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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight. Lincolnshire County Council is told
to spend less on translation services despite its rising migrant
population. We are spending this money on a time when they are
cutting front line services and staff. The premature twins from
Grimsby saved by a hospital ward on wheels. The toasts for Burns Night
that require help from down south. The agricultural self portraits
making farmers famous. And unsettled weekend on the way.
The latest in 15 minutes. The man in charge of local
authorities says councils should stop wasting money on translating
documents and leaflets into foreign languages. The Communities Secretary
` Eric Pickles ` says people should be encouraged to learn English
instead. More than ?150 thousand will be spent on translation
services in Lincolnshire this year. But the County Council says it can't
reduce that cost because of the growing migrant population. More
from our Political Editor Tim Iredale.
English is not the first line which for many residents living in Boston.
Recent years have seen thousands of people arrive from Eastern Europe.
This man teaches English to migrants from Lithuania. She says most people
want to learn, but sometimes they need help. More and more people come
to the UK, and they need some support, and it's very important.
Especially in hospitals, and emergency matters. When children
come to school and they don't know where word. Eric Pickles has accused
councils of wasting money on translating leaflets and documents
into foreign languages. He says migrants should be encouraged to
speak English. It's not just councils which are trying to
overcome the language barrier. The NHS, police and courts are all
having to cope with the substantial cost of translation. We are spending
this money whilst we are cutting front line services and staff. We
are spending money on translation services ` is just wrong. The
government estimates the cost... Cost of translation is ?140 million
a year. Local authorities spend ?20 billion annually.
The government says you should be cutting the cost of translation. Is
that possible? We are lean and mean as it is. We look to every area to
make savings, but there are some areas, particularly in children's
social care, where we need to make sure that people are understanding
what's happening. The courts insist that we provide an interpreter, and
have to translate documents. There is no negotiation on that. With town
hall budgets under pressure, the cost of providing translation
services has become another battle in the war of words between council
chiefs and the government. Rita Chadha is the director of the
Refugee and Migrant Forum for East London. I spoke to her earlier and
started by asking if the money spent on translation services was money
well spent. Absolutely. Do not invest in translation is a false
economy. It's vital to make sure that our communities function
properly. How can we justify it? We have to, because its peoples lives
at stake. They need translation services at police stations, in
social services, with the NHS. But people watching would say that if
they choose to come to this country it should be their responsibility `
not taxpayers. We do have rules coming in from outside the EU.
People do have to have a level of English before they gain entry.
Inflation services will probably diminish in the future, but we're
not there yet. Eric Pickles once less spent on this. Is this a
sensible move, or is it making it harder for migrants to integrate?
The arguments that if you take away translation, evil but all of them
are automatically speak English `` will automatically speak English is
a false economy. If the translation is not there, it will force people
to learn quicker, won't it? Not necessarily. It might cause them to
become even more insular. Is it right that these services are
funded, when other services by local councils are being cut? All services
are under threat. That's a problem for local authorities across the
country. The issue is due not invest in translation means that people
could end up in a crisis situation. That result in them going back to a
knee or social services time and time again. It's a economy. `` A
or social services. Should councils have to cut the amount they spend on
translating documents into foreign languages? Will doing so help people
learn English? Or is it making it harder for communities to get access
to services? And there will be more on the cost of translators on this
weekend's Sunday Politics. That's at eleven o'clock on BBC One.
In a moment on Look North: The parents of seriously ill twins from
North East Lincolnshire have thanked the doctors and nurses that
transferred their premature girls from hospital in Grimsby to a
specialist unit in Sheffield. The Walden family said they couldn't
have managed without the help of Embrace ` a Yorkshire charity `
which moves seriously ill children hundreds of miles for treatment. The
team uses mobile intensive care units on the road, in planes and
helicopters. Crispin Rolfe reports. Twin babies with twin problems.
Amelia and Arrianna were born ten weeks early at Grimsby's Diana,
Princess of Wales Hospital. But within days Amelia ` incubator and
all ` was being transferred to experts in Sheffield by a specialist
child ambulance. The reason ` a blocked bowel preventing her from
going to the loo. We didn't know anything, so my head was all over
the place. I felt so upset. I couldn't do anything but cry. Her
tummy was swollen, and she wasn't tolerating her feeds. But for mum
and dad, almost instant relief in front of BBC cameras when medical
tests removed the blockage. The diet appears to be on blocking her bowel.
Worry over for Amelia, but not for her twin. She is now diagnosed with
the same problem. The Yorkshire charity provided ambulance carried
designed especially to protect vulnerable babies. This time, her
problem requires surgery. It came as a shock when they said that it was
more complicated this time. That's made it even worse. This time, days
spent in Sheffield became months of operations. We did manage to join
the twins together. Eight months on, and the twins are both home and
healthy. The family prays doctors and ambulances for their care. I'm
happy to see a happy ending. She is home and doing really well.
And there will be more on the twins and their story on Children's
Emergency Rescue on BBC Two on Tuesday night at eight.
The inquest into the death of a red arrows pilot has heard that the
ejection seat which went off while his plane was on the ground was 35
years old. The man leading the military inquiry into the death of
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was cross examined for a second day.
Commander Daniel Stembridge told the inquest the seat had been in service
since 1976 Railings have been put up alongside the River Hull in memory
of a man who it's thought fell into the water and died. Staff from the
Yorkshire Ambulance Service have announced they will hold two strikes
next month. Members of the Unite Trade Union says proposed changes to
paramedic shifts could see them going more than ten hours without a
meal break. But ambulance managers believe the new rotas will improve
the current rules and reduce shift over`runs.
Some sports fans in Hull say having two stadiums in the city named after
the same company will be confusing. Hull KR have renamed Craven Park as
the KC Lightstream Stadium. The communications company already
sponsors the city's other major arena ` the KC Stadium. Sarah Walton
is in the city for us tonight ` there is already some confusion over
this amongst fans? Well the name change is still
sinking in. The sign here's still say Craven Park but it'll soon
change. This is the new name ` Lightsream is a news superfast
broadband being rolled out across Hull, and this brings new
sponsorship to Hull KR But we are just about five miles away from
where their biggest rivals, Hull FC play at The KC Stadium. So a little
earlier I asked the chief executive if that might cause some confusion.
I don't think the name matters. We are the east of the city, and the KC
Stadium is that the west side. I don't think there is any clash. It's
great that they've got the name on the East and on the West. Not an
issue. The club was involved in helping to choose the new name. A
lot of the street signs should be changed at some point. We've been
out on the streets to ask people what they think.
I'm with Rovers. What's the point of changing it, just who they can feel
better about themselves? You get a bit confused and don't know where to
go. It might cause a bit of opposition. Go for it. If it's going
to create jobs, give people opportunities to take part in sports
and achieve things. Go for it. It's interesting to note that the stadium
has been connected to this superfast broadband it's been named after. Any
houses over there can't get it ` because the area around the stadium
hasn't been connected yet! They are working on a programme to roll it
out to more part of the city. What do you think of this one? Will
having two KC stadiums be confusing? Will you even call it by it's new
name ` or will it always be Craven Park? Do you think the naming of
historic stadiums should be up for sale at all?
Well, there is rugby league commentary this weekend ` but at the
city's other KC Stadium. Hull FC and Rovers meet in a
pre`season friendly. Coverage starts at 1.30 on Sunday.
And we'll be looking ahead to Hull City's FA Cup match later in the
programme. Still ahead tonight: Why the Scots
can't celebrate Burns night without a helping hand from this region. The
farmers whose snapshots are making them internet stars.
The river and the Stump in Boston now St Botolphs footbridge has been
removed ready for the new bridge to go in.
Cynthia asks if Peter will play bingo with me! I think he's a real
dish. There were too warm fronts which
came in from the West, which brought in some rain. Let's have a look at
the weather. Tonight: Cloudy with rain spreading from the west.
Minimum temperature 4C. Moderate southerly wind. Tomorrow: A grey,
damp start, brightening up with sunny spells developing through the
morning, but with scattered squally showers likely especially later.
Maximum temperature 9C. Freshening southwest wind. Sunday: Bright
start. Wind and rain later. Next high water time is in
Bridlington at ten o'clock this evening. A slow start to Saturday,
with mist and drizzle. It should brighten up through the morning,
with sunny spells coming through. Through the afternoon, a risk of
showers. They could be quite heavy, with hail and thunder. Top
temperatures around nine. Let's look at those afternoon temperatures. A
little above average for this time of year, but there will be a fresh
wind. Those showers are clear by tomorrow evening. Sunday gets off to
a dry start. Heavy rain and strong winds will sweep in from the morning
will stop early next week, it is unsettled and quite showery. What
about bingo with Cynthia? You won't get a warm fronts from her!
Tomorrow, Scots from around the world will pay tribute to the
national poet Robert Burns. Drinkers might like to toast farmers here,
you are playing a major role in supplying the whiskey industry. Much
of the malt whiskey distilled in Scotland that its life in the fields
of east Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Late summer, and the Lincolnshire
harvest is almost over... But locally grown barley is into
more than beer and animal feed, it's ending up here in Scottish
Distilleries. Mark Ireland grows barley especially for malt whisky.
The whiskey producers don't want nitrogen content in excess of
1.65%. Anything for beer and lager can go up to 1.85%. We have
segregated some of the Bali across the yard, so we know which Lott will
go to which particular destination. `` segregated the Bali.
Mark's farm near Sleaford is part of a co`operative that sends barley to
Bridlington for malting. Only the best barley makes the grade to be
malted here. Bali has characteristics which is the
harvesters are looking for. Barley There's going to be a 20% increase
in that requirement in the next five years here in the kiln, it's
incredibly humid, as the moisture from the germinated Wali is cooked
away. The Scottish whiskey production is
so large that we must meet the demands for the barley one. It is an
expanding markets. A 20% growth is expected in the next
five years and it's a chance for farmers in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire to turn this into this even if they have to wait a decade
ot two to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
Yesterday, we talked about schools in Hull and North Lincolnshire that
were amongst the worst in the country according to new league
tables. Big response on this one. The Essex club are led by Phil Brown
who took Hull into the Premier League during the two years he was
in charge at the KC Stadium. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has
been looking at the impact he has had at his new club.
He was a man who celebrated success. And manager who would publicly
chastise his players. This was a man who could croon with the best of
them. This is former Hull City manager Phil Brown. He is now the
manager of Southend United, charged with plotting the downfall of the
Tigers in the FA Cup fourth round. It's a different manager. He's the
only player that is left here that I was with. It's completely different
now. We are taking on the Premier League opposition, and we will
hopefully put our best foot forward. He's a cult hero here at Hull.
Ladies of a certain age swoon at his feet. Has that cold followed him
here to Southend? `` has that cult followed him. This is how he finds
the present`day Mr Brown. Hello and welcome to BBC News. He's brought
players that like to hit the ball on the deck. The fans have engaged with
him will stop Southend are playing very successfully. They are probably
tied in the league to at the moment. People will be dubious at first, but
they have really turned around. He seems to have had some very early
this summer success. He certainly turned the team around. He really
has. Will Phil Brown find a way to bridge the gap between East and
Hull? Meanwhile, the Tigers have recalled
Jack Hobbs from his season long loan at Nottingham Forest. The defender
had been about to sign a permanent deal with the Championship club, but
he's been brought back to Hull after an injury to James Chester. He's not
available for the FA Cup match with Southend. And BBC Radio Humberside
will have full commentary of that game on FM and online. Coverage
starts in Saturday Sport from half past one.
Scunthorpe's trip to Dagenham Redbridge will be on AM.
Kick off is at three. And there's commentary of Grimsby Town's trip to
Wrexham on digital and on the website. BBC Radio Lincolnshire will
be at Lincoln City's home match with Woking. Coverage starts at two.
. HMS Grimsby has docked this morning in its adopted town for the
first time in two years. Senior officers say it's vital that the
minesweeper maintains the links that it has made with the port. It will
be open to the public during its visit. Grimsby in particular,
because of the maritime connection, it really understands and welcomes
the ship. Any time we are at home it's great, and Grimsby in
particular understands the importance of maritime trade. And
what's the Royal Navy means for the UK.
It's a craze that's been sweeping the celebrity world ` famous people
taking pictures of themselves on their mobile phone. Even the word
selfie is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. But it's not just
celebrities. Farmers in our area have been joining in. Phillip Norton
explains. It's been touted as the greatest
photographic trend of our time. Everyone from Barack Obama and David
Cameron, to Pope Francis. All taking selfie is. It was the words of the
year, last year. But selfie is so 2014. Or farmers, it's all about the
felfie. It's just farmers showing themselves
with their livestock. Chickens, pigs, cows. It has become really
popular. Last year, use of the word was
around 17%. It was only a matter of time before it evolved. This was the
winner of the first farmer selfie competition. It makes you realise
that there are people out there who are struggling, the same as you.
Having a hard day, or once during up. Rachel admits that there is a
degree of one`upmanship, as to what you get in the background. They are
uniting the farming world. Quite a few where competing as to who could
get photographs in front of the latest model of whatever will stop
with the livestock people, it's just too can get the biggest case of
their cow! Who would have thought that with the rise of mobile
technology, new words with the invented, and farmers across
Yorkshire would be united. I've just done my first selfie! It's
not a pretty sight. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines The Conservatives claim take home pay
has risen faster than inflation in the last year ` Labour accuse them
of fiddling the figures. The Government has calls on Lincolnshire
County Council to spend less on translation services despite its
growing migrant population. Tomorrow: A grey, damp start,
brightening up with sunny spells developing through the morning, but
with scattered squally showers likely especially later. Maximum
temperature 9C. A big response on the subject of translation.
Colin says, where I live in Spain, no translation is provided by local
governments. If you can't speak Spanish, you pay for your own
translators. When we go abroad, there are
translation services everywhere. I don't see the problem will stop they
should not be allowed in the country if they don't understand the
language. It is a sorry state of affairs that allows councils to
spend our taxes on migrant translators, while we Brits are
constantly under the threat of library closures. To spend that
amount of money on translation services is an absolute disgrace. A
very big response on that story. Thank you for watching. Have a