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pretty terrible weather in south korea, what about here? we are going to have some pretty strong winds over the next 2a hours. over the weekend we've had a number of snow showers which has left a covering of snow in places. in staffordshire we've got some snow on the ground at the moment. although today's weather is quite quiet, it's going to cause some problems notjust in terms of wind overnight. some of us will also see a spell of heavy snow. most areas having dry weather with sunshine. there are wintry showers across the north—west. here the showers will be heavy and showery with hail and blunder mixed in. it feels quite cold if you're out and about. overnight tonight that wind will continue to pick up in strength. could see gusts of wind up to 70 miles an hour. the thing that most of all catches your eye is the rain turning to snow. the white
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indicating weather heavy snow is likely to be falling. that will cause some problems out and about as we look at the rush hour for tuesday. the snow coming down very heavily. with 5—10 centimetres of snow expected over higher parts of scotland, down further south if you centimetres could cause problems on the roads. similarfor parts of northern ireland and the cumbrian fells. further south, a bit more of a mixture. you're more likely to see a mixture. you're more likely to see a spell of link rain across southern counties of england. the rain grinds toa counties of england. the rain grinds to a halt late in the afternoon. cold and dank in the east of england. elsewhere some sunshine but feeling cold. as that front clears out of the way, clearing skies could allow a frost and risk of icy stretches. further west on wednesday we've got the same kind of scenario. strong winds followed by another
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weather front. the snow mainly targeting the high ground of northern england and scotland. the rain could be quite heavy. temperatures struggling across eastern areas but further west it could get milder. temperatures pushing up to 9 degrees in plymouth and belfast as well. looking towards the end of the week and the weekend, high pressure building across the south. becoming dry across southern areas. we should see things turning milder over the next few days. a speu milder over the next few days. a spell of disruptive snow on the cards across parts of the north of the uk overnight tonight and into tomorrow as well. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. oxfam is in crisis talks with the government, over the scandal of aid workers using prostitutes in in haiti, seven years ago. the international development secretary at the time said the charity didn't explain the full extent of what happened.”
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charity didn't explain the full extent of what happened. i think oxfa m extent of what happened. i think oxfam were economic or with the truth about what they were investigating. they may have stuck by the letter of the rules, but they certainly didn't stick by the spirit. that's it, so goodbye from me. hello i'm sarah mulkerrins with your sport on the bbc news channel. after freezing temperatures over the opening few days, athletes have now been battling vicious cross winds at the winter olympics. the conditions disrupted proceedings today and teamgb snowboarder aimee fuller said she was "lucky to be in one piece" after the slopestyle final eventually went ahead, despite a lot of concerns. joe lynskey has more. embracing the elements is the way of these athletes but even they have their limits. here, the wind blows in from siberia and brings the chill and danger.
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we are already delayed 30 minutes, it is really blowing a hooley. it put the women's slopestyle final in doubt but after waiting one hour they ruled conditions had cleared. but the wind had only subsided, not gone away. goodness me. this was slovakia's klaudia medlova. remarkably she was ok and rode again. but these slopes were barely suited for style. we are on the limit of running this contest. for britain's aimee fuller this was an unexpected shot at the medals. with one run left, she tried to take on the wind. it was like riding into a wind tunnel. brutal. it is not what i planned or visualised four years of prep work to go into today and i don't think it was a true show of women's slopestyle,
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which is a shame for our sport. amid the gusts and falls, one rider played the smart game. the usa's jamie anderson took the right amount of risk, the gold earned by concentration but a final clouded in controversy. things were more serene inside the ice rink with no weather problems. the first three days have seen the team competition and canada sealed gold with synchronised brilliance. in these games you are often against the elements but the medals go to those who turn danger into style. great britain have won the women's skeleton title at the last two games — and it looks as though teamgb are in with a chance of more medals this year. laura deas actually outshone sochi champion lizzie yarnold in today's training runs, finishing second and then first. yarnold wasn't far behind though — she was third and fourth quickest. and today's third gold medal has
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been won by lara dahlmeier of germany, who took the biathlon io—kilometre pursuit, with a near—flawless shooting performance. she's the first woman to win the sprint and pursuit double, after picking up herfirst gold on saturday. and france's martin fourcade has won the men's12.5—kilometre pursuit. he was already his country's most decorated winter olympian — this brings his tally of golds to three, and takes him level with record—holder, jean—claude killy, who dominated skiing in the 1960s. canada's mikael kingsbury is the men's moguls champion. he's dominated the event since winning silver in sochi four years ago, with 13 straight world cup wins. that is a second gold today for
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canada. fly—half danny cipriani will leave wasps at the end of the season — but he's not yet decided on his next move. he returned to his boyhood club two years ago and he's now 30, and says he'll take some time to mull over his options. he's won 14 caps for england has been linked to a lucrative move to a club injapan. england cricket captain eoin morgan is a doubt for tomorrow's twenty20 tri—series match against new zealand in wellington. he missed saturday's defeat because of a groin injury. it kept him out of saturday's defeat by australia, and with the series now switching to new zealand, morgan did not bat in the nets before the game. jos buttler is again set to stand in as skipper, with batsmanjames vince keeping his place in the xi. new zealand captain kane williamson has a back injury and could also be absent 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. there's pressure on the government
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to withdraw the funding it gives to the charity following revelations its aid workers used prostitutes in haiti in 2011 in the aftermath of the earthquake. oxfam has announced it is improving measures to prevent sexual abuse cases. this is the story so far... this is a shudderingly awful tale, terrible on every single level. he was a 68—year—old man, using an oxfam villa to invite young
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women to use for sex in a country that had just been through a devastating earthquake. what bit of that was normal or acceptable? it is not normal or acceptable, that is what we said at the time and i would say now. that was completely unacceptable. oxfam was actually proactive in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain there had been serious misconduct and we had taken action. there are thousands and thousands of very brave people who work for oxfam who will be utterly distraught and horrified by these stories. i think it is shocking and it doesn't matter how good the safeguarding practices are in an organisation,
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if that organisation does not have the moral leadership to do the right thing, and where in particular they have evidence of criminal activity, to pass that information to the relevant authorities, including prosecuting authorities, that is an absolute absence of leadership. it is really shocking. it is shameful and it is unacceptable. and the worst part of it is that even though those crimes will have been reported to the haitian authorities, no action will have been taken. we should all be more vigilant as to what is going on in places
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like haiti, what is the political, socio economic situation? the best way to do that is to give a greater voice to those who are receiving aid, haitians, people on the ground. it is appalling. i think it is something we should condemn and the haitian government now is about to summon the oxfam representatives in haiti together and share those reports and to explore those legal steps that have to be taken against those people. stephen twigg is the labour chairman of the commons international development select committee. he said there are a number of questions about what the international development department knew at the time and said
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it was correct that the behaviour of oxfam's staff is held to the highest standard. it is crucially important aid organisations like oxfam demonstrate the highest moral purpose and integrity possible and we should hold oxfam to exactly the same standard we would hold our schools in this country, the same standard we hold other public institutions. we cannot say that just because an organisation is doing great work elsewhere we somehow turn a blind eye. that is wrong and unacceptable. the standard must be there. but it is clear this is notjust about oxfam, there are wider concerns raised about other aid organisations which we must address, and there is a much broader global issue here about the abuse of male power, as save the children put it today. it must be addressed, yes, by dfid but also by all of us, to make sure these things don't happen again in future. for more than a year, the trump administration has said it wouldn't engage with north korea
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until its leader, kimjong un, was willing to discuss dismantling his nuclear weapons programme. but in an interview with the washington post, the us vice president, mike pence, just back from a trip to the winter olympics in seoul, said that if north korea wished to talk, the us would listen. the us secretary of state rex tillerson had this to say during a visit to egypt. as to the vice president's comments about potentially having talks and whether it is the start of the diplomatic process, i think it is too early to judge. as we have said for some time, it is really up to the north koreans to decide when they are ready to engage with us in a sincere and meaningful way. they know what has to be on the table for conversations. we have said for some time that i think it is important that we will need to have some discussions that precede any kind of negotiation, to determine whether the parties are in fact ready to engage
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in something meaningful in order for us to then put together the construct of a negotiation, so we will have to wait and see. an nhs campaign is telling parents to take children to a pharmacist if they only have a minor illness. the ads, featuring the voice of a young child, aims to relieve the pressure on gp‘s surgeries. here's our health correspondent, james gallagher. morning. how can i help? i'd like some advice for my daughter, please. when the kids are ill and you need medical advice, do you think of the pharmacy? this nhs campaign says tummy troubles, teething, and coughs are all best dealt with by a high street pharmacist. it's part of a drive to relieve pressure on doctors‘ time. figures released as part of the stay well pharmacy campaign estimate around 18 million gp appointments each year and more than 2 million a&e visits are for patients that could be treated with over—the—counter
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medication. it says the appointments cost the nhs more than £850 million each year. pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals. they train for five years in the use of medicines and how to get the best out of using medicines, but also in how to treat minor illness, minor disease, and, really importantly, how to understand when perhaps it's more serious and people need to seek extra help. i feel so dreadful! the patients association said the campaign had some merits, but said anyone with a health concern should feel able to turn to their gp. the pharmacy is just around the corner. i can go and see a fully trained healthcare professional, no appointment needed! james gallagher, bbc news. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour, but first the headlines on bbc newsroom live. oxfam is summoned to a meeting with the government over allegations some of its staff used prostitutes in haiti. its future funding could be in doubt.
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becky dobson is named as one of three britons who died in a helicopter crash over the grand canyon. the others are jason hill and stuart hill. theresa may has been meeting workers in belfast today. her visit to northern ireland, along with the irish prime minister, leo vardkar, prompts speculation that a deal to restore the devolved government at stormont may be closer. in the business news... did barclay‘s did ba rclay‘s bank did barclay‘s bank give qatar a loan which was used to buy shares in the bank? it is being investigated by the uk's serious fraud office. the decision to charge barclays bank as well is significant because it holds the banking licence that allows it to operate in different countries.
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21st century fox has put forward plans to ensure the independence of sky news as it seeks to overcome competition issues surrounding its proposed takeover of sky. including keeping fox running for at least five years and establishing a fully independent board for the channel. discount chain aldi has taken the top spot in a supermarket satisfaction survey. the consumer association, "which? questioned nearly 7000 shoppers. waitrose , previously the number one in the annual survey , came fourth. the number of us shopping on the high street and in shopping centres last month was down but more people went to retail parks. that's according to the latest figures from the british retail consortium. they found there were fewer empty shops, thanks to temporary christmas pop—ups. but they added a note of caution — that planning applications for new shops have fallen for the ninth year in a row. joining us now is rachel lund, head of retail insight & analytics
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at the british retail consortium. mixed fortunes. the retail parks seeming to do better than shopping centres and high streets. what are they doing to attract people and what can the high street and shopping centres lauren? what retail parks have done is reinvent themselves as shopping destinations but also leisure destinations. when people go shopping they go for a day out, to the restaurant or other activities. the other thing they offer is things like parking spaces, which makes doing a big shopping much easier. what about the vacancy rates ? much easier. what about the vacancy rates? the ninth year in a row, the number of applications to have permission to open a new shop, it has fallen. what is going on and what can be done to remedy it? the way we are shopping is changing.
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because we are doing more of our shopping online, retails are having to think about their portfolios and that has meant fewer shops. we have seen this trend of declining physical shopping locations for a while. it is part of an ongoing structural change in the industry. is there a glimmer of hope at all for the high street? some high streets are beginning to reinvent themselves. the fact is, now that has to be more of a mix of retail and leisure, and restaurants and things like that. people like going to the high street for a day out but it will take some investment. for this month of january there was a fall in vacancies in shops lying empty. how much of that is down to these pop—ups we are seeing, temporary shops for the christmas period and january sales, which then vanish. we see this every year.
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landlords are creative with space and because people want to buy more over christmas it is a good opportunity to make use of that space. the online trend has means there is falling need for shop space. the uk's serious fraud office has charged barclays bank with "unlawful financial assistance" related to billions of pounds raised from qatari investors in 2008. the move to charge barclays bank as well as its holding company is significant because it holds the banking licence that allows it to operate in different countries. so, if barclays was found guilty, it could lose that crucial licence. earlier, we spoke to fran boyt, executive director of positive money, which campaigns for change within the banking system. it was ten years ago but it is a symptom of how
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dysfunctional our banking system was then and, from our perspective as an organisation set up after the crash, how dysfunctional it still is. ten years ago we saw barclays doing a dodgy deal with qatar to raise £11.8 billion to avoid a government bailout so it wouldn't be in the same category as banks like rbs, but it was in serious financial trouble and it had to opt for what could amount to criminal charges for its operations. the public at the time, not only did we see too—big—to—fail banking, which we still have, but too—big—to—jail bankers. in other business news... alibaba's entertainment arm has signed a deal with walt disney to show thousands of its animations on its china streaming service. the deal comes after disney shut down its own streaming service in 2016 but neither side has disclosed how much
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the deal has cost. up to $5.5 billion of criminal money in europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to europol. the agency's director has told the bbc that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. the warning comes after bitcoin‘s value halved in recent months. the state of new york has filed a lawsuit against harvey weinstein, his brother and their production company. the allegation is that the company's executives and board failed to protect employees from mr weinstein. the lawsuit comes four months after the hollywood mogul‘s career ended in disgrace over allegations of sexual misconduct from more than 100 women. they had a rollercoaster ride last week but stock markets seem to be bouncing back today.
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the ftse 100 is higher, clawing back some of its losses, but still at its lowest level for more than a year. it's been helped today by a rise in commodities — crude oil prices climbing back up from last week's steep declines. that's helped royal dutch shell and bp shares to rise. there's the barclays share price — buoyant despite the legal case against it. out this week, inflation data in the uk and also the us. market watchers say those will be key to future movements. that's all the business news. london city airport has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded second world war bomb. ordnance disposal teams have arrived at the scene. the airport will be shut all day and all flights have been cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers. the device was found in the nearby river thames.
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passengers are being urged to check with their airlines before travelling today. tolu adeoye told us the latest. you can probably see the empty runway behind me. normally you would expect planes to be taking off and landing every 20 minutes but everything was cancelled today, 261 flights, affecting 16,000 passengers, after the discovery of a world war ii bomb. it was discovered near the airport at around 5am yesterday morning and the decision was taken to close the airport at 10pm. we heard from the ceo, robert sinclair, who said he apologises and recognises the inconvenience to passengers. this airport deals with both domestic and european flights for airlines such as british airways, flybe, klm, lufthansa. some flights are being transferred to other airports but people are being asked to check before they travel, with major disruption. there is a 200—metre cordon in the area. many residents were evacuated from their homes. we are told things should be up and running again tomorrow morning. time for a look at the weather.
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i think the weather will be up to mischief over the next 2a hours. todayis mischief over the next 2a hours. today is quite quiet but overnight there is a combination of strong winds and heavy snow for some. today, after recent snow across the north and west of the uk through the weekend, this was one of our weather watcher scenes from the staffordshi re watcher scenes from the staffordshire area. most of us will have sunshine through the afternoon but this area of cloud is coming from the atlantic, bringing strong winds and heavy snow for some of us overnight tonight. the rest of the afternoon looks pretty straightforward. most of us have it dry with some sunshine, a few showers dotted around the waist and for the northern isles where the showers will be heavy with thunder
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for the next hour or two. it feels cold because of the westerly winds. tonight it will cloud over in northern ireland and the wind will pick up, up to 70 mph across exposed coasts of wales in southern england. as it gets cold, the risk of icy stretches, and then the idea that rain will likely turn to snow over high ground in the north. tuesday morning, the snow will come down very heavily just in morning, the snow will come down very heavilyjust in time for the rush—hour. 5—10 centimetres over the high ground of scotland, similar in northern ireland, leaving ice for the morning commute, and snow over the morning commute, and snow over the high ground of northern england. in the south, a mixture that generally more rain the further south you are. the front becomes
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slow moving on tuesday, lingering around the east. elsewhere, sunshine but it is feeling cold. tuesday night, things get colder with the risk of icy stretchers. wednesday, another will weather system comes in again. asimilar another will weather system comes in again. a similar mix of whether, strong winds and rain turning to hill slow across northern england and scotland, with the potentialfor further significant accumulations. from wednesday afternoon, the weather will turn milder across western areas. staying quite cold in eastern areas. pressure builds across the south of the uk so weather will become dry, turning milderjust about weather will become dry, turning milder just about everywhere weather will become dry, turning milderjust about everywhere in the run—up to the weekend, and the weather tending to become a bit more drive. —— and dryer. hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at 2. oxfam in crisis talks to try to convince the government it
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should keep its government funding — after the charity's accused of a sex—scandal "cover—up". i think oxfam were economic or with the truth about what they were investigating. they may well have stuck by the letter of the rules, but they certainly did not stick by the spirit. the three britons killed in helicopter crash in the grand canyon are named. three other britons — and the pilot — were injured when the helicopter went down. theresa may and the irish prime minister meet in belfast — could a power—sharing agreement about to be restored in northern ireland? coming up on afternoon live, all the sport with sarah. and it is winter olympics, i'm guessing? it is indeed, and strong winds have been wreaking havoc in pyeongchang.
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