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this is bbc news, i'm vicki young. the headlines at 9pm: officials from across government are holding talks this weekend to discuss the future of the troubled construction firm, carillion. the governor of hawaii apologises after officials mistakenly issued an alert warning residents of an imminent ballistic missile attack. warnings of a tooth decay crisis amongst children in england. a record 43,000 operations to remove rotting teeth were carried out last year. also four britons break a world record for rowing across the atlantic. the amateur crew, dubbed the four 0arsmen, travelled from the canary islands to antigua in 29 days — beating the previous record by six days. the task of getting us onto the challenge is the world's toughest row. we were out there just preparing as best we can for it and giving it our all. and in our world — a new bakery opens in eastern ukraine, bringing comfort and sustenance to war weary locals.
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that's in half an hour here on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, has warned the government it would send out the wrong message if it bails out the struggling construction company carillion using taxpayers‘ money. it's feared the firm, which has debts of £1.5 billion, could collapse after creditors rejected a possible rescue plan. government officials are holding high level talks this weekend about its future. carillion employs about 20,000 people in the uk and is one of the government's main contractors. our business correspondent joe lynam reports this is liverpool's newest hospital under construction.
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it will be the biggest single bed hospital in the uk, and it is being built by carillion. now there is concern that projects like these could be affected if the company collapses. from prisons to hospitals, schools and rail, carillion is responsible for some of the uk's largest infrastructure maintenance projects. so should the government bail the debt—laden company out? i think what has to happen in this case, the contracts have to be kept going and supporting the supply chain and the tens of thousands of workers. that can be done by government taking lots of this in—house, or re—tendering in other cases. the government can'tjust do a financial bailout. the shareholders and creditors — the big banks — have got to take a hit, they cannot just off—load all the losses to the taxpayer. carillion is a major british company with hundreds of contracts running prisons, maintaining hospitals and mod facilities, with almost 20,000 employees here and tens of thousands more dependent on the company. but it has run up debts
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of £1.5 billion, including almost £1 billion to its banks, whose patience has run out. britain's biggest ever rail infrastructure project, high speed 2, starts major construction this year. and here at euston station, carillion is meant to build it, but given its mountain of debts there is a very real chance that the government might have to step in and give those contracts to other companies, or simply bail the company out — with all the moral hazards that comes with. the rmt union has called on the government to provide reassurances to thousands of workers who could be affected. also caught in the crossfire, hundreds of smaller companies who carry out subcontracted work on behalf of carillion. potentially it could be devastating. many of them are owed millions by carillion and if they do not get those monies, of course they are at risk as a business. the other thing is there will be thousands ofjobs, potentially, lost as a result.
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if carillion cannot be saved or restructured, the consultants ey have been put on notice to take over as administrators, a precautionary measure which the government and thousands of staff hope will not be needed. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are anne ashworth, associate editor at the times, and the playwright and writer at the new european, bonnie greer. president trump has been briefed after residents in hawaii mistakenly received an emergency alert, warning there a was an inbound ballistic missile threat. the text message urged people to take shelter — and added "this is not a drill". it was later revealed
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to be a false alarm. a full investigation is to begin by the fcc. david ige — the current governor of hawaii has apologised for the false alarm saying it was "unfortu nate and regrettable. " sean davenport, who is on holiday on the island, described what happened when he received the text alert. it was actually quite a terrifying alert to receive. i had just come out of the shower and saw the alert on my phone. i tried to show my friend, who i'm visiting, she lives here, and she was already on the phone with the hawaii county civil defence department and she was unable to get through, because so many people were calling for in. we were at a loss for information, not sure what was happening. we searched online but there wasn't any news articles immediately. we also searched twitter. so many people were tweeting the alert, taking screenshots of it. it was hard to pass through all of that to find any actual information. the fact the alert said it was not a drill was particularly concerning, given that our president has recently tweeting about the leader of north korea being "rocket man" and recklessly endangering this entire country to nuclear threat.
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you and your friend presumably had a chat and tried to establish whether it was real or not. did it cross your mind, presumably it did, that this was for real? yes, it absolutely did cross our minds. especially, like i said, given everything that president trump has treated, irresponsibly so i would say, and the lack of information coming through. there was about a 30 minute gap between the initial alert saying that it was not a drill and the alert telling us it was a false alarm. so we were just talking, my friend was reaching out to other folks she knows on the island to try and see what they had heard. fortunately we were able to get through to someone on the main island, who confirmed it was a false alarm, which put us at ease, but it was a pretty scary half—hour period. you obviously don't live in hawaii and your friend does. are they aware of this kind of thing? do they know you might get an alert
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like this if something were to happen and do they know what they are supposed to do if it is for real? yes, actually. they were telling me on the ist of december, they tested the nuclear siren system, because they are preparing for some sort of attack. i just feel really scared for my friends here and the people of hawaii. i get to go home to boston on the east coast of the united states in a week, presumably out of danger. but the folks here are still within range of any sort of attack, who knows what could happen. the president isn't doing anything to help put the people of the islands at ease. and do they know or have any idea or do they think about what they would do if they were told it was for real? is there anything, any mechanism in place, anything they can do to try and make themselves safe? i'm not really sure what can be done.
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this is something that the country hasn't had to deal with, the threat of nuclear war, anywhere in the world, since presumable the cold war era. we are at a loss across the country on what can be done. an eventful start to your holiday. i hope things calm down and you can enjoy the rest of your time there. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news today. a 25 year—old model has died after being stabbed in a street in west london. harry uzoka had recently done a photo shoot with gq magazine. friends and family have described him as an ‘inspiration to young black men'. two men, aged 27 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. a murder investigation has begun after a woman was injured in a tui travel agents in southport.
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police were called to the store on chapel street, where the 28—year—old worked, just before 1.30 this afternoon. she died in hospital. a 30—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. dentists have accused the government of not doing enough to tackle tooth decay in england. new figures indicate there were nearly 43,000 operations to remove children's teeth last year — a i7% increase on four years ago. the british dental association says england now provides a second—class service compared to scotland and wales. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has the story. tooth decay in children is distressing, painful and avoidable. dentists say sugary snacks and drinks are the biggest cause. british children drink more soft drinks than anywhere else in europe. and the number of multiple extractions, which have to take place in hospital under general anaesthetic, is continuing to grow. figures compiled by the local government association showed there were nearly 43,000 multiple tooth extractions among under 18s in england last year. that's around 170 every day
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of the working week. 0verall, there's been an increase of 17% injust four years. dentists say children in england are suffering and are being offered a second—rate service when compared to scotland and wales. the department of health in england says the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks was part of its plan to reduce the number of extractions. we very much welcome the sugar tax, but we need the government to focus on other areas, for example like price promotions, all those discounts, and the level of marketing on unhealthy products. all those colours and animations are always enticing children to prefer those products, making the job of eating healthy products and healthier diet much more difficult for parents. with proper oral hygiene, good brushing and avoiding high sugar snacks and drinks, thousands of children could be saved from experiencing the pain of a rotten tooth. dominic hughes, bbc news. the african union has demanded an
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apology from president trump after he reportedly used a crude term to describe nations on the continent. it was apparently made during an oval office meeting on immigration with members of congress. the union, which represents 55 african countries, expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the trump administration misunderstood africans. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. it has been an extraordinary week, even by donald trump's standards. it ended with a medical, a routine checkup that all presidents undergo, and word from mr trump's doctor that the commander in chief is in excellent health. but the past two days have seen the president mired in controversy, as donald trump arrives in florida to spend the weekend at his golf resort, the international community is still fuming over his alleged use of crude language to describe african countries. as the african union, we were quite
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appalled and infuriated, outraged, by the comments. and for a country like the united states, which is a valued partner for the africans, this is quite a shock. from the united nations in geneva came the stiffest of rebukes. these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the united states. i'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist. you cannot dismiss entire countries and continents. the allegation has gone unanswered by the president. he had an opportunity at this ceremony in celebration of martin luther king. but it was awkward. after signing a proclamation in honour of the civil rights leader, mr trump dodged the most uncomfortable of questions. mr president, are you a racist? the president left without responding. he'd earlier tweeted that he'd used tough language in a meeting
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with senators but not the derogatory language attributed to him. peter bowes, bbc news. viewers on bbc one willjoin shortly for a round—up of the day's news and sport. before that... four british friends have broken the world record and become the fastest ever to cross the atlantic ocean in a rowing boat. the amateur crew, dubbed the four 0arsmen, made history when they reached the island of antigua just after 1:30 this morning, having spent 29 days at sea and beating the previous record by six days. dan johnson has more. and here they go! cheering the end of an epicjourney rowed in record time, four men who had not even been in a rowing boat 18 months ago, now not only challenge winners but the first to cross the atlantic in less than 30 days. it feels overwhelming. the challenge, as we said before, is just relentless, never ending pain, just rowing, the whole thing, and coming first is something
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that is beyond our wildest dreams. they left the canary islands 3,000 miles away and faced 40—foot waves, scorching sun and howling winds, not quite the apocalypse but a test of endurance for the four oarsmen. surviving on rations, producing their own water, taking it in turns to eat, to sleep, and to row. it's amazing to complete the row. we set out as a charitable initiative, for two charities, mind, and spinal research. the mind research is commemorative of my mum and her struggle with her mental health. to do it in such justice and in such style and with such great support and great success is amazing. just making it to the caribbean is a fantastic achievement but they have
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raised more than a quarter of a million and have rowed their way into the record books. dan johnson, bbc news. time's running out for carillion the government's biggest contractor as talks continue over the future of the troubled company. it comes as the government's warned by lib dem leader sir vince cable that it should not bail the company out. the government can'tjust do financial bail out. the shareholders and big banks have got to take a hit, they can'tjust offload the losses onto the taxpayer. "this is not a drill" — panic in hawaii as people are mistakenly told they face an imminent missile strike. no more extra charges to be levied on anyone using credit or debit cards to pay for goods. and exeter chiefs score six tries against montpellier, to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the european champions cup. good evening.
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the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, has warned the government not to agree to bailout the construction company carillion with tax payers money. there are fears the firm, which has debts of £1.5 billion, could collapse after creditors rejected a possible rescue plan. carillion employs about 20,000 people in the uk and is one of the government's main contractors. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. this is liverpool's newest hospital under construction. it will be the biggest single bed hospital in the uk, and it's being built by carillion. now there's concern that projects like these could be affected if the company collapses.
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from prisons to hospitals, to schools and rail, carillion is responsible for some of the uk's largest infrastructure and maintenance projects. so, should the government bail the debt—laden company out? i think what has to happen in this case — the contracts have to be kept going and supporting the supply chain and the tens of thousands of workers. that can be done by the government taking a lot of this in—house, or re—tendering in other cases. the government can'tjust do a financial bailout. the shareholders and creditors — the big banks — have to take a hit. they can't just off—load all the losses to the taxpayer. carillion is a major british company with hundreds of contracts running prisons, maintaining hospitals and mod facilities, with almost 20,000 employees here and tens of thousands more dependent on the company. but it has run up debts of £1.5 billion, including almost £1 billion to its banks, whose patience has run out. britain's biggest ever rail infrastructure project, high speed 2, starts major construction this year. and here at euston station.
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carillion is meant to build it. but given its mountain of debts, there is a very real chance that the government might to step in and give those contracts to other companies, or simply bail the company out — with all the moral hazards that comes with. the rmt union has called on the government to provide reassurances to thousands of workers who could be affected. also caught in the crossfire, are hundreds of smaller companies who carry out subcontracted work on behalf of carillion. potentially, it could be devastating. because many of them are owed millions by carillion. and if they don't get those monies, of course they are at risk as a business. the other thing is there will be thousands ofjobs, potentially, lost as a result. if carillion cannot be saved or restructured, the consultants ey have been put on notice to take over as administrators. it's a precautionary measure which the government and thousands of staff hope won't be needed. it's emerged tonight that
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thejustice secretary david gauke is considering a judicial review over the decision to grant parole to the serial sex attackerjon worboys. that decision — announced earlier this month — caused outrage. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth is here. so, what more can you tell us? as you say, there was a huge backlash from the parole boards decision to releasejon worboys. for those who thought it was the wrong decision and for those who thought it was wrong the way the victims families had been told. thejustice secretary david gauke has commissioned advice about the plausibility and the potential success plausibility and the potential success of a judicial review of that decision by the parole board. i understand at this stage this is just a scoping exercise. he won't proceed unless he thinks there are grounds to do so. nonetheless, this is very significant. it is highly unusual, even unprecedented for a
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justice secretary to intervene with the decisions of the parole board and that is because the parole board is deliberately independent of government. i am told david gauke, who is new to the job ofjustice secretary, takes that independence very seriously and wants to maintain it. at the moment he isjust looking at the possibility, a possibility nonetheless. the parole board says it's confident the correct procedures have been followed this case. an investigation is underway in hawaii, after an alert was mistakenly sent to residents‘ phones, warning them of an imminent ballistic missile attack. the text message urged people to take shelter due — and added ‘this is not a drill‘. it was thirty minutes later revealed to be a false alarm. richard galpin reports. it's it‘s just after eight o‘clock in the morning local time and suddenly the broadcast of this basketball match is interrupted. the us pacific command has detected
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a missile threat to hawaii. a missile impact may affect land or sea within minutes. this is not a drill. if you are indoors, stay indoors. if you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. the chilling alert of what was a p pa re ntly the chilling alert of what was apparently an imminent missile attack on hawaii was also sent out to everyone‘s mobile phones. when we got the alarm we were actually terrified. we were on the 36th floor of our hotel and we didn‘t know what to do. i wasjust didn‘t know what to do. i was just sleeping, didn‘t know what to do. i wasjust sleeping, my friend just woke me up and said let's go, there's a bomb coming in hawaii. i did not think he was serious but i started running, we went to this other place, a concrete building. people were just running on the street. but it turns out it was all a mistake. the us pacific command confirming an eight week there was no missile threat. this should not have happened. we are investigating the sequence of events that occurred. an error was
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made in emergency management, which allowed this false alarm to be sent. just last month, the hawaiian authorities decided to resume testing of the nuclear warning system for the first time since the cold war. these islands are the closest pa rt cold war. these islands are the closest part of the united states to north korea. and over the past year, north korea. and over the past year, north korea. and over the past year, north korea has carried out a series of tests, proving it does now have nuclear weapons. so no wonder people in hawaii were panicking today. in south africa, the new leader of the ruling anc party has given his first speech since being elected last month. cyril ramapossa gave a damning assessment of the ruling party, saying it‘s been beset by infighting and corruption. he called for a change of culture in the party, a thinly veiled attack on the man he replaced, the country‘s discredited president, jacob zuma. 0ur africa editor, fergal keane, was at the rally. if you want to know how the wind has changed in south africa, then listen to this.
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jacob zuma... booing booed by his own party, jacob zuma is increasingly isolated. even supporters acknowledge his days as the country‘s president are numbered. the crowds have a different hero now, the new anc leader cyril ramaphosa. businessman, skilled negotiator, who‘s promised to end the capture of the state by a corrupt elite. we are going to confront corruption and state capture in all its forms. the investigation and prosecution of those who are responsible will be given top priority. we are resolute in our commitment to make this the year in which we build our movement and turn around the economy of south africa. not since the end of apartheid
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in 1994, have i seen such a hunger for change in south africa. we‘ve heard a lot of promises from politicians, do you believe him? yeah, we have to believe him, he‘s our president, our new president. hopefully they can fix, everything is broken. that‘s a big big hope. yeah, it's my hope, and the hope of all south africans. hope springs in part from desperation. the corruption of the zuma era dragged the economy intojunk status. not far from the stadium, this woman washes cars to earn cash. she‘s ten years out of school and unemployed. we have voted for anc but we don‘t see any changes. we want, cyril ramaphosa, we wantjobs. if cyril ramaphosa can root out corruption and rescue this country‘s economy, he will be seen as a worthy inheritor of nelson mandela‘s legacy. but more than that, given the importance
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of south africa on this continent, he could emerge as one of the most important political figures in the history of post—colonial africa. that is the prize. the challenges are immense. consumers will no longer be charged extra simply because they‘re paying for something using a card. the band which came into force today has been criticised by some retailers who say they will have to raise overall prices in response. adina campbell reports they are the small fees added at the very end of the buying process. in percentage terms it may not be that much, but these card surcharges add up. not any more. under new eu rules, retailers on or offline can no longer charge customers for paying with a credit or debit card. the treasury says these surcharges cost consumers £166 million every year. but some companies, such as concert
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venues, can still charge a booking or service fee. no longer will they be penalised just for paying by credit or debit card. now with the end of surcharges you are comparing like for like. the price you see is the price you pay. you don‘t get a nasty sting at the end. but some shoppers are not convinced. they can do it very sneakily, can‘t they, and just hide that 2% or whatever it‘s going to be in the cost of what you‘re going to purchase. i don't see why we should have to pay that for actually using a means of payment that's kind of, you know, universally acknowledged. at the end of the day, they'll end up passing it onto the consumer, so it doesn't make that much difference, to be quite honest. traders could feel the effects, too, because card companies will still charge for their services, but can no longer pass that fee to customers. vin vara runs a group of small businesses and is also president of the british independent retailers‘ association. nearly 63% of our sales are by credit card and debit card, so it will affect us in the long—term if rates and increased rates do go up.
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for retailers like this hardware store, today‘s ban throws up several options. they may decide to suck up the cost of processing a debit or credit card. alternatively, they could simply put up their prices or they may decide to re—brand these fees as a service charge. 0ne business that‘s already been criticised is the delivery company just eat, which has said it will impose a new service charge for card payments. there are now calls for the new changes to be closely monitored to ensure consumers are not punished for paying by plastic. adina campbell, bbc news. four british men have set new a world record for rowing unaided across the atlantic in 29 days. the amateur crew beat the previous record by six days, completing the 3,000 mile crossing from the canary islands to antigua this morning. with all the sport, here‘s karthi gna nasegaram
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at the bbc sport centre. good evening. it was a record breaking day in the premier league but it is time to pop out of the room if you don‘t want to know today‘s results before match of the day which is at 10:30 on bbc one. harry kane has become the highest scorer in tottenham‘s premier league history. kane‘s two goals in spurs‘s 4—0 win over everton means he has now scored 98 goals for the club, breaking teddy sherringham‘s record. champions chelsea were held to a goalless draw by the champions before them, leicester city. crystal palace beat burnley.
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