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absolutely lovely. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith lucas. misty and murky today and this picture sums up the field to this morning's weather. a lot of low cloud and mist and a slight improvement this afternoon with some brightness across western parts of the country. through the rest of this week after a mild start, things turning colder later in the week. and also becoming mostly dry. at the end of the week in a moment, but back to the here and now, and two weather fronts affecting the country. a warm front across eastern pa rt country. a warm front across eastern part of the uk and a cold front approaching from the north west. in between these two, that is milder airand the between these two, that is milder air and the yellow on the map and blew towards the east not far away. some more cold air later this week. rain this afternoon across parts of eastern scotland, down eastern counties of england. and some rain approaching northern ireland. in between, not a bad day. sunny spells
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for cumbria down towards cornwall. and it is pretty mild, 13 degrees is the high and belfast. into the evening, the rain in the north west pushes south and east. it merges with an area of cloud and rain in the south east. skies clearing from the south east. skies clearing from the north west overnight. staying cloudy with that a patchy outbreaks. but we start tuesday with a frost free start, cloud and rain lingering in east anglia towards kent. but away from the selfies, not a bad day. more sunshine than there is today, temperatures down. many of us in double figures, but cooler in the east coast on tuesday. eventually, we lose the cloud and the wet weather from southern and eastern parts overnight heading into wednesday, the winds falling quite light so we're clear spells, a chilly night. a frost in scotland and northern ireland. milderfurther south first thing on wednesday, but likely to see some mist and fog
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lingering. wednesday is largely dry, with mist dan fog and low cloud in central parts of england. but elsewhere, brighter spells. temperatures still not as mild as they are at the moment some single figures by the middle part of the week. further ahead towards the end of the week, high—pressure dominates the weather but it sits across scandinavia and that means we will draw in the winds for more of an easterly direction. so a colder influence on the weather towards the end of the week, and although there will be a lot of dry weather, temperatures beginning to nudge down and even a bit colder by the weekend with perhaps a chance we could see some snow showers as well. thank you, sarah. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime: a university lecturer — thought to be one of britain's most prolific paedophiles — has been jailed for 32 years, after admitting 137 offences. prosecutors have described the
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global nature of his crimes. all contacts made with people in slovenia, australia, victims in the united states. and victims all over in rentand united states. and victims all over in rent and wales and scotland. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me. and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. have a good afternoon. good afternoon — and we go straight this lunch time to the gangneung curling centre where the women's curling team are still in action against switzerland. this is the seventh match for team gb who so far have three wins and three defeats from their first six matches... switzerland are leading 7—6 in the tenth end. not long left in this match which seems to be turning into a battle of the skips.
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eve muirhead keeping her cool — if you want to keep across the coverage, it's over on the bbc red button and bbc sport website. earlier the men's curling team had a tight encounter against denmark. it went to the wire but team gb managed their fourth win of the games with a 7—6 victory over the danes, which leaves them in a very strong position to clinch a place in the last four. less than two years after being told she may never skate again, ice dancer penny coomes and her partner nick buckland have qualified for the short dance final. earlier this morning, the couple finished in tenth place ahead of tomorrow's free dance — where medals are decided after two routines. christopher dean, who won olympic gold alongside jayne torvill in 1984, helped choreograph today's routine. it's a different feeling going to competition. i feel pressure but also excited to get out there again and am thankful and happy to be here. i was skating around when they were reading out the scores and i just smiled to myself because after everything i have been through, i made it
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and that the most important thing. switching from the ice to the snow now and it was a good morning too for rowan cheshire in the freestyle skiing halfpipe. her performance was good enough to see her qualify for the finals. unfortunately, the other brit in that competition, molly summerhayes, missed out. there was huge disappointment too for aimee fuller in the snowboarding big air event. this event making its debut at this year's games but fuller fell on both her attempts, including a big crash in her second jump — so her olympics is over. the bobsleigh team are in second position in the ongoing competition with a number of competitors still to compete. following her latest crash
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in the speed skating on saturday, team gb say elise christie has made "good progress" as she recovers from her injury. christie was taken to hospital after crashing out of the 1500 metres semi final. she suffered soft tissue damage but is due to compete in the 1000m heat tomorrow. they've got no urgency to make any decision today, the racing will start tomorrow evening, you have to withdraw an athlete 20 minutes before the race but if they don't do that, it's not a crime, you canjust not show up at the start line and therefore she will get eight did not start. and just one other story away from the winter olympics this morning... liverpool and england defender casey stoney has ended her playing career but willjoin new england boss phil neville's backroom team. but willjoin new england boss the former lionesses captain won 130 caps for her country and was captain of great britain at the 2012 olympics. stoney willjoin neville's team at the shebelieves cup
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in the united states next month. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. switzerland still leading 7—6. that's in the curling. i'll have more for you in the next hour. theresa may is to announce an independent review of fees and student finance in england today. she's calling for better value for students — who she admits face one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world. labour has accused ministers of kicking the issue into the long grass. we can speak to martin lewis, founder of money saving thank you forjoining us on bbc news. how much does the present system need to be overhauled? the
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biggest problem we have is a fundamental misunderstanding of how it works. many of the policy ideas being put out there sound good and with psychologically improve the system because the is a big deterrent, a fear of the debt and the 6.1% interest, in practice, when you do the maths, they don't work the way people think. if we take the idea of cutting interest rates are tuition fees, both have the same impact. the only people they would help out those currently earning enough after leaving university to repay what they borrowed in full in the 30 years before it wipes. and that's the top 70% of graduates. so, if you cut tuition fees, while it sounds very attractive and like it will help access and equality of opportunity, if you stick with the current system, what you actually do is take money off universities and
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you give it to the highest earning 7% of graduates. i'm not sure about is the policy anybody really wants to happen. nobody is really saying, how do we help high earning graduates? we're trying to provide equality of opportunity. and so, the system is broken because it is misnamed, miss understood and miss explained and that's before we go to the bigger picture. who is paying the bigger picture. who is paying the state and the individual? right now, we need a graduate contribution system, not a loan and the language of debt is wrong and frightens people and makes people make perverse decisions like pain yet off when it went save money. and we need to look at the biggest and most pressing issue, how students afford to live at university, it's not about the university fees... is this
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the main problem? that they don't have, particularly if you don't come from a family when your parents can subsidise you, is that the main problem? that the loans are simply not sufficient? certainly the biggest people spot chilly talk to me about. those on the lowest incomes get full loans and those highest incomes can afford it but it is those in the middle. we have a hidden parental contribution system, you are assessed how much of a loan you are assessed how much of a loan you get based on parental income. quite self—evidently consistent set of pa rents quite self—evidently consistent set of parents to fill the gap, it's not written on your loan form, i asked the former universities minister to change it, they said no, with a rather spurious answer. worse than that, if you have two children going to university at the same time, it's not taken into account parents and we don't have the money, students can't force them to pay up and across the board we have always had
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this mantra that you don't have to pay up this mantra that you don't have to pay up front to go to university but these days that is balderdash and baloney and any other word you might think of. you have to fill the gap with a parental contribution which can be over 50% these days and no one is ever being told about it. there is a lot broken with this system. you don't have to scrap it in its entirety to make it work better that you have to get away from the silly headlines talking about tuition fees which is actually about tuition fees which is actually a minor issue. cut it from 9000 to 6000 and you would only help the top 2596 6000 and you would only help the top 25% high earning graduate. give people enough when they go to university and start to communicate properly. if you are going to stick with this system. those would be my first priorities. is there an issue of stu d e nts first priorities. is there an issue of students on cheaper choruses subsidising those on more expensive ones? arguably, if you believe in them mac cassation and
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commoditisation of university, i'm not sure i do, but when they talk about having courses like arts for social sciences being cheaper and then you make the most expensive courses the science and engineering because you need more hours a week on them, because people don't understand the system, we will simply disincentivise people from doing the courses they want them to doing the courses they want them to do for the good of the future economy. it's not a joined up thinking. so, i'm glad we're launching an inquiry. i'd like to be something that is cross—party, so when people sign up to go to university, they've got a decent bet on what they say nothing lasts until they have finished paying everything they have finished paying everything they have finished paying everything they have to pay. and will not be changed retrospectively, the government tried to do a of years ago. lawyers fought against this. the only way to maintain consistency in advertorial system, that uses this as a political battle ground,
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is to have a cross—party consensus and all politicians saying, this is the system locked in by statute and went change and therefore you have consistency. we don't have that. and it is right for an overhaul. they will have to leave it there, thank you forjoining us. thejunior brown is to give her speech live here on the bbc news channel in around 20 minutes. that's the scene in westminster, people preparing for the prime minister to arrive. a paedophile university lecturer — who posed as a woman online to target more than forty victims — has been sentenced to 32 years in prison — and a further six years on extended licence. 29—year—old matthew falder has admitted blackmailing women and children into sending him humiliating images of themselves. falder was caught in an international police operation, after three of his victims tried to kill themselves. a little earlier, i spoke to our correspondent phil mackie outside birmingham crown court.
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he said the us authorities were heavily involved in the operation to catch falder. unusually, some offences he was convicted of were committed in the united states. that's an example of the fact this was a global investigation. i have someone from us homeland security. your reaction to that sentence? very happy, most happy for the national crime agency, the investigators and and for the victims, we feel there is some closure with a sentence like this. we go back to have this feeling excited about the sentence. as a reporter, in terms of this case, i found this distressing, it must have been awfulfor your found this distressing, it must have been awful for your staff? absolutely, it's an emotional experience to see how people are and
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blackmail is throughout this thing and it was a tough thing to watch but that is ourjob and that is what investigators and officers and analysis '5 are supposed to do. it is evil, i don't think there's any other word for it, i never seen someone go to such extremes to torment people. and these were some of the most horrific offences. he boasted he could not be caught. and it did take a long time. is there a message to be sent that no matter how clever you think you are, they will track you down? absolutely and it is testament to the national crime agency who stuck with it for all those years and continued the persistence and passion to ultimately catch him and there is a message that you can operate for a while on the internet and get away with it but at some point, law enforcement will catch you. and there are potentially other
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prosecutions in the states? there are other ongoing prosecutions in the us. it thank you forjoining me. it's difficult to say people are happy with a sentence when the case has been so awful. they are satisfied that matthew falder is behind buyers and will be able to continue this awful defending and as he heard scott says and does the nca has said, they are hoping that in some cases, some of these victims who suffered for so long will be able to get some type of closure and perhaps some of the nightmares that matthew falder has caused will ultimately start to cease. in a moment, a summary of the business news, first the headlines... a paedophile university lecturer who posed as a woman online to target more than forty victims is due to be sentenced this morning. the spiralling cost of university tuition fees — the prime minister is to announce a review of how higher education is funded in england.
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oxfam reveals that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. in the business news... a government report says that carillion's investors were ‘fleeing for the hills' as it headed for disaster. two parliamentary committees have been looking at why the construction company collapsed with a loss of 1,000 jobs. mps are to scrutinise pension schemes at the retail empire of topshop boss sir philip green. frank field, chairman of the work and pensions committee, says the move follows reports sir philip is in talks to sell all or part of his business. the sunday times claimed that the billionaire had held talks with chinese textiles. fast—food chain kentucky fried chicken has had to close a number of their uk outlets after running out of a key ingredient... chicken.
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last week, kfc switched its delivery contract to dhl, which blamed "operational issues" for the supply disruption. the closures affected areas including london and the south east, the midlands, the north east and wales. as kfc put it in a tweet "the chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants." afternoon, welcome to the business news. we're well in to 2018 now, but some of us still struggling to get to grips with our household finances — we're still paying off debt and we're having to wrestle with sharp rises in living costs. is money supermarket‘s kevin pratt. thanks forjoining us. i want to talk about the markets. there has been a real squeeze on household incomes. we have seen the sharpest rise in 12 months of living costs. yes because we have inflation running at 3% currently and it has
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been higher and wages are only going up been higher and wages are only going up by been higher and wages are only going up by 1% or maybe 1.5% if you're lucky or 2%, so there is a gap straightaway which means it costs people more to fill the grocery basket each week and it is costing more with household expenses across the board. it really is a pressure point for many households. what can people do they find themselves in the situation would debt spiralling tonight if it is spiralling out of control and becoming a serious problem then you need to get some advice. you can go to a citizens advice. you can go to a citizens advice bureau or national deadline or other charities that will give you free advice, sit down a put everything on a piece of paper and help you work through your priorities. if it's not quite as depressing, if you have credit card debt for example, one option could be to move that dead from a car charging interest to a card that will not charge in trust for a certain amount of time. that's something you can do very easily and it frees you from paying the interest and gives you a length of time in which she can figure out how
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to repay the debt without interest being added on top. if you find yourself in the situation with various loans and credit card debts, is it better to consolidate? what is crucially important is that you sit down and work out how much any new arrangement will cost. and to make sure it will not cost more than the previous loan. that's the danger, you may consolidate that the debt could be for a longer term and you end up, over the course of the term, paying more. what is useful, if you are paying more on your debt than you earn on any savings, then seriously think about using those savings to cancel the debt because effectively you are losing money. briefly, a report out today says people are more convinced that interest rates will go up, how does it affect how they deal with finances? if interest rates go up
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and the signals are that they might increase in may or probably in the summer, then that makes borrowing more expensive. good news for savers because hopefully banks and building societies will pass on the savings but if you're borrowing, you might find the debt is more expensive and that makes it more important than ever only to borrow what you can afford to pay back. thank you. some other business stories... while chinese and american markets are both closed today, the japanese stockmarket has been on the rise — up 2% today, it's the sixth day of rises — the best weekly gain the market has seen in 16 months. toyota and nintendo were the best performers. never mind how much your shares increase in value — what about how much they earn — their dividends, or regular payments. last year on average uk dividends grew by 3%, that's better growth than most european stocks, but behind the global average of 7.7%. four new 50p coins are to be released by the royal mint
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featuring peter rabbit, mrs tittlemouse, the mouse from the tailor of gloucester, and flopsy bunny. it's not the first time it's done this. there were another set released in 2016 withjemima puddleduck and mrs tiggywinkle — the coloured versions sold out in just a few days. a quick look at the markets. the ftse in the red and german markets dipping into negative territory after a positive start. reckitt benckiser, they make newer phones, death toll, and other household brands, enough to buy a decent chunk off their share price today. that's it from me. i will be back in one hour. survivors of the florida school shooting are organising a national march on washington to demand tighter restrictions
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on gun ownership. they say they're determined that the shooting will be a turning point in the us national debate on guns. the white house says president trump will hold a ‘listening session' simon clemison reports. the rally before the rally — protesters are already taking to the streets. in fort lauderdale, close to the biggest us school shooting for some years, many spoke. but three words rang out. shame on you! to every politician who is taking donations from the nra, shame on you! next month they plan to march on washington calling for tighter gun control, they hope there will be protests in other cities on the same day. students organising the demonstration say they want the latest attack to be a turning point. what i am looking for is reasonable change with the united states congress and bills that are passed before i get back to school because this is not the time
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for inaction and debate, this is the time for discussion and for all people that are americans to come together as americans through love and compassion. this event happened on valentine's day, so many people lost loved ones. our community and our nation have taken too many bullets to the heart and now it is time to stand up. last year, donald trump said he would never infringe on the rights to keep arms. he has since blamed democrats for not acting on gun legislation when they controlled congress during the obama adminsitration. democrats had criticised him in the wake of the tragedy. president trump, who has met people affected by the shooting and has also rebuked the fbi, after the organisation admitted it failed to act on a tipoff about the suspect, nikolas cruz. cnn has invited the president to a town hall event with the survivors on wednesday. there are school shootings in america and there is outrage that follows, the question is whether that will now turn into something else. simon clemison, bbc news. a volcano on the indonesian island of sumatra has erupted —
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sending a massive column of ash and smoke into the air. an increase in volcanic activity on mount sinubung has been reported in recent days, prompting local authorities to distribute face masks and urge people to remain indoors. there have been no reports of injury or death but hundreds of houses in the danger zone around the volcano were coated in ash. time for a look at the weather. thanks, we have a lot of cloud in the sky today, mild and murky with a few glimmers of brightness through the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is how the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is how things the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is how things are the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is how things are looking the afternoon. we have had pictures from most parts of the country, this is how things are looking in norwich, quite cloudy, but that is lifting. we have a weather front bringing rain in the east and towards the north—west. after that
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mild start, things turn colder later but there is a lot of dry weather on the cards. a warm front in the east and a cold front approaching from the north—west, both bringing rain and milderair. the north—west, both bringing rain and milder air. the yellow colours are with us but the blue will be with us later in the week. we continue to see rain, brighter spells at the south west of scotland, into cornwall and devon, 13 degrees for belfast, should feel quite pleasant. the cold front is moving in, through northern ireland and scotland and shifting its way across england and wales. outbreaks of frame for southern and eastern england but elsewhere dry and looking frost—free. outbreaks of
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rain and particularly for east anglia, down toward kent, sussex and the london region. sunny skies elsewhere. temperatures cooler than today. a bit cooler around the east coast, that will move in from the east later in the week overnight into wednesday, some mist and fog and if we look at overnight temperatures, falling to freezing or below. relatively mild in the south but we still have mist and fog. some sunshine breaking through the cloud, the best of the brightness for scotla nd the best of the brightness for scotland and northern ireland. by wednesday, temperatures in single figures, so looking not quite as mild. towards the end of the week, high pressure will draw in winds from the east, so things are set to
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turn colder by the end of the week. you're watching afternoon live. i'm simon mccoy. today at 2: the prime minister is to launch a review of tuition fees in england, admitting it's "one of the most expensive systems" in the world. you have a system of fees and education that some issues have arisen. concern from notjust students, but the parents and grandparents, but the level of debt they have built up. this is the scene is derbyshire, where the prime minister will be speaking that speech soon. paedophile football coach barry bennell appears in the dock to be sentenced. some of his victims tell him face to face what effect his crimes had on them. a man thought to be one of britain's most prolific paedophiles, matthew falder, has been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 offences. oxfam reveals that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in haiti, physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation.
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