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Mon 16 Oct 2017 06:00

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 A drive to teach 150,000 young people how to perform CPR begins today. Simon Gillespie is chief executive of the British Heart Foundation.


 The Governor of the Bank of England says we're borrowing too much. He’s ordered a review of the way consumer credit is underwritten. Richard Koch is head of cards at UK Finance.


 All schools in the Republic of Ireland will be closed today, as Storm Ophelia closes in. Stephen Murphy is a reporter for RTE’s Morning Ireland.


 Today Theresa May travels to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Britain's departure from the block will be high on the agenda. John Redwood is Member of Parliament for Wokingham.


 A report out today says that UK universities now generate an impact of nearly £100bn for the UK economy and support almost a million jobs. Professor Janet Beer is head of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of Liverpool University.


 Facebook is set to offer every UK secondary school a team of trained Digital Safety Ambassadors. Will Gardner is CEO of Childnet International and Simon Milner is Facebook’s Director of Policy for the UK and Ireland.


 The head of the Financial Conduct Authority has told this programme that there has been a "clear shift" in the general pattern of wealth and indebtedness in the UK, leaving people in greater debt at a younger age. Kit Malthouse is a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Jonathan Reynolds is Shadow Economics Secretary.


 Astronomers studying gravitational waves and ripples in space are expected to announce today that they have “seen” the event take place using optical telescopes. Dr Karen Masters is an astronomer from the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.


 Experts from the AI industry have unveiled new plans to help the UK become a global competitor in the sector. Dame Wendy Hall is a professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and Luciano Floridi is professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford.


 Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Monday to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, ahead of a decisive EU summit this week. Ken Clarke is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer.


 Police are investigating three further sexual assault allegations involving Harvey Weinstein in London, the BBC understands. Charles Finch is former head of international motion pictures at the William Morris Agency.


 Having been released from his position of National Security Adviser, Sir Mark Lyall Grant is now warning about the complexity of setting up new defence and security arrangements with the EU after Brexit.


 The Death of Stalin, a film looking at the aftermath of the leader’s death, opens in UK cinemas this week. Armando Iannucci is director of The Death of Stalin and Michael Palin plays Molotov in the film.


 How do young people deal with debt? What has happened to the habit of saving and good housekeeping? Sharah Jaswal is director of education MyBnk and Lord Willetts was Universities Minister in the Coalition Government.

  All subject to change.


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