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tv   Click  BBC News  August 18, 2018 3:30am-3:46am BST

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this is bbc news. the headlines — the indian prime minister narendra modi has arrived in the southern state of kerala to see the devastation caused by the worst floods there in a century. weeks of rain have triggered landslides and floods killing more than 300 people. state funerals for some of the victims of the genoa bridge collapse will take place in the city later on saturday. 38 people are known to have been killed with the search for another five continuing. the government has begun action against the motorway management company. the former cricket international, imran khan, will be sworn in as prime minister of pakistan in a few hours time. he won last month's election on a pledge to fight corruption and to lift millions out of poverty. his opponents are continuing to claim that the voting was rigged. it is the last thing this business needs — a stream of angry customers. the website is down and orders cancelled, thousands of them. house of fraser says it is sorry, and refunds will be given. nearly a fifth of its sales are now online, business this chain can ill afford to lose.
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one of house of fraser's failings over the last few years has been that its online offer has not been good enough. and that's something that mike ashley's team will be wanting to remedy pretty quickly. but it demonstrates how suddenly, if your online offer can't be delivered, how it impacts your customers and their ability to spend money with you straightaway. here is the problem. its warehouse operator, xpo logistics, has stopped processing orders, including at this site in milton keynes, in a dispute over payment. this time last week, mike ashley came riding to the rescue. he did so by buying this chain through what is known as a prepack the fallout was laid bare today. some {a84 million is owed to unsecured creditors like landlords and suppliers.
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xpo logistics alone is out of pocket by more than £30 million. jigsaw, the fashion retailer, is owed much less, but it has now removed stock from 20 house of fraser stores. this small nottingham business does clothing alterations — one of hundreds who will get next to nothing back. house of fraser at the moment owe us about £270. that was just one month's invoice. but a lot of companies have gone in the past, austin reed, to mentionjust one, and owed in the past ten years probably £12,000, £15,000. we may not know mike ashley's plans for these big stores. but one thing is for sure — he will need plenty of goodwill to turn things around for customers and suppliers. emma simpson, bbc news. in a few minutes on bbc news, the film review, but before that, its time for click.
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this week, it's a look back at the summer. we will start with a trip to f1 from july, which has been at the cutting edge of technology and design since its creation in 1946. welcome to the pit. every year, teams compete fiercely to outdo each other in aerodynamics, data communications and materials, all with one aim — to make their cars go really, really fast. and they do a really good job of making them that,
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as we are finding out here at the austrian grand prix. lewis hamilton's ride. what's even more impressive is that this whole show is permanently on the road, with car, teams, engineers and scientists moving from country to country and track to track. now, these are the most expensive motorhomes i've ever seen. each one of these is a lorry, and theyjust drive them to the next formula i, stick them together, zip, zip, zip, and that's ferrari's office for the length of the race. and ahead of the base here in spielberg, austria, mercedes are the current world champions, and like every other team here, they spend millions on their car and developing the technology that will hopefully win them the race. but what you see at any grand prix is just the tip of the iceberg. it takes hundreds of people to develop that technology. so we sent lara lewington
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to mercedes hq to find out what really goes into winning a race. away from the track, the people, the preparation, planning, and the precision are pivotal. hi, i'm lara lewington from the bbc. hello. can ijust put security stickers on your phone? of course, no problem. so we're allowed to film here but i mustn't take any pictures on my phone. there's clearly a lot at stake here, so it's no surprise that formula i is notoriously secretive. but today, we've got some behind—the—scenes access. this business is big bucks and millimetres and milliseconds matter. this is known as chassis number five — last year's winning car. in fact, it hasn't even been cleaned since its last race in abu dhabi. but the thing that is most
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striking standing here next to it is the amount of detail there is everywhere throughout the car and, after each race, if there's something they're not happy with, it can be perfected. well, this was a winning car last year so clearly it's been very successful, but you're obviously not happy with it because you're working on a new one. so what do you think needs to be improved? we're never happy with it, as you say. this is lewis's car from last year. it was the first car we made on the back of a really big regulation change. we worked really hard on all those little small bits you see around the car, which are all the aerodynamic bits and pieces. it seems to be made up of lots of little small bits. yeah, every little bit has a job and we put it into the wind tunnel but we are not happy with it here because we focused so much on that, we now need to do a lot on the packaging internally to make it much tighter. the tighter you get it, again, the better you can get the aerodynamics around the car. the operation here goes way
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beyond the car itself, though. welcome to the race support room. over 250 of these trials take place ahead of the season. they make it look easy, but inevitably it's not, as i can tell you first hand. 0h! oh no! so loud and it's meant to be so quick, but i clearly wasn't. meanwhile, spencer's already living life in the fast lane. thank you, lara. and by the way, this is how you really do it. laughs this year, mercedes has got its pit stop down to an incredible 1.85 seconds. now that's quicker than it takes to say 1.85 seconds. it's a finely tuned operation
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that the engineers practice over and over in the days before each race. it's a bit of a ballet and the ergonomics is quite important because it's 20—odd people around the car, trying to do a job in two seconds. and it's — if you start banging into people, then you're losing half a second, a second, and then the strategists can't get their numbers right and then you don't get the position you need. the human element to this ultrafast manoeuvre is accompanied by technology, individually developed by each team. even the hydraulically powered wheel guns are a closely guarded secret. and i hear they're quite expensive. i hear they're quite expensive. do i hear about £30,000 each? i wouldn't know the exact cost, but that sounds quite low to me. right, we're going into mercedes‘ garage now. keeping the pit crew safe
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is of utmost importance. these lights, for example, let the crew know if the cars have become electrified, stopping them from getting more than a nasty shock. and then there's what goes into the cars, or more specifically, what comes out of the cars, which is monitored by trackside labs and high—end scientific equipment. between every session, the cars are given the equivalent of a blood test. the oil and the fuel is taken to see if it's contaminated, and that might give you a clue as to the state of the engine, and that is done in the fuel lab. the oil is put into a spectrometer, which tests for different metals in the fluid. the amount of a specific metal present can reveal if a particular part of the engine is degrading too quickly.
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nice one, jen, and at this year's world cup finals in russia, data played a bigger role than ever. before the tournament, paul carter went to fifa to find out how. like it or not, data is an integral part of football. you cannot watch a game without being bombarded by all kinds of statistics. for the first time, fifa are providing an all—in—one technical package, allowing coaching staff and analysts to communicate throughoutt matches in real—time. the snappily titled electronic performance and tracking system — or epts — will provide data on player metrics such as distances run, speed, and positional information. crucially, each of the 32 countries competing in the tournament will be provided with two tablets. one for a data analyst in the stands, who will be
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to communicate with the second device user on bench — possibly an assistant coach or manager. we know when the players and the ball are at any time any match. we have different metrics available to the analysts, and is up to them to decide how to use it. with resources available for technology differing between countries, fifa hopes this technology will bridge the data divide, bringing the digital haves closer to the digital have—nots. lots of the team already use data. we expect a lot of teams coming to russia to bring their own set—up. but we want to at least offer the same to all of the teams. in fifa's system, the team's data analysts will have access to a tactical app enabling them to add drawings over a live video feed. stills can then be sent to the dugout. with goal—line technology, video assistant referees and now ets, this year's world cup looks set to be the most
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technologically advanced ever. but with all this technology, how big is the risk that we lose the real spirit of the game. the role of the data analyst is simply to support those coaching decisions. i think there are some key insights which can be found in the data, but football will always be those 22 players on the pitch and the coach is always going to be the person who makes the decisions. at the end, that technology is really there only to support. at the end, that is — you know, lam a big football fan and you are a big football fan, it is about the 22 players plus the referee, 90 minutes. a penalty shootout, germany versus england, maybe. that is the excitement. i think technology can only add additional help, optimise processes and optimise ways of providing information. that is what technology is about. in the run—up to wimbledon,
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ifound myself in boston with a little robot ball collector. the tennibot autonomously patrols the court which are lobbed, smashed or in my case, mis—hit. any ballboys or ballgirls out there who are worried about their jobs — don't worry, this isn't designed to replace you at the tournament. this is more for people who want to practise and are not good and end up with a lot of balls in the net. so you can carry on practising and the tennibot will just go around picking up the balls while you are busy being rubbish. its on—board camera spots the balls and its partner at the net helps to keep track of things as well. it also has a handy detachable basket so you can easily
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return your balls, if you have to. then you can retire to your air—conditioned car, ball—collecting bucket and wheels in tow, and nobody will ever suspect that you are the laziest tennis player alive. and that's it for this week. next week we have another chance to see our sustainability special from earlier in the year, when we will be talking gravity trains, hurricanes and coral reefs. in the meantime you can follow us on facebook and twitter. from tennibot and me, see you soon.
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