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as. 20,000 jobs at risk as one of the uk's biggest construction companies goes into liquidation. the construction giant carillion is involved in major projects like the h52 high speed rail line and the management of schools, hospitals and prisons. we will be asking what went wrong at the company and what it means for jobs and the services it provides. also this lunchtime... fears of disease spreading in the world's biggest refugee camp — almost half a million rohingha children are being vaccinated in bangladesh. i'm ina i'm in a refugee camp where people are living in the most difficult of conditions and a british medical tea m conditions and a british medical team is trying to bring a deadly outbreak of diphtheria under control. scotland's first minister warns that a hard brexit could cut scotland's economy by more than £12 billion a year. what a great shot! one of the goals of the season! tributes pour in for cyrille regis — the man who led the way for black footballers in britain —
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after he dies at the age of 59. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... ryan giggs is set to be named the new wales manager later. he'll replace chris coleman, who stepped down after failing to qualify for this year's world cup. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the construction giant carillion has gone into liquidation, putting 20,000 jobs at risk in the uk. the company has huge debts and has failed to secure a financial rescue from either the banks or the government. carillion is involved in major projects such as the h52 high—speed rail line. it's responsible for many public services including hospitals, prisons and schools. now the government is facing
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questions about why it handed public sector contracts to the firm after it had issued profit warnings. here's our business correspondent, simon gompertz. the bigger they are, be harderfor eve ryo ne the bigger they are, be harderfor everyone when they fall. carillion was the new name for a huge business taking in age—old constructs and brands like wimpy, alfred mcalpine, tarmac and more lame. they do not just build, they manage hundreds of operating theatres for the nhs, maintain many prisons and army accommodation, and served and provide school dinners. all that with the wake of £900 in debt, the deficit in the company pension fund of 590 million. it is a disaster. there are thousands of subcontractors, agency labour, suppliers who won't get paid. we are
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already being told people will not get paid. there are fewer cards are not working this morning. staff trying to get to work in carillion va ns trying to get to work in carillion vans cannot fill up their vans. the thing is collapsing around us. the government has this lays a fair attitude. they have to assure people of their futures. there were desperate and fruitless rescue dogs in westminster. then the announcementjust in westminster. then the announcement just before seven in westminster. then the announcementjust before seven this morning, that the official receiver had taken charge of the salvage operation. affected are 20,000 uk staff. the government has said all employees should keep coming to work, promising they will continue to get paid. there are 28,000 in the pension scheme, who may get lower pension scheme, who may get lower pension even though the pension protection fund will step in. customers, especially those using public services, have been told the government will keep funding going. and there is an impact on the creditors. shareholders and lenders likely to lose what they put in. carillion got involved in building
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the infrastructure for the 2022 world cup in qatar, and has had serious dispute over payments. ministers say they will not use taxpayers money to bail out a private sector company. but they will give the official receiver funds to maintain public services. it will be managed in an orderly fashion via the official receiver. that means we can continue to operate those key public services, hospitals, schools, prisons etc, without, i hope, much disruption. carillion company built the original battersea power station. the group has put up much of the fabric of the uk since then, including gchq, the uk since then, including gchq, the uk intelligence hub, and at liverpool's anfield football stadium, the new main stand. now there is an anxious wait to see whichjobs can there is an anxious wait to see which jobs can be saved, there is an anxious wait to see whichjobs can be saved, how there is an anxious wait to see which jobs can be saved, how much disruption there will be. simon gompertz, bbc news. ministers say they'll provide funding to maintain the public services run by carillion,
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but a spokesperson for the prime minister says taxpayers cannot be expected to bail the company out. jon donnison reports on what went wrong for one of britain's biggest construction companies. carillion has been in trouble for some time. it was injuly of last year that the company issued its first profit warning. the chief executive quit. and the group pulled out of three big middle east projects. there followed two more such warnings over the next six months. at the same time carillion was allowed to take on hundreds of millions of pounds worth of comment contracts, including with hs2 and network rail. —— government contracts. this company issued a three profit warnings in the last six months. yet despite those profit warnings, the government still continued to grant contracts to this company. now this completely contravened the government policy, their strategic management of risks. they were entitled to deem this company as high risk if profit warnings were issued.
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they didn't do this. so why not? a perfectly legitimate question to ask. we are all going to enjoy being wise after the event, i suspect. people are asking these questions much more now than they were a week ago, given those profit warnings were out there. yes, it is the job of departments and the health service and the prison service and so on, to be asking these questions. is this a safe company to be contracting with? and it should be asking that about every company. for carillion, just a year ago the answer might have been yes. then the company was valued at over £2 billion. on friday though, it wasjust £61 million. so how did that happen? they had too much debt. contractors are supposed to have net cash for a rainy day, effectively. but they also had some very bad contracts. and i think various companies, you will know, in the past were sailing along.
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it only takes three or four really serious construction overruns to bring the companies to the brink. and it now seems carillion has stepped over the edge, leaving tens of thousands of workers in britain and around the world facing uncertainty. jon donnison, bbc news. norman smith is at westminster. all these jobs and so many public services involved. how much pressure does the collapse of carillion put the comment under? huge pressure. real pressure to reassure those who have worked for carillion that they will keep getting paid, they will still have a job, but also to reassure those schools, hospitals and prisons who depend on carillion services, and to reassure taxpayers that they will not be hit with an
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almighty great big bill. pressure compounded by the fact that the government's on relations with carillion are coming under the microscope, with at least one select committee to investigate why the government continued to hand out huge contracts to carillion, even after it got into difficulties and was issuing profit warnings. but there is another perhaps even more fundamental pressure, it seems to me, on the government, in that the carillion demise seems to have opened up the whole debate about the role of the private sector in running public services. it has expanded remorselessly over the past 20 years when there has been a consensus among the different political parties that the private sector tends to be more innovative, can get private capital investment in, that it is less of a burden on the taxpayer. now the question is whether the collapse of carillion marks a tipping point, a moment of
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change when perhaps people begin to ponder whether it would be better to bring some of these services back into public hands. and if that is the case, then that would appear to benefit mr corbyn, who has long argued the case for renationalisation and bringing back some of these contracted out services into public transport norman smith, thank you. talks are under way between officials from myanmar and bangladesh, to decide how to repatriate hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who were forced to flee violence against them in myanmar last year. more than 650,000 rohingyas are now living in the world's largest refugee camp near cox's bazaar in bangladesh, and there are fears that disease will spread. many of them are children. now the british government says it will provide £2 million towards the cost of vaccinating children against diphtheria. mishal husain is there. sophie, if you imagine that five
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months ago, before the mass exodus of rohingya protected the nature reserve, now 569,000 people live in this one camp alone and there are many others. you can imagine the hardship of the living conditions and the dangers. 0ne living conditions and the dangers. one of those dangers is disease. after an outbreak of diphtheria was reported here last month, a team of british doctors, nurses and paramedics arrived here to set up diphtheria clinics. now there is a vaccination programme beginning. i have been seeing the work of the uk emergency medical team. four—year—old anwar has just been diagnosed with diphtheria, a respiratory disease that can kill. he was brought in by his mother to this clinic, set up from scratch by the uk emergency medical team. thanks to the treatment he has now been given, he should soon recover. it is for you to feel better.
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if a patient who has diphtheria coughs or sneezes over another person, and they inhale those droplets, that then can set up the infection in themselves. and in a situation where people are sleeping five or six to a room beside each other, a patient who has diphtheria can spread it to all the people in that cramped space very quickly. this boy, who's ii, hasjust arrived at the clinic and is being checked at the triage point. he has got really big and large glands. and he has got this membrane extended from the tonsil right back onto the back of the throat. so with everything we've seen its pretty convincing front diphtheria. he is taken through onto the ward, where the team wants to start treatment right away. but there is a problem. 0k, let me get this right. so the husband is working away? she is here with the two children, but there are three children also in the camp and they are not with any adults? no.
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0k. we are doing it to protect him from getting more ill. through a translator, the doctor tries to explain why staying to be treated is so essential. it's really life—threatening stuff, and in this environment it's really difficult. so hopefully what will try and do is calm things down a little bit and just begin to at least explain to the mothers so they understand what treatment is required. but it doesn't work. his mother needs to get back to her other children, and he won't stay at the clinic on his own. you know, it's hard. we know the treatment he needs but it's very much feeling at the minute he is out of the gate, we've lost a bit. so, yes. it's not a good feeling. in the end he did return and was given the anti—diphtheria medication. the work of this clinic doesn't stop with the patients who are treated here for diphtheria.
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they then try to identify everyone who lives with that patient or has come into contact with them. and each of those people are then treated with a course of antibiotics. that is what happened with the family of little anwar, who is back of the clinic for a checkup. he is one of ii siblings. his mother tells me he is fine and she is relieved. none of his brothers and sisters fell ill. but living conditions in the camp mean the risk of any infectious disease spreading at any time will always be high. the next step for diphtheria and other diseases is to prevent them occurring in the first place. the vaccination programme uk aid is helping to fund relies on teams of community health workers going into the camps and identifying children and others who should be vaccinated. justin rose that has been with them.
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yasin is his category red. he has a serious diphtheria infection. it's the doctor's job to try and stop the outbreak spreading. he runs a team of outreach workers. when a diphtheria case comes in, their work begins. they trek through this giant refugee camp, now the biggest in the world, trying to find people who might have been exposed to the disease. the outreach workers can see up to ten cases every day. that can mean a lot of walking. so the challenge for this team is to hunt down infection and then stamp it out. the hunt begins at his home. rita and reepa need to take care. close contact can be dangerous, even if you've had the vaccination. some members of the medical team have been infected.
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they explain how dangerous diphtheria can be, and give everyone in the family antibiotics. that can stop the disease developing. anyone who has been in close contact with a patient for more than an hour needs to be treated. listen, how dangerous is it for us sitting out here? it's not much dangerous for us because we are vaccinated. but it's dangerous for the rohingya community as they will not be vaccinated when they arrive. what is happening now? are you getting this disease under control? we hope that we can control it through vaccination, with preventive medicines as well as documented in the cases. the signs are that this disease, long forgotten in countries where vaccination is commonplace, is now being brought under control. but the hunt continues.
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with more than 800,000 people packed together in these vast refugee camps, the team can't take any chances. for more on the uk response to this crisis i'm joined by matt benson, the humanitarian response manager at the humanitarian response manager at the department for international and and you have been here for several weeks now. what was it that made you think the uk could help, and in what form? we deploy teams around the world to respond to humanitarian crises. in bangladesh as well we have a permanent office. looking at the scale of the crisis you have witnessed whilst you have been here, it is relatively unprecedented from my experience. i have worked in various different camps around the world. we are looking at a large number of people coming and living
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ina number of people coming and living in a densely populated refugee camp so in a densely populated refugee camp so with our capabilities it made logical sense for the uk to take the lead in responding to this emergency. and the focus for the uk tea m emergency. and the focus for the uk team has been diphtheria and now the vaccination programme but as you look around a camp like this, what are the biggest challenges you can foresee? there has previously been a measles outbreak, we are now in control of the diphtheria outbreak hopefully, but that might not necessarily be the next... there might be another public health outbreaks. also there is the cyclone season outbreaks. also there is the cyclone season coming outbreaks. also there is the cyclone season coming up outbreaks. also there is the cyclone season coming up and the monsoon rains. the camp is quite hilly, a lot of it is under the sea level line so it is quite prone to flooding. that is one of my main concern is, how we would respond to the floods and how we can best respond to the future challenges we can face. thank you,
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and that point matt makes about the weather is a worry for everyone here because there may be cyclones in the months ahead, there will certainly about three months of monsoon rain to come and it wouldn't take much for the flimsy shelters to be washed away or to have the roofs blown off them so people are living in very fragile conditions in a very precarious way. our top story this lunchtime: 20,000 jobs are at risk as the construction giant carillion goes into liquidation. the company is in involved in everything from the hs2 high speed rail line to the management of schools and hospitals. coming up... footballer ryan giggs, capped 64 times by wales, is about to take over the top job as wales manager. coming up in sports... british number two, kyle edmund, is celebrating the best win of his career. he beat iith seed kevin anderson over five sets to reach the second round the australian open. the former west bromwich albion
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and england footballer cyrille regis has died at the age of 59. in the 1970s and 1980s he led the way for black footballers in britain. in his early career he faced racial abuse and even received a bullet through the post before making his debut for england in 1982. in 2008 he was honoured by the queen for services to football. he was taken ill last night and thought to have suffered a heart attack. what a great shot! when it comes to making an impact, few can match cyrille regis. his talent emerged at west brom in the 1970s, a time when
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there were a few high—profile black players, but with laurie cunningham and brendon batson, regis set about changing that with pinpoint precision. has he got the power and poise? he has! but not everyone was cheering, regis was often subjected to racist abuse, and even received a bullet through the post, but nothing would stop him. we were used to 10,000 people shouting racist abuse, throwing bananas on the pitch and monkey chants and that sort of stuff. i just took monkey chants and that sort of stuff. ijust took it monkey chants and that sort of stuff. i just took it as monkey chants and that sort of stuff. ijust took it as if monkey chants and that sort of stuff. i just took it as if someone was trying to intimidate me. after becoming a west brom legend, he moved to coventry and helped them lift the fa cup, but even after retiring as a player his influence continued. he was awarded an mbe, a role model for a new generation of
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black footballers, inspired by his dignity and determination. cyrille was the first real footballer i've looked at and felt that could be me. i think if you spoke to anybody in the neighbourhood where i grew up, it was the same. here was this big strong black athletic centre forward , strong black athletic centre forward, everybody wanted to be him. at west brom this morning the flag was at half—mast as the fans paid their respects. his widowjulia said their respects. his widowjulia said the world had lost a precious treasure. cyrille regis, a footballing pioneer. it's emerged the perpetrator of the westminster terror attack had taken anabolic steroids in the days or hours beforehand. the details were released during a pre—inquest hearing into the death of khalid masood and his victims. our home affairs correspondent
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daniel sandford is at the old bailey for us. the inquest into all those people who died on march the 22nd, including the attacker khalid masood himself, will take place on september the 10th and the chief coroner will be in charge. this pre—inquest review hearing today, we learned some new facts, not least that the attacker khalid masood did have in his urine evidence he had taken anabolic steroids before the attack. we heard the officers who confronted him at the gates of the palace of westminster will be given anonymity for the course of the inquest hearings, known only by the letters sa74 and sb73. khalid masood's inquest will follow
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directly after the inquests of those people that he killed, and they are of course curt cochrane, lesley rhodes, andrea christie and pc keith palmer. we heard from lawyers representing the victims at the hearing today and gathered what it is they will be looking to from these hearings. not least of all, according to their lawyer, we do not understand why radicalising material remains freely available on the internet, we don't understand why it's necessary for whatsapp and other applications to have end to end encryption. daniel sandford, thank you. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has warned that a hard brexit could cut scotland's economy by more than £12 billion a year. she's pledged to make the case for keeping the uk in europe's single market "more loudly than before" after publishing the analysis by the scottish goverment. the uk government insists it is seeking a brexit deal that will work for the whole of the uk. here's our scotland
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correspondent, lorna gordon. new year and on our high streets there are still steal —— still deals to be hard. the deal on brexit top of the political agenda going forward , of the political agenda going forward, and today an attempt by the scottish government to set out what that could mean for the money in scottish pockets. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon arguing her government's analysis and estimates are more detailed than anything provided by the government at westminster. this paper provides a far more comprehensive assessment of the different post brexit options than anything so far offered by the uk government. it demonstrates beyond doubt that if brexit is to proceed, staying in the single market is the only option that makes sense. the analysis looks at three possible outcomes for a future relationship between the uk and the
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eu. single market membership could see scotland's gdp cut by 2.7%, equivalent to £700 per person in scotland. the projection suggests a free trade canada style agreement would reduce gdp by 6%, £1600 per person, while a hard brexit would see gdp by 2030 cut by 8.5%, equivalent to £2300 per person in scotland. yes, there will be huge challenges ahead but most people understand we are seeking to get a pragmatic and acceptable solution for the pragmatic and acceptable solution forthe uk, and pragmatic and acceptable solution for the uk, and one which gives opportunities in the future as well as having to face the challenges we know exist as well and that's what we wa nt know exist as well and that's what we want to be engaged in. we need the scottish government to be part of that instead of throwing stones on the negotiations from outside. the figures set out in the speech today are estimates but nicola sturgeon insists this is a golden
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opportunity to bring those together who believe scotland and the uk should stay in the single market, and says the next few months of brexit negotiations will be crucial forjobs and brexit negotiations will be crucial for jobs and opportunities brexit negotiations will be crucial forjobs and opportunities for generations to come. lorna gordon, bbc news, edinburgh. the ukip leader, henry bolton, has insisted he won't stand down over racist comments made by his girlfriend. mr bolton says his romance withjo marney is over after she sent texts saying prince harry's fiancee meghan markle would taint the royal family. jo marney has been suspended from ukip over the comments, which she has apologised for. 0ur political correspondent iain watson has been following this for us. he says he won't stand down but there is huge pressure on him to do so, isn't there? that's right, another year, another ukip leader crisis. henry bolton seems to be digging his heels in but the question is all about his political judgment. some people in the party
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are suggesting that either he gives up are suggesting that either he gives up his girlfriend or hisjob. when i spoke to him earlier it was clear he was distancing himself from jo marney‘s racist remarks but less clear how much he's distancing himself from her. she's absolutely devastated by the impact of the messages that have now come out. without in any way defending them because they are appalling and the words used are offensive and quite rightly she has been suspended by the party. so what kind of relationships do you still have? we have ended the romantic element of the relationship but i'm supportive of herand herfamily's the relationship but i'm supportive of her and her family's prefatory build her life. so this is not a matter of political convenience then? far from it. the priority in this respect is to get the party back on its feet. henry bolton's political future is by no back on its feet. henry bolton's politicalfuture is by no means certain, the body will be discussing
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his leadership on thursday and already a senior mep has suggested the party might not be able to survive unless he resigned, and suzanne evans has suggested he has to go but frankly the problem seems to go but frankly the problem seems to be this — there is no shortage of people willing to lead ukip but there does appear to be a shortage of followers. thank you. ryan giggs is set to be announced as the new manager of the welsh national football team. giggs was capped 64 times by wales, scoring 12 goals, but this would be his first permanentjob as a manager. let's speak to tomos morgan, who's in hensol outside cardiff. a big job for him, but not that much ofa a big job for him, but not that much of a surprise now? no, i think when chris coleman stood down as the welsh manager in november to take the sunderland job, i think ryan giggs was seen as the favourite to ta ke giggs was seen as the favourite to take it. it has been confirmed in the last half—hour he is the new managerfor wales the last half—hour he is the new manager for wales and will be
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unveiled here in the next 20 minutes or so. unveiled here in the next 20 minutes or so. there has been some criticism among some of the fans in wales, some saying they are questioning his commitment to the welsh national team. when he played for wales, maybe not committing to every single friendly, but players who played with him during that period said it wasn't down to ryan giggs whether he could play in those games, it was down to sir alex ferguson, his manager at the time at manchester united. it would be seen as a huge marketing coup, who was one of the class of 1992 alongside david beckham, paul scholes and the neville brothers but this is his first full—time post as manager. he worked as assistant under louis van gaal, and was interim managerfor four games at manchester united. this is seen as wales' golden years so this is seen as wales' golden years so there will be big expectations that wales can qualify once more and do well again that wales can qualify once more and do wellagain in that wales can qualify once more and
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do well again in the next euro championships. thank you, and a bit of tennis news as well... the british number two, kyle edmund, is through to the second round of the australian open after the biggest win of his career. he beat 11th seed kevin anderson in five sets to win the match in melbourne, saying afterwards he was "really happy" with the result. the only thing he said he wasn't so sure about was his rather vivid pink and black kit. definitely noticed him! time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. quiet weather last week, this week farfrom quiet. some damp scenes in northampton for our weather watcher. you can see the main band of rain clearing away but behind it a lot of showers packing in. packing in from the north—west on a strong north—westerly wind,


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