this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm: donald trump considers a new travel ban on people from 7 mainly muslim countries — after his initial order was blocked by the courts. we'll win that battle, but we also have a lot of other options including just filing a brand new order on monday. the european union could facture in brexit negotiations with britain, according to the eu president. labour's lord dubs delivers a 50,000 signature petition to downing street, urging theresa may to allow more unaccompanied child refugees into britain. also in the next hour: a further 240 pilot whales become stranded on a new zealand beach. conservationists say it's the country's worst beaching for 100 years — more than 300 whales have died in recent days. the 150—year—old family wedding dress that disappeared at the dry cleaners finally shows up, after an appeal went viral on social media. wales ta ke
wales take on early lead in the six nations. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. president trump says he may bring forward a new immigration executive order to enforce america's homeland security. but there's still no clarity on what he's planning. the administration will continue to argue for the temporary ban on migrants from seven countries that's been blocked by federaljudges. earlier i spoke to dr larry sabato, professor of politics at the university of virginia, and asked whether he expected the president to introduce a new executive order. that appears to be the route the trump administration has chosen.
they may still appeal the earlier court decisions to the supreme court. but i think they're more likely to issue a new executive order. and if they do that, how different will it have to be from the first order to avoid legal challenges? it must be substantially different. it will have to be much more carefully and narrowly tailored than the first one. even that may not pass muster in the courts. we'lljust have to see. can a president effectivelyjust keep issuing executive orders? how does it work? yes, a president can issue a new executive order at any time. he can revoke an executive order at any time. so this could continue for quite some time. it could be a game of ping pong. however, at some point, it's going to be obvious to the courts the game that he's playing and there could be some reaction from the courts that would be very unpleasant for the president.
what do you mean by that? well, like holding him in contempt. and that could lead to potentially an effort by democrats to impeach. they don't have a majority in either house of congress, so it wouldn't go anywhere. but the publicity would be certainly something that president trump would, one presumes, prefer to avoid. i appreciate you don't have a crystal ball, but it would be extraordinary if the president was to be impeached over this. is that really a possibility? not as long as the republicans control both houses of congress and they do at present. so it's simply an opportunity for democrats and maybe some republicans who are alienated from trump to state their case and to attract attention. a few congressmen have already broached the subject. but we're only three weeks into the trump presidency. this is something for much later in the term. i understand. what is the, if anything,
is the precedent for all of this? have we seen presidents before issuing executive orders which have then been challenged in the courts? 0ccasionally it has happened, but nothing as controversial as this executive order and never as early in a presidency as this. this has been quite a shock to everybody, though if you follow trump's career i don't know why it has been a shock. i'm interested how this is playing with the population at large in america. president trump himself has tweeted that he thinks this is one of his most popular policies. well, he's simply wrong, if you care about facts. sometimes the trump tweets have no relationship with the facts. every survey that has been taken by an independent, non—partisan agency has shown that a majority of americans or a solid plurality oppose the president's executive order and his decision in this particular case.
there's no question that many of trump's supporters and probably a solid majority of republicans favour what he is doing, but let's remember, he lost the popular vote substantially. he got 46% of the vote. and i've seen no evidence that this executive order or indeed many of the action that trump has taken have the support of more than 46%. generally they have less than 46% support. earlier i spoke to david willis about changes any changes to president trumps travel ban. with the first executive order, the
original one. i think lawyers will probably be looking to clean that up, and also addressed this question of whether this band goes against the constitution for the simple reason that if boris people from entry to united states on the grounds of their religion. but there are about as well here you are saying that drafting a new executive order is not the sort of thing that donald trump allows himself to become involved in. it plays into the hands of his critics who basically are saying that this first signature move, this executive order, signed at the end of that first frantic week in office, was flawed and that he is rethinking it. that's something that he doesn't wa nt to that's something that he doesn't want to be seen to be doing. what is your reading of the significance of the meeting between donald trump and the meeting between donald trump and the japanese prime minister shins or are they? and avidly following their
meeting yesterday, which was a p pa re ntly meeting yesterday, which was apparently very cordial, they will be getting down in amongst the golfing today to discuss things like trades. that is a concern particularly mr abbey given the fact that one of the first things donald trump did on taking office was terrapin the tra nspacific partnership. that is the trade deal that barack partnership. that is the trade deal that ba rack 0bama partnership. that is the trade deal that barack 0bama has helped negotiate. that leaves no bilateral trade agreements in place between the united states and japan, to the concern of the japanese by ministers. those sorts of things will be discussed. i think it will also be concerned about that phone call that was made between donald trump and the chinese minister, basically confirming that america is behind the one china policy. there is tension in the air between china
andjapan. is tension in the air between china and japan. lots to discuss on the golf course. david willey is there, aaron corresponded in washington. campaigners say hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been arrested in the us in the past few days, in what they say is a new enforcement surge under the trump administration. immigration officials say the raids are no more than routine round—ups of immigrants with criminal records and deportation orders — and that such actions also took place under previous administrations. but angelica salas — from an immigration rights group — says detainees in los angeles were denied access to lawyers: from our perspective, and the reason we took action was that this is not normal. we have responded to raids in the past, and this is sweet for what we call coordinated actions, large numbers of people picked up in a very short period of time. jean—claude juncker says he doubts that the remaining 27 members of the european union can maintain
a united front as they negotiate britain's exit. in an interview with german radio, to be broadcast tomorrow, the president of the european commission said there could be divisions in the bloc over the future relationship with the uk. he also reiterated that britain could not negotiate trade deals as long as it remained a member of the eu. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is here. i appreciate this interview is tomorrow but what do we know he said? it has been reported by reuters this afternoon, this interview. he expressed publicly his concerns about how negotiations might go from the perspective of the european union and 27 remaining member states. what quite interesting is that inevitably here in the uk, we look at the forthcoming negotiations through the prism of what the british governments may or may not be able
to achieve, the excitement expressed by some about the possibilities and fears expressed by others. why this interview is interesting is imagining it from the perspective of brussels on the other side of the channel. what john todd brussels on the other side of the channel. whatjohn todd younger said in his interview, the other countries don't know it yet but the brits know very well how they can tackle this. they could promise country this, country be at and the endgame is that there is not a united europe in france. that is clearly the concern in brussels. they have to maintain some semblance ofa they have to maintain some semblance of a united front. conscious that thatis of a united front. conscious that that is the very nature of the european union. but also aware that individual countries around the negotiating table will have their own agendas and their own hopes for outcomes. why do you think he has made these comments now?” outcomes. why do you think he has made these comments now? i think this falls into the category of the pre—negotiation rhetoric that we are seeing on both sides. brussels has
made it clearfrom seeing on both sides. brussels has made it clear from the outset that there can't be any formal associations as far as brexit is concerned until there is the so—called triggering of article 50, the formal mechanism starting a country's departure from the european union. that's not going to happen in the next month or so. it's in the interests of all sides in negotiation prior to its starting to talk quite tough, but also in this insta nce to talk quite tough, but also in this instance to try and acknowledge what might be weaknesses in the hope that they had witnesses come negotiation itself. i guess it is to an extent a statement of the obvious that the biggest potential weakness for a block of 27 is that the country they are negotiating with tries to surprise them, but the fact that he is willing to say it is an insight into a sense that he acknowledges that could be a problem. the process to exit the eu starts within weeks. do we have any sense of what happens when that starting gun is fired? be expected timetable from here on is
that there is going to be a summit is coming up in brussels in march. the expectation is that shortly after that, maybe at it, in the early couple of weeks of march, the uk could effectively lodge the latter with the eu that says we are formally starting the withdrawal. the prime minister has been saying it would happen before the end of march. right at the very end of march. right at the very end of march is a big anniversary, the anniversary of the signing of the treaty of rome. effectively that was the pilot light that led to the whole project of the european —— of european integration beginning. we can assume it wouldn't be particularly diplomatic to trigger around that time. after that, we get into the nitty—gritty. around that time. after that, we get into the nitty-gritty. we believe there. chris mason. good to talk to you. labour frontbenchers who defied jeremy corbyn in the commons brexit vote will be sent a formal written warning but they will not be sacked. mr corbyn had ordered his mps to vote with the conservatives to back brexit.
but 52 labour mps rebelled in wednesday's vote, including ilijunior frontbenchers. clive lewis, who quit as shadow business secretary over the vote, has said rumours of a leadership bid by him were "fantasy". campaigners have delivered a petition at downing street with fifty thousand signatures calling for theresa may to allow more child refugees to come to britain. thousands of unaccompanied children from syria and other warzones. 350 youngsters have been accepted for resettlement in the uk. the campaign has been led by lord dubs, who came to britain as a refugee from the nazis at the age of six. poland's prime minister is in a stable condition in hospital after being hurt in a road accident. beata shidwo was travelling in a convoy when another car crashed into her limousine, forcing it off the road. her spokesman said she was conscious and able to carry out her duties.
the headlines on bbc news: president trump says he may be right the travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries. that is after his initial attempt was blocked by the courts. the european union could fracture in brexit negotiations with britain, according to the eu president. george dobbs delivers a petition to downing street calling on the government to accept more unaccompanied child refugees after it closed a resettlement scheme. a 15—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed in leeds. the police believe the attack may have been filmed on mobile phones. the victim, a 16—year—old boy, was found stabbed in harehills lane yesterday afternoon; he died later in hospital. clashes in the iraqi capital,
baghdad, between the security forces and supporters of a powerful shia muslim cleric have left at least five people dead. the trouble began with a demonstration against corruption by tens of thousands of protesters waving iraqi flags. alan johnston reports huge numbers of demonstrators have converged on a square in the heart of baghdad. a chartered anti—government slogans. they complained of corruption and demanded changes to a commission in which oversees elections. then some protesters tried to move towards a nearby area known as the green zone, which houses government ministries. riot police were determined to drag them back in the deadly violence erupted. video images from the scene
showed tear gas filling the air and the sound of explosions and gunfire can be hard. veterans have welcomed the government's decision to disband the team investigating allegations of abuse made against british troops in iraq. a report yesterday blamed the ministry of defence for allowing law firms to bring cases on "an industrial scale", many of which were not backed by evidence. the unit has cost the uk taxpayer £34m so far, but costs were predicted to reach nearly £60m had it remained active until 2019. a least six people have been killed and more than twenty injured in a car bomb attack in lashkar gar — the capital of afghanistan's helmand province. a car loaded with explosives was driven into a group of soldiers outside a bank. they had been queuing to collect their salaries. the taliban have taken responsibility for the attack having previously targeted the same bank.
some good news — a150—year—old family wedding dress that went missing after a dry cleaners went bust has been found. tess newall launched a campaign on social media to find the garment after the shop where it had been taken to be cleaned, closed down. the dress, which has belonged to her family since 1870, was given to the 29—year—old by her grandmother to wear on her wedding day lastjune. earlier i spoke to tess and she told me these had been the most hectic 2a hours in her life. i couldn't believe it. he said his uncle, you need to look
in the property, even though he had nothing to do with the dry cleaning company. he really searched and found what he thought was a pile of old lace which he realised was the dress. he realised was the dress. because my parents and they then went straight there. we are just overjoyed and couldn't believe it was the dress. not clean and store with its ticket which we have. at the same time, the official administration company had been quite unhelpful and then my parents a letter to say they can confirm they haven't got it. he then said, he refused us taking the dress with us he refused us taking the dress with us today and said we have to wait until monday for procedural reasons. which is unbelievable and my mum was obviously beside herself. i wasn't there because i'm in london. but they do assure us we will have it back on monday. right now i still
haven't got it in my hands. you have still not got it? it has still not been cleaned ? still not got it? it has still not been cleaned? but you are confident that... are they planning to send it to you or your parents? it's going to you or your parents? it's going to be going to my mum and dads house. hopefully i will be there with it as well. absolutely. i hate to ask you but how do you feel? you must be delighted? ayling i'm over the moon. it has been the most surreal 2a hours. my mum who obviously it is so important to as well, she is so overjoyed. and so upset having to hand it back to this administrator. there have been mixed emotions! three cyclists died in london this
week. in comparison to nine who died in the whole of last year. in front of the treasury holding one minute's silence. despite the freezing weather these cyclists and pedestrians are here to pay tribute to those killed on the roads. and to call for change. allan london's dopey areas killing 25 londoners a day and that needs to change. the second thing we are asking for is 10% of the transport budget by 2020 to be spent on cycling and walking infrastructure to make our streets that the people. this week has been the deadliest week so far in the capital, with three cyclists and to pedestrians being killed. a stark reminder of how dangerous travelling in london can be. some attending the pictures of victims to their clothes, others wearing gas masks as a symbol of their anger towards their pollution in the capital.
victoria lost a leg after she was hit by a lorry. i was off work for a long time. it is life changing injury. i missing a leg. it has been massively affecting. it's really important that we do this because the people in charge needs to hear that we need to make some changes. the mayor of london says he is determined to make cycling safer for londoners. addressing the most dangerousjunctions, londoners. addressing the most dangerous junctions, increasing the number of cycle lanes and removing dangerous lorries from the streets. as refunding, the department for transport insisted his spending millions improving cycle safety. protesters here may not agree with those current plans but they hope —— but the hope all parties share is that fewer lives are destroyed by road accidents in the future. thousands of british school children are to be offered lessons in cyber—security. it's to encourage more teenagers
to pursue a career in britain defending against online attacks. here's tom symonds: daniel kelly's a convicted teenage hacker, facing a jail sentence. in 2015, he took part in the massive digital break—in at the phone company talk talk. but what if his potential had been harnessed at an earlier age? he might have ended upjoining a new breed of apprentices learning the cyber security trade like these at bt‘s headquarters. with that in mind, the government is putting up £20 million, for nearly 6,000 schoolchildren aged 1a and above to take four hours of cyber security lessons after school each week. we think that will help seriously with this shortage of cyber skills that we've got. now, of course, we will always keep it under review, in case this needs to get bigger, but getting it going on that scale, i think shows serious ambition to make sure that we can
have the pipeline of talent that we will need in the years ahead. while the police are stepping up the fight, this is not a threat which can be defeated on the ground by raiding the hackers. the cyber crime battlefield will be online and britain's gchq will be its command centre. 58,000 people are now employed in the growing anti—hacking industry. but more will be needed and the government knows it has to start finding them when they are young. there's to be a highly unusual auction on tuesday, which will sell gadgets belonging to british secret agents — who worked behind enemy lines during the second world war. the ‘special operations executive' were based on baker street and had their ‘laboratory‘ in the cellars of the natural history museum. robin gibson has been looking at the gadgets on offer. they look like props for a vintage james bond movie, designed by white
coated boffins who spend their days thinking of bizarre weapons and secret gadgets to break their agents on the ground out of one tight spot another. to the naked eye this looks like an ordinary fountain pen. and it unscrews, it reveals quite some —— sinister dagger. this would have been used by an agent if need be to fight his way out of the corner or to eliminate an enemy century. this watch concealed microphone to record conversations. i parata made of jagged conversations. i parata made of jagged wire conveys its horrific use. they all date back to the second world war and were issued to agents and commanders dropped behind enemy lines. the items range from the gruesome to be incredibly ingenious. what about these? here is a uniform badge which unscrews to reveal a compass, useful for an escaping raf pilot. what about this? a key. the end unscrews to me the
compartments useful for a coded message, perhaps. 0r compartments useful for a coded message, perhaps. or some compartments useful for a coded message, perhaps. 0rsome sort compartments useful for a coded message, perhaps. or some sort of suicide pill. what was a person buys this? mostly historians, keeping it to keep the history and the story of these people alive. edward was attached to both the sas and the special operations executive during world war ii. we all had buttons that could be used as compasses. it was the laboratory that was in the natural history museum seller. it was where all these gadgets were being invented and tested. murderous weapons may not be everyone's cup of tea, not least as the auction takes place on valentine's day. but the collection is expected to go for thousands of pounds. that report from robin gibson. the british sailor alex thomson says he'll compete again in the next vendee globe race.
last month he claimed second place in the gruelling solo round—the—world yacht race — only 16 hours behind the french winner. 0ur correspondent steve humphrey caught up with him on his arrival back into gosport. alex thomson's exploits in the round the world race captured the imagination of millions of people. today he is being given a rousing welcome here in his hometown of gosport on the hampshire coast. all the way round this race, he was trying to catch up with the leader in his damaged boat. in the end, he had to settle for second place on the finishing line of the french coast. but today thousands of people have turned out to welcome him home. what do you think? a huge welcome home. it's amazing. very emotional. it's great to be able to sit down
and share it with my son and the whole family. does it bring it home to you just how many people were following you? it's amazing. when you're out there you are isolated. when you come back and see such a massive welcome, it's incredible. what are your next plans? the next big project will be to put together a competitive challenge. that is our mission. we got to get the right tea m mission. we got to get the right team of people together, the funding. hopefully we can bring in a british winner. first place next time? premier! it means first. the objective now is to put together that bids to try to win the race in 2020. john hammond has the weather. till evening. for many of us a cold
and raw day. still some snow in some places it the night. at low levels across some eastern cape is a big winds. further snowfall of the peak district and the pennines. rain and sleet in other areas. temperatures close to freezing and icy stretches around. as we head into sunday morning. the best sunshine on sunday reserved for the far north—west of scotland. a lot of cloud around, and mixture of rain and sleet. the focus for a snow up mixture of rain and sleet. the focus for a snow up over mixture of rain and sleet. the focus for a snow up over the higher parts of the pennines. mostly rain or sleet further down the hill. dry across the south—east but the best of the sunshine in the far north—west. temperatures in some spots struggling to get higher than two or three degrees all day. signs of spring? it's going to be a struggle to the early part of next week but by the middle of the week it's going to feel a lot nicer. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump says he's considering a "brand new" executive travel order after his initial
attempt was overturned by the federal courts. his current order stops citizens from seven mainly muslim countries travelling to the us. the eu's most senior official, jean claude—juncker, has said he doubts whether the remaining 27 members can maintain a united front as they negotiate britain's exit from the bloc. campaigners led by the labour peer lord dubs have delivered a petition signed by 50,000 people to downing street urging theresa may to allow more unaccompanied child refugees into britain. conservationists in new zealand say another 240 pilot whales have become stranded in a remote bay on the south island in one of the country's biggest beachings for 100 years. and the hunt for a missing 115—year—old family wedding dress is
over. the dress, which disappeared from a dry cleaners after it had gone bust, has been found. the owner launched a social media campaign to find the dress, which had been worn by her grandmother in 1870. to the sport, of which there is 20. good evening. there is an awful lot of sport, we will get to what has been going on in an already interesting afternoon in the premier league, but we're going to start with the rugby union six nations. wales hosting england. england did have an 8—6 lead, a ben youngs try for england. a penalty each for both sides before young's went over in the 18th minute. reduced to 8—6, leigh halfpenny kicked the welsh points. wales have just
leigh halfpenny kicked the welsh points. wales havejust scored leigh halfpenny kicked the welsh points. wales have just scored a try, 11—8, and wales have the advantage with just a couple of minutes left to go until half—time. it has been an excellent first—half. earlier, ireland thrashed italy 63-10 in earlier, ireland thrashed italy 63—10 in rome. they dominated with nine tries for their biggest ever six nations win. to reach the study or 0lympic six nations win. to reach the study or olympic gold turf, ireland have distance to make up. unlike last weekend, ireland were quick out of the blocks, and after early pressure, keith earls got the first score. ireland's desperation led to italy being awarded a penalty try, and one of their players sent for a ten minute sit down. a man down? not a problem. for a ten minute sit down. a man down? nota problem. instead, a piece of six nations history. this try makes ireland the first side to
pick upa try makes ireland the first side to pick up a four try bonus point. his contribution did not end up there. he skipped in for his third try. brian 0'driscoll the first irish —— last irish player to score a hat—trick. that was six years ago. the visitors encountered little resistance. the second—half replacement craig gilroy also got a hat—trick. if you're going to travel, do it in style. england made it two wins out of two in the women's six nations, as they thrashed wales 63—0 at cardiff arms park. a bonus point was secured after just 22 park. a bonus point was secured afterjust 22 minutes, and they went into the break with a 38—0 lead. england continued to dominate in the second half, thomson grabbing a hat—trick. wales unable to find a reply. 63—0 the final score. terrific game, nowhere near as easy
as the score might make it look. i know the girls will be hurting, and they put a fantastic effort up. what do you put that win down to, all those tries? just or execution, we talk a lot about how we want to play the game, we saw couple of areas we wanted to get the ball into today, and we did it well. but more than anything, frame of mind. let's have a quick look at the result from rugby union's premiership, leicestertigers result from rugby union's premiership, leicester tigers back up premiership, leicester tigers back up to fifth after a bonus point win over gloucester. defending champions saracens were surprised by worcester, who beat them 24—18. saracens would have gone top of the year should —— top of the premiership. the north london football side arsenal are level with tottenham furneaux. their manager arsene wenger was cagey about his future
with the club. —— tottenham for now. arsenal are united in gratitude but divided in faith, arsene wenger is the dominant figure in their history, but what about the future? he mentioned when we were talking last night that he's coming to the end. i have never heard him say that. alexis sanchez scored, but he needed a hand. hull city channelled their protest into increasing pressure. in their relegation fight, every chance matters, and so does every decision. kieran gibbs denied them a goal—scoring opportunity, the card yellow, not red. the tigers threatened until they conceded a late penalty. lucas sent off for his handball. sanchez finally settled this question, and how arsenalfans
needed a good day. my needed a good day. myjob is to make people happy, and when i don't do it, ifeel of course guilty. how the final three months of arsenal's season pans out may depend on whether these words prove true. manchester united are unbeaten after their defeat of watford. they are just one point behind fourth placed manchester city. gomez was watford's hero, making sure they did not lose by more goals. people sometimes forget that teams like watford, stoke, many of the medium teams, they have very good players. and they look to this team, and these players were in italy when i was and these players were in italy when iwas in and these players were in italy when i was in italy, and they were playing in napoli, in milan, in latvia will. these are top layers
with top experience. the players are good, these teams are much better than in the past. they can discuss results with the top teams, i am even more pleased because these reports are very important. last week sunderland won their match 4-0, this last week sunderland won their match 4—0, this week they lost with the same score. southampton's first two goals came from gabbiadini. we made a couple of defensive mistakes, but overall when the expectation goes on us to win, i think that is when we have not taken it. we had a chance to move out of the bottom three today, and we just did not... we were not quite good enough to do it. crystal palace remain just one enough to do it. crystal palace remainjust one point above sunderland, after their defeat to stoke city. stoke have moved back
into the top half of the table, and crystal palace are left still looking for their second league win since sam alla rdyce looking for their second league win since sam allardyce took over. second place tottenham havejust kicked off against liverpool, and it is still 0—0 at anfield. just coming up is still 0—0 at anfield. just coming up to eight minutes on the clock there, we will keep you posted on that one. no goals at the moment. west brom scored a late equaliser to share the points with west ham. 2— to the score, and it was goalless between middlesbrough and everton. celtic have reached the quarterfinals of the scottish cup in emphatic style. they put six goals past inverness caledonian thistle. hat tricks in back—to—back games for celtic‘s young french striker. captain scott brown rounded off the rout in injury time. also through to the quarterfinals are st mirren, aberdeen and partick
thistle, and in the scottish premiership, dundee and kilmarnock drew1—1. wigan warriors have got the defence of their super league title off to a winning start. catalan dragons are playing warrington wolves in the day's of the fixture —— other fixture. warrington currently leading 6—4 in that game. it is the second round of rugby league's challenge cup, amongst the teams whose names will be on the next round at sale. they beat pilkington wrecks. also through from the fixtures today at rochdale warriors, and egremont
warriors. in tennis, at i was decided by a final doubles match. watson had given britain the lead, konta lost, meaning the doubles match was a decider. britain are hoping for the first win in four years, but that depends on the other ties over this weekend, with the draw taking place on tuesday. danny willett is well placed to win golf‘s championship in malaysia. last yea r‘s golf‘s championship in malaysia. last year's masters champion moves to the next round after shooting a second successive six to seven. he made six birdies including one on each of his final two holes. native river has beaten two rivals at newbury this afternoon. he was a
co mforta ble at newbury this afternoon. he was a comfortable victor in what was an unusually small field of just three horses. the gold cup takes place on march 17. that's it for now, you can keep up—to—date with everything on the bbc sport website. we will have the bbc sport website. we will have the latest from the wales, england game, wales leading 13—8, and it is still 0—0 between liverpool and totte n ha m. still 0—0 between liverpool and tottenham. we will have more at 6:30pm. there's a warning that public parks are at risk of falling into neglect because the funding to maintain them is under pressure. a committee of mps says opening hours have been cut, play equipment removed and litter left uncleared, as john maguire reports. what have parks ever done for us? we've taken up tennis. we're not very good! we're not wimbledon standard. it's got all the facilities for the kids. it feels almost wild, even though
you're in the centre of london. this is very close to my house, so we don't have far to walk with the children. it's the perfect place to walk, it's quite big and there is a cafe over there. they may be loved, but the crucial question surrounds their value, and of course their cost. so for the past six months a committee of mps has been asking that question and listening to the answers. it found that with council budgets so tight, many local parks are at a tipping point. what of their viability, what of their future? how can they be saved? instead of regarding parks as only a leisure and recreation area of service, we should be thinking about parks as big contributors to public health and to environmental policy and to community cohesion. and maybe they can be re—prioritised. but there is a fundamentally a problem about the level of cuts that local authorities have been experiencing. we started to do some work
and eventually created a ten—acre nature reserve. we have planted 60,000 trees to encourage flora and fauna. the innovation started here on the edge of the pennines, in 0ldham, more than 30 years ago. it's vital for the community to have this sort of open space. if it's looked after and maintained, it's for their benefit. as well as the nature reserve there is a community garden and a football pitch. it is the result of partnerships between the council, the charity groundwork and local volunteers. a model example of how public green spaces can determine their own future. it was a redundant piece of land, fly tipping and things like that. from that, we were able to create this community garden and help out with adding some elements to the sports pitch. it helped the group service the community a lot more, and more and more people could get involved with that.
long—term it is a cost saving to the council, but the councils have to be responsible about what they are doing. the mps are calling on the government and local authorities to ensure they have strategic plans in place for these emeralds, these green jewels in the crown. they believe parks must remain publicly owned, open to all and free of charge. from flood management to healthy living to biodiversity of wildlife, our parks and green spaces can be the lungs and the heart of our increasingly urbanised lives. another 240 pilot whales have become stranded in a remote bay in new zealand — in what conservationists say is the country's biggest beaching for 100 years. the pod is thought to include some of the 100 whales who were rescued from the same area yesterday. 300 whales have died in recent days.
you might find some of the scenes in this report by kathryn stanczyszyn distressing. doing whatever they can to help before it's too late. these volunteers have been working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool as they lie stranded. some say singing also helps to keep them calm, but what they really need is high tide. very quickly this tide has come racing in, and now we're all up to our knees, some people are up to their waists in water, and we're starting to get a bit of floating, and we're just helping assist the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough they can swim. this is one of the worst whale strandings in new zealand's history. 400 whales came into farewell spit on thursday. rescuers managed to refloat100 of them, but they failed to stop another stranding of 240. scientists don't know for sure why beaching happens. the whales could simply have become lost. one theory is that if a single
whale gets stuck, others follow its distress signal. but once it has happened, it can lead to devastation. for those ones that restrand there's very little chance they will ever swim away, so we have to euthanise those ones there. we do hope they coral their resources and head back out to sea. it's very difficult to manage that part of it, but dealing with the ones that are let is quite an issue. efforts are stood down overnight for safety reasons, but the logistics of trying to save these whales and then dealing with the aftermath if they can't will start again tomorrow. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news. president tramp mary write a travel ban on people from several muslim country, after his appeal was blocked by the courts. the european court could fracture in
regs that negotiations with britain, according to the eu president. lord dubs calls on the government to accept more unaccompanied child refugees, after it closed a resettlement scheme. now its time for meet the author. two writers, one book. a novel not in prose but in free verse. we come apart was produced by sarah crossan and brian conaghan, writing separately and sending each other cha pters separately and sending each other chapters using social media. it is probably the first novel created on an app. they have won awards for writing for young readers, and this isa writing for young readers, and this is a story about two youngsters who meet by chance when they are both in different kinds of trouble. she is from a violent home, he is a romanian immigrant who was the target of abuse in the street here. but who is also facing the threat of an arranged marriage back on. they
find common cause, and their secret lives come together. welcome. sarah, how did this come about? i was writing another book at the time, and! i was writing another book at the time, and i had met brian once, we had met when we were both short listed for the carnegie medal, and he sent me a message on twitter and that he was thinking about writing verse that he was thinking about writing verse novel, and then he asked if i wa nted verse novel, and then he asked if i wanted to collaborate. it was as simple as that? it was as simple as that? it was a simple as that, and we didn't know each other so there was nothing to lose. brian, did you want a helping hand? to put it crudely, yes. i wanted to
write a verse novel, and i probably didn't have the confidence to attack it individually. had he written in free verse before, orany had he written in free verse before, or any poetry? ihad,! or any poetry? i had, i had written a lot of bad poetry. but in the novel form, i hadn't. and when you started, as i said at the beginning, you used an app to communicate. how long did it take you to put this together, because it isa you to put this together, because it is a reasonably substantial brick? the first draft took about five or six weeks. it is quick, and it began with me working on an individual project and brian working on an individual project, and sending a chapter a day. but it "frenzied, —— became quite frenzied. my agent will get it after i think the book is
finished. you write something, it ta kes you finished. you write something, it takes you now, and within 20 minutes someone else has read it, was com pletely someone else has read it, was completely new to me. i had never had any experience of collaborating with anyone, so i think this experience is, for me personally, i think it was a fantastic experience. the benefit was we did not know one another, so there was no relationship to destroy. we could be brittle with each other and say, thatis brittle with each other and say, that is not good enough. is this story of the two teenagers who have, in different ways, troubled lives, in an atmosphere of some friends in difficulty and foreboding, you wrote the boy‘ voice, and you wrote the girl ‘s voice, and you wrote the girl ‘s voice, and you wrote the girl ‘s voice, and that was the way it was throughout, you never swapped ? from the first draft, it was the best way to approach, i would take on the male character and sarah would take on the female character. the first day, we took ownership of both characters. we did a line edit
ourselves. they are both very interesting characters will stop jess they are both very interesting characters will stopjess comes they are both very interesting characters will stop jess comes from a troubled background and she has gotten a troubled background and she has gotte n into a troubled background and she has gotten into trouble. the boy is a romanian immigrant with all the trouble that that entails. there is this threat of him going home, so they are really going through quite a crisis, both of them. does their friendship get them through it? i suppose so. i think that their friendship is the only thing they have at the end. jess initially looks like she has a lot in her life, she appears to have a family and friends at school, but when that all and friends at school, but when that a ll starts and friends at school, but when that all starts to unravel, and we see really what is going on withjess, and the boy steps up to save her in some ways. i don't like the idea of a female character being saved by a male character, but she saves him and he saves her in a way that no one else would have done. without going into the details of the ending, there are fears still
there and the horrors are still there and the horrors are still there at the end, it is not as if everything is expunged and some wonderful blaze of light. that is just not realistic, it is not how life works. although we wa nted not how life works. although we wanted the novel to end in a hopeful way, it still had to be realistic to what the situations were. someone is not going to come out of a family with domestic abuse and start skipping down the high road. he didn't want the story wrapped in a pink ribbon at the end customer? there is a lot of hope, and we wanted to create that, but in the terms of creating a nice happy ending, it would not have fitted in with story and the characters. what do you think, because this is your first expedition into writing in the novel form, what do you think that form rock to these characters, what did it allow you to do in terms of giving them advice? the paucity of language that you have with the form, every word has
to mean something, it has to have a significance, and i think especially these characters, they do not have a voice in their environment, they are marginalised, and they use the slang which with each other. we are talking about street language, some of it fairly rough. the boy's english is very characterful in the sense that it is partial. i note what it is like to live in a place where you can speak the language and you feel very isolated within that. and the tools that you have to use, irrespective of right or wrong, it is all about medication for the boy, he or wrong, it is all about medication forthe boy, he is or wrong, it is all about medication for the boy, he is not necessarily interested in getting to the finer aspects of the language —— communication. you must have discovered quite a lot about each other as writers as well? i suppose so. the process was so
interesting because we literally did not have a conversation, it was all online, ryan sent me the first chapter, i sent him another chapter, and we did not have a discussion about where we were going to go or what we were going to do. was that deliberate you wanted to do your own thing and have it protected ? we wa nted protected ? we wanted to see how the characters would develop rather than as having too much input into that. that made it really exciting. there were moments in the story with everything is that i did not expect to happen, andi is that i did not expect to happen, and i had to go with it because that was brian's decision. you are both very successful in your own right, you are a multi—award winning offer, sarah, and brian you have just one the children's book award, you going to do this kind of collaboration again? it isa collaboration again? it is a question we have asked ourselves. we are very busy at the moment. we have thrown a few ideas around, and we have spoken about it,
but again it is finding the time. if you think this has worked, it would be hard not to do it again, wouldn't it? you might even talk to each other. we might even have a conversation! again, without giving the ending away, you could take the story on. have you thought of that? only now. well, there you are. for me personally, if i was doing something i would like to move away from those characters. those characters, for me, have told me as much as they can tell me, and i'm finished withjess. for the moment. sarah cross and brian conaghan, thank you very much. good evening. for most of us, it has been a bleak and cold saturday.
there has been some sunshine, you had to go along way to find it, the far north of scotland. beautiful here injohn far north of scotland. beautiful here in john 0'groats. far north of scotland. beautiful here injohn 0'groats. for most of us, grey and chilly. there was some of the white stuff here, in the chilterns a good layer of snow. still some snow to come first of this. most of it initially up the hills. snow falling to lower levels across eastern counties of england, and piling up across the higher parts of the pennines. cold with temperatures hovering close to freezing, wherever you are, so the risk of some ice around. not much brightness in the sky at 9am in the morning, a mixture of rain, sleet and snow, but is quite low levels of snow in some counties of england. in the peak district, the snow could disrupt some routes. further north and west across northern ireland and scotland, not much in the way of sleet and snow, and some of the best sunshine will be across the far north—west of scotland again. for
most southern places, it will be cloudy and raw. the chill accentuated by that brisk easterly wind. again, snow up over the peak district in the pennines, elsewhere will be mostly rainy and sleet at lower levels, a bit drier across south—east. the best sunshine will be across the far north—west. it will not be worn anywhere. temperatures 2 degrees at best. the by temperatures 2 degrees at best. the rugby continuing, and in france, where scotland will be playing, it will be chilly with some sleet in the airfor sure. there will be chilly with some sleet in the air for sure. there are signs of change as we get to the early part of next week, a very windy day on monday, gale force in some western areas, but increasing amounts of sunshine, and that in itself will make it feel less chilly, particularly across southern areas. double figures in a few spots. still quite raw across the north—east. the message is through next week, we will see a warming trend. it will ta ke will see a warming trend. it will take some time for that milder air
to get established, so perhaps less cold would be the right phrase to use through the early part of the week, but by midweek some places could feel springlike in the sunshine. this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm: donald trump considers a new travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries — after his initial order was blocked by the courts. we'll win that battle, but we also have a lot of other options including just filing a brand new order on monday. the european union could facture in brexit negotiations with britain, according to the eu president. labour's lord dubs delivers a 50,000 signature petition to downing street, urging theresa may to allow more unaccompanied child refugees into britain. also in the next hour: a further 240 pilot whales become stranded on a new zealand beach.