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he's hoping the uk team can go one better in toronto. definitely a gold this time, yes. craig was injured serving in afghanistan in 2011. my role was to go in search of ieds and dispose of them. unfortunately i was badly injured, i lost both my legs. taking part in an event like this, you are not sitting on the couch, you are pushing yourself, driving forwards. you want to do more, notjust in a sporting aspect — in life. with 17 nations taking part, this will be the largest invictus games so far. the sporting action gets under way in toronto on saturday, but for these 90 uk competitors, the journey begins right now. tim muffett, bbc news, at heathrow airport. time for a look at the weather. hurricane maria has destroyed the power grid of puerto rico. the mayor asked said they could be looking at four to six months before power is
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restored. unimaginable damage, really. the latest satellite picture shows the eye of maria, about a0 miles across, it will be affecting the north of dominican republic and this storm is heading close to the turk and caicos islands, probably to the north—east. there will be hurricane force winds, torrential rain and flooding risk. from there, maria spins out quite harmlessly into the atlantic. the next place it might make an effect is perhaps even the uk. the remains of maria could be coming our way in the first week of october. that's a long way off, there is uncertainty. today, we have this slow—moving weather front across the uk. it's quite a narrow piece of cloud and rain that's working eastwards. because there's not much in the way of wind blowing across the limbs, that's why the front is particularly slow moving. east anglia, south—east england, holding onto some dry and bright weather. temperatures up to 20 degrees or so. further west behind the front, we see some sunshine and warm two isolated showers. looking at the weather picture overnight,
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the rain clears away from east anglia and south—east england and we'll be left with clearing skies. a cold night with temperatures down to between 7—10 celsius but colder in the countryside. by the end of the night a band of rain will be working back ireland. the rain will be with us back ireland. the rain will be with us first thing friday morning. some of that rain is going to be quite heavy with gusty winds. the wet weather will continue to drift eastwards, probably through the afternoon turning a little bit more light and patchy in nature and across central and eastern england it should stay dry, with some sunny spells. still reasonable temperatures, 19 celsius for london. the sunshine coming back in northern ireland. highs of 18 celsius. we'll all see spells of sunshine in the weekend but there will be a band of rainfor weekend but there will be a band of rain for the second half of the weekend working into the west. this is saturday. quite a bit of cloud around, breaking up with some sunny spells coming through. rain not too far away from western counties of northern ireland. for most of the dry picture. 18 for glasgow,
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newcastle and belfast. 20 in london. as we head into sunday, a band of rain will work into the western side of the uk, making little progress across central and eastern england where it should stay dry with more sunshine. with winds from south, temperatures potentially reaching the low 20s a mixed bag this weekend. temperatures not doing too badly. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. a race against time as rescuers search for survivors of the mexican earthquake, including children, who are trapped under a collapsed school. that's all from the bbc news that one. it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we joy is that bbc‘s news teams wherever you are. good afternoon. good afternoon. now a look at the sport. mp damian collins has called
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foran sport. mp damian collins has called for an independent review into the football association handling of the role and dismissal of former england women's head coach mark sampson, who was sacked yesterday for inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour with female players in a previous role. the fa's processes have come under the microscope. in december 2013, mark sampson became england manager after leaving bristol academy. a complaint was made against him in 201a, relating to his time at bristol. a panel investigated the allegation for the fa and he was cleared to continue working in football. however, having been asked to re—examine the details last week, years later, the fa terminated his contract yesterday. if the fa received warnings about mark sampson's behaviour, their position has become untenable. next
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month we will have a hearing of the select committee were eniola aluko will give evidence about her concerns about how her allegations we re concerns about how her allegations were investigated, and we will question senior fa executives as well. the women in football equality and support group dropped mark sampson as one of its patrons yesterday. it claims questions over his suitability were flagged to the fa during the recruitment process. it says it is unfathomable that owning the manager could be sent on a course to emphasise the appropriate boundaries between coach and player. the fa have responded, denying those involved in the appointment were aware of the allegations at the
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time. england's cricketers have made a positive start to the second one—day international against the west indies at trent bridge. england went into bat first. alex hales and jonny bairstow helped themselves to early boundaries. both teams will be battling the rain today. the covers are on. we're waiting for a break in the bad weather before play can resume. brian cookson says he departs with his head held high after he lost the election for the uci presidency to frenchman david lappartient. we can speak to alex capstick. it was a crushing defeat in the end for cookson? yes, a landslide victory for his opponent. brian cookson swept into power four yea rs brian cookson swept into power four years ago promising to transform a sport traumatised by a long history of high—profile doping scandals. he says he has transformed cycling during his period in charge, but it would seem from today's election a
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whopping margin of defeat, 37 votes to eight. delegates have been unimpressed by his efforts. he may have been affected by the negative headlines concerning english cycling, allegations there was a culture of bullying in the organisation. that might have swayed some people against him during that. we have a new president. the first frenchman to lead the uci, david lappartient. he said in a speech to voters before the election that he would get rid of corruption that has led to the uci having a disastrous reputation under brian cookson‘s control. brian cookson himself had complained that his predecessor, pat mcquaid, than trying to influence the vote in favour of his opponent. he said he didn't want the sport to go back to the past. whatever his
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complaints, it seems clear from today that the electorate, the uci delegates, did not want a future with brian cookson. that is all the sport for now. you can find more on all of those stories on the bbc‘s website. iam back stories on the bbc‘s website. i am back with more in the next hour. thank you. hugh wolstencroft. we will talk a little bit more this afternoon about the devastating earthquake in mexico. the country has asked other countries to provide specialist teams and equipment to help search for survivors. in mexico city, emergency workers are still trying to reach people trapped under the rubble of a school, where 21 children and five adults are known to have died. david pena was in the epicentre of the earthquake in puebla when it struck. he said he could hear the ground underneath him rumbling as it moved. it literally hit you in the face. you don't expect that. you're doing your normal routine.
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after that you feel a little dizzy. is this happening? after a few seconds, everything was moving, you cannot walk. your pictures are coming off the walls. what is really impressive is just the sound the ground makes. rocks hitting rocks. it is basically like you are in the sea in the middle of the city. you are in puebla, the epicentre of the quake. if you go outside now what can you see? notjust the buildings, but presumably there are people? definitely. right now, downtown puebla is not accessible. normally you will find a city of 6 million people. in downtown puebla at least 2 million people live there. now it is not accessible. you can see old buildings
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and churches, built in the 1500s, with bell towers completely in half. debris on the floor. people just walking on the streets, rocks falling over them. it is completely surreal. also today, we have been talking a lot about the rescue effort continuing at a school that has collapsed. 0ne continuing at a school that has collapsed. one man who lives close to that school saw a tower collapsing across the road when the earthquake hit. he told the bbc earlier that the efforts of everyone in the community are focused on rescuing the traps children. iam about rescuing the traps children. i am about ten minutes away from these school that collapse. ——
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collapsed. i know a couple of friends who are helping out, trying to re m ove friends who are helping out, trying to remove the debris. to rescue all these kids. they say that they were around 100 kids at the moment of the earthquake when the building just almost completely collapsed. we have seen basically around the news and around the social media, all the photographs of hundreds of people helping out. hundreds of policemen, firefighters, members of rescue teams. and actually, just a few hours ago i was looking out on the social media that even maybe some of the construction that is still on, it may collapse even more. so we are all suffering from watching all the images. we cannot believe that
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inside this building there are still some children inside. that is the latest on the continuing rescue effort in mexico and we will keep an eye on that story throughout the day. now we will turn to the impact of the latest hurricane. the caribbean island of perch rico is without power. it is on the night—time cu rfew power. it is on the night—time curfew as it struggles to deal with the aftermath of hurricane maria, the aftermath of hurricane maria, the most powerful storm to hit the us territory in nearly a century. as maria moves away from berta ricco, the storm could re—gain major hurricane status as it spreads past the dominican republic and heads to the dominican republic and heads to the bahamas. the entire island of perch rico is underflood warning. puerto rico. hurricane maria was the
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most powerful storm to hit puerto rico in more than a century. it felt like that. all the island who hunkered down, whether they were in their homes with friends or family, 01’ even their homes with friends or family, or even emergency shelters, they would have heard the most incredible sound of the wind, the rain lashing down. that lasted for several hours. what we are seeing now are the last vestiges of the storm as it makes its way of the territory of puerto rico and on out into the caribbean. an overnight curfew is in place, put in place by the governor. that will be in place for several days, partly to protect people from themselves. there are all kinds of accidents that can happen in the darkness when the electricity is out. a lot of electrical cables down. there is expected to be widespread flooding.
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but thankfully, there have been no reports of large—scale loss of life. that was will grant in puerto rico. another story we are very much keeping an eye on. pacquiao, tougher penalties could be introduced first cyclist who injure or kill pedestrians, as part of an urgent review of all aspects of cycling safety. 0ne review of all aspects of cycling safety. one idea being considered is a new offence which would be the equivalent of causing death by careless or dangerous driving. it follows a number of high—profile incidents involving cyclists to have collided with pedestrians. andy moore reports. do you feel any remorse? 0n andy moore reports. do you feel any remorse? on monday, charlie elliston was jailed for 18 months for cycling into and killing a pedestrian in london last year. kim briggs was on her lunch break when she was hit. she suffered serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, and died in hospital a week later. charlie austin was driving a big ——
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bike without a front brake. it was illegal on the road. he was tired of but found guilty of bodily harm by wa nton but found guilty of bodily harm by wanton driving, an offence dating back to 1861. after the sentencing, mrs briggs' widow called for a change in the law. to have to rely on manslaughter at one end, or a victorian law that doesn't even mention causing death at the other end, tells us there is a gap. the government appears to be working to close that gap. it will look at creating a new offence first cyclist, similar to that for motorists, of causing death by careless or dangerous driving. but some cycling groups point out the number of deaths caused by cyclists remains extremely low compared with the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed and injured by motorists. ina in a moment, all the business news. but first, a reminder of the
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headlines. emergency workers in mexico city are frantically trying to read several children believed to be still alive under the rubble of a school which collapsed during tuesday's earthquake. here, the cabinet has had a lengthy meeting in advance of the prime minister's speech about brexit tomorrow. in that speech, it is thought theresa may will talk about a transition period of two years. and the chief executive of rya nair admits period of two years. and the chief executive of ryanair admits there has been a significant management failure as the firm struggles to cope with thousands of flight cancellations. hello, i'm alice baxter. the top business stories. the gap between what the government owes and what it spends fell by 18% last month. economists had been expecting the gap to be much wider. but the numbers were boosted by record vat
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receipts which offset a falling corporation tax receipts. consumers are being advised to stop buying fridges and freezers with flammable plastic backs, which could create a fire risk. research by consumer group which? says there are 236 such models on sale, representing nearly half the market. it's asking manufacturers to stop making them. the co—0p bank is in new hands, after the co—op group sold its final 1% stake. co—0p still retains its insurance, funeral services and supermarket business but sold its remaining stake in the bank for £5 million as part of a refinancing deal. but first, approximately 9 million drivers habitually and illegally still use their mobile phones whilst driving. new research from the rac shows that the hand—held mobile phone epidemic, as they call it, is the uk's biggest single motoring
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concern in 2017. four in ten drivers still text while stationary. 0ne concern in 2017. four in ten drivers still text while stationary. one in ten drivers are not aware of tougher penalties introduced to counter the illegal use of phones at the wheel. let's get more on this from pete williams from the rac. i talked about this increase in penalties facing drivers who were caught. what are those penalties? now the fine for being caught using a hand—held mobile phone at the wheel, whether driving or stationary, is £200 and six penalty points. if you have already got points on your license, you could lose your license. for a new driver, that could mean losing their licence and having to start to train again. the rac actually revealed 12 months ago in a report on motoring that the use of hand—held phones was at epidemic
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proportions. attitudes had relaxed significantly. we believe that was down to the lack of enforcement and the reduced number of roads policing officers. since then, that has increased. there is no less than 2500 officers policing the roads in england and wales. 30% down on ten yea rs england and wales. 30% down on ten years ago. do you think there is a lack of enforcement going on? just so people understand, those penalties, they also apply if you are caught using your phone when stationary behind the wheel? absolutely. psu is using a hand—held mobile phone to talk, to text, to ta ke mobile phone to talk, to text, to take photographs is both a physical and mental distraction. whether you are driving or stationary, it is drawing your focus away from the road. many people who are headstone at the traffic lights looking at a
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text are oblivious to what is going on around them. so when the lights change and they go to move off, they are not aware of other vehicles and cyclist too may have pulled alongside. if you are caught, it is £200 and six points on the licence. who are the worst offenders? your research breaks down in terms of gender and age etc. it is across the board we have the hard—core of hand—held mobile phone users. but there is a greater proportion of younger drivers in the 17 to 2a—year—old range. also, 25 to aa. it has been illegal since 2003. that sort of mirrors the time that we have all grown up with mobile phones. and all the apps that control our lives. last week we welcomed the launch of the do not disturb while driving app onto iphones. if you put your phone into that mould, it means you can only use your phone on a hands—free device. it stops alerts and things
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that draw people in. we would like other manufacturers to do the same. a lot of people out there, particularly young people, they may think sending a quick text while stationary at the traffic lights is not a big deal but it is. it is still really dangerous? absolutely. clearly we have shown that still the message has not got through to everyone. there is a hard—core of people who seem to resist any encouragement to actually give up using their phone. it looks like the full force of the law will, growing to play. we also need good driver education, so the government's campaign is trying to get across the message about the dangers involved in actually using a hand—held phone. 22 people lost their lives in 2015. and next week we will hear the results from 2016 in terms of those people who lost their lives as a result of an accident, were one driver was using a hand—held phone. but we also need drivers to take
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personal responsibility. it is their choice to actually stop using the form, to the right thing. that is why we have launched a website to help people crack or break their addiction. and to make a promise mack a pledge to stop using their mobile phone at the wheel once and for all. thank you. some other business stories quickly. manchester united's reported record revenues of more than £580 million for 2017. that is because tv cash sought in a year when it won the europa league and the the efl cup. the club also signed 12 sponsorship deals and saw commercial and match their revenues increase. the club benefit from a huge rise in domestic tv revenues during 2016 and 2017, the first season in the current three—year uk broadcasting deal. the honour of google, alphabet, is playing over $1 billion to buy htc. the taiwanese
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company was once a major player in the market but has struggled to compete with apple and samsung. toshiba has sold its computer chip business to a group led by us private equity firm bain capital in a bid to keep its struggling business afloat. the deal is thought to be worth about £13 billion and is designed to cover billions of dollars of losses. a quick check to see on the markets. banking stocks have been driving the ftse100 today. johnson matthey is the top gainer on the footsie. more from me in an hour. thank you. there are almost one million people living with dementia in the uk, and while there are drugs to help treat some of the symptoms, there is no cure. but what about prevention? more than £2 million is now being spent by alzhiemer‘s research uk, to explore how people can reduce their risk of developing dementia, as graham satchell reports.
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it's like grief. it's like a loss. it is really difficult, it is challenging. both of shaheen's parents have been diagnosed with dementia. as she is trying to cope with the illness of her parents, she has been thinking about her own future. is this hereditary? is it genetic? can i find out if something like this is going to happen to me? they are questions now being asked in earnest by the research community. focus is now going into preventing people from getting dementia in the first place. in manchester they are using big data. this professor is trying to find a way to predict which patients are most at risk. his team will be using artificial intelligence to analyse millions of anonymous health
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records. it is a techniques to analyse data. the computer is helping us to find out who is glad to get dementia? yes, eventually. the future is now. experts say there are nine the future is now. experts say there a re nine lifestyle the future is now. experts say there are nine lifestyle factors that can contribute to the risk of getting dementia. they include smoking, physical activity —— inactivity and isolation. the current thinking suggests around a third of cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after the health of their brain. so i willjust put these headphones on for you. back in london, shaheen is having her hearing tested. watching the test, a doctor, heading the research project into the link between loss of hearing and dementia. if you have hearing loss, you're at higher risk of depression and social isolation.
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you'll get less social stimulation, all of the things we know are associated with dementia down the line. the doctor will give hearing aids to a large group of people with hearing loss and early signs of memory problems, to see if better hearing can reduce or delayed the risk of dementia. these are above the 27th -- 20 dementia. these are above the 27th —— 20 decibels mark. that is what we consider normal. it is good news. shaheen's hearing is fine. it is one thing she will focus on trying to keep her brain healthy. i want to spend my time trying to prevent a diagnosis as opposed to getting one and hoping there is a treatment available. while researchers continue efforts
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to find a cure for dementia, prevention is the next best thing. much more coming up from two o'clock. we will keep you up to date with rescue effort in mexico and we will have more on hurricane maria. that is coming up with simon mccoy, if you can bear it! now the weather. good afternoon. i will take a look at maria as well. the latest satellite picture shows maria is to the north of the dominican republic. the eye is about a0 miles wide. 60 miles out. the winds affecting the dominican republic. this system heading towards the turks and caicos islands it will probably bend the strongest winds probably staying away from the turks and caicos islands. hurricane force winds to be expected. it heads
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into the atlantic from there. the next date it could make landfall is perhaps here during the first week of october. there is a lot of uncertainty between now and then. for today, we have got this weather front across the uk. particularly slow moving. there is no wind pushing it along. that is why it is dragging its heels. nevertheless, some wet weather at times across the midlands, central and southern england, probably reaching east anglia through the evening. still quite one. brighter skies in the west, some isolated showers in the afternoon. at midnight tonight the rain clears away from eastern england. clearing skies. a cold night compared to the last few. temperatures between seven and 10 degrees. colder in the countryside. a chilly start to friday. a band of rain quickly putting into northern ireland on friday. the wet weather will continue to drift east as we go through friday morning into the afternoon. the rain will turn party later in the day. still across
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central and eastern england it should stay largely dry with sunny spells. reasonable temperatures. sunshine returning to northern ireland on friday afternoon. what about the weekend ? ireland on friday afternoon. what about the weekend? not a bad weekend really. not completely dry. a band of rain working to the west on sunday. a decent start to the weekend. early morning cloud will break up. sunny spells coming through. quite cloudy for northern ireland. perhaps western scotland. look at the temps —— temperatures. filling pleasant in the sunshine. sunday sees dry weather for western england. another western —— slow—moving weather from drifting into the western side of great britain. the potentialfor into the western side of great britain. the potential for outbreaks of rain. a mixed bag. in eastern england it should stay dry through the weekend. that is your weather. this is bbc news.
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the headlines: countdown to florence, theresa may breifs the cabinet on what is going to be in her brexit speech tomorrow. rescuers desperately searching for survivors at a school in mexico city which collapsed in the earthquake trapping children and staff. we're building kits with first aid, things like alcohol and band—aids, that kind of stuff, so they can bring these things to the people that need it. these are the latest pictures as a rescue involving members of the army and hundreds of volunteers continues. please make a sixth arrest in the investigation into the london underground bombing. also in the next hour, change your holidays, ryanair‘s message to its own pilots.


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