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Hello and welcome Sal cat matches at -- to South Today. I cannot get over

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the fact that grown adults cannot sit around the table and actually

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come to some sort of compromise, agreement. Nine cases of bird flu

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are confirmed in Dorset, and it is feared many more swans have died.

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And after a mild start, we'll see some rain with wintry showers later.

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I will have the weather for the week ahead shortly.

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In just over an hour, another strike begins

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by drivers on Southern Rail, which will affect thousands

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of people across the South and South East.

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The company says no trains will run tomorrow, on Wednesday or on Friday.

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Southern is laying on 200 buses instead which will run

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But the company has advised people not to travel on strike days.

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And the drivers union Aslef is planning three more days

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of industrial action on January 24th, 25th and 27th.

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Tonight a special debate was broadcast here in the South that

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looked at the issues behind the long running dispute on Southern

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The televised debate pitched the head of Southern's

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And for the two men on either side of the

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long-running dispute over driver only trains,

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There will be a second safety trained person...

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Oh, let him speak, for goodness sake.

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We will roster a second safety trained

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person on as many trains as had them before...

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Hang on a second, you need to let me finish.

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A second safety trained person on as many trains as we had

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What's stopping the settlement is the attitude of

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the company towards changing the way the trains are operated, and

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they are backed up by the DFT and Chris Grayling, and they're

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The invited audience was largely made up of

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Southern rail passengers, or former passengers,

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who told their personal stories of daily frustration since the

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By July I had quit my job and I had taken a job closer to home, losing

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myself ?7,000 a year, but I did that so I could see my son

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because you could not get me home in time to do so.

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That journey time extended to 2.5 hours, it was

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becoming absolutely impossible, in fact lead to the break-up of my

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The continued rail disruption has meant we had to close

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the business and we've actually lost our livelihoods because of this.

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The Transport Secretary and the Rail Minister

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declined to be part of the

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programme, and it was left to Bexhill MP Hugh Merryman to

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answer questions about the government's lack of intervention.

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It;s not the government refusing to drive trains

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which the independent safety regulator has decreed as

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They could have put pressure on Southern rail with their track

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It is hard for the government to come up with more.

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The question may be whether the parliament has to give the

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government more powers in legislation to bring this matter to

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Not everyone is taking sides in a dispute.

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Alison from Crawley has kept a video diary of her

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She say she only has her fellow passengers' interests at

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I cannot get over the fact that grown adults cannot sit around

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a table and actually come to some sort of compromise, agreement,

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As you can imagine, the disruption on Southern is one of the

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issues we get the most feedback on, and here are some of your comments

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And if you missed the debate, you can see it on the BBC iPlayer -

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A strain of bird flu which has wiped out thousands of birds in Europe has

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Nine swans at the famous Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth

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It was first found in the UK last month with cases in Wales,

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Scotland and a number of English counties including Gloucestershire,

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where the wetland reserve at Slimbridge was affected.

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Since New Year there've been further cases in Devon and Wales.

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However, the outbreak at Abbotsbury is the biggest yet.

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Confirmation of the presence of the bird flu virus

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here at Abbotsbury Swannery came after ten dead swans

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Nine tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the disease.

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Obviously it's not a threat to our staff or

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humans generally, that's been confirmed

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by the health agencies, so

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that is the good thing, but it is a very serious condition

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And it does strike the young ones, particularly, very hard.

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So far this winter, around 80 swans have been found dead.

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Double the usual number for the winter period.

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Tonight, government scientists are stressing the current strain

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of bird flu does not pose a risk to people.

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This is a very serious disease of birds,

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but the good thing is it is

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not causing any concerns to human health, so we need people to keep

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this disease out of their kept birds, whether it is in their

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backyard or it's a full-scale, commercial poultry farm.

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At the start of December, the government

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ordered poultry farms like this one near Weymouth to bring their free

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range hens in doors and to take precautions in a bid to stop the

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They say they are disappointed that Defra did not tell

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them about the presence of the virus at Abbotsbury a few miles away.

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We heard that from our vet that we liaise with and

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Already, keeping their hens in doors has led to a

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20% of what we normally get, so for us

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financially, it is quite a big impact, really.

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The measures imposed to try to restrict the spread of

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bird flu will be enforced until at least February 28th.

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The swannery has closed at the moment for its

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They are hoping the bird flu virus will run its

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course by the time the swannery reopens on March 18th.

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The West Sussex car maker Rolls Royce says it will keep

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its headquarters in the UK - despite telling workers last year

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that Brexit would limit its ability to plan for the future.

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1,700 people are employed by the company in Goodwood

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Today it also reported a 6% rise in sales in 2016.

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But the company's chief executive told the BBC he still wants more

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clarity on what Britain's trading relationship with the rest

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of Europe will be, after it leaves the European Union.

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We are of course interested knowing that over 90% of our cars are

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exported into the whole world that we are not face of any trade

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barriers, that we see a free flow of goods still happening. That we can

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exchange goods worldwide, that we can also get talent from all over

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the world, 80% of our workforce is British, but 20% on international as

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well, and I would like to maintain that.

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Sailing - and Gosport's Alex Thomson is closing in on the leader

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of the Vendee Globe round the world race.

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Thomson - aboard Hugo Boss - is attempting to become the first

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Briton to win what's called the Everest of the seas.

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He's less than 100 miles behind leader Armel Le Cl ac'h.

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The winner is expected to cross the finish line in western France

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Football, and the draw has been made this evening for the fourth

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Only two of the south's teams remain in the competition.

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Brighton will travel to the winners of the third round replay

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While a home tie against Arsenal will be the reward for Southampton,

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if they can beat Norwich City in a third round replay next week.

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That's all from others for this evening, we'll leave you with our

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weather forecasts. How is it looking? It is set to get colder

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this week, the weather starts on a fairly mild note would temperatures

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today reaching double figures and a similar scenario tomorrow. Some rain

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at times, some sunny spells but cold off on Thursday, that's when the

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colder. To dig in. Overnight I, the breeze from the west increases in

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the early hours, temperatures falling away to four Celsius, the

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chance of solar showers but most places dry with a cute clear spells.

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A try and a bright start tomorrow, but in the morning, cloud increases

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and we'll see some rain. Not everyone will have the rainfall, a

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lot of dry weather. Some cloud with some bright spells and a high of

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seven to 10 Celsius, with the increasing westerly breeze. Through

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and I'd come holding on to the cloud, some outbreaks of rain,

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turning drier, so to start Wednesday, it should be mainly dry,

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the odd miss patch, we're blows tomorrow night a lot milder, down to

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around seven. The breeze will increase in the course of the day,

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as start to change direction to a more north-westerly airflow,

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dragging in some showers from the north-west. One or two showers on

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Wednesday after a Tri-Star, temperatures reaching a high of nine

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to 11 Celsius. -- a dry start. Bringing were at the risk of an

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isolated shower from the north-west, and with that the chance we could

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have some wintry nest in the showers, a mixture of rain, sleet

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and even the odd snow flurry, but aren't expecting any accumulations.

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Temperatures coming in, making it feel bitterly cold. Temperatures

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could reach a high of 34 Celsius on Friday in some parts. The weekend

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will remain cold, the wind will stay with us, wintry

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precipitation we get will be of a wintry nation and Thursday is one we

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have to watch out for. The weekend outlook, it stays chilly with a

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northerly wind and possibly frosty nights.

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