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on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news, the headline set 7pm. british tourist alan steel — who was on his honeymoon — is one of 61 people now being treated for coronoavirus aboard a quarintined cruiseliner in japan. things cruiseliner in japan. are things cruiseliner injapan. are happening, literally every things are happening, literally every hour, something is changing. in china, the authorities get heavy handed — forcing people suspected of having the virus into quarantine. a gp from east london is given three life sentences for commiting dozens of sexual offences against female patients. i was getting to the point where i didn't like myself very much because i wasn't being honest with myself. the tv presenter phillip schofield goes on live tv to reveal that he is gay.
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calls for more support for children who experience or witness domestic violence or abuse. the solar orbitor — set to launch next week — that should reveal the sun as it's never been seen before. and on newswatch, borisjohnson addressed the nation on the night we finally left the eu, so why didn't the bbc broadcast his speech? join us the bbc broadcast his speech? join us here at 7:45pm on bbc news. a british man who was on his honeymoon is one of 61 passengers on a cruise ship off the coast of japan who've now tested positive for coronavirus. alan steel from wolverhampton has been taken off the diamond princess for hospital treatment.
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around three and a half thousand people are still onboard the ship — which has been quarantined for two weeks. more than 31,000 have been infected — and 630 have died — almost all of them in china. here, a third person who has tested positive in the uk is in hospital in london. he'd been to a business conference in singapore. here's our medical correspondent fergus walsh. some passengers have called it a floating prison. three days into the two week quarantine off japan. passengers are being allowed to exercise on the deck wearing facemasks. but dozens on the diamond princess have been removed to hospital for treatment. among them, alan steel, on his honeymoon. he's among nearly 80 british people on board. 41 additional passengers have
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been found positive, tested for the coronavirus, one of whom is a friend of ours on honeymoon who has been... who was going to be split from his wife, on their honeymoon. he is going to be taken to a medical facility and she'll have to remain on board. there's still a lot we don't know about the virus and the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether a pandemic, a global epidemic, can be averted. it is spread through droplets, face—to—face contact within a couple of metres of an infected person. the incubation period is up to m days. it now looks less likely that people spread the infection before they have symptoms. the virus causes a fever and a cough. the majority have mild symptoms but it can cause breathing difficulties and viral pneumonia, as the lung tissue becomes inflamed. most of those who have died are elderly with underlying health problems but not all.
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dr li wenliang, one of the first people to raise the alarm about the virus, was just 34. he risked infection with close quarters with patients. ifa if a large amount of viruses coming in all at the same time, in the case ofa in all at the same time, in the case of a health care worker working with infected patients, it could be that the amount of virus in the body increases rapidly before the immune system has the chance to deal with it, which could lead to rapid onset severe disease. the world health organisation has warned of a global shortage of facemasks and other protective equipment, in part because people who don't need them are buying them. the world is facing severe disruption in the market for personal protective equipment. demand is up to 100 times higher than normal and prices
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are up to 20 times higher. the last evacuation flight of british nationals from wuhan is due to revive on sunday, with passengers then being taken to quarantine in milton keynes. fergus walsh, bbc news. the death of a chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked widespread public anger and grief in china. li wenliang — who was in his early 30s — died after contracting the virus while treating patients in wuhan — the epicentre of the outbreak. in december he sent a message to medics warning of a virus he thought looked like sars. but he was told by police to "stop making false comments." 0ur china correspondent john sudworth reports. in some cities, those suspected of being sick of being rounded up. with multiple unverified videos showing the quarantine
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squads at work. it's all adding to a growing sense of disbelief and dread. i don't want to be taken away like that, a child can be heard saying. but now the fear is turning to anger. dr li wenliang was one of the first to report science of the new strange virus. but his online posts were censored and the police made him sign this confession along with seven others, for spreading rumours. his death, from the virus, envious wuhan hospital has prompted an outpouring social media. the hashtag "i want freedom of speech", viewed nearly 2 million times before being blocked. dr li was the first whistle—blower, but no one
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cared, this man tells me. are you angry? yes, a bit, she says, but more hopeless. if they'd listened to him, the situation would be better now. on a beijing river bank, we find a tribute to the doctor. goodbye, li wenliang, it says. there can be no doubting just how sensitive a moment this now is for the chinese ruling communist party. the already simmering concern about the mishandling of the crisis, exploding into a public wave of anger and grief. and the death of a doctor, the systemic failings have been laid bare. the response, though, is likely to be more censorship. these videos of wuhan‘s hospitals, the conditions inside and the people queueing up for masks, were taken by a blogger. i spoke to him earlier this week.
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what are your thoughts about how long you can continue providing independent reporting from wuhan? translation: i'm not sure. the censorship is so strict, people's accounts are being closed down if they share my content. his family say he has now disappeared. in this public health disaster, there are real political risks, and the orders are already being sent out. maintain stability, tighten control. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. it's understood that british citizens — on the next plane chartered to bring them back from china on sunday — will be taken to a nhs facility in milton keynes for a 14 day quarantine. previously, british nationals flown home from wuhan — which is the source of the coronavirus —,
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were taken to arrowe park hospital on the wirral. well, we can speak now to dr yvonne griffiths — from birmingham city university, who was teaching english in wuhan — and was taken to that hospital last friday. she's been in quarantine since then. dr griffithsjoins us live now from there. thank you for speaking to us here on bbc news. how are you? well, i am keeping very well, thank you, or at the moment. and that is all we can hope for, day by day, is that we get up hope for, day by day, is that we get up and we feel as well as we did the day before. so at the moment i'm fine, thank you very much. how much longer have you got in quarantine? what have you been told? well, we heard just today that we are going to be released, obviously that would be dependent on everybody staying well, but the date for us to go home is now next thursday, which is the 13th of february. and as far as you
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are aware, everyone has been well, no one has fallen ill? no one in either party, as far as i... you know, there was also a second flight that came in with 11 people, and one was tested and found to be negative, so as was tested and found to be negative, so as faras was tested and found to be negative, so as far as i understand, none of that group and certainly nobody in the group that i came with has at the group that i came with has at the moment got symptoms. the group that i came with has at the moment got symptomslj the group that i came with has at the moment got symptoms. i mean, obviously you are watching div elements of this outbreak, how does it feel when you see the images that are coming out of wuhan and how the authorities there are responding, sitting in safety back in the uk? well, i think on one level it is heartbreaking, you know, i get a bit emotional because i got very, very good friends, not in wuhan, actually, although i've got a colleague who lives just outside the city, and i would worry about him and his wife, but i have some
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students from wuhan. i have very good friends in beijing, and i know that the worry is spreading there. from the comfort of arrowe park on the wirral, i feel very relieved that i'm not there. i'm very happy that i'm not there. i'm very happy that i'm not there. i'm very happy that i got back last week and that we are here in a very comfortable environment, and looking forward really to getting home next week. would you be happy to return to work in china? well, i've been told by my three children that i am not allowed to go back to china. i think they sort of want to sit on me and prevent me from going back, but they know i have a very strong attachment also, andl know i have a very strong attachment also, and i would like to think that at some point in the future when everything has gone back to normal that i would be able to return and feel safe doing so. i certainly wouldn't want to go back at the
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moment. dr griffiths, just to give us an moment. dr griffiths, just to give us an idea of what your day is like, what tends to happen once you wake 7 what tends to happen once you wake do what tends to happen once you wake 7 do you what tends to happen once you wake up? do you undergo medical checks, how are the stuff there protecting themselves? well, the staff will generally come round, we see them usually once a day, sometimes twice a day, coming to the door, checking to see if we 0k, and of course we've been asked if we have any symptoms to immediately alert the staff. today, they've just put in place the syste m today, they've just put in place the system i think is coming from public health england that they are going to send a questionnaire survey each day to our e—mail addresses, and we have two feel that in, and i presume there we will be asked about different symptoms, whether we are positive or negative for various symptoms like coughing, fever and the ones that have been publicised.
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i think the staff here have been doing a tremendous job. i think the staff here have been doing a tremendousjob. this was dropped on them very last minute, as i understand. even last friday, a lot of staff didn't know that we we re lot of staff didn't know that we were coming until late in the afternoon. they protect themselves with masks and hand sanitiser is distributed to everybody. we have it in our rooms, we have it in the kitchen, they have it out in the lobby area where they are moving around, and i'm sure they have it in the office area, where they are as well. so i think everybody is trying to take the basic precautions. 0k, dr yvonne griffiths, speedy return home come thursday. thank you very much for speaking to us, thank you. you are very welcome, thank you very much. you are watching bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this
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evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the women's editor at the telegraph, claire cohen and comment and features editor at city am, rachel cunliffe. shamima begum, who left london to join the islamic state group when she was 15, has lost the first stage of her appeal against the government's decision to remove her uk citizenship. ms begum, who's now 20, was found in a syrian refugee camp a year ago. the special immigration appeals commission ruled that she had not been left stateless because she has a claim to bangladeshi citizenship. a gp has been described as ‘a master of deception‘ who caused his victims ‘incalculable harm' after being given three life sentences for sex offences against multiple patients. dr manish shah assaulted the women at his surgery in romford, and his victims have expressed disbelief , over how the doctor got away with his crimes for so long. alice bhandhukravi has been speaking
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to one of those victims. i remember visibly being upset and shaking, and i sat back down afterwards and he said, there is nothing to be worried about. more or less that this is a normal procedure. kate had gone in to see dr shah, a doctor she trusted, because of a pain in her ovary. it would be the last time she saw him. he gave me a rectal examination that was completely unnecessary, and also an internal examination that was completely unnecessary. but even then, it didn't occur to her that a doctor who'd spent so much time looking after her would be taking advantage of his patients. it was only when she read a post on facebook that she realised what had been happening for all these years. dr manish shah was a partner at this medical centre inside the shopping mall here in romford. he was described in court
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as formulaic and methodical, particularly targeting vulnerable women. the 50—year—old doctor made out that he was a specialist in women's health. in fact, he specialised in grooming his female patients, and performing unnecessary examinations and falsifying notes. sentencing dr shah today to three life sentences, the judge said. we've spoken to over 130 victims. we've taken dozens of statements. we've sought advice from experts. very complex. and what we are very grateful for is not only the courage and dignity of the victims, but the fact that they were so patient and worked with us to help us get this case to court. but there are still questions about how dr shah could have been able to get away with his abuse
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for so long. we know that dr shah sexually assaulted women over many years and it seems astonishing that he got away with it without others being concerned about how he was practising. we know he devoted a lot of time to his patients and it must have been noticed by others that he was behaving differently to other gps in the practice. manish shah will remain in prison for the next 15 years at least. for those whose trust he breached, the effects may last a lot longer. well, our correspondent helena wilkinson has been following this case at the old bailey throughout. they were here to see, the court heard that shah had posed as a concerned and caring doctor when in
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fa ct concerned and caring doctor when in fact behind the scenes he was exploiting his female patients for his own sexual gratification is. he would carry out intrusive examinations when they weren't medically needed, and at times put the women that harm. the court also heard he made reference to a number of celebrities who had died or had been diagnosed at being of risk of cancer in order to scare his female patients. thejudge cancer in order to scare his female patients. the judge today sentenced shah to three life sentences with a minimum term of 15 years. that means he will serve 15 years and then the pa role he will serve 15 years and then the parole board will assess whether he will be released or not at that stage. in her sentencing remarks, thejudge said his behaviour was not only sexual but was driven by his desire to control and on occasions humiliate women. she also went on to say that he used a mixture of flattery and fear and abused his
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position of trust. well, many of shah's victims were in court today, and we had from his youngest, who gave a victim impact statement, who told the court that her confidence had been completely shattered after she was sexually assaulted by shah. she now, when she goes to the doctors, is fearful, she shakes, she has no trust at all. we also heard from thejudge who has no trust at all. we also heard from the judge who told the court we may never know the true extent of shah's offending. three life sentences for shah, the gp from east london, who committed 90 sexual offences against 2a of his female patients. the time isjust approaching 20 minutes past seven. the headlines. british tourist alan steel — who was on his honeymoon — is one of 61 people now being treated for coronoavirus onboard a quarintined cruiseliner in japan.
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a gp from east london is given three life sentences for commiting dozens of sexual offences against female patients. and phillip schofield — one of britain's most famous tv presenters — has come out as gay. we are going to stay with that story. the tv presenter phillip schofield who revealed he is gay. the 57—year—old, who has been married to his wife for almost 27 years and has two daughters, made the announcement on social media, before being interviewed by his co—host holly willoughby on itv‘s this morning. the presenter said his sexuality had "become an issue in his head" and he "needed to be honest with himself." ben hunte reports. live on morning television, phillip schofield is used to sitting and listening to other people, but today, he became the story. first, a statement,
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read by his co—host. "with the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, "i've been coming to terms with the fact that i am gay". every person that i tell, it gets a little lighter and a little lighter, but, at the same time, you know, i have made this decision, which is essential for me, and essential for my head... yeah. ..and that's principally the reason that i've done this. support flooded social media. ant and dec said, "huge respect and admiration for our friend @schofe". dermot 0'leary said he sends his love. phillip schofield began his career at children's bbc. he quickly became a household name. he starred asjoseph in the west end, and he remains one of the most recognisable faces on british tv, presenting several programmes, like dancing on ice, and this morning, filmed at television centre. some people are questioning why this matters. well, this is an important moment for lgbt people, for someone as famous
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as phillip schofield to come out and immediately receive such support from his colleagues here and elsewhere shows the amount of progress that has been made in just a few decades. however, not everyone's coming out experience will be as positive. the lgbt foundation in manchester says older people face particular challenges. they have memories of a time when being lgbt wasn't spoken about, or a time when homosexuality was illegal, for example. so i think there is the culture that has now changed, thankfully, but it is kind of the hangover from that, and the stigma that people still feel around it. a very personal announcement, and campaigners hope that this moment may help others struggling to come to terms with their own identities. ben hunte, bbc news. 102 people have been detained attempting to reach the uk
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from france by crossing the channel. the people detained crossed in six boats that were intercepted by border force and police. it's thought to be the highest number of people detained in a single day. it follows 90 people who were stopped attempting the crossing yesterday. the administrators of the collapsed department store chain beales have announced that 12 of the company's 23 stores are to close — while efforts to save at least part of the business continue. beales, which began trading in 1881, fell into administration last month. the stores marked for closure, including beales' flagship store in bournemouth, will continue to trade for around eight weeks, as stocks are run down. it's estimated that one in six children witness or experience some form of domestic abuse or violence. specialist counsellors say there are not enough services tailored for children who've experienced domestic abuse, so thousands do not receive the care they need. if the damage is left untreated, the consequences can last for decades,
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asjeremy cooke reports. i still remember hearing my mum's screams. i remember her black eyes, split lip. herfear as the door went. dad had come home in one of those moods, which means we should all run for cover. it's hearing your mum's screams... ..which i'll recall for a long while yet. carl is 52, a survivor of childhood domestic violence. now he's written down the boyhood memories that have cast their shadow over his entire life. memories of how his mum, his brothers and he were repeatedly beaten by his dad. you wonder, if you say something, that's going to spark him off to become violent. you wonder, are you going to sleep tonight? i used to get lots of nightmares as a kid.
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an enormous amount of nightmares. the police were never phoned. they never got called to our house, through all of it, because i don't think my mum knew that she could. did she get any help from anybody? no. did you? no. decades after carl's nightmare, nspcc research says that one in six children suffer or have witnessed some form of domestic abuse. daddy got really angry. he chucked the breakfast over mummy‘s head. he put his fist through doors. he smashed up furniture. these sisters and their mum needed help. just wonder what was going to happen next. i could see that they were experiencing a lot of the fear and anxiety that i was experiencing. if you compare what our life was like when we lived together and now, it's a lot more peaceful now. the family got support from school through 0peration encompass.
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it works when police immediately alert teachers about children caught up in abuse and violence. we wanted a safe and secure place, so we actually worked with him. teachers are learning much more about what's at stake. we know that the impact of domestic abuse is really significant. we know that that goes on to impact on all of our development, learning, health, into adulthood. has it stayed with you? i probably don't trust people as much as i should, i guess. i think that sense of being let down does, erm, eat away at you. a rare look at a unique service. how did you cope in the beginning? natasha benjamin is a specialist counsellor, determined to stop the long—term damage of domestic abuse. when you're not feeling good, how can people comfort you best? it's why natasha works exclusively with children. they need to be nurtured, and that
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does not happen when you live with domestic violence. she is treating these girls as she's treated others. like tia, who's lived with a coercive and controlling father. she attempted suicide. i tried to take my own life because i thought if ijust get the blame for everything, then why don't i remove myself from the situation? tia's mental health is now improving after months of focused support. i think i've come quite a long way because i wouldn't have imagined myself to be where i am now. but this specialist help is rare and natasha believes that many thousands of children are still struggling alone. just like carl, all those years ago. if you could talk to the ten—year—old you, what would you say to him? oh, god, that's hard. i'd tell him, you
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don't deserve this. i wouldn't be able to tell him anything else because he wouldn't have anything else... he would have nowhere to go. and it's not his fault. injeremy cooke's report, you will have seen natasha benjamin — who founded the child domestic violence support service, free your mind. she works with children everyday, and joins me in the studio. thank you so much for coming in. amazing work that you are doing, natasha. just how specialised is it? it is incredibly specialised, because at the moment we are the only service that provides support for children affected by domestic violence, just children affected by domestic violence. i know when i was looking for a service like this when
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i was affected growing up that there was none, that was one of the reasons why i set it up. 0k, was none, that was one of the reasons why i set it up. ok, so what makes what you are offering so special to the children? why can't the existing services were? mainly because we are a clear lead service, which means we have lived experience of growing up this way. i think that gives us a special insight and understanding to a lot of what this children talks about and bring up. i think there is an extra element of trust because they know that, and also because we use a variety of therapies when we are working with children, and it might not always be therapies, it might be, we might be drawing, we might be playing music, we might be meditating. 0k, drawing, we might be playing music, we might be meditating. ok, so when a child comes to you what is referred to you, just describe what world they are existing in, their feelings. there is a lot of anxiety,
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fear, worry, concerned. why am i here, what could be wrong with me that i have been brought to a service like this? yeah, there is just a lot of confusion for these children. so where do you start? i a lwa ys children. so where do you start? i always start by building a relationship with the child first. we have to build trust. initially i am an absolute stranger to these children, and so we spend the first few weeks getting to know each other, playing games, having fun, then once that trust is built, then we can start to move forward. they doesn't always tout that way. some children are ready to talk about it, but with others it might take longer than that, and that's ok. what does the most damage to children and young adults, because your organisation, i believe, works with people up to the age of 25? is it the being on the receiving end of the being on the receiving end of the abuse or witnessing the abuse? which is most damaging?” the abuse or witnessing the abuse? which is most damaging? i think either is most damaging, because
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one, if you are a child and it is happening in your developing years, it is changing your brain, you know, how your brain functions, it is changing how you are reacting to things, your brain is adapting to this and then your behaviour is adapting as a result. i had a parent of the other day say to me, my child didn't see anything, so there shouldn't be a problem. but if you are growing up in a house where the dominant feeling is fear, then you are going to adapt to that. dominant feeling is fear, then you are going to adapt to thatm dominant feeling is fear, then you are going to adapt to that. if these services, or services such as you are offering, are not made accessible to these children, what's going to happen? unfortunately, there will be a lot of children that are walking around with a lot of trauma, you know? it is a public health issue, which means it can result in things like crime, illness, you know, addictions and things like that. we will have a lot of problems with a lot of people in
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society, which is through no fault of their own, because they didn't get the support. it's really important. 0k, natasha benjamin, thank you very much for your insight. details of organisations offering information and support with domestic violence are available at, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 888 809. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. hello, there, some very windy and stormy weather to come through this weekend. we start saturday with a good deal of dry weather and sunny spells and a scattering of showers in the north and west, perhaps a little lingering cloud in the south—east first thing, but that should clear. through the day, the winds will strengthen, particularly
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in the north and west, gales here with heavy and persistent rain arriving later, which is a sign of things to come. 0vernight on saturday into sunday, that initial band of rain that pushed into the north—west works its way south and east and into the early hours and into sunday, storm ciara arrives from the west, bringing some heavy and persistent rain followed by blustery showers and also some severe gales widely across the uk, gusts of 60, 70 mph but locally we could see 80 mph. there are various met office warnings in place, keep across those on the bbc weather website and one of them is an amber warning for wind in the south—east of england on sunday. wherever you are, make sure you stay across the forecast. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... british tourist alan steel, who was on his honeymoon, is one of 61 people now being treated for coronoavirus aboard a quarintined cruiseliner in japan.
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a gp who committed 90 sexual assaults on female patients has been given three life sentences, with a minimum term of 15 years. calls for more support for children who experience or witness domestic violence or abuse. phillip schofield — one of britain's most famous tv presenters — has come out as gay. and on newswatch, borisjohnson addressed the nation on the night we finally left the eu, so why didn't the bbc broadcast his speech? join us tonight at 7:45pm here on bbc news. the scout association has been heavily criticised by a coroner, following the death of a 16—year—old who fell from a cliff in north wales. ben leonard, from stockport in greater manchester, died after falling from the great 0rme in conwy, in august 2018.
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0ur wales correspondent, hywel griffith, has more details about the case. ben leonard was on an explorer trip to south wales. the original plan was to climb snowdon, but because of the bad weather, that changed to going up the great 0rme headland, but the inquest into his death heard that there was no health and safety risk assessment put in place, that there was no list of the participants. ben and two of his friends separated from the main group as they went up, and none of the three leaders really knew where these boys were, they all assumed they were being supervised by someone else. tragically, ben fell to his death down a 200—foot cliff. he was seen by his friends at the bottom of that road. but the inquest heard that the group really wasn't under close supervision. and that the scout association hadn't really looked properly at its structures. the coroner was scathing about the scout association, saying that the group itself was very distant from the 8,000
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or so charitable bodies acting on the ground, not really knowing if health and safety rules were being carried out. he has sent off a list of 20 concerns they have to in the next 56 days, but we've also had, today, a statement from the scout association and they say that health and safety is their number one priority and that their policies have been strengthened since. but this inquest will now have a new hearing later on this year and, at that stage, the chief executive of the scout association is likely to be called to give evidence. the assistant coroner for north wales said today that the scout 0rganisation was "putting young lives at risk". in response, the organisation has issued a statement saying: "the safety of young people is our number one priority. "following this tragic event, we have strengthened our policies "and procedures to ensure young people can enjoy activities safely". doctors are warning that
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a shortage of contraception is causing chaos, and could result in unplanned pregnancies and abortions. a number of daily pills and a long—acting injectable contraceptive are thought to be affected. catherine burns reports. amelia can't use her usual contraception at the minute. normally, she'd inject herself at home once every three months with something called sayana press. i used to do it in my tummy. so, literally, pop the needle in your tummy, squeeze it, and that's it, done. but there's a national shortage. amelia's had to go into a clinic for a different type ofjab. it's like a thicker injection, so it hurts more! and especially because it does go in your bum cheek. it's not very nice to sit down on it. the shortages also affect some types of the contraceptive pill, as well as hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. hrt should be back in stock soon, but there's no date for when the contraceptive supplier will be back to normal.
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for when the contraceptive supply will be back to normal. there are always alternatives, but they might not suit everyone. other women have got in touch with bbc news with their stories about being left without their contraception. problems getting hold of the pill and issues with side—effects. sexual health leaders are worried this may cause more unplanned pregnancies. they want the government to tackle this urgently. this comes at a time when it's already harder for women to get hold of the right contraception for them. about two thirds of councils in england have cut their sexual health budgets in the last few years, which means longer waits for appointments. and so these shortages are being seen as a double whammy against women and health professionals. the shortage of hormones is an absolute scandal. it affects women throughout their life course. if it was a man's problem, i'm sure that the government or somebody would have sorted out by now.
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but amelia and thousands like her are still left frustrated, with no idea why this is happening or when their contraception will be back in stock. the government says it's doing everything it can. catherine burns, bbc news. you've been sending in some of your stories... fay in bristol says: "i was unable to collect my contraceptive "prescription between christmas and new year and had to wait three "weeks to get it filled... "my menstrual cycle has been completely thrown out. "i was also given three months worth of contraception rather than my usual nine months." "than my usual nine months." another message from an anonymous sender says: "the pill i had been "on for years suffered manufacturing issues and wasn't available "in all of the pharmacies in the town where i live... "i had to get an emergency appointment with another doctor "to prescribe another pill". and finally, chloe texts in with, "i was on the same pill for over ten "years before it started getting harder to get, i kept getting "told in every pharmacy that there is a supply issue."
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just a few of your stories there. thank you very much for sharing them. thank you. a new mission is set to launch next week that will reveal the sun as never seen before. the spacecraft called solar 0rbiter is a joint european space agency and nasa mission — and was assembled at airbus in stevenage. it's been said to be the uk's most important mission for a generation. rebecca morelle has more. incredible images of the sun, its turbulent surface, revealed in fiery detail. but the view of our star is about to get much better. this is solar 0rbiter. it's jam—packed with instruments, and will take images from closer to the sun than any spacecraft has before. temperatures will reach 500 degrees, which has meant using some unexpected materials. obviously, it gets extremely hot, and we had to develop special
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technologies and coatings for the spacecraft, just because the environments going to be so hostile. in fact, one of the coatings we had to develop is based on using baked animal bones, and that's at the front of the heat shield, to stop it from getting too hot. solar 0rbiter has a long and difficult journey ahead. after leaving the earth, it will take about two years to get into prime position, orbiting closer than the planet mercury to the sun. but every time the spacecraft passes behind our star, it will lose contact for weeks, and if anything goes wrong, it could be burned to a crisp. gradually, though, the spacecraft will lift its position, letting us see the sun's poles for the very first time. what i love is that you can see this fantastic structure on the side here, a structure that's lofted up into the atmosphere of the sun, and we call that a prominence. at the royal astronomical society, solar records reveal dramatic activity, which can impact us. it's called space weather, and can knock out navigation and communication satellites,
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and cause power failures. in the same way as we have terrestrial weather in the earth's atmosphere, we have space weather in the atmosphere of the sun, in which we live. so, we are excited about getting up close and personal with the sun, so that we can understand the origins of space weather, and ultimately develop our physical knowledge so that we can better predict space weather in the future. the spacecraft‘s instruments will be switched on soon after launch but it will take years for all of their results to come back. only then will we be able to truly shed light on our star. rebecca morelle, bbc news. hollywood is preparing for the oscars on sunday — but like other award shows this season, it's facing criticism that it's failed to recognise women of colour. among the omissions is the director of the acclaimed film, "harriet". 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, has been talking to her. god was watching, but my feet was my own —
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running, bleeding, climbing, nearly drowned, nothing to eat for days and days — and i made it. i thinkjust having a black woman in the title role has been challenging, you know, for hollywood, you know? you'll be ready. but why is it challenging? i think thatjust believing that women in leading roles, women, not to mention black women, can really be a box office draw... a woman—led picture, you know, can make money at the box office and be successful. her film harriet did just that, although it did take a very long time for a movie about the famous 19th—century abolitionist to get made. in hollywood, i learned that actually people are frightened easily — intimidated is the word i should use. people are very intimidated of black women. i need thoughts here. i need ideas. would you say hollywood is intrinsically racist and sexist? well, yeah, of course.
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i mean, we have to look at it. it's very provable. i think people are unconsciously racist. just hold on and suck in. a feeling that hollywood perpetuates racial stereotypes goes back a long way, with classics such as gone with the wind caricaturing a black woman as a deferential domestic servant known as mammy. so, she would often be this sassy black woman with kind of broken vernacular, so a lot of "honey child" and things like that. i never seen no man... hattie mcdaniel won an oscar for her performance. that was 80 years ago. cynthia erivo could win for playing harriet on sunday, at an academy awards were she is the only non—white acting nominee. it's embarrassing, you know? hollywood, that is supposed to be, you know... this is our dreams, this is our best self, this is our most aspirational self that we are presenting, and hopefully related to who we really are in the time capsule of this moment, and so it's bizarre, it's weird and it's embarrassing.
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it does take time to change, but the feeling here as we approach sunday's academy awards is, for the oscars, that time really is up. will gompertz, bbc news, los angeles. now on bbc news, it's time for newswatch. hello and welcome to newswatch, with me, samira ahmed. tonight, we are leaving the european union. borisjohnson addresses the nation via social media on the night we finally leave the eu. why didn't the bbc broadcast his speech? and why did the bbc turn its new studio blue and yellow for brexit night? last friday was the night we left the european union and the bbc had


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