know, if you look at it, there's so many programmes now on police procedurals, especially on serial killers and all sorts, and i think i probably tapped into that a long time ago, a long time before women were writing my kind of books, because it was always just policemen. there's so many women now writing books about criminals. and do you find a lot of your readers are women who rather
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enjoy that sense of, you know, the power being handed over? you know, my readership‘s now about 50—50. i'm still the most requested books in the prison system, and i'm still the most stolen books from shops, which i always find quite... why do you think? even in scotland, in the male prisons, i'm the most requested author. and i take that as a compliment, because these are the people that i'm writing about. and if they think it's realistic, then obviously i must be doing something right. have you done talks in prisons? oh, yeah. i've been doing prison workshops for 25 years. and what do you make of it, when you go inside and face them? it depends. i mean, i was in barlinnie twice last year. i've done a couple of writing classes in there. i do most of the big prisons. i've done belmarsh for years, wandsworth, holloway — it's been closed now, thank god, it was getting really old. but i do a lot of women's prisons, men's prisons. i do the writing class. i also encourage reading. i've done the six book challenge and i'm still ambassador for that, to go in and get people reading — notjust in prisons,
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but in the workplace. of course. it's just about getting people back reading books. when you're in a prison, and you're with some fairly ha rd—boiled characters, and presumably you don't know their real names, or what they've done... yeah, you know who they are. some of them you've obviously heard of, but i've never ever asked anybody ever what they've done. no. i think people think you go in and they tell me all their stories, but they don't. i go in there and i do an actual writing class. questions and answers — they ask me things they want to know. and i must admit there have been times when i have known the people in there, and they've gone, "hello, do you know..." and i go, "oh, hello." laughter. but i've got to say, it's very worthwhile. you know, we've got the best education system in the world — it's free, and i'm still shocked at how many young men especially cannot read and write by the time they get to prison. it's shocking. what fascinates you about, you know, the dark side of our lives? well, i think it's what fascinates everybody, i mean, a lot of male authors, you know, with everything from the godfather, and i think what really interests me is, you know,
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what turns people. and it can be a very narrow line between an ordinary respectable life, if you like, and... yeah, well, they always say that about the police, don't they, and the criminals? they've had such a thin line between them, you know. another little bit and they would be chasing you, you know, and oftentimes police say that, because a lot of police come to signings and things — a lot of police, especially detectives from certain stations around london. what do they say to you? well, they say, "god, it's just so realistic," "it's so believable." and that's what i take as a compliment, you know. how do you think you found that voice, because every author needs a voice, a sort of confident voice at the beginning... a bit individual, i know, yeah. and you seemed to hit it bang off. i mean dangerous lady, 25 years ago, was an instant bestseller, and you've gone on, you know, with this extraordinary career ever since. did itjust come to you, that way of talking about them, that way of describing things?
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i think what the secret for me was i wrote as i spoke, and i wrote the dialect as i heard the dialect in my head. you hear it and it just comes to you? i hear it, yeah. i remember years ago when we were doing dangerous lady as a television series, and johnny woods who directed it, he said, "it was the first book i ever read, martina, where it was just like reading a script. it was like reading a shooting script." he said, "you don't have that much description, but what you have is in how people talk and how they react with each other." he said, "i think that shows." i don't have reams and reams of, you know, if they have long hair or... do you like some of the bent people that you meet? yeah, i mean, very enigmatic. so many people are very enigmatic, you know, and i think people can go either way, you know, and i think more and more the lines are becoming blurred because of what's happened with with bankers and what's happened... it's a very blurred line now between who people actually think are criminals — people say, you know, "oh,
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he's a bit of a lad," or "he's a rogue," but the man that'sjust took everybody‘s money in the bank, i think they have a completely different impression. well, that's an interesting philosophical question, isn't it? in betrayal, i mean, you're back in this territory that you know. it's the territory of the street, the territory of the family. it's all in the end about power, and you love to see, in the power game, the women at the top. i do, i can't help it. i do like to see women... i like to think that extraordinary things happen to us, whether we want them to or not. you lose a child, you lose your husband, something terrible happens and you have to pick yourself up and go on, and i like to think that my women have all these extraordinary things happen to them and they come out on top. and i like to think that, you know, we all come out on top. martina cole, author of betrayal, the 23rd book in a series, i suppose, that began with dangerous lady, thanks very much. thank you. what a difference a day make.
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compared with the recent heatwave, today has been much cooler and fresher for many. a fair amount of cloud around as well. this picture from a weather watcher in shetland. things will continue to change because we have a band of rain moving in. turning quite blustery up to the north—west as well. a dry night the further south and east you are but for all of us, cooler and fresher, 12—15d. tomorrow, our band of cloud and rain will sink southwards and in the northern england, wales and the midlands where it will hang around the good pa rt where it will hang around the good part of the day. the heaviest bursts of rain the hills and the west. largely dry in the north in the afternoon, staying largely dry in the south. it stays fresher and
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breezy through the next few days with rain at times. still some spells of sunshine. hello, i'm ros atkins. this is outside source, live from the eu summit in brussels, where we have had - news. may where we have had - news. m :.....,, where we have had - news. w < where we have had - news. iii-it eu will be allowed to remain citizens will be allowed to remain after brexit is complete. it is the prime minister's first appearance in brussels since she lost a majority in parliament after the recent election. european union leaders are approaching the bloc‘s future with renewed optimism, even to the point of leading the door open on brexit. who knows? you may say i am a dreamer, but i am not the only one!
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