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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at three. police in canada say they're treating the deaths of the billionaire businessman barry sherman and his wife honey, as suspicious. south africa's president jacob zuma addresses the governing anc party, which is meeting to choose a new leader. we are inspired by the history of the anc that was made in this venue as we charted the way forward for oui’ as we charted the way forward for our movement. a leading brexit—supporting mp says he's unhappy about the idea of britain staying in the single market and customs union during any transition period. we cannot be a colony of the european union for two years from 2019 to 2021, accepting new laws that are made without any say—so of the british people, parliament or government. the renowned scientist
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and television presenter heinz wolff has died at the age of 89. we'll talk to his son about his memories of his father shortly. the ashes are slipping away from england. australia captain steve smith hits a double century, as his side takes complete control of the third test in perth. and in half an hour here on bbc news, click investigates the weird world of quantum computing. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. barry sherman, a billionaire who founded canada's largest drugs firm, and his wife honey, have been found dead
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at their home in toronto. police described the deaths as suspicious, but said they were not being treated as murder. angus crawford reports. one of toronto's richest suburbs, a house for sale. in the basement, a discovery, two bodies, a man and a woman. barry sherman and his wife, honey, one of the richest couples in the country. police cannot yet say what happened. the circumstances of their death lead us to believe that there may be suspicious circumstances. it is an investigative tool. until we know exactly how they died, we treat it as suspicious, barry sherman, who was 75, is thought to be worth more than £2 billion. he made his money in pharmaceuticals, setting up apotex in the 1970s, and building it into one of the biggest drugs companies in the world. stepping down as chief
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executive in 2012, he dedicated himself to charity work. today, canadian premier justin trudeau said that he and his wife sent their condolences to the sherman's family and friends and everyone touched by their vision and spirit. this woman, an employee, came to the couple's home to place flowers and pay her respects. people are in shock, crying. people looked up to him. they are genuinely heartbroken. for now, the investigation continues into two deaths which leave a community in shock, and a family in mourning. a special meeting to elect a new leader of south africa's governing party, the anc, has been delayed by arguments over who is allowed to vote.
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president jacob zumawho‘s been beset by allegations of corruption is standing down. there are fears among members that the vote could split the party ahead of the next presidential election in 2019. 0ur correspondent pumza fihlani reports. a call for change by members of the embattled african national congress. these are some of the delegate who'll be voting for the anc leader. the party has never been more divided but it's time to present a united front. these people waiting patiently have the future of the anc in their hands and possibly south africa's. underjacob zuma's leadership, the party has been plagued by allegations of corruption and croneyism and the row over his governments has split the party down the middle. there is a desire that the vote should bring africa's oldest liberation movement back together. i hope that on the conference floor
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people will find one another. this has not been easy, for the last five years. it's a hope against hope, but i hope that, you know, the life of the anc will somehow surge today. the anc has been losing support and the two candidates have very different ideas on how to arrest that decline. it's been such a bitter fight that whoever wins will have the difficult task of bringing the opposing faction on board. but with a national election in just two years, many say unless the party cleans up house, it could find itself out of power for the first time since the end of apartheid. 7? newsub 7 7 newsub president zuma 77 newsub president zuma has been addressing the conference in johannesburg. he says the party faces many challenges but he said they must stay together. as we begin this conference in which
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we must attend to enormous challenges facing our movement and oui’ challenges facing our movement and our country, we are reminded of our comrade‘s council when he delivered his political report in durban in june, 1991 when he said "we did not tear ourselves apart because of lack of progress at times, we were always ready to accept our mistakes and to correct them. " a leading supporter of brexit has said the uk cannot become a colony of the eu during the expected 2 year transition period after britain's withdrawal in march 2019. jacob rees mogg, made the comments after eu leaders yesterday agreed to move to the next phase of brexit discussions in the new year.
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they also suggested the uk would continue to participate in the single market and remain under thejurisdiction of the european court ofjustice during any transition phase. the date when the uk leaves the eu march 29 2019 is now likely not to be set in law. a short time ago i spoke with our political correspondent tom barton. he began by explaining the source of jacob rees mogg's frustrations. this was published by the european council after that summit that theresa may attended earlier in the week. now, i'm sure you will remember back in september at a speech in florence, theresa may committed the government to trying to get a transition deal for about two years and essentially, what this does is lay out what the eu thinks that transition period involves. in essence, what they are saying
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is that the uk will have to continue to accept eu laws, but also to accept any changes or new laws which were introduced during that period. on top of that, they'll have to carry on with things like free movement and carry on accepting the judgments of the european courts of justice. but it's that detail around having to accept changes to laws which is really getting jacob rees—mogg worried. the prime minister's consistently said that she is in favour of an implementation which means we leave in march 2019 and that the consequences of leaving are implemented. but we cannot be a colony of the european union for two years from 2019—2021 accepting new laws that are made without any say—so of the british people, parliament or government. that is not leaving the european union, that is being a vassell state of the european union and i would be very surprised if that
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were government policy. does he have support for his view? 0n the broad issue of transition period, there is generally consensus within the conservative party. after the florence speech, the idea of a couple of years of transition was generally accepted and it was mostly for the reason that although trade talks are going to start now, formal trade negotiations can't begin until after britain has left the european union and so it seems that across—the—board the view‘s been taken that some sort of transition period which gives continuity for business while those detailed trade negotiations are taking place is broadly a good thing, there are though, as we heard from jacob rees—mogg the questions around the detail of that and in particular whether or not we should be forced to accept changes to the rules after we've left. on that broad issue today, philip hammond, the chancellor,
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on a visit to china, was asked whether britain was committed to essentially maintaining the status quo. in his answer, he said "yes". we will no longer be members of the european union. we won't technically or legally be in the customs union or in the single market, but we are committed, as a result of the agreement we have made this week, to creating an environment which will effectively replicate the current status quo so that businesses can carry on trading with their commercial partners across the european union as they do now. borders will operate as they do now and financial services, businesses will be able to carry on conducting their business across borders, as they do now. so it seems nor the transition period at least, things so it seems for the transition period at least, things
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are going to stay the same. 0bviously beyond that, it's all down to the trade deal which is going to be negotiated over the next year or so. officials in california say the biggest of the wildfires which have driven tens of thousands of people from their homes now covers nearly four hundred square miles. a firefighter has died tackling the flames north of los angeles. 0ur correspondent james cook sent this report from the town of fillmore. 12 days on and still it burns. more than 8,000 men and women are now battling this blaze, saving homes one by one. not far from here, the fire claimed the life of 32—year—old cory iverson, a firefighter, a father and a husband. he is survived by his wife, ashley, his two— year—old daughter, evie. cory and ashley are expecting a second daughter this spring. the fire has destroyed homes, too.
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more than 700 of them and another 18,000 buildings remain at risk. this is one of five homes in this tiny neighbourhood which was destroyed when the flames swept through here so fast that firefighters had to abandon the area. which ones survived and which were destroyed was a matter of pure luck. aaron lawson and his family were among the lucky ones. their home was scorched, but it survived, thanks in part to neighbours who lost everything but stayed to fight the fire. the most rewarding thing is seeing them, some of the guys who lost their houses, working with us, side by side, to keep our houses safe those first few days. all week, they have been racing to contain the fire, and with fierce winds forecast again tonight, that battle is about to intensify. james cook, bbc news, fillmore in california. austria is poised to become the only western european
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country with a far—right party in government. the conservative people's party which won the parliamentary election two months ago, but failed to secure a majority struck a coalition deal with the anti—immigration freedom party. the leaders of the two parties have met with the austrian president, who has given his approval for the deal. the head of the people's party, sebastian kurz who's 31 will be the youngest national leader in the world. former prime minister, david cameron, is to lead a uk government investment initiative with china. the announcement comes off the back of a 2—day visit to the country by the chancellor phillip hammond. mr cameron will be involved in a new1 billion dollarfund which will invest in the uk, china and other countries. earlier the bbc‘s china correspondent robin brant was asked to explain why phillip hammond was bringing david cameron back into the political fold. well, i think maybe the answer to
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thatis well, i think maybe the answer to that is more about uk institutional investors, their desire to have such a prominent figure on board, and mr cameron's desire to continue the work he did in government when he championed even closer ties, expanded ties between the uk and china. i mean, philip hammond told mea china. i mean, philip hammond told me a few hours ago at the event here in beijing that he supports this investment fund, he endorses it but it's not public money or taxpayers' money, it's not a government fund. nonetheless, david cameron, very well known, has taken a pretty low—profile since he left downing street as prime minister a year ago. he's campaigned an health causes and been involved with the national citizens service, a thing for 16—17—year—olds in the uk, but this sees him turning his aim to institutional investing and continuing that focus on trying to
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improve and expand economic ties between china and the uk. so i think philip hammond thinks that david cameron will lead this fund. it's going to invest in a swathe of projects, possibly pipelines, railways, they're all infrastructure projects and they're very closely linked with this rather awkwardly named belton road initiative, china's number one foreign policy priority and it's aimed at helping economies immediately to the west of china and beyond into with respect to develop because china believes that helps it gain access there, also helps those countries then improve their economic ties with china. but what i think it shows more than anything, and when you add it to the comments if philip hammond, is about how much the uk continues to believe in better relations with china and better economic ties, because it believes, especially as brexit approaches and then passes, that china, the world's number two economy is key to helping the uk economy grow. the first gay wedding has
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taken place in australia, since the country's marriage equality act was passed just over a week ago. marriage is the union of two people... lauren price and amy laker both wore traditional dresses as they became the first legal same—sex couple to marry at a ceremony in camden, south—west of sydney. all but 4 mps voted for australia to become the 26th country to legalise gay marriage, following 60% support from a nationwide postal referendum. the headlines on bbc news: police in canada say they're treating the deaths of the billionaire businessman barry sherman and his wife as "suspicious". the south african president, jacob zuma, has spoken of the enormous challenges facing the country and the governing anc as it chooses his successor.
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and a leading brexit supporting mp says he's unhappy about the idea of britain staying in the single market and customs union during any transition period. in sport, england's hopes of retaining the ashes are looking slim. crystal palace win away for the first time since april, beating leicester 3—0 to move out of the relegation zone. stoke‘s game against west ham is delayed due to a power cut. huddersfield are a goal up power cut. huddersfield are a goal up at watford. aberdeen thrash hibs 4-1 to up at watford. aberdeen thrash hibs 4—1 to close the gap on celtic to two points at the top of the scottish premiership. more in an hour. more than one million homes and offices across the uk
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still struggle to get good broadband according to the communications regulator. although coverage is improving, a report by 0fcom found that roughly 4% of properties in the uk were stuck with slow internet speeds. the situation is worse in rural areas, with 17% of homes having a poor connection. severn trent water has apologised to customers in tewkesbury, who are still without water because of a burst main. the company said a wide area has been affected, and it was a complicated job to get the system back to normal. severn trent has been handing out water to around 10,000 homes and businesses. it is the second major leak to hit the utility in recent months. emergency services are expecting this weekend to be one of the busiest of the year as towns and city centres are packed with christmas revellers. extra ambulance crews were brought in ahead of last night, amid concerns that so—called mad friday, the most popular day for works christmas parties, would see a surge of alcohol—fuelled incidents.
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michael cowan reports. it is one of the busiest nights of the year for our emergency services, so much so that london's ambulance service are bringing in an extra 30 crews. we're going to be incredibly busy this weekend, and we will take lots of 999 calls to patients that have suffered the effects of alcohol. that puts a massive strain on our system. it means that we will divert ambulance resources away from patients, perhaps an elderly patient on the floor with a broken hip or a baby with a broken arm, in order to attend those patients that present as immediately life—threatened. the pubs are packed and the pints are poured, but with many of us drinking to excess over the festive period, ambulance services across the country have to bring in scores of extra staff, and that puts huge pressure on our emergency services. in bath, locals have banded together on volunteer boat patrols along
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the river avon to support the stretched emergency services. and they are saving lives. cold water shock is a killer. you lose your bodily functionions, you you lose your bodily functions, you are unable to control your limbs and swim properly. the main casualties are students celebrating the end of term. 0ne fell in the river last week. we asked him, how did you get in there? not sure. i have been drinking. we whisked him away to hospital. after that we are not sure what happened in terms of, did he need further treatment. and if you had not been here? probably dead. in scotland's party capital of glasgow, pastors have been patrolling the streets. it is the volume of people coming into town, it is the fact that some people, this is their annual night out in glasgow, they're not used to the city centre,
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drinking, the temperature. the whole mixture together makes it a bit more vulnerable for them. and with tonight set to be busy again, emergency services are asking people to drink responsibly as they deal with one of the most difficult periods of the year. the renowned scientist and television presenter heinz wolff has died at the age of 89. with his trademark bow tie and hair, the german—born inventor became known to british tv audiences in the 70's and 80's on the great egg race, which encouraged teams to invent useful things out of everyday objects. we are very grateful to say that
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professor wolff's son has joined us here on bbc news. thank you for coming in, we really appreciate it. tell us about your father? well, i think one thing to say is that the person that people saw when they met him was the person that we knew at home, you know, his sense of humour, his curiosity, enthusiasm. that was oui’ his curiosity, enthusiasm. that was our father too. i have his curiosity, enthusiasm. that was ourfather too. i have to his curiosity, enthusiasm. that was our father too. i have to say, his curiosity, enthusiasm. that was ourfather too. i have to say, i've gotan ourfather too. i have to say, i've got an older brother as well. he's been described by some of his collea g u es been described by some of his colleagues at brunel university as a sparkling scientist. what was his background in science, just take us through that? he used to say that his first experience of science was doing chemistry with his father in berlin as a four—year—old holding sugarin berlin as a four—year—old holding sugar ina berlin as a four—year—old holding sugar in a test—tube over a bunsen burner and he encouraged that in us as well. we had work benches. it will horrify those concerned with health and safety, we had a bunsen
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burner at six, my brother and i, health and safety, we had a bunsen burnerat six, my brotherand i, in oui’ burnerat six, my brotherand i, in our rooms. but yes, he was just an extremely bright student. when he arrived at oxford, he was already inventing proper medical instruments in his teens. it began there. we talk of tim peak today. but your father was actually, he played a huge role in getting the first briton up in space, dr helen shahman, of course. how did he come to the world of space, what brought him there? he always thought that science was a culture thing as well and that he knew that there needed to be big projects like sending somebody into space to inspire others, particularly young people. that was one reason. he knew that there were some very big challenges
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for the human physiology when you go up for the human physiology when you go up into space, so he was the scientific director of that programme. of course, it was done through, not through state funding. i think there wasn't as much science in it in the end as he wanted but in the end, helen went into space. we are very lucky because you have brought some personal photos into us at bbc news. look at that! 0bviously at bbc news. look at that! 0bviously a sense of humour. he's been described as something of a joker as well7 described as something of a joker as well? yes. that was his natural sense of fun but he knew that it was also a way of engaging people. from just looking at some of the comments on social media, he obviously entertained as well as educated and he made no excuses for that, but it was also something absolutely within his character, you know, to have fun
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in that way. lovely picture there with a little girl. well, i mean that one i think is a lovely portrait of him showing his kindness. he was enormously valued for that quality and kindness. the one of my, i don't know if you can go back to it, with my daughter and son with a strange instrument, it was a machine that was designed to perhaps grow food on a mars mission. my perhaps grow food on a mars mission. my children had just come into the laboratory to look at it. he has been described by so, many including my husband, as inspirational. it encouraged him, for example, to go into sciences. what would he like to be remembered for? into sciences. what would he like to be remembered for7|j into sciences. what would he like to be remembered for? i think that really was important. it always struck me that he had the most desirable kind of fame because people would just stop him in the street, just as your husband said,
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they would say, you got me into science, or two paramedic teams that came to him a few days ago, they said, we used to watch you and you really explained things well and incidentally, he also had a morphine pump on him this morning or yesterday of which a little part of the mechanism was designed by him. so you can see how he touched so many people through his ingenuity, in terms of his inventing, you might say, and his great belief in educating about science and technology. i'm going to squeeze one more question in and get into trouble, but in terms of every day life and sciences, what sort of inventions do we not realise your dad played a part in? can you name a few7 dad played a part in? can you name a few? well, i think it's true to say, when you have an ecg and you have those little sticky things on, well
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backin those little sticky things on, well back in the 50ses, you literally just stuck a wire, it was glued on to the skin. i was with him in hospital and one of these rather more comfortable things with a bit of gel in them, i believe he casually said oh yes, we invented those! there are absolutely basic things you see in hospital. when he started, the hospital really was a ward with beds in it and that was all. all the paraphernalia you see around a hospital bed, he was there at the very beginning developing that sort of thing. did he like his time on tv in front of the camera? he did. it was a small part of his career but of course it's the magic box is what of course makes people so box is what of course makes people so well known. 0k. laurence wolff thank you so much for your time. pleasure. phil has the weather for
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us now. pleasure. phil has the weather for us now. there's been a split between east and west weather types totted and we keep that going for tonight as well. the chill stays across the eastern side, down through east anglia and the east midlands. fog around as well. saturday was always milder in the south—west and will bring milder air eventually through the western side of scotland and northern ireland too. that is accompanied by an awful lot of cloud and wind and rain as we start the new day on sunday. increasingly, that area of cloud and rain gradually slumps its way down towards the greater part of england and wales where it will not be a warm day through east anglia. milder air certainly dominating the scene across many of the western areas. we have something of a west—east split as far ahead as monday with the brighter of the skies being in the east, the mild air trying to win out in the west. it's the milder air that wins out as we get on through the week. seeglell;
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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 3.30pm: the canadian pharmaceutical billionaire barry sherman and his wife honey have been found dead at their home in toronto. police have described the deaths as suspicious. the south african president jacob zuma says the country and the governing anc face enormous challenges as the party gathers to vote for a new leader. a leading supporter of brexit has said the uk cannot become a "colony" of the eu during the expected two year transition period after britain's withdrawal in march 2019.
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