and the remains of world war ii air defence batteries on the land can now also be conserved. the national trust owns long stretches of land above the white cliffs of dover but in certain circumstances it is only 1a metres wide. by purchasing this new land just the other side of the fence where the vegetation is a much lighter colour, it gives the trust a buffer, more land to work with. the white cliffs have an abundance of nature and history and by buying this land, the national trust says the future here can now be safeguarded for generations to come. john maguire, bbc news, dover. time for a look at the weather. here's helen willetts. it isa it is a very autumnal looking atla ntic it is a very autumnal looking atlantic with a deep area of low pressure with us, one today and another on its way for sunday. and in the mix we have the remnants of the storms so we could have some
tropical air mixed in as wealth to enhance the rain. saturday looks like the driest day of the weekend for many of us and it has certainly been a soggy start to the day today for many of us but i am glad to say it is brightening up from the west, this was belfast an hour ago. it was still raining at that stage in guernsey but that rain is clearing from here and from southampton for the one—day match. you can see how extensive has been and how bright it is to the west but there are some showers coming in behind so not all fine and right and there is a near gale forced wind blowing those shelves in the western scotland the most of us end the day on a bright note. it is quite warm but although the showers continue tonight on the coast we will get down to single figures and it will be a chilly start to saturday morning with the odd pocket of rural fog and even some grass frost these goddess glens but otherwise the better day of the weekend because of this
high—pressure for the next band of rain -- high—pressure for the next band of rain —— scottish glens. hopefully it will deteriorate later in the day and just for the most part a scattering of showers. more cloud in the afternoon and more breeze to move the showers on. pressure tomorrow, it has been quite muddy today, not a bad day in northern england until late on. some of the showers could be quite potent even in the afternoon in the north—west highlands. and let's track that rain overnight, that is the first pulse coming in and you can see the winds are strengthening. tomorrow night is not as cold, quite warm for many and already by morning we have another band of rain waiting to come in. it looks like we will have a rather 5°99y looks like we will have a rather soggy second—half to the weekend, and windy as well. gales around the coasts and over the hills, even severe for a time blowing that rain eastwards but hopefully it will blow a few holes in the cloud between those fronts but more likely it will
be brighter at the end of the day. thereafter into sunday the winds might escalate again and caused a problem heading towards the monday morning rush. the potential of some disruption through the weekend with heavy rain and gales with those lasted into the monday morning rush—hour so keep tuned to the forecast. thank you. thank you. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise. good afternoon, you're watching bbc news. i'm holly hamilton, with the latest sports news. tottenham and england midfielder dele alli has been banned for one international match for the gesture
he made during the world cup qualifier against slovakia earlier this month. he's also been fined just under £4,000 for making what fifa describe as "an offensive and unsporting gesture" during the game. it means he'll miss the qualifier at wembley against slovenia next thursday. manchester city's sergio aguero is on his way back from holland where he was injured in a car crash last night. the striker missed training this morning, and will be assessed by the club's medical team later today. here's our football reporter simon stone. he scored seven goals in eight games this season, on 176 goals, one away from equalling the manchester city clu b from equalling the manchester city club record. man city had a huge game against chelsea at stamford bridge tomorrow and questions will be asked why
their main striker sergio aguero was in holland, at 11pm local time, the day before the main training session before such a key game. the man city bridger is due to start his weekly press conference in the next few minutes and there will be an update. —— manchester city manager. england are playing west indies in the fifth and final one—day international in southampton. eoin morgan's side won the toss and chose to bowl but rain has delayed the start of play. rain has delayed the start of play. england are without ben stokes and ben hales following their involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in the early hours of monday morning. it's official. birmingham has received government backing to be the uk's candidate city for the 2022 commonwealth games. other countries will have until saturday to make a bid. the cwg federation has suggested birmingham could still face competition from canada, malaysia and australia.
staging the event would cost at least £750 million, making it the most expensive sports event here since london 2012. i think it is so much more than a multisport, international event, it isa multisport, international event, it is a real opportunity to regenerate pa rt is a real opportunity to regenerate part of the city, and we'll be using the games village to do some major regeneration to bury bar. it is an 2296 regeneration to bury bar. it is an 22% the image of birmingham to the whole of the world. look what the commonwealth games dipped from manchester in 2002, and glasgow in 2014. we want a similar success for this region, to bring the world to the region and the city. other uk cities have hosted the commonwealth games, we have seen a strong legacy from them. there has always been a boost to the
local economy, and you see a strong legacy in terms of participation, and use of the venues after. this is a real opportunity for birmingham and the west midlands and for the uk to showcase itself as hosting these major international events, across the world. it hasn't gone too well for lewis hamilton in the practice rounds of the malaysian grand prix. the championship leader slid off the track in the second round leaving him in sixth place. title rival sebastian vettel was quickest. but the session came to an early end after a major crash involving haas driver romain grosjean. and heavyweights tony bellew and david haye have announced the date for their rematch. it's the 17th december at the 02 in london. bellew beat haye, who ruptured his achilles during the fight, back in march. i'll have more in the next hour, goodbye. more now on brexit, and the plans
some people are making to ensure they can still remain members of the european union. the actor colin firth for example recently revealed that he is also now an italian citizen, making the decision to apply for dual citizenship because of britain's departure. and he's not alone. data obtained by the bbc shows that tens of thousands more british citizens applied for citizenship of other eu countries in the year after the brexit vote than did in the year before it. in many countries, applications have more than doubled, as our reality check correspondent chris morris reports. some famous names and faces have been applying for citizenship elsewhere in the eu since the uk voted to leave. it was revealed last week that oscar—winning actor colin firth has become a citizen of italy. one million british people live elsewhere in the eu. many more in the uk have the right to apply for citizenship in other eu countries. since the referendum, they have been doing just that, in record numbers. it has not been possible to get full
figures for every country but ireland clearly emerges at the top of the list. in the 12 months before the referendum, 25,000 brits applied for irish passports. in the 12 months directly after, it was more than 64,000. sharp increases have been seen elsewhere. in spain, numbers rose from 2,300 before the referendum, in other countries around the eu, sweden, denmark and poland for example, the number of applications also more than doubled. there are countries where data is made available in different ways. in germany, it comes state—by—state. so, in berlin, there were 60 applications from british citizens in the year before the referendum, and 810 the year after. france provides figures on a calendar—year basis. the increase is striking. from 385 in 2015, up to more than 2,100 in the first eight months of this year.
this isn'tjust a one—way street, there are more than three million eu citizens in the uk, equally concerned about their status after brexit. again, the number of citizenship applications is striking. in the year leading up to the referendum, there were nearly 16,000. in the year immediately after, that rose up to 28,000. across europe, tens of thousands of people are taking the precaution of getting a second passport in case brexit negotiations fail. lots of brits are entitled to the citizenship of another country. if you have a irish grandad or polish mum, for example. at the moment, that doesn't get you much extra because we already have the rights of an eu citizen. a reminder why citizens‘ rights is one of the most important issues in those negotiations. this is about real people worried about their future. chris morris, bbc news. a 16—year—old girl has appeared
in court charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was stabbed at a north lincolnshire school 61—year—old joy simon was attacked at the winterton community academy near scu nthorpe on monday. the girl — who was also charged with carrying a blade on school premises — was remanded in youth detention. dozens of conservative mps are calling for theresa may to cap energy bills for the millions of households on standard variable tariffs. 76 conservative backbenchers are among the 192 mps who have signed a letter to the prime minister, asking her to deliver on her election promise to cut energy prices. six people have been killed and over a dozen wounded in a suicide bomb attack in afghanistan. the bomber posed as a shepherd before detonating his device near a shia mosque in the country's capital, kabul. iraq will suspend international flights in and out of airports in the northern kurdistan region later today, in response to the
referendum on kurdish independence. baghdad has demanded the regional government there annul the referendum which saw 92% of voters backing independence. 0ur correspondent mark lowen is there. the last passengers are arriving here at irbil airport to take their flights out of the country, before all international flights are suspended as of this evening. we spoke to some who say they are flying early because of the suspension of international flights, they don't know when they will be allowed back in. the first major punitive steps taken by the iraqi government in baghdad in response to the disputed kurdish independence referendum the iraqi government does not accept. the kurdish authorities are calling the action unconstitutional, saying it is collective punishment for the kurdish people. this causes problems for all passengers, these people
travelling to kurdistan. i think it is a big problem for all kurdish people who want to go abroad. it is a nuisance for me. i was supposed to leave on saturday evening. i managed to get a seat for today. i am really proud of the kurdish people, especially the president who has stayed against all the pressure and diplomatic pressure. it is on his shoulders. there is angry rhetoric over the independence referendum, the iraqi government says they are only willing to talk to the kurds once the referendum result is annulled. turkey and iran have hit out, saying they want to keep their own kurdish minorities in check. yet there is no real demand for fresh conflict, but a belief only dialogue is the viable way forward. when that will come is not clear.
the un says it will mediate between both sides but expects tension to heighten over the weeks ahead, before they might ease. the white hose has announced that president donald trump will travel to south korea in november. the announcement comes at a time of a particular tension between the us and north korea. the visit will be part of an asia tour that includes china, vietnam and the philippines between the 3rd and 14th of november. the spanish government has again insisted there will be no independence vote in catalonia on sunday, despite the regional authority's plans. the government has defended its decision to send thousands of extra police officers to catalonia to try to stop voting by cordoning off schools due to be used for the poll. in a bbc interview, the education minister insisted any vote would be illegal and cannot take place. 0ur correspondent tom burridge reports from madrid and barcelona. relations between spain's central government here in madrid and catalonia's devolved government broke down years ago
but the deadlock between the two has reached a critical moment. the referendum on independence planned in catalonia is perhaps the biggest political crisis spain has seen in more than 30 years. i believe that in catalonia there's a majority of people who want to be like their ancestors — catalans, spanish, and europeans. and they know that the independence of catalonia means to be cut off of spain and to be cut off of europe. is it right that in a democratic european country, the government would send thousands of police officers to another region to stop people voting? it isn't a question of stopping people voting. you know... that's what you want to do this weekend. no, no. let me — let me be clear on this. in spain, we vote. in catalonia, they vote. they vote on local election, or european elections... sure.
..0n regional elections, or legislative elections, according to the law. sure, but... what they are trying to do is an illegal self—determination consultation. in any european and democratic country, you have to stick to the constitutional procedures. what they've done is against the law. if people try and vote on sunday, what should the police in catalonia do? listen, i don't know what the people are going to do in catalonia on sunday. the referendum will not take place because... should people be arrested for trying to vote? no, listen. in catalonia, in order to hold a referendum, you need a kind of procedure, you need to have the ballot, you need to have an administrative organisation, you need to have the polls. nothing has been done, nothing exists, so there will be no consultation next sunday. afterwards, this government is always ready to talk. but always, always within the framework of the constitution and the law. catalonia's devolved government
declaring independence from spain if voter turnout is low, and that's the scenario which the spanish government is working to avoid. tom burridge, bbc news, in barcelona. in a ,moment a summary of the business news but first. the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest indication yet that interest rates could rise as soon as november. theresa may meets european
leaders in estonia but the head of the eu commission says it would take a miracle eu countries has risen by tens of thousands. hello. the business headlines. the uk's economy grew at a slower annual pace than previously estimated in the three months to june, according to the latest official figures. gross domestic product grew by 1.5% from a year earlier, down from the earlier estimate of 1.7%. the 0ns said a key factor behind the fall was a drop in activity in the film industry, following a particularly strong june. london house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years. figures from the the nationwide building society showed a drop of 0.6% year—on—year in september. across the uk as a whole, annual price growth slowed to 2%, down from 2.1% in august. that is the slowest rate of increase sincejune 2013, and london was the weakest performing region in the uk for the first time since 2005. more problems for the uk building and services firm carillion. it's seen its share price fall 18% after it said full—year results would be below current expectations.
the firm reported a first—half loss of £1.15 billion and announced further write—offs on top of £845 million already annouced in july. carillion is one of the firms involved in building the forthcoming hs2 high—speed railway line. hello, welcome to the business news this afternoon. we're going to be talking about pensions this hour. new research shows that over half of people with workplace pensions rely on that pot of money entirely for their retirement. a quarter of people surveyed said that they didn't even know how much they were contributing towards their pension. now, is this enough planning for your retirement? joining us now is adrian boulding director of policy at now pensions, authors of this new report. why is it not enough? people will be
entirely reliant on their workplace pension. people could be playing the statutory minimum contribution. this weekend we celebrate the fifth anniversary of automatic enrolment to get more people into the pension plan, 8 million more havejoined but plan, 8 million more havejoined ’:z’; pensions four, 5; " " " plan, 8 million more havejoined ’:z’; pensions four, just 5; " " pensionable 1% from of pensionable earnings, 1% from their employer. it might generate a pension, perhaps £25 a week. not a big top up to your state pension. it is important people paid more into their pensions. is the arts are paying more or looking at other options? it is for the government to say whether it needs to increase the statutory mirror. a little increase is coming next april, up to 3%. there are other things, including
what is the base contributions are levied. the first £5,000 a year of contributions do not cover the pensions. we have been encouraging the government to include all earnings into pensions, particularly as it would help part—timers and low—paid women in the ’ ouzworried alum f,—-—,—— ~ ’ ou can't afford m f,— 77:7 ~ 7“ ou can't afford m f,— 77:7 ~ 7“ ou can't afford ele§ more -—,—7 ~ do if you can't afford to nlay more m. o. , w, .. —— to do if you can't afford to nlay more m. a. , ”a .. —— to pay more? the first thing is to get to know your pension, every plan sends an annual statement. it will have a projection. research shows half of people don't actually know what level of pension they are heading towards. go online, nearly every workplace pension has an online portal. you will need a password to log on.
a good place to save is to put more in the pension, it is highly tax efficient, offered the employer will match contributions. if they don't, use other savings vehicles. so some money could hopefully be kept for the long—term but assessable as short—term savings should you need. what is a good amount to put away each month? an independent organisation gives out there pension quality mark at 10% combined input from employer and employee. really good schemes have an award fora employee. really good schemes have an award for a combined 15%. something in that region is where we need to get people to get to for a good quality pension. thanks you forjoining us. 0ther thanks you forjoining us. other business stories. volkswagen said the scandal over its diesel emission scandal
is going to cost it another £2.2 billion, about $3 billion, because refitting its diesel cars in the us is proving a lot more complex than it first thought. it's already cost the company around £18 billion, and vw shares fell about 3% on the news. ikea is buying the san franciso—based start—up taskrabbit. it doesn't say how much it's paid, but the point about the taskrabbit app is that it allows users to hire people to do odd jobs, like house cleaning or lawn mowing and, yes, assembling furniture. so, ikea hopes you will buy say, a wardrobe, and also hire some through taskrabbit to put it together. the billionaire tech entrepreneur elon musk has unveiled plans to land at least two cargo ships on mars by 2022, with crews arriving two years later. mr musk says his existing spacex fleet of three spacecraft can finance the project from its current work launching satellites and servicing the international space station. a look at the markets, the weakness
in the pound has pushed the ftse 100 in the pound has pushed the ftse100 to its highest level in two weeks, making it the best performer in europe. the pound against the dollar was losing ground over night. mark carney has put pressure saying productive tea has slipped due to uncertainty over brexit come up with concerns over uk household debt. and those karelian shares still in negative territory. i will be back in one hour. millions of older people are putting themselves at risk of falls because they are failing to maintain their strength. the chartered society 0f physiotherapists says nearly a quarter of those over the age of 65 don't do any strengthening exercises. falls among the elderly cause the vast majority of hip fractures, and cost the nhs around a billion pounds each year. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has more. come back in. rest your foot down. just three more. keeping up your strength as you age may feel like a challenge. lift your knee up!
but as this simple exercise class in north manchester shows, it doesn't have to be complicated. four, five... here, they're concentrating on building strength to help avoid falls and the benefits are obvious. pull your hands up. this class is a godsend because it, it increases your flexibility and my problem is my balance. i had a stroke. and it helped me get my muscles back. physiotherapists warn that not enough people realise the need to maintain strength as we age. three, four, five... a survey of over—65s found that nearly a quarter do no strengthening exercises at all. nearly one in five people said they don't know how to do strengthening exercises, while a similar number said they just didn't want to. as we get older, our strength isn't as good as it used to be, our balance may not be as good as it used to be, maybe our feeling in our feet is not as good, or our vision is not as good, and so that's why doing exercise
to improve strength and balance is really, really important. stand up nice and tall. falls among the elderly cause the vast majority of hip fractures and cost the nhs around £1 billion each year. physios say that encouraging people to keep their strength up will pay dividends, helping them to live independent, healthy lives for longer. french art experts say a charcoal drawing of a nude woman which has been in a french collection for 150 years could be a sketch for the mona lisa. it had previously been attributed to the leonardo da vinci's studio, but not the artist himself. experts say it is almost certainly a preparatory work for an oil painting and is of truly remarkable quality. time to look at the weather now. good afternoon. improving picture today, not a bad day tomorrow. not
looking great as we head sunday. in belfast, lovely sunny skies the rain is with us across eastern areas moving and clearing, allowing those sunny skies to become more prevalent. a bright end to the day. however, still some showers around the coasts. under the clear skies, it will be cooler tonight. a touch of grass frost in scotland, but often coinciding with a fine start, plenty of sunshine. this high—pressure first, then turning cloudy and later. for most of us, cloudy and later. for most of us, cloud will increase with the odd
passing shower. it will feel fresh, 21 today. probably 16 tomorrow. not bad in northern ireland. some sharp showers around. saturday evening and overnight, the rain becomes much more prevalent. heavy over the hills, low cloud, tropical warm air mixed in. we have already by morning got the next area of rain. all tied in with this deep area of low pressure. an autumnal glow, not unusual. fairly wide spread gales around the hills and coasts. a rather soggy day on sunday. a stiff breeze, breaking the cloud, and later in the day as the winds
escalate, they may push brighter weather back in. temperatures recover a little. the winds will get stronger still through sunday night into monday. for the rush hour on monday, the potentialfor severe gales. the trans—pennine routes could see some disruption. unpleasant travel conditions. more as ever on the website. this is bbc news, i'm rebecca jones.
the headlines at 2pm: the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years. if the economy continues on the track that it's been on, and all indications are that it is, in the relatively near term we can expect that interest rates would increase somewhat. the aviation minister says ryainair has behaved "disgracefully" in an system amid warnings that families could be left homeless and destitute. the aviation minister says ryainair has behaved "disgracefully" towards its passengers, for its handling of the cancellation of thousands of flights. three former tesco executives go on trial over their alleged role in a multi—million pound accounting scandal.