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30 people including competitors have been hit
by an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the World Athletics
Issac Makwala, the world number one at 200m, the man
who will be taking on Van Nika, does not start.
We'll have the latest from the Championships.
The family of a seven-year-old boy with a rare condition wins
a High Court challenge over a life saving drug.
Police in Norfolk step up patrols after a pensioner
was stabbed to death while out walking his dogs.
More than 40 maternity units in England closed their doors
to new admissions at some point last year, according to new figures.
And the National Games begin in Sheffield for competitors
Coming to these Games actually gives them a chance to express
themselves and to really show, not about what they can't do,
And coming up in the sport on BBC News:
Near misses for Britain at the World Athletics Championships.
BBC commentator Steve Backley says it's not going to plan.
Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.
The organisers of the Athletics World Championships
in London are working with Public Health England
to try to contain an outbreak of gastroenteritis, which has
affected 30 athletes and support staff.
Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who was one of the favourites
for today's 400 metres final, was forced to withdraw from the 200
Let's go live now to the London Stadium and our sports
Jane, you can imagine what it's like for these athletes. They train all
year in order to peak at these major championships. This is the World
Championships, it's absolutely right up there with the Olympics and for
them to have to miss it because of something out of their control is
obviously devastating. As you said, while those athletes was Issac
Makwala, one of the favourites for a medal in both the 200 metres and the
400 metres, he was forced, he says, to pull out of a 200 metres when he
became sick yesterday and he told me this morning that he is heartbroken.
It was supposed to be the start of his bid for world domination. Issac
Makwala, he was aiming to double up in the 400 metre final tonight. But
yesterday, he vomited before his 200 metre heat, seemingly a victim of
the illness sweeping around the Tower hotel. Despite feeling OK,
officials pulled out of the race as a precaution. Today he also feels
fine but still has not been told if he's allowed to run in tonight 's
final. His dream hangs in the balance. It's big. I feel
heartbroken yesterday. I was ready for this. I worked hard for this. I
was top of my game to come here. I was ready to make it possible. I
came here for a medal. If some people force you to withdraw, I
don't know, they could hang I'm OK to run but they might say no, I
can't run. A bad thing. He's not the only one struck down at the worst
possible time. The German team have been particularly affected. Four
other athletes and several others in their support staff are taking ill
before the weekend and many of athletes have now moved hotels. We
understand the outbreak is isolated here, but the tower hotel released a
statement concerning the hotel was not the source and went on to say
that strict hygiene protocols have been put in place and that all
public areas have been thoroughly sanitised. Gastroenteritis causes
vomiting and diarrhoea and is usually caused by Mauro virus,
believed to be the cause in these cases. It unpleasant, and easily
spread, toxic combination for a hotel full of athletes. The
important thing is if people have it, stay away from other people, so
they're not at risk of passing it on. And to be very scrupulous about
washing their hands when been to the toilet and vomited. The London
organising committee say they are doing everything they can to get the
illness in hand. In any event, when you have 20,000 people minimum
coming in from every corner of the world, a possibility someone might
come in with a bug. We've taken all the steps we needed to and we had
the first indication that a member of the team had some symptoms as
early as Friday. We were straight in with medical experts and Public
Health England and they've been working with the teams at the hotel
to make sure we have the right processes in place. The IAAF, the
world governing body for athletics also released a statement saying
they are also working with Public Health England to control this
outbreak. They wouldn't comment individually on Issac Makwala's
case, but we do know that one athlete from Ireland was forced to
pull out of the 400 meter hurdles semifinals yesterday after coming
down with a bug on Sunday. The British athletics camp say no one in
their team has been affected and are saying they are staying in a
different hotel but you can imagine the devastation for those athletes
who have been affected by this at the worst possible time.
Natalie, many thanks at the London stadium.
The family of a seven-year-old autistic boy with a rare condition
that puts him at risk of severe brain damage, has won a High Court
challenge against a decision by the health service to refuse
funding for a potentially life changing drug.
NHS England had said the effectiveness of the drug,
which would cost ?100 a day, hasn't been proved.
Today a judge ruled that decision must be reconsidered.
Our Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman is with me.
It is quite a complicated case. Explain more about this. This little
boy has a condition called PKU which means he can't metabolise protein.
In fact, if he has more than 12 grams of protein a day he could
suffer severe brain damage. On top of that, he is severely autistic and
does not have speech or language, so managing his diet is incredibly
difficult for his parents. His NHS consultant wanted to have a drug but
it's a very expensive drug costing ?100 per day. NHS England turned
that request down saying that it wasn't clinically effective or
hadn't been proved. Today, Mrs Justice Andrew 's look at that
position, dismissed the case on two grounds, but she did find that that
decision was irrational. She said the clinical efficacy was beyond
question. Is what that means there's NHS England will now have to go and
look at that position again. It doesn't guarantee he will get this
drug, there is very strong judgment behind him, is a good chance of that
and NHS England have acknowledged the case failed on two grounds and
they will look at this funding decision in his case again. Clive,
thank you. Clive Coleman. Norfolk Police are running extra
patrols in the village of East Harling, after an 83-year-old
man was murdered at the weekend. He was stabbed in the head and neck,
while walking his dogs in woodland. Our correspondent Adina Campbell
reports from East Harling. The woodlands in East Harling,
neither centre of a major centre. And 83 old man who had been walking
his two dogs here was stabbed to death multiple times on Saturday
morning. People are shocked and hurting because of the place where
people go to enjoy their own leisure time with their families. The
pensioner 's body was discovered near the five ways junction by a
member of the public. The woodlands here in East Harling is a popular
part of Norfolk, used by walkers, runners and bike trails. His body
was found just over there where police have set up their forensic
tent. He had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head. The pensioner
is described as a family man from the East Harling area. Three days
on, police are continuing their murder investigation and say the
motive is still unclear. People will be shocked in relation to this and
anybody shocked of this brutal murder, we have got our major
investigation team investigating this matter, we have visible police
at the scene. Police are now urging people who use these for paths to
get in touch. Particularly if they were in this area and saw some
unusual activity on Saturday morning. Uniformed officers remain
at the scene. And local police patrols have also now increased.
Adina Campbell, BBC News. More than 40% of maternity wards
in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once
last year according to data 42 out of 96 trusts in England
which responded to a Freedom of Information request said they'd
shut maternity wards temporarily, Labour has blamed staffing
shortagesbut the government says closures are well
rehearsed safety measures. Our Health Correspondent
Dominic Hughes reports. Midwives provide specialist care
to some of the health service's most But a shortage of staff,
combined with a rising birth rate, Andrew Canter campaigns
for improved maternity services. He and his wife lost a baby
when their local centre was closed. You're in a situation when you been
looking forward to the birth of your child for nine or ten
months, and that is really So it takes a long time to get back
on track and the ramifications are that it goes right
across the family, whether it's the parents or grandparents,
brothers or sisters, In England, 136 NHS Trusts
offer maternity services. Last year, 42 of them
closed their doors to There were 382 separate
occasions where units The truth is, you cannot keep trying
to run the NHS on a shoestring, putting them through the biggest
financial squeeze in its history, and not expect
standards of care to slip. The Royal College of Midwives said
sometimes it is right to close a unit, but that doing
so on a regular basis is the sign It's very rare for maternity units
to be closed, and the fact that we have seen a 70% increase
in how often that is happening, I think should give us cause
for serious concern. More midwives are being trained,
and the Department of Health says hospitals need to use temporary
closures to manage peaks in admissions, but it is misleading
to use these figures to indicate a shortage of staff,
because of the difficulties around Students in Scotland have been
receiving their long-awaited exam There has been a slight fall
in the number of passes 77% achieved grades A-to-C,
down very slightly on last year. More than a third of students signed
up to an email or text alert to get their results,
rather than waiting for the post. Our Scotland Correspondent
Lorna Gordon reports. After all the hard work,
the wait is over for these pupils at the Eastbank Academy in Glasgow,
as they find out how they have I got the results I needed
so that's really good. I got one A, two Bs and Cs,
I know I know I lost maths I happy with that and I can
come back and take maths I failed maths but I was
expecting that so I'm OK. I got an A in Classics,
how did that happen? Across Scotland, the pass rate this
year in the higher exams sat by 16 and 17-year-olds,
was broadly in line with last year. There was, though, is a significant
drop in the number of candidates entered for National four exams,
down from 123,000 It was all good news for these
pupils but the Scottish education Exam results don't themselves
telephone much about the standards Exam results don't themselves tell
us much about the standards To do that, we need to look
at international evidence, standards of literacy of declining
in Scotland, and numeracy also. And in some respects,
more worryingly, inequality of attainment is getting worse
in Scotland, especially compared The Scottish Government has made
closing the attainment gap between pupils from richer
and poorer backgrounds a priority. This school has spent the money
they have received on trying to increase the proportion of pupils
who passed their Highers. And then go on to further
or higher education. The Scottish Education Secretary,
today meeting other students getting their results,
said the government had a relentless To these results give us enormous
confidence about the strengths that The investment we are making
in people equity funding, which is supporting the measures
that are designed to close the attainment gap in Scottish
education, will be a fruit For now, the aim for many,
to celebrate their results Has it all been plain sailing and
gone according to plan? Not quite. A few candidates have faith and
challenges finding out how they've done. As of 10am they said 90% of
those who registered to receive their results by texted found out
what their results were and 33,000 had been delivered but for the boat
had still to get through. They say they understand people are probably
pretty stressed and apologise and say everyone will get their
certificate through the post by the end of the day. As to those who
already know if they have done better or worse than expected, well
help is on hand. There is this exam results helpline hearing Glasgow.
It's received hundreds of calls from students and their parents
discussing possible options going forward. Thank you, Lorna Gordon.
A British woman is recovering in hospital after being shot
while on holiday with her family in Brazil.
Eloise Dixon from South London was driving with her partner
and three children, when they took a wrong turn into an area controlled
Our South America Correspondent Katy Watson reports.
An innocent family on their summer holidays, Eloise Dixon,
together with her partner and three young children, made one mistake
It all happened in Angra dos Reis, about 90 miles south
of Rio de Janeiro - a part of Brazil that's popular
with tourists and has some of the country's
The family had rented a car and, according to local media,
were looking for a place to buy water when they made a wrong turning
into a favela controlled by drug traffickers.
Armed men fire at the car after the family failed
Eloise Dixon, sitting in the front passenger seat, was shot twice -
Taken to the local hospital, she underwent two hours of surgery.
This could so easily have been fatal, but she survived.
TRANSLATION: The bullet passed through the abdomen and fortunately
did not hit the big blood vessels or the important organs.
Many are no-go areas of cities and can be so dangerous even
TRANSLATION: We have a community that we cannot enter,
the press cannot enter, the public service cannot enter...
That is inadmissible, we have to take urgent measures.
According to doctors, Eloise Dixon is recovering well from surgery.
Awake and talking, she is expected to be transferred to a hospital
in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where she'll continue her recovery.
About 30 people, including the Botswanan medal hopeful
Isaac Makwala, have been hit by an outbreak of gastroenteritis
at the World Athletics Championships in London.
And still to come on the programme...
An insight into why some British women from a South Asian
background are delaying getting treated for cancer,
England's World Cup cricket star Anya Shrubsole will miss
She's out for at least two weeks, suffering from side strain.
South Africa's parliament will vote in secret later this afternoon
on a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
It was tabled by the opposition in response to his sacking
of his Finance Minister earlier this year, a move which sparked
Mr Zuma has survived several votes of no-confidence in the past -
and the governing ANC party says it will back the President this time.
Hundreds protesting outside South Africa's parliament -
calling for President Jacob Zuma's removal from office.
A vote of no-confidence was initiated after nine Cabinet
ministers were sacked in March, including the well respected
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
It was widely believed they were removed as they were not
cooperating with the President's close business associates,
the Gupta family, in giving them government contracts.
A controversial decision lead the country to an economic
downgrade, plunging it into a second recession in a decade.
Opposition parties approached the Constitutional Court,
asking it to rule that a secret ballot against the President
would be the best option to ensure that members of Parliament vote
The choice is quite simple, actually.
It's a choice between whether you stand, if you stand with Jacob Zuma
or against Jacob Zuma, it's as simple as that choice.
You stand for the interests of South Africa or you don't.
But the question is - are there enough ANC MPs
disillusioned with their President to vote against him
Just over a quarter are needed for this motion to pass.
We are throwing a serious, we are detonating a serious
bomb in South Africa, to our government, but also
to a very important party that has brought us where we are.
It is anyone's guess how the voting will go,
but there is no doubt that the ANC is divided now more than ever,
as it prepares to choose Jacob Zuma's successor in December.
Long queues are being reported at polling stations in Kenya,
with many people waiting all night to vote in the country's
Kenyans are choosing representatives for six levels of government,
There are eight candidates running for president,
including the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his longstanding
BUT THERE ARE FEARS THE RESULT COULD SPARK ETHNIC VIOLENCE.
Our Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead is in Nairobi.
THE POLLS HAVE BEEN OPEN FOR A FEW HOURS. WHAT IS THE MOOD, WHAT HAS
BEEN HAPPENING? A couple of hours to go before they close. Still queues
of people. A big turnout, we think, and so far everything has gone very
well. The key thing has been about the system of voting, it's a
electronic, the first time this has been rolled out to this extent and
seeds to be working so far. People put some down or show their IDs,
found of the folders voters roll and they can vote, it has slowed things
down a bit but as long as it works, things are set to go well. The key
thing for success in this election is that that system to work and for
whoever loses, and this is basically a two horse race between the current
incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and his opponent, Raila Oding. If it
is very close its the latter of which of them takes that defeat
well. Whoever loses, if they stay back and say, yes let's bring this
country together, things will go well. If they don't, that is where
the questions live. That is why people here are afraid, because
there has been violence in the past and allegations of rigging. We are
waiting now for those votes to start coming in. Thank you very much.
Britain's most senior judge has told the Government it must provide more
clarity about how UK law will be developed after Britain
Currently, UK legislation is subject to rulings made
Lord Newberger, who steps down as President of the Supreme Court
in October, said Parliament must be "very clear" in telling judges how
The internet giant Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal
memo defending the gender gap in technology jobs as
James Damore, a software engineer, suggested there were fewer
women at the organisation because of biological differences.
Google's chief executive said the memo broke the company's code
of conduct, and advanced harmful gender stereotypes.
Let's speak to our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
It does seem that Google fired him pretty quickly? I think it became
clear how seriously the company took this. When the chief executive broke
off his holiday, came back to Google and sent out his 11 oh, it said he
supported the right of staff to express themselves. But then it
said, our job is to build great products for users that make a
difference in their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues
have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is
offensive and not OK. He took it very seriously and ended up with
this man being fired. Thanks very much.
A number of British women from South Asian backgrounds
are reporting cancer later than other ethnic groups,
because of a perceived stigma about the disease.
That's according to researchers, who say they are worried that
cultural taboos are leading to women dying prematurely in
Amber Haque has been looking at what could be done
This lady found a lump in her breast when she was 36. She grew up in a
strict Indian community where even talking about the disease was
something shameful. I didn't tell them, because I just thought if
people hear the fact I've got cancer, they're going to think it's
a death sentence. Maybe I lead a balanced life, therefore God has
punished me, and so hiding it was the obvious choice. This researcher
has spent the previous years looking at attitudes towards cancer in the
South Asian community. They would hide the shame, in their
eyes, of having a cancer diagnosis, because they felt it would influence
their children's future. Also about the influence from males and elders
in the family and if they didn't think will and should be going for
screening, they wouldn't go. The reluctance to go for a sneer, it's
like you don't want to be defiled. The husband, it's like you're being
unfaithful to them. It's like infidelity. If you research projects
Abingdon in this area show South Asian women have reduced survival
rate and are more likely to go to the doctors when their tumours are
advanced. Because of the ignorance of not
presenting early, not going through the screening programme not
examining their breasts, they are presenting late and this reminds me
of a woman who came to see us. Her breast was smelling so much you
couldn't even sit next to her. I don't know how long she was hiding
that. She had literally left it that long? What happened to her? And
fortunately she died. You see? Because the cancer had spread.
Charities and local authorities have been trying to help the South Asian
community addressed this issue, but many feel it such a deep rooted
cultural stigma that it will not be easy to change attitudes stop here
on from the medical profession and I know these things, and yet I still
felt I had to hide it from everybody else. That's down to my upbringing.
That's down to the baggage, and I consider it baggage, that I carry.
Pravina is still in relation but worries other women are suffering
unnecessarily. Amber Haque, BBC News.
We have been talking about the world athletics Championships in London.
There is another sporting event going on.
It starts in Sheffield today, bringing together two and a half
Every competitor at The Special Olympics National Games has
It's estimated that one and a half million people
across Britain live with some form of intellectual disability -
but sporting provision for them faces major funding challenges,
as our sports correspondent Joe Wilson reports.
In Sheffield this week there is sport everywhere. The National games
of the Special Olympics, 20 disciplines, two and a half thousand
competitors and what links the lives they love sport. What links them all
if they have a learning disability, and that can make life a daily
challenge. Getting like around, travelling and stuff like that and
everybody being nasty to Lee, bullying me, stuff like that. That
happen to you? Yes, it does. Doesn't happen here, doing the sport? Know,
everybody is the same. A lot of people with intellectual
disabilities, they feel they're being left out from the community
and from the exclusion. Where is coming to these games gives them a
chance to express themselves and to really show not about what they
can't do, but about what they can do and more.
To stage all this board takes money and for the first time this national
games of the Special Olympics has received direct treasury funding, ?2
million from the government. But when the event starts at the
weekend, so does that cash. We're hoping that this event will
just show what the benefit of supporting Special Olympics by the
government is. The Olympic movement was about friendship, was about
camaraderie, was about achieving to one's best, so perhaps that has got
lost. That's what you get here in Sheffield? Yes, yeah, yeah.
Participation is everything. To date competitors are classified so they
can be matched against others of the similar standards later this week,
but each local club has had to raise some ?400 for each competitor just
to enter. James Thorpe and his dad Simon exploring the athletes
village, father tries to find the opportunities for his son to do
gymnastics. How many different disciplines do you do? Floor? Floor,
high bar Cole Hammer horse on the rings. P bars... What's the jump?
The vault. There's one place that I know that James is accepted and
that's where he's gone since he was five or six. Even that is now
struggling for funding. While Sheffield United's up the opening --
hosts the opening ceremony this evening with some special guests.
1.5 million people in this country have a learning disability, let's
put the spotlight on them, give them their chance and everybody deserves
a chance. That's just what this is about. That spirit defeats the
weather in this city but it can't overcome a lack of funds and as this
national games begins there is no certainty where or if there will be
another. Joe Wilson, BBC News, in Sheffield.
Police in south west London are asking for help to identify
a jogger, who appeared to push a pedestrian into the path of a bus.
Keep an eye on the man on the right of your screen.
This CCTV footage of the incident shows him running along
Putney Bridge, and appearing to push the woman into the road.
The oncoming bus has to swerve into the next lane
The bus stopped and passengers went to help the woman,
Time for a look at the weather...
That is the Yorkshire coast. Rain is not the whole story this week that a
big part of the story. You can see from the radar picture, what a soggy
day so far in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and in the Midlands. We
have started the season heavy showers across parts of East Anglia
and the south-east. Also towards the south-west. These were the shower
clouds beginning to build in North Devon a little earlier on this
morning. As we go through the rest of the day, across England and Wales
generally quite cloudy, some outbreaks of rain and heavy
downpours in places. The driest of the weather and the brightest of the
weather today will be across Scotland and Northern Ireland. A few
showers but plenty of sunshine, 18-19d. North-east England on the
Midlands, look at the temperatures, just 13 or 14 degrees this
afternoon. A bit warmer that East Anglia and the south-east but these
heavy downpours could give some poor travelling conditions and perhaps
flash flooding and hefty showers continuing in Wales on the
south-west, but with some glimpses of blue sky and Sanchon in between.
A lot going on through the rush hour and into the night. These clumps of
wet weather with some thunder and lightning at times continue to
circulate around the Northern Ireland and Scotland largely dry
with clear spells and temperatures a little chilly in the north, staying
fairly mild further south. Two halves to weather story tomorrow.
Low-pressure hanging around towards the east and south-east. More rain
to come here but more high-pressure toppling in from the West. That
means for Northern Ireland and Scotland, increasingly northern
England and West Wales, some better weather prospects tomorrow. Not so
further south and east. This band of wet weather is sinking very slowly
southwards and eastwards. Some heavy rain moving slowly enough it could
cause some big problems, travel disruption, maybe some issues with
flooding. On Thursday, the last of that rain still hanging on across
the south-east. The area of high pressure builds further across the
country, so many places fine and dry on Thursday. However, the end of the
week brings this frontal system from the West. It will bring some
outbreaks of rain, heavy in the West, lighter and more patchy in the
south-east. Quite windy with gales in the far north-west, 16-20d, but
the weekend, a little bit of hope because it looks things will turn
dry with some sunny spells. Goodness, I hope so! Thank you. That
is all from us for now. On