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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.

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Our top story: One last throw of the dice for Bombardier.

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200 campaigners came to Westminster to demand a rethink over the

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Thameslink contract, but their hopes have been dashed. We joined

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the workers at dawn as they headed to the capital. We are fighting for

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a future, fighting for the future of rail jobs in this country,

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trains that should be built in this country by British workers. It is

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not just the first day for these children, it is the first day for a

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new type of school across the East Midlands. And the new Strictly Come

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Good evening. First tonight, the battle for Bombardier was taken to

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the heart of Government today. 200 workers, campaigners and

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politicians left Derby and descended on Westminster, demanding

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a re-think. They wanted a contract - worth almost �1.5 billion - to be

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given to the local train-making firm rather than going abroad. Mike

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O'Sullivan has spent the day with the Bombardier delegation, and

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joins us now from Westminster. Good evening. This was the day that

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a lot of Bombardier supporters had been looking forward to. The day

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when the Government would be put on the spot by MPs at a hearing called

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by the Transport Select Committee, perhaps leading to a breakthrough

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in the fight for a re-think. Many left Derby early this morning with

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Their name on the train set it off. The spirit of Derby was carrying

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the hopes of Bombardier supporters to London. On board, workers from

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the company, business people, City Council politicians. They were

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going to a transport select committee hearing of MPs. Questions

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would be asked about how the Thames lank contract went to Siemens. That

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might Thameslink. Many believed the Government could still reverse the

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decision. It is affecting everybody in the supply chain. Thousands of

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households. We are doing this to fight for the future of rail jobs

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in this country. Trains that should be built in this country by British

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workers. The campaigners have arrived here at St Pancras station.

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Can they make a difference? They gathered outside Parliament as the

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committee hearing got under way. First top, the chairman of

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Bombardier in the UK. He suggested his company had been beaten when it

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came to finance. The Thameslink process was defined very narrowly.

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There was only one outcome. That signify is that finance as played

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an extremely important part in this deal, as opposed to changing --

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choosing the best trained first. The Government is considering

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looking at socio-economic conditions in future. It was too

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late for Thameslink. There is a nuclear option. The case drew the

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Secretary of State cannot board this process and this side to look

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afresh at the affordability of the Thameslink project, and to start

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over again. The consequences would be significant. I think it has

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reinforced the message that this campaign goes on. We are not going

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to accept what we have been given in terms of no renegotiation.

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had been Derby's Beye in the capital. Many consider -- consider

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their hopes battered but not beaten. Clearly a disappointing day for the

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Bombardier workers and their supporters, but what have the firm

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and, indeed, the Transport Secretary being saying about the

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day's events? Well, I interviewed the Transport Secretary after the

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hearing, and put it to him that he had missed the opportunity to make

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sure that the impact on jobs could have been factored in as part of

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the contract process. We'll hear from him in a moment. I also spoke

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to Colin Walton, the UK chairman of Bombardier, who said he was pleased

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the Government seemed to be on the verge of taking a much wider view

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There are some big issues that have arisen from today. The fact that

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Saussure economics was not put in. The fact that it was financing and

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trains. It is a case of who offers the best financing. It plays such

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an important part. These are areas we believe should have been a look

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that. The de-cobbling of finance away from the trains. We hope that

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throughout today that is what will happen. That will not affect

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Thameslink, were lit? It does not affect that decision. I cannot

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comment on the process. I would like to thank all of her supporters.

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It was extremely encouraging for me to see the huge support. From Derby,

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UK plc manufacturing as well. I would like to thank them. We have

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ordered a review of public procurement process is. Going

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forward we can look at a better way of doing this. Whether we're doing

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things in the same way as our European neighbours. Whether there

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are issues we can manage better. We would do that. That will not help

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in relation to the Thameslink contract. In future you will take

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these wider factors into account. The Government has blundered by

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allowing this to go ahead. Government has not blundered. The

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Government continued the process initiated by the previous

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Government. We used the evaluation criteria they issued. Bombardier

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will say the Government is the Government is the Government. You

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could have stopped this and changed things? I could not. Governments

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may be powerful Bodde they are not omnipotent. We're restrained by

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European law. We can only do what is legal. It would have been

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unlawful to change the rules have we through the competition.

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The select committee meet again next week to discuss today's

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evidence. Today's hearing has not changed anything as far as the

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Government is concerned. Coming up, there could be legal action by the

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United union backed by Derby City Council. -- Utd union. There will

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be a UK review of the Bombardier operation. All triggered by the

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loss of the Thameslink contract. Still to come, grappling with a

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growing sport - it's a mix of old- fashioned wrestling, judo and Jiu

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Jitsu. Next, how the 9/11 attacks turned a

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Nottingham student into an "enemy of the state". Rizwaan Sabir was

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researching al-Qaeda for a PhD study. But it got him arrested as a

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terrorist suspect. In the final part of this week's series, he's

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been speaking to our Social Affairs I was actually in a 6th form. I

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remember looking at the destruction and wondering who had done this.

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Why are innocent people being murdered at? I genuinely wanted to

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understand. What better way than through my studies? That would give

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me the perfect platform. That is why I started researching. This was

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the result of Rizwann Sabir's research. A wave of protests after

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he and a friend were arrested at Nottingham University. I think Al-

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Qaeda's tactics are morally reprehensible and Tokely on

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productive. -- totally. It has ruined my life. I am the collateral

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damage in this war. I am angry. I became enemy of the state. Why? It

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is not because I downloaded a document. It tied into who I was,

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the way I look and appear. I'm a thick somebody's stereotypical

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image of a terrorist, a young Muslim man with brown skin and

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appeared. I could have been sent to prison for doing what? My job as a

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researcher. Rizwann and his friend were released for an emotional

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reunion after police decided there was insufficient evidence to charge

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them. That was not the end of it. 9/11 changed my life quite

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drastically. I have been stopped on the street. I have been arrested as

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a terrorist. I never have been a terrorist. I any response Nice to

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be proportionate. We must make sure that we do not create anger among a

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community that will help to quash this threat. Police investigating

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the murder of a man in Derby have arrested 15 people. Serioza

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Lawskowski, who was 29, was found with head injuries in April, and

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died later in hospital. Five men previously questioned have been re-

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arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit grievous

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bodily harm. Others are being questioned about assisting an

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offender, drugs offences and obstructing the police.

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A Leicester charity whose minibus was destroyed in last month's

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disturbances can apply for compensation. Age Concern was

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originally told it could not claim compensation because it had

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insurance. Now the charity has been told it can apply. The number of

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students starting classes at the Gedling school near Nottingham has

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fallen to fewer than 50. Only 48 pupils have started Year 7 - that's

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a quarter of its capacity. The school was earmarked for closure

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because of under performance. It's now being taken over by a

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charitable trust, which wants to open it as an academy next

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Staying with education, and a newly-opened school in Leicester is

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promising to lead the way with its teaching methods. The Krishna-

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Avanti Hindu school is the first free school to open in the East

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Midlands. The Government hopes it will be the first of many. Helen

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Welcome to the Krishna-Avanti Hindu school in Leicester. Morning begins

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with meditation. The children do yoga every day. It is good for

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discipline, help and the mind. Each class will have their own vegetable

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garden allotted to them so the children can learn the important

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relationship with the Earth. It is one of 24 free schools across the

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country. They are state funded but independent from the local

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educational authority. Lester has not always had the best reputation

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for education. -- Leicester. This school gives all children the

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opportunity for a higher standards. It has a greater degree of freedom

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and latitude to Taylor to the children's needs. It has a

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distinctive Hindu ethos. At the moment, there are just 34 children.

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In the next few years, staff hope to attract more so that ultimately

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more than 400 pupils will come here. The we have had a good response for

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next year. We have well over half on our books. And for subsequent

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years. What do the pupils think? like my school. I am going to draw.

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I have done the biggest one ever. I had made lots of new friends.

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National Union of Teachers say free schools are divisive and

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unaccountable. Staff here Corp the school will have a bright future.

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-- hope. With us is Ian Leaver from the National Union of Teachers,

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which opposes free schools. Why does the NUT oppose free schools?

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We oppose them for a number of reasons. We believe it is taxpayers

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money that is being used to fund private education. We also believe,

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despite some of the things Nick Clegg and Michael Gove have been

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saying, there is no reason to suppose they will not be run for

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profit in the future. We also believe that we have an alternative

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which is better, and that is the kind of approach that we believe

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happens in the rest of the world. There is collaboration between

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schools, schools sharing expertise, for the good of all the children in

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Leicester. But if state education was a success we wouldn't even be

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talking about free schools, would we? In Leicester and across the

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country there have been improvements in GCSE results. We

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would argue that that approach, with the support of a

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democratically accountable local education authority, provides the

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best approach. Isn't it worth letting them have a chance? OK, yes.

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It would be nice to have some evidence to suggest that it is

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likely to work. We believe it is an expensive ideologically driven

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experiment. Expensive at that time in Leicester when teachers and

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hundreds of other Council workers A Nottinghamshire aid worker who

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has just returned from Somalia, says the disaster there is the

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worst he's ever experienced. The country is in the grip of its

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harshest famine for 60 years, following a drought and years of

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civil war. Now the Muslim Hands charity - which is based in

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Nottingham - says it plans to do as much as it can to help. Its project

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team spent two weeks last month in the capital Mogasdishu looking at

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aid work there. It also took supplies to a large refugee camp at

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Dadaab, to the west. Carolyn Moses reports.

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In the centre of it overrun refugee camp on the Somalia border, 600,000

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starving people and more arriving by the day. He's nodding and

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charity workers at 600 bags of food, QC welcome first some. But they

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admit it is a drop in the ocean. have been to Haiti after the

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earthquake. I have also work in Pakistan after the floods. What an

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have experienced in Mogadishu was beyond my expectations. I saw what

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the scale of the destruction was. It was massive. This old man, when

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I asked him where he was coming from and how long it took, he

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explained there were 20 families walking from one part of Somalia.

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It took them to mums to get here. On the way there were six people

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who died. There was no assistance. At the hospital in the capital,

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worse was to come. Six kids waiting on one table for drips. There was a

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young lady who came running towards us, crying. We saw to little bodies.

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-- two. The charity has already raised �1 million in recent weeks,

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hoping to put more food in mouths and build anew aid camp. It warns

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more is needed to make a lasting impact. And for more information on

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the famine in East Africa go to the Disasters Emergency Committee

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Still ahead, bright and breezy does it. Mostly breezy. Sally is braving

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the elements. Yes, it is rather blustery at the National

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Watersports Centre. The white water canoeists are out in force. A full

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forecast later. We like Our weather presenters wind-blown! Now the

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sport. First, there's more speculation about Nottingham Forest

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manager Steve McClaren. The national newspapers are reporting

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today that he will quit after all if he doesn't get the emergency

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loan players he requires. The loan widow opens tomorrow, and McClaren

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is linked with a number of players from Ryan Bertrand to West Ham

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defender Craig Dawson and Spurs winger Andros Townsend. McClaren

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has looked a bit fraught on the touchline of late, but we

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understand today's stories are without foundation and he's going

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nowhere. He's due to speak to the media on Friday.

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Meanwhile, Derby manager Nigel Clough also has targets in the loan

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window, but there won't be any players coming in before this

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weekend's game with Coventry. Clough was speaking at the club's

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training ground today. Derby have won four out five and had a great

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start to the season. But after making 10 new singings, they need

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to offload two or three players. Clough wouldn't name names, but it

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looks like Stephen Bywater, Stephen Pearson and Dean Leacock are

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Yes, we envisage that some of them would have gone during the contract

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window. That did not transpire. We will work on it in the long window.

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Now, take the old Saturday afternoon wrestling on World of

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Sport, mix it with Judo and Jiu Jitsu, then add a crowd of 6,000 -

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and you get something of a feel for what will be happening in

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Nottingham later this month. It's the Submission Wrestling World

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Championships. They're backed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. And

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today the absolute champion was in Mansfield. Mark Shardlow reports.

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It is martial arts to the point of Submission. He will ask you to stop

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to not get injured. When Payne can be taken no more. If I know I

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cannot get out, I will stop. This class is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These

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guys are fit. It is something different to going to the gym.

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is hard to describe. It is really good. There is no heating, kicking,

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no special kit. It is pure strength and skill. We are like a family.

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Good team spirit. It is great to learnt something different, a new

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skill. It is relatively new in the UK. It is the next big thing.

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of the best Denise Jiu-Jitsu, judo, wrestling and mixed martial arts

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will travel to Nottingham at the end of the month for the Abu Dhabi

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combat clubs' submission World wrestling Championships. This

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tournament is equivalent to the Olympic Games. The best fighter

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will come at on top. At the moment that is Braulio Estima, a Brazilian

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living in Birmingham. He will top the bill in Nottingham. 6,000

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people screaming, playing at home against a top contender that is my

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biggest rival. It will be like the World Cup final. It is the first

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time the tournament has been held If you want to see the best of the

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action, not in a marina, end of the month. -- Nottingham arena. Onto

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cricket - and the season's drawing to an end with the penultimate

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round of championship matches. It's been slow progress for title-

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chasing Warwickshire at Edgbaston, but Notts could only take three

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wickets as the home side neared 300. A century for Wes Durston has put

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Derbyshire in a strong position in their game against Kent at the

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County Ground. And Matthew Hoggard and Nathan Buck have been amongst

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the wickets as Leicestershire's Now, it's that time of year again.

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Yes, Strictly Come Dancing will be back on our screens from this

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weekend. It all means an exceptionally busy time for a

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Derby-based web designer - she runs one of the most popular Strictly

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sites in the country. Katie Cory says this series has particular

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interest for us, because three of the celebs have local connections,

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The excitement is mounting again as this year's line-up is revealed.

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Nobody is more excited than Katie Cory. She got hooked on Strictly

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Come Dancing in 2004. There was nothing else out there. There were

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no fan site. I want to collect all of the information. It ran from

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there. Seven years on, she is busy updating last year's contestants

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with this year's. There is all sorts of local interest. Edwina

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Currie, still well known here. Nancy Kallio, the former partner of

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Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. And former Derby captain

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Robbie Savage. What do his former colleagues think? I could never

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imagine him dancing, yet alone live on telly. He will approach it in

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the competitive way that he does. He will a love the at fit. He will

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thrive on it. How does the expert rate than? I would like to see

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Robbie Savage de well. I worry that he might fall into the Anne

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Widdecombe on the camp. Katy has had over 8 million hits on the

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website since she started. I get so much traffic, especially on

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Saturday night and Sunday night. I have to make sure the site is

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Nancy from the East Midlands, who would have thought it?! Now the

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It is very windy here at the moment. We are at the National Watersports

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Centre. I am joined by the general manager. It has been closed for the

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last couple of days. Why? The wind has been so bad we have had to

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close it. It affects the sailors and the row worse and the Qana

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lists. The waves make it impossible for them to Pavel safely.

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Presumably you hope it will be open for the weekend? Yes. We have a

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regatta this weekend. It is all part of the Olympic preparations.

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Fingers crossed. We have a little rain still around the East Midlands.

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It is mainly Dowdie and Mauro. Most places turning dry. Gradually

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through this evening the winds with ease. Good news for money. On the

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satellite picture, through the day we have seen plenty of cloud across

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the UK. We have seen some breaks in that out. They will be fewer and

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further between. As we go through this evening, there is plenty of

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cloud. We could see some showers over the Peak District.

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Temperatures dipping to 12 Celsius. As we going to Thursday, it stays

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rather cloudy. Cloudy through the day. Some showers still around.

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Mainly dry. Temperatures getting up to 18 Celsius. That is probably

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being optimistic. Less blustery tomorrow. If you look ahead for the

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next few days, certainly Friday we start to see the winds pick up

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