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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at two o'clock. a man has appeared at york magistrates court, charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at an aldi supermarket in skipton. and aardvark has been killed and four meerkats are missing after a large fire broke out at london's this morning. staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock. an aardvark was killed and four meerkats are missing. we are all really really upset by this incident, because this is one of our most loved animals in the zoo, misha — and the meerkats are also, great affection for all of us who work here. a devastating tropical storm has torn through the southern philippines, triggering flash floods and landslides. more than 130 people are known to have died. california's deadly wildfire has now become the largest in the state's recorded history, scorching an area greater than new york city, brussels and paris combined. forgetting to put the oven on for the christmas turkey could be
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an early indication of dementia — an nhs warning to pay attention to the mental health of relatives over the festive period. and in half an hour i will be looking back over a landmark year in the world of business. markets obsess over brexit, trump's first yearin obsess over brexit, trump's first year in office also big developments in some of the world's most influential companies. that's review 2017, a year in business. good afternoon. welcome to bbc news. a man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman working at an aldi supermarket in north yorkshire. neville hord, who's 44, was remanded in custody by magistrates in york.
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jodie willsher was stabbed to death in skipton on thursday. 0ur correspondent sarah walton sent this report. arriving at york magistrates‘ court, 44—year—old neville hord appeared in the dock charged with murder. he's accused of attacking 30—year—old jodie willsher at the aldi store in skipton where she was working on thursday afternoon. she suffered serious injuries and died in the store. there were no relatives in court for the hearing this morning and mr hord, dressed in a blue t—shirt and grey shorts, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. he didn't enter a plea and was remanded in custody. at the store where mrs willsher worked, colleagues have described her as much—loved and popular. and in a statement her husband malcolm said she was a doting mother and loving wife. mr hord will next appear at leeds crown court on 28th december. sarah walton, bbc news, york.
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an aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing after a fire broke at london zoo early this morning. a number of staff were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock as it was brought under control by 70 firefighters. the zoo, which will be closed until further notice, is one of london's busiest attractions and was expecting tens of thousands of visitors over the christmas holiday. jane—frances kelly reports. flames could be seen from surrounding areas shortly before dawn. a fire had broken out in the animal adventure cafe before spreading to a shop. it also affected an animal petting section. zookeepers who lived on site led animals to safety, some suffering smoke inhalation and shock. ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 6am. it took over three hours to contain
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the flames. a man walking his dog on primrose hill said he alerted staff when he saw the flames. i went over to the security and basically had a word with them and told them there is, well, there is flames, there is smoke coming from inside, do you know anything about it? the zoo had to be closed today, disappointing hundreds of visitors. we have travelled down from nottingham today. that must be disappointing? yeah, it is a bit, but as long as the animals are ok. brazil has said that misha feet aardvark has died in the fire and four meerkats are missing. we are absolutely devastated that misha the aardvark has been killed and we are still trying to find out what has happened to the meerkats. but at the moment the site with this fire took place is closed down. london zoo thanked the foirn for reacting so quickly, preventing the fire spreading and endangering its staff
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and many animals. jane—frances kelly, bbc news. david george is a station manager at london fire brigade. he explained what happened this morning. london fire brigade took the first call at eight minutes past six this morning. we immediately dispatched ci’ews morning. we immediately dispatched crews from local stations. it is a landmark establishment and crews arrived on the scene very quickly. they were faced with quite a well—developed fire and quickly assessed the situation and called for additional resources to not only deal with the fire but to stop it from spreading to any of the main enclosures and buildings. so we have had approximately 75 firefighters, that equates to around ten fire engines on scene for most of the morning. crews were working with breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras as well as hoses to
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bring the fire under control. it was done very quickly. and we have understood that, as dominic has explained, that some of the animals are still unaccounted for. we are 110w are still unaccounted for. we are now looking forward, looking at fore nsically now looking forward, looking at forensically examining the scene, but our specialist fire investigation teams who will work with staff and hopefully be able to hand the site back at some point in the near future. that was david george of london fire brigade. in the philippines, it's now being reported that at least 100 people have been killed by tropical storm tembin. two days of heavy rain have led to flash flooding and mudslides. the rescue effort is being hampered by roads which are blocked or have simply been washed away. a state of emergency has been declared in several areas on the worst—hit island of mindanao.
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howard johnson reports from the philippines capital, manila. high winds and heavy rain have been battering mindinao as the tropical storm makes its way across the country. local reports say a farming village on the north of the island has been entirely buried by a mudslide. flood waters also hit the war—torn city still recovering after five months of fighting between the islamic state inspired group and forces. officials say evacuees had been moved to covered sports centres. the philippine national disaster council had worked pre—emptively to move residents to shelter. the priority is to try to rescue people and take
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care of the evacuation. we have provided water and hot food and we will be distributing non—food items like blankets and hygiene kits for those who are in centres, to alleviate the suffering of many of the people there. the philippines is hit by around 20 typhoons every year, bringing death and destruction to some of the poorest communities in the country. the tropical storm is now headed towards the popular tourist island when it is expected to intensify with winds up to 120 km/h. howard johnson, bbc news, manila in the philippines. earlier i spoke to andrew morris who is the head of unicef‘s mindanao field office. he explained more about what is happening on the ground. the typhoon reached the east coast of the island and in the last days
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traversed to the west. gusts of wind is more than 100 miles an hour, flash floods and landslides, and while the population in the east of the island seems to have been a bit better prepared, some moving into evacuation centres, the provinces in the north of mindanao have been particularly affected. yesterday, winds of 70—80 miles an hour and one province here is the poorest in the philippines. and then the past seven months thousands of people have been displaced in that province because of conflict and some 20,000 of them have been living in tents for the past seven months. so the priority yesterday and this morning has been to check their situation and tha nkfully less tha n to check their situation and thankfully less than 100 people have had to move from their tents towards
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accommodation. there has been interruption of electricity supplies, waterfor interruption of electricity supplies, water for those displaced families is often from pumped water and the electricity stops pumps from working so our partners on the ground but trying to ridley, with the local authorities, but that right. but outside the evacuation centres the situation seems to be much worse. the return municipalities very badly affected. 0ver over the next two days, our staff and partners will be in those areas, looking to see with the immediate needs are but of course in this situation there are big risks for
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poor children. risks of outbreaks of diarrhoea, waterborne diseases, the sanitation situation in those affected areas in north mindanao have been particularly bad and this has brought added risks. so we think water and sanitation needs will be a particular priority. the us president, donald trump, has praised the un security council for imposing tough new sanctions against north korea in response to its recent missile tests. the security council voted unanimously to limit north korea's imports of petrol and oil by as much as 90%. mr trump said the vote proved the world "wants peace, not death". a former us marine has been charged with planning to carry out in san francisco over christmas. everittjameson revealed his plans to an undercover agent, thinking he was a leading member of the islamic state group. he denies the allegations.
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staying in america. california's deadly wildfire has now become the largest in the state's recorded history. the blaze, which has been burning for more than two weeks, has scorched an area greater than new york city, brussels and paris combined. more than 8,000 firefighters have been tackling the flames — among them thousands of prisoners, as our correspondent james cook explains. it's pretty challenging. sometimes we're right there, right next to the fire. compared to being in prison and being here, it's completely different. here you feel free. you're out in the world. the biggest change for me is mental, because i've never pushed myself as hard, ever in life. california has 4,000 inmate firefighters, men and women. cutting firebreaks is risky work, two have died this year.
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but there are rewards too in reduced sentences and a sense of purpose. after being in this programme, ifeel like i've been rehabilitated and ifeel like i can go out there and achieve anything i want to because i've done this. this is so hard. we were allowed inside this prison camp in malibu. there are no walls or fences here. violent or volatile prisoners are not allowed to join the programme. with a job like this, there is only time to think about the work. latoya najar is serving four years for causing the death of her seven—year—old son in a drunken car crash. the attraction for me was because of my crime, i could come out here and do something positive. it's challenging mentally to get over something. i'm never going to get over it, but to try to ease my mind and this has helped. with california facing more frequent
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and more destructive fires, some critics call this slave labour. but the project is voluntary, it may reduce re—offending and it provides some measure of redemption. everyone is like, "we love you firefighters." we all wave back and we wave to the kids. it's amazing, yes. the work may be exhausting, it may be dangerous, but in the words of one prisoner, "it's better than twiddling yourthumbs injail." james cook, bbc news, in southern california. the headlines on bbc news: a man has appeared at york magistrates court charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at an aldi supermarket in skipton. the london fire brigade says a blaze at london zoo which broke out early this morning has been brought under control. a number of zoo staff have been treated for smoke inhalation and shock. a devastating tropical storm has
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torn through the southern philippines, triggering flash floods and landslides. more than 130 people are known to have died. more now on the fire that broke out at london zoo this morning. the zoo has confirmed that one aardvark has died and four meerkats are still missing. dominic germey is the director general of the zoo and spoke about the incident. 0r orjust after six or just after six o'clock this morning, the fire brigade was notified of a fire at london zoo. 0ur keepers, we have keepers who live on site, they went to the incident really quickly, as did our security. the fire brigade was there within a matter of minutes. this was a fire that had broken out within the animal enclosures, the animal
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adventures which includes where our aardvark misha lives and our meerkats. we are absolutely devastated that misha the aardvark has been killed and we are still trying to find out what has happened to the meerkats but at the moment, the site where the fire took place is closed down. we did a very rapid assessment of the impact on other animals, to ensure that their welfare was not compromised in any way, focusing on their safety and security, and i am pleased that no other animals have been affected. we had an on—site assessment immediately and the keepers, the first responders, clearly they are very, very upset and they are being treated for both shock and smoke inhalation, and they are doing as well as we can help in the circumstances. you said one aardvark
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died and the meerkats, we don't know about at the moment. at the moment we are not certain what has happened to the four meerkats. i am not optimistic at this stage, sadly, and when we have access to the site will be able to confirm exactly what has happened. he said some of the staff had suffered from smoke inhalation, the hospital? none of the staff were taken to hospital, i'm delighted to say. i'm pleased that the london fire brigade staff are also in reasonably good shape, i understand. so it is fair to say that none of you were seriously hurt. that's correct, none of our stuff seriously hurt but we are all really, really upset by this incident, because this is one of our most loved animals in the zoo, misha. and the meerkats also... great affection for all of us also... great affection for all of us who work here. all of us will of
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london zoo. this is a really devastating incident. the transport secretary, chris grayling, says the government is consulting on a new system of road charging for heavy goods lorries. speaking on radio 4's today programme, he said it was about creating a "level playing field" so that both british and international hauliers will pay towards the upkeep of the road network. it's about a critical level playing field for lorries, our hauliers will complain that continental traffic comes in with a tank full of lower duty diesel, spent several days working in the country, goes away and pays nothing towards the use of the roads. we already have a system in place that provides limited contributions, we are now consulting the industries. if we were to move away from different types of tax on hauliers and move to pay to use so that everybody, british, international, contributes to roads, do you think that is a good idea. the government is also starting
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a 12—week consultation on which key a—roads in england will benefit from new funding. the roads will be eligible for money under the new roads fund, as our business correspondent jonty bloom reports. many a—roads around the country are run and maintained by local councils, even when they're important parts of the nation's infrastructure. but the government is aiming to change that by providing money for improvements from a new central fund. that will be paid for with money raised from vehicle excise duty, improve thousands of miles of a—roads, and provide up to £100 million for each major new scheme such as road junctions, more dual carriageways and improved safety. this is typically all about bypasses for small towns where they have got an a—road going through the middle, lots of heavy lorries and it gets congested, lots of pollution, everyone says there needs to be a bypass — this is about making sure those bypasses can be delivered. it is important for regional connections, it's important for new housing but it's also important to make life better for the people who live on those roads.
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the plan is that by providing central government money, regions of england will be able to cut congestion, remove bottlenecks and boost economic growth. but critics say that the money would be better spent maintaining the current road network and improving public transport. princess michael of kent has apologised after wearing a brooch which has been deemed racist. the queen's first cousin was photographed arriving for a christmas banquet at buckingham palace, with a piece ofjewellery depicting a figure with dark skin — reportedly a blackamoor brooch. prince harry's fiancee, meghan markle, who is of mixed race, was also attending the lunch. a spokesman said the princess was very sorry and distressed that it had caused offence. forgetting to turn on the oven to cook the christmas turkey could be a sign of early dementia in a loved one. it's one of several pointers
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outlined by nhs england's top expert in dementia, who's calling on families to look for signs of the condition in relatives as we all come together at christmas. professor alistair burns has listed a number of indicators that relatives can look out for. he says christmas is a good time to spot any changes in a loved one. christmas is a good time because we know many of the symptoms of dementia are gradual and if you're living with someone every day, you might not notice the small changes, but if you haven't seen someone for several months, the change can be apparent. christmas is a time that we talk and see family so it is a good chance to talk about concerns and worries and i guess the other thing is that we tend to do the same things at christmas — getting presents, making dinner, watching the queen's speech — so to compare what things were like a year or two years ago can bring things to the forefront. i'm joined now via webcam by kathyrn smith, director of operations at the alzheimer's
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society. thank you forjoining us.. talk to us thank you forjoining us.. talk to us about these signs. it's important to remember that when you haven't seen to remember that when you haven't seen a to remember that when you haven't seen a loved one for a while and then you can notice things more often. it's quite common, many of us might walk into walk into a room or forget why we have gone there or where our keys and that is vividly natural. but when you see that someone natural. but when you see that someone is getting a lot of things, when they walk into a room and don't recognise the room, or repeat themselves because they have forgotten what they'd just said, an example is, when you have forgotten to switch on the turkey, that can happen to the best of us but when it happens to somebody usually well organised, there are other signs to look out for, and all those things put together can give cause for concern. how do you distinguish
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between a form of dementia that's developing and, say, ageing. between a form of dementia that's developing and, say, ageinglj between a form of dementia that's developing and, say, ageing. ithink eve ryo ne developing and, say, ageing. ithink everyone has moments where they might forget things, and people do tend to forget things a little more as they get older but dementia affects memory, emotions and behaviour, and, more than a moment of forgetfulness. so if someone seems more anxious and concerned by the usual routine, if somebody is not necessarily recognising a room, never mind wondering why they went in there, if they are not recognising members of the family especially thank the members because the memory can go first in dementia, they might normally be the worlds best cook and forgot to put on the turkey, that might be of concern. if they don't usually cook i wouldn't worry about that. you are looking for things that are very different about that person, more consistent and more often, so if there is a lot of forgetfulness, it's not about the
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tip of the tank moment, it's not about, i know your name, but it won't come to me, it is about drawing a blank on who that person is. it can be frightening, not only for members of the family witnessing this but for the person with these symptoms. how would you start that conversation with them because it is a frightening subject to broach. conversation with them because it is a frightening subject to broachm is very difficult and it's frightening also the people around them. more often than not, the person themselves will know that something isn't right. they might not know why but they will realise that things were different. i would not advise that people stopped to broach this subject on a busy christmas day when everyone is around. that might be difficult. i would suggest instead that you wait for a quieter moment and it depends on your relationship with that person, i am saying, have you noticed any problems with your memory lately all, you seem a bit different, have you had any concerns, is it worth us going to
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the doctors together or perhaps ringing the alzheimer society. i really wouldn't choose a busy or stressful time because you wouldn't get the response you need. and we do get the response you need. and we do get a lot more calls to our helpline at the alzheimer's society in january when people have been to the festive season and noticed these symptoms in relative and then there might call us for help injanuary. and that's fine. leave it and give us and that's fine. leave it and give usa and that's fine. leave it and give us a call first. kathryn would like to know your thoughts on caring for people with dementia because with the caring comes the cost and the qualifications. what sort of support, are you happy with the support, are you happy with the support out there for carers and also the support as well that people would be receiving both in hospital from their gps and at home? u nfortu nately we a re from their gps and at home? unfortunately we are not, really. without dementia costs the uk economy £23 billion a year and a
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vast proportion of that is provided by underpaid family carers. as the health and social care budgets are under pressure there has been a more significant impact on people affected by dementia and in their own hands. we know that people with dementia are getting stuck in hospital because there isn't the appropriate help in the community. that is something we want to influence, getting the right kind of support to people and we're working with the government and other commissioners to improve that but sadly for some people that isn't the support out there our helpline can provide direction of the support thatis provide direction of the support that is needed. 0k. kathryn smith, of the alzheimer's society, thank you. the first ever wild footage of the javan warty pig has been captured by british scientists from chester zoo. the species is under such threat from hunting and habitat loss that conservationists thought it might have already been driven to extinction. victoria gill reports. the javan warty pig,
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described by some as one of the world's ugliest pigs. the last surveys of the remaining catches of their habitat showed such dramatic declines in these animals the researchers thought the species might now be extinct. this is a really good place, ithink. but when this team from chester zoo hid motion—activated cameras in the forest here, they were in for a pleasant surprise. we had no idea if they are still there and how many are left. we were looking through the video, we saw some monkeys, some forest, something, and then we had the warty pigs and it was like, yeah! this is the first footage ever captured of javan warty pigs in the wild. it was really fantastic and really good footage — like, the photos showed the big warts, so it was really good. this small wildlife centre in west java has just a few of the animals in a captive breeding program. these animals are incredibly shy, which is why they were
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so hard to find. but this captive population that have bred here at cikananga is an emergency population that could be used to repopulate the wild if something does go wrong. at this point, we are really happy that they are still there so there is still hope and if we can design some effective conservation projects, then maybe we can keep them. for much of the forest wildlife here, habitat is disappearing rapidly. so while these particular creatures might not be java's most photogenic residents, scientists hope that rediscovering them might help in the fight to protect their home. victoria gill, bbc news, indonesia. nick has the weather. a mild christmas doesn't sound right! that's what we've got. it's typical, you think, ijust wanted to turn colderfor you think, ijust wanted to turn colder for christmas with a bit of
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snow and it's actually on boxing day that the cold will arrive. just off one day. until then it is looking mild. we've seen 1a celsius at the moment in north—east scotland. we had 15 in the far north—west of scotland. misty and murky fulsome of us scotland. misty and murky fulsome of us at the moment, only a few have sometime this afternoon, we've had sometime this afternoon, we've had some clear spells and seen some sunshine over the past few hours, maybe east of wales, the west of north midlands, lincolnshire, you can see a few fog patches in the picture, we'll have the cloud towards western areas, some hill fog as well. some misty, murky weather continuing, some outbreaks of rain pushing into parts of northern ireland, reaching into the central belt, north east scotland is wet and windy, the rain will be moving further south over scotland in the next fisher hours, the central belt seeing more rain this evening, then northern ireland, parts of central england seeing rain, the rain is
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going back northwards over parts of scotla nd going back northwards over parts of scotland at the moment. at the moment it is wavering, bad weather front. to the south of that, most of england will stay dry, a chance of drizzle, some spots into single figures although another frost free night. christmas eve, still have the weather front close by in the of england and it's on its way south on christmas eve. several hours of heavy rain in western scotland, quite windy as well, more of northern ireland in the rain again dealing christmas eve and then notice how it turns wetter in cumbria, going to the afternoon. south of that, if got the cloud, misty and murky on hills, brighter spots developing in northern scotland, turning dry into the afternoon. busby go through christmas eve evening, if you are going out, still these outbreaks of rain, feeding


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