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in the country and flattest counties in the country and the fact she has made it to the olympics, you know, it's really incredible. even if she does nothing else i'm just so thrilled and proud. after a rough time, rowan now has a smile back on herface, and has promised no half measures on the half pipe in south korea. stewart pollitt, bbc news, cheshire. studio: good luck to her and the rest of the team gb squad out in pyeongchang. that is just about it from sportsday. some team news in from sportsday. some team news in from wembley. for the fourth round replay between tottenham hotspurs and newport county. as expected spurs resting a lot of their stars, so spurs resting a lot of their stars, so harry kane and dele alli on the bench. a welcome return for toby alderweireld, who makes his first appearance in over two months. newport county taking over 7000 fans to wembley. the average 3000 in league 2. rochdale waiting for the winners. all that he needs you can
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find on the bbc sport website and obviously there will be commentary you will find on five live as well. we will have much more on bbc news throughout the rest of the evening, but from all of us at the bbc sport centre, goodbye for now. you're watching bbc news. aftershocks continue to hit taiwan, after a powerful earthquake killed at least six people and injured more than 200 others. rescue efforts are continuing to free others still trapped in buildings that could collapse, after the 6.4 magnitude quake struck the city of hualien. cindy sui has more. taiwanese people are used to earthquakes, but this one shocked many. it forced several buildings to near complete collapse. new cctv footage has emerged of the moment when the earthquake struck.
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this terrified woman escaped without injury. the quake shook many people out of bed. they scrambled to save those still inside. more than 100 people were rescued by residents, firefighters and soldiers. miraculously, an employee of a hotel was found alive after being trapped for 15 hours on a collapsed floor. but many remained unaccounted for more than 12 hours after the quake struck. some of them are feared to be tourists, staying at a backpackers hotel on the second floor of the building. it was crushed, along with four other lower floors. others are believed to be residents, who may not have been home at the time. more than a dozen quakes and after—shocks shook hualien and after the initial earthquake, complicating rescue efforts. this one struck as an eyewitness spoke to the bbc. oh, my god.
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this is an after—shock. i'm sorry. oh, my goodness. my goodness. oh, my god. sorry. we're just told to go to the road and stay in the road, but we're having a few after—shocks, this is maybe our seventh of the hour. without knowing how many people may be trapped, president tsai ing—wen urged rescuers to race against time to find survivors. her government has pledged $10 billion us to help victims, but that may be little comfort for taiwan, an island that sits at the junction of two tectonic plates and is frequently rocked by earthquakes, with 100 recorded just in this month. deepening worries, as the quake happened on the anniversary of a deadly earthquake that killed 117 people, and exposed the poor construction standards on the island, making many buildings there potentially unsafe. cindy sui, bbc news, taipei. the government has promised to improve the conditions of millions of workers
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in the so—called gig economy. ministers say there'll be higher fines for firms that breach contracts or mistreat staff. the move is part of the government's response to a review of modern working practices — but unions say the measures don't go far enough. nina warhurst reports. times have changed. tom has around 30 full—time employees like paddy. he gets sick and holiday pay. and around 20 workers like this tom, he's self—employed and has to save for rainy days and holidays himself. following today's announcement, the boss will have to be crystal clear with all of his staff on where they stand. if we are moving towards a situation where it is made clearer to employees what their rights are and what their entitlements are, i think that is something that can only be good for both the employee and for the business. there are up to 5 million people working on a job byjob basis rather than as fully employed. and the government has promised to crack down on employers who bend the rules.
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if they fail to pay sickness and holiday pay, then the government will act. so it's not left to the little guy to have to fight for himself or herself against a large corporation that might be playing fast and loose with their rights. the government will be hoping that today's measures will make life clearer and fairer for all workers. but some critics argue that there is still too much power in the hands of those who hold the purse strings. and that the most vulnerable workers are still being left wide open to exploitation. they had an opportunity to make a bold step to really give protection to those precarious workers especially in the gig economy. and they haven't done anything to that extent at all. they have papered over the cracks. it is unlikely that those on shift today will even notice the changes. but the government says there may be more on the way. which respect the value of flexible working, as long as employers respect their staff. nina warhurst, bbc news, manchester. known as the gardener‘s friend, the native hedgehog was once
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a common sight in britain, but numbers of the notoriously shy creatures are plummeting. wildlife charities say at least half the population has been lost over the last two decades as claire marshall reports. hedgehogs are shy, nocturnal creatures, which makes them difficult to count. but conservationists have managed to build up a picture of the population across britain over the last 30 years, and it is not good news. their numbers have crashed. there are only half as many hedgehogs snuffling around the british countryside as there were 20 years ago. i hate to use a cliche but the hedgehog is a bit like a canary in a coal mine. the fact the population is declining as dramatically as it is declining as dramatically as it is should give us real cause for concern. the report looks at the reasons that hedgehogs might be disappearing. it says the cutting down of hedgerows and the use of pesticides has killed off the grubs and worms that hedgehogs
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eat and it means they have fewer places to shelter. roads are still a big issue. around 100,000 are killed by vehicles each year. they are also preyed on by badgers, and badger numbers are rising. but city—dwelling hedgehogs are more fortunate. the decline has stopped, and numbers are increasing in some places. the charity say this might be down to garden owners becoming more aware that hedgehogs need holes in fences in order to roam, and wild areas in which to nest. they say anybody who wants to help save the spiky creatures can sign up to be a hedgehog champion. lee marshall, bbc news. —— claire marshall. time to look at the weather with matt taylor. already turning quite chilly with a frost developing. across scotland, northern ireland, northern parts of england and wales, it is turning cloudy and that will be the general theme but all but anglia and the
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south—east later. patchy rain and hill snow in scotland this evening, but mainly rain in northern ireland, spreading into north—west england later. there might be a few flakes on the top of the hills, not a huge amount of rain around but anywhere across central and eastern parts of england, there could be gaps in the cloud and temperatures could drop below freezing, perhaps —6 in parts of east anglia. there will be some hazy sunshine to start your thursday. it will cloud over in the north and west. some bright weather in scotland but to northern england, wales and the south—west, generally cloudy day with patchy rain and drizzle in the morning but by the evening rush hour some heavy bursts of rain into the west. overall a mail today with highs of around ten. —— overall a milder day. you're watching beyond one hundred days. the us government tries to avert
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another shutdown two days before it i’u ns another shutdown two days before it runs out of money. senators say they've got a two year budget deal — now they have to sell it to the house before the government runs out of money on friday. and it's not even clear whether president trump wants to keep the government up and running — he says a shutdown isn't such a bad idea after all. let's have a shutdown — it's worth it for our country. they have military parades in paris and moscow — so why not in washington? the white house is looking at plans. the prime minister summons her brexit war cabinet — can they finally come up with a clear decision on what the government actually wants? also on the programme. iranian women defy the authorities by taking off their headscarves — but is president rouhani listening to them?
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