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Today: Thursday 11 September 2008

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

The impact of Hurricane Ike has been devastating in areas of the Caribbean. It has affected the British territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands which have a population of just over 30,000, with the Queen as head of state. The island has been receiving help from a Royal Navy warship. Commander Mark Newland says how getting water to people has been one of their priorities.

The head of Cambridge University has criticised the government over pressure on elite institutions to take more students from disadvantaged homes. Vice-Chancellor Alison Richard said universities were there to educate and lead research and not act as "engines for promoting social justice". University and Skills Secretary John Denham and Vice-Chancellor of Kings College Rick Trainor discuss the priorities of universities.

An investigation by this programme revealed that more than 90 patients escaped from mental hospitals last year. Richard Motson was detained under the mental heath act 10 years ago, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. He discusses how he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals.

Six Greenpeace activists have been cleared of causing criminal damage during a protest over coal-fired power station in Hoo, Kent. They were charged with causing 30,000 of damage after they scaled the Kingsnorth power station. One of the activists, Ben Stewart, explains how he feels about the verdict.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

A package of measures designed to help people struggling with rising gas and electricity bills are due to be unveiled by the government later. More help with energy efficiency, like loft insulation, new boilers and double glazing, is likely to be offered. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn discusses what the government will have to offer and will it meet expectations.

The Energy Saving Trust helpline number is 0800 512012

Today's papers.

The city is going through one of its periodic crises but when the worst of the credit crunch passes, what will be left? Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall argues that reinvention is the greatest attribute of the financial centre.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, a novelist and columnist.

The US presidential candidates talk about restoring the image of the United States in the world. Under Secretary James Glassman, Bush's administration official in charge of what's known as "public diplomacy", is in London to speak on the seventh anniversary of 9/11. He explains what tools of persuasion and inspiration can accomplish.

More than three quarters of a million people in Haiti have suffered in the series of storms that have wound their way across the Caribbean.

The UN and a group of Latin American countries are trying to raise more than $100m to help. The agencies concerned say they face a huge task in distributing aid.
Boy rides through floodwater
Hurricane Ike has caused widespread damage in Haiti

Hurricane Ike, the latest storm has already passed over Haiti and is now heading for Texas, where in two counties there's a state of emergency. Correspondent Mike Thompson is in Haiti, where he describes the difficulties the country faces in coping with the disaster.

A report published by the Office for National Statistics suggests that NHS productivity has been falling by 2% a year. Martin Weale of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research, and Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley discuss the efficiency of the NHS.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Farmers say the wet weather is causing one of the worst harvests nationwide for years. But the price of wheat has fallen in recent months. Mark Price of Waitrose and Paul Temple of National Farmers Union debate whether this harvest might push prices back up again.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Journalist and historian Robert Fox has edited a new four volume anthology of first witness reports of historical events. He talks to us about the value of first hand accounts.

With the Arctic ice-cap melting far more than normal this summer, there are new prospects for a huge expansion in the oil and gas industries in waters off the north coast of Alaska. There is growing pressure to open up these vast reserves. But what might be the costs of new fleets of rigs offshore? Correspondent David Shukman reports from Barrow, on Alaska's Arctic coast.

Surrey County Council has provided documentary proof that one of America's biggest professional sports was being played in England as early as 1755, decades earlier than previously believed. Julian Pooley of the Surrey History Centre and the Washington Post's Kevin Sullivan discuss the origins of the game.



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