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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8.00pm: hurricane irma causes widespread destruction across the caribbean. at least ten people are reported to have died so far. my whole house caved in. there was seven of us. all we had to do was pray and call for help. but the firemen came to our rescue as soon as they could have come. i have to thank god for life. this is the moment irma struck the us virgin islands. communications have been cut in st martin and the small island of barbuda is said to be "barely habitable." irma is one of the biggest hurricanes ever recorded in the atlantic, roughly the size of france. it remains a category 5 storm. in the us, evacuations have started in florida, where the storm is expected to hit over the weekend. also in the next hour: mps start debating the landmark brexit bill. discussions focussed on the transfer of thousands of pieces of eu legislation into british law. this bill simply brings eu law
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into uk law, ensuring that wherever possible the rules and laws are the same after brexit as before. that we are leaving is settled — how we leave is not. this bill invites us to surrender all power and influence over that question to the government and to ministers. that would betray everything that we were sent here to do. how likely are you to become a victim of crime? the bbc launches a new tool to help you find out. and prince george starts his first day at school, with a little encouragement from his father. good evening and welcome to bbc news.
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hurricane irma — one of the strongest ever recorded in the atlantic ocean — has destroyed almost everything in its path as it sweeps across the eastern caribbean. at least ten people are known to have been killed with many more injured. the islands of barbuda and st martin were first to feel the full force of its 180—mile an hour winds. then came puerto rico and now it's heading northwest towards cuba and florida. with phone lines down, roads destroyed by flooding and airports damaged, it's been difficult to get the latest information. our correspondent laura bicker reports from puerto rico. hurricane irma, a storm the size of france, has carved a destructive path through the caribbean. in puerto rico, three people were killed as winds battered the island. as daylight came and the clear—out began, most felt lucky to have survived such a storm. such a terrifying storm. i prayed. go!
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don't come here no more. this man told me he felt blessed to be alive and the only damage was downed power lines and fallen trees in the street. they have kept eight—month—old aaron safe. there is a collective sigh of relief in puerto rico. there is a collective sigh of relief in puerto rico. there is work to be done, up to 30 foot waves threw up debris and downed trees but when it comes to that catastrophic eye of the hurricane, that only skirted the island, unlike others in the caribbean. 0n the tiny island of barbuda, barely a building was left untouched. thousands of families find themselves homeless. my house — i lose my home, i lose my shop. also my vehicle. everything is damaged. and right now, i have nowhere to go to sleep. we had cars flying over our heads, we had 40 foot containers flying left and right.
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and the story that you are getting from most of the residents here is that the eye of the storm camejust in time. persons were literally tying themselves to their roofs with ropes to keep them down. the prime minister of barbuda said the island was now barely habitable. what i saw was heart—wrenching. i mean, absolutely devastating. in neighbouring saint martin, the full force of the eye of the hurricane was caught on camera. winds of 185 mph hammered the island. more than 70,000 people live in this area, which is made of dutch and french territories. shipping containers were tossed around like lego bricks. moored boats were smashed in the harbour and there are warnings that the death toll is likely to rise. france has sent three emergency teams to help with the clear—up and has already set up a reconstruction fund. in the british territory of anguilla, the uk response was criticised as pathetic and disgraceful.
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the only hospital has been badly damaged and residents say they need food, water and shelter. a british task force is now on its way there, including royal marines and army engineers. efforts are under way to get supplies to the island of saint barts. the french government says the priority is making sure people have food and drinking water. water is going up...! the british virgin islands is the latest place to be pummelled. it is a tropical paradise transformed. hurricane irma is not finished. she has maintained her wind speeds and is barrelling towards another british territory — the low—lying turks and caicos islands. the us sunshine state of florida will be next in her sights. they are nervous after watching others endure her wrath. the eye of the hurricane is due
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to pass over the turks and caicos islands in the early hours of tomorrow morning. the governor of the islands has given us an update on how they are preparing to face the worst of the storm. we have done a lot of preparations. for example, we have decided to evacuate certain islands that were particularly low—lying and at threat. that process has been completed by now. we have started to fill our shelters because a number of people live in very low—lying areas, the properties they live in being very vulnerable. so we have been encouraging them to move into those shelters and they are doing so now. we have also engaged, in terms of getting people off the island who are here, north american tourists and others, up until yesterday evening when the airport closed, we had extra flights moving people out. and so we have tried to diminish the numbers here.
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quite a number have gone to jamaica etc. those are the preparations. the command centre is set up here. we are well backed up by london. i have been discussing with london this morning various aspects of this, so frankly we are in as well—prepared a state as we can be, but frankly in the face of irma, having seen what it has done elsewhere, we are far from complacent and people are naturally anxious here. that is doctorjohn freeman, governor of the turks and caicos islands. 0n the line is steve murray who owns and runs a restaurant on providenciales which is part of the turks and caicos islands. steve, thank you forjoining us. how are you preparing for irma? just preparing the same way anyone would, really. the advantage of this hurricane is we have had a lot of notice and have been able to get as prepared we best —— as best we can, filling bathtubs and so on because we are expecting the water to shut
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off at some point. 0bviously gathering water, food, making sure all electrical devices are charged. how tempted were you to read entirely and go somewhere out of its path? it was tempting, but it is difficult when you have property and businesses on the island, and obviously a lot of people did leave, but there is going to be a lot of cleaning up that needs done afterward and helping out in the best way possible. so, you know, eve ryo ne best way possible. so, you know, everyone who stays behind is prepared to do that and everyone wa nts to prepared to do that and everyone wants to do that moving forward. how easyis wants to do that moving forward. how easy is it to tidy up and pay for it all, when you know there is going to be all that damage? can you get insurance living in a place like that, for a storm of this scale?” mean, that is going to be a big thing. 0bviously regarding insurance, depending on how bad the damages after the storm, but you can't work out a particular thing like loss of income for businesses, and for employees as well. if the
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island is badly affected, we will suffer massively on tourism and loss of tourism, which will again have a big effect on the economy because it is the main economy here. how much help do you expect to get from the authorities and from britain? hopefully as much as possible. it is going to be a big operation afterwards to get things up and running. we have seen the damage to the airport in st martin, and obviously the airport is integral to the survival of the island, so hopefully the british can help out financially as much as possible in getting that up and running as soon as possible. all the experts are saying that irma is on a scale rarely, if ever, seen before. how many times have you been through a hurricane to know what to expect? you honestly can never know what to expect. we have been in a situation before where we have had a hurricane and, you know, we have been lucky enough to get through relatively unscathed. we had a hurricane passed through here nine years ago which
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did substantial damage, especially to the capital, grande turk. we are hoping this time it is not so severe, but unfortunately it doesn't look that way. how do you keep yourself as safe as possible, though, when you can hear that immense noise whirling around you? all we can do is try to get ourselves in as secure a building as possible. a lot of the buildings here are hurricane proof, concrete block built, and they have hurricane glass. and just getting as high as possible. i am with my brother here as well and with some friends who u nfortu nately could as well and with some friends who unfortunately could not get off the island and we are on the third and fourth floor of the building. but you just worry, for us, as business owners, we woi’i’y you just worry, for us, as business owners, we worry about our staff, because they are not necessarily in such solid structures. there are a lot of shandy properties here and we just hope everyone is taking its
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easily and manages to get into evacuation shelters. it is hard for us evacuation shelters. it is hard for us sitting here to imagine what it will be like for you. fingers crossed for you, steve, from part of the turks and caicos islands. hurricane irma is now the longest lasting category 5 super—storm ever recorded, surpassing the record set by typhoon haiyan, which hit the philippines in 2013. so why has it gathered so much energy? and are these types of storm becoming more frequent? 0ur science editor david shukman explains. a menacing swirl of clouds stretching over the caribbean. this view from space of hurricane irma shows its extraordinary scale. if it was over britain it would cover most of the country. a brave flight crew enters right inside. and facing them, the staggeringly large walls of the inside of the eye. this hurricane has set a new record for having dangerously fast winds for the longest time. 0n the ground, the effect is shattering.
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this part of the world knows all about hurricanes, and early warnings have definitely saved lives, but this one is stronger than most. how do hurricanes become so destructive? the strongest form off the coast of west africa, warm waters cause the air to rise, triggering thunderstorms and that is when the winds can circulate and as this weather system crosses the atlantic it grows and becomes stronger. if the winds are moving in the same direction at all levels, as with irma, they reach devastating speeds. but closer to the caribbean, the hurricane gets another boost as it passes over yet more warm water. and ocean temperatures are unusually high this year, making the winds even more aggressive. on top of this, the low pressure inside the hurricane creates a storm surge, a huge wave that strikes the coast. as climate change is raising the level of the sea,
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the impact is all the greater. as the people of the caribbean try to cope with the terrible aftermath, many are asking if there will be even more scenes like this as the world gets warmer. scientists say they don't know if hurricanes will become more frequent but they do think they will become more violent. one of the things we know about climate change is a warmer atmosphere can hold more water. so that means when a hurricane hits, more rain can come out of it and cause a lot more flooding and that is one thing we definitely know. another thing is the warmer oceans feed the hurricanes, they are the energy source, so a warmer ocean will lead to stronger hurricanes. this comes as the people of texas are still recovering from hurricane harvey last month. there are plenty of quiet years, but this one is shaping up to be one of the most violent on record. this sequence shows how right behind irma there is another distinctive swirl of clouds — hurricanejose. the research patrols have been kept busier than ever before.
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david shukman, bbc news. the uk government has responded to criticism it has been so the lee mack to slow to help british 0verseas territories respond to irma. theresa may says the response has been swift. no one can fail to be affected by the absolute desperate plight of people in the caribbean who have been hit by hurricane irma, and my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, particularly the british nationals in our overseas territories in and real and the virgin islands. the most devastating storm to hit the atla ntic most devastating storm to hit the atlantic —— overseas territories in anguila. people have seen their livelihoods completely destroyed, and of course some people are missing and some will have lost loved ones. we have taken action. we moved swiftly. there are a few key
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people. we have people on the ground. £32 million has been released —— we are providing assistance from royal marines and army engineers and the military task group is on its way on hms 0cean with several hundred uk troops. 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 guestsjoining me tonight are asa bennett, brexit commissioning editor at the telegraph and the times columnist jenni russell. the headlines on bbc news: at least ten people are reported dead as hurricane irma continues to cause destruction across the caribbean. some islands are said to be completely destroyed. mps have started debating the landmark brexit bill, which transfers thousands of pieces of eu regulation into british law. and prince george starts his first day at school, with a little encouragement from his father. sport now, and for a full round up
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let's go to the bbc sport centre. good evening. we will start with the cricket. england bowled the west indies out for 123 thanks to ben stokes but then struggled in reply as 14 wickets fell on the first day of the deciding test at lord's. the tourists lost two wickets this morning to james anderson — he's nowjust one away from becoming the first englishman to take 500 wickets in test cricket. stokes then completely dominated the windies order after lunch, recording career best figures of six wickets for only 22 runs. however that good work was then undone as england's top order collapsed to 46 for 4 by the close of play. this morning, the ball was sweating like it was and we managed to bowl,
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but not so surprising when we saw what it was doing, —— the ball swinging like it was. 0vercast conditions. premier league clubs have voted in favour of changing the summer transfer window. from next summer premier league sides will only be able to buy players from june until 5pm on the thursday before the start of the season. they will however be able to sell players up until the standard deadline. not all clubs voted in favour of the change — both manchester clubs plus watford, swansea and crystal palace voted against while burnley abstained. we wa nt we want to get ourselves prepared, ready for the start of the season, all gears, all ready to go, match one, that's our squad. that's where people really came from, and they don't want the risk of players moving within the league, that actually was the biggest reason for doing it, as well as the risk that you might lose a player abroad, but they really don't want the 20 teams trading between each other after the season started. everton manager ronald koeman has been speaking for the first time about wayne rooney's drink—driving
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charge. rooney is currently out on bail ahead of a hearing on september 18th. koeman's also confirmed that rooney will play for everton against tottenham on saturday. i'm very disappointed at the situation regarding wayne rooney. we have spoken, and that was last tuesday, and the chairman bill kenwright spoke also to wayne about the situation. and in line with any disciplinary matter, this will be dealt with internally by the club. arsene wenger says alexis sanchez will soon be back to his best with arsenal. the chile international is now back in the fold after a proposed after a proposed deadline day move to manchester city broke down. but wenger believes his focus is now firmly on arsenal. britain's chris froome has bounced back from losing time yesterday to extend his overall lead at the vuelta a espana.
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the tour de france winner looked more like his normal self as he attacked inside the final mile of stage 18 to claw back 20 seconds on his nearest rival vincenzo nibali. he now leads the italian by more than a minute and a half. the belgian zander ar—may finished more than ten minutes ahead to claim the first stage win of his career. things aren't going so well on the tour of britain for team sky. geraint thomas could only finish eighth on the individual time trial in clacton. that leaves him the highest placed briton at ninth overall, 19 seconds behind lars boom. the dutchman won the stage to take the overall lead from sky's elia viviani. manu tuilagi will not play in england's autumn internationals after he suffered a knee injury in leicester's premiership opener against bath — he's playing his first competitive game since january after recovering from another knee problem. it's a real blow for tuilagi, who had already been told by coach eddiejones that he had just one more chance to prove he had the right attitude to be an england player. and birmingham has won the race to become the english candidate to host the 2022 commonwealth games. they were in competition with liverpool but the department
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for digital, culture, media and sport has backed the west midlands city. the government must now decide whether to put forward a formal bid for the games. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. see you then. thank you. today marks another milestone in britain's brexitjourney — mps have started debating a bill that will repeal the 1972 act of parliament that took britain into the european union. the bill will also convert all eu legislation into uk law. finally, and this is controversial, it includes new powers for ministers to alter laws without full parliamentary scrutiny. labour has already said it will not support the bill. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from westminster. from brussels to westminster, laws have landed here from the continent for 44 years. today's government bill will use 66 pages to try to transfer all of it. with 28 clauses, the withdrawal bill cuts and pastes the european rule book onto ours —
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but if the government riles just six rebels, they would face defeat. ministers say it is nothing to worry about, just a paper exercise. their opponents fear on these harmless looking pages there is a power grab on a huge scale. european union withdrawal bill, second reading. put simply, this bill is an essential step. whilst it does not take us out of the european union — that is for article 50 process — it does ensure that on the day we leave, businesses know where they stand, workers' rights are upheld and consumers remain protected. this bill is vital to ensure that as we leave, we do so in an orderly manner. but there is so much to sort out that affects all of our lives, the government says there is not time for mps to take over every detail so ministers will be able to make tweaks here and there.
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that gives them the same powers as medieval monarchs, says labour. the combined effect of the provisions of this bill would reduce mps to spectators as power poured into the hands of ministers and the executive. it is an unprecedented power grab, rule by decree is not a misdescription — it's an affront to parliament and accountability. there'll be arguments aplenty, in the commons and in the lords, and ministers privately concede they will have to give some ground but they also know that it is far from the only scrap they face either at home or abroad. if talks about the overall brexit deal are going well, the official negotiator in brussels did a good job of hiding it this morning. complaining about the british unwillingness to talk about the cash. translation: i have been very disappointed in the british position, there is a problem of confidence, accusing the uk of backtracking. —— accusing the uk of backtracking.
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closer to home, a letter doing the rounds among tory mps has been linked to the bbc. dozens of brexit supporters demanding the prime minister sticks to a crisp exit and not a longer, softer transition. warning ministers they must not allow the country to be kept in the eu by stealth. it was circulated, if not signed, by a junior member of the government. the letter states very explicitly that we are in favour of leaving the single market and the customs union. we want to take back control of our laws. we want a strictly time—limited transition period, we want to be able to strike free trade agreements with the rest of the world. all of that is consistent with government policy. remainer tory mps don't buy that, fearing conservative divisions could burst again. in the tory party, in parliament and in the power struggle with the eu... no brexit! not much chance of keeping the peace. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster.
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europe correspondent damian grammaticas explains the situation from brussels. in brussels they have been watching very closely the debates in the uk, because as they say here what the uk wants out of brexit is crucial to what they will negotiate here in terms of transition, a future trade deal, but before that on the current issues they are negotiating on, the chief negotiator michel barnier played out today very clearly that he has significant issues at the minute. 0n the question of the northern irish he said that he was very worried by what he had heard from the uk, the uk proposals he said were not good enough. they had to come back with better ideas for how to deal with the border. because he said the uk's decision to leave the eu, the single market and the customs union would
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create a lot of issues there. on the issue of financial settlement, he said on that the uk's approach to question the eu's financial settle m e nt question the eu's financial settlement paper, going through line by line each issue, questioning the legality, he said that was very negative because the eu's position was clear. every euro was demanding a legal basis for that. he asked the uk to go away and we consider that position as well and essentially what he said is unless progress can be made on these issues, he would not be recommending you move forward to discussing a future relationship with the uk. that was damian grammaticas in brussels. prince george had his first day at school today. the four—year—old is attending thomas's school in battersea, south london — where he'll be known to his classmates as george cambridge. picture has been released of prince william and prince george at kensington palace before he was dropped off to school. the duchess of cambridge missed the occasion as she's suffering from severe morning sickness due to her pregnancy. nicholas witchell reports. it is a daunting day
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for any four—year—old, no matter who you are, and george arrived looking, well, understandably a little nervous for his first day at the new school in south london his parents have chosen for him. dad was there to take his hand and carry his schoolbag, but not mum. she had to remain at kensington palace, suffering from acute pregnancy sickness. each day at thomas's school in battersea starts with a handshake with the teacher. george knew what was required, as did his father. and then it was time for those shiny new school shoes to head for the classroom, to find the peg for george cambridge and to meet the 20 other four—year—olds — boys and girls — who will be in the reception class with him. for william, it may have prompted memories of the day 30 years ago when he was taken by his mother for his first day at school. back then, it was all rather more formal. a boys—only school complete with a school cap. school caps and formality were much
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in evidence in 1957, when the queen took prince charles for his first day at his all boys prep school. charles was in fact the first heir to the throne to go to school rather than to be tutored privately. fast forward to 2017 and george's school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport and human values. it's a choice of school which represents a bit of a break with royal tradition. nothing too radical, of course — it's still private and fee—paying — but it is coeducational and the school has a strong emphasis on kindness. george will find that ‘be kind' is one of the guiding principles for pupils here, together with courtesy and humility. all useful qualities for a future king. nicholas witchell, bbc news, battersea. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather forecast now with nick. hello. after a cloudy
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rainy day for many of us the prospects are a bit brighter but keep those umbrellas handed because there still will be showers around. rain thinking certainly spreads across england and wales through the night and across england and wales through the nightand —— across england and wales through the night and —— rain thinking south eastwards a cross night and —— rain thinking south eastwards across england and wales. to the north—west we will still keep a few of showers and a brisk wind. temperatures holding up into double figures. just a few sports in north—east scotland. into tomorrow, sunshine and showers most frequent in the north—west, from drifting further east, but for southern england and into wales, the midlands and eventually parts of east anglia, some rain spreading east, and some heavy bursts. quite windy at times especially across southern england and temperatures in the mid—to high teens. nothing special. saturday sta rts teens. nothing special. saturday starts with some sunny spells, a few showers to get going but by no means everybody will catch one, but if you do it to be on the heavy side. —— it
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could be on the heavy side. ok you hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... at least ten people have been killed so far as hurricane irma continues to cause destruction across the caribbean. britain is sending a military taskforce to help with humanitarian relief. this is the moment irma struck the us virgin islands. communications have been cut in st martin and the small island of barbuda is said to be ‘barely habitable.‘ irma is one of the biggest hurricanes ever recorded in the atlantic, roughly the size of france. the turks and caicos islands are expected to be hit next. in other news, mps have started debating the landmark brexit bill —— which transfers thousands of pieces of eu legislation —— into british law. and prince george begins school accompanied by his father on his first day. let's return to our top story, the devastation caused
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by hurricane irma which is tearing through the caribbean. for the latest on the path of the hurricane and where it's likely to head by the weekend, here's nick millerfrom the bbc weather centre. we have seen —— we have seen the destruction on the ground, but some of the images taken from space as it went directly over barbuda, the eye of the storm. catastrophic winds followed by the calm of the eye and followed by catastrophic winds once again chief amazing images, but remember on the ground, people were living through this. these are amazing images. and just today, bearing down on the turks and caicos. as we take a look at what has been happening over the past few hours, as we move a bit further forward into the future, this is now passing between the dominican republic and the turks and caicos, and still close to the eye of the storm, winds of 175mph. but that's not everything.
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we are absolutely concerned about the storm surge. it is at a level which is higher than the normal tide level, if you like, and that could be up to 20ft across parts of the turks and caicos. and then after that we move north into cuba and targeting florida — exactly where in florida, we are not yet sure. three hurricanes. behind irma, it's jose. that is expected to become a major hurricane and it could be impacting antigua and barbuda already by this weekend. the uk government has increased the relief fund for british overseas territories devastated by hurricane irma to £32m, theresa may has said. it comes amid some criticism of an "inadequate" response by the uk government to the disaster. former un undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, baroness valerie amos told me that britain did not respond quickly enough. from my perspective, having dealt
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with many of these kinds of disasters around the world when i was at the united nations, it is a lwa ys was at the united nations, it is always the people on the ground who respond first and they are looking to their national governments but they are also looking outside for as much help to come as quickly as possible. certainly, we are now a couple of days in and i think people are feeling that britain did not respond quickly enough, given now we know that this is hurricane season, given that we know that sometimes, these hurricane ‘s can shift and head islands that were not expected to be in the way and of course there are concerns that there is another
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hurricane coming that could have even more devastating consequences. how clearly defined is the response that britain is supposed to make, in terms of the amount of money that it has to contribute and the help that it has to provide in practical terms? it must be finite? i don't think it is set out as clearly as that and of course there will be a major reconstruction effort after this. we have seen what happened in past years, in places like nader, jamaica, after they had major hurricane is —— hurricanes. if you look at barbuda, 90% of the homes we re look at barbuda, 90% of the homes were destroyed. if you look at anguilla, i have seen some terrible pictures of what happened to that island and to the people on that island. so it is both about the
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response now, there have been fatalities and of course my heart goes out to those families and communities affected, but we should also be thinking about the longer term as well. aid workers in bangladesh say the number of rohingya muslims escaping across the border from myanmar continues to rise. in the past two weeks, 164 thousand rohingyas — most of them women and children — have fled violence in myanmar‘s rakhine state. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn spoke to the bbc, calling on aung san suu kyi to demonstrate her commitment to human rights. more rohingya refugees have come into bangladesh today from myanmar. and you can just see how congested it has become. there is absolutely no space. they are all on the road. now, over here, they have brought in bamboo. this is to construct new tents for the fresh arrivals. the existing camp itself is in dreadful shape. extremely crowded, conditions unhygienic. now, aid agencies are very concerned. they say, apart from food, there is an urgent need for medical support.
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msf, the humanitarian agency, says many of the new refugees have gunshot wounds, injuries, and therefore, they need as much support as possible. they are all coming in from the armagh because they are fleeing violence, they say that the villagers have been attacked and set on fire, our colleague has managed to get into the state and he witnessed a muslim village being set on fire. the government does not usually allow foreigners inside here because it wants to challenge the narrative the rest of the word is hearing from the many refugees, who have been clean into bangladesh. they have been taking us to various sites, showing us various examples of destruction and all the people we have spoken to stick to the same story, which is, the muslim
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militants who have infiltrated rohingya communities, they do not use that word, it is pretty much bad, but it says that the muslim communities have been ill treated and it was the militants themselves who burned down these villages, which you can see here, is the remains of perhaps 45 houses, a p pa re ntly remains of perhaps 45 houses, apparently lived in by muslim inhabitants who are now being looked after next door in the buddhist temple behind me. it is very hard for us to challenge this narrative, eve ryo ne we for us to challenge this narrative, everyone we speak to, we are doing so while in the company of police and government officials. we have heard some dissenting views and we have been able to speak quietly to people but this is the message the government wants to get across, it is not theirfault, the government wants to get across, it is not their fault, the security forces have denied any abuses, all those allegations of rape and shooting, and they say that all of the burning, the hundreds of villages that have been burned,
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every pa rt villages that have been burned, every part of it is the responsibility of the militants themselves and nothing to do with themselves and nothing to do with the government. the bbc has launched this new tool online — it's called the crime calculator. you put in some details, about your gender, age, and where you live, and it'll show you how likely you are to be a victim of crime. it's been launched in conjunction with the office for national statistics, whose figures suggest that there is a gap between how we perceive the risk of crime, and the reality. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani reports. crime seems to be everywhere. we watch it on tv, it's in the papers, and we talk about it on social media. surveys show many of us fear that crime is growing nationwide. the bbc‘s crime calculator gives you a more accurate idea of your personal risk. so here in reading, were people's perceptions on target? friends 0mar and victor are soon off to university, and they have both been victims of crime. my friend here, victor, he had his bike stolen from this very spot, actually.
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but you personally, you never had anything specific like a bike stolen or a mobile phone stolen? i got my mobile nicked here as well, actually. so how does 0mar compare to the national average? a higher risk of being a victim of robbery, and a higher risk of theft. i didn't expect that, actually, for that to come out if i'm being perfectly honest. that was quite surprising. i did not expect that. victor gets a similar result. statistics show that young men are more at risk of crime. but as you get older, you actually become safer. you become safer? yeah. yeah, that is quite surprising, because you might expect older people to be more vulnerable to certain types of crime. the truth is, that as we get older, we live gentler and safer lives. we learn how to protect ourselves from crime. june, from the bowls club, has been a victim of online fraud. so how likely is she to be a victim of face—to—face crime? the calculator shows that people like her have a low risk. it's absolutely brilliant,
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i can rest in my bed without worrying any more! it's ingenious this, actually. most of us get on with our daily lives without being too concerned about crime in our neighbourhoods, but official figures show that there is a real perception gap between the sexes. men are the most likely victims, yet they worry the least. women worry more, even though they are often safer than they may think. 0fficial surveys show that our fear of crime is influenced by the media, and what we see in the wider world around us. we cannot know for sure whether it will happen to us because many victims and offences simply are not included in the figures. but most experts still say that we are safer than we used to be. dominic casciani, bbc news. the former ministry of defence and
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has more than 2000 different plots, buyers can build on properties to create a new village. some believe the project could provide a blueprint to meet their housing needs of the country. they along with four other friends on the street are relocating together. we wanted it, like like—for—like house, it was around £750,000. if we were going... over the next ten years, 1900 homes will be built here on this former mod site, in an attempt to reduce the price tags, they are selling off
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plots of various sizes and giving you the chance to build it yourself. while self build alone is not going to solve the housing problems, it is a cheaper way for people to own their own home. today the housing minister said it could be a blueprint for elsewhere. we already have 10,000 people in the country self building their homes may want it to double. we want to see this happening across the country and this will be an opportunity to showcase really what you can do. how does it work? to find out we went to a designated store where buyers can go to pick and design their home. we have got some products aimed at the boar affordable level, smaller plots for people starting out, they are very price competitive in terms of what you can have. all developments in this district must provide 30% of affordable units and that very often
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means that social houses to rent, but it can also mean, it shared ownership houses and that is another option that people need to think about quite seriously. the second round of plots go up for sale in november with the first residents expected to move in the spring. universities in england could face fines if they fail to justify paying their vice—chancellors more than the prime minister's salary of 150 thousand pounds. the universities ministerjo johnson says he wants to see greater transparency and accountability. one in five people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual have experienced a hate crime in the past year according to research by the charity stonewall. it found more than 80 percent of victims chose not to report the crime to the police. 0ur correspondent ena miller has more details. leon and steve want to be able to be themselves, but say they can't, because they're gay. three weeks ago i was in a nightclub and this guy must have heard my voice, heard that i'm camp
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and gay, so thought he would try to intimidate me. he turned around and started saying some quite homophobic slurs to me, at which point i brushed them off. i wasn't going to let him ruin my night at the time, which he definitely didn't like, because he then turned around and stamped on my hand. and from that stamp, i found out two days later, that my knuckle was broken. compared with how things were 20 years ago when i first came out, we're in a different place today. gay characters all around us, people growing up with that. the last thing i expected was for a young man to find it offensive and think it was ok to hit me. new research carried out by stonewall suggests that hate crime is on the rise. the number of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who experienced hate crime in the past year increased by 78% on four years ago. 41% of transgender people said they have suffered an incident in the last 12 months. 81% of people survey didn't report
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the offence to police. the charity is warning against complacency and has called on the public to work with the authorities to tackle the problem. it really needs police forces to step up. it needs the government to look at how they deal with hate crime. what we are asking people to do is to sign the pledge on our website that they will stand up for lgbt equality in their communities, because it'll take individuals in every part of britain to change this. the government has said it is already working with police and the justice system to ensure that victims have the confidence to report abuse. the headlines on bbc news: at less then people are reported to have died as hurricane armour continues to cause destruction in the caribbean. some islands are said to be completely destroyed. mps have started debating the brexit bill
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