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white in the lead in drinking the equivalent of around 13 cubes of sugar per day on average, twice the recommended limit. that increases the risk of weight gain and tooth decay, and other long—term serious diseases like type two diabetes. also tonight: a return to work and a kick in the wallet, said passenger groups, as rail fares kick in the wallet, said passenger groups, as railfares rise again. it has got to the stage now, if the public can't afford it, then what goodis public can't afford it, then what good is public transport that is an affordable? on border patrol boat from dover, the home secretary question is whether migrants crossing the channel by bowtie genuine asylum seekers. the singer struggling to make ends meet after being diagnosed with cancer. charities call on the government to do more to help those facing financial problems. and the ten—year—old maths genius in south africa who has become something of
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an internet sensation. 78 times 550. 32,900,000. and coming up on bbc news, only sir matt busby has done it before, but can ole gunnar solskjaer make it for out of four as manchester united had to newcastle? good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. by the time they're ten years old, children in britain have eaten their way through an entire childhood's worth of sugar. that's according to research by public health england which is urging parents to take action and cut back on their children's sugar intake to tackle obesity. children over the age of four should
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have no more than the equivalent of five to seven cubes a day depending on their age — that's the recommended amount. but in reality they're consuming almost double that, an average of around 13 cubes a day. our correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. putting away the christmas treats. this lady says her boys have a healthy diet but she hasn't com pletely healthy diet but she hasn't completely banned them from eating sugary snacks. but this report says that by the time children are ten they have consumed the recommended sugar intake for an 18—year—old, has shocked her. it is frightening. it is the hidden sugar that is probably doing it because you not, you are not scrutinising every product your child is eating. you have to be strict because if they can open the cupboard now, there is this gets in the cupboard but they will ask. they had some yesterday. we don't stop
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them, but they know they can only have one or two, not every single day. public health england is warning families need to look more closely at what they are buying and cut back on sugar by choosing healthier versions of the food they need. cutting the breakfast cereal down to a lower sugar breakfast cereal will save 50 cubes of sugar. these add up and you can make a change to your child's diet and their health in the future. what is their health in the future. what is the main source of sugar in children's diets? 6% comes from yoghurt. 8% from breakfast cereals. but 10% still comes from fizzy drinks and the main culprit rvs, 14% comes from children eating chocolate and sweets. there is already a levy on sugary soft drinks but public health england have said if manufacturers don't reduce sugar enoughin
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manufacturers don't reduce sugar enough in food, there may be a case for a so—called pudding tax on puddings, cereals, yoghurt and chocolate. but the food industry says it will not work. there is no evidence food taxes change obesity. they might change prices and what people buy in the shops but they don't change overall eating patterns. just how to help people cut back on sugar is still being heavily debated but what is clear from those eating it is just how irresistible it can be. you can stop yourself? what do you say to yourself? what do you say to yourself? do anything other than look at it. it depends if it is sophiejoins me now. other than parents trying to stop their children eating sugar, what can be done? there is a voluntary scheme between public health england and manufacturers to try to reduce sugarin and manufacturers to try to reduce sugar in foods eaten by children.
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the goal of that is a reduction of 20% by the year 2020 but that is only next year. we are moving quickly towards it, but the progress made with the scheme is so far a reduction ofjust 2%. there is some concern, manufacturers are keen to keep going with that scheme but public health england is saying if more progress is not made, they may have to look at something else and that's where this whole idea of possibly some kind pudding tax, where puddings and yoghurt and chocolate might be taxed if they feel they need to move forward with that. the problem with reducing the amount of sugar in the food ‘s children eat, sweets are full of sugar and if you reduce sugar in sweets, is it still a suite at the end of the day? there are things that need to be worked out but some say only a levy is the way forward. sophie, thank you very much. train passengers returning to work today after their christmas break have been faced with another rise
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in ticket prices despite a year of chaos on the railways. fares have increased by an average of 3.1% in england and wales. in scotland the figure is almost 3%. passenger groups and opposition parties have condemned the hike but the government says it has invested a record amount in the network. our transport correspondent tom burridge is at london bridge station. ra rely rarely has a new year rail fare rise been this contentious but 2018 was bad for passengers, bad for some of the companies, both private and public operating the system and bad for the politicians in charge. it is why many passengers we have spoken to today across the country are questioning why they should pay more with a service hasn't been up to scratch. just getting on the train to cardiff, disgusted by the prize, for pounds ten. i am commuting from hertfordshire and noticed it was
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£26, rather than £25 and it has got to the stage now that rather than coming into london, i willjust work from home more. i regularly travel to glasgow and the price has gone up but the service has not changed. to glasgow and the price has gone up but the service has not changedm is public transport and if the public cannot afford it, what good is public transport that is unaffordable. it is passengers in the north of england who sometimes did not know when the train would arrive last year who feel angry, as well as commuters on govia thames link. listen to what andy hayes annually commuting to london. the season ticket is £4800 including the underground. new timetables were also botched here last spring. underground. new timetables were also botched here last springlj underground. new timetables were also botched here last spring. i am really disappointed. we have a clearer culmination from the transport select committee. passengers who are caught up in the timetabling chaos should have their fa res frozen,
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timetabling chaos should have their fares frozen, not increased. cancellations and long delays across the network have hit a 17 year high and that is like a fare rise this year is harder to swallow. the 3% rise means an annual season ticket from bradford to leeds will cost more. someone commuting from readoing into london will pay an extra £140. we know that fuel tax has been frozen again, so do we want to save the planet, do we want people to be travelling around on public transport when the price of it goes up and up. people just take to driving. figures show the railway generated £19 billion in one year and nelly 10 billion of back came from tickets. the government put in almost 7 billion. the total amount spent was around 19 billion. train
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company spent £11 billion on wages and trains and nelly 7 billion was spent by network rail which is responsible for maintaining tracks and stations. the government says it is happy for fares to rise and stations. the government says it is happy forfares to rise in line with a lower index of inflation if the unions agreed that rail workers' wages should go up at a lower rate. i don't want to see fares go up any more than they have to. but they are rising fast and the biggest factor is wage increases. i would like to see the unions and the labour party except that way branches should be lower and as a result fare rises should be lower. our fares are already the highest in europe. it is already the highest in europe. it is a tax on commuters and people who have to use the railway because there is no other way of getting around. in the long term itjust drives some people away from public transport. it is not good. the rmt union says it is scandalous that the government is blaming rail workers. train company say 98% of tickets
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goes back into running the railways so other money can upgrade the network. tom burridge, bbc news. a police sergeant who was injured in a suspected terror attack in manchester on new year's eve has said "instinct took over". sergeant lee valentine was one of three people injured in the knife attack at victoria station. greater manchester police have said they're "increasingly confident" the man who carried out the attack acted alone. our correspondent fiona trott is at victoria station for us. this is where the terrifying attack happened on new year's eve on the tram platform behind me. sergeant lee valentine was stabbed in the shoulder and we have been told he is recovering at home. but when you hear his account of what happened, you get a sense of how brave he and his colleagues were. we had no idea what we were running towards when we heard the screams, you said. when we saw the man wielding a knife, instinct took over. police believe the attacker may have acted alone in the attacker may have acted alone in the final stages but in the coming
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months will try to establish if anybody assisted or encouraged him. meanwhile the search of a house near here has concluded. the 25—year—old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been detained under the mental health act. his family said their thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and it is important for the police investigation to take its course, they said and any assumptions and speculation to be avoided. we have had an update on the couple who were injured, the couple in their 50s. the man is due to be released from hospital in the next few days. his partner, who was injured in the face and the stomach may be treated in hospitalfor a and the stomach may be treated in hospital for a little longer. sophie. thank you. police in lincolnshire have begun a domestic—related murder investigation after three people were found dead after a fire at a house near boston. emergency crews were called to the property in kirton in the early hours of new year's day. detectives say they believe they know the identities of the victims and aren't looking for anyone else in connection with the fire. they say they believe it was
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domestic related. the home secretary has questioned whether migrants making the journey across the english channel in small boats are genuine asylym seekers. on a visit to dover, he said they should be seeking asylum in the first safe country they enter. he also defended his decision to declare a major incident last week, saying there had been a steep increase in the numbers making the journey. our correspondent duncan kennedy is in doverfor us. this is the first time the home secretary has made it down here to dover to see the search operation for himself, after cutting short that holiday. he did question whether some of those people coming over where genuine asylum seekers. his comments have angered many migrant support groups, who say although the numbers of people coming over in these rickety pinkies might be small, everyone has the right to seek asylum. —— pinkies.
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the home secretary today heading out of dover to see for himself the border force operation in the channel. sajid javid spent half an hour on board in the kind of calm conditions that many migrants use to make their crossing. but mrjavid questioned whether those coming were actually fleeing persecution. if you are a genuine asylum seeker then why have you not sought asylum in the first safe country that you arrived in? because you know, friends is not a country where anyone would argue it is not safe in any way whatsoever. but some migrant support groups say those comments from the home secretary are deeply concerning. and that these people should be treated as genuine. they also say that although more than 200 have landed since november, the numbers are minuscule in comparison to those trying to cross the mediterranean. my feeling is that it has been blown out of proportion. in the grand scheme of things these are small numbers of people arriving from northern france.
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and they have their reasons for wanting to come to the uk. but although migrant numbers remain small, we flew along the kent coast today to see just how difficult it is to patrol the english channel. this cutter will soon be one of three operating here after the home secretary ordered two more to be brought back from the med. but with so many potential landing points, migrants' dinghies still difficult to detect. in fact the whole of the kent coastline is more than 200 miles long and this recent surge of migrants since november has seen landings everywhere from ramsgate to lympne, a shoreline distance of more than 40 miles. there haven't been any migrants spotted making the crossing in the past 48 hours. it's not clear why, but few expect the flow to stop. a limited but determined group of people trying to make britain go home.
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to make britain their home. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in kent. our top story this evening. a public health warning that children are consuming the equivalent of around 13 cubes a day — almost twice the recommended limit. and the 10 year old maths genius in south africa who's become something of an internet sensation. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... andy murray's latest comeback tournament is over as the former world number1 crashes out of the second round of the brisbane international. charities are calling on the government to do more to help cancer patients who are in financial crisis. research by macmillan cancer support suggests the majority of people living with cancer are on average £570 a month worse off as a result of their diagnosis. many people stop or cut down on work, which of course means their income goes down.
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there can also be extra costs such as trips to the hospital, higher heating bills and more help needed around the home. the government says it is rolling out a "recovery package" to support people with cancer, and over 300,000 people will benefit every year by 2020. our north of england correspondent judith moritz reports. # given all my love, babe. # what more can i do... #. jeff southworth used to belt out the tunes, singing and compering on the blackpool pub and club circuit. but in 2012 jeff was diagnosed with face cancer. his top jaw and lip were removed. nowjeff can't sing and finds speaking difficult. the cancer has cost him his livelihood. life has been really tough.
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jeff's wife sue works full—time to support them both. they found it especially hard to make ends meet during his treatment. i used to sit down at night and just think, what am i going to do tomorrow? how am i going to sort this out? phoning there and robbing peter to pay paul. i needed to keep him warm because he was freezing. so we kept in one room. we had no money at the end. it's notjustjeff and sue who know the cost of cancer. 18 months of cancer treatment, 18 months of fighting financially. it didn't let up until she died. in stirlingshire, tina morrison lost her daughter lisa to cervical cancer. during treatment lisa stopped work and couldn't keep up with card and loan payments. you could just see the fear in herface opening it. her car had to be returned and tina says lenders showed little sympathy. they have to look at people
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as people, as human beings and what they're dealing with. it's all very well saying, oh, they have taken out a loan, they've taken out an agreement. yes, but nobody looks ahead to think what if i get cancer one day and i can't pay this back? cancer doesn't wait until you've saved up enough cash for it... macmillan cancer support say the introduction of the new universal credit benefit system has made things more difficult, partly because payments are made less frequently than before. if you've got a terminal condition, you know, you can't afford to wait five weeks. you need the money now. and there are something like 26,500 people who are worrying about whether they are going to need to reapply, whether that means extra hoops to jump through. when actually they just want to get on with dealing with their condition and the treatment and living their lives. back in blackpool, the southworths say they've battled with benefits. they say that after treatmentjeff was reassessed and told he no longer qualified.
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i remember in the evening the interview, the assessment, jeff cried. he sobbed. and he said, i can't talk, i can't communicate how i feel. and she just said, well, i can understand you now. how did that make you feel? horrible. i felt low. really, really low. did it feel fair? no. you've been through a journey. support and understanding has come from fellow cancer patient chris. you were one of the first people that we helped. his charity gave a phone tojeff, who needed to text, but couldn't afford a mobile. chris says cancer survivors are often left behind financially. we've got more and more than ever people living with cancer. and we've got less and less opportunity for those people, so we're saying look, it's great, we are
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keeping you alive. but actually, yeah, ok, but let me have a fair go at it. you know, i've got one disability as it is. the government introduced a recovery package for cancer patients in 2015 and says that by 2020 it will help 300,000 people a year. as forjeff and sue, who were teenage sweetheart, they say that now theirs is a simple life, living without luxury, but lucky thatjeff is still living at all. judith roberts, bbc news, blackpool. manufacturers are stockpiling goods to protect themselves against the risk of a no—deal brexit — according to the latest economic survey. it's the most concrete evidence so far that uncertainty about britain's departure from the eu is forcing firms to take precautionary action. our economics correspondent dharshini david is here in the studio. what kind of goods? it would appear everything from itself metal to
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cosmetics, finished goods. before christmas we had the government and the bank of england urging business to ta ke the bank of england urging business to take more action to prepare for a no—deal brexit and it seems manufacturers have been listening. it is clear from this survey that precautions are being taken personally with manufacturers buying up personally with manufacturers buying up raw materials and components at an almost unprecedented rate. they wa nt to an almost unprecedented rate. they want to avoid the kind of disruption that could happen in terms of the supply chain from things like lack of availability and price changes. on top of that they've also been producing more consumer goods from food to machinery to make sure there are no gaps on the shelf by eight oh. this has been a bit of buzz to activity in workshops and factories up activity in workshops and factories up and down the country but the report authors say you need to look beyond that as this is probably temporary and confidence amongst manufacturers is at its lowest for
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two years with people very anxious. a woman has died after falling 200 metres from their nevis on new year's day. the second death on the highest peak in the uk in recent weeks. six people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge in denmark. the crash happened on the great belt bridge which links two islands. officials said debris from a freight train blew off during a heavy storm, hitting a passenger train. our correspondent gavin lee has this report. images of the aftermath of this morning's rush—hour crash on denmark's great belt bridge. police say the commuter train with around 100 people on board was hit by objects from a passing freight train and was forced to make an emergency stop. one of the passengers, heidi langberg, says she narrowly escaped. translation: it felt as if we were pushed forward and then all of a sudden there was a loud bang and then the windows shattered over our heads and we fell to the ground.
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and then the train stopped. we are shocked. we were very lucky due to where we were seated. the passengers sitting in the next wagon weren't that lucky. the great belt bridge is one of the easiest commuter busiest commuter routes in the country, connecting the central islands and linking denmark and sweden to germany. the morning train had been on its way from the southern city of odense to the capital, copenhagen. danish media reports suggest that metal poles, beer crates and tarpaulin from this damaged freight train were among the objects to strike the train's windows and sides. six people died, 16 were injured and evacuation efforts were hampered by stormy weather conditions. translation: it is a very, very tragic way to start 2019. six have been killed, it's very hard to take. right now we can only send our best thoughts. the rescue operation to free those trapped on board took more than five hours. danish police are now investigating the exact cause of the accident. gavin lee, bbc news.
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a 10 year old boy in south africa is causing a stir in the world of maths. sibahle zwane has an extraordinary ability to work out huge sums in his head. now his mental arithmetic is turning him into something of a social media sensation. pumza fihlani has been to meet him. welcome to maths. class is in session. at this farm school the pupils are hard at work perfecting their maths skills. but there's one who stands out. meet sibahle zwan, called the human calculator, he's just ten years old. anyone who knows the answer? sibahle? 540. translation: i'm the best at maths in the whole school. when people see me, they ask me to do sums for them to test how good i am. and they are surprised when i give the answers right. some people even give me money for doing difficult numbers. i give that money to my mother, and that makes me happy. he was discovered when a local
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policeman filmed him. 250 times 11? 2750. at home his mother may not be able to help him with his homework, but she is his biggest fan. we always dream big, most of the time. with me, i wish everything that could go well for him. i want him to explore. he loves challenges. 78... and so we put him to the test. times... 550. 42,900,000. what? how did you do that? after a professional assessment, he is deemed a gifted child, but that brings other challenges. he becomes bored easily and needs unconventional teaching methods in order to thrive.
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professor belinda huntley runs the wits siyanqoba maths olympiad programme. and she wants sibahle tojoin her class and compete with some of the best minds in the world. if he isn't enriched now he's just going to dissolve into the rest of the masses, he's just going to be expected just to keep up with the curriculum. and now admitted to the geniuses programme, young sibahle finally has a chance at a bright future. time for a look at the weather... here's chris fawkes. how pressure at the moment is keeping the weather settled. but the amount of sunshine was varied. but
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for most of the country there was a lot of cloud around. thick enough in places to bring us some passing showers. with those clearer skies across eastern areas of scotland we will see those temperatures drop like a stone. all the way down to -6. like a stone. all the way down to —6. this is where the coldest weather will be overnight. we will also have some fast where the skies clear for any length of time across north of england and wales. but further east probably the cloud keeping the frost at bay. looking ahead to thursday, high—pressure keeping things settled but look at what is going on in europe, but cold arctic air living what is going on in europe, but cold arctic airliving in what is going on in europe, but cold arctic air living in and that is snow across greece and turkey. but
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for us no such excitement with our weather. for most of us pretty loudly with some sunny spells around. —— cloudy. still quite cool and temperatures around three, seven celsius. some showers around perhaps in kent but looking through the weekend and into next week things could turn even cloudier. temperatures lifting a few degrees but a quiet spell of weather with only slow changes and that is how things look for the weekend. that's all from the bbc news at six — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. you are watching bbc news. the top stories. rail passengers face a hike in fares of more than 3% despite a
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year of delays and cancellations across the network. health experts warning that children are experiencing a minimum income of sugarfor an adult experiencing a minimum income of sugar for an adult by the time they reach the age of ten. the home secretary is questioning whether people who are trying to cross the channel are genuine asylum seekers. a police sergeant injured in a suspected terror attack in manchester on zed says that instinct took over when he ran towards the
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