sandra oh. one south korean film critic described the wins as a miracle. but it's not come from nowhere. for the last decade the south korean government has ploughed money into what it calls the korean wave, k—pop, k drama and korean cinema. these wins at the oscars prove that the korean wave has come crashing down on hollywood. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. storm ciara still causing so many problems? indeed it is. we had winds of 97 mph on the isle of wight at the weekend. we also had torrential rain. that has been causing problems. we currently have 149 flood warnings in force. but the focus of the weather at the moment
is shifting more towards showers. we look at this more organised long across north wales and north—west england. that dropped temperatures by four celsius. the difference between rain and snow. that has been coming down across parts of north wales. we've had reports in cheshire. we will probably see some snow in parts of greater manchester and derbyshire. the snake pass will become pretty slippery in the peak district. it continues to be windy. orang coastal areas the gusts blowing at 60 to 0rang coastal areas the gusts blowing at 60 to 70 mph. in that 40 to 50. the strong winds are shoving the showers through for most of us very quickly. further accumulations of snow in the high ground of scotland. 0vernight of snow in the high ground of scotland. overnight in northern england, northern ireland, overthe hills there will be further snow. it continues to pile on across scotland. producing the towns and cities holding above freezing. ——
temperatures in the towns and cities. slippery conditions. the main risk of seeing lying snow will be across higher elevations in northern ireland and northern england, and into scotland. we could see around ten centimetres of snow above 300 metres. the snow will come down to pretty low levels. tuesday by and large we are looking at a similar day. quite windy. again a day of sunshine and showers. the air getting a little bit colder, we will see more of those showers turning to snow in the northern half of the uk. further accumulations across the high ground of scotland. more of that to come on wednesday as we continue with the north—westerly winds. further south, a ridge of high pressure will kill the showers for a time across england and wales. for the slippery conditions in the high ground of scotland is to be expected. temperatures struggling. 4 degrees in edinburgh and glasgow. as
you head into wednesday night on thursday, this area of low pressure will bring in cold here —— cold air. snow across the pennines and the high ground in scotland. that could cause further issues. in summary, strong winds in the next few days. also plenty of showers. they will be falling as snow in the northern half of the uk, bringing the risk of further transport disruption. that is the latest. many thanks. a reminder of our top story. widespread flooding and severe travel disruption on the roads, railways and ferries and at airports after storm ciara batters britain. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon.
the time is 1:33. im ben croucher with a round up of the day's sports news. scotland and england have just kicked off their women's six nations match — rescheduled after storm keera caused it to be postponed in glasgow yesterday. it's being played behind closed doors in edinburgh with england heavy favourites having not lost to the scots this century. 0fficials yesterday decided not to sell tickets for the game with the forecast still unsettled in the scottish capital. it is looking a little calmer in the scottish capital. currently one minute and a half on the clock. no score at the moment. the weather affected the premier league yesterday with manchester city's game against west ham postponed, mainly due to flooding around the etihad stadium. with city still in the league cup, fa cup and champions league, they could be looking at two games a week until the end of the season as a result. mercedes f1 boss toto wolff has reiterated his desire to keep six time world champion lewis hamilton with the team.
the briton is out of contract at the end of the season and although mercedes is the most likely option for him, he has been linked with ferrari for 2021. wolff said keeping hamilton with mercedes was the obvious pairing going forward and says he'll begin talks when the season is underway. british basketball johannah leedham—warner admits she's unsure what the future holds for her and her teammates after failing to qualify for the olympics. they lost their final qualifer to spain. a win would have seen them qualify by right for the first time. the team's captain is cha ntelle handy i'm proud. we fought every game. we played hard together and we tried. we tried, and, you know, some people look at us and wouldn't think that we should be here, but we are here and we have made a statement for gb basketball and regardless of whether we got a ticket or not, i am very proud of my team.
it's the first day of the welsh 0pen snooker in cardiff today with uk champion ding junhui and world championjudd trump both on the baize. there's already been a surprise as world number 12 david gilbert was beaten in the opening round by matthew stevens. the welshman won 4—2 with a 139 break and 68 in the last frame too. joe perry was also beaten. and coverage of the afternoon session can be found right now on bbc two wales, red button and the bbc sport website. three—time world champion mark williams is playing 0liver lines right now. lines took an error—strewn opening frame. currently in the second, lines has the lead with william is currently at the table. pakistan finished off the bangladesh second innings quickly this morning to complete victory by an innings and 44 runs in the first test in rawalpindi. bangladesh had resumed day four on 126—6 and lost their last four wickets in 90 minutes. the teams next play a one day international before the second test starts on 5th april.
that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. just to update you from murrayfield, england have ta ken just to update you from murrayfield, england have taken a 7— nil lead. four minutes gone. you can see live commentary on the bbc website. jane will guide you through all stories and more in afternoon live from two o'clock. thank you very much indeed. let's bring you some breaking news. this is about the spread of the coronavirus and we hearing that the brighton medical a gp practice in sussex, has been temporarily shut down after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. this is the county 0ak medical centre in brighton. it has been closed by the
nhs, with patients who are concerned about why it has been shut down, advised to contact nhs111. this follows the government telling us earlier today that four more people in the uk have tested positive for coronavirus. that brings the total number of people in the uk to eat altogether. what we are hearing now is this gp practice in sussex, cou nty is this gp practice in sussex, county 0q medical centre in brighton, has been temporarily shut down after a member of staff tested positive there for the coronavirus. it has been closed by the nhs. patients are advised to contact nhs 111 . patients are advised to contact nhs 111. we will bring you more on that with our health correspondent who is at the health surgery, we will be talking to him in a couple of minutes. do stay tuned for that.
downing street says officials are looking at the idea of a building a bridge scotland and northern ireland. the prime minister has previously described the prospect of a bridge in the irish sea as "very interesting". 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is following the story. this was a question put by one of the scottish journalists at the lobby briefing and the answer came back to say that there is work under way by a range of government officials. now, a feasibility study, you presume, is going on. as you say, borisjohnson has expressed his interest in this before. during prime minister's questions he was asked about it in december and said, watch this space. particularly the space between the two islands. so the idea of the bridge between scotland, we presume to northern ireland. we have calculated on the back of an envelope that the shortest gap between the two would be 12 miles. it could, of course, be longer than that. there are of course
designs of much longer bridges around the world, particularly the longest in china of over 100 miles. in that sense, of course it is possible to do it. the question of feasibility would centre around the cost. we know that boris johnson does like these infrastructure projects. he has talked about levelling up other parts of the united kingdom. we are expecting that announcement of hs2, the high—speed rail link up to birmingham and beyond. so it is the kind of thing that the prime minister is interested in. the fact that it is being looked at by government officials across whitehall, it sounds like, means that he is taking this seriously. the idea of a big infrastructure project is one thing, whether people want it, whether it is feasible, what does it bring, is another. it will be about regeneration, i guess. it is about of course connections between different parts of the united kingdom — at the controversial time, of course, when we are talking about a whole new trading arrangement and the possibility of checks somewhere in the irish sea with a border, potentially a
regulatory border, between northern ireland and the rest of great britain. now, critics of borisjohnson will look at his time of london mayor. the garden bridge was something he came up with as an idea. it got to a certain level but didn't get very far. it did cost more than £45 million, even though the idea was in the end scrapped. we also know boris johnson was talking about an airport, wasn't he? boris island. again, that was something that people said could never work. what he's doing here of course is to get officials to look at whether this is feasible. how serious it will then be — it's impossible, at this this stage, to say. first the fires — and now, for south eastern australia — the floods. the area around sydney has been hit by its heaviest
rain in three decades. it's led to power cuts and what the authorities say are potentially life—threatening flash floods. but it's also helped in the fight against those bush fires which have now been burning for months. shaimaa khalil reports. from bushfires to flash floods and storms, new south wales has gone from one wave of extreme weather to another. sydney has been thrashed by the heaviest rainfall it has seen in decades. they have been disruptions everywhere in the city. around 100,000 homes are without power. we know that schools, some schools, have been closed. trains and ferries have been delayed. streets everywhere in the city have been drenched from the suburbs in the west to the famous beaches in the north and the east. the whole city has been inundated with flood water. we know that the emergency services have been rescuing hundreds
of people from these floods. we have also heard of reports of injuries, including for people we have also heard of reports of injuries, including four people who were injured in a car when a tree smashed against it. there are now emergency warnings across the entire coast of new south wales. now, despite the disruptions, despite the heavy rainfall, people have actually been celebrating this weather change, going out and cheering the rain as it thrashed sydney. this has been a hot and devastating summer for the whole of new south wales and this rain has actually helped put out 30 blazes, including big fires like the gospers mountain fire. this has been going on for months now and it has ravaged about a half 1 million hectares just north—west of sydney. so despite the flash floods, despite the warnings, this rain has come as a much needed reprieve for firefighters who have been working nonstop to contain these blazes for months now. the headlines on bbc news.
it gp practice has been closed temporarily. the number of cases in the uk has doubled to eight. there are weather warnings around the uk that is still in force. sinn fein have made historic gains. there are still counting in ireland. a new space probe has lifted off on its quest to study the sun from close quarters. three, two, one... left off. the spacecraft — called solar 0rbiter —
is a joint european space agency and nasa mission. it was assembled in the uk — and is being described as, "the most significant uk investment in a space science mission for a generation". the probe is protected with special heat shields. it will study the inner workings of the sun to help us better understand it's affects here on earth. earlier, the international director of the uk space agency alice bunn told my colleague carrie graice it's a really big moment for the uk. we built the overall mission. so airbus uk had the overall control of the mission, delivered in partnership with the european space agency, as it is a european space agency mission and we are part of that organisation. but also, we were the real brains behind the mission, so four out of the ten instruments were led by uk scientists, this so we really were totally driving the agenda here. and tell us more about the instruments. we got the sense there from rebecca that one of the drivers for this mission was to protect some of the kit that drives comms and other things in space. absolutely. it is incredible really
because the sun is so important. right, it's the engine house for the whole solar system and yet there's so much we don't know about it. so this mission will give us unprecedented detail on the surface of the sun, and it will also tell us about the magnetic field. if you put those together, you can start to understand when and how these big eruptions happen from the sun's surface. so these are the things that give rise to aurora, you know, a really beautiful effect, but also it can be really damaging for satellite infrastructure and indeed, some of the infrastructure on the ground. so this mission is so important to space science and to space missions, but it is also very important to our everyday lives. give us a sense then, of the technical challenges involved in getting ourselves, you know, across several years into this precise position in relation to the sun. and so hot, and surviving that... yeah, yeah, exactly. it is quite a long way. so nearly 100 million miles to get to the
sun and we are going about three quarters of the way there. from that position, we think we are getting the best vantage point and also, whilst we still have the capability to resist some of those tremendous temperatures that will be there, so we estimate temperatures of up to about 550 degrees, so the heat shields have to be really, really specialised to be able to withstand those temperatures. yes, because otherwise all of your delicate instruments inside will... melt. yes, so the incredible thing is on the one hand we have to have this incredible capacity for protecting the instruments, but some of the instruments that are protected from the sun actually get too cold, so we have to have heaters for them as well. so it is a really exquisite piece of tech that has been developed here in the uk. and you expect the results, the interesting info to start coming back when? a couple of years. it will take a couple of years for that data to come back and what we will do is combine some of the data
streams from the us mission that was launched a couple of years ago. that mission was really looking at the atmosphere. and it is really by combining all of those different datasets that you are able to get the greatest picture of what is happening in the sun. that was the international director of the uk space agency talking to my colleague earlier. the bank of england's vaults hold £190 billion worth of gold bars. if you stacked them all on top of each other, they would be the same height as 46 eiffel towers. unsurprisingly, not many people ever get to see them — but for one day only, the safe was unlocked for our security correspondent, frank gardner. have you ever wondered just how much gold is inside the bank of england? we have been given rare access to the bank's underground gold vaults. security is so tight here that most
of what we saw, we couldn't film. i think your stat said, if you are going to do an italianjob on this place, you would need 4,000 minutes. that is right, yeah. it is incredible to look at, but it doesn't do anything. why is it so valuable? partly because it is rare, so it is in limited supply. you can't keep making it. the gold here is a store of value. it is globally recognised, people want gold, so it creates a market in itself. it doesn't change the value as much, for example, as currencies. this is a lot more durable than investing in chocolate or something like that. gold reserves, mined from countries all over the world, are held down here for safekeeping. this is the second—largest gold vault in the world. it is incredibly rare to be allowed down here and the numbers are staggering. there are over 5,000 tonnes of gold bars down here. they are worth more than £190 billion. if you stacked all of these one on top of another, they would be nine miles high. there is enough gold here to make 1 billion gold wedding rings. if you scraped all of this into gold
leaf, it would be enough to cover the uk six times over. what would this be worth, roughly? £475,000 at today's market price. right, well, that will sort the mortgage. so most bars are in this... what we think of as a trapezoid form. it makes it easier to handle. but this bar here, from the united states, is in the form of a brick. the federal reserve bank of new york — it is built on bedrock, so the gold can be stacked one on top of another. here at the bank of england because it is built on clay, we have floor loading, which is why we have the gold in its own pallet. during the second world war, the vault was turned into a staff canteen, with all the gold being temporarily shipped off to canada. the area was used as an air raid
shelter and it had a canteen, had a billiards table, it had beds in. and ever since the bank was founded in 1694, no one has ever stolen the gold. frank gardner, bbc news, at the bank of england. the political landscape in ireland has been transformed by a surge in support for the republican party, sinn fein, in the general election. sinn fein has long been recognised as the political voice behind the ira, which was responsible for the deaths of some 1700 people during the time of the so—called troubles in northern ireland. initial results suggest they have — at the very least — matched the vote shares of the two main centrist parties fine gael and fianna fail, which have dominated irish politics for decades. chris page has followed the count in dublin. the counting is continuing. the second day of counting now. it is still very unclear who will move into that place, the headquarters of the prime minister. what is clear is who has been a huge shift in the
political landscape. sinn fein, the left—wing irish republican party, has topped the poll in terms of the first preference votes for the first time. this election is carried out under proportional representation. voters under proportional representation. vote rs ra n k under proportional representation. voters rank politicians in preference. the two centrist parties that have dominated politics in this country for decades now came second and third. 22% and the party led by the current prime minister on 21%. building a coalition will be very different. both are central parties say they will not go into government with sinn fein, not least because of sinn fein‘s links with the ira during the conflict in northern ireland. sinn fein have been emphasising their role in the northern irish peace protest. the
party led by the former minister says they are leaving a door ajar for potential negotiations with sinn fein. asked if his position had stayed the same, he said voters had come down in large numbers and he would respect that. whilst policy differences remained, this could be teased out over the coming days. homes have been evacuated in essex after a carfell into a huge sinkhole following wild weather caused by storm ciara. firef ighters were called following reports that a sewer had partially collapsed resulting in a car being trapped. six properties were evacuated in the early hours of the morning due to unstable ground. and in rochdale, a sinkhole has opened up in a garden following heavy wind and rain. ijust want i just want to bring you ijust want to bring you the latest from spain where we are hearing that
an independent investigation will begin this afternoon into the deaths of the british man and his two children who drowned in the hotel swimming pool on christmas eve. the initial enquiry found that 52—year—old and his children were not able swimmers. this was at the hotel. they said it was a tragic accident but there is going to be an independent investigation, which will begin this afternoon. the judge leading the investigation has granted permission for the legal tea m granted permission for the legal team representing gabriel's widow to have an examination of the swimming pool to look for evidence that may have been missed. the widow has disputed claims that her family were not able swimmers. let me remind you
of that breaking news in the last few minutes that a gp practice in sussex has been temporarily shut down after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus. just to give you the details of that, it is the county 0q medical centre in brighton. patients there who are worried our told to contact nhs111. —— 0q. eight people have tested positive in the uk. doubling the number to eat. we will have more from our correspondence throughout the afternoon. simon will be here from two o'clock. now for a look at the weather. hello there. storm ciara over the weekend brought us damaging winds reaching 97 mph at the needles on the isle of wight. and we have had an awful lot of rain. we are continuing to deal with that rain, indeed,
with more than 150 flood warnings currently in force across parts of england, scotland and wales. the focus is beginning to shift, weather—wise, to the wintry showers and the snow that we have got across the northern hills, in particular. elevation is key. if you live up a hill, you're more to see some settling snow across the north. at lower levels, we could also see wintriness for a time. we've got a particularly organised area of showers working across north wales towards greater manchester. there is a chance that some of those showers will turn to snow for a time. it is going to stay very windy around coastal areas as well. gusts will continue to run at 60 to 70 mph. whereas, inland the winds are more like 40 to 50 mph. there will be plenty of those showers to come through the rest of the day. 0vernight tonight, the snow continues to come down across the northern hills of the uk. things turn quite icy as well. slippery under foot. slippery under tyre and foot. temperature wise, towns and cities
getting close to freezing. in the countryside, temperatures dipping below. the greatest risk of seeing settled snow on the ground really is across the hills of northern ireland, northern england and scotland. all of these towns are at risk of seeing snow for a time. by the end of tuesday, some of the hills in scotland are above 150 metres elevation could see as much as 20 centimetres of snow, with the snow showers continuing to pile in. if anything, with the air a little bit colder on tuesday, the snow will be affecting more areas in the north of the uk. and it is going to feel that bit colder as well. wednesday, we continue with the risk of further snow, particularly across scotland and hills of northern england. eventually, showers will become less widespread across wales and south—west england as a ridge of high pressure builds in. that will tend to kill the showers are for a time. the showers off for a time. more in the way of dry weather. it will be quite chilly, though. temperatures between four and eight celsius. then wednesday night into thursday, low pressure moves into the cooled air and we could see another spell of heavy snow in the hills
hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at 2pm... a gp practice in brighton is shut temporarily after a staff member tests positive for coronovirus. the number of confirmed cases in the uk has now reached eight. storm ciara continues to cause chaos across britain, with severe travel and power disruption — one man has been killed by a falling tree. i'd like to know where the environment agency is. we have seen nobody today at all. nobody‘s been round. a bbc investigation uncovers further claims of preventable baby deaths at an nhs trust. coming up on afternoon live, all the sport with jane dougal. hello. storm ciara has impacted sport too. the postponed scotland