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

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Tonight: The Olympic flame, coming to a

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village or high street near you. It is one sport's most striking

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images. Now we know the route the torch will take this summer.

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Also tonight, another new arrival - but a baby boom restricting or

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maternity units. Plus the latest survey that shows

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where and what will drive the region's future economic growth.

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And the prize-winning hat that is Good evening and welcome to

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Monday's programme. First tonight, it'll be a five day carnival, and

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it's happening in a street near you. Dozens of towns and villages have

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discovered today just how close they'll be to the Olympic Torch

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Relay. The detailed route has been revealed along with the names of

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the 400 inspirational local people who'll carry the flame. Dominic has

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the details. The celebrations begin on Thursday

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28th June when the torch leaves Lincoln Cathedral and heads into

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Nottinghamshire. It will go through Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak,

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to Edwinstowe and then Mansfield, passing the Rebecca Adlington Baths.

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Next stop, Newark. Then it'll go to Belton House and Grantham before

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arriving for an evening celebration in Nottingham. Mark Shardlow is in

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Nottingham at the National Ice Arena. Mark, what'll be happening

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there? The torch will be carried across

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the ice. A gala performance is being planned but under wraps at

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the moment. The fact is the Olympic flame is coming to a street near

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you. Celebrations are being planned in towns and villages, schools and

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stately homes as the symbol of the It is one of the most famous

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rituals in sport. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient Greek home of

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the Olympics and then taken on a three-month journey to London.

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Among those honoured to carry the torch, some top sportspeople like

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Torvill and Dean, but mostly ordinary people chosen for their

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work in the community. Few will have a story like this man.

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Beaten up after noting here as a refugee, a budding athlete and

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volunteer in schools and youth groups, he can't believe he will be

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carrying the torch. Wow. That is a surprise. It is

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amazing. There was a relay before the 1948

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London games, but this will be a landmark moment, the first time the

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torch has been to the East Midlands. And it'll be in a boat in the East

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Midlands at the National Water Sports Centre and Rutland Water.

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When it comes to a street near you, it's not just the torch but a whole

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convoy of vehicles with plans for street parties and school

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celebrations along the route. The torch leaves Nottingham Castle

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on Friday 29th June and heads to Derbyshire via Bolsover Castle, on

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to Matlock, then Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne,

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before arriving in Derby for an evening celebration. As James

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Roberson reports, the torch even manages to squeeze in a trip on a

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Symmetric generations of torch carriers today rehearsing a novel

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form of transport for the torch. -- two generations. The torch will be

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rushed it to Matlock Bath and go up the Heights of Abraham. One problem

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- how to carry a lighted torch on a cable car.

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The engineers are going to cut one of the main windows so the torch

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can be held outside. Here for the publicity shots today,

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swanning to do France's will carry the real torch through Bakewell.

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I can't believe it. I have been out of the world since Tuesday, when I

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heard. Eleanor has already competed at the

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Vancouver Olympics, so is not a bit -- isn't it a bit tame to be

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carrying the torch? Absolutely not. I am delighted, and

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it is fantastic. It is hoped that tourism will

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benefit from the torch's progress through the town's.

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It raises the profile of the whole area. Our objective is to maximise

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the benefit. This was the 1948 torch. Now they

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can't worry -- weight to carry this year's won.

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The torch leaves Derby on Saturday 30th June but returns to our area

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on Monday 2nd July, passing through Foxton Locks, and then into

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Leicester along Belgrave Road. It'll travel from the National

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Space Centre to Rutland Water, where the bearer will board a boat,

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then to Burghley House near Stamford. With more details, here's

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Helen Astle, who's in Leicester Excitement is certainly mounting

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hair in Leicester. Come a bit closer - that is better. There are

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just 105 days to go until the torch relay comes here, and people really

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can't wait. This morning, school children in

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Loughborough were getting to grips with the past while looking forward

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to the future. They celebrated the Olympic torch relay coming to the

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town by holding the original 1948 torch.

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It makes me feel really special, to be holding it.

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I felt famous a bit. It is good because it once I see it on the TV

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I will say to my parents, I held that.

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The route will weave through towns across Leicestershire. In this

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village, population just 1,000, locals can't believe they are

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playing such a part in the Olympics. The Olympic torch coming here, to

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the back of nowhere? It is going to be special.

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I have heard people talking in the pub that they are looking forward

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to it. We found out a few months ago that they were coming through

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the village, and it brings you into the Olympics atmosphere. We are

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going to put a barbecue on and do the bunting thing and make a

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British day of it. In Loughborough, which will play a

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pivotal role, and the student Rebecca Addington recalls a phone

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call went -- that she will never forget.

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I ran out of my lecture. I got it and came back in, and I thought why

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have I just left a lecture? I was just shaking. I was so pleased and

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excited. The children can't wait for the

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Joining me is Adrian, from the city council. This must be a logistical

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nightmare for you. How is it going to work?

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It is challenging. It is a two-day event over 70 miles, and we wanted

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to go smoothly. We have got lots of road junctions that it will be

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crossing, so we are looking for the minimum disruption.

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And how big is the torch onto Raj? It is surprising. Something like

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100 cars. It is not just the people involved directly. It is all the

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sponsors and the people there to make it a truly wonderful event.

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Leicester is the only city where there's going to be a rehearsal. Is

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it a headache? We have got to get our plans ready, but we are up to

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the challenge. Thank you very much. I have spent

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the day in the city and the reality is dawning. London 2012 really is

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coming to a street near you. And If you want to see just how

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close the torch will be getting to you look at bbc.co.uk/2012 for all

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the details. Still to come on the programme:

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Sound and vision - the videos helping the parents of deaf

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The Department for Transport has confirmed that a major road scheme

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won't be included in government plans for more road tolls. Last

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November the go-ahead was given for the A453 between Nottingham and the

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M1 to be widened into a dual carriageway. Today the Prime

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Minister said the government was considering using private finance

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for other such schemes, which may involve motorists paying to use the

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road. A group of doctors has pledged to

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unseat the Nottinghamshire MP Anna Soubry over her backing for the

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Health and Social Care Bill. 250 doctors from across the country

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have threatened to put up candidates to oppose coalition MPs

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at the next election over the NHS changes. Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry

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has been named as one of those the group plans to target.

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Next tonight, our growing population - two maternity units in

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Leicester became so full recently they had to shut and two women in

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labour were treated at hospitals outside the county.

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Well, they're now recruiting more midwives and planning to use more

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hospital space to try to cope with demand.

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This girl was born this morning. Her mother said she did not want to

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give birth anywhere else. I had my first baby here and I am happy to

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have my second here as well. Hopefully my third as well!

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This is a mum in Waiting and feels the same force of Leicester, for me,

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-- feels the same. Leicester, which has been added

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place of confidence for me. Nearly 11,000 babies were delivered

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here last year. Between the Royal Infirmary here and the general

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hospital, they have 84 maternity beds and 24 delivery suites. For a

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three hour period this year, they were all completely full. Two

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mothers had to be cared for outside the county.

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It is rare, but what we had was a bit of a baby boom. Everybody came

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in at the same time. So what can you do to stop it happening again?

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We are looking to expand, increase our bed base and our delivery space.

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They are also recruiting more with wives. They have 334 at the moment.

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They are encouraging more nurses to train admits -- as midwives.

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No other job could be so varied. you like it was mac I love it.

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The were to expand facilities should be completed this year. --

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the work. With two days to go until the

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Budget, a new national survey has posted an upbeat assessment of the

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region's ability to recover from the economic downturn. It

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highlights parts of Derbyshire, South Leicester and Nottingham as

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places where businesses could flourish in the future. Here's our

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Jodie is running her own business in a region that a new survey

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reveals is at the cutting edge of huge potential for small business

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growth. She is based in Sutton in Ashfield, a town with one of the

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highest levels of youth unemployment.

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Fortunately for myself, I am doing well in business. But a lot of

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hairdressers and salons are closing in the area. It is a deep recession,

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but again you have to take the risk to move forward.

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This company carried out a survey for the BBC. It reveals that the

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East Midlands is ranked third for business champions. The firms with

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high growth potential, especially his -- days -- specially these

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Although some of these areas may face challenges, or there are some

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positive and there are some potential for growth within these

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areas. This company, a so-called incubator

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for developing this size based businesses. It is also part of the

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region's economic future. We have a fantastic opportunity in

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the East Midlands to nurture high tech and in particular life science

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high tech. We have some stunning, world-class universities, in fact

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more than our fair share. Tonight, the future shape of the

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East Midlands economy is discussed in a special TV debate from 11 no

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5pm. The survey illustrates that part of the East Midlands are well-

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placed for any economic upturn. But it also shows how fragile any

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And that East Midlands debate, called "Our Economy" is presented

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by Marie Ashby from 11:05pm here on BBC One.

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Next tonight, breaking down the barriers between profoundly deaf

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children and their parents. Two years after the NHS set up a

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research lab in Nottingham to film children's interaction with their

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mums and dads, the experts say it's had a big impact. In a nutshell,

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it's helped parents focus on how they interact with their children

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Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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They say that the camera never lies. There are three of them in his lab

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of. The cameras are hidden in cuddly toys. They focus on body

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language and expressions taken for granted. Ryan is profoundly deaf.

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He struggles to get his message across. Today, he was broadcasting

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loud in care how much this lad has helped. I used to have problems

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with Brian's behaviour. -- Ryan's. His communication was limited.

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is taking a lead. Child's play, but serious work. 21 families had been

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coached by the speech therapist. Parents carry around their failure

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rather more than their success. We are able to show how the child is

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copying their speech, it's a real revelation to the families. This

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work, involving the University of Nottingham and NHS hospitals has

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attracted the film director Ken Loach. The camera can read behind

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you rise. Ryan has started to say a few words. His mother says all of

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this analysis is helping keeping them on the same wavelength.

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What a great idea. The sport now.

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Around 600 Leicester fans were hoping that Chelsea would not

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prevent them getting to semi-finals. It will be 2-1 to Leicester.

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could spring a surprise. optimism was short-lived as the tie

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optimism was short-lived as the tie was effectively over after just 80

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minutes. Leicester looked to her back. They had an impressive

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afternoon. It was Fernando Torres who stole the headlines. He finally

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found the net. Leicester kept going, and got their reward. Jermaine

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Beckford with a smart finish. It was to be Fernando Torres's day. A

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deft header. Leicester did not stop working. They scored a screamer.

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They were exposed at the back. Chelsea completing a 5-2 victory.

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Chelsea completing a 5-2 victory. They are a very good side. They

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could have scored more goals. I'm the first to acknowledge that. We

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had some good moments ourselves, but ultimately, we didn't defend

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well enough today to keep ourselves in the game. The focus shift back

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to the championship after a to the championship after a

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fantastic FA Cup run. No idea what the keeper was thinking here.

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Pierre Robinson, a very Goole finish. Derby were controlling

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things. A goal by Gareth Roberts. It has definitely been Derby's week.

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It has definitely been Derby's week. To get these two wins, it was a big

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To get these two wins, it was a big effort. As for Notts County, they

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match of the Wednesday. The visitors had another gear, and use

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it after the break to put themselves two head. There were

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some bright spots, notably the performance of their new loan

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signing. Every game we play, the mindset of the players will be

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mindset of the players will be keeping in the match.

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Leicester Tigers picked up a cup yesterday, they beat the other team

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up by 21 points. They were doing some team bonding today.

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They were having a well and the day off today. They were enjoying a

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spot of off-road driving. I was driving with a blindfold, and

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getting directions from the rest of the lads. It was an eye-opener.

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Spirits are high after yesterday's victory. The final was that was

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victory. The final was that was the's ground. They took a 16-9 lead

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into the break. Into the second half, Scott Hamilton intercepted a

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pass and ran almost the entire length of the pitch. Northampton

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then scored one of their own towards the end, but it was the

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Tigers who lifted the first silverware of the season, and with

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it a guaranteed place in Europe next season. The boys are obviously

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very pleased. We got our rewards for hard work and effort. A great

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win yesterday, and a bit of a fund day-to-day. They will be focused on

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day-to-day. They will be focused on finishing their campaign on a high.

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Nottingham have kept themselves in the play-off hunt. Three second-

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half tries to them away. Nottingham Panthers needed overtime

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to claim their victory. Coming up, 26th May could be a massive

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Saturday for East Midlands board. In the next is a world title fight

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for calf Raj. He came face-to-face with Lucien -- Lucien Bute. The man

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whose title he wants to take away. Carl Froch versus to win this title

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to replace the one he lost. I Earth fought a lot of top level fighters.

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I'm still standing. I'm looking pretty enough to fight for the IBF

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world title. As Paul Lucien Bute, he holds the IBF belt, there

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doesn't hold the world's respect. That's why we get to see this fight

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on home ground. He is a beatable fighter. He is fighting me in my

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home town. It is sink or swim. are hoping that the Nottingham

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arena will sell out in a hurry. Carl Froch should become a three-

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time world champion. We will leave at the last word with Lucien Bute,

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he doesn't speak much English. Don't miss this fight.

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They are talking about selling out by the end of the week.

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She only took it up as a hobby, but now this woman is winning prizes

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for her striking at creations. Last week, the mother of one beat off

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tough competition to win the title for the Best hat on Ladies' Day at

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the Cheltenham Festival. Now she's hoping to get a head start in

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opening up their own business. -- opening up have our own business.

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They get the horses, this is what Ladies' Day is all about. Fashion

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and hats. Michelle Fairley is no stranger to them. She started

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making hats are a few years ago. was going to race meet a few years

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ago, I couldn't find they had a light. I decided that I would have

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a go at doing one myself. It all started from there. Last week,

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Michelle and her sister attended Cheltenham Festival wearing her

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designs. I really wanted to wear orange, it is quite a beautiful

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colourful spring and summer. I had a dress in mind to wear. It was

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this hat that was head and shoulders above the rest. It has

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been great. I've had quite a lot of customers on the back of it.

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Hopefully, it'll take me further. I think with the royal wedding, Kate

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Middleton, hats are the forefront, a lot more people are wanting to

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wear a hat, whether it be to a wedding or the races. That is great

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for myself. She's taping a shower room to display and sell the

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collection. -- she is opening a shower room.

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shower room. shower room.

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Those were beautiful hats. The BBC have announced the song for

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the Eurovision Song contest. the Eurovision Song contest.

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It is a grower. Let's hope we win this year.

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We have a lovely picture of some daffodils. Thank you very much for

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that. It feels like spring today, a glorious afternoon. Some breeze, we

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will continue to hold on to that. The cloud will thicken up. It will

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come across the west of the region. A small amount of rain, maybe some

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light showers. Further south, we hold on to those breaks in the

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cloud. Temperatures dropping to a minimum of three Celsius. The cloud

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then starts to come in again overnight. Tomorrow morning, the

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cloud gradually starting to break. It might not be as good as today,

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but still a reasonable afternoon. The wind will remain fairly light.

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Topped temperatures of 14 Celsius along the Lincolnshire coast line.

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A cloudy start to Wednesday. That is due to the high-pressure. The

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winter will remain light. Daytime temperatures around 14-15 degrees.

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That high pressure will gradually start to pull away a little bit,

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and what it will start to do is change the wind direction. That

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will come in from the south-east. That will mean we will see more

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cloud cover. It should remain fairly light. That will affect the

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temperatures a little bit. The Best of the sunshine is on Thursday.

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When we get to Friday, that cloud is likely to come in. Temperatures

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