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britain's employment rate hits a record high with new worries over stag na nt record high with new worries over stagnant wages. theresa may defends her record. people in work, people taking home a wage, a salary to support their families at record levels. the highest levels since records began. more people in work are in poverty than ever before. more are in insecure work. more relying on tax credits and housing benefit to make ends meet. we'll be asking if this increases the pressure to raise public sector wages. also tonight: the plight of the rohingya muslims from myanmar — the un secretary general says their situation is "catastrophic". the women duped into having unnecessary breast surgery — now there's a multi—million pound compensation fund. new claims about how the former england manager graham taylor ignored warnings about sexual abuse when he was at aston villa. music
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it's got all the right moves, but can a robot really replace a conductor. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news... liverpool play sevilla in the champions league tonight with wa ntaway frowa rd phillip coutinho named in the squad. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. new figures out today show that the number of people in work in britain hasjumped again to hit a new record. theresa may told mps it was the result of her government's "sound management of the economy". but the employment numbers coincide with the latest assessment of what's happening to wages —
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well, they remained below the rate of inflation which means our money doesn't go as far as it used to. labour's jeremy corbyn says that means that millions in work are struggling to pay their bills. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. do you want the good news all the bad news? there is both. in fact trees all around the country, more people are in work now than we have seenin people are in work now than we have seen in decades, a strong job market, according to latest figures. news made to measure for a government eager to talk about any sign of british success. there is plenty more austerity ahead and trouble coming on public sector pay, so trouble coming on public sector pay, so today theresa may took the job figures to westminster and got her retaliation in first. unemployment at lowest level since the mid—19
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70s. and employment, people in work, people taking home our work, a salary to support their families at record levels. the only problem is, more people in work are in poverty than ever before. more are in insecure work and more are relying oi'i insecure work and more are relying on tax credits and housing benefit to make ends meet. these figures show unemployment fell by 75,000 from may to july, show unemployment fell by 75,000 from may tojuly, that brings the rate down to 4.3%, the lowest since 1975. wages are up 2.1% on the previous year. but with inflation hitting 2.9%, in real terms, wages are still failing to keep up. at westminster, that only added to the pressure on the prime minister to handle public sector wages are 1% and above rise. theresa may had to
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guard every penny. we need to ensure we balance our jobs guard every penny. we need to ensure we balance ourjobs in the public sector, being fair to public sector workers and taxpayers depay for it, many of whom who are public sector workers. there is greater need for public sector certainty, we will be working on this in the lead up to the budget. a clear hit, public sector workers would get more, but not much and not nearly enough for labour's leader. does the prime minister understand inflation is 2.996. minister understand inflation is 2.9%. anything less means that dedicated public servants are worse off again and they are being made worse off every year for the past seven years. extra police and prison pay will have to come out of savings in police and prison spending. the news left few people happy and it
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could even cost jobs. this is not funded from the government. it has got to be found by existing resources and the only way we can do thatis resources and the only way we can do that is reducing the number of police officers we have. in our case, it will reduce the number by 60. pay deals are meant to attract vital recruits may please no one and leave people wondering who would wa nt leave people wondering who would want thejob leave people wondering who would want the job of prime ministerjust now? the government needs all the good economic news it can get and more. the worry is the squeeze on the value of pay could drive down consumer spending and hold back the economy. not a happy background with the struggle for a brexit that works britain still ahead and the bitter combat over public pay now looking close at hand. the secretary general of the united nations has described the humanitarian crisis facing rohingya muslims fleeing myanmar as catastrophic. nearly 400,000 have fled from rakhine state in myanmar to neighbouring bangladesh in the last three weeks after a military crackdown. many have sought shelter in cox's bazar, reeta chakrabati is outside a hospital there now.
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this hospital is one of many services under severe strain because of the huge numbers of refugees. they say they have been fleeing a crackdown, a story that has been denied by the authorities. i have been comparing the different versions. the end of a long journey. more wary muslim rohingya people arrive in bangladesh. fleeing persecution in buddhist dominated myanmar. this is godu thara in myanmar. the bbc filmed it in flames last week. the government said the fires were started by rohingya villagers. we found some of those villagers here in bangladesh.
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this couple watched the bbc‘s pictures of their village. they said the government's version of events is false and they blamed the police and local buddhists who they call the rakhine. translation: the rakhine were killing people. police were shooting. they set fire to our homes. they only killed muslims. they even killed people as they tried to escape. this is the rohingya district of mondor, a border town in myanmar. we found refugees from the air also. again, the government told the bbc that rohingyas had set fire to their own homes. again, we found people who said that wasn't true. translation: in our area in mondor, all the houses, including mine were set on fire by the military and the rakhine. i saw the fires with my own eyes. people continue to arrive
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by any means possible, making their way to safety. but the risks are great. nine bodies were recovered from the water today, theirfinal resting place here, under this tree on foreign soil. as you said, the un secretary—general has warned the situation for the rohingya is in his words, catastrophic. he said the displacement of a third of the rohingya population amounts to ethnic cleansing, as he called it. he called on the military to end the violence and look for peace. george. thank you very much. a £37 million fund has been established for victims of the breast surgeon ian paterson, who duped his patients into unnecessary operations, including mastectomies. he was convicted of 20 offences in april.
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the bulk of the fund will come from spire health care, which runs the private hospitals in which many of the operations took place. it's thought that more than 700 women might have a claim. sima kotecha has the story. breast surgeon ian patterson, jailed for 20 years after carrying out hundreds of unnecessary operations. here are the faces of some of his victims. now, more than 700 of them will get compensation from a pot amounting to £37 million. 0ne will get compensation from a pot amounting to £37 million. one of the country's leading surgeons was asked to review hundreds of his cases. patients were being misled about their radiology reports, about the pathology results and he must have thought that nobody would ever read his notes. i think he could very well be called a rogue or a medical
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conman. the compensation will go to those patients treated at two spire spire hospitals in the midlands, one in solihull and the other in sutton coldfield and be aware paterson carried out hundreds of botched and unnecessary operations on private patients. spire, who are providing most of the money have said... it is not about money, it is about being heard, being listened to and i think certainly, spire accepting their part in what happened with mr paterson. it is also about raising awareness that unless proper procedures are put in place, things like this can happen on this scale. the bbc has obtained copies of the
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cds paterson news to get surgical jobs. in one of them, there are only two references to breast surgery, raising questions on how he was able to get senior positions in the private sector. this man ruined lives and today some of those he operated on same money will never cancel out the damage he caused to their mind and body. scotland yard is to review security arrangements at the south london school attended by prince george. it follows the arrest of a ao—year—old woman yesterday on suspicion of attempted burglary. daniela relph is here with me, what more can you tell us? you would have thought security around the school would have been watertight? you would have done and there is no question this incident will cause a degree of alarm. prince george only started at the school a week ago. the ahead of him going, there will have been a full security review and that will have to be
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looked at again. police say they are working with the school to look at all of those security arrangements. this relates to an incident yesterday afternoon. the police say they have arrested a woman on suspicion of gaining access to the school at some point in the middle of yesterday afternoon. she is being questioned at a police station in south london. prince george is in one of the reception classes. it is our understanding he and his classmates were not at the school at the time. they are being eased into school life, so they generally go home at lunchtime at the moment. kensington palace said they are aware of the incident but will not comment on security matters. but they say prince george will be going to school as normal tomorrow. thank you. jean—claude juncker, the president of the european commission, has told meps in brussels that britain will soon regret its decision to leave the eu. he used his annual state of the european union speech to argue that the eu should now see britain's exit — which he also called sad and tragic —
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as an opportunity for the remaining countries to move towards a closer union. damian grammaticas reports. this was a striking shift from the eu. its leaders losing optimism, because they believe the worst crisis of recent years are behind them. your‘s economy is growing faster than america and the migrant surge is receding and brexit hasn't proved fatal to their union. translation: on the 29th of proved fatal to their union. translation: 0n the 29th of march 2019, the united kingdom will leave the european union. it will be a sad and tragic moment. we will always regret it and you will come to regret it and you will come to regret it and you will come to regret it soon. what is striking, listening to this speech, that is the only reference he has made to brexit in an hour of talking. the rest has all been about the eu without the uk, setting out his
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vision for the future. he wants far—reaching change, and eu that grows bigger and integrates even more in many ways. his plan includes an eu president to head all its institutions, and eu finance minister, overseeing an expanded eu with more member states starting with more member states starting with balkan nations, more countries in the borderless schengen area and in the borderless schengen area and in the single currency, the euro as well. plus, he wants to see all new trade deals with mexico, australia, new zealand and more so the eu's most ardent supporters feel emboldened. the only one for the moment who still doesn't get it is nigel farage. let's be on it, it is clear what our citizens once, they don't want to destroy europe, they wa nt to don't want to destroy europe, they want to reform you rip. to destroy it, no bloody way. alli want to reform you rip. to destroy it, no bloody way. m“ can want to reform you rip. to destroy it, no bloody way. all i can say is thank god we are leaving. if you
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have given david cameron concessions, the brexit vote would never have happened. yet, the lesson you take is you will centralise, you have got to move onto this new, i think very worrying, undemocratic union. and he predicted a new populist backlash, but not here. the european parliament welcomes jean—claude juncker‘s ideas, but european parliament welcomes jean—claudejuncker‘s ideas, but if they are to happen, he will have to convince the eu's 27 member states to back vision. our top story this evening. britain's employment rate hits a record high — but there are new worries over stagnant wages. and still to come... anything you can do... the robot that took the podium to conduct an italian orchestra. coming up in sportsday on bbc news... tottenham face borussia dortmund at wembley in what is a busy night of champions league action but do so without midfielder dele alli who is suspended. 0n the eve of the public inquiry
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into the grenfell tower fire, in which at least 80 people died, the bbc has uncovered worrying evidence about the lack of sprinkler systems in other council high rise buildings. an investigation looked at half of the uk's tower blocks and found thatjust two per cent have sprinklers. senior fire officers have called it "a shockingly low number" and say grenfell has to mark "a turning point". 0ur correspondent, graham satchell has the story. it's three months since the fire at grenfell tower. in the streets there are still memorials every where and the anger of survivors like miguel is just as strong. somebody has to pay for what they did to us. myself, i could be ashes inside the building. my hopes is there will be a change in the policies around the fire and also the safety of the people. the public inquiry
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which opens tomorrow will look at what needs to change in the safety and maintenance of council—owned blocks. in a freedom of information request we found that the majority, 68%, of council tower blocks have a single stair well. 30% have some form of cladding and just 2% have a full sprinkler system. we know they save lives, we know they can save properties and we know they make a real dirves. so 2% is a shockingly low number. can save properties and we know they make a real difference. so 2% is a shockingly low number. dany cotton led the fire service at grenfell tower. the recommendation should be that it is mandatory to fit sprinklers in all new builds, especially in places like high rises and schools. and what about retro—fitting? i support retro—fitting. for me, where you can save one life, then it's both doing, this can't be optional, it can't be nice to have, it is something that must happen and it is something that must be in place for the future to protect people.
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recommendations to fit sprinklers have been made at inquests and inquiries before. the government says it has encouraged local authorities to fit them, but as our figures show, those recommendations have largely been ignored. all the more surprising perhaps because independent tests show sprinklers are effective at controlings or extinguishes fires 99% of cases. the main reason they haven't been fitted is cost. in croyden, the local authority plans to retro—fit 25 blocks with sprinklers. it will cost £10 million. who pays? letters have gone backward and forwards between the local authority and central government. we have asked the government to step in and fund the installation of sprinklers in our highest blocks. if they refuse to do it, we will do it with or without, but does mean the long—term maintenance of our properties will suffer? the government says what happened at grenfell tower can never happen again and that it will consider the findings of the public inquiry.
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every fire expert we have spoken to says grenfell tower has to be a turning point and the recommendations this time must be acted on. the prime minister has announced an extra 25 million pounds of aid for british caribbean territories which have been devastated by hurricane irma. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, is now in the caribbean and has just arrived in the british virgin islands. there has been criticism that the uk's response to the disaster was too slow, but, mrjohnson says the government is doing a lot. we're putting another £25 million into the immediate effort. of course it needs it, massively, you cannot help but be affected by the scale of the devastation that the people of anguilla have endured. just going around this hospital, 60% of it is damaged. but the royal marines, our troops have been here since friday. i think you were here just now when we have seen another contingent of royal engineers arriving with their tools, with their spades and axes, getting on with rebuilding the roof—tops and all the other structures.
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well laura bicker is on the island of tortola for us now.... a metropolitan police officer is being infected —— a metropolitan police officer is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of rashan charles in london, the police watchdog has said. mr charles was apprehended by police officers in east london injuly. he died after becoming ill trying to swallow an object. a package containing paracetamol and caffeine was found in his throat. footage of the incident on putney bridge shows him jog past a man before knocking into the 33—year—old woman who tumbled headfirst into the road. the bus driver managed to swerve out of the way. two men arrested last month have been released without charge. the funeral of cardinal cormac murphy 0'connor has been held at westminster cathedral. it was attended by more
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than 1000 people including the archbishop of canterbury justin welby and the former irish president mary mcaleese. mourners were told he was a gifted man who would have made a su ccess was a gifted man who would have made a success of it ever career he chose. he will be buried in a bold in the cathedral. the football association's inquiry into historic abuse in football has been told that the former england manager, graham taylor was warned about the sexual abuse of young players when he managed aston villa in the 1980s. 0ne victim told the bbc‘s victoria derbyshire programme that graham taylor advised him to "sweep it under the carpet" rather than go to the police. jim reed reports. in the 1980s, tony brien was a bright young defender who played for a number of professional clubs. as a boy, he says he was abused by this man, ted langford, who died in 2012. langford was a scout for both leicester city and aston villa. i tried to do something about it. i tried to report it, 30 odd years ago, and i wasn't listened to. it happened to another two children. tony brien said he spoke to senior
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figures at aston villa about the abuse when he was 18 or 19 and claims he had conversations with these two men, assistant manager dave richardson and then manager graham taylor. last month he told the fa's independent enquiry into abuse, he felt taylor discouraged him from taking the matter further. hejust said to me, look, you're a young lad starting out in the game, i know you have just made your debut, could you really did with all the obscenities from the terraces? so he just suggested sweeping it under the carpet. it was a long time ago, are you sure that he said those words to you? i am exactly sure, yes. how did you react? i went into the kitchen where my mum was still doing the washing up and she said, well? and ijust told her. he told me to sweep it underneath the carpet and i broke down in tears. former england manager graham taylor died of a heart attack in january. dave richardson said, afterfinding out about the abuse from other boys, he spoke to taylor and then chairman, doug ellis and sacked
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the scout responsible. he strongly denies that he or the club would have put off anyone from coming forward. earlier this year he said... now new documents uncovered by the bbc appear to show that ted langford was working at aston villa at least one year after tony brien said he first raised concerns. a lawyer representing a second anonymous victim claims that his client also tried to warn graham taylor and the club but felt ignored. he felt they could have acted quicker, they could have listened to these concerns, to enable them to stop him from abusing other children. mr richardson said he did not think it was appropriate to comment on the latest information while the fa enquiry is ongoing. aston villa says it takes welfare seriously and has policies in place to deal with any complaints. in 2007, ted langford was finally jailed for sexually abusing four young players
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in the 1970s and 1980s. the final number of victims is likely to be higher. jim reid, bbc news. you can watch the full interview with tony bryan on the victoria derbyshire programme tomorrow morning at nine o'clock on bbc two. for the very first time — a robot has conducted a performance of verdi in the italian city of pisa. yumi led the lucca philarmonic, accompanied by the italian tenor, andrea bocelli, through three pieces last night. the orchestra's usual —— human —— conductor, andrea colombini, taught yumi by holding its arms during rehearsals so it could memorise the gestures. james reynolds reports from pisa. this conductor never drops its baton, nor does it ever get angry with its orchestra. yumi the robot has been preloaded with a series of moves made by this old—fashioned human conductor, an exhausting process. long time.
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good learner, after a while, but at the very beginning, it was taught seven or eight times and every time, it would stop and it took 20 to 30 minutes to reset it and the eighth time it happened, i was not pleased! pisa itself is built on a tradition of doing things a little differently. this city has an unofficial rule. if it works, even if it looks a little strange, then go with it. in this spirit, pisa now hands over a concert to a robot. without nerves, the robot conducts the tenor, andrea bocelli, a good audition, but the singer will stick with human beings. for now, and possibly also in the future, i will opt for the human, because the robot does not have the will and is not artistic, of course. the audience is intrigued by its guest conductor.
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i think it was missing a head. it was very funny to just see the arms moving, but no head there, even just a blank face, i think it would help. if it gets any better, it may bring in a strange future, robots conducting fellow robot musicians, perhaps. what, if anything would be left for the rest of us? james reynolds, bbc news, pisa. we have got a proper human to do the weather now. here's alina jenkins. this time last year, it was the heart of september day in one century. that was at gravesend in kent. by contrast, many places today have struggled to get about 16 or 17 degrees. when a shower went through kew gardens earlier, temperatures
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drop down to a0 degrees and there will be more showers through this evening. 0ver will be more showers through this evening. over the last few hours, the colours indicate some sharp downpours and they will keep going through this evening but what we will find overnight is that the showers will become confined to south west england, wales, northern ireland and the north west of scotla nd ireland and the north west of scotland but this feature here will bring more persistent rain across the north and east of thing went overnight, but there will be drier and clearer scots and perhaps in the countryside, values could get down to four or countryside, values could get down to fouror5 countryside, values could get down to four or 5 degrees. first thing tomorrow, some persistent rain in the east of england that will ease away and broadly, a day of sunshine and showers, the showers pushing across on that brisk north—westerly wind, more rain arriving to north—west scotland later in the day, but it is quite a cool feeling day, but it is quite a cool feeling day, particularly where we get the showers. a similar day on friday, the main focus of the showers will be across wales and england and some heavy ones. we have the showers, it
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will have a big impact on the temperatures and these values indicate you might get some sunshine and in places, some might struggle to get much above 131a degrees. as we head to the weekend, this area of high pressure is tantalisingly close, possibly not close enough to get rid of the showers entirely, because there will still be some around but the high pressure will start to ease, cool, especially when we get the showers, but in the sunshine, a little bit of warmth returning. a reminder of our main story. the employment rate hits a record high but there are new worries over stagnant wages. that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news, the top stories at 6:30pm. the prime minister says there will be greater flexibility on public sector pay, following yesterday's above 1% rise for police and prison staff. labour says all public workers should be guaranteed a pay rise in line with inflation. hundreds of private patients of the breast surgeon ian paterson,
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who were subjected to unnecessary operations, will share £37 million in compensation. paterson is serving 20 years injail. security arrangements at the school attended by prince george are under review, after a a0—year—old woman was arrested, on suspicion of attempted burglary. 0n the eve of the start of the grenfell tower inquiry, a bbc survey of half the uk's tower blocks, has found virtually none
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