to his grandfather. a relatively brief visit, but important. it's all pa rt brief visit, but important. it's all part of meghan markle‘s familiarisation with the different parts of the uk, and a chance to underline scotland's importance to the royal family. nicholas witchel, bbc news, edinburgh. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. hi,jane. hi, jane. we've had some or —— more wintry weather. you get a sense of curtains of snow sprinkling over the landscape. the hills in lewis in the outer hebrides. we have seen quite a bit of snow already today across northern parts of the country. further south, it has generally been more rain that's been falling, and a winteriness for one or two across parts of wales. the rest of the afternoon, i will weather front becomes slow moving across the eastern counties of england, a dull, damp and chilly end of the day. further west, sunshine working in. overnight, that front really does
drag its heels for a time across east anglia and south—east england, but the skies are clear behind that, and with clearing skies, down by the temperatures. we are looking at a widespread frost developing, leading to icy stretches on untreated roads first thing wednesday morning. wednesday it self, another atlantic front is going to be moving into the british isles, bumping into that cold air once british isles, bumping into that cold aironce again, british isles, bumping into that cold air once again, and we will start to see some of that turn into snow. the snowy weather is mainly going to be across the hills in the north of the uk. parts of scotland, may be the north—east of england, we could see some accumulation. 2—5 centimetres across the highlands and southern uplands, localised disruption possible. the winds are going to be very gusty. gusty winds further south as well, 50—60 mph. although the day starts off on a bright note across the east, the cloud works in throughout the day. the thickest cloud is further rest,
—— further west. the rain turning heavier later on. eventually, mild are pushing into western areas, the cold are northern and eastern parts. the charts for thursday, weather front is moving out of the way, and a build of pressure, a ridge of high pressure building in across england and wales. the weather should be largely dry with sunshine for most on wednesday. further north, in northern ireland and scotland, further sunshine and wintry showers. further snow in the hills. mild in the south, io—iid. further north, the cold weather still with us in scotland, temperatures 5 degrees or so. scotland, temperatures 5 degrees or so. through friday and into the weekend, generally the weather's go into becoming recently settled, and is forecast to turn milder through the weekend and into next week, with temperatures in two double figures. mild into next week, however, there could be a change to colder conditions later month. it's one of those. we'll keep you up—to—date
with the details over the coming days and weeks. thanks, chris. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime: the charity commission begins a statutory inquiry into oxfam following the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. 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. have a good afternoon. it is time for sports. we will start in pyeongchang and four elise christie, and all too familiar feeling. crashing to the ice as she goes for gold. she was left in tears after falling in the final of the 500 metres today. eventually
finishing fourth. and it was more heartbreak for the athlete who was disqualified in all three of her events four years ago. i was knocked over, you know, i did not fall on my own. it doesn't give you any benefit when someone gets a penalty. it's just you any benefit when someone gets a penalty. it'sjust tough, i worked so penalty. it'sjust tough, i worked so hard for the 500th it's been taken away from me. even in the semifinal, i crashed. taken away from me. even in the semifinal, icrashed. i taken away from me. even in the semifinal, i crashed. i ended up in lane four, and... i know it's short track and i'm supposed to be prepared for this, but it still hurts, you know? let's go live to our sports news correspondent david ornstein is in pyeongchang for us... and david how can christie come
back for her next races? she has spent plenty of time with the sports psychologist after the devastation of sochi four years ago, when she crashed out or was disqualified in fact from the 500 metres, 1500 metres and 1000 metres and she received death threats for her role in one of the disqualifications. she considered quitting the sport and has had to pick herself up and will have to do so pick herself up and will have to do so again because on saturday she races in the 1500 metres and then next thursday her favourite events, the 1000 metres. it is devastating, it comes four years to the day after her disqualification in the 500 metres in sochi. you saw the motion, how raw it was in that interview, she really was on the floor and will need some picking up. for britain, it's not good news either, they are still waiting for their first manual of these olympics. she is one of their greatest medal hopes. —— first
medal of these olympics. they will try and put this right because she has gained more experience in the yea rs has gained more experience in the years that have passed since a cheap, she says even by her own admission choose not nearly as naive as she was them and hopefully for elise christie and great britain she will be able to turn it around in the 1500 metres and 1000. there was a germany 1—2 in the women's luge... with natalie geisenberger pipping dajana eitberger to the gold. geisenberger lead going into the final run... and she kept her advantage throughout to win by more than three tenths of a second overall... retaining the title she won in sochi. canada's alex gough was third. and canada have become the first curling mixed doubles winter olymipcs champions after a big win over world champions switzerland in the final. it's a second gold for both members of the team — john morris and kaitlyn lawes. you can get all the results from day four of the winter olympics on the bbc sport website.
ben stokes will fly out tomorrow to new zealand tojoin up with the england cricket team. he entered a plea of not guilty to charges of affray at magistrates in bristol this morning. his case was adjourned to bristol crown court on march 12th but he will not be required to appear in person, allowing him to appear in the remainder of england's winter tour. the ecb say: "any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach trevor bayliss and the england management team. he is not currently being considered for the ongoing international t20 tri—series." england's hopes of reaching the t20 tri—nations final are hanging by a thread after they were beaten by new zealand in wellington. the black caps made 196—5. england fell 12 runs short and it means they've lost all three in the tri—series and need australia to beat new zealand in their next game to stand any chance of making the final. that's all the sport for now.
i'll have more for you in the next hour. two men have been arrested after a car was driven into the front of a school in sheffield this morning. nobody was injured at fir vale school which has been closed for the day. mark ansell reports from the scene. as the students were arriving for school, this black bmw was driven at speed around the school car park and then smashed into the front entrance, causing a notable damage. tha nkfully entrance, causing a notable damage. thankfully no one was hurt. one resident says his cousin who goes to the school was nearly hit by the car. it was the screams of our young children that upset me, as the
children that upset me, as the children were coming out, slowly pouring out. we saw some upset, crying, i asked my cousin what happened. she said the vehicle has hit the main gate and then gone into reception, tried to hit reception on two occasions, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and to the reception area. two men aged 20 and 23 by from the sheffield area have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and causing criminal damage. we're trying to piece together exactly what the motive is. that will be happening over the next three hours, we have arrested two individuals who are now in custody. interviews will take place later this afternoon. in a statement on the school ‘s website, they say they have asked all stu d e nts to they say they have asked all students to go home but any that cannot do that are being looked after by staff at the school. there is no indication yet when the school will be open. the world war two bomb which caused london city airport to be closed yesterday has been towed to the sea off essex to be detonated. it was due to happen this morning,
but the weather is causing delays. tolu adeoye reports. through the night, the royal navy worked to move the unexploded 500 kilograms german world war ii bomb which grounded flights for an entire day at london city airport. as we opened this morning, preparations we re opened this morning, preparations were made to detonate the bomb which had been towed to shoeburyness on the essex coast. about ten hours driving very slowly. having just deflated the mind lifting mag and back on the sea bed gently, they are 110w back on the sea bed gently, they are now guarding it carefully. we will prepare the explosives to strap onto the bomb which will hopefully detonate the bomb on the sea bed. it's estimated there are still thousands of unexploded bombs in and around london, just this morning a suspected device which turned out to bea suspected device which turned out to be a shell was found near the da rtford be a shell was found near the dartford crossing. countless wartime
relics have been discovered over the decade, wisdom on how to dispose of them has changed a lot in that time. what happens if the bomb does go off? quite a lot of noise and quite a lot of damage. some experts were quite literally working in the dark when a german mine was discovered in the thames in 1957. what's been like, you are shivering with cold? that is jolly cold. can you see what you are doing? you can't see a thing. we are working by touch. modern disposal methods are more sophisticated and controlled explosions are more common. the navy says safety is the top priority when dealing with these discoveries. there is an element of risk that these guys are well—trained and very confident, so should be fine. the weather has meant delays to today's planned destination so we will wait a bit longerfor the big bang. the ups and downs of life — like a failed relationship, the death of a loved one, or being a victim of crime —
can affect how we feel about our life and our mental health. now an online experiment, run in conjunction with the bbc, is trying to find out whether it's possible to predict how you might cope with those big life events. here's our health correspondent, dominic hughes. working with friends, doing something useful, all on a sunny winter's day. jane found the stress of herjob as a primary school teacher overwhelming. now working as a volunteer to restore a local park, she's found the perfect antidote. sometimes i might not have had a great morning, and i might not have told anyone. but for just them being themselves, they might have made me smile or laugh. and then again i'm back on the right track and i'm feeling positive. it's a mixture of being outside, doing something great for nature, and also the people and the social side of it as well. volunteering is the sort of activity that ticks
lots of boxes when it comes to boosting our mental well—being. it's an outdoor activity, and on a glorious day like today what could be better than that? it's physical, social, and for those researching what makes us happy, this is the sort of thing that they say can really help. untangling the different factors, positive and negative, that make up our sense of well—being or happiness could help prevent mental health problems from developing. we are trying to learn more about what it's like to have depressive thinking styles... that's the aim of the online survey being launched today, in particular to explore the links between how we deal with life's ups and downs and our mental health. being involved in a crime or losing ourjob, failing an exam, how that would impact on whether or not we get anxious or depressed. and i'm interested in that both because i think that we might be able to explain a bit more about why people become anxious and depressed, but also because we can do something about it.
artist raul gutierrez loya knows exactly how dwelling on past experiences affected the man he is today. the bullying he experienced as a child led to anxiety and panic attacks as an adult. i didn't have the courage to say to people i'm struggling. with the help of his therapist he changed the way he thought with dramatic results. one key thing was to think about a good thing before going to sleep, and that changed everything. unlocking the secrets of happiness and how they relate to good mental health could be key in understanding how to keep us all happy and to identify those at risk and in need of better help. dominic hughes, bbc news. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first, the headlines on bbc news: refusing to resign — south africa's president jacob zuma has been recalled by his party over corruption allegations the charity commission begins
a statutory inquiry into oxfam — after the charity confirms sexual misconduct occurred whilst operating in haiti england cricketer, ben stokes, appears in court and indicates he will plead not guilty to a charge of affray before flying to new zealand tomorrow. in the business news... average prices are still rising by 3% according to the latest inflation figures. that's the same level as december. it's still close to the six—year high of 3.1% set in november. and it raises pressure on the bank of england to increase interest rates sooner than many may have expected. tour operator thomas cook will resume flights to tunisia, three years after a terrorist attack on a beach, that killed 38 people. three planes, each carrying 220 passengers, will land in the country
this week after the foreign office eased its travel advice. network rail has published its 5—year plan for the railways with spending on the network set to reach £47 billion over the period to 202k. money set aside for day—to—day improvements will go up by 25% to cope with an expected rise in passenger numbers and train services. the cost of living is still close to its highest in nearly six years according to the latest figures forjanuary. it underlines the challenge facing the bank of england and supports calls for a rise in interest rates in may. last week, the bank of england indicated interest rates might rise sooner than expected when it said it wanted to get inflation closer to 2% within two years rather than three. investors have been pricing in a good chance that rates would rise in may, with a second rise later this year, probably in november. earlier, we spoke to liz martins,
senior economist, at hsbc told. we have been at or above 3% for the last five months now and that is continuing to reflect that big fall in the value of sterling we had opposed the referendum. we think that takes some time and will continue to be felt over the coming months, so unfortunately ambulation will remain elevated for the next few months. —— inflation will remain elevated. a group of mps has today launched a new inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace the use of non—disclosure agreements as part of an inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. it follows a string of allegations of harassment and bullying against leading figures in the us film and media industries, as well as claims of inappropriate behaviour in parliament and other high—profile british institutions. joining us now is maria miller, chair of the women and equalities committee — which has launched this inquiry. what do you think the problems are?
that sounds like a terribly obvious question but what will you concentrate on specifically, that you may be able to provide a fix for? the problem we have seen is that sexual harassment is being painted as an issue that only occurs in places like hollywood and the corridors of power when all research shows that it occurs every day of the week in offices, factories and shops up and down the country. i think accepting that this is a problem that is much broaderfor society and then looking at how we can improve the way that businesses handle themselves, but also how the tribunal system handles this, and how the legal system deals with it as well, that will provide some concrete recommendations not just as well, that will provide some concrete recommendations notjust to observe there is a problem but to actually do something about it. just
doing something about it is interesting, people say the great cry has been that we need a cultural change, can parliament and legislators create cultural change? many people say it can't. what we are doing through our report is looking at the way existing mechanisms work or in fact don't work, so we have a clear definition of sexual harassment in the equality act, we have employment tribunal is there to deal with their spot in fa ct there to deal with their spot in fact employees fall at the first hurdle because they don't have a way of bringing it to the attention of their employers which does not leave them feeling open to anything up to losing theirjob. looking internally at how employers can put as much emphasis on this issue as perhaps they do on things like money—laundering or data protection. then also making sure the courts themselves are able to provide the sorts of remedies which make it, which help employees take that leap of faith to help report what is
appalling behaviour and has systemically been covered up as we are seeing in cases like the oxfam case at the moment. what about the nondisclosure agreements, can you explain what they are and what the problem may be? we took evidence in january from experts in this area who told us nondisclosure agreements which can be clauses that into severance agreements when an individual leaves an organisation can be as draconian as saying that an individual is not able to talk about anything to do with the employment or indeed the reason why they are leaving a job, including trying to stop people reporting wrongdoing even to the police. i think the experts told us they felt many of these ndas were actually unenforceable. it is not lawful to ask someone to cover up wrongdoing, criminal wrongdoing in this way. many of us are forced to sign these
agreements have little knowledge of the law and would not know they were asked to do something unlawful. we will be looking at nondisclosure agreements and whether they are being used ethically by legal professionals or whether they are being used to cover up sexual misconduct, which is really concerning. thank you. a bbc study has found that a quarter of property in england and wales (mix gfx) owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the british virgin islands. 23,000 properties are owned by nearly 12,000 firms registered in the overseas territory — that's more than any other country. for more on this story, and others, head to our website. bbc.c0.uk/business. if you scroll down to the bottom of this article, there is a map which shows exactly where the properties owned by overseas companies are located in other news... starting today, japanese cryptocurrency exchange coincheck will allow customers to withdraw money from its portal. just over two weeks ago,
the exchange abruptly announced the suspension of a number of services after hackers stole £381 million worth of digital money. more first—time buyers took out mortgages in 2017 than in any year since the financial crisis. there were 365,000 first—time buyers in the uk, the highest number since 2006 and up 7.4% on the year before. but the growth is expected to slow this year with the buy—to—let market also "less buoyant". one of the uk's largest industry exhibitions is issuing a new code of conduct over the use of "promo girls". last year, uk construction week, held at birmingham's nec, faced criticism over the use of scantily clad women to staff an exhibitor‘s stall. it featured las vegas—style showgirls selling roofing products. it's part of a growing backlash against the use of promotional
staff to sell products, including so—called grid girls at formula one. let's look at the markets instead of pictures of grooves. the dax is down, a fairly restful day on the markets. the euro against the pound at 88, almost 89 cents. that's all the business news. one more story to bring you before we look at the weather. elections are underway for a new president for the world's clowns — with a briton amongst the front runners. the campaign comes at the end of what has been a turbulent year for the clown community: a new clown horror movie and sightings of so—called "killer clowns" lurking on streets, have only added to a feeling amongst some, that the long history of clowning is under threat and they are falling out of fashion. our arts correspondent david sillito reports. this face is old—fashioned,
in a way, now. over the years the clown numbers have dropped in shows. once upon a time, every circus had its own troupe. voiceover: as always, the clowns bring down the house. the facepaint, the big shoes, they were the heart of circus heritage, but the wigs and grease paint are in decline. maybe it's the clown horror films, but on this anniversary year there is a big issue for the man hoping to be world clown president. i didn't realise there was democracy in clowning. there is quite a lot of democracy and quite a lot of politics as well. what are the issues at the moment? you've already highlighted the main question we asked, are people scared of clowns? it is the big issue. even here in the heart of clowndom, more and more clowns are giving up on looking like clowns.
if you had seen me back in 1973 when i first started coming here, then you would have seen a completely different face. you don't look like proper clowns. they huff. children, over the years have got a little bit wary of clowns. but there is a fightback against all this anti—clown prejudice. i am pc bibbledy bob or bibbledy bob the clown, the regional director for the world clown association for europe and the whole of africa. i thank you. yes, there really is a regional clown director. you press people, you like a negative story. positivity does not sell. so unfortunately we keep being busy, we keep getting work, and you are obsessed with the fact that we might not be getting work because of silly films. i stood corrected. it seems there is still a lot of clown love out there. but clown politics? i had a chat to elsie.
it is only when it gets to meetings, it can get quite heated. there are clown meetings? there's a committee... she laughs. i couldn't take it seriously...! so elsie won't be running for world clown president. but someone has to. because when it comes to the future of clowning there is a lot to think about. iam i am certainly here for a lot more positivity, i'm with him there. time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. some of us have seen another dose of wintry weather. this was one scene showing a thundercloud bringing some snow to the island of lewis in the outer hebrides. it has been a wintry day across northern parts with the radar picture picking up snowfall, the white colour here. further south it has been rain
falling for much of the day. this weather front becomes slow across east anglia and south—east england as we get toward the evening time, a damp end to the day. but when that, skies clear and those are likely to cause one or two problems overnight because temperatures are expected to fall sharply. widespread frost and risk of icy surfaces to take us into wednesday. this low—pressure has some are relatively mild air mixed in towards southern parts of the uk, further north in the air is colder and as the weather from mancienne we will see rain again again turned to snow. mostly over the hills of scotland when we could be looking at around two to five centimetres across higher parts of the highland, we could see some low transport disruption here. predominantly rainy in the south and midlands. turning heavier towards the end of the day.
after a bright start in the south—east, that cloud will thicken through the afternoon. eventually it will turn milder across western areas, temperatures finishing around 11 degrees in plymouth is still chilly further north. temperatures around five degrees to take us through the afternoon in scotland. a ridge of high pressure builds, particularly towards the south of the uk, we should have a largely dry day with increasing sunshine for england and wales, however further north with scotland and northern ireland it will be a day of sunny spells and wintry showers. some could be heavy, bringing snowfall over the hills. temperatures quite a range, mild in the south, colder further north. about five in scotland. the weekend, looks like the weather should become dry for most and it will turn milder as well. temperatures for many of us into double figures. hello, you're watching afternoon live.
i'm simon mccoy. today at 2pm... the charity commission begins a statutory inquiry into oxfam following the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. jacob zuma still clings to power. the anc says it has decided to sack him as south africa's president — and they expect a decision from him tomorrow. cheering going tartan barmy — meghan and harry on their first joint visit to the scottish capital. elise christie crashes out of the women's 500 metre speed skating final. so we've seen the pictures, and that's the main sports story from the winter olympics coming up this afternoon on afternoon live. she is not happy? that is an understatement? that's right, she says she is struggling to live with this feeling. the