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it. goodbye. this is bbc news. the australia cricket captain steve smith and vice captain david warner are to stand down over the ball—tampering scandal. the australian prime minister expressed his anger. this is a shocking disappointment, and it's wrong, and i look forward to cricket australia taking decisive action. at the news from south africa. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england to ease staff shortages and improve care. borisjohnson describes claims that vote leave broke electoral spending rules during the eu referendum as "utterly ludicrous". in the coming hour, france remembers the police officer and three other people killed
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in the terror attack on friday a memorial service has been held in the tiny southern french town of trebes, led by the bishop of carcassonne. and, fighting back against the robots, the click team meet the workers whose jobs are threatened by machines. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the australian cricket captain, steve smith, and his vice—captain david warner have both stood down for the rest of the current test against south africa, as the ball—tampering scandal deepens. smith and the australian batsman, cameron bancroft, both admitted trying to change the condition of the ball during the game in cape town yesterday. smith told a news conference that the team's "leadership group" had spoken about the tampering plan. there was a chorus of booing from spectators as the side return
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to the pitch in cape town in the last few hours. well there's widespread anger across cricket loving australia, this was reaction to the ball—tampering from the prime minister malcolm turnbull. shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from south africa. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers, are role models, and cricket is synonymous with fair play. how can our team being gauged in cheating like this? but i have to say, the whole nation, who holds those who wear the baggy green up on a pedestal, about as high as you can get in australia, certainly higher than any politician, that's for sure!... this is a shocking disappointment.
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it is wrong, and i look forward to cricket australia taking earlier i got the thoughts of simon hughes, the editor of the cricketer magazine. 0utrageous antics by the australians to not only indulge in the attempted ball tampering but then to totally admit it was a team policy, and premeditated, it's exceptional, i've never heard anything like this before. in the past, went into tried to ball tampering different ways, it has all been a bit surreptitious, and one person has kind of accepted the blame later. never has it been
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done like this, with a whole team, buying into it, apparently, and then the player that actually indulged in it confessing that it was a team policy, the captain admitting total guilt and that they were getting desperate to find a way to get a wicket so they talked about it at lunchtime and then carried out this idea... and it isjust madness as well, there are 30 cameras covering international cricket! to imagine you can get away with this kind of thing isjust you can get away with this kind of thing is just insane. you can get away with this kind of thing isjust insane. is this something you think the australians have been up to for a long time, or other international teams have been up other international teams have been ? other international teams have been up to? is this a rarity? i think it isa up to? is this a rarity? i think it is a rarity, all teams are trying to use legitimate means to get the ball to wear, and distance when what is going on here by the way. traditionally you try to polish a ball to make it swing and move in
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the air but over the last 20 years oi’ the air but over the last 20 years orso, it the air but over the last 20 years or so, it has become more trendy, if you like, more popular, to rough up one side of the ball, encouraging movement through the air, when the ball was older we called it reverse swing, it is roughing up one side and keeping the other side shiny and dry. village it and means for roughing up one side are throwing the ball into the dirt, throwing it from the boundary, on the bounce, aiming at the stumps, from the infield, to try to hit the stumps, bouncing the ball off the pitch, to do that, also, bowling the ball in a different way, holding it in a different way, holding it in a different way, holding it in a different way so it holds on the leather. those rules are completely legitimate. umpires have started to try to control that, stop players from bouncing the ball in from the boundary, deliberately landing it on old pitches, to try to get it roughed up. there are probably a few people trying to find other ways of doing it and we have seen faf du plessis, the south african campton,
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sucking a mint, then transferring the saliva from the mint onto the ball. laughter. trying to give it more polished, there are tactics, but i don't think players are stupid enough to try anything untoward because they know they will be caught and it has been proven in this case. what are the ramifications for cricket, for australian cricket, can steve smith comeback this, he is a great cricketer, lauded as a modern—day bradman. certainly his batting is outstanding, i've never been convinced he is, has much integrity asa captain, convinced he is, has much integrity as a captain, ever since there was an incident at lord's a couple of yea rs an incident at lord's a couple of years ago when ben stokes, i thought, inadvertently put his hand up thought, inadvertently put his hand up to protect himself on the throw, when batting, he has got the ball with his hand, he thought it was going to hit him in the face. the australians appeal for obstructing the field and he was given out, smith upheld that decision, which i
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thought was slightly against the spirit of the game. 0bviously, thought was slightly against the spirit of the game. obviously, this isa spirit of the game. obviously, this is a complete... you cannot see how he can come back as captain because he can come back as captain because he is completely contravening any kind of spirit of the game, any kind of leadership. he has really exhibited a total moral vacuum. and i don't see how he can be captain again. breaking news: the former catalan president, carles puidgemont, has been arrested in germany. breaking news reports suggest he is being detained at the german border with denmark. mr puidgemont fled to belgium following a banned independence referendum in the catalan city of barcelona last october. a warrant was issued by the spanish authorities for his arrest across europe on friday. a memorial mass has been held in the french town of trebes
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to remember the four people killed in a series of attacks on friday. the church service was led by the bishop of carcassonne. a police officer who swapped places with a hostage at the supermarket siege, will also be honoured in a separate national memorial in paris in the coming days. let's speak to our correspondent in paris, hugh schofield. yes, that story of incredible heroism, has really gripped the nation. it certainly has, a moving service, palm sunday mass, it was not a special memorial service, it was a regular mass, start of holy week for questions, for catholics, near, which does add a poignancy, given that the central message of christianity is the sacrifice of the son of god and the sacrifice of arnaud beltrame evoked that, it was
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certainly the view of the bishop, bishop of carcassonne, who presided over this, making reference to the christian sacrifice. arnaud beltrame, let it not be forgotten, was a practising catholic. this was certainly brought out in the mass. the other three people who died, we re the other three people who died, were remembered as well. i retired wine growers, a retired builder, and a supermarket butcher. a very poignant moment, to be followed this week by a national act of homage to arnaud beltrame. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england over the next four years. the move will see 650 midwives start training next year. it is one of a number of proposals to be formally announced by the health secretary, jeremy hunt on tuesday. the royal college of midwives has
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welcomed the news but says the plans need investment and time to work. well, the health secretary jeremy hunt has been speaking to itv‘s peston on sunday, where he said that the move could save hundreds of babies' lives. there are all sorts of things that we have already done to improve maternity safety but in the end, if we are going to have this continuity of care, the same team of midwives, we think that could potentially save 700 lives every year, potentially prevent 500 babies being born with brain damage, but it needs more midwives. and one of the things this prime minister has done is thought about the nhs workforce issues. do we have enough doctors, nurses, midwives. this is a 25% increase in midwives who are training. a little earlier i spoke to the royal college of midwives, who welcomed the news, but said that the government still needs to do more. this is something we have campaigned for for a number of years so it is very welcome but we cannot underestimate the complexities of getting 3000 new midwives into the service. what are the complexities,
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why is it so hard to train them? it is not hard to train them but you need educationalists in university to train them, you need midwives back in the service, to support them through placements, and then you need the jobs, not just about training them, it is about making sure they have jobs to go into, and then retaining them. we need to make sure the nhs is a place people want to work. that has been a real problem retaining them, a lot have been trained and then left the job in subsequent years. often in the first year, when the realities of working in the nhs become apparent, but also we have a number of midwives retiring, midwives going back to the eu, because of brexit, and the challenges of the job. but i am sure that midwives currently in the system welcome this announcement. what about pay as an added incentive, we know it is going up in the nhs. yes, and we welcome the announcement
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this week but it is only a small step to making up the ground we have lost over the last few years of payroll trained and pay freezes. it is going in the right direction, which is welcome, but midwives in the field are saying, it needs to go further. —— of pay restraint and pay freezes. one last question, the health secretary is talking about the need for more continuity, a mother has fewer midwives looking after her in the course of her pregnancy, is that something you would welcome? most certainly, the evidence is all there, if you have a relationship with one midwife during your pregnancy, you are less likely to have a stillbirth. it is not practicable at the moment, that is why we welcome these extra 3000 midwives. the only other issue we have, is thatjeremy hunt is saying that there will be continuity of care for most midwives,
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sorry, most women by 2021. but these new midwives will not be coming, will not be trained by 2022. good afternoon. the australian prime minister malcolm turnbull has urged the country's cricket authorities to take "decisive action" after some australian players were involved in a ball—tampering scandal. batsman cameron bancroft has admitted he interfered with the ball during the third test against south africa. captain steve smith, who said he knew of the plan in advance, has agreed to stand down from his position for the remainder of the match. from sydney, phil mercer reports. 0n and has resumed in cape town with australia fighting against defeat in the third test but off revealed some of the players are battling to save their careers. they have been caught
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cheating and back combination is reeling with shock and embarrassment. just how cameron ba ncroft embarrassment. just how cameron bancroft thought he could get away with tampering with the ball, using sticky tape and dirt, in front of dozens sticky tape and dirt, in front of d oze ns of sticky tape and dirt, in front of dozens of tv cameras, is unclear. an opportunity to potentially use some tape, get some granules from the rough patches of the wicket, and tried to i guess change the ball condition. his captain steve smith, who was part of the conspiracy, has agreed to stand down for the remainder of the match, along with his deputy david warner. i'm not proud of what happened. you know, it's not within the spirit of the game. my integrity, the team's integrity... both men will continue to play under an interim skipper. there is, though, mounting pressure for smith to quit. cricket australia, the governing body, is
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sending two senior officials to south africa to investigate the scandal. the prime minister malcolm turnbull said he shared his country's disappointment. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers are role models, and cricket is synonymous with fairplay. on social media there was more disbelief and anger. the former australian skipper michael clarke hoped it was alljust a bad dream, while other retired players said the game had taken a devastating blow. tampering with the ball using so—called foreign object is strictly prohibited in cricket. there are legal ways to alter the condition of one side of the ball to help its wing or move unpredictably through the air. in this case, australia has crossed the line —— to
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help it swing. australia has cricket asa help it swing. australia has cricket as a national sport, and fans could be asking themselves one simple yet searching question of steve smith and what others —— and his team—mates. just what were they thinking? phil mercer, bbc news, sidnei. —— sydney. here, the government says it's creatingmore than 3000 training places on midwifery courses in england over the next four years. it says it's the "largest ever" increase in the number of nhs midwives and maternity staff. but there are concerns that this may not be enough to solve staffing problems as our health correspondent, catherine burns reports. currently women can see several different midwives during their pregnancy but the department of sick divot—mac health and social care wa nts to divot—mac health and social care wants to change that, pledging that by 2021 most women will have a named midwife throughout —— the department of health and social care wants to change that. that is expected to get work and annuity for mothers and
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babies. so there will be a 25% increase in training places starting with 600 extra training places next year. if we are going to have what we call the continuity of care, same tea m we call the continuity of care, same team of midwives, we think it could potentially save 700 babies lives every year and prevent 500 being born with brain damage, but it needs more midwives. until last year training midwives and nurses in england got a bursary but that was scrapped last summer so they now have to pay tuition like other students. if you try to deliver continuity of care without sufficient midwives all you get is burnt out midwives so we do need these numbers and that is why we welcome these extra 3000. it will ta ke welcome these extra 3000. it will take a while for those numbers to come through. there already are not enough nhs midwives in england and estimates put the shortfall at around 3500. over the last five yea rs around 3500. over the last five years the number of midwives leaving retiring has outstripped the number of newly qualified joiners. the
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government has announced a new pay dealfor nhs government has announced a new pay deal for nhs staff in government has announced a new pay dealfor nhs staff in england government has announced a new pay deal for nhs staff in england with an increase of at least 6.5% over three years. that may go some way towards dealing with scar wood staffing issues but unless the nhs gets better at keeping staff extra places may only have a limited impact —— it may go some way towards dealing with staffing issues. the former catalan president, carles puidgemont, has been arrested in germany. his lawyer says he is being detained at the german border with denmark. mr puidgemont fled to belgium following a banned independence referendum in the catalan city of barcelona last october. a warrant was issued by the spanish authorities for his arrest across europe on friday. labour has called for allegations of cheating by the leave campaign during the eu referendum to be investigated by the police if necessary. a volunteer for vote leave said it had given money to another pro—brexit group and claimed there had been coordination between the two — in contravention of electoral rules. both groups strongly deny any wrongdoing. 0ur political correspondent susanna mendonca joins me. it is quite a complicated story.
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what is alleged to have gone on? yes, vote leave was the official campaign in the referendum and was allowed to spend a certain amount and other campaigns were allowed to spend up to £700,000. allegation is that vote leave spent more money thanit that vote leave spent more money than it was allowed to within the rules. the claim is it gave £625,000 toa rules. the claim is it gave £625,000 to a student running a youth campaign group called beleave, which is legitimate and there is nothing wrong with that as long as it is within the amount but the allegation as the company was used by vote leave for digital advertising. both of them deny this, but labour's tom watson says theresa may needs to
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give the commission the resources it needs to potentially investigate this and bring in the police, if needs be. these are serious allegations about the electoral misconduct, potentially so beleave national anthem plays said that is not what happened. boris johnson was one of the key figure head of the vote leave campaign and he said this is utterly ludicrous and that vote leave won the referendum there and square. susanna mendonca, thank you. a memorial mass has been held in the southern french town of trebes, in honour of the four people killed by an islamist gunman on friday. the mass was led by bishop of carcassonne who called for society to have the courage rebuild itself to stop similar events happening again. later this week there will be a national tribute to honour arnaud beltrame, the police officer who died saving the gunman's hostages. facebook‘s chief executive, mark zuckerberg, has apologised
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to british users of the site in today's newspapers, over the what the firm calls a "breach of trust" following the leak of millions of people's data in 2014. zuckerberg said an app built by a university researcher in cambridge that took the data was not dealt with at the time and for that he was sorry. the world's largest social media network is facing growing scrutiny in europe and the us over the breach. the funding figures issued by the government for its free childcare policy in england is "misleading and out of date," according to a group of mps. they are calling for more money to be paid to nurseries because a shortfall is affecting the quality of the service. the government says its spending more on childcare than any previous administration. caroline davies reports. childcare can be expensive. last year, the government promised some working parents in england more of it for free, but according to mps
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on the treasury committee, childcare providers aren't being paid enough, and that's costing parents money. if you're an eligible working parent in england, you can get 30 hours of free childcare a week for your three or four—year—old. the government pays childcare providers 34p per child per hour less than it costs on average to look after them. this means they have to find the money elsewhere, sometimes charging parents for activities, food, or charging more for children aged under three. the mps behind the report say changes need to happen if the policy is to be a success. this is what it costs, and if the national government is interested and keen to make this policy work, they should make sure that the cost is borne by national government. the treasury says it is already spending more than ever before on childcare but it will consider the recommendations. caroline davies, bbc news. that is it for now.
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the next news on bbc one is at five past six — bye for now. good afternoon. you may have lost an hourin good afternoon. you may have lost an hour in bed but if you have been up for that hour, you will have enjoyed some sunshine. a lovely start to the day across many parts of the uk. clear blue skies in northern areas. this was the scene in western wales recently. further south, a bit more cloud. in kent, grey skies, as you can see. we have grey skies in the south—east of england but elsewhere lots of sunshine. some fair weather cloud in scotland and the far north of england. for the rest of the afternoon, the cloud across the southeast will thin and break—up and brighter weather will come through
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eventually. plenty of sunshine elsewhere. some showers perhaps in scotland, northern ireland and northern parts of england but those will be few and far between. like winds and sunshine and temperatures getting up to 13. through the evening and into tonight with clear spells it will turn cold quite quickly and as you can see by the blue colouring, a frost setting in in northern and western areas. south—eastern areas perhaps staying just above freezing and two to four degrees. into next week, some changes on the way. a battle between cold aircoming changes on the way. a battle between cold air coming from the north, scandinavia, and less cold, milder aircoming from scandinavia, and less cold, milder air coming from the south. as those two meet, there is the risk of snow. for monday, a fine start, cold and frosty, but cloud invades from the west bringing rain pushing into
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ireland and south—west england. double—figure temperatures for most areas but that will change into tuesday. an area of low pressure moving in from the west bringing this weather front and outbreaks of rain but also some snow over higher ground in england and scotland. as the cold air starts to dig in. during tuesday that rain will clear away towards the east and there will be sunny spells in southern areas. a couple of showers here and temperatures into double figures but in scotland a big difference in temperatures. 0nly five in aberdeen. tuesday night into wednesday low pressures dominating the weather and that will bring these weather fronts. much more in the way of cloud and some outbreaks of rain into wednesday but that rain should clear away fairly swiftly through the day. in isa is a this is bbc news with me, ben brown. the headlines: the australian cricket captain steve smith and his vice captain david warner have stood down for the rest of the current
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test match against south africa as the ball tampering scandal deepens. the australian prime minister malcolm turnbull has expressed his anger at the news. this is a shocking disappointment, and it's wrong, and... i look forward to cricket australia taking decisive action soon. catalonia's former president has been arrested in germany after crossing the border from denmark. it is said that his arrest was
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