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this is bbc news, i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at lipm. speaking in washington, the brexit secretary david davis says he is a ‘determined optimist‘ about britain's withdrawal of the eu. i believe that a good deal is in the interests of both the united kingdom and the european union and of the entire global community. gas suspends nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near gatwick airport — after a bbc panorama investigation shows officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. nearly half of young, low—paid parents are struggling to juggle childcare with work and two in five are penalised for asking for flexitime, according to a new survey. also in the next hour: more than 1200 people dead and 41 million affected by monsoon rains. the impact of floods in south asia becomes clearer — an estimated 16 million have been forced from their homes in india, nepal and bangladesh — with a third of bangladesh still under water. president trump is to ask congress for £45 billion to help people affected
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by storm harvey in texas. the former england captain wayne rooney has been charged with drink—driving. he was stopped by police in cheshire in the early hours of this morning. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the brexit secretary david davis says that he is a"determined optimist" about britain's withdrawal from the eu. his comments follows a warning from the international trade secretary liam fox that brussels should not be allowed to "blackmail" the uk into accepting a brexit divorce bill. the eu insists issues arising from the uk's withdrawal must be dealt with before any talks can begin about future trade relations. our political correspondent iain watson reports. liam fox exchanging a memorandum of understanding with japan on trade.
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but he isn't as delighted with the eu commission, she accused them of trying to exact a price for moving from the first stage of negotiations. we can't be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part, we think we should begin discussions on the final settle m e nt begin discussions on the final settlement because that is good for business. the issue is the divorce bill for leaving the eu. at a tetchy press c0 nfe re nce bill for leaving the eu. at a tetchy press conference yesterday the european commission chief negotiated argue why did trade talks could begin only after britain gave an indication of how much it was willing to pay. liam fox gave a whole series of broadcast interviews injapan but whole series of broadcast interviews in japan but only whole series of broadcast interviews injapan but only made the accusation of eu blackmail once, which suggests it wasn't a pre—scripted attack. nonetheless it could be a sign of frustration that the government strategy to put more pressure on the european commission to deliver trade talks this autumn so to deliver trade talks this autumn so far hasn't succeeded. in washington today the brexit
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secretary admitted negotiations with the eu were tense, but he was hopeful progress would accelerate after german elections later this month. the conspicuously refused to repeat liam fox's allegation.” never comment on other ministers views on things like this. look, we're ina views on things like this. look, we're in a difficult, tough, conjugated negotiation, isaid we're in a difficult, tough, conjugated negotiation, i said from the beginning it will be turbulent. what we having at the moment is the first ripple. some opposition politicians here believe liam fox is rather undiplomatic and his terminology could do serious harm is to relations between the eu and uk. is language is intensely unhelpful. this is sabre rattling from a trade secretary who is twiddling his thumbs because he cannot do anything until the trade position of the uk has been resolved with the eu. but british business leaders want to hear a lot less sabre rattling about brexit from all sides. this is
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politics, there will always be bluster, gameplaying by both sides. i think businesses would like to see both sides may be tone it down a little bit and get back to focusing on those issues which matter so much to both sides, particularly things like citizens rights, we really need movement on that quickly. this week the government focused on its trading relationship with japan but its future trade links across the channel is proving harder to negotiate. our correspondent gary o'donoghue is in washington. the difficulty for david davis if he can't talk much about trade because they haven't got that far in the negotiations. he's totally hamstrung. he is a bit. the rules interfere with the uk's ability to start reaching out to other countries and doing those deals before it except the eu. he talked about that a bit. there are discussions going on, donald trump
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have acknowledged that himself. he said there will be a big trade deal with written. the thing he's been more cagey about and the thing that david davis and the rest of the uk government believes, there has to be liberalisation, deals on services, particularly on things like financial services. donald trump has been very cool on that and today david davis took the opportunity not directly, but pretty clearly, urging the americans not to turn towards protectionism. donald trump's america for strategy has been characterised as that. threatening protectionism and threatening to cut off trade deals with countries because he thinks america is getting a poor deal. they are not same page on some things. —— on the same page for some things, far apart for other things too. american businessmen we re things too. american businessmen were asking questions, they wanted their minds put at rest about brexit
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and he couldn't give them the a nswe i’s and he couldn't give them the answers they wanted. we know about the trade between britain and the us, we know it's big, britain is the single biggest investor in the us etc. £2 billion of trade per day, but the key thing here... 42,000 us businesses ship stuff to the uk and, of course, a lot of that, some of thatis of course, a lot of that, some of that is going to go through into the eu. they are really keen to find out if there is going to be any barrier between the uk and eu post brexit, that's what they really care about, because, you know, the dollop talks. if it's going to cost them money, they will think about relocating as some of the banks have threatened to. the man who got the biggest laugh in the room was you, you asked
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whether he felt more welcome in washington or in brussels. we're never going to get a direct answer but there was much given away in what he didn't say. yeah, i think that's right. liam fox also gave a speech to the chamber of commerce. bearin speech to the chamber of commerce. bear in mind david davis wasn'tjust talking to the chamber of commerce today, he actually went on just after that you have a meeting with the deputy secretary of state and he's heading to detroit to see ford, i think, he's heading to detroit to see ford, ithink, in he's heading to detroit to see ford, i think, in the next few hours. he wa nts to i think, in the next few hours. he wants to reassure them, and it's pa rt wants to reassure them, and it's part of the same strategy you saw in japan with the prime minister etc, he wants to start reaching out to these places and demonstrate to the eu, look, we have friends in far—flung places who are going to trade with us. we're not holding as wea k trade with us. we're not holding as weak a hand as you think. the private security company, g4s, has suspended nine employees
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following claims of abuse and assaults on detainees at an immigration centre. an undercover investigation by the bbc‘s panorama programme appears to show staff mocking, abusing and threatening violence against detainees at brook house, near gatwick airport. g4s says there is ‘no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations', and that it has immediately begun an investigation. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt has the details. just metres from the runway at gatwick airport is brook house, an immigration removal centre run by the global security firm g4s. here, foreign national prisoners facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have overstayed their visas. a secret world of drugs, violence and abuse... undercover filming as part of a panorama investigation to be broadcast this monday alleges that some staff at brook house, mock, abuse and even assault detainees.
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it exposes a place awash with drugs, with self—harm commonplace amongst the men held there. the company says it's waiting to see the footage but has suspended nine staff and alerted the police. my initial reaction is absolutely disgusted by the alleged behaviour. it's totally unacceptable to me, to the organisation, to anyone else who would work in this kind of vocation. it is the home office that decides who is detained at centres like brook house, whilst their immigration case is decided. it says in a statement: we condemn any action that is put the safety or dignity of immigration removal centre detainees at risk. it also says that g4s needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation into the allegations at the centre and that it expects appropriate action.
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our home affairs correspondent danny shaw is with me. 0n the face of it, pretty shocking allegations. it would appear to be very disturbing allegations and the action g—force has taken even though it hasn't seen the footage, it's been made aware of the claims in some detail, suggests they are very worried about it. nine members of staff have been suspended, they include two managers at brook house. six custody officers and one nurse, in addition five members of staff being placed on restricted duties. there is an internal investigation going on by g for s and i believe it's going to conduct a wider review of the culture of these institutions that they run, notjust of the culture of these institutions that they run, not just the immigration removal centre at brookhouse, they also run one at tinsley house close by. they run five prisons and oak hill secure
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training centre. i think the organisation feels it needs to look more deeply at the culture in the place. is it embedding the right values and ethics in the staff who work there? we remember the run-up to the olympics, their involvement in security for that. are there wider implications? there are in terms of its contract to run brookhouse, it is run it since 2009. the contract expires next year. it is upfor the contract expires next year. it is up for renewal. g for s wants to renew the contract but faces competition from two other bidders as far as competition from two other bidders as farasi competition from two other bidders as far as i understand. the home 0ffice as far as i understand. the home office will decide. there will be great pressure on the home office not to re—award that contracted g for s. that'll be very interesting to see. in terms of the wider allegations, its reputation in the uk in terms of criminaljustice and immigration enforcement isn't great because of the series of scandals there have been. this is a huge
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global company, 400,000 people work for g for s. its share price has been affected. when the bosses sit down and look at the big picture, they'll be saying, still making profits, winning 0k, they'll be saying, still making profits, winning ok, the share price is ok, we have to deal with this. that is the conundrum it faces. contract given by the home office, what are they doing about it? the home office had already commissioned a review of immigration detention. a follow—up to a report published last year and conducted by the former ombudsman steve shaw and that review sta rts ombudsman steve shaw and that review starts on monday. as part of the review he will be going to brookhouse to see what conditions are like. you can see the panorama documentary on monday evening on bbc one at 9pm. nearly half of young, low paid parents are struggling to juggle childcare with work, according to a survey for the tuc.
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researchers found that irregular hours were to blame, with many working parents feeling at the mercy of employers. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. hi, boys! hi! it's the end of the day. kiera'sjust got back from work, and all her kids are finally home, too. show me! ah, what does it do?! a precious few minutes before they are off to bed. kiera is self—employed and works in it. she and her partner, from hertfordshire, earn between them less than £28,000 per year. juggling childcare and work is a daily battle. i can be at home with my children, enjoying my life with them. when instead, i'm planning it around trains, hoping and praying that my train isn't late or delayed or cancelled. and then you look at your bank balance and you think, what did i do today? what have i really earned? kiera's experience isn't unique, judging by today's survey, conducted on behalf of the tuc.
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nearly half of low—paid young parents are struggling to manage work and childcare. 42% felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility. some were given fewer hours, or even lost theirjobs as a result. nearly a third had resorted to taking annual leave to cover their child being sick. achieving a good work—life balance can be hard for any parent. this survey highlights just how difficult it is for families on lower incomes, many of whom don't even know what their parental rights are. so, could and should employers do more? employers can certainly do more to communicate the rights that people do have. i think government also has a role to play, to do more in that area as well. i think the broad issue around flexibility, in that quite a lot of flexibility can be quite exclusive. for example, home—working quite often applies only to senior managers, for example. so employers really need to review their flexible working practices, be a bit more innovative about how they apply them. up you go.
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kiera's shift pattern is regular, although she is still often working after the kids go to bed. the tuc wants everyone at work to get the same parental rights from day one. and to be made aware of them. emma simpson, bbc news, hertfordshire. the headlines: brexit secretary david davis says brexit will not lead to a race to the bottom in terms of standards. speaking in washington mr davies set out his vision of a post brexit britain. g for s suspended nine members of staff following the panorama investigation. officers are mocking, abusing and assaulting people being held. wayne rooney has been charged with drink—driving committee was stopped by police in cheshire in the early hours of this morning. gordon
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strachan believes his side need ten points from a possible 12 to qualify for next year's points from a possible 12 to qualify for next yea r‘s world points from a possible 12 to qualify for next year's world cup. england play in malta later. final state of the cricket to billy, sorry stars made 100—7 against western storm in the semifinal. the winners will face southern vipers later. valtteri bottas finished second fastest in second practice ahead of mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton. more on those stories just after half four. more on one of those headlines. the former england captain, wayne rooney, has been charged with drink—driving. the everton striker was arrested shortly after two o clock this morning, after police stopped a black vw beetle in wilmslow, cheshire. our sports news correspondent richard conway has more. cheshire police say wayne rooney has been charged with driving over the
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prescribed limit. officers say he was stopped at 2am on friday morning on altrincham road in the town of wilmslow in cheshire. he's enjoyed a good start to the new season in the premier league, he moved from manchester united to everton and scored in his opening two games. news of this arrest comes a week, over weeks he announced he announced he was retiring from international football. he's been released on bail and is due to appear before stockport magistrates‘ court on september 18. the supreme court in kenya has overturned the result of the country‘s presidential election because of "irregularities" in the way the vote was conducted. the ruling is being seen as a victory for the opposition leader and veteran politician raila odinga, who called it had to do with lack of
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transparency in the vote counting and transmissions. after people had gone to vote, the results started coming in, but the documents that we re coming in, but the documents that were supposed to accompany them to verify these results were legitimate, those documents were not being made public, that‘s what the opposition had a problem with. what does it mean for the electoral commission? at this moment the electoral commission is pretty much discredited because they have been trying to show they could hold this election in a transparent manner. all of that now is out of the window. opinions on both sides of the political divide will be wondering whether they can have the next election in a transparent manner. the electoral commission says it is opening itself up for scrutiny and investigation to see whether any of its staff broke the law in this process. at the time of the result being announced, odinga
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was accused of being a sore loser. indeed, at the time he even said he wouldn‘t go to the court, he didn‘t trust the court to give him fair hearing. shortly after that his supporters took to the streets, there was a bit of violence. about 16 people were killed in different parts of the country. i think that pressure forced mr odinga and his party to go back to the court, now they have that ruling. i think he would be feeling like he‘s vindicated himself. the main question being asked is how can they make sure the next election is any more fair? a question a lot of people are asking right now. the spotlight is even brighter on the electoral commission. kenyans will now be looking more closely at the whole process and hoping it goes well. one of the main problems kenny has had a history of, post—election violence, the longer the process is prolonged,
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the more this tension is heightened. people will hope they can get past this as quickly and painlessly as possible. a man‘s been convicted of trying to rob the england and west ham footballer, andy carroll. basildon crown court heard that convicted burglar, jack o‘brien, who‘s 22 and from romford, pulled up alongside the striker as he drove home from training, and demanded he hand over his watch, worth £22,000. aid agencies are describing flooding across south asia as one of the worst regional crises in recent years. more than 1,200 people have died in india, bangladesh and nepal, and millions have been affected. many people are sleeping on roadsides and in makeshift shelters. angus crawford reports. once a main street. the only traffic now, makeshift canoes and boats. look at the pole he‘s using. it almost disappears under the waters. across bangladesh, almost a third of the country has been affected.
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heavy monsoon rains making this the worst flooding in decades. the whole region has been hit, with more than 1200 dead, and more than 40 million forced to leave their homes, affecting india, nepal, bangladesh, and now pakistan. the level of devastation is horrible and it‘s massive. millions of children have been affected, and as we know, throughout the region there‘s 40 million people overall, in all of south asia. so right now the rains have subsided and people are starting to clean up the debris. in mumbai, on india‘s west coast, 33 people were killed when this building collapsed under the weight of heavy rain. the youngest victim a 20—month—old baby. 500 miles away, pakistan‘s biggest city, karachi, was brought to a standstill,
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streets submerged, more than 20 people dead. in bangladesh, millions made homeless have gone to higher ground. vulnerable to disease, they count the cost and hope to rebuild. angus crawford, bbc news. president trump is expect to ask congress for the equivalent of four and a half billion pounds to help people affected by storm harvey in texas. the total cost of repairing damage and compensating residents is estimated that more than £100 billion. jon donnison reports. in houston, texas, and beyond, there is little sign of the misery coming to an end. after more than four feet of rain in less than a week, it could be days before the water levels fully recede. thousands of people have now been rescued from their homes, grabbing what they can carry
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and getting out. everything is gone. we lost everything in the house. overnight, the storm moved on to tennessee, bringing more heavy rain and flooding. i was walking in the grass and i was walking, and i stepped down, and something just swept me up under. my head was hit, i seen light up under there, and i came out and i tried to grab a tree, and it‘s swept me under again. and i grabbed onto another tree, and i asked the lord to help me, and ijust started pulling myself up out of there. the vice—president, mike pence, flew into texas to see the damage first—hand. this is a key moment for the embattled and historically unpopular trump presidency. it can‘t be seen to get it wrong. the american people are with you. we are here today, we will be here tomorrow, and we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before.
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but this level of devastation is going to take vast amounts of money to fix. later today, the white house is expected to ask congress for an initial $5.9 billion in emergency funding. but the authorities in texas alone say the state might eventually need more than 20 times that amount. people here are vulnerable and in need. recovery and rebuilding is going to take months, if not years. jon donnison, bbc news. the long running strike affecting bin collections in in birmingham birmingham resumed this morning — after redundancy notices were issued to some workers. the industrial action was suspended last month after seven weeks — during which time rubbish piled up
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on many of the city‘s streets. our midlands correspondent sima kotecha reports. it looks bad and it smells even worse. a bin strike that‘s been going on for weeks and people here have had enough. itjust smells like a tip. i mean, there‘s bags dumped everywhere. bags which have opened up and just scattered all across the road and we have to walk through it every single day. it‘s not on. i don‘t know what they need to do. they need to sort something out between themselves and move on. that smell, it's so awful that you would rather do this to yourself than smell it, really. the council and the refuse workers are arguing about shift patterns, pay and conditions and job losses. this strike started at the end ofjune. the council claims that it‘s been costing them around £40,000 per day to hire agency staff to clean up all this rubbish.
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then the industrial action was suspended in the middle of august as the two sides held talks to figure out what to do next. then at 7.30am this morning the strike was back on. and that‘s because the council confirmed last night it would be cutting jobs. the unite union says they won‘t let that happen and will carry on striking for three hours every day. this is not about money. this is about ideology. paid officers of the council want to make cuts and they want to damage trade unionism within the council and they‘ve taken a decision to sabotage an honourable settlement that was reached at acas to do so. the row‘s got worse because the council‘s leader had said in principle there would be no redundancies but he‘s come under pressure from his cabinet to change his stance because some of them say no job losses are unaffordable. redundancy notices have been issued but everyone still has a job. who has been given those redundancy notices. they can either have a job at exactly the same level, somewhere else in the council, or they still have a job on the bins. so the posts have gone,
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but actually the actual employees are still there. nobody is losing theirjob. birmingham city council is the largest local authority in europe and it‘s under pressure to make savings. but the longer this strike goes on, the more expensive it gets for them and for those on strike. some breaking news, former archbishop of westminster cardinal cormac murphy o‘connor has died today at the age of 85. after an illness. announced by the catholic church. he became the tenth archbishop of westminster in march 2000 and was made cardinal in 2001 by popejohn 2000 and was made cardinal in 2001 by pope john paul the 2000 and was made cardinal in 2001 by popejohn paul the first before retiring from his role as archbishop in 2009. he was the leader of the roman catholic church in england and
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wales. during an appearance on desert island discs he admitted during his time training for the priesthood at the english college in rome he learned how to make a good martini cocktail. he was well known to churchgoers. but those in the wider anglican faith. and appeared on the bbc and other broadcasters many times. one 24th of august 1930 two, one of six children, three of his five brothers became priests, another playing rugby for ireland. cardinal, murphy o‘connor, former archbishop of westminster, he‘s died in hospital at the age of 85. we‘ll look back at his life in the next half hour. now time for a look at the weather with nick miller. there were the start of september after storms yesterday, just the odd isolated shower around, most places are dry and will be for the rest of the afternoon into evening and seem
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pleasa nt the afternoon into evening and seem pleasant sunshine after a chilly start of the day. in the sunshine it feels quite warm. quite a few showers into the pennines, a threat into the east midlands, east anglia, pushing down towards london as we go through the night. a lot of these will fade away and most overnight. it would be dry, clear, apart from the odd missed orfog patch. temperatures will drop low in the countryside. chilly start to saturday. sunny start saturday. what a lovely day on the cards for the first day the weekend. computers will recover but apache cloud will build. most will stay dry. it will turn breezy across westernmost part of the uk into northern ireland. through saturday evening rain will move in and temperatures into the high teens and low 20s. this is the rain on sunday, it‘ll ease away from northern ireland, edging east across the uk. wales and the south west could see heavy bursts but there will be part of eastern england that
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see the cloud deck up. it will stay dry until after dark. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at... the former archbishop of westminster cardinal cormac murphy, has died at the age of 85. the brexit secretary david davis says brexit will not lead to a race to the bottom in terms of standards. speaking in washington this afternoon, mr davis set a britain committed to striking new free trade deals across the globe including the european union. a britain cooperating with friends and allies to drive up standards. a britain that helps set the rules of the global system and helps ensure those rules are honoured. the private security firm responds to undercoverfilming by the bbc‘s panorama: it says there is no place in its company for poor behaviour. the programme says it has
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seen g4s staff "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. struggling with childcare. a report from the tuc says nearly half of young, low paid parents are struggling to juggle childcare with work, blaming irregular hours. devastating floods in south asia. an estimated 16 million have been forced from their homes in india, nepal and bangladesh — with a third of bangladesh still under water. everton striker wayne rooney has been charged with drink—driving. cheshire police say rooney was arrested early this morning in wilmslow. time for the sport. cycling, the tour of spain has just finished today‘s stage. after crashing yesterday, chris froome finished seventh on stage 13. frome
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was not far behind the leaders, in the group of his greatest rival vincenzo nibali. the scotland manager gordon strachan says he‘s not worrying missing out on next summer‘s world cup in russia. all of the home nations are involving qualifiers, but scotland feeling the most pressure, badly needing lithuania to keep their hopes alive in group f. four points away from the play—off spot. only winning once in lithuania before. strachan believes ten points at 12 will be enough to finish in the places. there is psychology, training. information you pack on. it will not be a churchill like speech making them feel better. i don‘t think that can work now. in general you make sure the players are prepared, feel co mforta ble. the amount of time they put into it, the training they put
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into it. england lead the group, expected to win comfortably in malta. the first match since captain wayne rooney retired from international football. manager gareth southgate says although he knows the replacement, he will not tell his players until later today. i am keen to keep sharing the leadership. we focused too much on wayne in particular in the last few yea rs. we need to start building a more resilient group of leaders, allowing them to take responsibility. for me, not the most important decision. northern ireland will need to avoid a slip—up against san marino later to stay on course for a play—off spot in group c. they have a four point cushion overfirst place at the moment. a short week.
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playing on a friday, as opposed to saturday in the past. the main thing we do the job tomorrow night, hopefully coming through unscathed from injury wise. obviously suspension wires, one or to mega players on cards need to be careful. we will look on monday‘s game. all our focus is on san marino. wales in action against austria tomorrow. they are third place in group d. it is the finals of the kia super league with surrey taking on western storm at the moment. surrey choosing to bat, making 100—7 with their 20 overs. anya shrubsole taking three wickets. stormer 64th the winners will face southern vipers later this evening. james anderson stands on the verge
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of this to be going into england‘s third and decisive test against the west indies at lord‘s next week. he could become the third pace bowler in history to take 500 test wickets. anderson does not want the landmark to be a distraction. it will be special, it will mean nothing if we don‘t win the test match. spoken of it about before the last test. and before the series. to be honest, real side like me, i want to contribute to win test matches. good weekend ahead for the mercedes drivers at this weekend‘s italian grand prix. va ltteri bottas fastest in second practice earlier. closely followed by lewis hamilton, his team—mate. the reverse of the top two from first practice. sebastian vettel‘s ferrari only 0.4 seconds behind this the german holds a 7—point lead over hamilton in the driver standings. thatis that is all the sport. breaking news, the former archbishop of westminster cardinal cormac murphy o‘connor has died at the age of 35. he was created as a cardinal by pope john the first. 60 years of billy
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mckay priest, 40 years of bishop. he served as the head of the roman catholic church in england and wales from 2000 until 2009. his theological acumen was recognised early, serving as the rector of the english college in rome. before becoming director of arundel college in brighton. a local priest, michael hill had been accused of child sexual abuse, then bishop murphy o‘connor decided to redeploy him as a chaplain at gatwick airport. he went on to abuse children, and was jailed in 1997. cormac murphy o‘connor refused to resign, but described his mismanagement of him asa described his mismanagement of him as a grave mistake. he clearly wa nted as a grave mistake. he clearly wanted to make amends for that, doing something constructive. after terrible case against his decision
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to ask lord snowdon to help him rethinking how the catholic church in this country dealt with child abusers, trying to avoid such terrible things happening again. although he did not engage directly with politics. it was his careful nurturing that led tony blair to convert to catholicism in 2007 after he steps down as prime minister. a year later he published a book called faith in the nation, where he argued against the erosion of religious values in public life. religion of any kind tend to be treated as a private eccentricity rather than essential and formative element of british society. it was this assertion that the christian faith must play a role in the public square that cormac murphy o‘connor contended for throughout his life. as we‘ve been hearing,
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the brexit secretary david davis says that he is a"determined optimist" about britain‘s withdrawal from the eu. reality check‘s chris morris has more: the uk‘s main goal in the brexit negotiations right now is to move on — as quickly as possible — from talking about past obligations to talking about a future partnership with the eu. but there‘s a long road ahead, and it‘s likely to get bumpy. the eu‘s chief negotiator michel barnier said yesterday that there had been no decisive progress on any of the main issues. in other words for the moment, it‘s no go. so a quick reminder about where the eu says progress has to be made before it will talk more about the future. first, the status of eu citizens in the uk and uk citizens living elsewhere in europe. thedre was some progress this week — confirmation that after brexit these
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citizens will still be able to use their ehic insurance cards. there‘s no agreement on that, though, for the rest of us. and here‘s the overall sticking point — who would have legal authority over any deal om citizens‘ rights. the eu wants it to be the ecj,' the uk says that‘s not acceptable after brexit the second majorfocus is the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. the uk says it wants to maintain an ‘invisible border‘ after brexit, with no physical infrastructure at all, and there were, we‘re told, ‘good discussions‘ on ireland this week. but while the eu understands the sensitivities on the border, it says frictionless trade is impossible once the uk leaves the single market and the customs union. and the toughest issue of all is money — what are the uk‘s financial obligations to the eu when it leaves? the eu hasn‘t published any final demand but it could be as high as a net amount that‘s after some money comes back to the uk of 60 billion euros. that is based largely on commitments the uk has already made. but the uk questions the legal basis of these calculations, and went through them line by line in negotations this week. it‘s not prepared to
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pay nearly as much. so how do we get from where we are now to where the uk wants to be: talking about a future trade partnership? it accuses the eu of being inflexible, liam fox talks of blackmail. well, two more rounds of negotiations have been scheduled in the weeks beginning. september the 18th and october the 9th — after that the eu will have to decide whether it thinks ‘sufficient progress‘ has been made to allow the talks to move to the next phase. that‘s not a decision for the eu‘s negotiating team. it will have to be made unanimously by the leaders of the other 27 eu countries who will meet for a summit in brussels on the 19th and 20th of october. by then we‘ll also know whether angela merkel has been re—elected as german chancellor. in elections towards the end of this month. the uk probably shouldn‘t rely on mrs merkel to suddenly change course on brexit though — so how can disputes about money in particular be resolved? a transition period after brexit could be one way forward.
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it would mean the uk still paying money into the eu budget for a couple of years, and it could help reduce the size of a final bill. hopefully, it would also help create a smoother british exit and offer reassurance to business. still, there are an awful lot of. ifs and buts. if the eu doesn‘t think ‘sufficient progress‘ has been made by october for example, eu leaders won‘t meet again until just before christmas. and that would mean substantive talks on trade wouldn‘t begin until well into the new year, with time ticking away. the raf is the first branch of the british military to open every role in the service to women. from today, they can apply tojoin the raf regiment, a front line combat force whose main task is to patrol and protect air—fields. the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has described the move — which is a year ahead of schedule — as a defining moment. our correspondent mark lobel has got the details. this is significant
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moment for the raf. the first branch of the british military to open up all areas of the service to men and women. women can already fly planes. but now they can apply to join the raf‘s currently all—male infantry combat unit, which patrols and protects airfields. they fought in afghanistan and suffered casualties. the raf regiment is relatively small, just over 2,000 strong, and with women making up about 10% of the air force as a whole, there‘s unlikely to be a flood of applications. lastjuly, former pm david cameron overturned hundreds of years of military tradition to allow women to take up front—line fighting jobs. in april, the royal armed corps opened its doors to females. pm theresa may was there to witness the graduation at sandhurst of the first recruit. today, it‘s the raf‘s ground fighting force opening its doors. and by the end of next year, women should be able to join the even more physically demanding army infantry unit
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and the royal marines. not everyone welcomes these changes, but after studies concluded women are physically up for the fight, now potential recruits can take up their right. mark lobel, bbc news. in a moment we‘ll take a look at some of the business stories of the week but first, the headlines on bbc news: the former archbishop of westminster, cormack murphy o‘connor
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has died today at the age of 85. the brexit secretary david davis says brexit will not lead to a race to the bottom in terms of standards. speaking in washington this afternoon, mr davis set out his vision of a post—brexit britain. g4s has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near gatwick airport, following a bbc panorama investigation. allegations include officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. time for a look at the big business stories of the week, and jamie robertson is here to take us through them. good news for manufacturers today — but could it mean a rise in interest rates is even closer? i think we still have a rise in interest rates a long way down the road. the reason why you put up interest rates is in order to stop people spending so much. they get more tempted to put it away to the saving accounts. however well manufacturing is doing and business, actually people are not spending a huge amount. the amount people are
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going out into the shops is not growing. putting up interest rates will not make a difference, probably bringing it down, could be damaging to the economy. you mention the figures on manufacturing, there are quite good, unexpectedly good. nobody thought it would be this poignant. seems as if we‘re still benefiting from the fall in the value of the pound, helping exports. possibly the benefits after the huge fall in the value of the power, not quite as good as it been. 97,2006, similar depreciation. we‘ve had the latest round of brexit negotiations — but we don‘t seem to have got any closer to a deal have we? the whole thing is about uncertainty. if i was given a pound for the word uncertainty, i could
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pay the brexit deal myself. that is what is worrying business generally. the uncertainty. in these kind of negotiations, looking at the past, negotiations, looking at the past, negotiations with greece, over debt. it looks at the whole thing will break down. then things come together, they come toward some sort of agreement. what is slightly different here, there are some similarities as we get the clock ticking. it has been ticking for a while. that is where the pressure really is coming. i know a lot of different trade negotiations, they have clocks ticking. they get to the clock striking midnight, let‘s give it another day or so. this time that will not happen. so much as to be
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done. before we hit midnight, and people may just decide, done. before we hit midnight, and people mayjust decide, actually, i think it is time. we have an operation in london, here, in frankfurt. we may put emphasis on the frankfurt one. when the uncertainty continues. it‘s been a tough week in the us — as it counts the cost of harvey, they‘ve had bad jobs figures too — what could it mean for the economy there? lots of jobs carried lots ofjobs carried out. lots of jobs carried out. whenever you get disasters, there is always a silver lining to the hurricane cloud. talking about $100 billion worth of damage. maybe not as much
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as that. but it is a big figure. it will require a huge amount of money. you will get the keynesian effects for pushing money into the infrastructure. the money, the roads. that does lift economy. that is one the reasons you have not seen the market collapse, and the general feeling of despair in a financial point of view. on the other hand, the damage to business, well lets on the other hand, the we‘ll supply, it hit a lot of refineries. that is quite a temporary effect. well lets get more on all that from jasper lawler — he‘s head of research at london capital group.
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it isa it is a disaster, but looking ahead to the economy, politicians are gathering around, determined to put the money back in, make sure business and people who lost their houses are able to pick up. the net result will be a boost to economic growth in the us. it is the keynesian effect of boosting spending. government spending as an addition to how you calculate gdp. petrol prices have skyrocketed. gasoline futures on the markets, the additional effect of air, that will push up prices. the market is interested in how these things effect on monetary policy and
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interest rates. they may mean the us federal reserve is better setup because they‘ll have the boost from spending and inflation. thejobs figures are slightly disappointing, not much to worry about in the united states. actually the rate of job growth in the us is fairly steady. always tempting to make these things political with the new president in power. the economy performing as it has been over the last couple of years. quick look at the markets. all of them looking pretty positive. the dax is up because of court decisions in germany. very much in favour of volkswagen. shares are quite smartly. from the white cliffs of dover
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to the beaches of norfolk, today work begins on a three year scheme to improve england‘s coastal path — all 2,700 miles of it! the project will make it the longest coastal path in the world. tim muffett has been speaking to walkers in west somerset. it will be a very, very, very long walk. when it is finished in 2020, the england coast path will be 2700 miles long. today i have joined walkers in west somerset, who already use a completed section. as a keen walker, and somebody who loves being by the sea, i think it‘s wonderful. we are an island nation. having a joined—up path which allows people to walk around the whole of the periphery of the country has to be a good thing. along the coast, cafe owner darren taylor says the path is already boosting business. we have seen an increase in visitor numbers since the footpath has been constructed. we‘re in a lovely location.
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but there is only one road in and one road out. there are no buses. it allows me to operate the business 12 months of the year. the coast path is being completed in stages. stretches have already opened in kent, norfolk, cumbria and north yorkshire. it is all possible because of a law change in 2009. that established rights of access along a newly defined coastal margin — stretches of land next to the sea. but some of it is privately owned, and some say the new rights of way are causing problems. it provides the right for people to walk wherever they like. it is that aspect which creates particular difficulties for the owners of businesses, and particularly for farmers who are trying to graze livestock on the land. natural england are overseeing the path‘s construction. we have spent a lot of time working with lots of people to come up
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with the most flexible solution that works. it‘s a coastal path, it doesn‘t go way inland. it takes into account how they use this land, so that we can strike a fair balance. it has cost £25 million so far. it will be the world‘s longest coastal path. in three years, a distant dream should become reality. more on the news of cardinal cormac murphy o‘connor, the former archbishop of westminster. hearing from justin bobby the archbishop of canterbury, represents a loss to his innumerable friends, the church and the country. we want to go to glasgow, talked to john the country. we want to go to glasgow, talked tojohn mcmanus from the religious affairs unit. what will be his legacy? pretty wide ranging legacy. cardinal cormac murphy o‘connor was cardinal between
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2001 and 2009 based in central london. originally born in reading, and his family came from east cork. one of the things people said about him, he was a humble person despite the lofty heights he had been elevated to. he never forgot where the family came from. that humbleness, the friendliness to people, the ability to reach out and be with people where they were in their lives, that was something you don‘t always find in cardinals in the catholic church. that was something that people talked about with him quite a lot. we do know he had been ill for the past two weeks. about a fortnight ago the current archbishop of westminster, vincent nichols issued a statement from westminster cathedral, asking people to pray for him. he said his health had taken a significant turn which was code for the end coming soon. not very far away. certainly there
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area not very far away. certainly there are a lot of people who have failed cormac murphy o‘connor quite closely in his hearts. they liked him and respected him for what he did in the church. his time in britain as a senior member of clergy was not without controversy. one of the things he was involved in in the 19805 things he was involved in in the 1980s was a scandal involving an abusive priests, when he was bishop of arendell in brighton. this priest was reported to him, but he did not go to the police, instead he moved into the champions league at gatwick airport. the name of the priest was michael hill, he subsequently went on to abuse more children, eventually arrested and sent to prison. speaking after that time cormac murphy o‘connor said he was ashamed about what he had done. he realised it was the wrong thing to do and it would haunt him forever. he was in many ways what you saw. avuncular, what you would expect an
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archbishop to look like. incredibly approachable. if you met him at westminster cathedral, the headquarters of the catholic church in england and wales, to meet in there after mass or any other service he would talk to you quite happily. very easy—going, friendly person. i met him at the bbc a couple of years ago, chatting to him while waiting to go on air. very friendly, outgoing, quite funny person, have that irish humour about him, which he got from his family. that was something that people will remember him by. work pointing at the church as issued a statement, the church as issued a statement, the cardinal‘s final word. he says he prays every night, that god is never far from he prays every night, that god is neverfarfrom his he prays every night, that god is never far from his thoughts. he prays every night, that god is neverfarfrom his thoughts. into your heart my lord, i commend my spirit. more on that, and the rest of the day‘s news coming up at five with jane hill. now a look at the
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weather. while most of us are having a fine enter the day, there are some showers dotted about in the north east yorkshire. isolated in the east midlands. this zone, could find yourself under a heavy downpour, may be edging towards the london area in the evening. elsewhere, overnight, dry and clear. the odds in mist and fog patch. chiellini, meteorologists call this autumn, september on the way. temperatures in double figures away from the countryside. plenty of sunshine tomorrow, patchy cloud building there. threatened with isolated light showers. especially into eastern england. most of us will avoid them and stay dry. in the sunshine, pleasant, high teens, a few spots into the 20s. breezy later in the day. that is as the weather system in the day. that is as the weather
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syste m co m es in the day. that is as the weather system comes in pushing rain eastwards a cross system comes in pushing rain eastwards across the uk during sunday. strong winds, some in eastern england do not see that until later in the day. today at 5:00pm, cardinal cormac murphy—o‘connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died. as archbishop, he was the leader of the roman catholic church in england and wales. he was 85. g4s suspends nine employees, after claims of abuse and assaults on detainees at an immigration removal centre. britain‘s trade secretary warns that the uk won‘t be blackmailed into paying a high price to leave the eu. kenya‘s supreme court has annulled the result of last month‘s presidential election, and ordered a new one to be held within 60 days. the former england captain, and everton striker, wayne rooney has been charged with drink driving.
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