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Athletes at the World Championships hit by Norovirus - officials


30 athletes and support staff are affected -


Botswana's track star is a casualty - he's out of the 400 metres final.


I was top of my game coming here. I was ready to make everything


possible. I came here for a medal. Several athletes have


ended up in hospital. Guilty - the man who tried to board


a flight to Italy with a pipe-bomb The seven-year-old boy denied


a potentially life changing drug - a judge tells NHS England


to think again. A narrow escape - police look


for the jogger who seemed to push And coming up in World Athletics


Sportsday on BBC News. We look ahead to all the action


on the fifth day of these championships with five more gold


medals to be won. Hello and welcome to


the BBC News at Six. Organisers of the World Athletics


Championships at the London Stadium are trying to limit the spread


of the norovirus which has already affected dozens


of competitors and staff. One of the highest


profile casualties is Botswana's Isaac Makwala -


a favourite in the two hundred Athletes from Germany,


Canada and Ireland who've been staying at the same hotel have also


been affected - but officials from Public Health England say


it is not the source This is the time when the world's


best athletes should be Instead these competitors


and coaches today found themselves at the centre of a suspected


outbreak of the highly contagious vomiting bug


Norovirus at this team hotel. Yesterday the world's best 200 metre


runner, Issac Makwala, was forced to withdraw


from the event. The Botswanan medal prospect one


of 30 athletes and support I worked hard for this and it is sad


for me because I was top I was ready to make


everything possible. Despite saying he was fit


to compete, Issac Makwala was ruled out of the 400 metre final


by the athletics governing Meanwhile Irishman Thomas Barr's


World Championship is over, This usually lasts


between 28 and 48 hours. The important thing is if people


have it, to stay away from other people so they are not at risk


of passing it on. And to be very scrupulous


about washing their hands when they have been to the toilet


or they have vomited. In a statement today the hotel said


the following a joint investigation with public health authorities it


had been discovered that the And that strict hygiene protocols


have now been put in place. World Championship organisers


meanwhile said they're doing I guess in any event when you have


20,000 people minimum that we have accredited coming in from every


corner of the world, there is a possibility that someone


might come in with a bug. And we think that is probably


what has happened here. There has been all sorts of food


poisoning and all the medical experts, public health,


safety, have said it This evening the majority


of athletes here continue But they have been


warned to be vigilant. You eat foods that are low risk,


you only drink bottled water, Make sure the food is


fully cooked through. Don't eat spicy food,


eat plain food, food that It is a bit of a concern


for the organising committee for London, it is not


what we would have wanted. Some German and Canadian athletes


staying at the Tower hotel are being And with six days of competition


left, organisers must now hope As you said I guess there is a limit


to what organisers can do about something like this. That is right.


It will not be the last time a major global sports event is hit by an


outbreak of illness like this. It is certainly not the first time, it


happened in the Commonwealth Games three years ago in Glasgow when the


athletes village was affected and that last year at the Rio Olympic


Games as well when British athletes were affected also. But it is


regrettable and unfortunate and it means that one of the most eagerly


anticipated jewels of the World Championship, 400 metres world


record holder going up against as Michael McGuire, will now not


happen. It comes off the back of other high-profile withdrawals


through injury. So I think organisers will be feeling hard done


by. Five days into these championships, practically halfway


through now and a mixed picture. It has been fantastic with record


ticket sales and great atmosphere, some dramatic races and big


audiences on TV. The logistics have all gone to plan but in the negative


column, there has been controversy, Usain Bolt farewell party somewhat


crashed by Justin Gatlin. And perhaps not so many medals as we


would have liked for British athletes. So a mixed picture.


In the last few minutes the South African President Jacob Zuma has


survived a vote of no confidence in his leadership.


The secret ballot in parliament saw the majority of MPs from the ruling


African National Congress - the party once led by anti-apartheid


icon Nelson Mandela - back their leader.


Mr Zuma, who has been in office for eight years, is accused


Our South Africa correspondent Nomsa Maseko is in Cape Town now.


The President Jacob Zuma has survived his motion of no


confidence, the eighth motion and many people say he's on his ninth


life. Disappointment of course from the opposition party benches and of


course with the MC saying they've always known that their members


would be loyal to present Jacob Zuma. Let's take a look at how the


day unfolded. They spent the day protesting outside Parliament.


Demanding the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. Organised by


opposition parties and activists, their march had one clear message to


Members of Parliament. But the country first. Not your personal


interest. Jacob Zuma has already faced and survived seven motions of


no confidence. The eight vote came after he sacked the respected


finance minister in spite of opposition from within his own party


the ANC. The scandal prone president faces multiple corruption


allegations including refurbishing his personal residence at the


expense of the taxpayer. I know what Nelson Mandela would've done in this


house today. The no-confidence motion today was brought by the


opposition who say controversy surrounding the president is


bringing the country's economy to its knees. Vote with your


conscience. And remove this corrupt and broken president from office. I


plead you. Let us put the people of South Africa first and vote to


remove Jacob Zuma today. I thank you. For the first time the vote of


no-confidence will be held in secret. But the ANC has expressed


confidence in the loyalty of its members. At this stage we are


throwing a serious, data leading a serious bomb in South Africa to our


government and also to a very important party. -- detonating a


serious bomb. But the party is beset with internal squabbles and has


never been so divided in its 105 year history. 198... Despite the


internal divisions, Jacob Zuma survived and has hung on to his


political life. 177 votes to 198. What is set now is that he will step


down as leader of the governing ANC in December. But what is not clear


is whether he can remain president of the country until the elections


in 2019. Disappointed Andy Jacob Zuma protesters gathered here


outside Parliament and there are now starting to disperse saying they


have always known, they hope the ANC would change its mind and put the


country first and not their interests but at the same time the


hundreds of pro-Jacob Zuma supporters are still singing as they


wait for the president Jacob Zuma to address them.


The Justice Secretary has approved the transfer of murderer


Kenneth Noye to an open prison. Noye, who's 70, was given


a life sentence in 2000, for murdering Stephen Cameron


The move follows a recommendation by the Parole Board.


The parents of a seven year old boy - with a rare genetic disorder -


have won the latest stage in their fight to get the NHS to pay


for treatment they believe would be life changing.


The child, known as S, has a rare condition


which inhibits his ability to digest protein.


The NHS has refused to fund a drug which could help


control his condition on the grounds that it was ineffective.


But today, a high court judge rejected that conclusion,


as our Legal Affairs Correspondent Clive Coleman reports.


Seven-year-old S, we cannot give his name for legal reasons,


If he has more than 12 grams of protein a day,


which you would find in three slices of bread, he could suffer


He also has severe autism and can't talk and so managing his diet


S's NHS consultant applied for him to have a drug called Kuvan


which allows him to have more protein, but it costs ?100 a day


and NHS England has refused to fund it on the basis its clinical


We are pleased that we have won the case.


It has been a difficult two years trying to get this done,


but we know we are not out of the woods yet.


Mrs Justice Andrews ruled that NHS England's refusal to fund Kuvan


was irrational because evidence that it was clinically


That does not mean S will get the drug, but it does mean that


NHS England will have to reconsider his


In a statement NHS England said: The case is limited


to the particular circumstances of this funding request and does not


have any wider implications for how NHS England makes decisions


If a child with PKU is given Kuvan, it can transform their life.


Nine-year-old Alex was struggling at school.


His concentration has soared and he can eat the same


Today's ruling only affects one child, but parents of children


with PKU will be encouraged a High Court judge has


found the clinical case for Kuvan is a powerful one.


New research, led by the University of Manchester, shows that people


in the North of England are more than 20% more likely


to die before they reach 75 than people living


Our health editor Hugh Pym is in Salford.


Hugh, they're calling it a tale of two Englands?


That is correct. They're saying differences in life expectancy have


been well documented but what has not been uncovered before is


differences in the number of deaths amongst a broad swathe of the


population. One of their main findings is that there were 1.2


million more deaths in the North of England than the south since 1965.


Amongst the under 75. But if you go to younger age groups there are even


starker differences. First of all they look at the 35 -- 44 age group


and 49% more deaths in the north of England than in the South in 2015.


As for the 25 - 34 age group, 29% more deaths in the north in 2015 and


in both cases the gap has widened considerably. The authors say they


think they're a deep-set economic factors at work, and lack of


investment going back many decades, a lack of opportunity, a cycle of


despair in some communities causing mental health problems and


alcoholism leading to real health challenges. The government point of


view is that there are complex factors at work. Health


inequalities. And they're being addressed. Economic growth,


ministers say is actually higher in areas in the north of England than


in the UK as a whole. But the study today certainly uncovered a new


aspect of a long-running debate on the North South divide.


Thousands of pupils in Scotland have received their exam results today.


There's been a slight dip in the Highers pass rate,


but the Scottish Qualifications Authority said the results were


As our Scotland correspondent Lorna Gordon reports,


the results come at a time when critics say educational


standards have suffered under the SNP Government.


Her report contains some flashing images.


After all their hard work, the wait is over for these students


at Eastbank Academy, in the East End of Glasgow.


I got the results I needed, so that's really good.


I lost my maths, but that what I was expecting,


and I come back and take maths next year if I want.


I failed maths, but I was kind of expecting that, so, I'm OK.


Across Scotland, pass rates remained at a high-level and results


in the Higher exams, sat by 16 and 17-year-old,


were broadly in line with last year, but more widely the Scottish


education system is facing challenges.


Exam results don't themselves tell us anything very much


about the standards of Scottish education as a whole,


yet international comparisons suggest that Scotland's


standards are declining, that Scotland is not


It's about average, it's not disastrous,


but it used to be well above average and that's clearly not


A major international survey of standards in reading,


maths and science recently gave Scotland its worst-ever ranking.


Scottish Government statistics suggest standards in reading


There are also concerns about the gap between the performance


of students from relatively well off and poorer backgrounds.


The Scottish Government has made closing the attainment gap


a priority and there is targeted extra funding.


This school has spent the money they've received on trying


to increase the proportion of pupils who pass their Highers and then go


The minister in charge of Scotland's schools,


meeting other students getting their results,


said the Government had a relentless focus on improving education.


Today's results give us enormous confidence about the strength that


exists within Scottish education, but we're determined to build


on that and the investments that we're making in pupil equity


funding, which is supporting the measures that


the attainment gap in Scottish education, will bear fruit


So you didn't do as well as you hoped.


Help is on hand for those left disappointed.


The advice - there are still plenty of options to consider


A man from Bury in Greater Manchester has been found guilty


of trying to board a flight to Italy with an explosive device


Security officers at Manchester airport found the bomb -


concealed inside a sealed marker pen - in February this year.


Nadeem Muhammed denied any knowledge of the explosive.


Our correspondent Dave Guest was in court.


Was it a viable bomb? It was indeed. They didn't realise it at first. He


arrived at Terminal 3 to board a flight to Italy. It was during the


routine security checks that they found this strange device, three or


four inches long. It consisted of a tube, wrapped with tape, batteries


and wires protruding from either end. At the was questioned by


police. When it was swabbed they were told no evidence of a bomb was


defect texted. It could have caused real problems if detonated on the


plane. He was arrested in early February and convicted at Manchester


Crown Court of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life. The


weres cueings couldn't find any terrorist link and don't know why he


had that thing in his case in the first place. Thank you very much.


Athletes at the World Championships have been hit by the norovirus.


Botswana's track star is out of the 400 metre final


The Special Olympics National Games gets under way in Sheffield,


Jose Mourinho reveals he could be in the market for buying


Gareth Bale as we look ahead to the Uefa Super Cup


where Manchester United take on Real Madrid.


Almost 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors


to expectant mothers last year, that's according to a Freedom


of Information request made by the Labour Party.


In England, 136 NHS Trusts offer maternity services.


Last year, 42 of them closed their doors to


There were 382 separate occasions when units


The most common reason given were shortages of staff or beds.


Our health correspondent, Dominic Hughes, reports.


Midwives provide specialist care to some of the health service's most


vulnerable patients, but a shortage of staff,


combined with a rising birth rate, means some maternity


Two years ago, Rachel Hall went into labour, but her local unit


was temporarily closed and she faced a 30 mile road trip


Fortunately, all was well in the end and daughter Isabelle is thriving,


but for Rachel the memories are still vivid.


When I was told that the hospital was closed,


I think I actually went into shock to start off


with because I just went really, really quiet and then I just burst


into tears and was, like, uncontrollably crying because I just


didn't know what was going to happen.


So it was quite scary not knowing that my hospital wouldn't take me.


This is one of the hospitals that had to close the doors


of its maternity unit at least once during 2016.


Now everyone agrees that at times managers may have to do that


if the safety of mothers and babies is being compromised


It happens, births are extremely difficult to plan for,


but experts warn that if it happens too frequently, well, that's


The Royal College of Midwives believes there's a shortfall


of 3,500 expert maternity staff and that's what's behind


It's very rare for maternity units to be closed and the fact that we've


seen a 70% increase in how often that's happening, I think should


Peaks and troughs in the birth rate always have an impact on maternity


services and more midwives are being trained.


The Department of Health says hospitals need to use temporary


closures to manage those peaks in admissions and it argues it's


misleading to use these figures to indicate a shortage of staff


because of the difficulties around planning for births.


The Metropolitan Police has appealed for information after a jogger


appeared to push a woman into the path of a bus.


CCTV footage shows the man running on Putney Bridge,


Police say quick reactions by the bus driver prevented


7.41am in the morning, the man Jagging on Put any Bridge, and then


this. Is the quick thinking of the bus driver saved the woman's life.


The police believe the jogger deliberately pushed her. When you


look closely, you see him raise his hands and make contact. The woman's


head and shoulders are then on the road in the path of the bus. 15


minutes later the jogger came back across the bridge here, running


straight past the woman he'd previously knocked over. She tried


to talk to him. He just Iing in order her. Passers-by, as well as


those who got off the bus, helped the injured woman. The police say


she was shocked and upset, but was not seriously hurt. It's very small


margins if it hadn't been for good reflexes on the part of the bus


driver or the level of force was such to push her even further into


the road, almost certainly this could have ended in a fatality. The


investigation is focused on finding this man. The mysterious jogger.


Detectives say they have received a number of useful calls, including


other people reporting similar incidents elsewhere in London. Those


leading the investigation stress they believe this was an isolated


incident. But are struggling to understand why anyone would


deliberately push someone into the road during the morning rush-hour.


Daniella Relph, BBC News, Putney. As the Athletics World Championships


continue in London a different sporting event starts in Sheffield


today, bringing together All the participants at


The Special Olympics National Games Joe Wilson has been hearing how


competitors have come through despite personal


and financial challenges. In Sheffield this week


there is sport everywhere. The National Games of


the Special Olympics - 20 different disciplines,


2,500 competitors and what links What links them all is that they


have a learning disability, and that can make life


a daily challenge. Everybody being nasty to me,


bullying me and stuff like that. And does that happen when you're


here doing this sport? No, it doesn't because


everybody is the same. A lot of people with intellectual


disabilities, coming to these games, actually it gives them the chance


to express themselves and to really show,


not what they can't do, Well to stage all this sport takes


money and for the first time this National Games as a Special Olympics


has received direct Treasury funding, ?2 million


from the Government. But when the event stops


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, you know, achieving to one's best


and so perhaps that has That's what you get


here in Sheffield? Participation is everything -


all ages, all abilities, but each competitor to their local


club must raise hundreds James Thorpe and his dad Simon


exploring the Athletes' Village, father tries to find


the opportunities for his How many different


disciplines do you do? Floor, high bar, pommel


horse and the rings. There's one place that I know that


James is accepted at and that's where he's gone since he was six,


five or six. Even that is now


struggling for funding. While Sheffield United's football


ground hosts the opening ceremony this evening,


rehearsals through the day here, But as this national games begins,


there is no certainty Time for a look at the weather,


here's Ben Rich. Awful out least? It's been dramatic.


Yes. We had funnel clouds sent in by a Weather Watcher off the Essex


coast and thunder and lightning as well. An impressive shot there again


from Essex. It hasn't been that dramatic everywhere. The rain


further west across England and Wales hasn't been as heavy. For


Northern Ireland and Scotland it's been a scattering of showers and


plenty of fine and dry weather. This evening things will turn completely


dry across Scotland and Northern Ireland, clear spells here. Areas of


wet weather with further thunder and lightning around England and Wales.


Temperatures around 10-14 degrees. Tomorrow, one day on the calendar,


two very different days of weather. Northern Ireland and Scotland a


cracking start to the day, blue skies and sunshine, 13 or 14 degrees


for Glasgow and Belfast. Cloud for northern England and Wales. Here


things will brighten up through the day. A different story further south


and east. A wet start in the south-west of England and through


the Midlands, Lincoln shire, East Anglia we have a band of rain heavy


bursts of rain. For the rush-hour and deeper into the day this could


cause travel problems particularly across East Anglia and the


south-east of England. With the heavy bursts of rain it will move


slowly. The rain doesn't move very fast. It could give issues with


flash-flooding, perhaps travel disruption as well. Look at the


scene up to the north-west, completely different weather. Plenty


of sunshine, especially for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Temperatures


no great shakes for the time of year, 20 in the sunshine, that won't


feel too bad. All of us should have a dry day on Thursday, but you


guessed it, more rain and strong winds too for the end of the week.


Very much. That's all from the BBC News at Six,


so it's goodbye from me and on BBC One we now join the BBC's


news teams where you are.