so, you know, that needs to be clarified for us. the tourism tax will not be enforced for a while. the scottish parliament still needs to pass enabling legislation. but many cities in the uk will be watching the progress of this new attempt to make mass tourism sustainable. james shaw, bbc news, edinburgh. take a look at this. this is britain sjames woods putting in a gravity defying performance to win gold in the men's slopestyle event at the world championships in the us. it's his first gold at the world championships. woods had to cope with difficult windy conditions and said of his achievement that he couldn't be more proud. just terrifying! time for a look at the weather now, with lucy. wind is a feature of our weather as well, these are the strongest gusts
we've seen, 79 mph in the needles, the isle of wight, and we've got further wet and windy weather to come as we see a conveyor belt of low pressure systems. this first one clearing but the windy conditions this morning, this next area of cloud, is in fact storm erik, it's just been named and it will bring wet and windy conditions as we move into friday. through this afternoon will see the wind tending to ease a little bit. some bright sunny spells developing. a scattering of showers generally far western areas and along the south coast. the temperatures at a maximum of around 10 temperatures at a maximum of around io celsius. as we go through the evening and overnight, will start off with clear spells in the east, so north—east scotland and north east england seeing the temperatures dropping away to begin with, but cloud will increase quite quickly with outbreaks of rain, and that's courtesy of storm eric, so this deepening area of low pressure working its way in off the atlantic. you can see the isobars tightly
packed, so we are in for wet and windy weather. with strong winds there's the potential for some disruption. friday into saturday, do make sure you take a bit of extra ca re make sure you take a bit of extra care and stay across your local forecast. here's how it's looking as we start the day tomorrow. plenty of cloud around, some patchy outbreaks of rain, heaviest in the west to begin with but it will work south and east and as it does so the risk of some thunder and lightning, also some quite persistent rain for north—west scotland. here the potential for some localised flooding. if we take a look at the wind gusts, here we are at 3pm, we're looking at gusts widely of around 45—50 mph, we could see gusts of 65-74 around 45—50 mph, we could see gusts of 65—74 western coasts. as we move into friday, the temperatures on looking too bad, a maximum of 11-12dc looking too bad, a maximum of ii—i2dc for a south—westerly wind and add in the wind and it would be particularly mild. storm erik moves further east overnight friday into
saturday, we hold onto the tightly packed isobars, there will be further windy conditions particularly for northern ireland, the central belt of scotland, perhaps feeding into northern england as well, some showery outbreaks of rain in the north on saturday. it could be a bit wintry over higher ground and after some initial brightness across england and wales the crowd will increase as there is rain moving into the south—west, maximum 11 celsius —— the cloud will increase. there is potential for disruption with further wet and windy weather to come. that's all from the bbc news that one. it's goodbye good afternoon, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. hello, i'm hugh ferris. all race meetings in the uk have been cancelled today because of an outbreak of equine flu that could have an impact on the cheltenham festival. the british horse racing authority claims it was essential to call off the four events
with one on saturday at wolverhampton also cancelled. jump racing's showpiece festival starts at cheltenham injust over a month. a number of positive tests for equine influenza were confirmed for horses that have been vaccinated against it worryingly. they were from stables that sent out runners at ayr and ludlow yesterday and this affects four fixtures today, the shutdown was announced in a pretty dramatic late—night statement from the british horse racing authority last night. this flu isn't life threatening. it is described similar as that is a nasty case of flu in a human but it is contagious and the authority is supervising swabs of horses from the impacted stables that have raced over recent days to decide what to do next. wales have made ten changes to their team for the six nations match against italy on saturday. centrejonathan davies will captain the team for the frist time as normal skipper alun wyn jones is on the bench. four players will make their six nations debut as coach warren gatland rests several of those who helped them to a winning start in france last weekend.
meanwhile scotland have made four changes for their match against ireland on saturday with wing blair kinghorn being dropped to the bench despite scoring a hattrick in the win over italy. that's because sean maitland is back from injury. tottenham's wait to move into their new stadium goes on after the club confirmed their home north london derby with arsenal on march second will take place at wembley. construction and safety problems have delayed the opening of spurs' new home from back in september and all their matches have been at the national stadium. although there won't be a cap on the capacity there for the arsenal game with nearly 90,000 able to attend. aleksander ceferin has been re—elected as uefa president after running unopposed. he'll now serve a further four year term as the man in charge of european football's governing body. meanwhile fa chairman greg clarke has been elected as a fifa vice president also for the next four years. it's a position that's reserved for a british representative and clarke beat irish fa boss david martin to the role where he replaces david gill, the former manchester united chief executive.
sarah taylor has been recalled to the england squad for their tour to india and sri lanka. the wicketkeeper—batter missed the team's run to the world t20 final as part of the ongoing management of her anxiety. but she's been named in the squad alonside bowler katherine brunt who's back from injury. i am very well. i have had a long winter. butjust training hard. it is nice to be back with all the girls. they have been away through the winter and it is nice to be back, a lot more here than a few months ago, but completely proud of what they did in the west indies but it is nice to be back training again. british runner susannah gill has broken the women's record for the world marathon challenge which is seven marathons in seven days across seven continents. fewer than 200 people have completed the event which ended in miami overnight. gill came second in the first race in antarctica but then won the other six in an average time of three hours 22 minutes.
i haven't got used to the fact that i haven't got another race to plan. for the last week every time we have finished one race it's about trying to find a shower, get warm clothes on and start travelling to the next race, and suddenly i've got a chance to sit down and think about things, so it's quite nice. i think it will sink in eventually. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. ina in a moment, all of the business news but here are the headlines. theresa may holds talks with the president of european commission to try and secure changes to her brexit agreement. meanwhile, jeremy corbyn writes to theresa may setting out five demands that could see labour back
a brexit deal in parliament a search team recovers a body from the plane wreckage carrying the footballer emiliano sala and pilot david ibbotson. i'm ben bland, in the business news... the bank of england keeps interest rates on hold at 0.75% but cuts its growth forecast to i.2%, the lowest in a decade. more on that shortly. jaguar land rover has announced a pre—tax loss of £31; billion for the last three months of 2018, most of that down to an accounting charge. stripping out that charge the company lost £273 million. more than half of british households are likely to see an increase in the cost of energy in april. this is after the regulator, 0fgem, raised price caps. the interest rate set by the bank of england affects
all sorts of things from the return you get on savings to the amount you pay for your mortgage. and the bank has voted unanimously to keep interest rates unchanged at 0.75%. policy makers said the economy in 2019 faced its weakest economic growth in a decade because of the uncertainty surrounding brexit. the "fog of brexit" was the phrase the governor kept using. the bank also slashed its forecast for how much the uk economy will grow this year to i.2%. that's the lowest since 2009, when the economy contracted by 4.2% at the height of the financial crisis. let's talk to rebecca harding, independent economist. good to see you. so on the rates first, keeping rates on hold tends to be good with those with mortgages and loans, but not so good with those with savings. this was widely
forecast anyway, the bankers operated on a precautionary principle, keep things the same while it is uncertain. as the governor said, the fog of brexit continues. on that rather downbeat forecast for economic growth, it is not fair forecast for economic growth, it is notfair in forecast for economic growth, it is not fair in tightly to put the blame on brexit because there is a general economic slowdown globally which other developed nations are grappling with. yes, and we have to think about the different things that the bank of england has had to factor in with this. the european union has downgraded all of its forecasts today, the us has started to soften its approach to interest rates, and monetary policy, so we are ina rates, and monetary policy, so we are in a situation where the whole world is beginning to look at again, a lot of political uncertainty which is holding back the global economy as well. of course these updates from the bank are not isolation from each other, are they? there is that link between the forecast and its
decision on interest rates. join the dots for us and explain while why that leads us to keep interest rates on hold. at the moment they are looking at projections for the uk economy and saying, we're not sure what's going to happen. we assume there's going to be a smooth transition out of the european union in march, but we don't absolutely know that. so we are forecasting that things are going to grow quite not so quickly after thought. if we work on the basis that we are heading towards uncertainty, we don't know what's going to happen, there could be risks or trouble ahead, we don't know, and will keep things as we are so as not to do any damage for the time being. as we head closer to the deadline, do we think that we might even see a further slashed to the growth forecast in the coming months? it's possible that expectations about how the economy is going to grow will modify the moment. the governor was
quite clear, he kept talking about the fog of brexit, it was a chilly a press co nfe re nce the fog of brexit, it was a chilly a press conference afterwards which lasted for ages and all he was effectively saying was we do not know. he also pointed out there was a big upside risks, things could get better if things go smoothly. the real problem is that economists and experts really don't know at the moment because policy and politics is dictating the progress of all of this. thank you very much, rebecca. and some other business stories today. twitter has reported a jump in profits for the final three months of 2018. that's despite a fall in the number of people using the site. profits rose sharply to £197m, more than double the profit it made a year earlier, as it made more from selling adverts. the company said user numbers were down because it had deleted millions of abusive accounts. the gambling commission is bringing in new rules for online gaming firms to try to make gambling
safer and fairer. 0perators will need to confirm the age and identity of customers faster than the 72 hours previously allowed. the commission says that will help stop problem gamblers getting round exclusion systems, as well as further limit the risk of children gambling. the luxury fashion brand gucci has withdrawn a woollen jumper from sale after the item was criticised for "resembling blackface." the item prompted a backlash on social media by users who believe the design is offensive & racist. in a statement, gucci apologised for any offence caused and said it would be removed from sale. tui shares have fallen by almost a fifth after the travel company was hit by slower summer sales, a weak pound and shifts in customer preferences for where we go on holiday. shares in 0cado falling as firefighters continue to battle the effects of a fire that broke out at the online retailer's flagship warehouse on tuesday.
interestingly the pound was lower before the bank of england gave its update despite rates staying on hold and that gloomier forecast for the economy, the pound has recovered some of that lost ground this lunchtime. that's all the business news. let's get more on the uk's four chief medical officers issuing their first advice on the use of screens and social media by children and young people. they have urged parents to put their children's phones outside the bedroom at night, to ban the devices at meal times and never assume a child is happy to have their photo published online. my colleague, victoria derbyshire, has been talking to children who've been subjected to horrific online images, the mother of a teenager who took his own life, a woman who says social media inspired her self—harm, and alisha cowie, the current miss england, who says instagram drove her to self—harm and suicidal thoughts.
i was vulnerable at the age of 13, i didn't know that i was ill. so seeing images like that, i didn't know that i was sick, i didn't know i was poorly and it led me into believing that this was my thing to do and the right thing. let me bring in emma and chelsea, mum and sister of daniel, who took his own life after researching suicide online. what did you discover after his death? disturbing graphics, . .. step— by—step death? disturbing graphics, . .. step—by—step pictures of how to do it. there was a form you could access. basically people that could log in and set up a username and they could talk in between themselves, and get advice... on how to do it properly. what you think of this stuff that you have realised daniel was looking at? this stuff that you have realised danielwas looking at? it this stuff that you have realised daniel was looking at? it shouldn't
be on the internet. there's no reason for that to be on the intranet. why would you have that on there? there is no need for it is to be on the social media site. he didn't know what to do either. he didn't know what to do either. he didn't know what to do either. he didn't know what to do. so he's gone for that advice and because of that advice, he's known what to do. in 2017, daniel, he died then, 226 schoolchildren took their own life. daniel was one of them and i can guarantee most of them went on social media to find out how to do it. a google spokesperson told us, wish to send our deepest condolences to daniel's family. when people turn to daniel's family. when people turn to the internet and search for suicide, we show them the samaritans 24—hour number, 116, one to three. it is on there but do children know
what that is? they are in that frame of mind already so they're not going to pick up the phone and contact some stranger. who else has seen disturbing content of social media? recently on instagram, a year and a half ago, i saw already disturbing video of someone, and can i have never seen before, literally in my entire existence on instagram, and there was not a doll, almost like a blown up figure, and a man had a gun, he was shooting it. and it had no sound, i don't know if the gun was real, if it was planned, the jokes, or some sort of morbid humour, but it disappeared on the explore page of instagram. i have never liked anything, never seen that can before in my life, itjust appeared and it was really shocking to see it. and i blocked the person and reported the account but still
seeing that after instagram literally recommended me to see it, it was a massive drawback to think, what else is on there? anyone else? and also, my friend, well, i didn't witness it, there was a stabbing of my friend that i knew, and, like, someone sent it to me on instagram couple of months ago. a video? yeah, a video of him getting stabbed. and it was really distressing because i knew him. my emotions were i were angry and sad, because i was angry, i wanted to know who did it and why did they do it, and sad because i didn't want to get involved with the video. i demand to get involved, i'd wa nt video. i demand to get involved, i'd want to do anything with it. —— i didn't want to get involved. i didn't want to get involved. i didn't want to do anything with it. victoria dovish talking to some
young people about their social media expenses. a man who travelled nearly 200 miles to reach his injured mother arrived before an ambulance reached her. mark clements caught a bus, tube and two trains from london to exmouth, in devon, on saturday after his 77—year—old motherfell and broke her hip. the initial 999 call was made at 9am but paramedics did not arrive until seven hours later. south western ambulance service apologised and said it was experiencing "an unprecedented rise in demand". around 20 families have spent the night in emergency accommodation after being evacuated from their homes, following a large fire at the online supermarket 0cado warehouse in hampshire. 200 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze at the site in andover, which started in the early hours of tuesday morning. a 500 metre exclusion zone has been set up due to the risk of toxins or an explosion. 0cado says the fire caused substantial damage, but confirmed no one was injured. four men have been taken to hospital after a gas explosion and fire in a flat in batley in west
yorkshire. police said a number of people suffered burns but their injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. emergency services were called just before 7pm after reports of a loud noise. people from the immediate area have been evacuated as a precaution. a baby girl who made medical history after being born with her heart outside her body has finally been allowed to return home after spending 1a months in hospital. vanellope wilkins' rare condition was first diagnosed in pregnancy and her parents were told she had less than a one in ten chance of survival. our health correspondent rob sissons has the story and a warning that his report contains images of vanellope just after her birth. vanellope, born with one of the world's rarest conditions. she's the little girl who defies the odds, surprises the experts and always amazes mum and dad. she really is incredible.
she's enough to melt all your blues away, isn't she? she's a fighter, she's proved it. and she still continues to fight, so we will. it's such a special time as they prepare to go home for good after 1a months in hospital. they've only done short trips until now, and are getting ready to take over much of her care. it's a bit like, whoa, it's happening, it's exciting, but it's daunting at same time with, you know, it's on us. it's a scary thought as well as much as it is, like, overwhelming. vanellope's condition was revealed in the womb — let's cross now to brussels where the president of the european parliament, antonio tajani and the parliament's brexit co—0rdinator, guy verhofstadt are holding a news conference following their meeting with theresa may.
more ambitious and our future relations including looking at the irish situation again, if the uk's redlines change. we are happy for the declaration of the british prime minister on the citizens' rights, it's important, as you know for the european parliament, it's the first points, to defend the rights of the european citizens living in the uk, the british living in europe. 0n the future, also, we want to have good cooperation with the united kingdom, on the most important issues. defence policy, terrorists, immigration, trade policy, and we are also in favour of strong cooperation between the european
parliament and the british parliament. these close relations are very, very important for us. this is our position after a long face—to—face with prime minister may, i want to underline the importance of brexit without a no deal. we will work on this, of course it's impossible for us to change the contents of the withdrawal agreement. but we need to talk, talk, talk, with the united kingdom. you have the floor. it's important that this may today in the meeting assured us that there will bea meeting assured us that there will be a backstop. —— mrs may, but she
said in belfast, there is no question to remove the backstop. because this is absolutely necessary for securing and safeguarding the good friday agreement, safeguarding the internal market and safeguarding also the peace process. for us, an all—weather backstop insurance is absolutely key. and if there are problems with this backstop, as it is now, foreseen, in the withdrawal agreement, our proposal is to try and solve the problem in the political declaration. because we are open as parliament, from day one, upgrade this critical declaration, to make this political declaration, to make this political declaration more winding, more precise. also on the issue of the backstop, explaining and saying very clearly that this is an insurance, and no more than that. secondly, we have reiterated, the president and myself, that we cannot have an
agreement with uncertainty in the uk based on majorities of six, seven, eight, nine votes in the house of commons. that cross—party co—operation is the way forward and i think co—operation is the way forward and ithinkl co—operation is the way forward and i think i can say that we also welcome the letter that jeremy corbyn has written today to mrs may, to offer such cross— party corbyn has written today to mrs may, to offer such cross—party exit, i should say, to brexit. it's important now that this leads to a position in the uk that has the broadest possible majority. so that we can conclude this negotiation. i wa nt we can conclude this negotiation. i want to conclude in saying, no deal, as he has already indicated, is for us as he has already indicated, is for us not an option, it is a disaster
on both sides of the channel, and it is in fact irresponsible from some politicians in britain to go for such a no deal and to prefer, in fa ct, such a no deal and to prefer, in fact, such a no deal. that is the opinion that we have clearly stated in the name of the parliament. 93v, in the name of the parliament. gay, thank you very -- 0k, —— 0k, thank you very much. those were the words for guy verhofstadt, the european parliament's representative verhofstadt, the european pa rliament's representative and verhofstadt, the european parliament's representative and you also heard from the president of the european parliament. interesting comments, guy verhofstadt saying that theresa may had saved there was no question of the axed up, the irish border backstop, not being in the macro the backstop not being in
the macro the backstop not being in the agreement. he said that he needed to upgrade the political agreement which is now not binding and he said there was a need to make it more binding and provide assurance on the backstop. that seems like it was contained within their discussions. plenty more of that in the next couple of hours but first the weather. some very wet and windy weather in the far forecast, storm some very wet and windy weather in the farforecast, storm eric some very wet and windy weather in the far forecast, storm eric moving in from friday. we have seen some gusts already today, 79 miles per hour on the isle of wight. the gusts of wind are associated with this initial area of low pressure which will ease through the afternoon, this next storm eric moving in.
sunny spells and blustery showers for western areas this afternoon, the odd rumble of thunder, one or two being carried little further east on the wind. temperatures at a maximum of six to 10 celsius. as we get through this evening, some early clear spells in the east will allow temperature to drop away to begin, but fairly quickly, cloud and add pics of rain will push in from the west. that is associated with storm eric and it will see the wind is picking up, we can see on the pressure chart, the isobars are tightly packed together indicating we will see some strong winds. as we start the day on friday, the potential for some disruption with this strong winds. we could see some local disruption, worth staying across your local radio forecasts. 0n across your local radio forecasts. on friday plenty of cloud around, outbreaks of rain heaviest in the west, working its way south—east across england and wales, the odd rumble of thunder mixed in as. —— as
well. at 3pm, the wind gusts up to 55 mph in some places, stronger gusts on western coast, up to 60 or 70. the temperatures are not looking too bad, with the south—westerly wind, quite mild for the time of year. highs of 1112 celsius in the south—east but once you add in the winds, it will not be feeling particularly warm. friday into saturday, that the area of low pressure works its way further east. we hold onto those tightly packed isobars. particularly for northern ireland, the central belt of scotland, saturday princess sharon outbreaks in the north, —— brings showery outlooks of rain in the north. more in the way of cloud and rain will feed in from the west of england later, maximum of 11 degrees. hello, you're watching
afternoon live — i'm ben brown. today at two. theresa may holds talks with eu leaders, to try and secure changes to her brexit withdrawal agreement. meanwhile, jeremy corbyn sets out five demands that could see labour back a brexit deal in parliament. coming up on afternoon live all the sport — with hugh. there is no horse racing today in the uk, afteran there is no horse racing today in the uk, after an outbreak of equine flu. more atjust after 2:30pm. thanks hugh, and lucy has all the weather — some wet and very windy weather to come, as storm eric moves in the atlantic. i will have the detail.