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20/08/2016

News and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Sat 20 Aug 2016 07:00

Today's running order

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0710

Usain Bolt becomes the first runner to win three gold medals in three successive Olympic Games after he helped Jamaica win the 4x100m relay. BBC’s Ed Harry was commentating on the race last night. 

0715

In the third of our Saturday programmes about Brexit we visit Gibraltar. Edward Macquisten is the Chief Executive of the Gibraltar chamber of commerce.

0720

A three-year-old boy has died after he was attacked by a dog in Essex. Andrew Rosindell is the Conservative MP for Romford.

0730

96% of Gibraltarians voted for the United Kingdom to remain in the Union. The Today programme’s Matthew Price reports.

0740

In this week's Meet the Author Jim Naughtie speaks to writer Meg Rosoff about her latest book which takes on her usual themes of adolescence, but came about because of the death of a friend.

0750

Six years after being included in the Conservative Party manifesto, the Government announced its obesity strategy this week. Professor John Ashton is former President of the Faculty of Public Health.

0810

Exactly five years ago President Obama called on the Syrian President Bashir-Al-Assad to step down but today Assad remains in power of Syria and human rights groups say half a million civilians there have been killed. Karin Von Hippel is a former Senior State Department official dealing with US strategy against the so-called Islamic State.

0820

What’s it like in Gibraltar since Brexit? Gemma Vasquez was in charge of the Remain campaign here in Gibraltar and Tarik el Yabani is one of the activists for the Leave campaign.

0830

The Rio Paralympics is facing significant cuts that could jeopardise some nation’s place in the games. Anne Wafula-Strike has represented both Kenya and Britain in the Paralympic wheelchair race and Tim Hollingsworth is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Paralympic Association.

0840

Gibraltar is the only British overseas territory that is part of the EU so it will be the most affected when we leave. Yet all of the fourteen overseas territories from Bermuda to the Caymans have a special relationship with the EU as a result of the UK's membership. Michael Poole is a member of the Falklands Legislative Assembly and Fabian Picardo is Gibraltar's chief minister.

0850

As the Olympics comes to an end we discuss the highlights. Simon Barnes is a sports journalist, Amy Williams is a Gold medallist in the Skeleton and Geoff Norcott is a stand-up comedian.

0855

What makes Gibraltar unique? Tito Vallejo Smith is an historian.

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