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The Conservatives are holding their spring conference; their slogan for the general election will be: "vote for change". Careers advice given to young people in the UK has been described as "patchy and inconsistent". And is it time to revive the airship to carry freight round the world?
The Conservatives are to gather in Brighton for their final conference before the general election, with the party under pressure to reverse a declining lead in the opinion polls. The Tories will fight the campaign under the slogan "vote for change", a message likely to be underlined by their leader David Cameron in his speech to the spring conference tomorrow. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins
previews the conference.
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe will be celebrating his 86th birthday with a lavish party. Estimates say the celebrations will cost around half a million dollars, at a time when the country's economy is in crisis. Correspondent Andrew Harding discusses
how critics will slam the party as at least two million people need food aid.
The paper review.
MPs have backed a private member's bill designed to curb so-called "vulture funds", which buy and sell loans made to some of the world's poorest nations and then claim the money back from international debt relief financed by taxpayers. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports on
how the funds were denounced as repugnant.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
The government delayed for a second time a Bill intended to give compensation to the families of haemophiliacs who were infected with contaminated blood in the 1970s and 80s. The Contaminated Blood (support for infected and bereaved persons) Bill was brought in by Lord Morris in response to what he saw as an inadequate response by the government to the Lord Archer inquiry. He discusses how he
introduced the Bill into the Lords,
where it passed without opposition.
The paper review.
When Michael Jackson died last year Foreign Secretary David Miliband sent a tweet saying "never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael." This raised eyebrows, and of course it was it was a spoof as he had sent no such message, his account having been hacked. Now his brother Ed, the Energy Secretary, has fallen victim with a message sent on his account which the Daily Mail calls "unusually personal". Liberal Democrat MP Sandra Gidley and political blogger Ian Dale discuss
whether political Twitter accounts are more trouble than they're worth.
A tsunami warning in effect after a very powerful earthquake struck the coast of Chile. Roger Musson from the British Geological Survey, gives his first reaction to the quake.
An iceberg said to be the size of Luxembourg, or Dorset, or Greater London, has been created in the South Atlantic after it broke off from the main ice pack. One oceanographer has suggested that a loss of oxygen to surrounding waters could be highly damaging but the overall consensus seems to be that this is interesting rather than dire. Professor of Ocean Physics at Cambridge University Peter Wadhams outlines
whether he thinks the iceberg will pose any threat or disruption to marine life.
Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.
FC United, a football a team set up by disillusioned Manchester United fans after the US Glazier family bought the club, are holding a rally. It will call for tighter financial regulation and stronger scrutiny of potential owners. After weeks of court rulings and speculation Portsmouth Football Club has gone into administration. Chief executive of the Professional Football Association Gordon Taylor and Matthew Syed of the Times
discuss whether it is time to tighten up the financial regulation of Premiership football clubs.
Ministers have leapt to defend the British security services after criticism by a leading judge was made public by the Court of Appeal. The Master of the Rolls, Former shadow home secretary David Davis and Lord Carlile, the government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation
discuss the criticisms levied at MI5 and whether a judicial inquiry is needed.
A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck near the coast of south-central Chile in the early hours of Saturday, shaking buildings in the capital Santiago, 200 miles (320 km) away and triggering a tsunami along the coast. The BBC's Buenos Aires correspondent Correspondent Candice Piete, who has been monitoring Chilean television, said that
reports indicate the quake hit just after 0300 local time.
A Chilean government official was quoted as saying that people should remain in their homes following the most powerful quake to hit the country since 1985.
It's the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's birth this year. Mahler complained about how conductors approached parts of his Fifth Symphony by racing through what he called "a damnable movement", instead of playing is slowly, like it was intended. US conductor and blogger Kenneth Woods and Sir Nicholas Kenyon of the Barbican Centre, discuss
whether it is true that conductors race through this movement.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
Latest figures show another rise in the number of young people not in education, employment or training (Neets) compared to the same period last year. Correspondent Martin Shankleman reports on the struggle the Neets are facing while seeking employment. And shadow secretary for universities and skills David Willetts discusses
the Conservatives' plans for careers advice, guidance and information.
The paper review.
Heavy Rain has been described as a game with a difference. Its gameplay revolves around the story, there is no combat, no scoring system, and everything that comes out of it is based on the emotional involvement in the storytelling. Because of its emphasis on storytelling comparisons have been made with the world of film. Writer and director Neil Labute and Johnny Minkley of Eurogamer TV debate
whether these increasingly literary games pose a challenge to the world of film or merely complement it.
Airships have never quite taken off as a means of transport. Somehow planes got the better of them, and anyway they kept crashing. Former chief scientific advisor to the government Sir David King
outlines his belief that airships could be used for transporting cargo in a more environmentally efficient way.
There has been a powerful earthquake off the coast of Chile this morning. The tremor, with a magnitude of 8.8, struck close to the coastal city of Concepcion. Dr Brian Baptie, from the British Geological Survey,
discusses the quake's possible effects.
There's been a shiver of excitement around Westminster at the thought that Gordon Brown could in theory call the poll this weekend and hold it on March 25th. John Major's former press secretary Sheila Gunn and political correspondent of the Independent Steve Richards reflect
on the calculations that might be going on inside Number 10.