to be perfectly honest with you. to me, in particular, i remember back in 2010 when i first started and wasn't any good. he was pretty happy to get stuck into me then. well, the fallout from the first test has only ramped up the tension between these teams, but australia know another win here and the ashes will be within touching distance. the cool weather here should help england's bowlers, but they know this is almost make or break. is this must—win for england? i think so. yes, i do. i think if you're two down here and going to perth where england haven't won for generations, i think that would probably make winning the ashes very difficult. and to add extra intrigue, in new zealand, ben stokes is making his comeback this weekend. could he yet play in the ashes? well, for now, england have more pressing concerns. a test with little room for error. andy swiss, bbc news, adelaide. back home now, let's catch up with the weather. we start with sunshine, yesterday we
had snow showers, this is from the south—west of england, cornwall. beautiful blue skies. we still have snow around, and here is one from scotland, very snowy scene here, but the snow will be melting over the next couple of days, because it will turn that little bit milder over the next 2a hours. let's look at the big picture. this is happening right now. the jet stream picture. this is happening right now. thejet stream coming picture. this is happening right now. the jet stream coming from the north, just about dragging in cold air. a big wedge of warmth across the north atlantic, and that will come oui’ the north atlantic, and that will come our way later today. the wind will shift vibration and things will turn milder, even through the course of this evening. let's look at the scene around 6pm tonight. the temperature in northern ireland getting up to six or seven. in the lowla nds getting up to six or seven. in the lowlands of scotland, three, and still quite cold across many parts of england and wales. it will take time for the mild air to move in. on the south coast in southampton,
still four. showers around, not a com pletely still four. showers around, not a completely dry evening, very few around and they are of rain. no snow in the forecast this evening. northerly wind into the night, starting to develop this west, north—westerly, that is the atlantic aircoming in. cloud north—westerly, that is the atlantic air coming in. cloud with it as well. temperatures, a touch of frost around where the sky clears, but for major towns and cities, above freezing. here is the picture for tomorrow, the saturday, this is the jet stream that i showed you first, the mild air pushing in across the uk. when i say mild, not desperately mild, but less cold than what we have been used to. saturday, cloud across northern and western areas, drips and drops of rain. sunshine most likely to the east of the pennines, maybe southern areas as well. temperatures creeping up. 6 degrees in leeds. saturday into sunday, it will be a slightly
brighter day. look at the temperatures, back up to double figures, in hole, ten, london getting to ii. slightly milder weather continuing into monday. the indication is that a bit later on internet which —— next week, it will turn colder. over the weekend, mild, cloudy, and a little bit of rain. back to you. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello there, i'm katherine downes. we're about an hour and a half away from the draw for next summer's world cup in russia. it takes place in the kremlin, where england and the other 31 qualifiers will find out who — and where — they'll be playing their group matches.
and our sports news correspondent richard conway will be watching. it is russia's moment in the spotlight, with final rehearsals for the world cup draw ensuring nothing is left to chance. some of the biggest names in the game are here to lend a hand too. amongst them, one of england's 1966 heroes who hope the current squad can make their mark next summer. if they can get this team together, playing with each other, for each other, then there's always a chance. england will base themselves in a village north of st petersburg, with the manager looking forward to what lies ahead. we don't have many players that have won major trophies. but the future is very exciting and there is a great challenge for this group to see how far they can go. star attractions both on and off
the pitch will draw thousands of fans here to russia next summer. organisers say everyone will be welcome for what they believe will be a festival of football. nevertheless the game here has had problems in the recent past, specifically with racism and violence, but campaigners are cautiously optimistic that things may be improving. we've moved from a position of denial to a state where the russians understand that they need to clean up the stadiums, deal with some of the fans who are the hard—core, otherwise people won't know when to come and it may well rebound back at them during the world cup. today, though the focus is on the big draw, with all the teams keen to discover their footballing fate. the draw is live on bbc two from three o'clock. sam burgess will captain england in tomorrow's rugby league world cup final. he replaces sean o'loughin, who has a thigh strain. england take on australia in brisbane for a title
they've never won. it's not ideal to lose him, he's been a huge part of our success in getting here. it's not all do to lose him, and it is a bittersweet moment to lose him. i am super proud to captain the team tomorrow, it is not something i take lightly, but if i'm honest not a lot will change tomorrow for me. we've got a group of great players, support staff, we've all got a role to play tomorrow, and my role will be the same as it's been all the way through the tournament. craig overton has been added to the england squad for the second ashes test, which starts tomorrow. he joins the 11 players that lost the opening match. moeen ali bowled in the nets today despite his injured finger — but even if he can't bowl in adelaide, he'll still play as a batsman. the decision was given an extra day of trying to see how it is and see
if there's any more damage to it, and then we will have to make a decision, we will have a clear decision. his batting has been part of our team for decision. his batting has been part of ourteam fora decision. his batting has been part of our team for a long time now, so i think he will still play as a batsman. britain's paralympic champion gordon reid has made a remarkable comeback at the wheelchair masters tennis at loughborough. he was 5—1 down in the deciding set against gustavo fernandez of argentina before going on to take it 7—5. that's two wins from three group matches for reid. birmingham has competition for —— from three other cities for the right to host the commonwealth games in 2022. the cut—off was extended when organisers said birmingham's bid was not fully compliant. they have now received updates from australia, canada and malaysia. that's all the sport for now.
you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport and i'll have more for you in the next hour. thanks very much, katherine downes. let's talk a little bit more about prince harry and meghan markle. they have been at an event at nottingham academy, where they are going to be meeting some of the students. a little bit earlier on, they were greeted by hundreds of well—wishers before a visit to a world aids day charity event. they announced their engagement on monday, and they are due to marry at windsor castle next may. with me is royal commentator and former buckingham palace spokesman dickie arbiter.
lovely to have some upbeat news, and they look fantastic, didn't they? the crowds were not massive, i know the bridge to the area... it is a narrow area. yes, and it was pretty full, given the amount of space, and also, it is a bit cold up there but meghan is used to toronto when it gets to minus 20. she wasn't wearing gloves, she wasn't feeling it. i think the timing of the engagement slipped, because they were going to give time to the people who had taken time to wait for them, in icy wind, and if they could wait, then they could give them their all. and let the time slip a bit. i think the side of the road that got harry a little bit disappointed —— were a
little bit disappointed —— were a little bit disappointed they didn't get meghan! the lovely thing is they are very tactile. i've had a few tweets and phone calls this morning, saying, though not any rules? there are no rules were harry is concerned. but 36 years ago when charles and diana were on the road for the first time, they were pretty tactile as well. giles used to put his on the smack her bottom in public. —— charles. —— charles used to put his hand on her bottom. when you see meghan chatting to members of the public, she is super relaxed, and that is just a reflection of the fact she has experienced things like this before, she is used to people saying, can i have a selfie, and autograph...?
she is used to people saying, can i have a selfie, and autograph. . . ? she has been an actor, a humanitarian, she has been out there in luanda, talking to people, mixing with people, —— luanda. what she hasn't done before is meet the great british public, and that massive —— must have been very exciting for her today. i wonder possibly though whether there might be a degree of nervousness because this is... it is still new for her, look at this, this is her first still new for her, look at this, this is herfirst official while engagement, a woman who grew up in california, she is now going to be a member of the british royalfamily. everyone's watching her, she is used to all eyes on her as an actress but this is still a bit different, isn't it? i don't think she will be nervous about the engagement with harry and meeting all the people, but she will be conscious of everybody watching her. you go to
switch on your television set, you watch her on stage, now there is an engagement, she is going to be a fully paid up member of the royal family albeit in may at a date yet to be announced, but she wants to make sure she doesn't do anything wrong. but what can go wrong? you say there are no rules in terms of being tactile and shaking hands... what will she have been told? she must have been given a couple of pointers, some areas of guidance, "look, this is yourfirst pointers, some areas of guidance, "look, this is your first engagement in an official capacity..." what would have been said? harry's her mental. it is not that somebody coming into the royalfamily is seated in a room and there are instructions with a blackboard, pointing out when you can do this and this and this, it is none of that. harry will have guided her,
she is pretty switched on, she knows what to do, when to do it and what not to do. it is not rocket science. harry would have given her a few pointers about how to do a walkabout. as a member of the royal family, or about to be won, it is very difficult —— different to being an actor, when you go along and sign bits of paper, signed plaster casts, whatever. this is slightly different, people want at least 20 seconds of your time, to shake hands, congratulate you, so harry will have given her a few pointers. this is the second engagement this lunchtime, they are at nottingham academy, focusing on helping young people. the previous visit, that was organised by the terrence higgins trust because today is world aids day. is this very much their choice
of events to go to? no, this is an engagement that was booked for harry quite some time ago. both of these? you cannot just shove quite some time ago. both of these? you cannotjust shove a member of the royal family in you cannotjust shove a member of the royalfamily in a certain area in 2a hours unless there is a death or something serious flooding or whatever, harry would have had this in his diary for quite some time. the fact he has got engaged, yes, meghan comes along with him. it seems that he knows —— she knows about things she will probably campaign on alongside harry. this school is about teaching youngsters not to get involved in crime, something very close to the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry, because it is being founded
by the royal foundation. that is something that will become very close to them. so yes, it is something that was planned, and she just happens to be, i am not going to say a passenger, she is a bit more of a passenger having being —— become engaged last month. she certainly is now! plenty more happy conversations to come like this in the next few months, i hope. thank you, dicky. the mayor of london sadiq khan is to take over control of the london stadium, the home of west ham united. it comes as an independent review is published into the stadium's conversion after the london 2012 olympics. the report says there was a catalogue of disasters which has cost the taxpayer millions of pounds. the london mayor said it "beggars belief" that the tax payer was contributing so much financially to the stadium. when i first discovered the full
scale of the costs of the stadium, i ordered a review, we got one of the country's leading accountancy firms to do it, and it beggars belief, it is staggering. the numbers of bundled decisions made by the previous mayor of london, their failure to properly understand the costs of trans —— transforming the stadium. their estimates were £190 million, it has cost us £323 million. for the retractable seats, they thought —— it has been more than £10 million. it has led to huge losses for the taxpayer, it simply beggars belief. are you saying the taxpayer shouldn't have had to pay as much for this. the account should have been able to be recouped. west ham united probably couldn't believe their luck, who could blame them for
biting the hand off of borisjohnson when offered the steel? i would have made sure we got proper estimates for the cost of transforming the stadium, making sure we tested those figures to make sure they were right, before deciding it was value for money. when it comes to reports in relation to retractable seats, check those reports make sense— nobody was saying that those figures we re nobody was saying that those figures were going to add up, they should have been tested, and entering into deals with west ham united, uk athletics, and others, that doesn't lead to the taxpayer subsidising these profitable football clubs, why should taxpayers in london or around the country be subsidising on an annual basis up to £20 million, for annual basis up to £20 million, for a multipurpose venue? i would have made sure we enter into commercial deals that lead to companies and businesses that make profits, paying theirfair businesses that make profits, paying their fair share. all this week, bbc breakfast has
been looking at a special education needs. harry has never been under the treatment of an nhs speech and language specialist. we have pushed and pushed and pushed, we have a multi—agency meeting every 12 weeks for harry, there is never a speech therapist, where's the speech therapist, could she attend the next one? this has gone on for over 18 months. rather than therapy for harry, the nhs has offered training, which they tell me can be very beneficial. his mother now pays
for private therapy. a lot of families cannot afford it. here at nelson mandela primary in birmingham, they feel badly let down. they are a bit more interested in our camera! most a re eventually able to follow the song and join in the actions, but some really struggle, notjust to speak, but to pay attention, to understand, to follow instructions, all part of a speech, language and communication need. it is frustrating for us because we get children who almost feel like they have been written off. sometimes parents have noticed that there is a problem, and they have tried to get help from their doctors and nothing has happened. this is why this school brought in diana, she was part of a speech and language team in the nhs before being laid off with a number of colleagues five years ago.
developing children's speech and language is not a target. like cancer, or heart disease or dear bt ‘s. —— diabetes. if you do not get it right, what else goes wrong? you do not learn to read or write. ten years ago, the government commissioned a report flagging up problems here, which led to promises to deliver better services for children like this. the department of health said there are around 160 more therapist today, and the government has invested an extra £2 million into therapy. but services are overstretched. and —— according to a a new survey today finds... data shows that over 60% at least have communication difficulties, but name any vulnerable group of children, children with mental health issues, children who are either excluded
or on the fringe of being excluded, in the youth justice system, the majority all have communication difficulties. communication underpins everything, from reading and writing to making friends and making a future. get it wrong, and many kids will flounder. in a moment a summary of the business news. the headlines on bbc news: first secretary of state damian green denies fresh claims that he looked at pornography at work. a former detective told bbc news he was "shocked" by the amount of pornography he claims was on a parliamentary computer seized from mr green's office. the royal bank of scotland says it is closing one in four high st branches because more people are doing banking on —— online. prince harry and meghan markle have begun their firstjoint official visit in nottingham,
arriving to cheering crowds and meeting members of the public. it job losses at royal bank of scotland. it's closing 259 rbs and natwest branches with the loss of 680 jobs. the bank said more people were choosing to bank via computers and mobile phones. in scotland, the rbs closures represent one in four of its branches. the uk landed record foreign investment in the year of the brexit vote boosted by major takeovers. that's according to figures released by the ons today. more on this in a moment. british factories enjoyed their best month in more than four years in november according to a closely watched survey. the ihs markit purchasing managers' index showed that activity rose to a four year high of 58.2 compared to 56.6 in october. some businesses "noted higher sales
to clients in europe, the americas, asia and the middle east". hello and welcome to the business news this afternoon. rbs has announced they are to close 259 branches, meaning 680 jobs will grow full —— will go. 259 branches, meaning 680 jobs will grow full -- will go. it follows 180 job losses announced in march. the bank says it wants to reduce costs and encourage customers to use online and mobile services. i think we all have to accept there has been a fundamental change in the way we work with organisations. at its most basic this is notjust about rbs, it is about the fact that we are all moving away from bricks and mortar to online. that is great for these organisations, but they all have to accept that within that process, there may be people within the customer group who are either unable to move online or for whom it
might not be appropriate. the responsibility is not just to might not be appropriate. the responsibility is notjust to make money for their investors. we have to accept that the leaders of these organisations need to recognise the social responsibility does my responsibility they have, particularly to communities where they have a critical part of the community structure. nissan is to seek arbitration against the indian authorities. the company believes it is entitled to $770 million. reports suggest that there are more than 20 similar cases pending, the indian government has not responded. the irish foreign minister has told the bbc the eu cannot be asked to take a leap into the dark when it comes to brexit negotiations. he said more progress is to be made on the solution
between how the border between northern ireland and the republic is to work. amazon has developed a version of its e smart speakers, for businesses to book conference rooms and organise meetings. that alexa, there are, in case you were wondering! let's look at the markets. news from thomas cook this morning, it said it is planning to close 50 of its 690 stores as part of a review of its uk retail network, the closures will take place by march next year, that is it from me, we
are back in an hour. thank you very much, more business news a little bit later. right now, the weather forecast. the weather is changing, we've got some slightly milder weather on the way, but today, crisp and sunny and quite cold across many parts of england and wales. nice picture here from cornwall, some fluffy cumulus clouds. this one's from moray in scotland. for the time being, right now, we still have the jet stream here, dragging in the colder air, but out here in the atlantic there is milderair but out here in the atlantic there is milder air ready to come in. i say slightly milder, it is not going to turn one, as temperatures tomorrow will only rise by a few degrees. through this evening and overnight, let's look at scotland
and northern ireland, the temperature's rising in northern ireland to around 7 degrees. at this stage it will still be quite cold along the lowlands of scotland and some parts of england and wales. when milder air moves of the atla ntic when milder air moves of the atlantic and moves overland, it ta kes atlantic and moves overland, it takes time to trickle down to the ground, so right at the surface, and city level, it is almost a bit like honey, so it will take a good couple of days for the milder air —— whether to push the cold air away. we will have that west— to— north—westerly, still tonight it is roundabout two or three degrees, and then the mild air eventually during then the mild air eventually during the course of saturday that milder air eventually arriving. you can see the colder air‘s been pushed out into the atlantic. let's have a look at saturday, then. in the morning, little bits and pieces of rain
across the west, but also some sunshine developing across some eastern and southern areas as well. top temperature still struggling a little bit on saturday, but in the western isles there, you can see already up to double figures. the temperature will keep on rising as we head on into sunday, double figures across many central parts, with a little bit of brightness developing as well. and the milder weather will continue into next week as well, you can see on monday still around double figures as well. the thinking is that by the time we get to the second half of next week, it looks like the cold weather may return. have a great afternoon. hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm ben brown.
today at 2pm. friends of the cabinet minister damien green rally round him after new claims he had pornography on his parliamentary computer — he's again denied it: i've maintained all along, i still maintain i didn't download or look at pornography on my computer — but obviously while the investigation is going on i can't say anymore. another huge cull of bank branches around the country — rbs is closing more than 250 branches. cheering prince harry and meghan markle in nottingham this afternoon for their first official visit since announcing their engagement. coming up on afternoon live all the sport. and it's the world cup draw in russia today —