26/03/2014 East Midlands Today


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in a moment with analysis of that debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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Hundreds of teachers have been marching today in protest at changes

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to their pay, pensions and working conditions. A one`day strike by the

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National Union of Teachers affected around three hundred and thirty

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schools across the region. Almost 90 schools in Derby and Derbyshire were

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closed or partially closed. In Nottinghamshire, that figure was

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125, and there was a similar number in Leicestershire. In response, the

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Government has accused the NUT of holding back children's education.

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Here's Geeta Pendse. Sending a clear message to the

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education Secretary. Teachers gathered to mark through Nottingham

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city centre this morning, a day of strike action over pay, pensions and

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working conditions. The teaching table increase in time and length.

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We already work in excess of 60 hours a week. They are not alone.

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Unless the hundreds also met at Victoria Park to march through the

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city centre. `` in Leicester. And in Derby union members gathered at the

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marketplace. With teachers on the picket lines, many schools had

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reduced lessons or were forced to close which left parents with the

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task of making new arrangements. It's been inconvenienced because I

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have an older daughter and my little ones in nursery. So we have

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different timings and everything. They should stop acting like

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children and get on with their work. I fully support the teachers commits

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the right thing for them to do. It's just inconvenient it's only one day.

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The government has condemned strike action, saying it disrupts

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parents's lives, holds back children's education and damages the

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reputation but many here believe it is necessary step to safeguarding

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the future of teaching. Well, today's teachers' strike doesn't

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appear to have caused a big stir at Westminster.

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Earlier I spoke to our Political Editor John Hess. And I asked him to

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describe the reaction among MPs. Interesting that there was no

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reference during Prime Minister's Questions. The only formal

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government response came from the schools minister who said his

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officials at the Department for Education were fully engaged with

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talks with the seven unions, although he was critical of the Nu

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teeth are being the only union taking strike action. Is the

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government offering anything in terms of concessions? They say the

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talks are detailed and serious, covering teacher workloads,

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in`school training, inset days as well as school funding. The key

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complaint is that neither the schools minister or his boss, the

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education secretary Michael Gove, are taking part in the talks. Is

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Michael Gove part of the problem as far as teachers are concerned? He

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didn't take part in trying to bring up the heat of this dispute during

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questions in the Commons on Monday, and I think that's a sign that he

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wants to call down the rhetoric and get the dispute settled.

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A murder trial's been told that a gang leader organised the shooting

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of a 15`year`old boy in Derby. Kadeem Blackwood was killed with a

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sawn`off shotgun, after being challenged to a fight in a park. The

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court heard he turned up with a knife, not expecting guns to be

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used. Michael Hamblett`Sewell is accused of murder because he

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allegedly ordered the shooting, although he didn't fire the gun. The

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trial continues. The leader of Derby City Council has

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called for the resignation of a councillor who posted a picture of

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himself on Twitter holding an AK`47 assault rifle. Liberal Democrat Ajit

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Atwal ` who represents Abbey Ward ` says the picture was taken seven

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months ago on a personal trip to India. He says it has nothing to do

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with his position as a councillor and magistrate. However he has

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admitted to being naive. Passengers on board a Ryanair flight that

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plunged twenty thousand feet due to cabin pressure problems, have

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started legal proceedings against the airline.

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A number of those on the flight heading to East Midlands Airport

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suffered physical and psychological injuries. They're now seeking

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compensation from the company. Carol Hinds reports.

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On the masks came down, I just felt I was going to die, really. Two

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years ago, this Brazilian national and Ph.D. Student at Loughborough,

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boarded a Ryanair flight from Milan. The plane had reached 31,000 feet

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but just north of Switzerland, it lost cabin pressure. The crew

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started an emergency descent of about four miles in five minutes. It

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levelled out at 10,000 feet and the passengers were flown home from

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Germany on another flight. It was an ordeal that Patricia says has made

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it difficult for her to get on a plane. The effect have been

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devastating, and it's been almost two years since the accident, and it

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changed my life completely. Solicitors have issued legal

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proceedings against Ryanair on behalf of the affected passengers,

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who are seeking compensation. Since we were instructed, Ryanair have

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admitted liability, however the legal limitation period that applies

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to this action is only two years and expires at the beginning of April so

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to protect their legal rights we have had to issue proceedings

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against Ryanair. We contacted Ryanair about today's developments

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but they told us it's company policy not to comment on pending legal

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proceedings. Time for the weather now.

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We have had our fair share of showers earlier today. Even reported

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a bit of snow in parts of the East Midlands. Unsettled through the

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night with further showers, and rather cold out there. The showers

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are being driven in from the east, they continue for the next few

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hours. Mostly falling as rate or sleet. `` rain. There may be a bit

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of frost around first thing tomorrow. Also the risk of some ice

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on untreated surfaces. Actually start to Thursday, largely dry first

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thing but then the showers. To arrive. They will be intense through

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the afternoon. I will leave you with your Outlook.

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blowing. On the outlook, it is warming up towards the weekend.

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Here's Nick Miller with more. Some of the many faces of spring

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weather showed themselves today. Sun in Scotland, snow in the showers

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that moved in across England. Hail as well. Adrian took this picture

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from Essex and the chilly feel stays with us for the rest

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