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hello, you're watching miuuf afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. all change. things are quite turning down after the stormy weather we today at 2. have seen. it will not be flat calm dutch police release an image of 37—year—old gokman tanis or bone dry, but it will be much who is wanted in connection with the shooting on a utrecht less stormy and we will see a bit of tram this morning. the terror threat is lifted to its highest level after one sunshine occasionally as well, lifting temperatures a bit higher, person is shot dead and others injured — with a major manhunt underway. and later wins. it is all down to what the jet stream has been doing. three teenagers are killed after a reported crush outside a st patrick's day party at a hotel it has been coming right at us, but this week it has lifted into the in county tyrone. north, allowing more of the uk to it was just chaos, young ones fall under the influence of high pressure. looking at this radar picture we are not there yet. there hysterical, and the whole night, i is rain in many western parts of the cannot believe it what has happened. uk, not as heavy as it has been, and new zealand's prime minister says her government will move showers are developing in the east. quickly to toughen the country's gun laws following the deadly attack it will change this afternoon and on mosques in christchurch. it's all about the numbers — but who can theresa may count on? — as last minute attempts sunshine continues across the fine to get enough support north east of scotland in the northern isles. temperatures between 9-12, northern isles. temperatures between 9—12, fairly average for this time
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of year. overnight we will keep a good deal of cloud around and patchy rain and drizzle. there is a chance ofa rain and drizzle. there is a chance of a few fog patches developing here and there. whilst it will not be as cold as last night, parts of scotla nd cold as last night, parts of scotland and eastern england will be close to freezing. tuesday starts with a good deal of cloud around, drizzly in places where the cloud is thickest and heavy bursts of rain in northern scotland on a stronger wind compared to today. elsewhere, the wins i fairly light with a few sunny spells here and there. the temperatures are edging upwards to the mid—teens. warmer air moves into the mid—teens. warmer air moves into the uk, lasting through wednesday into thursday. it lifts temperatures above average for this time of year. judging by this chart for wednesday there will be a lot of cloud around.
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there will be a few bright and sunny spells developing. rain could come back to northern scotland later in the day. the temperatures are edging upwards and they could be in the high teens in the warm spots. high pressure for most of us but there will be whether france close to northern scotland at times, so there will be a bit of rent occasionally and stronger winds compared to elsewhere. there are still some flood warnings in place in england and wales, so the rain is easing, but the problems from the rain we have had i still continuing. a reminder of our main story. the dutch city of utrecht is under vitual lockdown after a person is shot dead and several injured ona tram. in the last few minutes, dutch police have issued images of a
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turkish man who they are searching for in connection with the incident, but they were in the public not to approach him. that is all from the bbc news at one, on the bbc news channel, there is more news. good afternoon, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. britain's richest man sirjim ratcliffe is expected to step in to save the future of team sky ever since the broadcaster announced it would be withdrawing its backing from the british cycling team at the end of the season, they've been seeking a new principal partner. sir dave brailsford has been involved in discussions with the petrochemicals billionaire for several weeks — it's expected the team will be renamed team ineos after the company he owns. rory mcilroy says he's playing some of the best golf of his career after victory in the players championship in florida, his first win in a year.
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he'll be looking to complete the career grand slam — by winning all four of the sport's majors — if he can lift the one missing from his collection at the masters next month. claire thornton reports. rory mcilroy overcame an early double bogey and fought back in style to card two under par 70 to become the first northern irish golfer to win the player's championship. jim furyk was the clubhouse lead after a birdie at the final hole, so rory mcilroy knew what he had to do as he played the final three. he used his strength to reach the par—516th in two shots and a tap—in birdie gave him the lead. mcilroy safely negotiated the final two holes with tap—in pars to clinch the most prestigious tournament outside the four majors. that means everything. this was one of the tournaments that i desperately wanted to win and get on my cv. as you said, it is the toughest tournament to win, with the deepest field in the world on one of the
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most iconic golf courses in the world. there are some unbelievable names on this trophy and i am very honoured and proud to put my name among them. the win couldn't come at a better time for rory mcilroy as he heads to the masters next month, hoping to finally get his hands on the greenjacket, the only major missing from his collection. claire thornton, bbc news. chelsea have confirmed one of their players was racially abused in their europa league tie with dynamo kiev last week. it happened in the final moments of their second leg, a match they won 5—0. having reported the incident uefa the club say they're expecting the governing body to conduct a full investigation. meanwhile cristiano ronaldo‘s been charged with improper conduct following his goal celebration in juventus‘s last 16 champions legue tie. he was seen gesturing towards fans, mimicking the actions of ateltico manager diego simeone who grabbed his crotch,
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in the first leg, and was fined for an obscene celebration. the draw for the semi finals of the women's fa cup was made on bbc breakfast this morning. no doubt what the stand out tie is, the holders chelsea drawn away to super league leaders manchester city in a repeat of last season's semifinal. in the other tie reading — in the last four for the first time — host west ham united. the games will be played on sunday, 14 april, with the final to be held at wembley on saturday, 4 may. and wales will enjoy a homecoming in cardiff later, following their 6 nations grand slam success. they beat ireland on saturday to win a their slam under head coach warren gatland after a hugely impressive tournament. they have been enjoying themselves and rightfully so. they have been fantastic and talking
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about dealing with pressure, when you have the expectation of a nation on new on grand slam day, that is pressure and the welsh managed to deal with it absolutely fantastically. they have a hero's welcome at the senedd this afternoon and they deserve it, they have won five games and going ahead to the world cup, they look to be a team which is physically, emotionally and mentally seem to be in a strong place. chris jones speaking to me a little earlier, that is all your support for now, more to come through the afternoon. in the past few minutes, police have issued a photograph of a 37 old turkish—born suspect, who've they've named as gokman tanis. police are reported to have surrounded a building where the suspect could be hiding. a gunman has killed one person and injured several others in an attack which is being described as a terrorist incident on a tram in the dutch city of utrecht. the country's head of counter—terrorism said there had been shooting at several locations, and the attacker was still at large with a manhunt under way.
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security has been stepped up at airports in the area, with schools and mosques also told to shut their doors, as the terror threat was raised to the highest level. earlier we heard from michael darmanin, a journalist in utrecht, who was driving nearby at the time of the incident this morning. one of the roads was blocked on the way to my home, which is near the incident. so i had to take another route to get home, and i was a little bit annoyed, but i took another route, i was on my way home, almost at the building and a couple of ambulances passed me by. at first it was one, and i thought, ok, it's just one ambulance, no big deal, must be a car accident or something. and then there were a couple more ambulances and i thought, ok, so it must be something more serious. so i did have some kind of terrorist thoughts at that point, then i got home and saw the news and it seems it was kind
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of like a more serious incident. robert versteeg picked his girlfriend charlotte up from the scene. she was travelling on the tram behind the one targeted by the gunman. she was going to school and just missed the train and she was just stressed out and i went to pick up and it was the tram after heart —— her that was being shot, we were at the gas station. we heard the story and she was and kind of shock that she just missed that. from what you saw at the scene, many ambulances gathering and police trying to cordon off the area, did you witness that?
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we were a few kilometres from the scene and a lot of police helicopters and trauma helicopters because multiple people have been shot and not yet confirmed dead on the scene. we saw some pictures on the news but apart from that i cannot confirm anything. we are also hearing from police that they are not at this point ruling out the possibility of a terrorist motive. you would think that after what happened in new zealand. it may be a follow—up of retribution from that attack but that is studied and rumours at the moment that they are still and the city on outside the city. the attack happened near the entrance to a highway that goes to amsterdam or the southern part of the netherlands
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so that is not really clarity about what is going on. that was robert speaking earlier to my colleague, carrie gracie. one of the most contentious issues in the brexit negotiations has been how to maintain an open border on the island of ireland. this month, geeta guru—murthy is on the road, finding out how brexit affects different parts of the uk. she's been to the northern irish border to understand the role it plays in people's lives. border to understand the role it what border to understand the role it have people been it what have people been saying to you? it has been fascinating and what is clear is that brexit is deeply polarising here and on the border, they are acutely worried about customs checks basically leading to police checks because the customs checks would become a target, they say, for the dissidents and then you could end up with military protection. they are basically worried about a return to the very dark era of the troubles. that seems
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very distant now, 21 years since the good friday agreement. but the threat for them is real, for people crossing that border all the time. also, for businesses who are based in northern ireland who again, the border is extremely important for business prosperity. we can now speak to someone from the freight transport association for stop you represent hundreds of businesses here, and what are people saying to you? are they still worried about a no—deal brexit even though it hasn't, the government has said they do not want it? no-deal is still a realistic threat, it is the default. if the withdrawal agreement isn't agreed by the 29th or we don't get the extension, no—deal happens at. what does that mean? there is not only the border between the north and south, but also the border between northern ireland and great britain? the contingency plan the government released last week says there will be no enforcement of any checks or fiscal controls on the land border. the consequences of
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that are devastating for northern ireland, because goods would flood northern ireland from the republic to the rest of the eu and would not be subject to tariffs. whereas if there was good land in dover or holyhead, they would be subject to tariffs. so local businesses would face competition. the other thing, that wouldn't really be sustainable, the government acknowledges we could get away with doing that for about a year, because wto might have an issue with this. but also you might have high levels of trade flowing into gb via northern ireland that could take other routes. what happens after a year? the government has to look at at and say, how do we e nforce has to look at at and say, how do we enforce this, how do we know it is goods are coming from. the goods coming from liverpool and cairnryan, are they from northern ireland or the republic? so then they start checking everything northern ireland going to gb, which creates a hard water down the irish sea, something that people who are against no's
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agreement fear most. many people are telling me that the dup are coming under pressure from businesses. every single business organisation in northern ireland supports a withdrawal agreement with the backstop. we are not concerned about that, because it gives us the guarantee and safety not to fall back on. it gives us an economic advantage over the rest of europe, because it means that goods can come into northern ireland without any regulatory controls or tariffs. they can go back to england, scotland or wales or back through the republic of ireland and trade friction loosely, so it gives us a great advantage and clarity. there is a lot of talk about brexit allowing new trade deals, for example with the usa, becoming a big prize for many, you have been in touch with people from the us, what are they concerned about? myself, i have dealt with brussels, dublin, london and also the us government. the usa are concerned about the event of a ha rd are concerned about the event of a hard border arising in northern ireland. they wanted to learn from
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the likes of myself and the ulster farmers union, the impact a hard border could have on trade. i could give them a lot of that information and that is something that is going back to washington, because the us are concerned because they would love a trade agreement with the uk, but not at all costs. the irish — american element in us politics, they are adamant there would wouldn't be a trade deal if there was a hard border in northern ireland. how big a problem as this for people you deal with? how big a concern is to get results? would they welcome a delay and a soft brexit? we have to avoid the no—deal, first and foremost. people wa nt no—deal, first and foremost. people want the deal, it isn't perfect, but if we can get it delivered by the 29th, let's go with it. what we have to avoid is a no—deal brexit. the penny has dropped everyone in northern ireland, people who are no—deal beforehand or northern ireland, people who are no—deal before hand or swaying northern ireland, people who are no—deal beforehand or swaying on that. so we need an extension and what is looking like a long extension. thank you forjoining us.
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a lot of pressures on the dup, which we do not get a flavour of from london, but it is clear that it is incredibly complex and very potent by the feelings are very raised here and people want certainty. thank you. the dutch prime minister mark rutte has been giving an update on the shooting incident in utrecht. he spokejust a he spoke just a few minutes ago and said the focus was on catching a suspect or suspects in the shooting. police a short while ago released this image of a 37—year—old turkish man who is called gokman tanis. they are searching for him in connection with the attack and have warned the public not to approach him. the prime minister there are saying that they are looking on catching a suspect or suspects in that shooting. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first, the headlines on bbc news:
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one person has been killed and a number have been injured in a shooting on a tram in the dutch city of utrecht. police say the gunman is on the run. police confirm three teenagers have died following a crush at a st patrick's day party in county tyrone. new zealand's prime minister says her government will move quickly to toughen the country's gun laws following the deadly attack on mosques in christchurch. hello, this is your business news this afternoon. jd sports has made an offer to buy clothing and shoe retailer footasylum for £90.1 million. it already owns 18.7% of it, after buying a stake in february. late last year, footasylum warned of weaker than expected profits following poor trading over the summer. shares more than halved. a payment processing firm that used to be owned by royal bank of scotland has been sold in a deal worth £32 billion.
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worldpay has been bought by us—based fidelity national information services. the firm provides electronic payments services and also software for the finance industry. budget hotel chain travelodge says it's targeting parents who want to return to work to fill a potential post—brexit staffing gap if eu worker numbers fall. it plans to open 100 new hotels creating 3,000 jobs by 2023, and says it hopes to attract parents by offering flexible hours and school hour roles. hello — good afternoon, welcome to the business news, lots to get through. we start with some economic forecasts from the british chambers of commerce — it doesn't think the uk economy is going to grow as fast as it did previously. it's forecasting growth ofjust1.2% in 2019 down from 1.3%, and 1.3% down from 1.5% for 2020. it blames in part the uncertainty around brexit. suren thiru is head of economics at the british chambers
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of commerce you do mention broader factors aswell like given all the uncertainty around brexit, how valid are the forecasts? how can you forecast a lower growth? we ta ke how can you forecast a lower growth? we take a view back from businesses across the uk, but there is a great deal of uncertainty. our view is based on a smooth exit from the eu. what we are seeing is that more brexit uncertainty is one of the key factors driving weaker outlook. it is hitting key markets like the eurozone, having and impact on the uk's prospects. giving stark warnings were given prior to the referendum, george osborne warned of unemployment soaring, a shock to the economy, on a permit is doing quite well at the moment and the economy hasn't contracted. —— unemployment is doing quite well. we are seeing growth over the next couple of years
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is similarto growth over the next couple of years is similar to what we have seen in recent yea rs, is similar to what we have seen in recent years, so slow, low growth, below average but growing nonetheless. but i think business investment is a spectacle of 1% this year, which will be the biggest fall ina year, which will be the biggest fall in a decade. that is a key concern because that constrains uk's growth and potential over the next couple of years. mps are set to vote tomorrow for the prime minister's withdrawal agreement and brexit deal for the third time. if that gets approved, will that change your forecast? we may see a slight improvement to investment intentions over the next couple of years. what we are seeing at the moment is the political action is having economic consequences. businesses are allocating resources and staff away from the day—to—day productivity to guard against the case of no—deal brexit. we will see a mild improvement, but not as much as we would expect given what we see. thank you forjoining us. in other business news
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domino's pizza has rejected claims it misled investors over a disagreement its having with some of the franchisees who own its outlets. some of the owners who run the chain's 1,100 stores have been fighting the company for a greater share of profit. the domino's franchise association has accused domino's of misinforming investors by suggesting that the row could be resolved. uk based start—up oneweb has secured £940 million in new funding allowing it to speed up its plans to launch a global high—speed broadband network. the firm said the money meant its 2021 launch was now "inevitable". the funding comes after the company successfully launched its first satellites for the service last month. eurostar has told passengers only to travel from paris to london " if absolutely necessary". its services have been hit by delays with long queues due to industrial action by french customs officers. four trains were cancelled on sunday. the firm has also cancelled three trains on monday, two on tuesday and three on wednesday.
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president donald trump's trade battles cost the us economy $7.8 billion in lost gdp last year. that's according to a study by a team of economists at leading american universities. they also put annual consumer and producer losses from the higher cost of imports at $69 billion. let's have a look at the let's have a look at the markets. let's have a look at the markets. ftse100 in positive territory, had a good climb this morning. the two highest shares this morning are not on the that was sainsbury‘s which did quite well today. and right move a little bit down, 1.63%. and paddy power about fair a little bit down, 1.63%. and paddy poweraboutfair1.4%, a little bit down, 1.63%. and paddy power about fair 1.4%, they are the biggest leaders on the ftse today. i will have more business newsletter. —— news later. one of britain s most controversial landlords is selling
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all his properties and evicting hundreds of tenants. fergus wilson — who has refused to rent his houses to people on zero hours contracts, single parents, and those on benefits? says he s retiring, and everything must go. charities say his career highlights the disproportionate power private landlords have. richard bilton reports. he says he'll make millions. third and final time at £200,000, i'm selling. £195,000, it's yours, sir. fergus wilson and his wife judith own around 300 properties across kent. they were offering 195. i've said no. he is going back, and i said if they go over 200, we would consider it. it would have to be 200. street by street, their empire is being sold off. good morning, mr wilson. good morning to you. we are going to have to sell up. it is terrible for people such as yourself. fergus wants to sell properties to buyers who will retain the tenants but some will be evicted and for a landlord,
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that is not a difficult process. basically we have two types of tenants, those who agree with me and former tenants. most tenants are on six and 12 months contract, and once they are up, a landlord can evict them with no reason with just two months‘ notice. ellen lives on a street where fergus owns all the houses. our life depends on whether they sell or whether they stay and we have no say in it whatsoever, no security. just across the road, wayne and charlotte have already been given an eviction notice. they complained about a rent rise. they were happy to pay so long as some minor repairs were made but fergus said that the section 21 eviction notice. how did that make you feel? really angry, yeah. why? because we were planning to live here for a few years and save up
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enough for a mortgage. but now we are moving again. it has put us back to square one. they said to you, we don't mind paying the rent but can you do these repairs? and then you booted them out. section 21, and they were gone. that is a revenge eviction, isn't it? no. i gave section 21 because from years of experience, if people complain about a rent increase one year, they complain again the following year and the year after that. section 21 allows you to be pretty brutal, doesn't it? yes, i suppose the truthful answer is yes, i can do what i liked. you don't want me to lie about it and dress it up, do you? no, but it is difficult if you are a tenant. you can do what you like. the landlord rules, not the tenant. but i think you've figured that out, haven't you? the wilsons are heading into retirement but the power of private landlords remains crucial issue. 10 million people rely on them
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for a roof over their head. richard belton, bbc news, kent. you can see panorama "britain s most controversial landlord", tonight at 8.30pm on bbc one. you can also catch up on the bbc iplayer. now it's time for a look at the weather. we can cross the newsroom to nick miller. it is looking quieter this week, we have had some stormy weather and wet in places, but it is all change now. whilst it will not be clear blue sky this week, it won't be dry everywhere, although calm, it will be quieter. that is down to the jet stream, it has been right at us for a couple of weeks now, bringing the areas of low pressure and stormy conditions, but look at it this week. it is edging to the north, so more of the uk falls in to the influence of high pressure, so it is quieter when high pressure is around. we are not there yet, this
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is the radar picture, the rainfall we've been seeing so far today, that has been across much of the west of the uk and still will be this afternoon. the further east, there are some sunny afternoon. the further east, there are some sunny spells, but the cloud has been building, showers to have this afternoon. dry in north—east scotland and northern isles, and we will see the lion's share of the sunshine today here. temperature is around 9—12, fairly average for the time of year. into tonight, a lot of cloud around, still with some patchy rain and drizzle stop there will also be some clear spells and a few fog patches developing. it will not be as chilly as it was last night, but you will find across the coldest parts of the east that temperatures will fall close to freezing, so you may see a touch of frost, but most temperatures around 4—7. a lot of cloud to start tomorrow, but weather cloud to start tomorrow, but weather cloud is thick enough, you may encounter a light cloud is thick enough, you may encountera light rain cloud is thick enough, you may encounter a light rain and drizzle. heavier outbreaks of rain across northern scotland with stronger wind compared to today. there will also
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be some cloud breaks across central and eastern parts of england, some sunshine occasionally. temperatures are higher, cloud or sunshine compared to today. that is another feature of the weather this week, milder, warmerair coming in feature of the weather this week, milder, warmer air coming in for wednesday and thursday. don't get too carried away, there will be a lot of cloud around. it will not be wall—to—wall grey, there will be some sunny wall—to—wall grey, there will be some sunny spells here and there, don't expect a lot of cloud. there may be the odd spot of light rain here and there and some heavier rain coming back to worth the north west of scotland later in the day, with a fresh breeze. it is a much quieter story, really, 17 degrees in london, anywhere with some sunshine should be mid teens, may be into the high teens. high pressure covering much of the uk, still some weather fronts in the north of scotland. still some rain but elsewhere, a few days of dry weather. into next weekend, things will cool down a little bit once again. that is your latest
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