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this is bbc world news, the headlines... british socialite ghislaine maxwell, a confidante ofjeffrey epstein, has been arrested by the fbi. the attorney for southern new york said ms maxwell had helped to exploit girls as young as fourteen. she'll appear in court later this afternoon. china has hit back at international criticism of a new law that gives it greater control over hong kong. it's threatened the uk with countermeasures after london offered three—million hongkongers a route to british citizenship. school children in england will return full time from september — classes or year groups will be kept apart in separate bubbles. the uk's biggest and most significant law operation has ta ken place after forces across europe worked together to intercept a messaging
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system used by criminals — over 800 are arrested. you are watching bbc news... schools in england will return full—time — and at full capacity — in september. the plans are based on keeping year groups separate from each other, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. the so—called ‘bubbles‘ will keep classes or year groups apart as much as possible during the school day, with different break and lunchtimes. the government said it will stagger start and end times in order to encourage social distancing. if a local outbreak is confirmed at a school, a mobile testing unit could be deployed to test pupils. the education secretary for england gavin williamson also said the government is issuing guidance for schools on making extra—curricular clubs and wrap—around services available, such as breakfast clubs. schools and colleges should be able to return to delivering their full curriculum ahead of exams next summer. and parents could be fined if their children do not attend school.
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let's speak now to steve chalke, the founder and leader of oasis, who run 52 academies around england. welcome to the programme, thank you for being with us. i presume you're just digesting this like many teachers and head teachers around the country are. what is your reaction to what you have heard from the government today? the first thing is what you have already said about having children the opportunity to get back to school so we welcome this return is that so many children across the country will have missed out six months of education so we need to get them back. i think there is lots of unpacking of the big picture that the government has prevented and then they say where were you guys to work this out? it's easy to announce flying to the moon, it's harder to work out how to do
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it and get safely back. the work already is getting done on this in the afternoon. it's not the same in the afternoon. there are some logistical challenges. for are some logistical challenges. for a start, kids could move six months that might lose six months of education. you have to get 150% of the teaching in at the same time as working around all the hygiene logistics because there will be lots more use of disinfectants, lots more cleaning of equipment and door handles, etc, so you got less time but you've got to do 150% more with it, so the logistics of all this, particularly in secondary schools, is going to be tough. you have 120
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kids. we have to run primary schools as well. you have to treat them almost as a school within a school. there's a lot of thinking to do. are you worried? we are excited about the opportunity, we are glad we got these two months to get ready, we are planning to run some programmes altogether. there are a whole number of issues that we need more time to think through. of course schools will need more cleaning and marketing means more money. it means more all these cleaners where the key workers we were applauding and clapping thursday by thursday until only recently so what we have to do 110w only recently so what we have to do now is not just only recently so what we have to do now is notjust clap our cleaners but they are cleaners. there is a lot of attention for that. 0rganising the day differently means you need more teaching staff to
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do it, so there another bill introduced there, but i think the thing we are most concerned about is this whole idea that you
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mentioned of —— finding parents for not coming to school and making it illegal for not coming to school and making it illegalfor a not coming to school and making it illegal for a staff member not to return but the truth is, as everyone says, we would have been going through unprecedented times and this transition back to school, after all these months of being at home and working at home, well, new management technique of pushing, bullying, shoving, and one of the things you want to do is work with oui’ things you want to do is work with our staff and with our parents to understand that the people are there and they've lost people, they are redundant, unemployed. there are whole routine of life has been torn up. they are bereaved to what you wa nt to up. they are bereaved to what you want to do is walk you go through this slowly. it is reassuring to hear you're excited as opposed to worried but nevertheless the challenges are there and we wish you the best of luck when september rolls around. more than 1,900 jobs are set to be cut by the owners of cafe rouge and bella italia. the casual dining group said it would close 91 of its restaurants after calling in the administrators — blaming the "extreme operating environment". the news comes after it was announced yesterday that over twelve thousand jobs have been slashed in the uk since monday. rachel cunliffe is the comment and features editor at city am and joins me now from north london.
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also be discussing this and i are stats there. what is your assessment of where we are at now the fact many people and businesses like scarface are making the steps before the uk net furlough steps —— like these cafes are coming to an end before the furlough... it is a short but not a surprise. the furlough scheme sta rts not a surprise. the furlough scheme starts to be wound down from next month, phased out completely from 0ctober month, phased out completely from october the countries need to be that companies need to make decisions now about redundancies and thatis decisions now about redundancies and that is why you're seeing a flurry ofjob that is why you're seeing a flurry of job losses that is why you're seeing a flurry ofjob losses in a very short period ofjob losses in a very short period of time. i think looking a bit more generally about what job losses and for the wider economy, we need to see what others do ourjob losses are. retail and restaurants, we certainly expect that those sectors to be under a huge amount of pressure eve n to be under a huge amount of pressure even before covid—19 but we need to look at the ripple effect jobs are being lost in other sectors, where they are less expected. things like other prospects for the economy. might make people from big companies like john lewis, harrods, airbus, easyj et, john lewis, harrods, airbus, easyjet, picking up the neck businesses across the world but not small businesses. what is your take
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on those small businesses and the independent traders, and how they are going to weather the storm? the fact is a lot of them haven't. a lot of them have closed down shops already over the last few months and the government has put a particular package of support in place for small businesses, bounce back loans and there is the furlough scheme but what you're asking businesses to do 110w what you're asking businesses to do now is make decisions about whether they think they will be viable in a couple of months because that is all the cash reserves they have is we do not know what you like it will look like. if you're going to be doing some sort of social distancing for the next year until there is a vaccine, a large number of numbers of businesses simply will not be viable and you cannotjust put large sectors of the economy on ice for that period of time. the challenge for both businesses and the government is working out which businesses will not be able to survive that time period and therefore need to cut their losses 110w therefore need to cut their losses now and find a way to cut their losses and make sure they can get
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employment elsewhere, and which ones could survive if given the right package of support. that is the key question. what kind of support will there be available to many of these businesses? also, i'm keen to find out from you, getting a sense of what your readers are saying to you as well, are they thinking that they are in it for the long haul? i'm sorry i watch every moment there. i'm wondering how long your sources and readers are thinking that this situation, the uncertainty is going to last in the economic parameters that businesses have to operate within. nell might be challenges we are getting mixed messages from the government. that meant the challenge is. refusing back is trying to get us is. refusing back is trying to get us back to normal —— rishi sunak trying to get us back to
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normal. matt hancock saying businesses cannot operate with a degree of uncertainty for that period of time. you will see ripple effects now. we appreciate your time and thank you for persisting with us with the strange connection we had out towards the end of the interview but thank you so much. the police officer injured in the park and hotel knife attack in glasgow in scotla nd hotel knife attack in glasgow in scotland last week has been released from hospital. constable david white and four other men were injured in the incident, three remain in a sta ble the incident, three remain in a stable condition and one is critical but stable. the nhs trace test programme is struggling to get in touch with a quarter of people testing positive for coronavirus. 0ut testing positive for coronavirus. out of those they do manage to contact, tracers are also unable to get in touch with a quarter of people they are in contact with. tests are coming back faster with more than 97% in a day from regional and mobile testing sites. home test
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kits still slower. testing is vital in the drive can to control the spread of the virus testing is vital in the drive to control the spread of the virus, butjust as important is tracing people who've been in contact with those who test positive, and telling them to self—isolate. that's what the scheme launched in england at the end of may is supposed to do. it worked well for sidney, seen here on the left. after feeling unwell, she booked a test, got a positive result and then received a phone call. she was a nurse, and she just first asked how i was, and then asked me questions, like, if i knew where i'd been. because i'd only been at home or at work, i could say... i gave her my mum and my stepdad's information and my work's information. the proportion of those testing positive contacted by officials increased very slightly to 75% in the latest week, but that left a quarter still not being reached. there's been a fall in the number of close contacts of those testing positive being reached — 73%, down from more than 82% the week before. that means more than a quarter not contacted. i am very confident they will get better at this, but the reality is that, at the moment, we're not reaching enough people who've got the virus
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or who have been tested for the virus, and certainly not enough of their contacts to try and suppress this at every stage. it was local testing data which alerted officials to the outbreak in leicester, which led to the imposition of new restrictions. there will be a continued closure of pubs and other venues from this weekend, when they're allowed to open elsewhere. leicester has the highest infection rate in england — over 135 people infected per 100,000 of population last week, but that's down on the previous week. bradford has the second—highest rate, but only around a third of leicester's, and there's been a sharp fall over the week. then come barnsley, rochdale, 0ldham, blackburn with darwen, rotherham and bedford, and their infection rates are falling. then doncaster and bolton, with slight increases on the
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previous week. experts say, with lockdown being eased, infection numbers need to be watched closely. the test and trace system becomes even more important to reduce rebounds across the country and reduce the risk of a second wave so, by unlocking these measures, we have made test and trace even more important and we need it to be up and running fully as soon as possible. scotland, wales and northern ireland all have their own testing and tracing systems, each with the same aim — early warning of any future spread of the virus. hugh pym, bbc news. from friday next week anyone going into shops in scotland will have to wear a face mask or covering. the first minister, nicola sturgeon, said the two metre social distancing rule would also be eased for some premises at the end of next week. and children under the age of 12 won't have to social distance when they're together outdoors. here's our scotland editor sarah
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smith. getting a point to take away in the street isn't exactly normal, but the scottish government are clear. life should not yet feel like we are back to normal. as some familiarity returns to scotland's streets, from the end of next week, the unusual practice of having to wear a face covering inside a shop will be compulsory or you will face a £60 fine. it makes sense to make it mandatory. some people choose to follow the rules and some ignore them, but if it's a rule it's more likely they will, yeah. it's fine with me. keep safe. pleas for people to cover their faces voluntarily have not been effective enough. as we all start to interact more, it is vital we take all reasonable steps to reduce risk, and we know face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission indoors. the first minister is asking people not to wait until the end of next week but get into the habit of covering your face now. while making face coverings compulsory in shops,
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the scottish covenant is also relaxing some other restrictions. in a couple of weeks, people in bars, restaurants and shops will be able to get within two metres of each other as long as some other safety restrictions are observed. children under 11 can play with more of their friends and from tomorrow people may travel more than five miles for leisure purposes across most of scotland. but not in parts of dumfries and galloway in south—west scotland, where there is a local coronavirus act rig, with 11 new confirmed cases. —— coronavirus outbreak. we need to go back to being really careful. it's a reminder of the is still out there again, we haven't beaten it, so we need to be careful about sticking to the rules, however annoying they might be. it's the scottish government's aim to eliminate covid—19, and they believe they are now on track. it's estimated there are only 1500 infectious people across the country. sarah smith, bbc news,
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glasgow. in wales — some pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen from july 13th, but only if they have outdoor areas. reopening indoor services will be considered at a later date and will depend on the success of outdoor opening and the state of the virus in wales. there are calls for northern ireland's deputy first minister to step aside while the police investigate whether social distancing rules were broken —— over her attendance at the funeral of a former member of the provisional ira.(00v)sinn fein says it's vice president michelle 0'neill will not —— —— of a former member of the provisional ira. sinn fein says it's vice president michelle 0'neill will not under any circumstance step down for attending the funeral of bobby storey, which drew hundreds of people onto the streets of belfast. it's thought as many as 75 countries will be exempt from quarantine rules from next week — meaning people arriving back in the uk from those places won't have to isolate. we'll be answering your questions at nine thirty tomorrow morning with travel experts wendy haines and jill starley—grainger here on the bbc news channel. get in touch with the hashtag
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#bbcyourquestions or email us. but now, let's re—visit today's edition of your questions answered, which looked at the recent government announcement on plans for schools in england. jane hill wasjoined by sian griffiths, the education editor of the sunday times, and francis green, professor of work and education economics at the ucl institute of education. let's take a look. with me today to answer as many of your questions as possible about getting back to school is sian griffiths from the sunday times and professor francis greene who is professor of work and education economics at the institute of education, which is part of university college of london. hello and welcome. perhaps no surprise there is an off a lot of questions about trying to get children
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back to school. let's start with one from nicola featherstone. who asks about children being interested in education. the fantasy of both... we will take a look first. you'll make some schools will be going back in late august. schools in leicester, they tend to go back in the last week of august and despite what has happened in leicester at the moment, they are still hoping to do that. no schools will be going back in early september. his ambition to see all children back in school full—time from september. i think the idea they go back before that is they would be very much the
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joy of the teaching unions and from teachers. they have been doing rote learning and keeping schools open for key worker children and vulnerable children. i think they deserve a summer holiday. your thoughts? it's a good question and i agree that teachers are some of the hardest working groups of employees in our economy. nevertheless, education are so economy. nevertheless, education are so great that we've ensured over the la st so great that we've ensured over the last three months several slaves of children receiving pretty well no education. i do think we should consider all options and certainly some schools could find the
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opportunity to open early are you some of the catch up money provided by government. i don't think of any other extra money being provided for the current school opening plans. some catch up money might well be devoted for some opening, particularly with some groups. it's not for me to say the school should do it. i would like to see ingenuity being devoted to this in all areas. where there is a possibility, why not? perhaps you'll come back to some elements of that. i thought from joe watson in cambridgeshire who ask specifically about young babies. they are rarely mentioned in the news. we'll baby and toddler group to be able to restart when schools do? you might both... i don't know the answer to that but do you know? i think they will be able
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to start but what we know as children are pretty low risk from having serious outcomes if they do contract the virus and that is why i think the government thinks it is safe to reopen schools in september, it's a big reason and likewise babies and toddlers are at low risk. of the catchy virus, it's the older you are, they work with you are of having a really serious outcome from it. i think the and other groups will be able to reopen. all the normal precautions notify and what is happening in primary schools, children will be kept in bubbles, very small groups of no more than 30 children and those children will stay together throughout the school day with one teacher. in secondary schools, it is different. you baby and toddler groups, similar sorts of people staying in bubbles and socially distant bubbles. hand sanitiser, that kind of thing that the government is hoping everything
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goes back to normal by september. professor green, i want to ask a question from julie who makes the point she has had to shield back pandemic because he comprise immune system so she's wondering whether children are expected to return to school in september. this takes us to the issue of compulsion which is interesting. your thoughts? you'll make me have to have a very close look at the very detailed guidelines which have not been given this morning about that but i do understand that there may have to be some groups. i don't think it has to be just sufficient to save your sent children back to school. we need to simultaneously have a plan for the children, the small number of children, the small number of children who simply will not be able to get back to school and we need to have a very
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much improved system of online teaching and directing agents online teaching and directing agents online between teachers and children. getting that up and running much better than it has been in the past will also be for those hopefully rare occasions when schools are obliged to lockdown again for schools are obliged to lockdown againfora schools are obliged to lockdown again for a brief period, perhaps if there is a flare—up locally or whatever. i don't think we can rule out that possibility so i do think there must be some contingency plans to continue online teaching for small groups. a quick thought from you because the whole area of compulsion, parents, confidence, thatis compulsion, parents, confidence, that is one of the interesting elements of all of this, isn't it? that will be the key. teachers running back the confidence of pa rents running back the confidence of parents that it is safe to send our children back to school, that is the big task ahead
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and i think most pa rents, big task ahead and i think most parents, very few parents i think if they have a condition will be in a position where it is expected for the children at home that my expectations in september will be to send your children back to school. it is safe to do so. we are hearing the threat of fines of parents do not send our children back. i do not think it would happen immediately in september but if a parent consistently refused to send a child back of a long period of time, there would be a possibility of a head teacher referring them and penalties and fines being imposed. it is important that if it is good for children in sport that lack school, they are suffering and our mental health consequences of not being in school, and it's important that everything gets back to normal. might makea everything gets back to normal. might make a quick thought about the perspective of the future because we have a system outlined were
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individual and your groups must stick together in bubbles. and i listen the same our teachers and classroom staff to be confined to one because i was classroom staff to be confined to one because i was a classroom staff to be confined to one because i was a school going to organise itself if its staff are not able to move between classes? there is an interesting logistical challenge as well. i do not think it something you can lay down one size fits all rules. obviously teacher safety is important as anyone else's safety is important as anyone else's safety and i do not think one needs to have a blanket rule about this, frankly. sian, your thoughts on that? these stinking in secondary schools according to the guidance this morning is —— the thinking is that there will be bubbles of up to 150 children across a whole your group andi 150 children across a whole your group and i think the thinking is while you try to keep that you put together in that bubble, teachers will move between these bubbles to teach because they have to do. if you're ina teach because they have to do. if you're in a secondary school, you might be doing eight gcses. eight
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different teachers. if you will stay ina group, different teachers. if you will stay in a group, teachers will be in a different group to keep them together. they have to try and stay two metres away. to try and keep it not only from children but other members of staff. thank you. hello. after that very dry spring, the weather turned on the taps again injune and july. at least the start of it is continuing this wetter theme. now for northern ireland today, most stay dry. there were some sunny spells around, but rain is on the way and particularly for tomorrow, into scotland, a conveyor belt of moisture coming in from the atlantic. rain—bearing weather fronts affecting much of the north and west of the uk friday into saturday with some of that rain being quite heavy. now it will be dry for a time overnight, meaning the end of those heavy showers we've had across particularly parts of england
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and eastern scotland. but the rain will push into northern ireland and across much of scotland by the time we get to the morning. for wales, western parts of england, increasing cloud breeze with patchy rain moving in. a night where temperatures dip early, then heading up with most of us in double figures for a mild start to friday. now it looks wettest tomorrow in western scotland, 20—30 mm more on the hills, but we will also see some occasional rain in northern ireland. not all the time, a good deal of cloud, but a wet day for many of us in northwest england into wales — wettest into the hills here. some patchy rain to the east of the pennines and the midlands, parts of east anglia. but elsewhere towards the far south and southeast of england, it stays mainly dry until quite late in the day. a few spots into the low 20s, most of us not getting that high, and it will be a windier day. now these weather fronts are still close by as we go into saturday. quite a lot of humid air coming in as well, so it will be quite a warm start to saturday despite the cloud, the wind and some outbreaks of rain. but again, pushing through northern ireland into scotland after a brief lull, some of us towards wales and western parts of england,
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especially into the hills may see some patchy rain through eastern and southern england, but quite a bit of the day here is looking dry. it will be a windier day on saturday with average speeds here 30—110 mph, perhaps a little bit higher in some places. another windy weekend is on the way. temperatures a bit higher, if you do see a bit of sunshine, it will feel quite warm. but most of us will not. all that moist, humid air begins to clear away on sunday to showers. on monday it's looking sunnier with a few showers around, with a cool breeze coming in from the northwest. that's your forecast, bye—bye.
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hello, i'm babita sharma, welcome to outside source. ghislaine maxwell — the associate and ex—girlfriend of financierjeffrey epstein — has been arrested by the fbi. maxwell enticed miners to got them to trust her and then delivered them into the trap that she and deb steyn had set for them. china goes on the attack, after growing international criticism of a new security law it has imposed on hong kong.
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the us records its largest number of new coronavirus infections in a single day. the country's top infectious disease expert warns an even greater outbreak could be on the way. welcome. ghislaine maxwell — the associate and ex—girlfriend of disgraced financier jeffrey epstein — has been arrested by the fbi. this is ms maxwell — she's facing six charges — among them, recruiting and grooming girls — one as young as 1a — this for this man you can see in this photo with her — this for this man you can see in this photo with her — jeffrey epstein, a convicted paedophile who died last year while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. ms maxwell has previously denied any involvement in or knowledge of her late friend's alleged sexual misconduct. she is being prosecuted by the southern district of new york, who outlined the charges in a press conference. maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable.


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