19/01/2017 Midlands Today


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The Dean of Gloucester Cathedral has defended his decision to remove

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a video from social media, which showed a Muslim prayer

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The film, which featured a local Imam, had been posted

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on the Cathedral's Facebook page as part of a new exhibition

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celebrating the city's different faiths, but it

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A traditional Muslim prayer, filmed inside Gloucester Cathedral's

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No one complained until it was posted on Facebook.

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It was all about promoting tolerance as part of a faith exhibition,

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What followed on social media was a series of offensive comments

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and complaints from as far afield as the US.

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When you're wanting people to discover new things

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about themselves and about each other, that can become a bit

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controversial and I had to take the decision at the weekend

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that the post that was on our Facebook page wasn't

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actually helping and, sometimes in particular

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when you are representing a cathedral, people can make

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comments that really aren't appropriate for them to see

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Last week, St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow was criticised

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after a Muslim student read passages from the Qur'an during

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Online abuse they received is being investigated by the police.

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Churches need to be thinking that actually, quite often,

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the digital is the front door to their organisation and thinking

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about what does that look like, what does that work like for people

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who don't know anything about the faith, people who know

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I think we've got to accept that there are different

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In a statement, Imam Hassan, who read the prayer,

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More than 1,000 people have attended the exhibition so far and it's set

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NHS prescriptions drugs are being wasted on an industrial

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That's the warning from health officials, as concerns grow that

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some repeat prescriptions are being dispensed unnecessarily.

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But in Walsall, the local Clinical Commissioning Group has

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managed to reduce drug waste significantly by introducing

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practice-based pharmacists into GP surgeries.

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Ram Raman, from Walsall, has a range of long term conditions

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I've called you in for your medication review.

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Today, he's come to his GP surgery for a chat

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Just looking at a couple of items you've had on your repeat list...

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It's a chance for her to make sure he's taking his medicines correctly

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and remove any items from his repeat list that he no longer needs.

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OK, so you don't need that one anymore.

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By making sure patients only get prescribed the items they need,

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NHS Walsall is saving money - in Mr Raman's case,

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Even a small amount of money individually, if put

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together nationwide, that's a huge saving.

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According to the Department of Health, wasted prescriptions cost

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We've extrapolated savings for every pound invested into a pharmacist

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being in the practice, we have shown that we have saved

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nearly ?2.50, so it's kind of an invest-to-save, really.

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Simple things like encouraging patients to check their

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prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy is also

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Once it is out of the pharmacy, the pharmacy cannot recycle it

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and even if you bring it back they have to dispose it of and it's

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So by encouraging patients to get more actively involved

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in their own medicines management, NHS Walsall is cutting

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waste and freeing up cash which can be ploughed back

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Police are searching for thieves who used a JCB to smash their way

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through the wall of a shop in Kempsey, near Worcester,

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Most of the side of the shop in Church Street was destroyed

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in the raid, which took place in the early hours of the morning.

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Thieves had stolen the JCB from a nearby farm.

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Following the raid, they abandoned it in the middle of the A38

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Jaguar Landrover has been fined ?900,000 after a worker lost a leg

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The employee was injured at the company's Lode Lane plant

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in Solihull after a delivery driver lost control of a Range Rover Sport

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being driven towards the start of the production line.

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He became trapped between two cars, leaving him with injuries

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which meant his right leg had to be amputated.

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JLR was found guilty of breaching Health and Safety rules.

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A group of MPs have been travelling around the West Midlands today,

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listening to people's thoughts about Brexit.

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The Exit the EU select committee is on a UK tour,

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finding out what business leaders and others feel about the process.

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Today, they visited two parts of the region which voted

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strongly to leave - Wolverhampton and Stoke.

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Everyone has a point of view on Brexit.

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I don't think Theresa May's handling it very well at all.

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Just don't take notice of what the public is saying, are they?

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Yes, I do think it's going along well.

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But not everyone gets to tell the politicians what they think.

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That was the chance these students got today

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as the rather grandly titled Selected Committee For

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Leaving The European Union came to Wolverhampton.

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Half-an-hour behind closed doors with the politicians responsible

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for analysing the Government's plan on Brexit.

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I think it will lose an element of what this university

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is about because of Brexit because we won't get that

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Sadly, the Leave campaigners weren't coming in today,

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such as Michael Gove, but it was a very Remain heavy panel

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that we were talking to and that came across evidently.

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Here in Wolverhampton, more than 60% of people

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The Brexit committee's been in the building behind me,

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meeting business leaders and students among others,

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to find out what they're excited about and what concerns

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Whether people were Leavers or Remainers is not the point anymore.

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We're leaving the European Union and our job collectively is to make

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sure we get the best possible deal for Wolverhampton, because we're

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here today, but also for the whole of the country.

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After Wolverhampton, it was north to a tile

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factory in Stoke-on-Trent, where confidence is high.

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I think the fact that the MPs have come out of London to come

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and have a look around the region to see what is being

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I think on a level playing field scenario, as long

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as there are no major disruptions, we're very confident we can continue

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to grow the business as we have done in the past.

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These MPs say people can influence what Brexit will look like.

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If you are striving to eat your five-a-day,

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you may have noticed a shortage of some green vegetables and salads,

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That is because snow and freezing weather in Spain and Italy,

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where many of those items come from at this time of year,

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At Birmingham Wholesale Market, traders have seen prices of items

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such as courgettes quadruple and shoppers too are

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Have you noticed a shortage of some of your favourite vegetables

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Everything from courgettes to spinach has been in short supply

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and shoppers in Birmingham have had plenty to say about it.

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Every single thing has gone up in the shops now and people

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Everything's just going up and you're just trying to make

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the most of what you've got and still eat healthy as well

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It's a daily thing that you are actually going to need,

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fruits, vegetables, all those kind of things.

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Most of the stall holders here get their produce

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from the wholesale market and the traders there have noticed

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Peter Marshall has been a vegetable wholesaler

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Never has he paid more for crops from Spain.

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I think we have to start leaving armed guards here at night now,

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And here's a flavour of just how much prices have risen.

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Few examples - aubergines, five kilo box, was ?7

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24 pieces of brocolli, generally 7.20, now 15.50.

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I gather this is going to be next, coriander, going to go

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This mobile phone footage of snow-covered coriander crops

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was sent to Peter by his supplier in Murcia in Spain yesterday.

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At this rate, coriander won't be on offer on the market for long.

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I'll leave you now with the forecast from Rebecca Wood.

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We have colder air, but nothing like we have seen covering the coriander.

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There is a split across the region as we have three tonight. Today, for

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some of us, it has been a grey and murky day, but further south the

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cloud has started to Finland break. In Gloucestershire we had lots of

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sunshine today. We did see breaks on the cloud. Those breaks mean that

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the temperatures are already plummeting. In the sight of a region

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we are likely to see the damage is getting below freezing, they did get

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down to minus two. In the North Midlands where we keep the cloud

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they should hold up at about 4 degrees. This weather system is

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draped across the north of the country. Prasad means keep cloud in

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the North Midlands, in the site tomorrow things will brighten up.

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Weather is that dividing line between the cloud and clear skies we

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can get fog through the day. It will be at dry and bright afternoon just

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about everywhere with temperatures ranging between four and 5 degrees.

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The easterly breeze will make you feel chilly. Into the weekend, more

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brightness on the way. Overnight frost will become an issue. The

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National forecast is next. I will leave you with the Outlook.

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looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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