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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 10: not so smart smart meters? a criticism of delays in the multi—billion pound roll—out scheme which may only save some customers £11 a year. nine people from the same family were among the 17 who died when an amphibious boat capsized on a lake in missouri. also, fresh investigations in salisbury as a man poisoned by novichok in amesbury is discharged from hospital. we will here are the latest in the search for the people who poisoned this man. also coming up this hour, girl guiding gets a 21st century re—boot with 800 new badges and activities. guides and brownies can now earn badges in inventing, human rights and survival skills, as the 109—year—old institution completes a major overhaul. and in 30 minutes, the travel show gets a flavour of what amman has to offer. hello. good morning. welcome to bbc
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news. the government's multi—billion pound roll out of smart energy meters has been heavily criticised by a group of mps. the programme was meant to give customers a better idea of how much they're spending on energy, but is now believed to be behind schedule and heavily over budget. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. it is one of the biggest infrastructure projects under way at the moment, smart meters in 30 million british homes by 2020, designed to connect households in real—time with their energy suppliers, and hopefully cut bills. but for one group of mps, things are not going to plan. the cross—party big infrastructure group says the project may miss its target. it says the government is rolling out technology that is already obsolete in some homes,
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and the smart meters will go dumb due to insufficient mobile coverage in some areas. the mps say the expected savings for consumers may also be in doubt. that accusation is rejected by the group which is rolling out the technology. this infrastructure upgrade is the biggest one that's happening in energy in our lifetimes, so it's really important that people get to talk about this debate. but the main thing that everyone needs to know is to get a smart meter, because it's going to save us all billions of pounds over the next few years. the government said smart meters were already benefiting millions of homes by putting consumers in control of their energy. it said it was simply wrong to say that first—generation smart meters were obsolete. later we will be talking to grant shapps, who chairs the investigation into infrastructure at westminster. 17 people, including nine members of one family, have drowned after an amphibious duck boat carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in the us state of missouri. the vessel was carrying 31 people when it overturned near the town of branson.
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0ur north america correspondent james cook reports. oh, this is not good. this duck boat made it back to the shore. the passengers, not wearing lifejackets, apparently unaware of quite how much danger they were in. oh, my god. oh, it's going under. further out, a second duck boat was in bigger trouble, unable to cope with the blast from a severe thunderstorm. of the 31 on board, just 1a survived, brought ashore in shock. among the dead was a one—year—old baby. emts — tell one of the emts, please. the missouri governor's office told the bbc that nine of the dead were from one family, and two other members of that family survived. again, like i said, it's been a long night, and a very trying night. and please keep all of the families
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involved, and all our first responder personnel in your thoughts and prayers. now the questions — a weather warning had been issued, so why were the boats on the water? and were the passengers wearing personal flotation devices, or pfds? itjust happened so quick. i guess everybody should have had a pfd a little closer, i don't know. you know, they were up over our head when we rode in it. you don't think that stuff like that's going to happen, and then, man, it happens. based on the amphibious landing craft of the second world war, duck boats are popular with tourists, but their safety record is now under scrutiny. worldwide, more than a0 people have died in accidents involving them in the past 20 years. this is just the latest in a long line of tragedies. james cook, bbc news. facebook has suspended a us—based analytics firm while it investigates concerns about the collection
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and sharing of user data. crimson hexagon, based in boston, describes itself as offering "consumer insights" and has contracts with government agencies around the world. facebook said it was looking into whether some of these deals were in violation of its policies on surveillance. the fbi is reported to have seized a secret recording of donald trump discussing a payment to a former playboy model. the new york times says the tapes were discovered in the offices of mr trump's former lawyer during a police raid. 0ur washington correspondent chris buckler reports. karen mcdougal was a model for hugh hefner's playboy magazine, and she claims that she had an affair with donald trump that lasted for months. their alleged relationship took place a decade before mr trump ran for president, but in the months leading up to that vote, karen mcdougal sold her story to a tabloid newspaper. however, the national enquirer, which is owned by one of donald trump's friends,
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never published it. his campaign team denied knowing anything about that payment. but it seems donald trump did talk about it with this man, his former lawyer and so—called fixer michael cohen, who is currently under investigation for a series of possible offences. in a raid on mr cohen's offices, fbi agents apparently seized a secret recording in which mr trump discussed with his lawyer the possibility of paying money to keep ms mcdougal quiet, perhaps by buying the rights to her story. the president left washington for a weekend at one of his golf clubs without answering that question. but payments to bury embarrassing stories about an election candidate could potentially be seen as breaking campaign finance laws, although his representatives insist that no cash was actually handed over. in a statement, michael cohen's own lawyer said... donald trump's political opponents
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are also still trying to discover exactly what he said to vladimir putin during their private meeting in helsinki, amid the controversy over plans to invite the russian president to the white house this autumn. they believe there is a possibility that mr trump's own words could yet come back to haunt him. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. ajudge has made the unusual decision to publicly name two teenagers who were sentenced yesterday for plotting an attack at their school. thomas wyllie and alex bolland were sentenced to a total of 22 years in prison. thejudge said naming them was in the interests of open justice. but enver solomon from the legal charityjust for kids law told the bbc that naming them could have a negative impact on their rehabilitation.
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we know from representing teenagers and young people in criminal cases and then seeing what happens to them in the future that it serves no purpose whatsoever. it is also important to remember, in the digital age, and the legislation that currently exists was set back in 1933, way before the current digital age, and they could not imagine then the current situation, but once your name remains in perpetuity, it is available online to be found for the rest of one's life. the funeral of a six—year—old girl who was killed while on holiday on the isle of bute is due to take place. the body of alesha macphail was found in woods after she went missing earlier this month. a 16—year—old has appeared in court charged with her rape and murder. mourners have been asked to wear pink in her memory. israeli forces have carried out a series of attacks across the gaza strip after a soldier was shot dead at the border. at least four palestinians are reported to have been killed. hamas, which controls gaza, said both sides had now
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agreed to a ceasefire. as the peak holiday season gets under way, more than 100,000 passengers on ryanair have been told their flights have been cancelled because of a series of strikes in the coming week. but it's emerged that they could be in line for hundreds of pounds in compensation. simon calder, travel editor at the independent joins me with more details on this. what is the background to the strikes? rya nair first recognise trade unions in december last year. it says it has done well in negotiating deals with unions right across europe, but pilots employed by ryan air in ireland are unhappy about a range of issues, including seniority and transfers and so on. their next writers on tuesday. 16 flights grounded. more seriously, in
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terms of numbers, cabin crew in belgium, spain and portugalare going on strike on wednesday and thursday, and over 600 flights have been cancelled, affecting 100,000 people. unbelievably, yesterday, late on, the civil aviation authority put out a statement saying, 0k, is your flight a statement saying, 0k, is your flight has been cancelled, claim your compensation. why do you see unbelievably? compensation these daysis unbelievably? compensation these days is almost routine. let's remember how european rules work. if your flight is cancelled or delayed by the zamora, the airline has to pay y°u by the zamora, the airline has to pay you compensation. unless it can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances were responsible, which could possibly have been affected. it has always been held by the airlines that strikes are extraordinary circumstances, even though you and i might thing, surely you can sort it out by paying them more. in april, there was a ruling
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by the european court of more. in april, there was a ruling by the european court 0fjustice about wildcat strikes and they said, if your airline has been hit by a wildcat strike... if they suddenly downed tools and work out? you know what i mean. you will get compensation. there is still no certainty, rather, there was not, bowed official strikes, what these are. this one will have been notified over a certain period. exactly. air france has had lots of strikes the last few months, cabin crew in britain were on strike. they we re crew in britain were on strike. they were not paying compensation. for the official body which looks after consumer rights to come out and say, claim your money, it was really unprecedented. i have never seen anything like that, and immediately i co nta cted anything like that, and immediately i contacted rya nair who anything like that, and immediately i contacted ryanair who said, no, it is extraordinary circumstances, the behaviour of the unions is outrageous and we are not paying any
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1p. you apply for compensation as passenger. ryanair says 1p. you apply for compensation as passenger. rya nair says it 1p. you apply for compensation as passenger. ryanair says it is extraordinary circumstances, we are not obliged to pay you anything. what do you then do? according to the civil aviation authority, you go to the dispute resolution partner and putting your claim and it gets sorted out. i suspect it will not be easy. i imagine we will see legal challenges going to the high court, possibly the european court of justice and if it were to be held at passengers were entitled to compensation, as the phrase goes, the floodgates would open, and people would be able to retrospectively claim for last yea r‘s ba retrospectively claim for last year's ba cabin crew strikes. one imagines the industry will fight this hard? yes. if you were given more than two weeks notice of the strike, which none of these passengers were, you do not get any compensation, but there is always a duty of care, they have got to find your alternative flight and pay for
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your alternative flight and pay for your hotel and meals while you're waiting to get there. in the meantime, do not spend the compensation you expect to get, it might bea compensation you expect to get, it might be a few years. your instinct is that people should apply. that is what the civil aviation authority says an to eye to a different? simon calder, travel editor of the independent, off on your holidays now, have a great time. police investigating the wiltshire novichok poisonings are expanding their search for clues. protective screens have been erected around public toilets at queen elizabeth gardens in salisbury. it comes after charlie rowley, who was exposed to the substance two weeks ago, was discharged from hospital yesterday. investigators are concentrating on a river bank near one of the spots mr rowley and his partner, dawn sturgess, visited the day before they collapsed at his house, where police found a bottle containing the deadly nerve agent. let's return to our top story. that is the report from the infrastructure group of mps, warning
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that the smart energy meter scheme is over budget and using obsolete technology. let's talk to the chairman of the british infrastructure group, grant shapps. hejoins us from infrastructure group, grant shapps. he joins us from hatfield. infrastructure group, grant shapps. hejoins us from hatfield. good morning. what has gone wrong? it is over time, overbudget and it will not provide nearly the savings it was a poster for consumers, not provide nearly the savings it was a posterfor consumers, and a lot of things have gone wrong. there is plenty of blame to share around. from obsolete technology still being installed to this day, the so—called first—generation smart meters, which, for example, a view switch supplier, which a million people a year do to get a better rate on their electricity and gas, quite often those metres just become dom meters. they do not send data —— dumb meters. . we have to be replaced. this scheme has been supported by all parties in
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government over the last few years. the industry backs it and the consumer is paying for it upfront because we are all paying higher energy bills to fund this scheme. are we entitled to feel cheated? energy bills to fund this scheme. are we entitled to feel cheated ?|j think are we entitled to feel cheated?” think that is right. the idea started ten years ago, in 2008. it did not get going until 2013 and it has been subject to repeated delays. the point you make is accurate. the prices being paid by the consumer. the consumer is funding the roll—out, and is supposed to get the benefit of using smart meters, which isa benefit of using smart meters, which is a combination of people being more efficient because they can see how much electricity they can see how much electricity they are using, and also, not having to send out meter readers to check the meters. if there are any games, they are being enjoyed by the suppliers rather than consumers, and for the reasons i explained before, we're not seeing the savings we should have done and the project is well behind schedule. this is
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supposed to be completed by 2020. is there any chance of that happening? virtually none. that timetable is very unlikely. we are looking for the government to reset on this. 0ften the government to reset on this. often need to be tougher. they recently find one of the big six £350,000. that is a drop in the ocean. it makes no difference. the problem is that a lot of this is just being dumped on the consumer. even when there is a fine. even when there are run over costs, the consumer, the householder, is paying too much for energy. is your solution simply to scrap it? no. we think smart meters are way forward. in the age of the mobile phone it is crazy people are still coming out to check meters in a lot of places. we should be installing the second—generation meters which do
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not require somebody to come out and check them. amazingly we are still installing these first—generation meters. despite promises of them being upgraded it still means that if you switch your energy supplier they become dumb meters. that can be because of too many not—spots, we're not getting the benefit as a nation. this is the biggest infrastructure project the government has initiated. any government has initiated. any government has initiated. it is a huge number of people affected. is it surprising that there has not been regular attention to the progress being made or not as you would suggest? this is a bit programme. £11 billion. the uk was unique in the way we did it, compared with the rest of europe. what they did was they went to the network providers, that would be the manufacturers, and said to the network providers, you do the roll—out. in this country we went to
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the suppliers and said, you do the roll—out. that has led to some of these problems and confusion. there is plenty of blame to go around. what we are interested in is getting the solutions and getting the benefits to customers as quickly as possible. 0riginally everybody was going to make a saving of about £26 on their energy bills by 2020. we know that has already halved, £11 per household. and we are in danger of this project adding up to £16 billion rather than the original 11. and there will be no savings to the consumers, in fact they will have paid for it. many things to sort out. it is a sorry tale. grant xhaka, thanks very —— grant schapps. the headlines on bbc news: mps criticise delays to the £11 billion smart
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meter roll—out scheme — as a new report questions the value of the technology to customers. nine members of the same family are confirmed to be among the people who died when an amphibious vehicle sank in missouri. fresh investigations into the nerve agent attack in salisbury — as a man poisoned by novichok in amesbury is discharged from hospital. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. we are up and running with the third round of the british open. fleetwood and rory mcilroy will be chasing the americans. kevin kisner remained at the top of the leaderboard on six under par. he isjoined by zach johnson on that score who played
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brilliantly yesterday. fleetwood is hoping to become the first investment since 1992 to win it. he shot the best second round of all on friday. rory mcilroy has won the 0pen friday. rory mcilroy has won the open in 2014. he knows what it ta kes. open in 2014. he knows what it takes. he put together a round of 69, two off the lead. if i takes. he put together a round of 69, two off the lead. ifi could pick one tournament in my life to win it would be the open tournament. i've never been anywhere near before. so far, two rounds, i'm up on the leaderboard. it would be something to have in my career that would be amazing by the time i am done... the open is something i would like. i was going really well through 11 holes. i hadn't made a bogey. i would have loved a bogey free round. i made one on 12 and 15. but i made enough birdies on the back nine to cancel them out. you need patience. 0n
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back nine to cancel them out. you need patience. on a day like that you need to scramble and keep yourself in it. compilation of how the leaderboard looks... —— confirmation. jordan spieth might be one to watch, he has shot up the leaderboard. justin rose scraped by, getting a good score late on. everton a re good score late on. everton are looking to make the biggest signing of the summer. they are looking to sign charlison from watford in a deal worth up to £50 million. marco silva, the manager, knows him well as he was the manager at watford. —— £15 million. we are starting to look towards the business end of the tour. geraint
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thomas winning the stage is roughly one minute and 30 seconds ahead of his team sky team—mate chris froome. yorkshire have been set a big target of 146. yorkshire got close in reply. joe root and adam lyth both making half centuries. but they fell short, losing byjust one run in the end. cue wild celebrations from the home fans on a balmy evening there. very warm. elsewhere, there were wins for somerset, hampshire, durham, and leicestershire. castleford tigers missed out on the chance to go second in the super league as they lost to huddersfield giants. castlefield led for most of the first half but huddersfield took control in the second half. warrington are up to third after
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winning on the road piedt hull kingston rovers. england play india later on in the first day of world cup. —— on the road to hull kingston rovers. england are ranked second. their captain says the team will benefit from home support. i've never felt expectation, i've only ever felt supported. i think we will feel that here. it'll be like having another player on the pitch. i don't think the girls will feel anything other than going out and giving everything. that is the only thing people expect. and it is what we expect from ourselves. england as hosts taking on india. they can say that hockey is coming home! experiments. sorry for the delay, we we re experiments. sorry for the delay, we were looking with fascination at the
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collection of what we are about to see of activities and badges which will be awarded to girl guides. the girlguides have unveiled 800 new badges and activities in what the organisation is calling its biggest revamp in 108 years. thousands of rainbows, guides and brownies were asked to contribute their ideas, leading to badges for activities including drink mixing, self—defence and 3d design. joining me now to talk about the changes is katharine lee, head of youth programmes at girl guides. you've been involved with this right from the start. how long a project has this been, and what caused the recent? we've been working on it for over three years, building up a bank of research, working with our members. we've consulted over 50,000 girls and young women and our volu nteers girls and young women and our volunteers who work in our organisation to really understand what it is girls want and need to get out of their experience in girl guiding in the 21st—century. we've a lwa ys guiding in the 21st—century. we've always evolved and this is just another example of that. you want
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activities to still be rewarded with badges. that is what our members agree with, and all of the girls on our waiting list. there is a desire for that from our members and people who would like to join. we have a selection of the badges which will allow you to tell us about the activities which would lie behind theseif activities which would lie behind these if you were hoping to achieve one. the new activities fall into six themes, developing identity, creative expression, managing your physical and mental well—being, having adventures, taking action in your community and the wider world, and building up skills for your future. some of the badges here, the story telling bad is a new offering for our five story telling bad is a new offering for ourfive piedt story telling bad is a new offering for our five piedt seven—year—olds, that allows them to explore how they can communicate ideas, the role of story in their culture and how they can see things from different perspectives. —— five to seven—year—olds. perspectives. —— five to seven-year-olds. zero waste, we
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should all be interested in this for our whole lives. our members said they were interested to see how they could make a positive difference in the world. this sits with a bunch of activities about social actions. it encourages the goal is to be aware of the waste they have in their daily lives. not just rubbish, of the waste they have in their daily lives. notjust rubbish, but energy, as well, they can make a positive difference. —— it encourages the girls. and this is for the younger ones. zero waste is for the younger ones. zero waste is for the younger ones. zero waste is for the seven to ten—year—olds. inventing? inventing in terms of problem—solving. .. inventing? inventing in terms of problem-solving. .. that is new. you would assume that you would have been doing anyway, is just under a different name? some of the things in the new activities have been reframed the current context. —— for
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the current context. it allows girls to look at things with today's context, but there are also things that have been around forever. we can that have been around forever. we ca n start that have been around forever. we can start with the old. whittling. that is a guides badge. the girls who tested it loved it. it starts with using fruit and vegetables. they can learn to make instruments with them. then they graduate, practice with wood, come up with designs, and they loved it. you can never have too much whittling in my opinion. grow your own, that fits in with the idea of zero waste, as well, trying to be a bit more aware of what we use and being a bit more careful about what we use. but digital design, clearly that is a new one, one which would never have beenin
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new one, one which would never have been injust a new one, one which would never have been in just a few years ago. that is for rangers, 14 to 18—year—olds. we have worked with google for their expertise. it is about supporting those girls to explore the skills involved in a career in digital design. they get a plan, test, come up design. they get a plan, test, come up with ideas for an app or a website and explore what that might be. we were interested to hear that you have one for spotting media buyers. won't talk about that one! but what has gone? what might people rememberfrom their days but what has gone? what might people remember from their days of the girl guiding but you have decided are things of the past? some of the traditional things it might be known for like camping and kicking. they are still relevant. the girls tell us are still relevant. the girls tell us they still want them. —— camping and cooking. but there are new things which might not have been
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here 20 years ago like vlogging. tell me one thing which is out? the. people might remember that. i got it in my time. —— the hostess badge, people might remember that, i got it in my time. it is about event management, preparation, and making people feel welcome, it hasn't com pletely people feel welcome, it hasn't completely gone, it is just the fact that those skills have been put into other activities. thanks very much. roads, ports and airports are set to be extremely busy this weekend as millions of us embark on our summer getaways. with schools in england and wales breaking up for the summer there could be lengthy delays as more than nine million road journeys are expected to be made between friday and sunday. good job the scot and northern irish got away early.
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—— the scots and northern ireland got away early. the european space agency is asking for the public‘s help to name their new mars rover. the robot is currently called exomars, but it's hoped the public can come up with something a little more inspiring, as caroline rigby reports. it is a competition that's, well, out of this world — what to call a robot set to explore mars in 2021. currently called exomars, this six—wheeled rover will travel across the red planet in search of life. capable of drilling to depths of two metres, it will also look for microbes deep below the surface. it is set to be a fascinating mission, and that is why scientists from the european space agency think this little robot deserves a big name. in america, nasa has previously opted to call its mars rovers names like opportunity and curiosity, and the european space agency has launched a public competition to find something equally inspiring.


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