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this is bbc news, the headlines at apm. £37 million in compensation will be offered to private patients of the breast surgeon jailed for carrying out unnecessary operations. borisjohnson visits the caribbean islands hit by hurricane irma — as the prime minister announces more money to help the recovery effort. we are putting another £25 million into immediate effort and of course it needs it, massively. you can't but be affected by the scale of devastation that the people of anguilla have endured. in florida, five people have died at a nursing home that was left without power for days after the hurricane. a bbc survey of half a council blocks in the uk finds almost every of them does not have a sprinkler system to deal fires.
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theresa may has said ministers will look again at public sector pay before the budget — after criticism that the pay awards announced yesterday were still below inflation. does the prime minister understand that inflation is mayor 2% and anything less means dedicated public serva nts anything less means dedicated public servants are worse off anything less means dedicated public servants are worse off again and have been made worse off for the past seven years? there is a need for greater flexibility as we look at these issues on public sector pay in the future. we will be working on this in the lead up to the budget. also in the next hour, a warning from the president of the european commission that the uk will soon regret leaving the eu. in his annual address to the european parliament, jean claude juncker says there is a window of opportunity to build a stronger, more united union. and the robot making its debut as the conductor of an orchestra in italy. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. a £37 million compensation fund has been set up for patients of a breast surgeon been set up for patients of a breast surgeon jailed been set up for patients of a breast surgeonjailed for been set up for patients of a breast surgeon jailed for carrying out unnecessary operations. spire health care, which employ in paterson in private hospitals in the west midlands, will contribute £27 million on condition that of the victims drop any cranes maka delete claims across academic against the company. patterson's insurance will put up the remainder. phil mackie is in the birmingham news room with the latest. and that money will be finally agreed at the high court hearing at the end of october. until then, we are told the victims aren't allowed
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to talk to us to give their reaction. having got to know quite a few of them, i suspect that this is as satisfactory —— not a satisfactory as they thought. money will help but will not give the a nswe i’s will help but will not give the answers may have been asking about in patterson. the criminal trial in bolton victims given unnecessary surgery. there were many more bringing civil action. there will also a number of people in the civil case who did have breast cancer but we re case who did have breast cancer but were given something called a cleavage sparing surgery, not ratified by anyone else but something patterson did, where he removed some of the breast tissue but not all of it, allowing the tissue to return, so today's settle m e nt tissue to return, so today's settlement sounds like a lot of money but in terms of the victims, still many questions to be answered. these are just some of the hundreds of patients who were either operated on unnecessarily or underwent untested surgery in which potentially cancerous cells were left behind after their breasts were removed.
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ian paterson is serving a 20—year prison sentence after being convicted of seven counts of wounding with intent after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding at a trial earlier this year. there were many more victims whose lives were devastated. one of the country's leading breast surgeon was asked to review surgeons was asked to review more than 150 cases. what you quickly realised was patients were being misled about their radiology reports, about the pathology results and he must have thought that nobody would ever read his notes. i think he could very well be called a rogue or a medical conman. it raises many questions about how paterson was recruited and monitored. the disgraced breast surgeon was allowed to continue to practice, was allowed to continue to practise, despite concerns from colleagues. the bbc has obtained the cvs the paterson used to get senior posts. in one, which is 56 pages long, there are only two short passing
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references to breast surgery, even though he was quickly allowed to specialise in that area. the settlement involves hundreds of cases that were due to be dealt with in a high court damages action. they involve patients who were treated in two private spire hospitals, this one in solihull and at another in sutton coldfield. it won't even be the final figure for compensation. his nhs patients are expected to be paid millions more. phil mackie, bbc news. £27.2 million from spire, io £27.2 million from spire, 10 million from insurers and the nhs but they have also set a deadline of october next year in case there are only other claimants had come forward. i have a statement from spire which says that what in patterson did was unprecedented in terms of scale and impactand it unprecedented in terms of scale and impact and it is determined to learn the lessons to make sure it never happens again and it had fully
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implemented recommendations and the significantly strengthened its clinical governance. the prime minister has announced an extra £25 million in aid for british caribbean territories which have been devastated by hurricane irma. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has arrived in the british virgin islands this afternoon to see for himself the full extent of the damage. there'd been criticism that the uk's response to the disaster was too slow, but mrjohnson said the british response had been "extremely fast". a thousand troops have now been deployed to help with the recovery operation. our correspondent sarah campbell reports. before the hurricane, this was paradise. now, the majority of the homes and businesses on the british virgin islands, as across much of the caribbean, lie in ruins. the priority is providing food, water and shelter to those desperately in need. it's a huge task. i've been round to the british virgin islands and i've been here on anguilla and the scale of destruction, particularly on the british virgin islands,
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is absolutely staggering. when you're walking around and seing the bark has been stripped off trees, it's quite extraordinary. the resilience of the people, it's incredible that they are getting on with it and trying to tidy up and get themselves back on their feet. criticism of the uk's response to the crisis has been rebutted by the foreign secretary, who is currently in the region. 1,000 british troops are now on the ground, with more on the way. the flagship of the navy fleet, hms ocean, is en route, loaded with more than 200 palletes of supplies including bottled water, bedding and baby milk. these will arrive in the hurricane hit region in the coming days. and the prime minister announced today that britain would continue to step up the relief effort. since thursday, cobra has met regularly to coordinate the government's response, bringing together military aid and consular effort, and today i am announcing a further £25 million to support the recovery effort, further to the £32 million of assistance i announced last week.
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on the ground, however, there remains a sense among some local people that the relief operation has not been as effective as it should have been. i think they've tried, they made early announcements but they are utterly clueless as to the difficulty of the logistics operations to get things to the bvi. before a hurricane, it is almost four days from miami for supplies, and the port is full of damaged boats, sunk boats, debris. in florida, the clean—up continues. residents must now count the cost — tourists, finally able to leave, have been arriving back in britain. there were palm trees blown down on the estate, we were on emerald island, and we just could not get out of the estate. the kids slept in the cupboard! there were pillows everywhere. yeah, the kids were really scared. relief for those who have left, but not for the many thousands for whom
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this region is home. as we were mentioning, the foreign secretary boris johnson as we were mentioning, the foreign secretary borisjohnson has been in the caribbean to see for himself the damage brought about by hurricane irma and he has had this to say in the last hour or two. we are putting another £25 million into immediate effort and of course it needs it, massively. you can't but be affected by the scale of devastation that the people of anguilla have endured. just going around this hospital, 60% of it damaged. but the royal marines, our troops, have been here since friday. you have just seen another contingent of royal engineers arriving with their tools, their spades and their axes and getting on with rebuilding the roofs and all of the other structures. that is going to be short—term work. what we need to think about now is how, as the uk, we can underline our commitment to these overseas territories and get them back on their feet for the long term.
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let's speak to jeanette brind, let's speak tojeanette brind, the centre manager at the international arbitration centre and she joins us on the webcam from tortola, very badly affected. what was your experience when the hurricane hit? my experience when the hurricane hit? my personal experience, as for many, very, very scary. being from the caribbean, born and raised in the virgin islands, we are accustomed to hurricanes, so i think we were kind of like ok but when we realised, obviously this was not a regular hurricane, we have never experienced the strength and magnitude of the devastation, it was such a scary experience. in the home where i was, where we have experienced many
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hurricanes before, it actually felt like the whole house was going to get broken in, it was coming from everywhere. a roof is gone and we are all making do with what's left. the most important thing for us and in my home was keeping my grandparents comfortable, and mike father is a diabetic patient, so we immediately tried to get him to the hospital and it was very difficult, but as days go by, we are getting better and coming to terms with what the reality is. wejust better and coming to terms with what the reality is. we just have to work ha rd to the reality is. we just have to work hard to get it going. and what would you say about the british aid effort there where you are? it has been criticised by some people as being too slow, not enough money and not as good as the relief efforts we have seen by the french and the dutch, for example. well, i'm not familiar with the french or the dutch, but i'm familiar with the us,
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because the us virgin islands are near us because the us virgin islands are near us and before hurricane irma it, we did see on cnn and other media that the us was already sending aid, so they were ahead of the game in terms of their authorities already calling for aid. soi authorities already calling for aid. so i guess that was the advantage. and i could see, just speaking to different people, there are a few bottlenecks but for the most part, i would say, what i have seen of the uk military folk and even the local folk on the ground, they have been doing a good job in assisting us, keeping order, keeping everybody calm and orderly as we go to the grocery stores and stuff like that, soi grocery stores and stuff like that, so i was very excited the first morning that i saw uk helicopters coming over, that was very exciting, the first sign of relief and i
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understand more people are coming andi understand more people are coming and i have to credit the governor, who i've spoken to and i know the morning after the storm, i happen to go morning after the storm, i happen to 9° by morning after the storm, i happen to go by his house and he was already making the calls he needed to make to get stuff going. obviously, it ta kes a to get stuff going. obviously, it takes a while for the uk to get here because of our location and he was working on trying to get assistance from closer people, but it is what it is and i think, considering what has happened, they have been doing a good job. am i right in thinking there have been some incidents of looting where you are and british police have been trying to stop that? yes, there has been looting. u nfortu nately, that? yes, there has been looting. unfortunately, when you have these kinds of devastations, you have some people who will take advantage of the situation. that is unfortunate and has been happening but since the uk has been on the ground, i have
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seen that die down considerably figures they are everywhere. like i said, when you go to the grocery store, you are in long lines and yesterday, at least four armed guards in military uniform were there. in the building where i am, government officials have been in and out. there are uk offices here as well. the ports are guarded. everywhere involving money and distribution of food to keep order, they are there. jeanette, thank you very much to talking to us, speaking to us from tortola. the prime minister says there needs to be greater flexibility on public sector pay. speaking at prime minister's questions, theresa may said ministers would look at the issue before the budget in november. but the labour leader jeremy corbyn said the pay awards announced yesterday for police and prison officers were still below inflation. our political correspondent leila nathoo reports. under pressure to offer something to voters who denied her a majority
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government, she decided the cap on public sector pay rises must go. a long—standing and unpopular plank of the conservatives' austerity programme now on the way out. questions to the prime minister. but in the commons today, labour insisted that marginal increases for police and prison officers are simply not enough. does the prime minister understand that inflation is now 2.9% and anything less means that dedicated public servants are worse off again and have been made worse off every year for the past seven years. theresa may said she acted on expert advice. these pay review bodies who have reported and recommended these sums are independent bodies. they make a recommendation to the government and the government has taken those recommendations. he has also failed to mention one or two other things. he fails to mention the automatic pay increases over and above the 1% that many
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public sector workers get. this year, prison officers will get a i.7% pay rise, while there is a i% increase plus matching bonus for the police. next year, ministers say there will be flexibility to consider raising salaries across the public sector, but unions are unimpressed and still threatening strikes. we should have a 5% rise to make up for the years they have had their pay cut in real terms. 2.9%, the current rate of inflation means they are treading water. that won't cut it and it is not fair. the government says public sector salaries have to be affordable to tax payers and there is no extra funding for this year's increases. ministers warned that the pay discipline will have to continue. the cap on pay rises is gone, but the argument over fair rewards for public servants carries on. a metropolitan police officer
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is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of rashan charles in london, the police watchdog has said. mr charles died after being apprehended by police officers in dalston, east london in july. he became ill after trying to swallow an object and was later pronounced dead in hospital. a package containing a mixture of paracetamol and caffeine was later discovered in his throat. the headlines on bbc news: private patients of the breast surgeon jailed for carrying out unnecessary operations are to be offered a total of £37 million in compensation. borisjohnson visits the caribbean islands hit by hurricane irma. the prime minister announces £25 million of extra funding to help the recovery effort. london's fire commissioner says the grenfell tower blaze must be a "turning point" — calling for sprinklers in all high—rise council flats. in sport, a busy night in the
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champions league, with manchester city, tottenham and liverpool in action. philip coutinho could feature for the first time this season, having handed in a transfer request over the summer, as liverpool take on sevilla. valtteri bottas has signed a new one—year deal to remain with formula one team mercedes. he is third in the drivers championship with two wins from 13 races. and international olympic committee member dick pound has accused the ioc of doing nothing about its growing corruption crisis. i will be back with more on those stories at around half past. the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. it dropped by 75,000 between may and july, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3%. but wages have slipped further behind the cost of living. we spoke earlier to economics correspondent andy verity for more
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on the latest figures. economic students, every one will learn how it is supposed to be an inverse relationship. the more unemployment comes down, the more wages and inflation are likely to go up. but every month, i sit and tell you unemployment has hit a new low and that wages aren't taking off, they are still way below price rises. therefore, we are getting worse off, as we keep hearing. the average wage is £471; a week, £9 more than the year before but not enough to make up for the price rises. there is supposed to be a relationship between the two but we are not seeing that borne out. the bank of england thought if it hit 4.5%, wages would respond but we are at 4.3% and wages have not stood out, there is a 2.1% rise in real wages and if you look back historically, we are £20 worse off, if you are a public sector worker, than nine years ago at the start
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of the crisis, £13 worse off as a private sector worker and no better off than you were in late 2005. that is an extraordinary statistic, explain that a bit more, no better off than 2005. it is a squeeze on living standards. we had a long and big squeeze between 2011—2014, when wages came down a lot and then for the last five months, that has been renewed after a little pause. that is why we are making so little progress in wages over the last decade. fire officers say full sprinkler systems can save lives in high rise buildings and fitting them should be compulsory. but a bbc investigation of half the housing association and council owned high—rises in england has found that only 2% are fitted with them. the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire injune which left at least 80 people dead begins tomorrow. london's fire commissioner has said
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that the grenfell tower fire must be a "turning point" in fire regulation — and has called for sprinklers to be installed in all high rise council flats. graham satchell reports from grenfell tower in west london. the fire at grenfell tower raised fundamental questions about the maintenance of council—run tower blocks and what needs to change to make them safe. in a foi request across the uk, we found that only 2% of residential tower blocks have sprinkler systems fitted. we know they save lives, we know they can save properties and we know they make a real difference, so 2% is a shockingly low number. good morning, everybody... dany cotton led the fire service at grenfell tower. the recommendation should be that it's mandatory to fit sprinklers in all new builds, especially in places like high—rises and schools. what about retrofitting? i support retrofitting, clearly. for me, where you can save one life then it's worth doing.
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this can't be optional. it's something that must happen and it must be in place for the future to protect people. recommendations to fit sprinklers have been made before. this is like lakanal house in london. six people were killed in a fire here in 2009. the recommendation by the coroner in the lakanal inquest was simply ignored and absolutely nothing happened. it is very clear that we have a system of regulation over the fire safety of tower blocks that is simply systemically not working and the inquiry needs to get to the bottom of why that is and what's gone wrong. this is a sprinkler test. it's triggered when heat directly underneath reaches a certain temperature. a study by the national fire chiefs council shows where sprinklers are fitted, they extinguish or control 99% of fires. so why aren't they fitted in more homes? the main reason is cost.
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in croydon, for example, the local authority plans to retrofit 25 tower blocks with sprinklers at a cost of £10 million. who pays? croydon wants money from central government and the government says it's the responsibility of the council. in wales, the law changed last year. every newly built or converted house and flat must be fitted with a sprinkler system. wales, the first country in the world to make that change. sprinklers have been around since 1886 and the building industry haven't used them successfully, so if you're not going to use them in goodwill then we'll mandate for you to use them to keep people safe. in the streets around grenfell tower, there are still memorials, and survivors like miguel alves want justice and real change to come from the inquiry. somebody has to pay for what they did to us. myself, i could be in ashes inside of the building. my hope is that we see a change in the policies
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around fire and also the safety of people. the government says it wants to make sure a fire like at grenfell never happens again. and it will consider the findings of the public inquiry. let's ta ke let's take you back to the aftermath of hurricane irma and we are hearing reports of florida that five people have died in a nursing home. it has been without power and air conditioning since the hurricane hit the state on sunday. 127 other residents at the home in northern miami have been evacuated due to the heat and lack of power. around 5 million people altogether still without power and florida and neighbouring states. our correspondent david willis is in washington for us. david, really tragic, the news that
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emerging from this care home in florida, five people dying there. very much so and reports still coming in that five people from this nursing home, as you said, have died and their deaths are being related directly to hurricane irma. it seems that three of these residents were found dead at the nursing facility itself and the other two died whilst being transferred to local hospitals. well, within the last hour, the local police chief, thomas sanchez, gave a news conference and this is what he had to say. sadly, we are here today conducting an investigation into the facility you see behind me. police and fire responded this morning regarding some patients that were in critical need of care. right now, we have
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five confirmed deaths at this facility. we've evacuated 115 patients to other memorial facilities. at this time, we have other patients in critical care. the building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside. we believe at this time, they may be related to the loss of power in the storm but we are conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling out anything at this time. it is a sad event, asa anything at this time. it is a sad event, as a precautionary measure, we have assigned police officers to check the other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city to make sure they are insufficient care of the elderly. it is worth making care that these people were found today, three days after hurricane irma actually hit the united states. across florida and neighbouring states, some 5 million homes and
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businesses are still without power. david, thank you very much indeed. myanmar‘s de facto leader, aung san suu kyi, has cancelled plans to attend the un general assembly in new york, amid continued criticism of her government's treatment of rohingya muslims. nearly 400,000 rohingya have fled to bangladesh in the last three weeks after an upsurge in violence last month. many of them have sought shelter in refugee camps on the other side of the border in bangladesh. reeta chakra barti is reeta chakrabarti is that a refugee camp near cox's bazar. over to you. iamat camp near cox's bazar. over to you. i am at one of the hospitals that is near one of the big refugee camps, this is a state—run hospital and it has been overwhelmed by the number of rohingya patients that have arrived with wounds of various
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sorts. that is one of the issues that has overwhelmed these people in a small corner of bangladesh. the other huge issue is aid. the un has been talking about that, saying then is to be a massive increase of aid to cope with the nearly half a million people that are here. there needs to be food, shelter and more medication. to discuss these issues, i'm joined by someone from unicef. thank you forjoining us. people have got very frustrated at the slowness of the aid and apparently lack of coordination. can you explain why it has been so slow? we had a situation where we had a quarter of a million refugeesjust before the 25th of august and since then, we had an influx, an unprecedented influx, of over 400,000 refugees in the last three
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weeks. this is just 400,000 refugees in the last three weeks. this isjust a precedent. it is almost as if we have two divide all of the basic services for somewhere the size of the capital of australia. we are working around the clock to try to win and bringing more supplies. it is a race against the clock and we need to bring plastic sheeting, tents, jerry cans and to provide some social services. i would say 60% of the population is in the situation. when you walk in the camps or the streets at night, you see them all around and we have do continue our efforts. what is the major problem? is it getting hold of the supplies or getting the supplies to the people? it is to open all the
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different pipelines, the national pipeline with the national supplier, to get any supply they can have in our existing stock. we are bringing a convoy tonight with families activate family kits. angry need to purchase things because it did not have the production here and it is offshore propria on. we are sending a plane at the weekend. but certainly, all of the agencies have to work to bring this supplies together. this might be a difficult question to answer, but when people likely to see changes on the ground? some people will already see it in the coming days, some people it will ta ke the coming days, some people it will take a bit of time, a couple of weeks for that. this is what is acceptable. this is what we need to work even more to make the time
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shorter. it is only view of the agency. some support could be provided. i think we will have to leave it there, thank you very much indeed forjoining us here on bbc news. so there you have it, aid agencies overwhelmed really by the sheer number of people coming here, and a prediction that it will take perhaps a couple of weeks before that full stream of aid is actually given to people on the ground. with that it given to people on the ground. with thatitis given to people on the ground. with that it is back to you in the studio, ben. studio: thank you to those of you. ok, let's checkout the latest weather prospects are you with alina jenkins. storm aileen has cleared away eastwards, but we are left with some gusty winds and a number of showers, some of them giving a lot of rain, a short amount of time, you see the speckled effect on the early satellite and radar. more persistent across eastern parts of scotland,
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overnight it will sink southwards, in the northern england, easton in glencoe showers becoming combined to south—west england, wales, northern ireland and north—west scotland and elsewhere clear skies, out of the breeze in the countryside, we could see lows to 45 celsius. these are the values in the centres of towns but it touch of frost in some sheltered scottish glens first thing tomorrow. then it is a day broadly of sunshine and showers, the showers feeding across weekly on the brisk north—westerly wind. still a kornfeil where ever you are, high is generally between 13 and 18 celsius. in the friday and the weekend, we keep that cool feel, both by day and night, but at least the winds will ease. there will be some sunshine around but also further showers, especially on saturday. hello again come you are watching bbc news with me, ben brown. the latest headlines at 4:32pm. around 750 victims of the disgraced
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breast surgeon ian paterson will be paid compensation from a new £37 million fund. private health care firm spire has agreed to pay £27.2 million, with £10 million coming from paterson's insurers and the heart of england nhs trust. the foreign secretary borisjohnson is in the caribbean to witness the devastation caused by hurricane irma, amid criticism of the government's initial response to the disaster. on the eve of the grenfell inquiry, a bbc investigation has surveyed half of the uk's council and housing association—owned tower blocks and found that only 2% have full sprinkler systems. the prime minister says there needs to be greater flexibility on public sector pay. speaking at prime minister's questions, theresa may said ministers would look at the issue before the budget in november. those are the latest headlines, now
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all of the latest bought with john watson. champions league action tonight, john? liverpool play sevilla in their opening match of the champions league group stage with the brazilian forward philippe coutinho expected to make his first appearance for the club this season. the forward handed in a transfer request over the summer in a bid to push through that move to barcelona, but he has been picked injurgen klopp's squad the night. the manager says he is fit and healthy having missed the start of the season with a back problem and is expecting a tough match tonight. a very good start to the season, they changed the manager and found again a really good one. so it is an outstanding job from sevilla again, in the last few yea rs. sevilla again, in the last few years. they have lost the sporting director and the manager, and they are still there and still at the top of the league. so really, really strong side, it is the real
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champions league and we know who we will face. at burnley, tottenham ta ke will face. at burnley, tottenham take on borussia dortmund, desperate to make the place feel a bit more like home. they only won once there in the group stages last season as they dropped into the oblique. they are without dele alli, suspended for three matches, not that harry kane wa nts three matches, not that harry kane wants him to change his approach. dele will play how dele plays. he is that kind of player. he was disappointed to get sent off in the europa league last year but you can only learn from it. that's football, you know. sometimes you make mistakes and sometimes you have to learn from it and i'm sure he will do. he's gutted to be missing these games, as anyone would, but he stands determined to make sure he is ready for the last three games of the campaign. pep guardiola's manchester city are away in the netherlands tonight. they take on the dutch champions feyenoord, hoping to get a good start in waht‘s a tough—looking group, which also contains shatkar donetsk and napoli. i know how competitive last season, we were not able to win one game away. i know from my experience
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in barcelona and bayern munich how difficult it is to qualify always for the next steps of the finals, quarterfinals, but those away were so tough. doesn't matter where we are playing, famous teams or lower teams, we will see. valtteri bottas has signed a new contract with mercedes to race for the world champions in 2018. after impressing at williams, the finnjoined on a one—year deal injanuary, as a replacement for retired world champion nico rosberg. the international olympic committee has been accused of "doing nothing" about its growing corruption crisis, by member dick pound. last week, police raided the home of carlos and usman khawaja head of the brazilian olympic committee, as they investigated shone elements of book
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—— strong allegations of vote buying ahead of the rio 2016 bid. we've taken a severe hit, in terms of credibility, and that hasn't got any better. every time another ioc member is implicated in something potentially nefarious, we lose more credibility. that is concerning to me, and i think a lot of my colleagues. what are we doing? we are just sitting there, taking all of these hits, and doing nothing about it. in netball, england have missed out on a first series win against new zealand, after a 62—55 defeat in the third and final test in hamilton this morning. tracey neville's side led 30—26 at half—time, but the silver ferns took control of the game in the third quarter and moved clear in the late stages to secure a 2—1 series win. that is all the sport for now. let's get more now on our main story — and a bbc investigation has found
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that the majority of council owned tower blocks in the uk are not fully covered with sprinkler systems. the public inquiry into the fire at grenfell tower begins tomorrow. earlier, i spoke to kevin hughes, the deputy assistant commissioner of the london fire brigade. he told me why he agreed with the findings of our investigation. the legislation has not mandated them for all tower blocks, only since 2007 four tower blocks over 30 metres, quite a small section, it has certainly never been retrospective, in terms of refitting them in the block so that does not surprise me. there are a whole range of fire precautions within tower blocks and it is a package of those that make people say. the london fire brigade is calling for spring clues to be fitted in all new builds of tower blocks and retrospective when needs be but also in a broader range of buildings, such as schools
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and for care homes, where other vulnerable people who have former ability and difficulty in escaping. sprinklers will be an input in part of general precautions. you said they need to be fitted retrospectively where it needs to be, what does that mean, are you saying there are some blocks where it doesn't need to be? just because a block for a residential block does not have spring clues does not make them inherently unsafe but there are certain sprinklers —— features of certain sprinklers —— features of certain tower blocks, such as height, and the needs of the people within it, that would make sprinklers wholly applicable for them, and increase the safety of those people within. even in general blocks now there are people with mobility the issues that would have difficulties escaping inspectors would give them an additional chance. and you would say a block of the height of grenfell should have sprinklers fitted? the london fire
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brigade has been calling for the fitting of sprinklers across a range of buildings for many, many years, long before grenfell, this is not a reaction to grenfell, what we are doing now isjust reaction to grenfell, what we are doing now is just repeating message we have said continuously for many yea rs, we have said continuously for many years, now that the attention is on the legislation and on gas, we have called upon the government to take notice of what we have been saying for a long time, and to take action and consider that very carefully. why do you think you have been ignored, is it simply a matter of cost? i don't think it is a matter purely of cost, i think there are a matter of a number of priorities, both within public housing and private sector housing and the issue of building regulations and the legislation combined around the developers for these provisions. it isa developers for these provisions. it is a very complicated issue. costil have something to do with it of
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course, but it is also something about the building, the infrastructure. some buildings are very old and it could be more technically difficult to fit spring clues, although still possible and there are just clues, although still possible and there arejust a clues, although still possible and there are just a whole number of social and economic reasons behind the failure to take it up in some cases. that was the deputy assistant commissioner of the london fire brigade, kevin hughes, talking to me just a bit earlier on. the time has just gone 20 to five. a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. detectives have released another cctv image of the man who knocked a woman into the path of a bus in london earlier this year. the woman was walking across putney bridge shortly before eight o'clock on the 5th of may when the malejogger pushed her, sending her sprawling into the road. police have appealed to the public for any information, which may help to identify the man. mothers who go into labour early should be given antibiotics to prevent passing on any potentially deadly
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infections to their babies. that's according to new guidelines from the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists. group b strep is the most common cause of life—threatening infection in premature babies, with 500 contracting it in 2015. the death of a 25—year—old woman at a music festival, which sparked a police murder inquiry, involved "no malice", herfather has said. louella michie was found in a wooded area of the bestival site at lulworth, dorset, early on monday. the european commission president jean—claudejuncker says the eu has recovered from the shock of brexit and the uk will soon regret its decision to leave. in his annual state of the european union address, he said the eu would continue to make progress, beginning with trade negotiations with australia and new zealand. our europe correspondent damian grammaticus reports. applause
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this is a rare moment, the eu and its leaders seemingly confident, optimistic. because they believe that the worst crises of recent years is behind them, the migrants surge, rising populism, the chance that brexit could trigger a break—up of the eu, all receding. translation: on the 29th of march, 2019, the united kingdom will leave the european union. it will be a sad and tragic moment. we will always regret it. and you will come to regret it soon. what is striking, listening to the whole speech, is that that is the only reference jean—claudejuncker made to brexit in an hour of talking. the rest of it has all been about the eu without the uk, setting out his vision for the future and he wants quite far reaching change, an eu that grows bigger and integrates even more in many ways. his plan includes creating a single eu president
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to head the institutions, and an eu finance minister to promote economic reforms. he wants more countries to join the eu, particularly balkan states, more to join the borderless schengen area and more tojoin the single currency as well. we have now a window of opportunity but it will not stay open forever. let us make the most of the momentum, catch
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