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This is East Midlands Today. But Davies when students found out if

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they had made the grade. It has been the toughest year for getting

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into university. I have got a place Tons of straw are set alight.

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Further warnings given to the owners of two hospitals who look

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after patients with learning difficulties. Good evening. Welcome

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to the programme. It is of course A level result day. Universities say

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this is the toughest year yet for A level students with the fiercest

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battle for places ever seen. Students faced having to get higher

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grades than ever to get into their first choice of university and only

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a handful of clearing places were available. Sarah Teale has been

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with some of those teenagers getting their results today.

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Yes, and those teenagers knew they faced the most intense pressure yet

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to get the best grades to guarantee a place at university. More

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students than ever are vying for places as many aren't having a gap

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year to beat the tuition fee increase next year. So results day

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this year was more tense than ever. I was with students in Nottingham

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when they found out their grades earlier today. High emotion all

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round for these six former has been at Nottingham. I have got my

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English and politics. I am in! After two years of studying, the

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great printed on these pieces of paper determine the direction of

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their lives will take. I have got a place at Cambridge now, so I am

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happy. I am going into the RAF. got into it Aberystwyth. A I have

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got the grades to get to university, so I will be doing biochemistry.

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What is today like for a parent? is like a roller-coaster. We are

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thrilled. I have got into my first choice to study medicine at

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Nottingham. I am very relieved and very pleased. Competition for

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university places are fiercer than ever this year as students rush to

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get in before the fee increase next year. But some students have

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decided that they don't actually want to go to university at all.

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The money mostly. I do not want to be in debt. It is not for me.

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Because of the fees. It is too expensive. I want to get settled

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into a job. But 20-year-old Kate is going to university, to Cambridge,

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no less. The first student from her college to ever go there. I am sure

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in the next hour or two it was sinking. I will be able to look at

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my results properly. I am excited and happy. There were tears as well

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for those students who did not do as well, but overall, schools are

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reporting another record year of results.

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And today one family has been having a triple celebration. Piya,

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Kurran and Anushka Sachdeva are triplets and all picked up their A

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level results from Nottingham High School this morning. To add to

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their excitement the trio were also celebrating their 18th birthdays.

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All three achieved the grades they needed to gain places at Edinburgh,

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Birmingham and Bristol universities. We all started crying and

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celebrating an opening cards. the record, I did not cry. I cried

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the most. A lot er there has been sidetracked because of the results,

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but we have got anything we need and we are just so happy now.

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So tears of joy there, but for some there's been tears of

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disappointment. Those that didn't get the grades they hoped, had to

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go through the clearing process. And a real scramble it was, too,

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with just a handful of places up for grabs. Across all our

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universities just a few hundred places available in clearing. The

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university of Leicester says it's seen a surge in applicants this

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year as students battle to beat next year's fee increase.

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I think the increase in tuition fees is clearly leading to a surge

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in interest this year. We have confirmed my students than in

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previous years, we have less places available. We are looking at a very

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it for university. Consequently, we are asking for higher grades. It is

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one of the fiercest battles for places in many years. Everyone knew

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it was going to be a tough year with fewer places and tuition fees

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set to increase. So what does it mean for students? With us now is

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Alex Nutt, president of Leicester University students Union. Everyone

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is talking about the increase in tuition fees and the scrabble to

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try and avoid them. How has it affecting the choices of students?

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Well, it depends what causes -- courses they choose. Engineering

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and science courses will have more places. What advice would you give

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from your position to students who have not got the results they were

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hoping for? But first thing is to stay calm and consider your options.

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It is not all over. There are other options, not just clearing. You can

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reapply next year, but that will incur the higher tuition fees.

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is what everyone is trying not to do. People are giving up their gap

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years. Yes. In 2012, the average debt a student will incur his

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�53,000, which is double the amount this year. But what if they had not

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got the grades though? It well, it is devastating, but it is not the

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end of the world. A quick congratulations. Leicester has come

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in the top three for preferred universities. What makes it so

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good? It is just a great place to study. Later in the programme -

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another warning for the owners of up to care homes. If they do not

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improve conditions, they will face prosecution.

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Next tonight - the arsonists causing destruction for farmers.

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Fires are still burning on five farms in South Nottinghamshire

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after being targeted overnight. Hundreds of tonnes of straw and hay

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has gone up in flames. The first report came at a quarter to

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midnight at Thorpe Lane in South Newark. Half an hour later, crews

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were called to a much larger fire at Sibthorpe. Then at 3.50am this

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morning a further 100 tonnes were on fire at Elton on the A52. 20

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minutes later, 800 tonnes of straw was burning at Granby and by 4.40am,

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crews were dealing with another incident at Plunger Lane. Our

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reporter Angelina Socci is at one of the farms affected. Good evening.

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Hello. 12 hours after this fire started, this evening it is still

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burning. 500 tonnes had been destroyed. The cost around �30,000.

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This is just one of five fires that broke out overnight and it could

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take several days to burn out. The police are investigating what

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happened. Well, Peter is the farmer here. How do you feel when you see

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this? Not so much angry as sad and disillusioned. What is the point of

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doing this? What impact will this have on you? Well, this morning, or

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rather last night, there was a hundred yards of a straw here. All

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the bails were about six foot tall and there were 1,200 bales in the

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stack. Now they have to be replaced. I just do not see the point of

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setting fire to it. And what will the impact be long term? Well,

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there are financial costs, but one has to keep things in perspective.

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The riots in London were devastating as people lost their

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homes. The stroke can be replaced, but at a cost. All fireman can do

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now is to leave the fires to burn out. They have been at reckless.

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They have put people's lives at risk. The fire service are now

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advising farmers to keep stroll away from roads as much as possible,

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away from hedges, buildings and to remain vigilant.

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Thank you. A man from Nottingham was in court

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this afternoon facing three charges of rape. Richard Mundle, who's 32

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and from Bestwood, appeared at the Magistrates Court in Derby. He is

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also accused of sexual assault and misuse of computer systems. The

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Crown Prosecution Service says this relates to using a police computer

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to get information about a woman. He's due to appear at Derby Crown

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Court on the 1st of September. A 33-year-old man has appeared at

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Derby Magistrates Court charged with murder. Johnny Assani, who was

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43, was assaulted in Derby last Sunday afternoon. He died in the

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Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday. Mohammad

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Shahid will appear at Nottingham Crown Court next week.

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Network Rail say this evening's services are running smoothly

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following signal failure at Nottingham train station this

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morning. Replacement buses were put on after all services were

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suspended between the city and St Pancras in London. With rail fares

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rising by 8% in the New Year, these commuters weren't impressed with

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the delay to their journey. It has taken two hours. We are you coming

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in from? Long Eaton. We were coming from London through to Nottingham

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and it was fairly straightforward. Normally get into Nottingham at

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7:55am. We have just the right now. It is 25-11. Next tonight, two

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independent hospitals that people with a learning difficulties have

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been given a deadline to improve or disclosure. The Care Quality

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Commission issued a formal warning to the owners after unannounced

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visits were made. This hospital beat Care Quality Commission found

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nothing on the scale found at other Castlebeck homes. Undercover

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filming by the BBC had previously revealed abuse. However, the

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patient's head did not always at safe care and there was

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inconsistent monitoring. At the other centre, care plans were

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judged inadequate and the health and welfare needs not met by a

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sufficient staff. Both facilities have and will September to show

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they have improved. If not, the commission has strong powers.

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can take further enforcement action. We could impose a condition on

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their registration so they cannot take any more people. We could also

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effectively close them down. Castlebeck Cook runs these

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hospitals say they are determined to make sure no further action will

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be required by the Care Quality Commission.

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People living in Nottingham whose homes and businesses were damaged

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during last week's riots may be able to claim compensation.

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Nottinghamshire Police Authority is liable for damage caused to

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buildings and contents in the course of a riot. However, damage

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or theft of a vehicle isn't covered, unless it was kept in a garage.

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Personal injuries and interruption to trading also don't qualify for a

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A cabinet minister has been heckled by some business leaders in Derby

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today. It came after the government's chief whip, Patrick

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McLoughlin, told them the government wouldn't change its

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decision to award a big rail contract to Siemens of Germany

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rather than Bombardier. It's the latest development in the campaign

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to save train-making in Derby. Half of its 3,000 workers already face

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redundancy. Our political editor can bring us up to date. John, what

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happened at this meeting? It was one of those breakfast briefings.

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It was to discuss the future of the rail industry. Among the guests

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invited was the Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin. While in

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private he may be sympathetic to the Bombardier cause, he told the

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briefing to get real. The government had taken up its

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decision to awarding the contract to Siemens. That was not welcomed

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by some. And he was heckled. I am sure that did not go down well with

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the early morning coffee and croissants. What evidence is there

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the campaign is winning support? Derby City Council has commissioned

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a national polling organisation to carry out a survey on Bombardier

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losing the contract. Its findings showed two-thirds of the British

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public want the Government to reconsider giving Siemens the

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Thameslink contract will stop but 66% agree the government decision

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should be based on a best value for money. That Umar -- value for money

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has been ministers's main defence. At a time when a town hall budgets

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are tight, these polls are not cheap. A understand there are more

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details of a parliamentary inquiry into the awarding of that contract?

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The House of Commons Transport Committee has confirmed who it will

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be calling to give evidence on September seventh. All the key

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players will be there, including senior bosses from Bombardier and

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Siemens, officials from the European Commission, and ministers

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from the Department for transport. It will be a hot ticket. Those who

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cannot get a seat are likely to be outside Parliament for a big lobby

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in support of Bombardier work as. Plenty more to look forward to on

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the programme including Kylie First, Derby County have had their

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best start to the season for 63 years! Not many would have bet on

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them winning at Blackpool last night, but they did, so Kirsty

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Edwards has been to Derby today after that historic victory at the

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seaside. Car on it this Saturday, Derby will

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be taking on Doncaster. But who would have thought they would be

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going into the game with a perfect league record? Both sides went onto

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the pitch looking to maintain winning start to the League. It was

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Derby who came out on top. Eight free-kick was saved, and Craig

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Bryson was the first to react. has been a gamble. I do not know

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what I did when I scored, but it paid off!

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The Gaulle was reward for brides and who never stopped running.

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Incredible. He never stopped. It is difficult to pick out individuals.

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It's was a great night for the fans. I doubt many of them will remember

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such a good start of the season. In fact, the last time was way back in

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1948. The year the Olympics were last held in a London bus stop --

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last held in London. Rationing was still in place. And Nigel was still

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18 years away from being born. thought tonight was the best

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performance, taking into account everything we have come through. As

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a club, we are very proud to support this team. We are very

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proud of what we have achieved. A start to the season that will not

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be forgotten by the fans in a while. So a great start for Derby, but

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what about Leicester? Well Sven's men are struggling to live up to

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their pre-season billing as promotion favourites. The season

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has barely started but when you spend millions bringing in 11 new

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players, the last thing the fans expect are two home defeats in days.

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At the final whistle, the fans booed them off. After a two home

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defeats in a four days, the man to condemn less so was the striker's

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end has been tracing all summer, ironically. He scored a beauty

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after five minutes to increase his price tag. The only blemish for him

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it was a missed penalty just before half time. Leicester played better

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than Saturday, and David worked hard. His strike got Leicester back

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in the game. But Maynard showed cent exactly what he is missing by

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scoring a second Toothill the victory for Bristol City.

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He's one of the highest-paid British sportsmen in the world. You

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might not have ever heard of him, but basketball star Luol Deng is

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bigger in the United States than David Beckham. Loul plays for the

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Chicago Bulls and this week, he's been in Loughborough as Jeremy

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Nicholas reports. Luol Deng is Barack Obama's

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favourite sports star. Now he is putting something back, running a

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boot camp in Loughborough. I love basketball, I love helping people

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and kids. I want to see basketball get betting here in England. It is

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great. Really great. It is an inspiration to us young basketball

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players. Or his team-mates were trying out

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the basketball arena in the Olympic Park, he had been running his boot

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camp for a future Olympic hopefuls. I get up at 6am. I have to get to

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the gym before 7am. There is a training, then at dinner Bennett's

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bed by 9pm. A no better place to go them boot camp. Getting up, working

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out, eating together. Anyone out of line has to drop and

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give me 10. For more senior misdemeanours, it is the dreaded it

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run. Some people did not put their dining away this morning, so we had

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to run for a while! It is all worth it. When the kids come here, they

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become better players. Onto cricket. Rain meant there was

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little play in the Test match, and no play at all for Nottinghamshire

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at Somerset. But there has been play at Chesterfield where

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Derbyshire were bowled out for 190. Northants are now piling on the

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runs, while Leicestershire are 140 for 4, chasing the Glamorgan total

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Our weather forecast is just around the corner, but if you're wondering

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what to get up to over the next week, we have got a few ideas for

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you. As Kylie found out, if you love power and the countryside,

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this is one is for you! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a

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princess in a castle, but I am informed that the boys, this is

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what dreams are made of. Is a good to be allowed? And no. -- is it

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going to be allowed? When I was four years old, I used to go with

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my father, put it into gear, and of down the field while he was doing

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the farming. You can see detractors like this at

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the show at this Saturday, 20th August. Also on Saturday, the

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carnival is taking place in at Leicestershire. For some outdoor

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theatre, head to the Little Shop of horrors. All the -- all the Pirates

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of Penzance are taking a trip here as well. Paul's tractors make

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travel to show us around the region, but he also put them to practical

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use as well. All my tractors go out and they all work. But some people,

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they have them for show, but I'd prefer the working events.

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And see these tractors and others next weekend at this working event.

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Now it is time they meet to get on board. First gear, and off we go!

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No comments about women drivers, please! It is harder than it looks.

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Don't worry, I have missed the camera by a mile!

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Amazing machines! One event that Kylie didn't manage

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to include in her round-up of events is the birth of two snow

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leopard cubs at Twycross Zoo. It took our cameraman Andy several

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hours of patient waiting to capture these pictures of the brother and

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sister, the zoo's latest additions. Parents Suou and Irma arrived at

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Twycross in May 2010 as part of the international breeding programme.

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The birth of their cubs is a significant contribution to the

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conservation of snow leopards which are currently listed as endangered.

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They have come out asking where is Good evening. We have had a gloomy

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picture through the afternoon. We have had plenty of rain in places.

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The cloud is gradually starting to break, so some bright was coming

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through, but the main players spells will happen overnight as a

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result of those clear skies. -- the main place. This was a lovely son

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said captured on Tuesday night. -- lovely son said. The radar picture

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from early on shows that this rain affecting most part of

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Leicestershire over the past few hours. We have had some fairly

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heavy bursts. That rain is quickly moving its weight East with an out-

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of- hours a wave. Everywhere turning drive. -- moving eastward.

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-- everywhere turning drive. Soon it clearing and brightening up to a

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sunny day. Some patchy cloud into the afternoon, but try and warmer.

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21 Celsius is a little bit better for August, isn't it? There is a

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little bit of a change for the weekend. It looks like we have a

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system of rain. Now, it is sinking its way south and bringing

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outbreaks of rain. We will keep you posted over the next 24 hours.

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Sunday, again, some parts of the East Midlands will see further

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outbreaks of rain with thunder mixed in. They can be a weather

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warning issued with that. There should still be some dry and sunny

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spells over the weekend, hopefully. Their quick hello to everyone who

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