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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




Our Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead is in Nairobi.




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