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today at five. a long—awaited pay boost for more than a million nhs workers in england. a pay rise of at least 6.5% over the next three years is approved by the trades unions, as ministers say it's rewarding staff for hard work. the agreement which nhs trade unions have recommended to their members today, is a something for something deal which brings in profound changes in productivity in exchange for significant rises in pay. i personally will do quite well out of this pay offer and those who are on the lower banding will do quite well as well, but there are some people who won't do as well. we'll have the latest from westminster — and we'll get reaction from the head of the royal college of nursing. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. the academic at the centre of the row over the use of personal facebook data now describes himself as a scapegoat. the foreign secretary accuses moscow of carrying out the salisbury chemical attack — to send a message to other possible russian defectors living in the uk.
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pope francis announces he's to visit ireland in august — it'll be the first papal visit to the republic for nearly a0 years. and the british photographer who's taken one of the top prizes at the sony world photography awards — we'll be talking to him about his work. it's 5 o'clock. our main story is that more than a million nhs staff in england, including nurses, porters and paramedics, have been offered a pay rise of at least 6.5% over the next three years. the health secretaryjeremy hunt said the pay rise was recognition that staff have ‘never worked harder‘ — but labour said it was long overdue. wage rises in the nhs have been capped at 1% since 2013 — but given the forecasts for inflation — the real
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terms increase over three years from this deal is expected to be small. our political correspondent iain watson reports. for the past seven years, nhs staff have had their pay capped or frozen. health service unions have argued that their members are chronically underpaid and nhs managers have been calling for wage increases to improve recruitment and retention and avoid acute staff shortages. today the health secretary said the government had set aside enough cash to improve pay, without making cuts elsewhere in the nhs. the additionalfunding that the chancellor announced at budget to cover this deal, an estimated £42 billion over three years, cements this government's commitment to protecting services for nhs patients whilst also recognising the work of nhs staff up and down the country. but labour said the government's response to the pay demands of nhs staff was too little, too late.
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when we've heard stories of nhs staff turning to food banks. when we have 100,000 vacancies across the service, and more nurses leaving the profession than entering, when trusts have spent billions on agency staff, then this pay cap should have been scrapped years ago. most nhs staff in england have been offered an average increase of around 6.5% over the next three years. this doesn't cover doctors and dentists, whose pay is considered separately. the least well off staff would however get the highest percentage increases, up to 29% over three years. hospital porters and cleaners, on the lowest nhs pay band, could see their salaries rise from around £15,000 per year to more than £18,000 after three years. with a £2000 pay increase in the coming year. since lifting the pay cap for the police and prison officers last autumn, the government has been under huge political pressure to do the same for the more than a million staff in the nhs.
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but this comes at a price — the health secretary has had to guarantee to the treasury that the system of increments, automatic pay increases, will be reformed and in addition that the levels of sickness among staff, rather than patients, will come down. after months of negotiations, some unions signalled strong support for the pay offer. some nhs staff gave it a more more cautious welcome. i personally will do quite well out of this pay offer and those on the lower banding will do quite well. but there are some people who won't do as well. people i work with. i want everybody to get a good offer today. i'm happy. it is quite shocking. i'm sure it came too late though. others were more sceptical. the gmb union said that the average 6.5% increase was below the predicted rate of inflation and should be rejected. if you look at the details of the
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offer, 53% of total nhs workforce will only see a 6.5% pay increase over three years. but that against what inflation is going to look like, around 9.3%, we see this as a real—time pay cut. austerity isn't dead or even on life—support but the government recognises that pay in the nhs has to recover to attract and keep staff who do vital work. iain watson, bbc news. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. what is the reaction there? and how effective is this rise going to be given inflation? well a couple of weeks ago the chancellor ‘s book of light at the end of the tunnel and i think for many public sector workers it has been a very long seven years.
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i think what many conservative mps are saying is that this is certainly are saying is that this is certainly a start. it affects nhs workers in england but is expected to be mirrored in wales, scotland and northern ireland. what we now is that now calls for the other professions, teachers for example, other public sector workers, the armed forces, many worthy causes out there and labour and conservative mps will be knocking on the chancellor was my door saying time to do something for them as well. and also the focus on the lowest paid goes back to theresa may saying she wants to help those struggling to make ends meet. so those at the bottom end of the pay scale will get more. that is another thing that is pleasing for the mps. and for the conservatives they know the nhs is a difficult issue for them, they feel labour outpolled when it comes to this and this gives them ammunition to say that they are acting. but
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they know these long years with a pay freeze and very low rise, means that people are feeling much worse off and there will be more needing to be done. but it is the cost of those, £4 billion a month when it comes to energise workers, to replicate across other sectors we need to find out where the money is going to come from. the royal college of nursing was one of the organisations negotiating that deal — and their chief executive and general secretary janet davies joins me in the studio. what are you telling members, that this is a good deal? we are recommending it to them, we believe that we have scrapped the pay gap which we have been asking for and moved away from that 1% austerity figure. and 6.5% gives some certainty. it has been a very uncertain three years and we think this is positive for the above post three years in the first year is
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above cpi and above the predictions. of course we do not know what it is going to be like and they is of course the cause to reopen that if inflation goes sky—high in the third year. so we recommended, we think it has been in negotiation for a long time. it has not come with any strings attached which is good for the members. but it is up to the members now, we will start to go out to consult with them at the end of april. 0nce they've had a good look at what it means for them. it is quite complicated so important that eve ryo ne quite complicated so important that everyone understands what they are voting for. and we will keep the consultation open until the beginning ofjune so people have plenty of time before deciding whether they want us to accept it or not. i imagine you have spoken to some colleagues already, what is the sense? the general feeling today has been that this is good, everyone was
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worried about unsocial hours, losing holiday. none of that is there, it isa holiday. none of that is there, it is a genuine pay rise. it might not be as much as some would have wished but under the circumstances we think it isa but under the circumstances we think it is a reasonably good negotiated deal. if a member comes to you and says given what is happening to inflation, it does not actually look very attractive. when you consider what inflation has done and what it may do, it could turn out to be a pretty poor deal. while we do not know what the future is going to be, if inflation starts to spiral we can revisit this. but at the moment it is above predicted inflation still a long way from that 1%. so we have made significant progress and of course for some, because we have reformed the agenda for change, for 50% of members it will be more than
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the 6.5%. so it is a mix picture. people need to look at what it means for them. and what is the kind of range you are looking at? 6.5 is the smallest, one particular band would get almost 13% and anything but between that. so a significant difference. and then in two years' time you look at your progress and increments based on experience. and that helps with productivity and professional development. that will be an added enquiries about point and some people would get quite a significant rise. not long ago we spoke about recruitment problems in the health service. do you think that this will help? i think it will, it is not the entire answer. there are things like staffing levels and pressures but this is
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getting the message that actually nurses and others in the health service are valued and the chancellor has been willing to negotiate. 0ne chancellor has been willing to negotiate. one big fear is that we often see a pay award been partly fund and the employers end up having to pay the rest of which is incredibly difficult especially at the moment. i think the big news for the moment. i think the big news for the members is that this is being funded so at least some value placed on this by the chancellor. thank you very much. and at 5.40 we'll be going over the numbers with mark dayan from the nuffield trust. we will be talking about the impact of those figures. some news just coming in, the red arrows engineer who died when his aircraft crashed yesterday in north wales has now
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been officially named as corporal jonathan davies. and indeed there has been a tribute paid to him. he was killed when the aircraft crashed yesterday afternoon for the visible investigation under way into the crash itself. and colleagues of corporal bayliss are paying tribute to him and his leadership skills today and saying what a significant and impressive figure he was to work with. one colleague talking about corporal bayliss saying he had the ability to motivate and inspire a tea m ability to motivate and inspire a team around him no matter the rank oi’ team around him no matter the rank or person. very proud to have been chosen tojoin the or person. very proud to have been chosen to join the red arrows group and being one of the small group of engineers whosejob it and being one of the small group of
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engineers whose job it was to fly in a red arrows jet. engineers whose job it was to fly in a red arrowsjet. and he fulfilled something of a schoolboy dream. 0ther tributes coming in to corporal bayliss today from squadron leader richard bland of the royal air force acrobatic team saying everyone had a great story aboutjohn and without exception he was known as a top man with an infectious smile, a cheeky grin and dry sense of humour. the ability to fill a room with laughter, the ultimate professional and embodiment of excellence. and touched by the messages of condolence received from the wider air force condolence received from the wider airforce and condolence received from the wider air force and people who knew him. he was a very skilled leader and great ambassador, they say, for the royal air force. quite apart from being a knowledgeable technician and had all of the attributes and qualities that defined the red arrows. so some moving tributes being paid to corporaljonathan bayliss, now named as the engineer
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who lost his life in that crash yesterday in anglesey. the pilot was still being given medical treatment, he ejected from the aircraft before the crash and survived. at corporal bayliss sadly lost his life in the crash. following the nhs pay news — figures today suggest the squeeze on household income may be easing — with wages growing at a rate just below the rise in prices. official statistics showed that average wages grew by 2.6% in the three months to january. they come a day after figures showing inflation falling back to 2.7%. 0ur personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. even if your pay hasn't gone up much, especially if you're in the public sector, the average is increasing faster. that's what's happening at this london business, making beauty products for people with sensitive skin, founded by sarah brown, who has been raising her staff's wages. one of our biggest pressures is the tightening in the jobs market which we are really feeling. wages are going up, we are a living
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wage certified company, meaning we have always paid more than the national minimum wage and we think it is fair because it is based on the actual cost of living. over the past two years, price rises, the inflation rate, have outstripped wage increases. effectively, the buying power of our pay has been shrinking, but now wages are rising by 2.6% on average and have now almost caught up with prices. and some people are doing even better. throughout the recession we have made sure that we have increased the living wage and the minimum wage and people on the lowest paid jobs have seen a 7% increase above the rate of inflation. there has been a rise in the number out of work, up 24,000, but the percentage of the workforce without a job is down to 4.3%, close to its lowest in years. here, they have taken on 16 people in the last year to help cope with demand, taking the total to 48. that is matched over
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the uk as a whole. the total employed is up sharply. the economy has been quite resilient in the aftermath of the referendum and the labour market is really proof of that. thejob market is holding up. if people start to feel better off, then we should see consumer spending start to firm up across the economy. that was really a bit of a weak point in the uk last year. there have been worrying signs, the collapse of carillion, shops and restaurants laying people off. so far, help has come from other countries doing well and buying our exports and giving an overall boost to jobs and pay. simon gompertz, bbc news. this is bbc news at five — the headlines. more than a million nhs workers in england are to get a pay rise of at least 6.5% over the next three years. the row over facebook and the misuse of data, theresa may says allegations
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against british firm, cambridge analytica, are ‘very concerning‘. the red arrows engineer who died in a crash on tuesday has been officially named as corporal jonathan bayliss. and in sport scotla nd jonathan bayliss. and in sport scotland failed to qualify for the cricket world cup next year. rain curtailed their run chase in zimbabwe. there were five runs short of the required rate at the time. and england head coach eddiejones retains the unwavering support of the rfu -- retains the unwavering support of the rfu —— the retains the unwavering support of the rfu -- the rfu. retains the unwavering support of the rfu —— the rfu. after three defeats in a row. england should champions manchester united and chelsea aim for history in the women‘s champions league quarterfinals. city are at home.
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more on those stories just after half past five. the diplomatic stalemate between the uk and russia following the chemical attack in salisbury shows no sign of being resolved. this morning the british ambassador to moscow did not attend a briefing held by the russian foreign ministry about the attack on sergei skripal and his daughter. a british diplomat who did attend accused the russians of conducting a ‘disinformation campaign‘. in london, the foreign secretary borisjohnson has been giving evidence to the foreign affairs select committee. when it comes to the use of a novichok type nerve agent in salisbury, to attempt to assassinate
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someone who had been identified by the russian state of the target for liquidation, not long after president putin himself had said that such people would choke on their own 30 pieces of silver and deserve to be poisoned. no matter how exactly it came to be done, the pathway, the chain of responsibility seems to go back to the russian state. let‘s speak to our diplomatic correspondent james landale. where are we on this today after the exchanges we have heard? will we thought it was going to die down a bit because yesterday the british government made a clear decision not to retaliate to the russian decision to retaliate to the russian decision to expel 23 british diplomats from moscow. so there was a kind of even stevens in terms of the diplomatic punishment imposed on each other and the uk government had decided not to escalate. but the foreign secretary was giving evidence today and
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reignited that, the rhetoric between both countries. specifically once again blaming notjust the russian state that vladimir putin presley and in response, not in response because it happened earlier, in that briefing you mentioned the russian officials were giving a briefing and even suggested that the salisbury attack could have been orchestrated by the british state. so the rhetoric has once again inflamed. by the british state. so the rhetoric has once again inflamedm the exchanges there is another example of that rhetoric in the parliamentary session, the labour mp simon austin asking questions and he put it to arrestjohnson that mr putin would use the world cup coming up putin would use the world cup coming up in the way that hitler used the 0lympic up in the way that hitler used the olympic games in 1936. that'sjust listen to that. i think first of all your characterisation of what is going to happen in moscow at the
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world cup yes, i think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. i think it is an emetic prospect frankly to think of putin glorying in this sporting event. you mentioned rhetoric extract boris johnson is the chief british diplomat as foreign secretary and what you‘ve just heard is possibly the most undiplomatic thing i think that ever heard any diplomats say about another country for that and that comparison with the berlin 0lympics that comparison with the berlin olympics in 1936, incredibly controversial, images of all those sportsmen having to raise their hands in the nazi salute, all that comparison will be hugely explosive. and already the russian foreign ministry have responded saying any comparison is completely unacceptable. so the row continues.
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thank you. theresa may has described as ‘very concerning‘ — the allegations that the british data firm, cambridge analytica, misused facebook information to influence the us presidential election. the prime minister said it was right that the claims be properly examined. yesterday cambridge analytica announced its chief executive, alexander nix, had been suspended pending an independent investigation. the company denies any wrongdoing. the academic who created an app which gathered data from millions of facebook users says he has been made a ‘scapegoat‘. dr aleksandr kogan said he had no idea the work he did for cambridge analytica would be used for donald trump‘s election campaign. facebook says dr kogan violated the site‘s policies. 0ur correspondent ben ando reports. worldwide it has more than 2 billion users. if you are on facebook and you probably are, it has information about how old you are, who you are related to and how you might vote. if you were one of 270,000 people
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who took part in a personality test, that app collected data notjust for you, but for your friends, their friends, up to 50 million people for a company called cambridge analytica. have you met mr trump? many times. this is that company‘s boss alexander nix boasting to undercover reporters that they used that data to send millions of targeted messages during the us elections that got donald trump into the white house. a claim that facebook strongly denies. the app was created by a cambridge university academic who says he designed it for research, not election rigging. my view is that i am being used as a scapegoat by both facebook and cambridge analytica. honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately and doing something that was really normal. these are testing times for facebook. it says it‘s outraged at how it‘s been deceived. but cambridge analytica, based here in london, says it‘s done nothing wrong. it has suspended its ceo,
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alexander nix, and says it has appointed a senior lawyer to carry out an independent investigation. analysts say online political campaigning is here to stay. every uk party is campaigning online, buying ads, profiling the voters they want to reach. they are spending the money they need to reach them. the nice thing, for them, of digital campaigning and these kind of advertising tools, is that they can go back to people again and again with the same messages and really reinforce what they‘re trying to get across. but if you don‘t want to join the trend of deleting facebook altogether, how do you keep your data, and indirectly that of your friends, secure? you can turn your cookies off, you can make yourself private, so your data isn‘t given to the platforms themselves. there are a number of steps you can take to actually be forgotten. in the united states, senators are calling for facebook founder mark zuckerberg to appear before congress. they are breathtakingly powerful. they know more about me than me, more about you than you.
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facebook says that the controversial app would not be allowed now. here, it‘s understood officials are seeking a warrant to enter the offices of cambridge analytica to search through their files and data. ben ando, bbc news. and at 5.30 i‘ll be talking to investigative journalist james ball about how facebook operates and how our data is harvested. some of the other stories making bbc news at five. the television star ant mcpartlin has again been interviewed by police following his arrest on suspicion of drink driving at the weekend. his partner declan donnelly has confirmed he will host the rest of the current series of their itv show saturday night takeaway without ant. a man has been stabbed to death at a shopping centre in east london. the man, who was believed to be in his early 20s,
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was pronounced dead at the stratford centre last night. it brings the number of fatal stabbings in the capital this year to 26. the archbishop of canterbury has said that the church needs new powers to protect children from abuse. justin welby told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse that the church‘s safeguarding powers probably needed looking at again. he said he was "appalled" and "ashamed" of the church for what it did to survivors. theresa may‘s proposal for a transition phase to allow the uk to leave the european union slowly has been agreed in principle by the president of the european council. donald tusk said the 21—month deal would delay what he called "the negative consequences of brexit". i have some good news for prime minister theresa may. news that has been awaited in london but also in all the other eu capitals. i have
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just recommended to our leaders that we welcome in principle the agreement on transition. in practice the transition phase will allow to delay all democratic consequences of brexit by another 21 months. it is important not used to our people and businesses are to buy this time so that everyone is prepared for the real impact of brexit. 0n that everyone is prepared for the real impact of brexit. on friday leaders will also discuss how to conduct further negotiations. in order to minimise the negative effect of brexit on our citizens and businesses. the suspect in a wave of bombings in the texas state capital austin has died — after he detonated a device while being chased by police. two people were killed by parcel bombs — after six separate attacks in the city this month. 0ur correspondent gary 0‘donoghue reports from austin.
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police closed in on the suspected bomber in the early hours, tracking him down to a hotel north of austin. whilst they waited for extra back—up, he drove off and then pulled into a ditch at the side of the road. as the police approached his car, he set off another bomb. as members of the boston police department swat team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle. knocking one of our swat officers back, and one of our swat officers fired at the suspect as well. the suspect is deceased, and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle. cctv in the past couple of days appears to show the man believed to be the suspect dropping off a package at a fedex office in southwest austin. he has not been named officially,
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but thought to be a 23—year—old white man. since the beginning of the month, there have been six separate bombs, five of which had exploded. two men have died, and half a dozen have suffered serious injuries. a number are still in hospital. police do not know the motive of this bombing spree that has terrified austin for the last three weeks. they are also telling the public that they don‘t know where the suspect has been in the last few hours, so there could still be devices out there. ina in a moment a quick reminder of the headlines. but first the weather forecast. it will feel a lot milder tomorrow morning. we had a frost this morning, but tomorrow no frost is
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expected, because the has been coming from south—western southern climes on a south—westerly wind. the air is getting milder and milder over us. air is getting milder and milder over us. this is the forecast for the rest of this evening. you can get a sense of the motion of the cloud lifting out of the south—west wind setting in. and also some rain eventually in the forecast for western parts of the country during thursday, but not in the morning. the money is still dry and clear places. it is still not that cold, five, six, 7 degrees first thing in the morning, a real change to how things are going to feel. through the morning, clouding freezing in western areas, we are expecting rain to arrive in belfast and glasgow. the bulk of england and wales is expected to remain dry and bright, temperatures getting up to around 13 degrees. the time is 5:30pm. this is bbc news. the headlines:
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trade unions agree to offer more thani million nhs workers in england a pay rise of at least 6.5% over the next three years. russia has responded angrily after borisjohnson drew parallels between president putin and adolf hitler. the russian foreign ministry said that it was unacceptable that mr johnson was poisoned with hatred and angen the row over facebook and the misuse of data continues, as theresa may says allegations against the british firm cambridge analytica are "very concerning". the red arrows engineer who died when his hawk t1 aircraft crashed at raf valley on tuesday has been officially named as corporaljonathan bayliss. sport now, with hugh ferris. hello, good evening. scotland will not be at the cricket world cup next year. they failed to reach the main event after being beaten by the west
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indies and the weather at the qualifying tournament in zimbabwe today. joe lynskey reports. whatever the sport, whatever the sta kes, whatever the sport, whatever the stakes, there is an unmistakably scottish passion. but at this world cup, there is little room for sentiment. it‘s harder to reach than ever, and every ball counts. the very first one, scotland got the perfect start. wicket of chris gayle. a breakthrough. it set the tone for an underwhelming west indian innings. 0nly marlon samuels‘ resista nce indian innings. 0nly marlon samuels‘ resistance needed special intervention. the quick feet of tom his wicket. windies were 198 all out. room for quiet optimism. scotla nd out. room for quiet optimism. scotland set about a patient chase. with richie berrington‘s innings, they were on course for a win. but they were on course for a win. but the game changed with his dismissal. note video reviews on the qualifiers, no way to challenge the call. when the rain came, the west indies held a slender lead. highland
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hopes ended unmistakably scottish conditions. you know your luck is out when it rains in africa. joe lyns key, out when it rains in africa. joe lynskey, bbc news. the rfu says that eddiejones retains their full support despite three defeats in a row that ended england‘s underwhelming six nations campaign. they insist that whilst the performances were disappointing, he remains the right candidate to lead the side into next year‘s world cup. the key is to be rational and calm and look at the facts and the data and look at the facts and the data and understand what they are telling us. if we need to make any changes, use that to inform those changes. at the moment, there is no kneejerk reaction to this. that‘s key. because the track record is significant, you know, we kind of hit a bit of a bump, significant, you know, we kind of hita bit ofa bump, it‘s to make sure that we don‘t go and throw everything out to get us back on track. as we have been hearing on the news, the foreign secretary borisjohnson, has the news, the foreign secretary boris johnson, has impaired borisjohnson, has impaired russia
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hosting the world cup to not see germany staging the olympics in 1936 —— not see germany. mrjohnson was asked whether vladimir putin would use this summer‘s tournament the way that hitler did the games in munich, and he agreed with the comparison, he said it was a prospect to the putin glorifying in this sporting event. nick pope was called up to the england squad for the first time and confident their safety will be a priority in the world cup. we will ta ke priority in the world cup. we will take advice from the fa and closer to the time, you know, i think we will seek that advice and probably heed it. obviously you want family and friends to be there. but safety has always got to come first for us. ten of the women‘s champions league tonight and manchester city women and chelsea ladies are aiming to create some history. never before have two sides reached the last four in europe was like top competition. the face of tough test against
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montpellier, the french side. manchester city are at home to swedish champions linkoping. they are against it to make the last four for a second year in a row. we have done our homework on them and know they are really good team, they have dominated swedish book ball for you well. it‘s going to be a big game —— swedish football. it would be nice to have a home game. we have played away for ten games in a row. it‘s been hard. but the home support, we‘ve got great supporters, great fans, we love having them at home. so, you can make cited. you can listen to a full —— eight cited. you can listen to full commentary, it sta rts can listen to full commentary, it starts at 7pm. coverage also on the bbc sport website. that‘s it from me for now. news just in from the metropolitan police about the itv presenter and but plan. metropolitan police saying in the last few minutes a man has been charged
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following a road traffic collision in the lower richmond road in south—west london. it happened on sunday the of march, as we have in reporting. and much heartland, 42, of chiswick, has been charged by requisition with drink—driving, he has been formally charged with drink—driving and he is now to appear at wimbledon magistrates‘ court on the 4th of april. news from the metropolitan police that the tv presenter has been charged with drink—driving following his arrest on the sunday. he will appear in court on aprilfour. on the sunday. he will appear in court on april four. that is just in from the metropolitan police. the time is 5:36pm. the house of commons digital, culture, media and sport committee has been hearing evidence today from sandy parakilas, a former operations manager for facebook, who claims that he warned senior executives at the company that its approach to data protection risked a major breach. it follows allegations that the british firm cambridge analytica misused data about facebook users for political purposes, something the company denies. but it is a complex web of
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allegations and denials. we‘re going to try and make sense of it all. with me is james ball, an investigative journalist who worked on wikileaks with julian assange, as well as playing a key role in the coverage of the nsa leaks by edward snowden. it‘s good to have you with us, james, thank you very much. what sense can people make of what happened here? those with no technical knowledge, who don‘t know what how the sting data means, for example, how would you explain it? so, at the centre of all of this —— harvesting data. it is a database of information of 50 million users that the company cambridge analytica collected. essentially, the way that they got this is the sort of part of they got this is the sort of part of the matter. they did it by taking a kind of personality quiz that would match your facebook revolt and tell you, you know, whether it suggested you were extroverted or introverted — your you were extroverted or introverted —— your facebook revile and tell you. they bought this from academic
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and advertised it heavily and paid people to take it. when they signed up with that these book account to see it, it didn‘tjust collect their data, which would the 0k, they consented as they did it, it also pulled in some of the profile information of all of their friends. the average facebook user has 300 friends. and so, through these 200 and something thousands people, they act duly collected data on 50 million people —— actually collected data. most of whom had no chance to consent. and so that‘s kind of what started it. but a lot of us really didn‘t know what people could you with our data. and so it started to spark a much bigger row. that‘s why facebook are worried. to what extent are they worried, and precisely what are they worried, and precisely what are they worried about? is it the fa ct are they worried about? is it the fact that they are seen to be lax with people‘s data, or rules being broken here, what is the concern? on
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the specific issue, facebook has some quite good answers will stop it changed its policy is three years ago to make it impossible to collect eight in this way. and they ordered cambridge analytica several years ago to delete all of the information it collected this way. it‘s been alleged they didn‘t actually do that. the more broad question is, how 0k are we with our sort of data, what we like and guesses companies can make based on that being used to target very specific adverts to us. for some things we might be ok if that‘s used to sell as toothpaste, but is it ok to hyper target political messages, given what we know about misinformation and fake news? that is at the heart of this, just for you to shed a little more light on the precise allegation here, which cambridge analytica denies, as i was saying, is that this was misused for political purposes. and the difficulty for cambridge analytica is that they have spent years hyping up what they
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can do to clients. we‘ve seen their sales presentations. they talked about having 5000 data points on hundreds of millions of people. this is one small bit of what they claim to have. now, their reputation in the industry and among serious campaigners is, they are kind of known as snake all sales men. people say they are really over the pitch. but because they have made themselves out to be the masters of psychological dark arts, it is quite difficult to ask the benefit of the doubt and think they are pretty harmless and would doing anything interesting. the final point about concerns that people will have, not just about this incident, although it involves tens of millions of people, about how data is gathered about hundreds of millions of people without their knowledge. are there other parts of activity around the web, where things that you can do on a daily basis can be maybe not as
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private as you thought? the key thing that we remember, anything that we use for free on internet, whether it is google or facebook, they make a huge of it, they cover their costs, by selling and trading information so that we can be advertised to. we are not the custom of these things we are the product. we are not the customer. we can‘t just delete ourselves from one service. we have to think about the trade—offs we are making and look to government and regulators to set the limits on what‘s 0k and what isn‘t. just very briefly, are we looking, given the controversy around this, at really changing the pattern of provision so that our relationship with some of these companies is actually very different? the key question with the, if we wanted facebook to stop trading in our data, would we be happy to pay for what we are so used to be getting for free? what we are so used to be getting forfree? i‘m what we are so used to be getting for free? i‘m not what we are so used to be getting forfree? i‘m not sure what we are so used to be getting for free? i‘m not sure that any of us for free? i‘m not sure that any of us would. very interesting to talk to you, james, thank you for coming
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in. james ball, an investigative journalist on the latest twists in the facebook story that has been developing this week. it‘s 5:42pm. pope francis has announced he will visit ireland in august — the first papal visit to the republic for almost 40 years. the pontiff‘s visit will include celebrating mass in dublin‘s phoenix park. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris page, reports. the official announcement of a much—anticipated papal visit. irish families were in rome to hear pope francis confirm he was going to their country, as was the archbishop of dublin. it‘s almost 40 years since the last time a pope went to ireland. on a hillside in drogheda, nearly 300,000 people... in 1979, john paul ii drew massive crowds on a tour which featured some iconic moments for catholics. young people of ireland, i love you. it was such a sense of excitement,
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and almost as i talk about it now i can see the helicopter coming overhead. and then i suppose for a large group of young people to be affirmed by the pope with those beautiful words. father martin mcgill was amongst the throng 39 years ago, and has been reflecting on what this year‘s event might mean. a lot has happened in 30 years, a sense of maybe having to face up to a past which at times we did not want to do. but if we are going to get any healing and experience any sense of truth, we have to do that. the reputation of the church has been damaged by scandals about child sex abuse. and there‘s been major social change, like the legalisation of same—sex marriage in the irish republic after a referendum in 2015. the influence of the catholic church in ireland, north and south, has diminished in recent years. but churchgoing remains more popular than in most other parts of europe. in west belfast today, parishioners
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were delighted about the plans. absolutely fantastic. if there was more people like him, it would be a beautiful, better world to live in. i'm sure everyone will turn out and welcome him with open arms. i think it's really great. pope francis will visit dublin in late august for two days. so far, no news as to whether he will travel north of the irish border. if he does, it would be the first ever papal visit to northern ireland. chris page, bbc news. more now on our top story: 0ver 1 million nhs workers in england are set to receive a pay rise worth at least 6.5% over the next three years. the agreement includes nurses, midwives and paramedics, as well as the lowest—paid staff, such as porters and cleaners, who are in line to get an increase of 15%. we were talking to the royal college of nursing earlier. in some cases, the lowest paid staff will get a bigger increase. mark dayan is a policy and public affairs analyst at health charity the nuffield trust, and is here with me in the studio. did have you with us, thank you. is
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ita did have you with us, thank you. is it a good deal? compared to what we‘ve had for eight years, a com plete we‘ve had for eight years, a complete pay cap followed ideas of 196 complete pay cap followed ideas of 1% increases, those being cuts in real terms, this is a good deal and i think it will be very welcome to nhs staff. what it represents is perhaps a recognition that we are reaching the end of the road with austerity in the nhs, and we think that‘s a very valid conclusion. but let‘s not get out of ourselves, you know, for most staff this will be about a 6.5% increase over three yea rs, about a 6.5% increase over three years, that‘s not very far away from inflation. we won‘t see people spending power rising hugely. we welcome this move but it‘s not a game changer. there was some pretty acerbic amends from some quarters, including some nhs staff, saying, after the kind of cap we have had anything is going to look great. even what has happened to inflation, as you just said, it‘s actually not that terrific. are we in a position where we are saying, given the austerity policies and what people
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are used to, it looks better than it is as mac is that the case being made? yes, i wouldn't want to oversell it, it reflects the cost of living as they will be rising over the next few years. from that interview hopefully we will move from a position where we know that he was one of the factors although by no means the only factor discouraging people from working in the nhs, to at least keeping up with it. but what i would say is... so, he is really only one element of what attracts people into the workforce and keeps them that —— pay is. even though it is a good page you‘ll, it is notjob done in terms of tackling the nhs, it‘s quite serious staffing problems. without getting into too many technicalities, is it right to say there are no strings attached to this? it was a suggestion that he gave‘s holiday rep would be taken away from staff as part of this deal. that was the right decision, to drop that, from murao‘s point of
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view. so the point of view of morale. there are relatively few strings attached. i'm wondering what the pressure will be in scotland, wales and northern ireland, what‘s your reading of the overall position? crucially, this pay settle m e nt position? crucially, this pay settlement will be backed by new money from the treasury. under the barnett formula, scotland, wales and northern ireland will get extra money as well. they may not use it in exactly the same but hopefully they are able to offer a better deal to their staff as well. england was foremost in terms of problems with recruitment, but problems are creeping up in scotland as well. angst, mark dayan. shedding some light on the figures today —— thank you. are in calculating sickness benefit could cost the government more than £800 million. the national audit office says mistakes have been known since around 2013 but the
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minister has only started to address this issue last year. michael buchanan has more details. lucy marsh lives at home with her parents. the 28—year—old has learning disabilities, and though she does voluntary work, she relies on benefits for any income. when she was moved from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in 2013, officials miscalculated what she was due. she has now been repaid thousands of pounds. just in time for her to shortly move in to herfirst home. what it means is that in monetary terms, it is a payment ofjust short of £2000. which obviously will be very useful to lucy in the context of her moving into this new supported accommodation. it will help quite substantially with the furnishings and things for the new flat. many other claimants will get much more money, says today‘s report. the average repayment will be £5,000 per head. though some could get as much as £20,000. in total, 70,000 people are due
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a backdated payment. the whole debacle could cost the department for work and pensions as much as £830 million in repayments and higher benefit awards. ministers say they are committed to correcting the mistakes and are aiming to repay everyone affected by april of next year. but while the errors started in 2011, they‘ll only backdate payments to 2014, claiming a court ruling limits liability. welfare advisers are not impressed. they were well aware of the legislation before, they had it in their own guidance. they just failed to follow that. and as a result some of the most severely disabled people have lost out on thousands of pounds they will never get back. for lucy, the repayment will help as she moves home. for other claimants, who have been underpaid for years, their reduced budgets have meant real hardships. michael buchanan, bbc news. the winners of this year‘s
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sony world photography awards 0pen competition have been revealed, with british photographer nick dolding voted the best in the portraiture category for this image of actor emile clarke. look at that, it is a magnificent image. all the category winners will now compete for the open photographer of the year award, which will be announced on the 19th of april. nick golding also won the national award for the best uk entry to the competition. i‘m delighted to say that he is with us. the first i‘m going to do, nick, is say, many congratulations. for the eagle eyed, as you point out, it is nick dolding, not nick goulding! and a starfor what is nick dolding, not nick goulding! and a star for what you have done, good to have you with us. given that we have this image behind us, first of all, tell us about how you went about composing it, and, you know,
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what is it about the image that tells you that you‘ve got something special‘s tells you that you‘ve got something special's well, with regards to this image, it was a commissioned shoot and there were particular scenario is that we had to shoot with emile. when i saw him with his styling and onset, it was too good an opportunity to miss. it's fantastic, it has a bit of power and a bit of style to it. it was an extra five minutes, andi style to it. it was an extra five minutes, and i asked if it was ok, andi minutes, and i asked if it was ok, and i got the portrait. the kind of lehman‘s question for me is, to what exte nt d o lehman‘s question for me is, to what extent do you plan this in detail, what do you have a general notion of what do you have a general notion of what you are trying to achieve‘s you know, what is the extent of your planning around the photo? well, with regard to this shot, the set was there, the styling was there, a lot of it was already dictated, he was holding a phone and it was part ofa was holding a phone and it was part of a story, it was more about his luck. i think it looks fantastic. there is an arrogance to it as well
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-- his there is an arrogance to it as well —— his look. there is an arrogance to it as well -- his look. a hole at the look. you have certainly got that —— a weighty look. there is a range of work here. we look at some other work and we look at yours. let‘s have a look at the first image we want in some of the first image we want in some of the range that we‘ve got here. talk to me about this one, i love this, talk to me about this image that we can seek? i like it, i'm a picture taken all the time. something like that, i was talking with your colleague earlier on, if i saw that happening i would be running up the street to try and get that job, because you have to be there ready for it, just write. it is the speed of response, you‘ve got to be ever ready, really. there is a bit of humour to this as well. there‘s also a bit of pathos to it in terms of what‘s happening, given the old lady there, it‘s a mix of things going on. that‘s wonder. yellow the dog and the window... let‘s move on. well, this is all about motion,
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isn‘t it? well, this is all about motion, isn't it? exactly. what strikes you about this image? well, i thinkjust the form of the dive and where they are. you know, they would normally be already entered the dive position, but it‘s unusual, it looks like he is stuck to the bottom. you have to pinch yourself, there‘s a quality which is slightly surreal. lovely, simple colours. it is very arresting. let‘s look at the next one. oh, yes, what struck you about this? i read the caption to it, the story, the guy was in a park in america, he saw a fork, he was expecting a bet that a deer came out —— heisele before will stop of the geographer said from the corner of his eye he saw a clearing bathed in fog.
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without thinking too much, he ran with a camera to take some pictures. it's with a camera to take some pictures. it‘s the spontaneity which is great, to achieve a result like that is amazing, really. this one is very different, talk to me about that? until i read the caption, i didn‘t know what it was. it‘s very unusual. it isa know what it was. it‘s very unusual. it is a win tunnel built in the 19305 it is a win tunnel built in the 1930s for error number —— aeronautical studies in berlin. it's snowing, it‘s just very different. you are very generous with other people is work, let‘s have a look at your work, let‘s see the portrait that you have produced for us. that‘s the one we‘ve seen already, which is great. we will move onto some the others. what do you look for in individuals, that kind of character that you want to try and access. . . character that you want to try and access... that‘s the one that we have seen! what are you looking for
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when you see an individual and you try and read the character and bring that across was yellow i think to a certain extent it depends whether they are personality, an actor... if it isa they are personality, an actor... if it is a commission, you might be dealing with a model. for this example? this guy is a fabric designer. and i had a good idea of what i wanted to do. i have two options. 0ne what i wanted to do. i have two options. one was a very day like feel. but when we got to the studio, the studio was immensely busy. i wa nted the studio was immensely busy. i wanted to keep everything in it but i wanted him to stand out. white simple, but he does stand out. you can probably bend five minutes going through everything that‘s in the shot, because there is a lot going on. i love the cluttered nature. this is very different and power. on. i love the cluttered nature. this is very different and powerlj live in camberwell and there is a boxing gym done that, i have regretted it quite a few times, they know me down there, i can just go
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down there —— i have frequented it. the fighters are happy to have their pickjust taken. the fighters are happy to have their pick just taken. i the fighters are happy to have their pickjust taken. i went to shoot a different box yesterday, he didn‘t turn up. this guy, carl, was happy for me to photograph him. and, yeah, i have about an owl with him. he was waiting to train somebody else. —— i had an hour with him. he is a cage fighter and he trains people. i like the darkness, you can‘t see his eyes. what does this convey? this was a project about mental health issues. with the head together thing at the moment... it was about being trapped, suffocation. i love it. there is an eeriness to it as well. it‘s fantastic to talk to you, nick, it is great to see such great quality and the fact that it has been recognised as a world—class performers, good to see you. thank you very much. and well done on the
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competition, as well. nick dolding, good to have him in the studio. what‘s the weather doing, tomasz, tell us all? one thing that we will notice first thing on thursday morning isjust how mild it‘s going to feel outside. this morning we had a frost, but as far as tonight is concerned, no frost in the forecast there. there might be a touch of frost outside of town in rural areas in the very far north and far south—west of the country. most of us in towns... the winds are coming out of the south—west more or less, dragging in the mild there now. from wednesday into thursday as well. try it, colder air tucking wednesday into thursday as well. try it, colderairtucking in, slightly colder, that is going to be in place across the country at the end of the week and weekend —— behind it. a couple of relatively mild days, at least one while they are away. wednesday night into thursday, a
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little bit of rain here and there in western parts of scotland, showers in the eastern counties. 0ther found that it will be a fairly clear night for most of us. even with the clear skies i don‘t think the temperatures willdip skies i don‘t think the temperatures will dip away much at all. by the on thursday, it is 5 degrees in the south, six or seven in northern areas “— south, six or seven in northern areas —— 5am on thursday. a touch colder in the south—west, three degrees expected in plymouth. thursday morning we are waking up to a lot of bright weather, feeling pleasa nt a lot of bright weather, feeling pleasant out there. bring the day, the winds will freshen out west, the clouds will increase and we are expecting rain for northern ireland, western scotland. through the course of thursday and friday, rain sweeping through. thursday night will be, i think, a wet night. the weather systems will keep on being pushed by this jet stream of ours during the next few days. —— over us. business as usual, cold in the north, mild in the south, in between
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zone. here is one on friday, most of the rain will fall brosque scotland, maybe a bit wintry the hills. northern ireland and northern england, could be some showers. for many of us, friday will be fairly bright with temperatures getting up to about 1110, maybe 12 degrees. saturday, a question mark about whether it will be sunny. a few spots of rain in the south. most of the showers will be across all and northern ireland. the bridges a bit lower. we have got a north—westerly wind —— temperatures a bit longer. ten or 11 degrees in the south. all in all, not bad. after years of a pay cap or pay freeze, the government gives pay rises to over a million nhs staff.
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over the next three years, wages will increase between 6.5% and 29%. it‘s nice for us to be recognised for all that hard work. but obviously, it doesn‘t detract away from the last few years, where we actually haven‘t had anything. now it‘s up to staff to agree to the deal. we‘ll be looking at the detail of what‘s on offer. also tonight... this summer‘s world cup — the foreign secretary compares russia‘s staging of it to hitler hosting the olympics. the academic at the centre of the row over harvesting personal facebook data tells the bbc he‘s been made a scapegoat. the new scanner that, for the first time, can track within the brain a person‘s movements as they happen. and coming up on bbc news: scotland scuppered by the rain. they failed to qualify for next year‘s cricket world cup —

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