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In tonight's programme... so it's goodbye from me.

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Back home just days after a pioneering liver

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Could these new advanced techniques help to

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Patients suffer less. They do much better.

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They suffer less complications. They go home much quicker.

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The lottery of bird flu - some restrictions are eased for poultry

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farmers whilst others continue to face strict guidelines

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We're in Bermuda as they get ready to host the America's Cup UPSOF

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And I'm in Southsea for a love tale with a difference.

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About Rodney the shark who is going to travel

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December was the worst month for A and E units in England

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since the four-hour waiting target was introduced thirteen years ago.

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Latest figures show only 86 per cent of patients were admitted,

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transferred or discharged within that time

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and there's suggestions it was even worse in January.

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This evening on South Today, we're looking at what the NHS

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is doing to tackle what's been described as a crisis.

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A new way of doing liver operations that helps patients

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recover more quickly, and frees up hospital beds

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Today nearly a hundred specialists from around the world

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And as our health correspondent David Fenton reports -

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patients are already seeing the benefit.

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Georgina Westwood had 60% of her liver removed

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This is her just after she woke up from the 11 hour operation

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I was told that they only ever do the liver with open surgery

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but I was fortunate that I entered a trial which resulted in me

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randomly being picked out for laparoscopic surgery.

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That means keyhole surgery and it worked.

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36 hours after the operation, Georgina left hospital.

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Within a fortnight, she was looking after her granddaughter Maisie.

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For my family, for myself and for the NHS.

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Keyhole surgery is used for all sorts of procedures.

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Most hospitals prefer open surgery for very big liver operations.

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But today nearly 100 specialists from all over the world

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at Southampton General where new keyhole techniques

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Southampton has a unique position in that in this type of surgery,

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so they have a lot of input and innovation into the procedure

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among the European countries, as well.

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Well, it's quite challenging but people are progressing and that's

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why we have the conference over here to encourage people to get

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Now the surgeon behind many of those innovations says more NHS

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Our patients suffer less, they do much better,

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they have less complications, they go home much quicker.

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And I think that patients across all the UK should

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have the possibility to have the same treatment

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that we do in Southampton, instead of travelling down

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Not everyone can have this type of surgery but,

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three weeks on from her operation, Georgina's recovering well.

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In Berkshire they're hoping prevention will be the cure to some

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Trips and falls are one of the main reasons that older

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people are hospitalised, so at a community centre

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in Bracknell they're educating pensioners on the best way to stay

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safe, as well as assessing those most at risk.

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They say the NHS is from cradle to the grave and, in Bracknell,

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in Berkshire, the focus is very much on all age groups.

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It's best foot forward at the weekly Falls Free for Life programme

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at the leisure centre, as the name suggests,

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it's all about helping people avoid those nasty slips and trips that can

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cost them not only their health but their independence.

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Fell in the garden, hanging the washing out.

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Yes. It was very scary.

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The whole objective of what we're trying to do is to keep

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people out of hospital, keep people happy, keep people

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engaged in their own home and community for longer.

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It is estimated that falls cost the NHS about ?2 billion per year

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but, here in Bracknell, they're not only concerned

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with prevention when it comes to the physical care of the elderly,

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they're also concerned with the mental health of the young.

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At this primary school a new lesson is on the timetable.

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This week, leading children's charity Place To Be has said nearly

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two thirds of children worry all the time about

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Normally if you're feeling down it affects everything.

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So it would affect your work as well.

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All the time across our country, issue such as self harm, anxiety,

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So, what we know from evidence is if we start the

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conversation early we can get them to seek help when they need to.

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So, not matter what age you are in Bracknell,

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the message is for the NHS and the people it serves,

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Our health correspondent, David Fenton is here with me now,

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To innovative ideas, a positive approach.

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We talk a lot about the NHS when things go wrong -

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A problems, operations cancelled, not enough beds - but there is also

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a lot that goes on behind the scenes to try and solve those problems.

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That can be quite a high-tech sophisticated solution -

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like surgeons using new keyhole techniques - or it can be a simple

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thing like teaching people how not to fall over and hurt themselves.

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They all usually have this in common - either keeping people out

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of hospital in the first place, or getting them home

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So Georgina liver patient went home day and a half after her op -

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So that bed is then free for maybe five or six more patients.

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Tomorrow those specialists we saw in Southampton drawing up

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new guidelines mean more hospitals can do that.

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A trial continued in Winchester today of a teenage father accused

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of murdering his six week old daughter.

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Joshua Martin, who now lives in Alton, denies

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Today the baby's mother told the court she was afraid

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She said Martin had been controlling during their relationship and made

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violent threats when she tried to leave him.

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There's a new case of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM

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as it is known every 90 minutes in the UK.

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That's according to the charity, Plan International UK.

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It found that between April 2015 and March last year -

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there were almost nine thousand times where women went

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to the hospital or their GP with an FGM related concern.

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That's the equivalent of one every hour,

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It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985,

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but there has not been a single successful prosecution.

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Reading has been identified as an area where there is a high

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and now the town is to get the first centre of its kind

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The Rose Centre will bring together professionals to work

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with communities where FGM is widely practiced,

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I was at an age of 45 years old when my grandparents started speaking to

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me about being cut. Jennifer comes from an influential east African

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family but she only avoided female genital mutilation by running away

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from home. The cutting tradition still casts a long shadow over her

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and her mother. She says that her life has been ruined by me not

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getting cut. She says she has received death threats, people have

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tried to stow her car. People from her community. Sometimes she would

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go back home to her family in the village and nobody would speak to

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her. In 2014, Reading was declared one of 11 hotspots for FGM. More

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than 40 cases have been uncovered in the town. Research suggests that the

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actual figure is far higher. The row centre is the first of its kind

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bringing together professionals and those groups where the practice

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continues. The ultimate aim is to end FGM and community engagement is

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the way forward. Jennifer now worries for her daughter as both mum

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and dad are under pressure from her wider family. I can try and make

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sure that my daughter doesn't go through this but if the father is

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not with me, what stops him from coming home one day and I find he is

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on the next plane home with my daughter. There is nothing I can do.

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Large parts of the South have been identified as being at higher risk

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for bird flu under new guidelines published by the Government today.

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Restrictions on keeping poultry and other birds outside have been

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in place since before Christmas after a number of cases of Avian flu

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But farming leaders say the introduction of new "higher risk

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areas" will mean free-range producers face major threats

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It's been a tough few months for poultry farmers. Flocks have been

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cooped up since December. In an effort to halt the spread of bird

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flu by stopping contact with wild birds carrying the virus. From the

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end of this month, flocks in low risk areas will be allowed outside

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is with certain safeguards. It could mean that farms in high-risk areas

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could lose a free range safeguards. We sell directly to the consumer and

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we have a fantastic customer base who will be very supportive if we

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have to rename our eggs as barn eggs. It's a lot more expensive to

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run a free range poultry farm then it is for rearing Boban X. The NFU

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says it will be a tough time for producers in high-risk areas. We are

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very concerned about poultry farmers in high-risk areas. The outlook is

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serious. We will be able to carry on our status as free range. The

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chickens will be allowed out which is great news for them. One of the

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eight confirmed cases of the flu in the UK was here at Abbotsbury indoor

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set. All of the high-risk areas are on the coast or near inland lakes

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and rivers Wye wildfowl have in large number. We've seen low

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outbreaks in the areas that we have the proposing but still heightened

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risk. The new regulations come into force on March one.

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A reward is being offered to trace an iPod -

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stolen from the daughter of firefighter Alan Bannon -

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It once belonged to the 38-year-old - who was killed tackling a fire

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The Fire Brigade Union is offering a thousand pounds for the safe

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His daughter Abi who is now 11 years old -

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had kept the ipod which contained all her father's favourite songs.

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Say with us for the weather forcast.

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After yesterday's political row over leaked texts Government ministers

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have been insisting that Surrey County Council has not been

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given a special deal to keep council tax low.

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However, under questioning by Labour, The Leader of the House

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of Commons did admit Surrey has asked to join a pilot scheme

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to retain business rates a year earlier than other councils.

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If there is no special deal for Surrey, why did

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the Prime Minister simply not confirm this?

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I, and other honourable members, want a memorandum of understanding

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to secure our libraries and social care.

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Surrey County Council has asked if it can participate in one

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of the pilot project is for the proposed 100%

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As any other local council will be free to apply, there is no

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I'm sure we'll be hearing more of that in future. Now, all the sport.

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We are going to hear from the chairman of Bournemouth. Is he

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despondent at the moment given the poor recent run. Far from it. It has

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been a tricky spell. They have had injuries, suspensions, didn't manage

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to make signings but they are just looking over their shoulder.

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It's probably the most trying spell of the fledgling Premier League

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life of AFC Bournemouth, and their manager Eddie Howe.

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Slipping down the table, the Cherries are battling

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A lack of new signings in January didn't exactly rouse the mood.

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South Today has spoken exclusively to Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn,

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as the club try to get the ball rolling back in

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In a debut season in, arguably, the world's toughest league,

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any team would be given time to settle in.

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Second time around, with tens of millions

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of pounds spent, the expectations at Bournemouth

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It's been a very difficult and stressful January

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You know, the performances have been disappointing, to say the least.

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There's always a concern when you're not winning games.

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It was not for the lack of trying, right up until

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11 o'clock, on transfer deadline day, occasionally you have to spend

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a little bit more than you budgeted for and we were always willing to do

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that with the players that we wanted to bring in.

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Some of the values were just crazy, as they always are

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It's the worst market to deal in and, as Eddie has said,

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publicly, it's in the public domain, it was probably the worst window

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There's no sense that if you haven't got

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recruitment department have failed in their duty.

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We are more concerned than we were before Christmas.

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Our goal has always been to retain our position

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Would we be having this conversation now if we

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haven't reached the dizzy heights of the top half of the table,

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or would people have been satisfied that we

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We still haven't identified an ideal sight but we have

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identified three sites that have potential.

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So, it's a very slow moving project but we're in talks

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practically with the Council on a daily basis.

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Eddie is our manager and he will continue to be our manager

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We have an incredible relationship and you

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will never get a person who is more level-headed.

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He's more determined than ever ensure that this football

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club retains its position at the very top level of football.

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More of that interview on our Facebook page and on the BBC sport

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website. Now for the last of our

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features from Bermuda. Tony Husband has been three and half

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thousand miles across the globe to visit the island that will stage

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the America's Cup this summer. Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR

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will hope to become the first British team to win the trophy,

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that was first contested Tonight Tony finds out how

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the island is preparing and what conditions the sailors

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will face. Bermuda is Britain's oldest colony

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so it is fitting that Ben Ainslie is hoping to bring the Americas cup

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home from these waters. Bermuda is 21.6 square miles. The population is

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60 4000. Bermuda shorts borrowed from the British military. Though

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neither was settled in 1609. It is the proverbial picture postcard

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island. Britain's largest naval dockyard outside the UK was once

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here. The America's Cup is big news for traders. It's is an absolute

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need for Bermuda, a tremendous boost to our economic benefit and it's a

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lot of fun. Memorabilia fills the rails across the stores in the

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island. What today they think about the America's Cup? Just the

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publicity alone is ideal for the island. On the one hand, I'm rooting

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for Oracle because they've been here a while and are established in the

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community. If they were to win the cup, they would stay which would be

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good for the island. Generally, people are for BA are and Oracle on

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the island. It is there that the boats competing for the America's

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Cup will race off this summer. It forms a perfect the theatre. It's a

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tricky place to sail. It's perfect for the flat water where we will be

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racing but it is very landlocked so the wind is shifting. Thankfully,

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I've got a bit of experience having sailed here a lot over the years but

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we've got Giles Scott, our tactician on the boat who decides where we

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will go on the course and you couldn't ask for anyone more

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talented than Giles, having come out of Rio with a gold medal. Between

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them, they have five gold medals. To have tactical racecourses brilliant

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for our team. For the island of Bermuda, they are hoping that

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staging the America's Cup is a major moment in history of their tourism

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industry. The speed and lifestyle that comes with the America's Cup

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ratings is right in our comfort zone for who we think we are going to be

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going forward. Transport, infrastructure, everything you can

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imagine, it's been a very delicate strategic project to get the balance

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right. With the team Oracle being the home team, we will be cheering

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loudest for them but the second team we are cheering for his Land Rover

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BA are. We are partly British and we have a special place in the heart

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for the British. Six Nations will begin qualifying here in May. Only

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one will be left standing by the end of June. For this island in the

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summer the number one aim is for everyone to have fun along the way.

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One of the figureheads of British Sailing has announced

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that he's to retire from his role later this year.

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John Derbyshire OBE is to stand down as the Royal Yachting

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Derbyshire's departure will follow that of Olympic

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manager Stephen Park, who is also leaving this spring

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A couple of things to deal with. Tony didn't get his legs out. Note

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Bermuda shorts. And he didn't bring as anything back. Not even a bag of

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sweets. I gave him a cold to go with so I didn't anything to come back.

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We're just a few days away from Valentine's day -

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and there's one couple who'll be spending February the 14th together,

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that's despite the fact they haven't met yet!

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We're talking about a pair of sharks.

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Rodney the zebra shark is being transported

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from his current home at the Blue Reef Aquarium

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in Southsea to a larger tank in Cheshire but luckily Rodney

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won't be lonely when he gets there The plan is to

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For a shark it's not easy making friends, there's always the

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temptation to eat them. Four Rodney it's even harder. He has no mate but

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now love is in the air, or rather the water. This lovely lady is dotty

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and hopefully for Rodney by nature as well as name. We are giving him

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to an aquarium and we raised her as a little baby so it was always going

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to be the case that they would meet. We have our fingers crossed that it

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is going to be successful. This is Rodney as a baby, strikingly

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different markings giving this PC is name of the zebra shark. He is

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currently getting extra rations to give him energy for the journey

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north. He will travel up to Cheshire on Monday, in time for Valentine's

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Day on Tuesday. He is going to stay up in Cheshire, hopefully for many

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happy years ahead. Hopefully for this pair of sharks, it will be love

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at first bite. A lot of expectation there. Frightening. They should be

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more laid-back. Too much pressure. Onto the weather. Wrap up warm is

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the answer. You will need all the layers. This wind from the east is

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going to make it feel bitterly cold. Let's look at your lovely weather

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pictures. Shazz Hooper captured

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the cloudy skies over the River Frome in Wareham Nick

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Keown photographed the cloudy skies And Sarah Dawson took this picture

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of starling murmuration at Studland. You can see all of our pictures on

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the Facebook page. Tonight, we expect wintry flurries or even a

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dusting of snow. More likely for Eastern counties. Elsewhere, mainly

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dry, Frost can't be ruled out. In towns and cities temperatures will

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fall to freezing. So, a cold and frosty start tomorrow. Wintry

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showers will continue. With a strengthening east to north-easterly

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wind, further showers will roll in from the North Sea. Temperatures

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will reach a high of four Celsius but with wind chill it will feel a

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lot colder. Wind coming in from the north-east staying with us through

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tomorrow night and there will be further wintry showers. More

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frequent during the early hours of Saturday morning. More likely

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further east. Temperatures down to freezing and possibly -2 in the

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countryside. Saturday is another cold day with that wind chill. Still

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the risk of wintry showers brought in on this north-easterly wind.

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Showers will drift westward with the strengthening wind. Limiting the

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brightness for the next few days. Possibly one or two spells tomorrow

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afternoon. For the next few days, some wintry showers at times and it

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will feel colder. It will be stronger than recent days,

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temperatures starting to climb with the start of next week. Temperatures

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made next week to rise into double figures in some places. With high

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pressure not far away it should stay mainly settled. I love the optimism.

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It's still very cold. Spare a thought for the headteacher sleeping

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in a tent behind his school. We will find out tomorrow why he is doing

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it. That's it for tomorrow. This evening bulletins later.

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