tv BBC Newsroom Live BBC News August 30, 2018 11:00am-1:00pm BST
this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. these are the top stories developing at 11am. alex salmond, scotland's former first minister, is facing criticism from opposition parties for launching a crowd—funding campaign to fight sexual misconduct allegations after resigning from the snp last night. children as old as 17 could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in england in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. theresa may has arrived in nairobi for the final part of her three—day tour to africa. the prime minister will announce a security pact with kenya and plans for a new cyber centre to tackle online child abuse. you can see the live activity. we will be giving you her speech as soon as she takes to the podium. the troubled pay day lender wonga says it is to stop taking new loan applications.
and i am in richmond where we have seen a recycled plastic boat being launched on the thames this morning. we have followed its journey from plastic bottle to vote. a boat made entirely of plastic has set sail down the river thames this morning — but why? we'll be following the journey throughout the morning. good morning. it is thursday the 30th of august. welcome to bbc newsroom live. we can cross live to nairobi where the prime minister is speaking alongside kenya's president kenyatta. let'sjoin let's join the events there. we are glad that the uk is also fully on
board. this is because fighting corruption is an important aspect of my own legacy programme. together with the unity of the country and the investment around manufacturing, it housing, food security and universal health. depriving people therefore the proceeds of their crimes is one major detriment against this vice and we are determined to make it painfully unrewarding and expensive to get involved in corruption in kenya. as i have said, there is no turning backin i have said, there is no turning back in kenya on this agenda. we have had the opportunity to discuss other opportunities of financial access. we welcome the prime minister's assurances that the
current duty—free quota for kenyan exports will continue after brexit. we also discussed around the uk and broader commonwealth issues and we indicated that kenya will be pressing for an increase in exports. with a view of a mutual win—win arrangement within the commonwealth. we also agreed to continue cooperation in security matters and the war against terrorism. as you know, this is an area where both kingdom and ourselves have worked closely on. as a result, we have seen a closely on. as a result, we have seen a diminishing of terrorist threats in our region. however it still remains volatile. we also —— it also remains vulnerable. we call on others to help support this important mission to secure our
region. let me speak on our shared commitment to grow opportunities from young people —— for young people from both countries. here, we are looking to increase vocational training. and we have asked the uk for support to make sure that this remains a success. with a huge youthful population, ourfocus has to be ensuring that our youths remained to be a dividend for our country. lastly, itake remained to be a dividend for our country. lastly, i take this opportunity to also encourage british investors to look at the opportunities with our big four programme. they are indeed immense. any investments here is guaranteed to benefit both the investors and ourselves. these opportunities are also there within our blue economy and we have also agreed on how the united kingdom can support our blue
economy conference in november. let me say that this will include issues around landing facilities for deep sea fishing, fish processing, packaging facilities in various parts of our country. once again, prime minister, let me thank you for taking time to visit us here in kenya. and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship and partnership between our two countries. welcome, prime minister. and once again, happy to have you with us. applause. thank you mr president for hosting me today and your warm welcome. i am delighted to be paying my first visit here. the first by a british prime minister for 30 years. like the many thousand of british tourists who come here, our take away our unforgettable memories of
this country's vibrancy and beauty. it holds a special place in the hearts of the british people. and we share a long history that has left us share a long history that has left us deeply connected to one another. it was here that our monarch learned that she would become clean. the relationship that we hold is much more than those deep historical ties. and today we have looked to the future to a renewed partnership that will unlock the incredible potential of the next—generation to benefit both of our countries. we have agreed to build on the strong foundations of our relationship as we step up our cooperation to secure the cooperation and security that out the cooperation and security that our people need and deserve. we discussed today how the uk can work with you as you take forward to your big for agenda. aligning our expertise and investment and aid behind that. the uk is already the largest
investors here and i have set out out investors here and i have set out our ambition this week to be the numberone our ambition this week to be the number one investor by 2022. as we prepare to leave the european union, we are committed to a smooth transition that ensures continuity with our trading relationship with kenya. ensuring that kenya retains its duty—free access to the market. and building on our strong trade and investment ties to get more opportunities for our businesses and consumers. mr president, your country is as a huge opportunity. and a continent with dynamic young people who have the potential to play a transformative role in driving africa's growth. together we'll make sure that the next—generation of kenyans will get good paying jobs so they can contribute to tenure's long—term prosperity. it is notjust good for kenya, but for us as well. we will work with you and governments across africa to make sure your young people have the skills the business
on the continent need to drive economic growth. this is a partnership for opportunity and for out partnership for opportunity and for our shared stability and security. today we discussed the work we're doing together to make both of our countries and the more secure. already, british terrorists and child abusers are ink ukjails because of our cooperation. this afternoon we have signed a new compact. —— they are injail in the uk. we are training with kenyans to promote stability in east africa and beyond. and to build the continent's capacity to overcome its own challenges and deliver its own security. later today, i challenges and deliver its own security. latertoday, iwill see out security. latertoday, iwill see our military is training together in the technics to identify and destroy ied use. we continue to support the brave kenyan soldiers fighting in
somalia. and i will support it a new package of funding to support this mission. i was glad to hear that you called for a transition from peacekeepers called for a transition from peace keepers to called for a transition from peacekeepers to stronger somali peacekeepers. as we work towards this, we are leading international efforts to assure that the funding it needs is there. we also spoke about the effects of corruption. i welcome the initiative she sat forward to combat this. we stand with you. i also welcome mr president your commitment to reconciliation in this country. the uk stands ready to support an inclusive building bridges process as you work to further strengthen
democracy and institutions. mr president, as i conclude my visit this week to some of the uk's most important african partners, i have reflected on the role my country can play in this partnership. as i have said this week, i want to ensure that the uk's relationship with kenya and africa is more and more about private investment, about doing business and making the most of commercial opportunities together. here as elsewhere in the continent, we are using our aid and investment partnerships to lift countries out of poverty, spread stability and create jobs and prosperity for the future. the uk and kenya are two strong, diverse countries. we are countries in the commonwealth and global hubs open to the world. we thrive because of the entrepreneurship and innovation of out entrepreneurship and innovation of our people, the strength of our democracies and our shared values. our cooperation today makes our
people safer, more prosperous and more secure. here in people safer, more prosperous and more secure. here in kenya and in the uk. mr president, iwill leave never will be excited by the huge opportunities of kenya —— i will leave nairobi. i look forward to working with you for the benefit of both of our countries. thank you. so theresa may outlining her vision of a partnership into the future with kenya. outlining the relationship she sees both with kenya and with africa in a broader sense. she's expected to take questions from journalists now. let's just expected to take questions from journalists now. let'sjust rejoin proceedings there in the robie. two questions from the canyon media and then the prime minister will also receive two questions from the uk press. we will begin with the canyon press. we will begin with the canyon press. —— the press in kenya.
press. we will begin with the canyon press. —— the press in kenyalj press. we will begin with the canyon press. -- the press in kenya. i was hoping to address both of you. welcome to kenya madam prime minister. when margaret thatcher came here, the land rover was important here. britain was of very big trade partner with the country, now things seem to be waning. do you feel coming here at this particular time when africa is looking more into east and asian countries, especially china for trade and development projects, do you feel like you are catching up or you are rekindling your business interests within africa? and president kenyatta, you have just within africa? and president kenyatta, you havejust come within africa? and president kenyatta, you have just come from the united states. you are hosting the united states. you are hosting the uk today and you will be going into china, how would you balance between your traditional partners and your future prospects? between your traditional partners and yourfuture prospects? my between your traditional partners and your future prospects? my second question will be kenya will be
looking to become a part of the united nations security council and they will be looking to looking to britain, china and the united states to work key partners within the united nations. will you be seeking the united kingdom's support when you go for that vote in 2019? and prime minister may, will you be ensuring that you give kenya that all—important support when the time comes calling on your door? do you wa nt comes calling on your door? do you want to go first or shall i? i think starting with your last point which is the candidacy for the security council, yes indeed we have in wood requested our british friends and all of our friends across the globe support us. kenya and our contribution to peacekeeping not
only here, but across the globe is well known. and therefore, we believe we have a useful contribution to make and we are appealing to all of our friends including the uk to support us in our bid. i think the second question was to do with the united states, the uk and china and others. we firmly believe in the multilateral trading system. we are keen to seek friends across the world. we have always insisted that kenya is open for business with everyone. on the basis of a win—win arrangement. arrangements that are mutually beneficial to all parties. this is the basis of the discussions that we have had with the prime minister and
with president trump and as we will continue in china. we need to co—operate a lot more on these issues and to get greater understanding. and we are looking for investment across the world to help us achieve our social economic agenda. that support is notjust that we are going out begging. what we are saying is that kenya has an attractive investment destination. the agenda that we have prioritised asa the agenda that we have prioritised as a country based on the big four, housing, health care food security, manufacturing, all leaves itself open to opportunities for foreign companies to invest and to get good dividends while helping us equally achieve our social economic agenda. especially with regard to the
creation ofjobs for our young people. i do not think there is a problem. and we will continue to look for partners across the globe to help us achieve our agenda as a republic. thank you, if i to help us achieve our agenda as a republic. thank you, ifi may to help us achieve our agenda as a republic. thank you, if i may also ta ke republic. thank you, if i may also take the second question first. with regards to the seed on the united nations security council. we never reveal how we vote on these matters, but what i have discussed with president kenyatta today is how we can work more closely together in cooperation as we... to the lead up to that vote. on the question of trade, the trade links are already strong. we want to strengthen them more. as i said, we are committed to ensure that kenya will retain duty—free and quota free access as we leave the european union. we want to enhance our trading relationship once we are outside the european union. we will be able to negotiate
these trade deals as the uk rather than part of the european union. what is important for long—term growth, for sustainable jobs for the future is that the investment is about the private sector. i think we bring a unique combination of capability and investment. we also have a vibrant private sector which is already working with businesses here and investing here. we see greater opportunities for british businesses here in kenya in the future. the capital markets of london, the expertise we have, we bring all of this to bear here in kenya and will do across africa to ensure that we see those sustainable private sector investment that brings long—term growth, jobs and prosperity. 0k we are inviting two
question, and those were retaken. we move on to the united kingdom. question, and those were retaken. we move on to the united kingdom]! lewis here from sky? if i could start with the mr president, use talked about the possibility of new opportunities post brexit. do you think the trade deal is likely, a new one, notjust think the trade deal is likely, a new one, not just an extension of the current one? and if so, is one of the demands that you will have greater access to the uk labour market through new visas? and prime minister, i asked you the other day whether you thought that britain would be more prosperous in the world as a result of brexit. i know that you are going to say that their are opportunities and that you are executing the will of the british people, but i would just like you to be quite clear in a yes or no way, do you think that britain in the
short to medium term will be more prosperous, more successful in the world as a result of brexit? untempered —— i'm tempted to say if you know the answer why are you asking the question? there are indeed opportunities. what i think is important is there is a lot of focus on the trade opportunities around the world. what we see is a global britain, and into printed britain outside of the european union working with countries around the world working in the multilateral forms, not the world working in the multilateralforms, notjust im proves multilateralforms, notjust improves prosperity, but to improve security around the world. those are the opportunities that i believe are available to britain outside the european union. we are pursuing a good dealfor trade once european union. we are pursuing a good deal for trade once we european union. we are pursuing a good dealfor trade once we have left the eu. but we are looking to enhance our trade partnerships around the world. we believe in free
trade. trade is important. it is what brings innovation economic prosperity. it is trade... it is not about one country doing better than another. it is mutually beneficial. investment hearing kenya will be good for kenya and britain as well. mr president. thank you. i think on my part as i indicated in my own statement that the discussions we have had, the prime minister has a short us that kenya will continue to have access the uk market. —— the prime minister has ensured us. we are also seeking to see how we can improve trade between our two countries. britain is and has been our largest trading partner for a long time as well as one of the
largest investors here. of course, we look forward to deepening that and strengthening that and broadening that as we move forward. the insurance is that we have been given —— we have been given insurance is on that. and i don't think brexit is going to change that. as i said in my statement, working together under the umbrella of the commonwealth to see how we can utilise that organisation that pulls together people of shared values. shared systems to see again how we can take advantage of that. to improve fair trade across the commonwealth country. i don't see brexit meeting anything detrimental towards the strong trade ties that we already have. i have said that we are seeking to boost that going
forward. second question or, is dan here? i think there is a microphone behind you. president macron says that the eu should offer britain the satellite status. do you agree that checkers is chequers is the worst of all worlds. the prime minister hasn't visited here for 30 years, are you disappointed by that do you think we have neglected you? teething brexit is an opportunity for african countries? in relation to develop bring —— delivering on the public vote. the people voted for that, we will be leaving the march 2019. they voted to bring an end to free movement and that is non—negotiable. it will end. they do not want to be sending vast sums of
money to the european union and we will not. we will be out of the commonwealth agricultural policy and the fisheries policy and the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice. we will be delivering on the vote of the british people. the chequers deal we have put forward i believe is a good dealfor us and the european union. it means that we can maintaina the european union. it means that we can maintain a good trading deal and having the freedom to negotiate deals on behalf of us with the rest of the world. we can protectjobs and livelihoods. it will also deliver on making sure we don't have a hard border between us and northern ireland. we deliver on the brexit vote. obviously we are in big ocea ns brexit vote. obviously we are in big oceans with the eu, but i believe our proposals are notjust good for us, but for the eu as well. thank
you. yes, it has been 30 years or more. i do not want to dwell on the past, i more. i do not want to dwell on the past, lam more. i do not want to dwell on the past, i am looking to the future. we welcome the prime minister today and this is the first, hopefully of many more visits in the future. we are looking forward, as i said to strengthening the ties that we already have despite the fact that there has not been a british prime minister. there has always been consta nt minister. there has always been constant high level engagement between us, between our two governments. and what we're seeing now is is being reinforced. it is notjust because a brexit, we're talking about security, partnership in various issues at the multilateral level, the un support for our united nations headquarters thatis for our united nations headquarters that is here. lots of other things
such as education, defence, what we're saying is that we want to enhance this and without a doubt the presence of the prime minister here will go a long way towards creating that a surety that the united kingdom is a long—term strategic partner of kenya and of africa as a whole. this is what we seek to enhance. allow me to have one more person in the kenyan press to speak. thank you. to the uk prime minister, you are talking about maintaining the preferential trade space for a kenyan market. but you leave the eu
in march 2019, went to the discussions began to make sure that the supplies we have been delivering do not suffer during the transition period? do you have an idea or an estimate the uk legal framework to give those kind to our country? do you want to go first again? on response to trade, those discussions have already started. we are looking more widely we are very committed to ensure that that duty—free quota free is maintained. we have already started those discussions. we cannot
formally put into place any future trade agreements. there is a legal issue about our relationship with the european union. there is a point up the european union. there is a point up until which we are not able to put that into place legally. but we are going to continue on the same basis so that there is continuity. that is what is important for business and traders. people have the confidence of knowing what the position will be. there is no cliff edge no sudden disruption to the trading arrangements. that is what we will deliver and that is what we are discussing already and we're looking forward to bringing those discussions to a conclusion that delivers what we all want to see. with regard to the repatriation of assets, i stated again in my statement that we have a similar arrangement with switzerland, with the jurisdiction injersey. now we
haveit the jurisdiction injersey. now we have it with the united kingdom. i cannot state the exact amounts. i think that is something the attorney general can address at a later stage. without a doubt, we are already beginning to see some successes. already beginning to see some successes. leicester, if you recall, the foreign secretary then boris... borisjohnson, was here. he was here with ambulances and these ambulances we re with ambulances and these ambulances were bought courtesy of funds that had been seized and returned and utilised to buy ambulances which we re utilised to buy ambulances which were distributed across the country. i think this will strengthen that and it strengthens the ability of
our two countries and legal systems to work together to make sure that any assets that may have been acquired in the united kingdom that are associated with corruption or any other such crime, successfully are returned and put to use for the benefit of the people of the republic. as i said, it is already working giving that we have already begun to receive and utilise these assets from jersey, for ambulances that are already working for the kenyan people. i believe this can only strengthen that and increase the amounts that we get back. thank you very much year that marks the end of our press briefing. so proceedings there winding up. handshake between theresa may and
president kenyatta of kenya. you can see a wide range of topics there but covered as questions were put to them. the thrust of all of that with them. the thrust of all of that with the desire of both countries to build strong trade and investment links into the future. ijust want i just want to bring you ijust want to bring you some news that has been breaking concerning an unmarried mother of four as won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments following the death of her partner. she was originally told she was unable to claim the benefit as she and her partner were not married. siobhan mclaughlin lived withjohn adams for 23 years until his death from cancer in 2014. today, the supreme court ruled that decision was unlawful. this is bbc news. time for a look at our headlines...
alex salmond — scotland's former first minister — has quit the scottish national party to fight sexual misconduct allegations. children in england could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. theresa may is in nairobi for the final part of her three—day tour of africa. the troubled payday lender wonga says it is to stop taking new loan applications. time for a look at the sport now. england have made a dreadful start to the 11th test at southampton's ageas bowl. joe root won the toss and decided to bat first and keatonjennings was out for a duck at the start of the third over. out lbw to jasprit bumrah.
bumrah thought he'd trapped root but it was a no ball. cook and root at the crease. there are no british players left in the singles draw at the us open, andy murray was knocked out in the second round — beaten in 4 sets by fernando verdasco. there were a few flashes of brilliance from the former world number1 but verdasco was too strong in the end. this was murray's first grand slam appearance for 1h months and only his 9th match since having hip surgery back injanuary. you just don't know what is round the corner. if things go smoothly andi the corner. if things go smoothly and i continue to improve, i believe that i will get back to competing for the biggest competitions because there's no reason why i couldn't but
don't know. just a minute or so after murray went out to verdasco, cameron norrie was also beaten in four sets. he lost his second round match to dusan lajovic. defending champion and top seed rafael nadal is looking really good. straight sets for him against against the canadian vasek pospisil. the spaniard is after a fourth title at flushing meadows. i will be able to see, i think, better tennis then we saw in the first few days of the us open because playing in those conditions first thing is not healthy and secondly is not good for nobody. it is not good for the fans or the players so the show is worse under these conditions. it is very hot. serena williams is chasing that record equalling 24th single title...she'll have to get
past her sister venus — they'll face each other for a 30th time, 20 years after their first meeting on tour. serena beat carina witthoft in straight sets to set up another williams head to head. the best part is we bring out the best in each other. i know when i play it brings out my best tennis and she does too so that sets the tone for us. ifeel like in our career we have pushed each other to be the best we can be. gareth southgate will name his first england squad since the world cup. they play spain in the new format nations league a week on saturday, then a friendly against switzerland. he's expected to bring in some younger players as he builds towards euro 2020. i think you expect gareth southgate to pick a lot of young players because he wants to develop them for the next tournament because they did so the next tournament because they did so well in russia. the fact the
whole nation got behind them and now thatis whole nation got behind them and now that is the building block. it's a shame to see k —— cahill and vardy retiring from international football but i think they see the future is youth going through. but i think they see the future is youth going throughlj but i think they see the future is youth going through. i think the captainjoe youth going through. i think the captain joe root will be youth going through. i think the captainjoe root will be the second man down and we will have an update on the cricket in the next hour. thank you. scotland's former first minister, alex salmond, has exceeded his fundraising target for his legal challenge against the scottish government. the target of £50,000 was reached hours
after mr salmond announced he was resigning from the snp to fight sexual misconduct claims. he's been criticised by opposition parties for launching the crowd—funding campaign to help with his legal costs. mr salmond has denied any wrongdoing, and said he intends to reapply to be a member of the party once he's had an opportunity to clear his name. alex salmond's successor as snp leader, nicola sturgeon, based pressure to suspend alex salmond from the snp after sexual misconduct allegations emerged. she said there was no legal basis to do so but now alex salmond has taken matters into his own hands. in a statement he said... alex salmond continues to deny any
wrongdoing and says he intends to reapply for party membership in the future. the former first minister had already announced he was taking the government used to lead to court over its handling of sexual misconduct allegations, but nicola sturgeon has said... she added that she is upset by alex salmond's resignation but that any legal processes must now be allowed to ta ke legal processes must now be allowed to take their course. let's return that breaking news we brought you a few minutes ago that an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments, following the death of her partner. siobhan mclaughlin lived withjohn adams for 23 years until his death from cancer in 2014. she was originally told she was unable to claim the benefit as she was unmarried. today the supreme court says that
decision was unlawful. with me is the bbc‘s legal correspondent, clive coleman. you are going to help explain this a little bit. let's start with what these payments are and who would normally qualify for them. something called the widow payments allowance, a contributory benefit, the state benefit and it arises because people pay international insurance and that is how it is funded. the issue at the heart of this case is whether it is discriminatory and in breach of human rights to exclude one that benefit cohabiting couples who are neither married nor in a civil partnership because the existing law, the law that the supreme court was looking at, makes it clear that the only way this payment can be made is if the deceased is either a husband, wife or civil partner of the surviving spouse so that was the
keyissue the surviving spouse so that was the key issue the supreme court had to look at. of course under the scheme, there are some 3.3 million cohabiting couples that it excludes, 1.25 million of those couples have dependent children so we are talking about potentially big numbers of people who are excluded from the payment at a particularly difficult and distressing time of their lives so and distressing time of their lives so that is why this is such a considerable decision this morning. the supreme court decided that it is discriminatory, it is unlawful and it breaches the human rights of the spouse... i beg your pardon, of the partner who remains, and it does in particular, they looked at article eight, the right to a private family life and decided the current system is incompatible with that. so for
many, is incompatible with that. so for any is incompatible with that. so for many, many couples i think this will come as a very encouraging sign. we have to say the supreme court cannot change legislation, but by saying the legislation is incompatible with human rights, it puts a lot of pressure on the legislatures in the uk to now change the law. do you know if there is a political appetite to get to grips with this? this action has been fought all the way to the supreme court so it doesn't look as if there has been any appetite so far to change the law, but the devolved legislatures are underan law, but the devolved legislatures are under an obligation if the supreme court says the current law is not compliant with the human rights act, then they are under an obligation to correct that. it is not going to be cheap because this benefit, although it was reduced in march, april 2017, the benefit siobhan mclaughlin was entitled to was a siobhan mclaughlin was entitled to wasa lump
siobhan mclaughlin was entitled to was a lump sum of £2000 and weekly payments of up to £118,000 for the children. this is going to amount to quite a large amount of money but thisjudgment says quite a large amount of money but this judgment says cohabiting couples should be entitled to it, otherwise they are being discriminated against. one point struck me and i don't know if you've had a chance to look at the detail of this but lady hale said not every case where an unmarried parent is denied the allowance after the death of their partner will be unlawful. do you know why that would be? the eligibility criteria are as follows, i will read them to you — only the law applies to a husband, wife or civil partner, but the surviving partner has to be under state pension age, there has to be an entitlement to child benefit for at least one child that was a child with the late partner, and also the late husband, wife or civil partner
had to be paying national insurance contributions so if you don't meet those criteria you are not entitled to it. there still will be a large number of couples who will meet that criteria. very interesting, thank you. a man found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a student died in a speedboat crash is appealing his conviction. jack shepherd was absent from his trial at the old bailey injuly, where he was sentenced to six years in prison following the death of charlotte brown. the court of appeal has confirmed shepherd, who left the country prior to his trial, has lodged appeals against his conviction and sentence. researchers are suggesting that the daily commute could be treated as part of the working day, because so many people check their emails on the way to and from the office. they say the growing availability of internet access has effectively extended the working day with extra unpaid hours. they say that employers could rethink what they count as working hours. the bbc‘s rick kelsey spoke
to commuters on their way home from work last night. this two—hour commute from derby to london, many commuters are on their la pto ps london, many commuters are on their laptops and phones finishing their work and that should count towards the working day according to researchers at the university of the west of england. yet one thing that could be restricting that work is the quality of their seat. usually i just send a few e—mails, i check where i am and spend about half an hour roughly depending on the length of my trip. did you always work on the train? mostly, when i am travelling for work purposes, yes. do you find it easy with the wi—fi? usually it is difficult because the free wi—fi is 15 minutes and you have to pay to get access so sometimes i'm using my mobile data.
sometimes i spend an hour, never the entire journey. it depends. what type of work do you do? business analysis, so it depends on the work i have to do. some things are easy to do on the commute. what type of thing prohibits you from getting work done? mostly comfort and the internet connection. how much work do you get done on the train? none, i cannot work on the train. i feel like i can't focus, i prefer to listen to music or watch tv. have you ever worked on a train?|j listen to music or watch tv. have you ever worked on a train? i have tried but i give up within ten minutes every time. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news... an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments, following the death of her partner.
the ruling could affect tens of thousands of families across the uk. theresa may's given a speech in nairobi as part of her tour of africa. the prime minister announces a secuirty pact with kenya and pledges to support their economy. alex salmond — scotland's former first minister — faces critcism for launching a crowd —funding campaign to fight sexual misconduct allegations after resigning from the snp last night. in the business news... payday lender wonga has said it is no longer accepting new loan applications as it teeters on the brink of collapse. the company said in a statement on its website that it was continuing to "assess its options" and existing customers could still use their services to manage their loans. dyson has unveiled plans for a 10—mile test track in wiltshire, where its new electric cars will be put through their paces.
the track and other facilities are part of a plan to start selling a "radical" electric car from 2021. the company, best known for its vacuums and domestic appliances, has already renovated two hangars at the former airfield at hullavington. the next phase of the development would take dyson's total investment to £200 million. accountancy giant pwc is telling new recruits they have the option to work when they want. pwc says the new scheme aim is to attract skilled people who don't want to be tied to traditional nine—to—five hours. uk car manufacturing tumbled injuly — according to the latest figures released today by the society of motor manufacturers and traders. the number of cars built in uk factories fell by 11% last month compared to a year ago. just over 121,000 cars left production lines with a slump of 35% in models built for the uk. despite the reduction,
the sector still remains broadly on track to meet 2018 expectations, said the smmt. we were going to be speaking to our guest in a moment, we cannot do that but hopefully we can speak to her later. let's take a look at some of the other business news around today. argentina's currency the peso has plunged to a new record low against the dollar on fears the country may default on its debts again. argentina's president macri has asked the international monetary fund to speed up the payment of a $50 billion bailout loan. panasonic will move its european headquarters from the uk to amsterdam in october as brexit approaches. panasonic europe's chief executive laurent abadie has said the decision was driven by a fear that japan could start considering the uk a tax haven if it cuts corporate tax rates to attract business. if it ended up paying less tax in the uk, that could render it
liable for a bigger tax bill in japan. facebook‘s watch video—streaming service is rolling out worldwide, just over a year after its us launch. users will be able to choose from a range of shows — from both established brands and new players — and have the ability to view clips saved from their news feeds. the firm plans to allow all content creators to feature advertising breaks, so long as they hit certain metrics. the deal to merge npower and sse‘s retail operations has been given the provisional green light after the energy watchdog said there is plenty of choice in the uk market. the competition and markets authority dismissed fears that it would have an impact on the most expensive deals as its inquiry found the providers — two of the big six in the uk — do not compete closely on standard variable tariffs. let's check in with the financial markets now... london's blue chip index — the ftse 100 along with other main european indices —
is tracking downwards today, partly over concerns again about global trade. the us has done a deal with mexico and is in talks with canada about a new north america trade agreements — that's led to concerns that trade between the us and china will suffer as a result. that could impact on the various multinationals listed. but also the pound has strengthened — that of course hit international firms which earn revenues in dollars. so the likes of british american tobacco, and drinks firm and diageo have fallen back. shares in wh smith are up after the company said its high street business is performing in line with expectations with costs savings and improvements to margins being delivered — it's also said that sales across its travel business — those smaller stores in airports and railway stations are still good. that's all the business news. it's been called a "scourge on the environment"
but what exactly can be done about the plastic waste that's making its way into britain's waterways? one environmental charity has come up with a unique solution. it's turning more than a tonne of plastic waste, collected from the river thames, into a boat. helena lee is in richmond. stickers of —— plastic is a huge problem, and this boat has been made out of recycled plastic, and we followed its journey from out of recycled plastic, and we followed itsjourney from plastic bottle to boat. this is the start of the plastic bottle boat journey. these schoolchildren are helping by going out on a plastic fishing trip to clear litter that has ended up in the water. it wasn't long before they found what they were looking for and there was plenty of it. so we found plastic bags, crisp packets, dummies, lots of plastic bottles. when we fish out plastic, it makes
us are satisfied that we are helping out the environment, making the planet better. i think it's quite silly. i think that plastic bottles, when they get thrown away, or plastic bags, they should get recycled and reused again. rather than being ending up being shipped abroad, the plastic collected by the children ends up here at this reprocessing plant in dumfries in scotland. we take the bottles and shred the bottles down into very small parts, then they are melted and turned into sections which are used to make furniture and of course, the boat. plastic has become so prevalent in our society that it is seen as very disposable material now, but actually it is an incredibly valuable material. we want to show that the importance of recycling plastic, the importance of keeping it in the system and certainly not letting it leak into the environment and into the marine environment. the charity hopes to build more
recycled plastic boats over the holidays and get more people involved in their campaign. the man who was given the job of building the boat, mark edwards mbe, and you don't mind being referred to as the mad boating enthusiast! you are used to... a0 years experience of welding boats with wood, how difficult was it to use recycled plastic? very similar, but you cannot pollute plastic wood so we had to use something else to hold it together. it does feel very sturdy, can you tell us more about how you
make such heavy material float?m has a boxlike construction which makes it inherently stiff with polystyrene foam as an extra yancey, and it has passed all of its maritime and coastguard agency swamped test, buoyancy test and stability tests. how was it for you in terms of the experience of building it? you are more used to building it? you are more used to building boats with wood, how did it feel to be working with recycled plastic? physically sawing and planing it is most of it, but once you get used to it it is not a problem. not a total delight but you knew you were doing something that was really worthwhile and will last without maintenance for 100 years so it is fantastic. what do you think of the idea of having these types of boats on the river? i think we will
see them everywhere, all sorts of work boats where the weight doesn't matter, but the low maintenance is really important so i hope this charity will go all over the docks and waterways collecting plastic rubbish for years to come. and your boat workshop is on the river behind us. what do you see in the river, how much litter do you see on a daily basis? quite a lot. it does very. for two weeks it is hidden away on a strand line. we have just had high tides so enormous torrents of plastic floating down the middle of plastic floating down the middle of the river yesterday, so it is a real problem. and you just went out on the boat earlier, what did you pick up? several bottles, black plastic sheeting, you name it. if it floats, and most elastic will, we can pick it up and that's the
beauty. the idea is, rachel, that schoolchildren will go out on this plastic boat picking up more litter from the thames and waterways and the charity wants to go across the country in other waterways as well, and the plastic they collect will then be used to make another boat. back to you. really interesting project, thank you very much indeed. a beach bar on the croatian island of rab has found an unusual way of attracting pet owners — by organising a swimming and running contest for them and their dogs. 15 dogs and their owners jumped from a boat 100 metres off the island. they swam to shore and then jogged back to the bar. after the swim, the pets were also challenged to an eating and drinking contest with dog—friendly ice cream and beer. bonnie the white poodle was the winner. congratulations to bonnie. the headlines are coming up on bbc news channel.
we are staying with you longer today. let's have a look at the weather, can cross to the newsroom and speak to simon. hello, we have had good spells of sunshine this morning. it was a chilly start of the day, signs that autumn is on its way, meteorologically speaking that is on saturday, but you can see we have sunshine for most areas. this area of cloud to the south—west, that will come in on friday and into the weekend but before then we continue with sunny spells. that is the scene in worcestershire, sunshine across most areas. the cloud may thicken across most areas. the cloud may thicken a cross m ost most areas. the cloud may thicken across most of scotland and western areas of england and wales. for most it will stage i with the sunshine and light winds, feeling quite pleasa nt and light winds, feeling quite pleasant with maximum temperatures reaching 21 degrees. through this evening and overnight tonight, we will see the cloud melting away and
with lengthy clear spells, like last night it will turn chilly quite quickly. the temperatures in the countryside could be down to single figures. some blue across central areas of central scotland, to or three celsius in rural areas. but in towns and cities, temperatures around 10 degrees. on friday starting off chilly but lots of sunshine and a lovely start of the day for many. the cloud building up again, the cloud deck across northern ireland and the south—west of england and there could be some spots of rain here. temperatures may bea spots of rain here. temperatures may be a degree higher than today. into the weekend, high pressure is drifting towards the east. still making some influence on the weather in the uk, but the weather front out to the west will bring cloud and rain. ahead of that, the air is coming in from the south—west so it
will turn warmer into the weekend, certainly the nights will not have been as cold as they have been recently. on saturdays rain across north—west areas and cloudy skies here. the best of any sunshine in this out and east. temperatures will be higherfor all of this out and east. temperatures will be higher for all of us. this out and east. temperatures will be higherfor all of us. then this out and east. temperatures will be higher for all of us. then for sunday, again there will be a fair amount of cloud around, some rain moving into the north and west, the best of the sunshine, the breaks in the cloud in the south—east and those temperatures a little bit higher deal. widely into the low 20s, mid 20s perhaps across the south—east of england. that's all from me. goodbye. this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield.
these are the top stories developing at midday... an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim a widowed parent's allowance, following the death of her partner — the ruling could affect tens of thousands of families across the uk. alex salmond, scotland's former first minister, is facing criticism from opposition parties for launching a crowd—funding campaign to fight sexual misconduct allegations after resigning from the snp last night. children up to 17 years old could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in england in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. theresa may's confirmed the signing of a security pact with kenya. britain will help build a cyber—crime centre to combat
sexual the abuse of children. the troubled pay day lender wonga says it is to stop accepting new loan applications. should checking your emails or taking calls during yourjourney to work be classed as part of your working day? new research suggests so many of us are doing it,that it should be. good morning, it is thursday the 30th of august. i'm rachel schofield. welcome to bbc news. welcome to bbc news. an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim a widowed parent's allowance, following the death of her partner. siobhan mclaughlin lived withjohn adams for 23 years until his death from cancer in 201a. she was originally told she was unable to claim the benefit
as she and her partner were not married. today, the supreme court ruled that decision as unlawful. with me is our legal correspondent, clive coleman. he has been looking over this judgement. before we get to the nitty—gritty, run mind does for those people not familiar with this benefit exactly what the widowed pa rent benefit exactly what the widowed parent benefit is. it is a contributory benefit. the current scheme is one that only applies to couples who were either married or ina couples who were either married or in a civil partnership. so if you area in a civil partnership. so if you are a cohabiting couple and their up to three points —— 3.3 million. if one of the partners died, the other partner could not make a claim or would be refused. the key question for the supreme court today was
whether or not that exclusion that meant that cohabitating couples were excluded from this benefit, whether that was unlawful were discriminatory and whether it breached human rights. they decided bya breached human rights. they decided by a majority of four to one that it was unlawful and discriminatory and breached human rights. they were looking at article eight the right toa looking at article eight the right to a private and family life. it is very significant, this ruling. it does not change the legislation because the supreme court cannot change legislation, but it puts a lot of pressure on the government and the legislator in northern ireland to now change the legislation, to change the rules so that cohabiting couples in this dreadful situation... these are significant payment at a very distressed at a time. they are designed to benefit the children who have lost a parent. but it puts a lot of pressure now on those legislators to change the law and include cohabiting couples. have we
have —— have we had a response from the government? yes. they said we will consider the court's ruling carefully. they say widows benefit allowa nce carefully. they say widows benefit allowance has been a contributory benefit. and it should be based on the concept of legal marriage or civil partnership. it does not change the current rules, they stress. it applies to people who are married or in a civil partnership. thank you very much for explaining that. joining me now from belfast is siobhan mcloughlin's lawyer, laura banks. thank you very much for making the time to speak to us. a significant ruling, of course. i am sure you are delighted. yes, absolutely. a fantastic results. it has been quite a journey from the high court in belfast and going the whole way to the supreme court in the uk. we are delighted. what we have said since
the beginning is that it is unlawful to discriminate against siobhan mclaughlin's children or any child as to whether their parents are married or not. the supreme court has upheld that. they said it is unlawful. siobhan mclaughlin has a lwa ys unlawful. siobhan mclaughlin has always been on the record as saying it was a private —— she was a private person. she did not relish taking this fight to the public eye. how's she feeling? yes, i spoke to her. she is delighted. she is quite emotional. she is really pleased. for her it is about so much more than finances, it is about recognising her children and as recognising her children and as recognising them as deserving. it is about all the other children who we hope will benefit from this. you say you hope will benefit because as we we re you hope will benefit because as we were hearing, despite the ruling today, the law as it stands is not necessarily in favour of unmarried pa rents. necessarily in favour of unmarried parents. how do you see this progressing? isn't going to be pressure for change? absolutely,
what the supreme court has done has issued a ruling of incompatibility. they say it is incompatible with human rights law. so now there is pressure for the government to write this rule. they should do it not just for the widowed parents alliance,, but they should write this. so many children can benefit from this and are no longer discriminated against.” from this and are no longer discriminated against. i don't know if you can say, but i wonder if you have had interest from other people who have found themselves in a similar situation. how common is it? yes, 2000 families lose out on this benefit every year. so we know there are going to be a lot more people interested. what we would say is they should apply. they should make they should apply. they should make the application and we will see what action the government takes on that. and hopefully they will act quickly to rectify this. other commentators
are making the point that it plays toa are making the point that it plays to a wider point that as a society, we have to catch up in the legal framework, that the legal framework has not caught up with the fact that marriage is no longer the default position. and that people are living in different configurations.” position. and that people are living in different configurations. i think siobhan mclaughlin was very shocked as many families are. is a sense of shock that the state treats families and children this way. it has raised awareness. but the law needs to change and be brought date with society. thank you very much. scotland's former first minister, alex salmond, has exceeded his fundraising target
for his legal challenge against the scottish government. the target of £50,000 pounds by crowd—funding was reached hours after mr salmond announced he was resigning from the snp to fight sexual misconduct claims. he's been criticised by opposition parties for launching the campaign to help with his legal costs. mr salmond has denied any wrongdoing, and said he intends to reapply to be a member of the party once he's had an opportunity to clear his name. now let's go to our scotland correspondent catriona renton, who's in glasgow for us one. give us the background to this. as we know alex salmond has resigned from the party that he was synonymous with. he was a member for a5 years, he led it for 20 years. for seven of those years he was scotland's first minister. last night, there was a revelation online and ina
night, there was a revelation online and in a statement, he announced his resignation from the party. he said idid not resignation from the party. he said i did not come into politics to facilitate attacks on the snp. and with parliament returning, i have tendered my resignation to remove this line of opposition attacked. most of all he is conscious that if the party felt forced into suspending him, it would cause substantial internal division. alex salmond is facing two complaint of sexual harassment dating back to 2013. during that time he was the first minister. this prompted an investigation by the scottish government. there have been demands from opposition politicians for him to be suspended by the snp. the pa rty‘s to be suspended by the snp. the party's leader nicola sturgeon said there was no legal basis for this. mrsamet there was no legal basis for this. mr samet has stepped down from his
membership arguing that he is acting to prevent a split in the party. —— alex salmond. what kind of reaction hasn't been to this? well, nicola sturgeon has talked about this has been difficult time for the party. but that she understands why he chose to resign. she has reiterated that the two complaint could not be ignored. but she feels huge sadness about this whole situation. alex salmond has been my friend and mentorfor almost 30 salmond has been my friend and mentor for almost 30 years and his contribution to the party and the movement speaks for itself. we were just showing the picture of the crowdfunding website that mr samet has launched. let's put this in the can't do my contacts. he wants to ta ke can't do my contacts. he wants to take this to the highest civil court
to complain about the process that was used in this investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment. that obviously is going to cause a substantial amount —— cost a substantial amount of money. he went to a crowdfunding page trying to get £50,000. it was already over £70,000 the last time i looked. parliament politicians have been the sizing this. the labour party has said it is unbelievable and the scottish conservatives have said it is an astonishing move. and one labourmp said it is an astonishing move. and one labour mp has said that perhaps people should give money to the charity women's aid instead. this is a controversy that is escalating. as you said, mrtoo a controversy that is escalating. as you said, mr too intends to retain his membership of the smp. thank you
very much. on the final leg of her three—day trip to africa theresa may has announced that the uk will build a new cyber crime centre in kenya to help police stop child abuse images being shared online. it's part of a new security pact sharing expertise between the two countries to tackle organised crime. speaking in nairobi, the prime minister laid out the benefits of security cooperation. this is a partnership for opportunity, but it is also a partnership for our shared security and stability. and today, we discussed the work we are doing together to make both of our countries and the world more secure. already, british terrorists and child abusers are in ukjails because of our cooperation. this afternoon, we have signed a new compact that will see us expand our joint work on security even further. the uk is no longerjust training our own military in kenya, but training with kenyans to promote stability in east africa and beyond and to build the continent's capacity to overcome its own challenges and deliver its own security. the prime minister also described the future trading relationship
she hoped to achieve after brexit. the trade links between the uk and kenya are already strong, we want to strengthen them further. as i have said, we're committed to ensuring that kenya will retain duty—free and quota—free access to uk market we leave the eu. we want to enhance our trading relationship. once we are outside the european union, we will have the opportunity to negotiate these trade deals on behalf of the uk rather than as part of the european union. but what is important, i think, for long—term growth, for sustainable jobs for the future, is that investment is about the private sector. and i think the uk brings a unique combination of capabilities and capacity. the prime minister speaking just a short while ago.
the prime minister speaking just a short while ago. bbc africa's business correspondent, larry madowo is in nairobi for us now. larry we got a flavour of some of theissues larry we got a flavour of some of the issues that have been on the agenda. really looking to a future would stronger ties, one might say. stronger ties, but also saying that she leaves africa with the excitement of the potential for africa. she wants to make sure that africans get well—paying jobs and are safer and more prosperous. trying to make sure that south africa kenya nigeria get morejobs. ways to help announce more african countries raise funding in london. the brightness —— the prime minister is looking towards a new continent
to woo. she says she wants the uk to be the g7‘s number one investor in africa. do you think there is a readiness to embrace that on behalf of some of the african countries or are they smelling a rat slightly? the african countries are being quoted by everyone. prime minister —— the prime minister wants to dance with africa. african leaders are going to beijing next week where they will likely be getting loans and investments for new roads and airports and railways. the uk has got to get into that mix to make sure that they are standing out. the eu is the preferred market because it's a much bigger market. at this point african leaders have to decide who they are going to prioritise. it
will be a bit of a climb from the uk to be the biggest investor by 2020. thank you so much for talking to us. the headlines on bbc news... an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments, following the death of her partner. the ruling could affect tens of thousands of families across the uk. alex salmond — scotland's first minister — faces critcism for launching a crowd —funding campaign to fight sexual misconduct allegations — after resigning from the snp last night. children up to 17 years old could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in england in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. time for a look at the sport. here's holly. england have made a dreadful start to the fourth test
at southampton's ageas bowl. joe root won the toss and decided to bat first and keatonjennings was out for a duck at the start of the third over. root has also gone lbw. as hasjonny bairstow in the last few minutes. alastair cook and ben stokes are at the crease. england are 29 for 3. there are no british players left in the singles draw at the us open, after andy murray was knocked out in the second round. he was beaten in four sets by fernando verdasco. there were a few flashes of brilliance from the former world number one but verdasco was too strong in the end. this was murray's first grand slam appearance for 1a months and only his ninth match since having hip surgery back in january. you just don't know exactly what is around the corner. if things keep going smoothly, and physically i continue to improve, i believe that
i will get back to competing for the biggest competitions because there is no reason why i could not. but you don't know. serena williams is still chasing that record equalling 2ath grand slam singles title after beating carina vee—tofft in straight sets to set up another williams head to head. she'll face her sister venus in the third round on friday, 20 years after their first meeting on tour. gareth southgate will name his first england squad since the world cup. they play spain in the new format nations league a week on saturday then a friendly against switzerland. he's expected to bring in some younger players as he builds towards euro 2020. i think you expect garrett southgate to pick a lot of young players because he wants to develop them for the next tournament because they did so the next tournament because they did so well. the fact that the whole nation back behind them and you
think that now is —— that this is now a building block. is he staying to see people retiring. but i think they see that the future is the use and going through. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. thank you very much indeed. children in england could be banned from buying high caffeine, high—sugar energy drinks, as part of efforts to tackle childhood obesity. ministers say more than two—thirds of youngsters aged ten to 17 and a quarter of six to nine years old consume energy drinks, which contain around 60% more calories and 65% more sugar than most soft drinks other than cola. a public consultation on the plans has been launched. one issue to be decided is whether a ban should apply to under—16s or everyone under—18. many shops have a voluntary ban in place for under—16s, but children
can buy the drinks legally from other places. the ban would apply to products containing 150mg of caffeine or more per litre — energy drinks typically have more than three times as much caffeine as cola. excessive caffeine consumption has been linked to a range of health issues in children, from obesity, tooth decay and sleep problems to stomach aches and hyperactivity. surveys from teachers unions also suggests that they contribute to poor behaviour in classrooms. ben ando has more. children are told these drinks will give them energy, but doctors say drinking them to excess can lead to headaches, sleep problems and upset tummies. evidence from teachers suggest they can even contribute to children becoming unruly and disruptive in the classroom. but more than anything, health experts believe they are part of the reason why britain's children are becoming obese. compared to other soft drinks, energy drinks contain a double whammy of very high caffeine and sugar levels. and children in the uk are guzzling half as much again
as their counterparts in europe. energy drinks like these are attractive to youngsters, in brightly coloured cans, and often cheaper than regular soft drinks. but the ingredients list tells a different story. each of these cans can contain as much sugar as this, and as much caffeine as this. the caffeine can cause too much stimulation, the sugar — weight gain and tooth decay. as well as hearing from dieticians, doctors and dentists, the government wants to hear from the public. many supermarkets already have a voluntary ban on selling energy drinks to children, but the government says most smaller retailers have not signed up. the british soft drinks association does not oppose a ban, but believes a voluntary code is enough, stating on its website: this consultation will last 12 weeks and is part of the second phase
of the government's childhood obesity plan. ben ando, bbc news. we can now speak to kawther hashem — a nutritionist at action on sugar. thank you very much for being with us. how much does it concern you the idea of children drinking energy drinks? i think it is very concerning especially the excess levels of sugar and caffeine. we know that such high levels of caffeine and lack of sleep is contributing to poor development of children. there are consequences and they need to be restricted. there are warning labels on the products. they tell you they are not recommended to children, then why are they being sold to children? we have made the point that some shops have made the point that some shops have voluntarily decided not to sell to children under 16 and now there isa to children under 16 and now there
is a consultation. would you like to see an outright ban? yes, we would like to see more public support of it. parent should dissipate in this consultation. we know that there are supermarkets that have launched their own band, but there are many corner shop their own band, but there are many corner shop near their own band, but there are many corner shop near schools that continue to sell these types of products and since there is no level playing field across retail, children can still access these kind of products. creating a level playing field creating a banner across the market will make it clear to everyone that these are not recommended to children. how easy is it to say that these are much worse than other soft drinks, lemonade or a cup of coffee. if you had one of these strings instead of three cans of cola, for example, is it really that much worse? i think it is about children having more than one of
these energy drinks. there is something about energy drinks, that combination of sugar and high levels of caffeine that you would not find as high in coffee, seems to have some consequences to it. there is new emerging evidence that suggests that the combination of ingredients consumed very quickly causes different type of body responses compared to if he were to drink coffee with one teaspoon of sugar. actually, the evidence is still emerging in this area, but we know we need to take a precautionary approach and prevent children from having such excess levels of caffeine and sugar. what you are suggesting as a toxic combination of caffeine and sugar, we're talking about stopping children from having access. do you think they are not good if you are an adult?” access. do you think they are not good if you are an adult? i think if you are an adult and you see you become more shaky, that there are consequences to it, then you could
make thejudgement consequences to it, then you could make the judgement whether this product is helpful, healthy for you or not. when it comes to children, they are less informed to make that decision and therefore, we should prevent them from having it. thank you very much indeed. the troubled pay day lender wonga has said that it is stopping taking new loan applications. the company says it is still considering "all options" after reports suggested it was on the brink of collapse. it follows a surge in compensation claims against the firm, amid a government clamp—down on payday lenders. wonga had faced criticism for its high cost, short term loans, which some said targeted the vulnerable. and we'll have more on this story just after 12:30 with our business correspondent. back to one of our main stories today, the resignation of alex salmond. we spoke to first minister nicola sturgeon, who said his resignation had caused her huge sadness but that the allegations cannot be swept under the carpet because of who has been accused. look, amidst all of the focus on
process and politics here, it is really important in my view that we do not lose sight of the fact that two individuals came forward with complaints. these complaints can't simply be hushed up or swept the side because of the identity of the person involved. they must be thoroughly and properly investigated. if we are serious, and iam investigated. if we are serious, and i am serious of having a culture in scotla nd i am serious of having a culture in scotland were people feel able to come forward with complaints and have the confidence that they will be treated seriously and fairness for everyone concerned, i think probably all of us need to avoid making this some kind of media circus and instead allow legal processes , circus and instead allow legal processes, any legal process is whether they be civil order criminal, to take hold. i can only speakfor criminal, to take hold. i can only speak for myself, as i said criminal, to take hold. i can only speakfor myself, as i said before, it is an incredibly difficult situation for me personally and my
party. but that is secondary to meet to allowing proper process to take its course. nicola sturgeon speaking a little earlier giving her reaction to alex salmond stepping down. england's schools are facing a ‘severe' teacher shortage — according to the education policy institute. the independent think tank says as well as teacher shortages, students face bigger class sizes and there are more subjects being taught by staff without a relevant degree. it suggests targeted pay increases could combat the recruitment problem. prince harry has joked about playing his ancestor king george the third, during a visit to london's west end. the duke and duchess of sussex attended a special performance of hamilton at the victoria palace theatre, to raise money for the duke's hiv charity, sentebale. and the duke didn't pass up the opportunity to break into song, as tom burridge reports. they arrived to watch a hip—hop musical which mocks the british monarchy. hamilton is about one of america's founding fathers, alexander hamilton, and features the then british king — george iii.
the royal couple sat among the audience. the performance raised nearly £300,000 for a charity which prince harry founded. afterwards, the show‘s creatorjoked that a descendant of one of the characters was watching. i thought, you know, it would be funny if i had king george in the show. you know, british invasion. british invasion music. and i wrote the song on my honeymoon, and smash cut to 2018... laughter. and i'm sitting next to his sixth great—grandson. applause. and the prince nearly obliged. # you say... applause.
that's definitely not going to happen. he did try, but i said no. the duchess knows a thing or two about acting. the prince did have a chat with the king. all of the money raised by last night's performance will help children affected by hiv in lesotho and botswana. maybe next time. it sounds like he could have quite a voice. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. thank you very much. a good few days coming up across the uk. the start of september. tonight we have blue skies across many parts of the uk. we will find a lot more of this fairweather clouds bubbling up. one or two showers. possibly from northern ireland and western parts of wales. few and far between. on the whole, dry weather. not much
breeze at all. in the sunshine it will be warm. temperatures not that impressive. a little bit below par on the whole. the showers that we have will fade away this evening i think. there is more cloud to come in the eastern parts of the channel. there could be one or two showers on the coast. in general speaking, it will be dry, no wind and cold for the evening. as we move into tomorrow, it is going to be a warmer day for many. the cloud could bubble up day for many. the cloud could bubble up in the cell to give weight to one or two showers. but most will have a dry day with lengthy spells of sunshine. this is bbc news.
our latest headlines... an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments, following the death of her partner. we spoke to her lawyer after the landmark ruling. the law needs to change, it needs to be brought up to date with society and the laws we have. scotland's former first minister, alex salmond, has exceeded his fundraising target for his legal challenge against the scottish government, just hours after he announced he was resigning from the snp to fight sexual misconduct claims, which he denies. nicola sturgeon has expressed her sadness. ican i can only speak for myself. it's an incredibly difficult situation for me personally and my party but that
is secondary to the importance of allowing proper process to take its course. children in england could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. theresa may has confirmed the signing of a security pact with kenya — britain will help build a cyber—crime centre to combat sexual the abuse of children. as we've been hearing, the uk's biggest payday lender, wonga, has stopped taking applications for new loans. the company, which is reportedly close to collapse, said in a statement that it was continuing to "assess its options" and that existing customers could still use their services to manage their loans. our business correspondent jamie robertson is here. what more can you tell us? one of their options is going into administration. we understand the
grant thornton has been lined up but that hasn't happened yet. that seems to be the weight going. this company is an enormous fall from back in 2012 when it was considered to be £1 billion company. there was a possibility then that it might have listed on the american stock exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the most of selling short—term exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the most of selling when -term exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the most of selling when the n exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the m started lling when the n exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the m started to "lg when the n exchange so it was a high—flyer. it made the m started to "lg when the on government started to clamp down on this and an enormous number of which it complaints about the way in which it was targeting vulnerable people and selling them loans - actually selling them loans which actually they didn't need. it's important to establish how they are perceived and what they claim. they claim to be offering a service to people who normally cannot get loans. they are criticised as people who create a
need for short—term loans which is not there. the government introduced a cap on interest rates, and a £2.6 billion compensation was ordered. and also said nobody should repay twice the amount they were owing. since then claims management companies bundled these complaints together and landed them at the doorstep of wonga, which is buckling under the strain of it. there will be people who are worried, thinking where does this leave me. the company says it can continue its business as normal and even if it goes into administration, those loa ns goes into administration, those loans will continue to get managed so loans will continue to get managed so those will not change but anybody who wants to take out a new loan will not be able to. we are getting toa
will not be able to. we are getting to a point where something will develop probably over the next hours, possibly days.” develop probably over the next hours, possibly days. i know he will continue to monitor it for us. thank you. as we've been hearing, theresa may has announced that the uk will build a new cyber crime centre in kenya. a new security pact has been signed to share expertise in tackling organised crime. signed to share expertise mrs may is on the final day of a three—day visit to africa. various ground was covered about how they see the future partnership between their countries. we can now speak tojoshua siaw, a london based lawyer who is part of the prime minister's delegation on her africa tour. a few communication problems but i think we have got you safely now. give us a sense about the trip you have had and the reaction. very positive indeed. this is i think
just generally having the uk prime minister visit the various countries of south africa, kenya and nigeria, demonstrates a commitment to africa. there has been some strong announcements and commitments made in terms of the uk s ambition to be africa's number one investor. there isa africa's number one investor. there is a commitment to sign a uk south africa partnership agreement which would take effect immediately after brack said. there was an announcement made yesterday by the prime minister to host a uk african investment summit next year in london. it has been incredibly successful. also there was an
announcement made which is part of the ministry ofjustice as micro legal campaign which aims to promote the sharing of knowledge and tra nsfer of the sharing of knowledge and transfer of skills, and also english law services. so it has been a very positive and people have been incredibly receptive. you mentioned very —— various incredibly receptive. you mentioned very —— various announcements incredibly receptive. you mentioned very —— various announcements that have been would say it have been made. a cynic would say it is interesting, this new interest in africa after brexit, and a sudden urge to find some new markets. yes, i think urge to find some new markets. yes, ithink in urge to find some new markets. yes, i think in terms of markets being attractive, africa is incredibly attractive. it is the fastest—growing market in the world both population wise and economy wise. africa has the greatest share of the world's natural resources, it
is the fastest—growing market in the world in terms of infrastructure and investment so the approach uk is is quite unique. it is all—encompassing in the sense of london supporting african countries to raise capital, and also knowledge transfer. i mentioned in terms of legal services. i have been based in london and... on the ground in africa and we have seen growth on the legal side in terms of investment going into africa. i think now is the time for the uk to strengthen its ties in africa and develop win—win long—term partnerships. i think one key point that has been made by the prime minister and the uk government on this trip is long—term partnership. in some markets there's been a lot of investment going into africa but the focus is long—term partnership, helping to build capacity on the ground and job creation, which has
been very well received here. we will leave it there for now. thank you very much indeed. apologies for the problem with the line but hopefully getting a good flavour of whatjoshua had hopefully getting a good flavour of what joshua had to hopefully getting a good flavour of whatjoshua had to say. researchers are suggesting that the daily commute could be treated as part of the working day, because so many people extended the working day with extra unpaid hours. as working hours. the bbc‘s rick kelsey spoke to commuters on their way home from work last night. on this two—hour commute from derby to london, many commuters are on their laptops and phones finishing off their work. and that should count towards the working day, according to researchers at the university of the west of england. yet one thing that could be restricting work is the quality of their signal.
usually ijust send a few e—mails, check where i am. just spend between half an hour and an hour, roughly, depending on the length of my commute. do you always work on the train? yeah, mostly, when i'm travelling for business purposes, yeah. do you find it easy with wi—fi? sometimes it's difficult, because the free wi—fi is usually 15 minutes, and you then have to pay to get access to that. how much work do you manage to get done on your commute? it depends. sometimes... well, an hour, half the time, never the entire journey. it also depends on the work i have to do. some things are easier to do on the commute than others. what type of thing prohibits you from getting work done? mostly comfort and the internet connection. how much work do you get done on the train?
none. i can't work on the train. why's that? i feel like i can't focus. i prefer to listen to music, watch tv or something like that. have you ever worked on a train? i've tried a few times and i give up within ten minutes every time. drjulietjain is the lead researcher on the report by the centre for transport and society at the university of the west of england. this was research essentially looking at wi—fi. tell us more about what you discovered. we were working with chiltern railways, evaluating the fact they had increased the amount of wi—fi to 125 megabytes... actually i have lost the sound. can
you still hear me? yes. carry on, we can hear you loud and clear. we surveyed passengers who were travelling on the train, and from that, looking at the commuters, we found they were more likely to use the free wi—fi than some of those travelling in the course of business though not commuting to theirjobs but travelling to go to a business meeting or whatever. what was interesting about this particular group of commuters was that over half of those who had connected to the internet, whether that was through the free wi—fi or mobile data, were using it to look at their e—mails and sending e—mails. the smaller proportion were also uploading and downloading work documents so that lead me to think
about how that time is seen as productive time. traditionally in transport economics there is a big concern about productivity and those travelling for business meetings but it is never considered in relation to the commuter. what issues does this raise more widely for society? there's all sorts of things so firstly there's a lot of people combining work as they go with other personal activities and they might feel very pressured if they had to spend time officially working, but we might look at it in another perspective, that people could actually if work cultures changed, start working when they got on the train. thinking about that, what impact would it have? could you start work at nine o'clock as you got on the train or would you still have to go in at eight o'clock when it is crowded ? have to go in at eight o'clock when it is crowded? for the rail industry, and you heard some people
talking about how they couldn't connect very well or it cost them money to connect to the internet, is what sort of provision needs to be made for those people if it was made into official work time. on the one hand you have an implication for the travel industry to think about when we consider peak times and the idea of shifting that around a little bit if people can see travel as part of their working day, but for employers it is more in a way because people will say essentially an clocking on at 7am but i'm not being paid for that. yes, and i think a lot of people are doing that. they may be doing that from home as well, it just happens in a lot of different spaces so just happens in a lot of different spaces so the more digital technology we have and that —— the more we work digitally, it could happen ina more we work digitally, it could happen in a cafe, on the train or at
home before we leave for work so we need to figure out the implications on how we count what people are doing. ok, food for thought, thank you very much indeed. some breaking news coming in from avon and somerset police who are saying two convicted rapist who had absconded from an open prison and who they we re from an open prison and who they were looking for has been arrested. this is stuart o'neill and john paul molson. they left the prison in the early hours of wednesday morning after apparently forcing a door, both serving indeterminate sentences, but they had essentially escaped from the open prison, police we re escaped from the open prison, police were looking for them and said could anyone with information get in touch but not to approach these men. police say they have now been arrested around ten miles from the prison itself this morning. the
police spokesperson says we are now no longer looking for them and they are in custody. that news coming from avon and somerset police. the headlines on bbc news... an unmarried mother of four has won her legal battle to claim bereavement payments, following the death of her partner. the ruling could affect tens of thousands of families across the uk. alex salmond — scotland's former first minister — faces criticism for launching a crowd—funding campaign to fight sexual misconduct allegations after resigning from the snp last night. children up to 17 years old could be banned from buying sugar and caffiene—filled energy drinks in england in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. an american plus size model has told the bbc she cried when the uk editor of the magazine cosmopolitan asked her to be on the cover.
tess holliday, who is a uk size 26, says it will have positive impact on millions of people with bodies like hers. earlier she spoke to my colleague, victoria derbyshire, explaining how the magazine shoot came about. i was iwas in i was in london is speaking for the cosmo conference they did for self—made women and we spoke quite a bit after. probably about to weeks after i left london and came back home, she said to me literally instagram how would you like to be a cosmo girl. the editor? yes, so i broke into tears and said are you kidding? she said i'm positive, which i should have known because
the english don't reallyjoke around with business. so you cried when she put that to you? i absolutely cried. why? because a magazine like that has never put someone like me with a fat body on the cover of a magazine. it meant the work i'm doing would impact millions of bodies that looked like mine. i want to ask you how significant you think it is that you, a uk size 206! understand, a model, are on the front of russian magazine? it is ground-breaking. i know you tweeted that and there's a lot of people who can make jokes about my size and appearance and going to my health and all of that but the reality is that there are quite a lot of winning and men and
eve ryo ne quite a lot of winning and men and everyone else who looks like me and that could literally change their world. seeing that, standing in the supermarket and seeing actual representation of someone that they identify with, that changes lives. and you wrote on social media that if you had seen a cover like this on a magazine when you were growing up it would have made a real difference to you. in what way? i was a teenager buying this magazine when i lived in mississippi in a very rural area and! lived in mississippi in a very rural area and i didn't value myself very much though i would buy this magazine. my life could have been changed and i just magazine. my life could have been changed and ijust wish there was something like this when i was a kid to save me from a lot of horrible decisions. you have had an incredible response on social media. there are also some cruel comments.
body shaming has been a part of your life, it is a fact of body shaming has been a part of your life, it i: of fact of sea”. body shaming has been a part of your life, it i: of people. a”. body shaming has been a part of your life, it i: of people. two .. body shaming has been a part of your life, it i: of people. two comments, _ body shaming has been a part of your life, it i: of people. two comments, and f number of people. two comments, and they are in the minority, suggest that you for example are funding morbid obesity. your picture isn't plus size acceptance, it is encouraging addiction, it is evil. what do you say to people like that? i was laughing because it is ridiculous. it sounds like i am recruiting people to be fat. i didn't even notice people were mad. of course they are mad that i am fat, that is everyday of my life, but it has been an day and i'm not going to let changes who hate themselves ruin how i feel. some of themselves ruin how i feel. some of the supportive tweets... if i had seen the supportive tweets... if i had seen plus women like me on magazines growing up it wouldn't have taken 25
lost years to love my body — thank you. that is exactly how i feel and thatis you. that is exactly how i feel and that is why i do what i do. to hopefully... they quoted me in the magazine saying that i wish when i look back at photos, not necessarily that i was more skinny but i had felt the way i do about myself before i gained as much weight as i have, but you know, it's a journey and i'm happy regardless. the outgoing un human rights commissioner says myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi should have resigned rather than stay in office during the violence against the rohingya muslim population. speaking to the bbc, zeid ra'ad al hussein said aung san suu kyi's silence
was ‘deeply regrettable'. his comments come just two days after a un report said myanmar‘s military leaders should be prosecuted for human rights crimes, including genocide. imogen foulkes spoke to him in geneva. parts of her report contain flash photography. conclusive evidence from the un inquiry this week of war crimes, crimes against humanity, even genocide against the finger muslims in myanmar — —— rowing go muslims. aung san suu kyi still insists her country is fighting terrorism. the initial cause remains real and present today. unless this security challenge is addressed, the risk of intercommunity violence will remain. that was too much for the un human
rights commissioner. for over a year he has tried to persuade aung san suu kyi, a woman he once deeply admired, to distance herself from her generals. in a final interview before leaving office he bitterly criticised her stands. at the very least she could have kept quiet. there was no need for her to be the spokesperson of the burnley ‘s military. she didn't have to say this is a fabrication, she could've stayed quiet or even better resigned harsh words for a woman once venerated around the world as a pro—democracy leader and nobel prizewinner, but human rights groups believe the criticism is justified. aung san suu kyi may now go down in history not as a champion of peaceful resistance but as a woman who failed to react in the face of unspeakable human rights violations.
what can be done about the plastic waste that's making its way into britain's waterways? one enterprising environmental charity has turned more than a tonne of plastic waste, collected from the river thames, into a boat. helena lee has been watching the launch in richmond for us. this is the start of the plastic bottle boat journey. these schoolchildren are helping by going out on a plastic fishing trip to clear litter that has ended up in the water. flags down! it wasn't long before they found what they were looking for and there was plenty of it. so we found plastic bags, crisp packets, dummies, lots of plastic bottles. when we fish out plastic it makes us satisfied that we are helping
out the environment, making the planet better. i think it's quite silly. i think that plastic bottles, when they get thrown away, or plastic bags, they should be recycled and reused again. rather than ending up being shipped abroad, the plastic collected by the children ends up here at this reprocessing plant in dumfries in scotland. we take the bottles and shred the bottles down into very small parts, then they are melted and turned into sections which are used to make furniture and, of course, the boat. plastic has become so prevalent in our society that it is seen as very disposable material now, but actually it is an incredibly valuable material. we want to show the importance of recycling plastic, the importance of keeping it in the system and certainly not letting it leak into the environment and into the marine environment. the charity hopes to build more recycled plastic boats over the holidays and get more people involved in their campaign. a beach bar on the croatian island
of rab has found an unusual way of attracting pet owners, by organising a swimming and running contest for them and their dogs. 15 dogs and their owners jumped from a boat 100 metres off the island. they swam to shore and then jogged back to the bar. the pets were also challenged with an eating and drinking contest with dog—friendly ice cream and beer. bonnie the white poodle was the winner. in a moment it's time for the one o'clock news with jane hill and we say goodbye to viewers on bbc two — but first the weather with darren bett. we have some very pleasant weather to come in the next few days and as we head into the weekend and september. most places will be dry
with sunshine and it will be warming up with sunshine and it will be warming up with highest temperature is most likely in the south—east. this is a typical weather watcher picture we have been sent today, on the whole dry with lengthy spells of sunshine. the cloud may thicken across most of scotland and western areas of england and wales. through this evening and overnight tonight, we will see the cloud melting away and with lengthy clear spells, like last night it will turn chilly quite quickly. the temperatures in the countryside could be down to single figures. some blue across central areas of central scotland, two or three celsius in rural areas. but in towns and cities, temperatures around 10 degrees. on friday starting off chilly but lots of sunshine and a lovely start of the day for many. the cloud building
up again, the cloud across northern ireland and the south—west of england and there could be some spots of rain here. we may get some sunshine at times. sunny spells for the rest of england and wales, and always the best of the sunshine across the east midlands and eastern england where temperatures could be 22 or 23 degrees. into the second half of the weekend and whilst there is some chilly air waiting to come in from the atlantic as we move into next week behind that weather front, we are drawing up warmer airfrom the south, from the near continent so temperatures should continue to rise on sunday. there is the rain coming in to northern ireland and western scotland, but elsewhere dry with sunny spells. the higher temperatures developing through the
midlands towards east anglia and the south—east. here temperatures could be into the mid—20s, low 20s deal for eastern parts of scotland, goodbye. an unmarried mother of four wins her legal battle to claim a widowed parent's allowance, after the death of her long—term partner. supreme courtjustices said denying siobhan mclaughlin the allowance was unlawful — the ruling could benefit thousands of families. what siobhan has said from day one is that it's unfair and it's wrong that her children should be treated any different than children whose pa rents a re any different than children whose parents are married and the supreme court today have upheld that. they have said not only is it unfair, it's unlawful. we'll find out exactly what today's ruling could mean for other unmarried couples. also on the programme: health campaigners have welcomed plans to ban the sale of high—caffeine energy drinks to children in england. theresa may, on her trade tour of africa, refuses to say britain will be better off in the medium term after brexit.