tv BBC News at One BBC News December 7, 2017 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
the leader of the palestinian group hamas calls for an uprising after president trump's recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital. tear gas and water cannons are used as violence breaks out in palestinian areas of the west bank. we will be asking what further fallout there is likely to be from president trump's controversial announcement. president trump's controversial announcement. also this lunchtime: missed targets in a&e — the number of people waiting more than four hours in uk has more than doubled since 2013. a final report into a tram crash in croydon in south east london which killed seven passengers has concluded that the driver probably fell asleep. underfire — a university is criticised for giving its outgoing vice—chancellor more than £800,000 in pay and benefits. it cost £3 billion to build and weighs 65,000 tonnes — the queen welcomes hms queen elizabeth into the fleet. and pizza goes posh, the neapolitan
pizza gains world heritage status. world heritage status. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: premier league clubs make history in the champions league — with 5 teams from england reaching the knockout stages for the first time. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the leader of hamas, the palestinian islamist group, has called for an uprising or intifada in response to president trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. palestinians in the west bank and gaza strip are today holding a day of strikes and protests and israel's military has used water cannon against protesters in bethlehem. traditional allies of the united states,
including saudi arabia and france, have condemned president trump's decision, but israel has hailed it as "historic," and mr trump himself insists his plan will help to promote peace in the middle east. here's our correspondent tom burridge. tension is again simmering here in the israeli occupied west bank. israeli soldiers confronting pockets of palestinians, protesting after a landmark shift in us policy. in jerusalem's all city where security is always tight shops shut in the muslim quarter reflect anger. but for many israeli dues, their key ally recognising this as their capital, is long overdue. definitely historic. we have been waiting for it for a long time. i hope it does not get stuck in endless bureaucracy. the proof is in the
pudding and we are very excited about it. but for many palestinians the mood disqualifies washington as an honest broker, the noise now not about peace but resistance. in gaza hamas, the palestinian islamist group, called for another uprising. in arabic it is intifada, a word synonymous with more troubled times. translation: tomorrow will be a day of rage and the beginning of a wider move towards an uprising which we will call the intifada of jerusalem and freedom in the west bank. donald trump said he was merely recognising the reality. israel's prime minister is now claiming others will follow suit. translation: i have no doubt that once the american embassy moves tojerusalem or even that once the american embassy moves to jerusalem or even before, that once the american embassy moves tojerusalem or even before, there will be a movement of other embassies to jerusalem. the will be a movement of other embassies tojerusalem. the time has come. but the international reaction so come. but the international reaction so far suggests otherwise. in
istanbul anger directed at washington outside the us consulate last night. and america's allies like france also disagree. president macron was today at an airbase in qatar will stop a piece del between the palestinians and israelis he saysis the palestinians and israelis he says is only possible ifjerusalem has an international status. translation: the status ofjerusalem isa translation: the status ofjerusalem is a question of international security which concerns the entire international community. so as tensions rise, france and britain will express their opposition directly to the americans at a special un security council meeting tomorrow. the fear that a decades—old conflict could lead to widespread violence once again. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james robbins joins me. james, taking up on what tom was saying, this violence we have seen
is what was feared the most?m saying, this violence we have seen is what was feared the most? it was predicted widely predicted by president trump's state department who issued instructions to that effect to its own diplomats, to avoid all but essential travel to the region. what is really remarkable that was in tom's report was the scale of international unity against the position taken by president trump. it is advocating com pletely president trump. it is advocating completely different tactics, hamas and the government of the major western powers, including britain and france, who are calling for a discussion of the united states brahma decisions in the security council. it is very unusual for the europeans to be seen orchestrating a meeting in the un which is bound to be highly critical of washington. it isa be highly critical of washington. it is a remarkable moment but the hope is a remarkable moment but the hope is that such protests as there is maybe largely peaceful, not exclusively peaceful, and the pressure now on president trump,
including from boris trout the foreign secretary, is to back up his decision with definite american proposals to try to advance the peace process. borisjohnson echoing what other people have said, you have taken this provocative decision, now you have to follow it up decision, now you have to follow it up with ideas about how you really are going to advance the peace process. the number of patients waiting for over four hours to be seen in accident and emergency units across the uk has more than doubled in the past four years, according to research done by the bbc. northern ireland has the worst performance, england has seen the fastest deterioration. the government says more money is being made available in england to help hospitals cope this winter, as our health correspondent dominic hughes reports. right across the uk, accident and emergency departments have been working at full capacity. now bbc analysis shows how an already busy system is struggling to cope. the waiting time target to treat or deal with 95% patients within four hours is being missed across the country.
in the past year, more than 3 million patients waited longer than four hours, an increase of i20% on four years ago. but visits to a&e are up by only 7%, to nearly 27 million. to ensure the target is met, the nhs would need to build an additional 20 a&e departments. there is no more capacity in the system. staff are working really hard, our nurses, our doctors, and we've reached a point where we unfortunately cannot meet that demand. it's clear that, over the last four years, more and more people have been attending accident and emergency departments, but it's the complexity of many of those cases that has contributed to longer and longer waits for patients, and the picture right across the uk is extremely mixed. scotland has come closest to hitting the target, while england has seen the biggest increase in those facing the long
wait, but performance is even worse in wales. northern ireland manages to see just three quarters of patients within four hours. the luton and dunstable hospital is one of the best performing in the uk, but that's taken an intense effort. we can only meet the four—hour target if we can move patients out of the emergency department and, to be able to do that, we need to have beds available within the hospital to move those patients from the emergency department, and that's where everybody working within the hospital system has a role to play. across the uk, there are efforts to control the numbers arriving at a&e while also moving patients through hospitals more quickly to free up beds, but the coming winter months will be a challenge. we know the nhs is under more pressure, because we've got more people coming to a&e. we also know that money is tight. we also know there are workforce shortages. but what i can assure everybody is that both trusts and the national
nhs have prepared better for this winter than they have ever prepared before, but we'll have to see what happens. a busy nhs means longer waiting times and, so far, there is little sign of respite for staff or patients. dominic hughes, bbc news. with me now is our health editor hugh pym. are the pressures on a&e even more intense this winter the last? are the pressures on a&e even more intense this winter the last7m does seem like that. we had new figures today from nhs england stay in bed occupancy in hospitals in the most in bed occupancy in hospitals in the m ost rece nt in bed occupancy in hospitals in the most recent week was 9a.5% above where it was a year ago. the issue of bed availability is key to all of this because if beds cannot be freed up this because if beds cannot be freed upfor this because if beds cannot be freed up for new patients coming in, you get a backlog going back into a&e and these long wait there. discharging patients is a problem as we have heard so many times because of social care issues. if an elderly
patient is medically fit but cannot be found somewhere to go because something has not been set up at home, that causes problems. yes, more money has been invested in social care by the government in england and, yes, the government has made more money available in the budget for the nhs to deal with winter pressures. but there is a feeling that is too little, too late. looking back with this bbc research it shows the relentless rise in patient numbers coming through the door, but even more of them waiting longer than four hours. it has gone down a bit in scotland but rapidly up in england. and how much is this down to people going to a&e when they do not need to? there is an element of that. the way best hospitals deal with it, including luton and dunstable, is to have senior doctors near the front door of the hospital, and gps, so you can ta ke of the hospital, and gps, so you can take people out of the equation and send them back into the community because they do not need to be there. but there are people who feel
they are not getting what they need from their local gp, they are not getting the cover they want outside hospital and they want to be there. the nhs in england feels there is a big education robo people here who are going to see a pharmacist and not coming to a&e, are going to a gp, and they think that is the best way of taking pressure off this winter. and if you want to find out what waiting times are like at your hospital service, go to the bbc‘s nhs tracker page on the website. you just need to put in your postcode. accident investigators have concluded that the driver of the tram which crashed in croydon last year killing seven passengers and injuring dozens more had probably dozed off as the tram approached a sharp bend at high speed. investigators made a number of investigations, including introducing automatic braking systems and putting in tougher windows and doors. going far too fast around a tight
bend that killed seven people and injured more than 60. now the official report suggests the driver may have temporarily nodded off. you can see just how tight this band is. the tram was meant to be going around it at 13 miles an hour, a snail‘s pace, like we are now. it actually went around the bend at nearer 45 miles an hour. 0ne actually went around the bend at nearer 45 miles an hour. one of the survivors was standing exactly where iam standing survivors was standing exactly where i am standing now checking his phone. the injury i sustained on the tram that they just phone. the injury i sustained on the tram that theyjust changed my life. it is more than a year ago, but the memories are fresh. i pulled my foot away and i held into the pole in front of me and i said, god, please save my life. there were people screaming and shouting underneath the tram because they were trapped.
please do not serve on me, i am still alive. he thinks passengers tried to warn the driver. normally when they approach that corner it normally slows down. but that date everybody knew, everybody was screaming and shouting back down the door, but we did not get any correspondence from the driver. investigators found other worrying fa cts . investigators found other worrying facts. another tram nearly derailed on the same cornerjust nine days before but it was not investigated properly. nine drivers admitted they had used emergency or heavy braking on the same bend but were worried about reporting near misses. there was talk about inadequate speed signs. half of the passengers were thrown out through smashed windows and doors, the main cause of injuries and deaths. investigators say trams should have tougher doors and glass in the future. marilyn logan lost her husband philip in the
accident. she is furious at the tram operator did not act on previous speeding events. very angry because these procedures should be there to protect the public. that is not protecting the public. the driver is still being investigated on suspicion of manslaughter. since the accident newsbeat signs have gone up and there is a new system that vibrates the seat if the driver closes their eyes for more than a second. survivors are living with this accident every day. second. survivors are living with this accident every daylj second. survivors are living with this accident every day. i don't know what to say. it changed my life completely. it changed my life completely. downing street says the government is "close to an agreement" on the status of the irish border after brexit, although there is more work to be done. the eu says a proposalfrom the uk is needed by sunday at the latest, in advance of a summit next week. let's speak to our political correspondent chris mason at westminster.
the clock is ticking, and the government's under a lot of pressure to come up with a solution that will satisfy all sides? yes. to describe this as rather tricky would be the mild understatement of the morning. as things stand there is no breakthrough, said the european commission said this morning there was no white smoke yet, in their words. downing street is saying that they are close but there is still more work to be done. we now know of a new deadline, a redefinition of when the end of this week is. the european commission are saying as far as they are concerned there is an till the end of sunday for the uk to come forward with a new plan. why? 0n to come forward with a new plan. why? on monday morning civil servants, known as sherpas because they are meant to guide the way to they are meant to guide the way to the summit, that european summit started a week today that will decide whether or not sufficient progress has been made to talk about
the next stage, to talk about the future relationship. meanwhile, back here criticism from 19 remain supporting conservative mps in the direction of their brexit supporting collea g u es direction of their brexit supporting colleagues saying they have acted irresponsibly in restricting the prime minister, making it harderfor her to negotiate. a reminder of the multidimensional, multinational, mighty complicated nature of these negotiations. there are critics and different compromises to consider. our top story this lunchtime: tear gas and water cannons are used as violence breaks out in the palestinian west bank, following president trump's recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital. coming up: ‘tis the season to be jolly, and this group of actors is gearing up for the great muslim panto. coming up in sport: russian sports federations are to decide next week whether they will accept
an invitation from the ioc for athletes who prove themselves "clean" to compete at the winter games in pyeongchang. this is the the largest and most expensive warship ever built for the royal navy. the queen commissioned hms queen elizabeth at a ceremony in portsmouth attended by 4,000 people. the ship, which won't take part in military operations until 2021, cost more than £3 billion and has become the flagship of the fleet. 0ur defence correspondentjonathan beale has been watching it all. well, despite the weather, this is a bright day for the royal navy. this ship will be in service for the next 50 yea rs. as ship will be in service for the next 50 years. as you say, the largest, most expensive warship now being
commissioned by her majesty the queen into service, and the white ensign raised for the first time. a day of pride for the royal navy, and a chance to look to the future and, for now, forget about recent defence cuts and fears of even more. this, the day the nation's largest ever warship is commissioned into service. it's been a long, complicated but committed journey to get to this point, and commissioning the ship is a key milestone in that. it's been one of the biggest engineering projects ever undertaken, a national endeavour involving more than 10,000 people across the uk, helping build this, the first of two massive new carriers, all assembled in rosyth. 0ver carriers, all assembled in rosyth. over the past few months, hms queen elizabeth and her 700 strong crew have been testing her at stephen dodd russia has already described
her as a large convenient target. but the government says she will be a potent weapon and a symbol of british military power. two years ago, the queen named her. today, she made herfirst visit ago, the queen named her. today, she made her first visit on board, ago, the queen named her. today, she made herfirst visit on board, in front of 4000 guests in the ship's cavernous hangar that will eventually hold the carrier's aircraft. may god's blessing be an this ship and your endeavours to uphold the endeavours of the royal navy in the service hopper majesty the queen be crowned with success and happiness. and the raising of the white ensign for the first time, meaning she is now legally recognised as a royal navy warship. the nation's future flagship saluted with a fly past. a true flagship for the 21st century, the most powerful and capable ship ever to raise the white ensign, she will in the years
and decades ahead represent this country's resolve on the global stage. she will be a giant of the sea, but at a price of more than £3 billion. thejet that sea, but at a price of more than £3 billion. the jet that will fly off her will cost millions more. and, despite the cheering, this at a time when there is talk of further defence cuts. this is another milestone, not the end of the journey. this is another milestone, not the end of thejourney. next this is another milestone, not the end of the journey. next year, this is another milestone, not the end of thejourney. next year, queen elizabeth will be conducting flight trials, first with helicopters and then with those us 35jets, each costing about £100 million, and then she will go on her first military deployments in 2021. bath spa university has defended its decision to give its departing vice chancellor £808,000 in pay and benefits. it comes a week after the vice—chancellor at neighbouring bath university announced
she was resigning, following controversy over her pay. adina campbell reports. known for its popular teacher training courses, bath spa university prides itself as one of the uk's leading creative institutions. it's also one of the country's smallest universities, but it's now been revealed that payments to its departing vice chancellor, professor christina slade, are thought to be the highest in the university sector, reigniting anger about excessive vice chancellor play. £800,000 for a former vice chancellor is outrageous, and for bath spa university to be paying this shows they are accountable to nobody in effect. we need an independent enquiry into vice chancellors' pay and, until that's done, i think the government should impose a
done, i think the government should imposea cap done, i think the government should impose a cap of no more than £200,000 for any vice chancellor per year. bath spa university said it paid professor slade a sum which reflected her contractual and statutory entitlements and was considered to represent value for money. 0n considered to represent value for money. on top of her quarter of £1 million salary, professor christina slade was also paid £429,000 for loss of salary, £89,000 of pension contributions, plus a housing allowa nce contributions, plus a housing allowance and other benefits amounting to £40,000. a total of £808,000. you are talking an enormous amount of money, and you are talking about this set against stu d e nts are talking about this set against students having high levels of debt, staff finding their pensions are being attacked, knowing that they have a system that is under real pressure. this isn't the first time
that bath has hit the headlines over vice chancellor play. last week, professor dame glynis broke well, britain's highest—paid vice chancellor, announced she was resigning from bath university in a row over her £468,000 salary. —— glynis breakwell. row over her £468,000 salary. —— glynis brea kwell. the row over her £468,000 salary. —— glynis breakwell. the government has told universities from next year they have to justify paying staff more than £155,000, in what campaigners say is a bloated and out of date big bucks system. a senior counterterrorism officer has pleaded guilty to leaving confidential documents in a car. he admitted leaving them in a carfor 45 days before they were stolen in may. —— for four or five days. an investigation has been launched into whether momentum, which supports jeremy corbyn, broke spending rules during the general election. the electoral commission
is considering if the grassroots campaigning organisation spent more money than is legally allowed, and if it accurately recorded donations. there's been yet another outbreak of wildfire in southern california, hitting the state's main costal highway and reaching the pacific ocean. the homes of more than 150,000 people have been evacuated in an area north of los angeles, and hundreds of buildings have been damaged. james cook has sent this report. no one can escape from nature, not even in bel—air, one of the wealthiest suburbs on earth. all day, there's been a battle to save homes here, and the owners have been rushing to grab what they can as they flee from their mansions. we built this house 13 years ago. never seen anything like it. do you think the firefighters are going to save it? they are my heroes. i'm hoping. it's in gods and the firefighters' hands. and those heroes are being helped by much lighter winds, for now. so, with the potential winds, 0k, and the fires developing, those embers can fly a distance away, spark—firing canyons below us. and you are worried that that might be what happens,
because the winds are forecast to get up? that's correct. the media mogul rupert murdoch's vineyard property is one of those which is smouldering, but helicopters have been making good use of the lull in the weather. well, these firefighters are now battling a blaze in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in los angeles. we are surrounded by expensive homes, and this fire is likely to get worse this afternoon, when the winds pick up. it was in the beach—side city of ventura where the first wildfire exploded with terrifying speed. driven by ferocious desert winds whipping down the dusty canyons. and last night itjumped the main coastal motorway, causing terror for drivers. to the left is bel—air. to the right is, hmm... is that bre ntwood ? is brentwood. it has barely rained here in la for six months, and you can tell.
many scientists say climate change is driving more frequent and more destructive wildfires. for california, this is yet another grim wake—up call. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. australia's parliament has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same—sex marriages, after months of intense nationwide debate. there was cheering, clapping and hugging as parliament's lower house approved the measure. a national poll showed a majority of australians were in favour of same—sex unions. chart—topping singer—songwriter ed sheeran has been awarded an mbe by the prince of wales for his musical achievements and his charity work. the award—winning celebrity, whose latest album divided spent more than 15 weeks at the top of the charts, received the honour at buckingham palace. world heritage status — conferred by the unesco — is usually awarded to buildings
or to sites of special importance. but today the art of neapolitan pizza—making has been honoured by the cultural body. pizza—makers in naples say they'll celebrate by giving out — guess what — free pizza in the streets. james reynolds has been hoping to get a slice. you might not think that pizza here in naples needs unesco protection. there are plenty of people queueing up. but it's now of the world's intangible heritage. if i can get past here, i want to show you how it's done. this is the pizza maker. unesco decided what he's doing here... have a look at how he's kneading the dough. what he's doing here is unique to naples. it may be copied across the world, but it started here first. they speak italian. he's very happy. obviously, a leading question. then have a look here at what happens to the world's intangible heritage. it goes into the oven for about two minutes. it may be intangible but, in the end, you can eat it. james reynolds in naples, hoping to
sample some world heritage pizza. what's thought to be britain's first—ever muslim pantomime premiers this month. it will be touring six cities. bbc asian network's shabnam mahmood has more. final rehearsals for the great muslim panto, billed as the first of its kind. it's not much different from your average production, but this one's been made with muslims in mind and includes a regularfrom the bbc hit comedy citizen khan. it's a muslim cast, a full muslim cast for the first time, and the storyline is a little bit different as well. there's a bit of good teaching islam implemented in it as well. we get a lot of stick from certain people who say that we don't integrate enough, but you can't get more integrated than a muslim panto, can you? # so the story goes...
although it follows the real life story of an orphan girl, the production keeps in mind the traditional christmas pantos — plenty of songs, costume changes and comedy. it's been created and performed by a muslim family cast of seven, which includes the baby. it's got all the traditional slapstick, it's got the "he's behind you", all of that in it, but it's just got a bit of our history, too. it's actually an opportunity for people like muslim women to say, you know what, i wear a hijab but i can still go on stage and act and i can still do my dream, so we're giving a platform for them. the performance is notjust restricted to a muslim audience but organisers are hoping for more people from the islamic faith to come to the show, proving that pantomime is for everyone. i told you to poison the red apple! i did poison the red apple. the great muslim panto will tour six cities across the country and is expected to raise thousands
of pounds for charity. shabnam mahmood, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. as storm caroline arrived? yes, and she is influencing the weather story, but not you would think, because we have storm force winds across the north of scotland and an amber weather warning in force but, once this frontal system plays away, it's going to open floodgates for bitterly cold arctic airto push floodgates for bitterly cold arctic air to push right across the country. it will feel pretty miserable out there for the next couple of days, a really wintry flavour to the weather. for now, we've still got some rain in the far south—east to tearaway. behind it,