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this is bbc news with the latest headlines: life without parole for the gunman who shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in new zealand — it's the longest sentence in the country's history.
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the trauma of march 15 is not easily healed. but today i hope is the last where we have any cause to here or utter the name of the terrorist behind it. hurricane laura makes landfall along the coast of louisiana — hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes. £13 per day — the government trials payments for those on low incomes who have to self—isolate in parts of england. and if you have been affected by not being able to work whilst self—isolating,or you'd like to share your thoughts on this or any of our other stories with me, you can contact me on twitter at annita—mcveigh, or use the hashtag bbc your questions. a warning that complacency over getting the flu jab, could lead to the nhs being overwhelmed. and top tier basketball and baseball teams in the us boycott their matches, amid anger over the shooting of jacob blake
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by police in wisconsin. hello, good morning and welcome to bbc news. the man who opened fire on two mosques in new zealand last year and killed 51 people has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. it's the first time the sentence has ever been handed down in the country. 29—year—old australian brenton tarrant pleaded guilty to charges of murder and terrorism. the judge described his actions as "inhuman" and said tarrant was devoid of empathy for his victims — he was neither contrite nor ashamed. our correspondent shaimaa khalil reports. for three emotionally—charged days, brenton tarrant, the killer
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responsible for the massacre in two christchurch mosques, sat in the dock as dozens of survivors and bereaved families spoke to him directly with a mix of anger and grief. i never would have ever imagined that the country in which my parents emigrated to for safety and for a successful future for their children would result in this. this didn't have to happen. while you are in prison, you'll come to reality that you are now in hell, and only the fire awaits you. today, the judge spent more than an hour reminding tarrant of each person he killed and injured and the agony the families and the muslim community now face. then he handed down the sentence. your offending constituted extreme violence.
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it was brutal and beyond callous. your actions were inhuman. brenton tarrant is now the first man in new zealand to be given a full life term with no parole. in many of their impact statements, survivors and bereaved families have asked the judge for exactly that. today, they feeljustice has been served. translation: she is happy that justice has been served but he is a monster — evil, and deserves everything that comes to him. when i go back to turkey, i'm going to go to my son's grave and tell my son that he is jailed for a life sentence without parole. the prime minister, jacinda ardern, also welcomed the courts decision. this has been a crime in new zealand, the likes of which has never occurred before. now we have seen a sentence
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the likes of which we have never seen before. but yes, it gave me relief to know that that person will never see the light of day. the sentencing ends one of the highest profile cases in new zealand, but march 15th 2019 will go down as a dark day in the country's history. the trauma and the tragic loss will stay with the families long after. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. we can talk now to lianne dalziel, the mayor of christchurch. thank you very much for talking to us on thank you very much for talking to us on bbc news. powerful words from thejudge in sentencing us on bbc news. powerful words from the judge in sentencing when us on bbc news. powerful words from thejudge in sentencing when he said, your crimes are so wicked that evenif said, your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the
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requirements of punishment. nonetheless, this is the first time someone nonetheless, this is the first time someone has been sentenced to life without parole in new zealand, how important is the sentence for the families of the victims, the survivors and how important is it in terms of the message it sends?” think it is extremely important. i think it is extremely important. i think we all felt a sense of relief that the life imprisonment sentence we we re that the life imprisonment sentence we were expecting was accompanied by the statement that it would be without parole. it has relieved all of those families of ever having to confront a parole board and having to describe why somebody should never, ever be allowed to essentially live freely in our community in any way, shape or form. he has denied himself of that and i just want to pay tribute to each and every one of those family members who had the courage to stand in the court and to claim, not the status of victim, but the
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status of some individuals with humanity, with love and with their ability to rise above the occasion and with great dignity and poise, state how their lives had been affected by this atrocity.” heard one relative say that tarrant had not achieved his aims, he had not sewn division with these murders, is that something you very much see in the community of christchurch and in new zealand more broadly? and when jacinda christchurch and in new zealand more broadly? and whenjacinda ardern talks about moore needing to be done to stop radicalisation in new zealand, what you think is happening ona zealand, what you think is happening on a practical level? i agree with the point that when we reflect on march 15, we will never forget the individuals whose lives were taken from us, but we will always remember the way the community
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came together in such an outpouring of both grief and support for the muslim community, but also that sense of compassion and kindness that really has enabled us to see us through to this day. so this is a real turning point, but i agree entirely with the prime minister, radicalisation is amplified through social media and the internet generally. where people are able to reach out and find comfort in the dark places on the web. i think we need to do a lot more to ensure that communities do not see themselves as setting themselves out apart from so others. i recall one of the individual standing in the court saying, who is the other today? it is you, you are
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the other today? it is you, you are the other. i think that we have to doa the other. i think that we have to do a lot more to ensure that as a wider community, there is no place for hate, there is no place for other, just because people's circumstances of their birth, where they are from, the religion they practice, all of these reasons are not reasons to hold hateful views, oi’ not reasons to hold hateful views, or to fear what people would do to disrupt your own narrow view of what the world should be. you know, this demands humanity. the mayor of christchurch, thank you for your time today. hurricane laura, a category 4 storm in the gulf of mexico, has made landfall along the south—western coast of louisiana. the storm is one of the most powerful on record to hit the region with sustained winds of 150 miles an hour. simonjones
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reports. laura makes landfall, the wind is whipping up. it's a category four hurricane, expected to bring gusts of wind of 170 miles an hour, and a wall of water that could be two—storeys high. residents were in a rush to make their properties safe and then get out of harm's way. it's going to be real bad. we are leaving. we don't want to go, i don't want to go, but my children want to go. others though have decided to stay put. all we can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. so sticking it out and just going to see what happens. satellite images show what has already happened. laura has undergone a remarkable transformation. the national hurricane centre is predicting an extremely dangerous hurricane. this has been categorised repeatedly as an un—survivable storm surge,
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where it will be hitting. and that storm surge could continue inland for about 30 miles. this is the damage laura has already wreaked in the caribbean, claiming 2a lives. it's a warning for people in texas and louisiana. their evacuation is being complicated by coronavirus. the challenge, both trying to keep people safe from the storm and socially distance. but with water levels already rising, the authority say any rescue operation will prove challenging, if not impossible. simonjones, bbc challenging, if not impossible. simon jones, bbc news. people on low incomes in parts of england where there are high rates of coronavirus will be able to claim up to £182, equivalent to £13 a day, if they have to self—isolate. a trial for the scheme will begin on the 1st of september for those who claim universal credit
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or working tax credit and cannot work from home. the benefit will be trialled in parts of north west england. our political correspondent, helen catt, is in westminster. good morning, helen. we know what the idea behind the scheme from the government is, it is to try to make sure people who need to self—isolate do that and then put themselves or anyone else at risk. but where has this idea for the exact sum of money come from, because there has been criticism it simply isn't enough and the whole premise of the scheme doesn't work? yes, the £13 a day figure. somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus will get £130 because they have to stay at home for ten days. somebody who lives with them or has come into close contact will get £182, because they have to stay at home longer, 1a days. it is to try to make sure people do the self isolation, but there are restrictions on who can
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claim the money. because it is aimed at people on low incomes, one of the requirement is you must already be claiming universal credit all working tax credit and he must not be able to work from home and you have to lose money to be able to qualify. and you have to prove you have had a positive coronavirus test, or you have been told to self—isolate officially by the nhs test and trace programme and the government says there will be checks. but on the specific amount of money, £13 a day, the health secretary matt hancock told us why they had come to that figure. it's set at the level of statutory sick pay in order to make sure people don't lose out from doing the right thing. we are introducing it in 0ldham, pendle and blackburn with darwen in the first instance. these are the areas of the country where the rates are the highest and we have the highest level of intervention, the strongest, local lockdown, if you like. and we'll roll it out from next
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week and then obviously monitor it very closely. now, he said this measure had been introduced after feedback and it would strengthen the test and trace system, which he said had come under scrutiny, but is now working well. that is why they have introduced it but there are those who are concerned about the level of money saying it isn't enough and among them, the mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, who says this move doesn't go far enough and the government should be looking at reimbursing people on full pay. helen, thank you very much. the new leader of the liberal democrats will be announced later this morning. sir ed davey and layla moran are vying for the leadership. the vacancy arose whenjo swinson resigned after the pa rty‘s disappointing results in last year's general election. and from 11:30 this morning you can see coverage of that result and the maiden speech of the incoming leader here on bbc news.
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the headlines on bbc news... life without parole for the gunman who shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in new zealand — it's the longest sentence in the country's history. hurricane laura makes landfall along the coast of louisiana. hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes. £13 per day — the government trials payments for those on low incomes who have to self—isolate in parts of england. a number of major sport events across the us have been postponed in response to the shooting of a black man by police in wisconsin. a curfew has been imposed in the city of minneapolis, in the neighbouring state of minnesota, after looting broke out there. 200 us federal agents have now been sent to kenosha — where jacob blake was shot and wounded and where a fourth night of curfew is in effect. 0ur correspondent
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david willis has more. don't shoot. into a vacuum created by daily protests and an initially overstretched police force has come armed vigilantes — one of whom was caught on camera before tuesday night's violence. reports suggest the individual interviewed, 17—year—old kyle rittenhouse later put his weapon to use. this mobile phone footage appears to capture the moment someone fires on protesters and later zooms in on an individual lying motionless on the ground. another video appears to show a similar incident, again a protester is gunned down. two people were killed, a third seen here, was injured. someone who appeared to be armed was later seen walking with his hands up towards the police. a 17—year—old has since been charged with first—degree murder. all this in response to sunday's shooting of a black man, jacob blake, by a white police officer. officials say the officer,
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rustin chesky, fired seven times into mr blake's back after being called upon to investigate a domestic dispute. during the investigation following the initial incident, mr blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. dci agents, the division of criminal investigation, recovered a knife from the driver's side floorboard of mr blake's vehicle. a search of the vehicle located no additional weapons. president trump, in a series of tweets, vowed to clamp down on the violence in kenosha, whilst, in a video message, his democratic rival joe biden, appealed for calm. protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary but burning down communities is not protest, it's needless violence. in a statement, the local basketball team, the milwaukee bucks, announced a surprise boycott of their play—off game in response to the shooting of jacob blake. it is possible the entire season
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could now be injeopardy. meanwhile, hundreds of national guard officers have now been sent to kenosha, as the latest protests over police brutality and racial injustice threaten to spread across the country. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. and we heard there about sporting events being boycotted as these tensions continue, full detail on that in our sports bulletin just after 9:30. people who organise illegal gatherings could be fined up to £10,000 under new police powers coming into effect in england tomorrow. the move follows an increase in raves and parties over the summer as coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased. the home secretary, priti patel, says the police will crack down hard on the perpetrators. we have seen far too many unlicensed music events, so parties, illegal raves and gatherings of over 30 people. people that are coming together in unregulated environments.
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and i think it's important that we remember we are still in the midst of the covid pandemic, we have a covid crisis, a health emergency that's taking place and people need to be responsible. and so that is the reason why we are going to put fines in place, so the police, as i have been seen here today, are absolutely geared up now to implement fines of £10,000 for those individuals that are facilitating these illegal parties and raves. these are dangerous places, people should not be going along to them and that is why the police are absolutely clear that they are going to be enforcing these fines and absolutely shutting down these illegal parties and raves. let's get the thoughts now of former superintendent for the metropolitan police, dal babu. good to have you with us, thank you for joining good to have you with us, thank you forjoining us. these fines, do you
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think they will be a deterrent?” don't think so. my experience when i dealt with the legal gatherings, people were prepared to do these, they would make sure they had no bank account that could be traced to them and they assume there will be some kind of intervention, they won't get away with having these events all the time. sol won't get away with having these events all the time. so i think the fines are a big headline, £10,000, but i think the reality will be it will make little difference in stopping people having these events. so what about the practicalities of trying to break up events like these? the home secretary says she is giving police the tools that are needed to keep people safe, is she? we have had a reduction of 22,000 police officers, 18,000 telly civilians and we are in the middle ofa civilians and we are in the middle of a recruitment drive which has been massively impacted by covid. the police don't have the resources they had in the past. if you try and stop these events, you need a significant amount of police
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officers. you need the intelligence from telly civilians about what is happening. but you need experienced police officers. new police officers will not necessarily have experience, the skills to deal with fast—moving incidents. it is a complex issue and i think we are seeing the impact of massive reductions in policing when we are now trying to stop these kind of events happening. how difficult is it to get the intelligence on them in the first place, when they are being organised on social media perhaps, just a few hours before the event is taking place? absolutely, this is different to what happened in the past. in the past, people would advertise the event, you would see flyers and telephone numbers on the walls. these days, they can be done within a few hours notice, or evenin done within a few hours notice, or even in our‘s notice via social media. what you need is people to pick up the intelligence and because
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of the cutbacks we have had in police civilian staff, we don't have the offices looking at that intelligence, so we rely are members of the public to provide us with that information. the police will have to respond to that very quickly. by then, if you are looking at having on our‘s notice, by the time the police will get their resources together to try and deal with it, the event has already started. it is more difficult to stop when hundreds of people are there. people are willing to attend them, knowing that gatherings like this gives this virus the opportunity to spread? there is a shocking level of selfishness, they should not happen. we discourage people going to them but people will potentially catch the virus and then spread it to the rest of us. it is right we do everything we can to stop those events, but we need to
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look at what happens, this is a co nsta nt look at what happens, this is a constant theme in policing. we have police reducing crime and resources are taken away and then we have a crisis, for example, like the one we have got now and we don't have the resources to deal with it. ok, thank you very much for your thoughts on that today. thank you. an investigation is under way after a freight train carrying diesel caught fire in south wales. emergency crews were called near llanelli and nearby homes were evacuated after the fire last night. british transport police said the two workers who were on board the train have been accounted for and no injuries were been reported today marks a year since the death of 19—year—old harry dunn, who was killed after his motorbike collided with a car outside a us airbase in northamptonshire. the driver of the car left the uk and flew to the united states, claiming diplomatic immunity. since then, harry s family has been everywhere from downing street to the white house, campaigning tirelessly to bring
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the driver to justice. graham satchell has been to meet them. portland on the south coast of england. it's always been a special place for harry dunn, where he came on family holidays every year. i said to the guys when it's my time to go, you know, for my ashes to be scattered here. and harry said the same. it was like, you know, "same for me, dad, this is where i want to be, as well." and then, unfortunately, you know, a month later we lost him. definitely, it definitely is my special place, it's all our special places. harry's ashes were scattered here a few weeks ago. it's become a place for the whole family, parents, step parents, siblings, team harry, to remember and
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reflect. the pain that you're left with every moment of every day, 24/7, is always there so you can never not realise that he's gone. we definitely know that he's gone. harry dunn was riding his motorbike next to raf croughton in northamptonshire when he was allegedly hit head—on and killed. the driver of the car, anne sacoolas, the wife of an american intelligence officer, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country. harry's family has been campaigning ever since to get her back to face the british justice system. if she had stayed none of this would have even come out, nobody would have known who she was, nobody would have known her name, the children's names, the husband's name, whatjob role he had. they'd have carried on being able tojust integrate into the community because we were more than willing to do everything we possibly could to ensure that she at least had a suspended sentence
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so that she could carry on being a mum. all we wanted was for her to go through the ukjustice system. you didn't want to see her in prison? no. not at all. want do we want? justice! when do we want it? the family's campaign has seen some remarkable successes. diplomatic immunity rules have changed. american personnel on bases in the uk will now get driver training. in december, anne sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and an extradition request was made. harry's parents and stepparents even went to the white house. president trump said anne sacoolas was there to meet them and there was the suggestion the family might be given money. when we were very strong and said no, that was probably why they let us out the back door of the white house and not out on to the south lawn where all the press were setup. he didn't get what he had planned to do. at their home in northamptonshire, harry's spare biking gear
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is where he left it the day he died. gloves, helmet, jacket. it's a source of comfort for charlotte, but she says she'll only be able to grieve properly for her son when anne sacoolas has accounted for what happened last year. you know, it was time a year ago almost, but it's absolutely time now. we don't want to go into year two of fighting. we want to go into year two to try to start to rebuild our lives, to try to start possibly celebrating who harry was. but it doesn't feel like we are living. we are just existing at the moment. and that's why we need the justice, because without it, we will always feel like we are just existing. you're not going to give up? never.
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back on portland, the family stand as one. we, as a family, loved our son so much. he was a good, honest lad. he deserves the truth to be known of what happened that night, and why she was allowed to leave. we are normal people. i never follow politics, but i would say we know the difference between right and wrong and so did harry. so that's why we can't stop. it's for harry. a year after harry dunn died, his family are united in grief and determined to carry on the fight for justice. graham satchell, bbc news. riot police in belarus have detained around 20 people protesting against the disputed re—election of president alexander lu kashenko.
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hundreds had gathered in the capital, minsk, where daily demonstrations have been held since the vote earlier this month. firefighters in california say they're making good progress in tackling wildfires which are among the worst in the state's history. since the fires began earlier this month, seven people have been killed and more than 1700 structures have been destroyed. the state governor said every resource possible was being deployed. now it's time for a look at the weather with carol. hello again. for many parts of the uk today it's going to be a cloudy day with either showers or some heavy bursts of rain which could at times in the south, prove to be thundery. so this is the picture, low pressure is driving our weather with its various fronts coming our way from the atlantic, so cloudy with some rain or some showers. wherever you see the greens and yellows, that's telling you you can expect some heavy bursts and we could hear the odd rumble of thunder in some southern counties. temperatures 12 to about 19 degrees. through this evening and overnight, we hang on to a lot of cloud
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and we hang on to a lot of showers as well. still the potential for them to be heavy and temperatures in towns and cities, seven to 13 degrees. they will be lower than this in rural areas. so that takes us into tomorrow. tomorrow, again a fair bit of cloud around. it will feel cooler because we've got more of a northerly component to our weather, the wind that is, across scotland, northern ireland and down the irish sea coastline. we'll still have some rain, add on the wind to these temperatures, which are low anyway for august, it will feel cold.
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hello this is bbc news with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines... life without parole for the gunman who shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in new zealand — it's the longest sentence in the country's history. hurricane laura makes landfall along the coast of louisiana. hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes. £13 per day — the government trials payments for those on low incomes who have to self—isolate in parts of england. a warning that complacency over getting the flu jab could lead to the nhs being overwhelmed. and top tier basketball and baseball teams in the us boycott their matches amid anger over the shooting of jacob blake by police in wisconsin.
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sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jane dougall. i know you are looking more now that the impact of this sporting boycott. of this sporting boycott. we start with huge developments from across america as various athletes and teams united in protest at the shooting ofjacob blake, a black man in wisconsin on sunday. in basketball all of the nba matches were cancelled. it's after milwaukee bucks, who are from wisconsin, decided to boycott their game against the orlando magic. the team's senior vice president alex lasry tweeted that "some things are bigger than basketball". and the players united to make a statement after leaving the court. we ta ke we take the court to represent milwaukee and wisconsin and are expected to play at high level and hold each other accountable. we hold ourselves to that standard and at this moment we are asking for
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the same from lawmakers and law enforcement. we are pulling for justice forjacob blake and demand that officers be held accountable. and in the women's league, players took to the court in t—shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, representing the seven shots police fired into jacob blake. the atlanta dream and washington mystics players then took a knee in protest. well, that led to former president barak 0bama getting involved. he tweeted, "i commend the players on the bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like doc rivers, and the nba and wnba for setting an example. it's going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values." well, later the la lakers are meeting to decide if they'll boycott their game, while lebron james has told the team he doesn't want to play again this season. and it's notjust basketball, five out of the six matches in the mls were also cancelled as football took a stance. and in tennis, naomi 0saka, the highest paid female athlete in the world, pulled out of her semi—final match at a tournament ahead of the us open.
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the two—time grand slam champion, who earlier in the year travelled to minnesota to pay tribute to george floyd, said on twitter that "watching the continued genocide of black people at the hands of the police" was making her sick to her stomach. well, to put all of that into context and more, we'rejoined live by our sports reporter nesta mcgregor. nesta, just how significant is this, particularly as sport in america is dominated by black athletes? yes, to put this into context, let me paraphrase jr smith, yes, to put this into context, let me paraphrasejr smith, who plays for the la lakers. he says america will not continue to entertain a country that continues to kill us. as you mention, extraordinary events overnight with the nba, tennis and major league soccer refusing to play. the latest protest is a step up play. the latest protest is a step up of the taking of the neat which we have seen up of the taking of the neat which we have seen
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across sports represented, starting in america. the main reason seems to be the financial impact it can have. the nba generates billions of pounds a year, tv networks and sponsors, the knock—on effect will be huge. the thinking is the owners of these nba teams have massive influence, not only in sport but in political circles as well. this latest protest might be the cause of conversations to be had in places where perhaps the players do not feel those conversations are being had at the moment. but also in a sporting context, what could this mean for the rest of the seasons across the nba and baseball? potentially this could be huge. you mention the la la kers could be huge. you mention the la lakers are meeting later today and if they do decide to withdraw from the turn it is difficult to see the nba, one of america's biggest sports, continuing without one of the best teams in the biggest names in lebron james and
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the best teams in the biggest names in lebronjames and whether other players will follow suit. as you say, basketball might be leading the way. the nfl is due to return next month as well and teams have already cancelled practice sessions. they could forfeit their season as well. the knock—on impact is huge, and not only in america as well. we saw the black lives matter and the taking of the knee in the premier league. lewis hamilton has been very vocal in formula 1 about the discrimination he has faced in his sport. potentially the knock—on effect across the world could be huge. thank you very much. thank you very much. in other sports news, celtic‘s champions league dreams are over. they lost in the second qualifying round to little known hungarian side ferencvaros, making this their earliest exit from the competition in 15 years. celtic conceded afterjust seven minutes, but this deflected shot from ryan christie brought the scottish champions level. however, they missed serveral chances and were made to pay when tokmak n'guen put the hungarian side 2—1 up. that's how it
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finished. celtic now drop into the third qualifying round of the europa league. england's nikita parris will miss the women's champions league final after being sent off in the semis as her club lyon beat french rivals psg. the only goal of the game came mid—way through the second—half when wendie renard headed in from a free—kick. it's the fifth year in a row they've made the final and they'll face wolfsburg on sunday. bath have moved into rugby's premiership playoffs for the first time this season after a 18—3 at northampton saints. after a tight first—half, rory mcconnochie scored bath's second try with his first touch of the game to make it three wins from three since the re—start. leicester, worcester and saracens all won too. and tennis world number one novak djokovic won his 21st match in a row, as he beat german jan—lennard struff at the western and southern.
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the tournament, as i said earlier, has been paused until tomorrow due to protests against the shooting of jacob blake. meanwhile, british number one johanna konta, at the bottom of the screen, continued her impressive form too. she's into the semi—finals after beating maria sakkari, the player who knocked out serena williams. next up is victoria azarenka. it's ahead of next week's us open. the draw for that is later today. more details on all those stories on the bbc sport website. there will need to be a major campaign urging people to get a flu jab to ease pressure on the nhs this winter, according to medical experts. last month, the government announced plans to double the amount of vaccinations available, but analysis by the bbc has found the proportion of people getting vaccinated has fallen in recent years. emily unia reports. every winter the over 65s
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and those with serious health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, are offered a free flu vaccine because catching flu could make them seriously ill. this year there are concerns a second wave of coronavirus infections, combined with a major flu outbreak, would overwhelm the nhs. last month, the prime minister announced plans to expand the flu vaccination programme. he wants to double the number of people who get the jab from 15 million to 30 million. the government is offering a free vaccination to everyone over 50 this year, once the over 65s and those with serious health conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, have been treated. but new analysis by the bbc shows the proportion of vulnerable people who ta ke proportion of vulnerable people who take up the free vaccination has been falling. in scotland there was a fall of 15% between 2015 and 2020. take up dropped 13% in northern ireland during the same period. in wales it fell 7%. in
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england the proportion of vulnerable people getting vaccinated dropped 6%, with take—up last year just 45%. concerns about side effects, religious objections and a tendency to under immense underestimate the severity of flu are all reasons for not getting vaccinated. flu vaccinations pose a significant problem to the nhs with the threat of coronavirus in the community. it is incredibly important for us to start to raise awareness of the availability of flu vaccines, but who needs to take them and why. without increase to the u pta ke u nfortu nately we could and why. without increase to the uptake unfortunately we could see the nhs struggling this winter. there are now calls for the government to carry out a major national campaign this winter to meet the vaccination target and reduced demand for the nhs. let's speak to drjonathan leach, honorary secretary for the royal college of gps. good to have you
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with us. as emily was reporting, the number of people taking up the flu vaccine has been falling in recent years, but with the threat from coronavirus this year is that enough to jolt people out of any sense of complacency or whatever else has been stopping them from getting the vaccine? overall we do very well in this country in terms of the uptake, we are one of the highest in the world. but that often is the older patient, those over 65. where the concern is is where those who might be younger, where those who might be younger, where somebody has asthma or heart attack. whereas gps would be sending them an invitation to come down and get a flu vaccination, clearly we would like them to take that invitation up and the concern is making sure they come along. that is not just for making sure they come along. that is notjust for their making sure they come along. that is not just for their benefit, making sure they come along. that is notjust for their benefit, it is for the benefit of their relatives. if, for example, we had somebody in their 40s in one of these groups because they had diabetes, it is not
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just to protect them, it might protect other people, like the elderly elliott relatives. it is very important for the whole population to get behind this and thatis population to get behind this and that is probably the main message. let's look at those points in detail. first of all, what do you think are the barriers to taking up the flu jab? a lot of these are the younger people. some of it is fear and anxiety. a lot of my patients have said, will i get flu from this? it is scientifically impossible for you to get flu. there are a lot of stories around side effects. the flu vaccine is very effective and safe. i have mine every year and occasionally i might get a stiff arm, but it is a very safe and effective vaccine. there may be issues with a lot of these people at work and also particularly for one of the children's vaccines, we can offer alternative vaccines if that
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isa offer alternative vaccines if that is a cultural or religious barrier because of the porcine. there are a lot of ways we can get around this and we would encourage people to come forward. let's talk in a bit more detail, about the implications for the community if there is a low take—up of the vaccine this year, also the implications for the nhs, which is a big message that you want to get across. yes, there is a direct on the individual, a lot of people think flu is a mild disease, but people die from flu each year. that is something we are trying to avoid. there is the direct effect, particularly if it was a mother who was pregnant. it is really important they approach their practice or midwife and get vaccinated. there is the direct effect on them. then there is the effect on other people because they have been vaccinated. with a pregnant mother it is helping to protect their unborn child, but also if they were going round to elderly relatives it would help
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protect these elderly relatives because you are not bringing it in, even with social distancing. the final thing is making sure the nhs, because we do expect a worse year because we do expect a worse year because of the coronavirus, it is really important we keep the nhs going and this is one of the most effective things we can do to actually make sure that those people who actually do need access to the nhs services, particularly intensive care, that there is sufficient space and capacity. flu vaccination is really important for all of those reasons. very briefly, either vaccine is ready now or will it be next month? in my surgery we have got ourfirst next month? in my surgery we have got our first vaccination clinic a week on saturday and we are using our branch surgery because we are having to socially distance and at the royal college we have published guidance on how to do mass vaccination because that is where we are. there will be a campaign right across the autumn and provided there is sufficient vaccine, we will
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then be looking at people like the 50 to 64—year—olds. but the priorities are this group and the elderly, to make sure we protect them as best we can. doctorjonathan leach from the royal couege doctorjonathan leach from the royal college of gps, thank you very much. day three of the republican national convention has just ended with vice president mike pence using his speech to focus on the us economy and on the dangers of electing joe biden, as he argued for donald trump's re—election. earlier the president's former adviser, kellyanne conway, praised mr trump for promoting and respecting women and said his success had confounded critics. paul hawkins reports. please welcome the vice president of the united states, mike pence. the man who could one day replace donald trump is the republican party leader stuck to familiar lines like the ongoing criticism of the violence in wisconsin. the violence must
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stop, whether in minneapolis, portland, or kenosha. too many heroes have died defending ourfreedom to kenosha. too many heroes have died defending our freedom to say americans strike each other down. we will have law and order on the streets of this country for every american of every race and creed and colour. there was also praise for the police. president trump and i know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. but no mention of police brutality. the american people know we do not have to choose between support and law enforcement and standing with our african—american neighbours. to improve the quality of their lives,
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education, jobs and safety. and from the first days of this administration we have done both. the first days of this administration we have done bothm all started at a tea party... with polls showing african—america ns all started at a tea party... with polls showing african—americans and women are more likely to vote for joe biden than donald trump at the moment, there were a significant number of female speakers, including the vice president's wife speaking about the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women were given the to vote. because of heroes like susan by anthony and lucy stone, women today, like our daughters audrey and charlotte, and future generations, will have their voices heard and their votes count. good evening, iam kellyanne heard and their votes count. good evening, i am kellyanne conway. there was also the president was my outgoing top adviser praising his support for her. for decades he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. he confides in and consult
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us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equalfooting our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. the theme of the evening was a land of heroes. eight years ago in helmand province in afghanistan, close men team—mates laid down cover so close men team—mates laid down cover so that i could walk blind and plug into the medevac helicopter and survive. but as events in wisconsin show, the definition of a hero depends on your viewpoint. there is one convention that is a pathetic, compassionate, sympathetic, speaks in softer tones that is trying to appeal to the swing voter in america, the floating voters. then there is the second dimension primarily with the trump kids and their significant others that is much more red meat, much more in your face, and they are trying to appeal to the trump loyalist. the question i have as a pollster is which convention is the public going
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to rememberafter which convention is the public going to remember after all the shouting is over? the final night sees president trump make his keynote speech. paul hawkins, bbc news. paul hawkins, bbc news. a scheme that's been described as a "foodbank" for britain's theatre workers is being extended, despite venues being allowed to re—open. the social distancing rules that make it too costly to rerun. uh—oh, anxiety that seems to have made its way inside of me and i don't even need to read this one because i know it only too well. i'm loussin—torah pilikian and i am a theatre actress. and it goes a little something like liquid panic. so march was when we started. bending their wills, the mountain. i had just secured my dream acting job with represent theatre. i literally jumped up and down on my sofa.
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i came downstairs, i was screaming to my mum, "i've gotten in!" three, four. # there is a crack in the mountains...#. and then, just a day or two into rehearsal, everything stopped. it was crushing, it was crushing. to go from feeling financially confident, to be able to pay the bills, to be able to eat. when would you guess you'll next perform in front of an audience? i can't. i can't guess. loussin's story is a familiar one. an industry that has shut down and left thousands without an income, which is why the director sam mendes has set up the theatre artists fund. somehow, there's this big hole in this funding package whereby the money is not making it to those people. so really, we started it almost in the sense of a food bank, you know, just emergency funds to keep people from giving up the industry
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entirely. some theatres have had a go at opening with social distancing, but, for most, it's impossible and government support schemes, company manager amy dolan has tried them all. beginning with a self—employed income support scheme. so i applied for that, thinking i was going to get it and unfortunately found out i was ineligible. i then went to the local council in glasgow who said we're doing a self—employed hardship fund for those that are self—employed but missed out on the government scheme. again, i was ineligible for that. and then i tried more of the arts base funding, such as creative scotland, but time and time again i was just getting turned away for one reason or another. which is why sam mendes is continuing to fundraise as the arts shutdown look set to continue. the arts are always asking for money, aren't they? it does feel a bit like a luxury, doesn't it, theatre, when there are so many other people struggling? for me, i think there is a myth that the arts lives on hand—outs.
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the arts lives, you know, as a sort of luxury profession. and that argument tends to ignore the fact that this is a massive economic growth engine that brings millions, billions of pounds into this country every year, not only in the form of ticket sales, but in the form of activities that go around going to the theatre or cinema. restaurants, hotels, tourism. so we are talking about £32 billion a year and more people go to see live performances in this country than go to see live football. i'll be getting ready and then fear creeps in. for loussin, dreams, life, it's all on hold. you seem remarkably cheerful. i think that's just part of me. i'm somebody that, i've always got a big smile on my face. david sillitoe, bbc news. erica whyman is the deputy director
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of the royal shakespeare company. thank you so much forjoining us today, erica. the rac, just to explain to our viewers, is not a recipient of this particular fund we are talking about, it is for individuals, but how has it helped some of the freelance people that you work with? it is very welcome. in an ordinary year we would work with hundreds and hundreds of freelance theatre workers and we have not been able to do that this yearand, have not been able to do that this year and, with most theatres up and down country. it is a really great scheme and it is great they have got more money to keep going. i would say it is still emergency funding and this is a crisis that for the whole of the performing arts will go on for a long time. i am worried it will not be enough, but it is making a difference to people's lives, absolutely. in terms of your employees, how many people do you
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have still working at the moment? well, on the freelance side, we have kept 33 people on, we have got 27 actors and six brilliant stage managers who are delivering shakespeare up and down the country on screens mainly, a little bit out in the gardens in stratford—upon—avon, but we have managed to keep the company on. but we have had to let many go, cancel shows and postpone an international tour and cancelled the season, so it was really tough. we are managing to look after a small handful, but it is thousands and thousands of people across the country and we were in partnership with theatres across england and they are all struggling, many closing for many months. as you said, there are lots of experiments in socially distance theatre, but none of that will get the economic wheels turning and allow theatres to employ freelancers to the degree that we were able to before march. which brings me onto my
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next discussion point, the only sustainable, long—term solution is to get back to that situation pretty march, but we are clearly not there yet. in terms of the immediate future, this autumn and winter, frankly things are looking pretty bleak. what more would you like the government to do to help? we do recognise that the government will find it difficult to tell us at what date it will be safe for us to open theatres without social distancing. we recognise that is hard. we would appreciate an acknowledgement that that means we are still in a form of lockdown. however ingenious, which we are being as an industry, however ingenious we are being, that does not equate to really get our industry up and running again and being able to make the kind of economic contribution, but also the emotional contribution that the theatre and performing arts makes to our lives. we are storytellers and we need stories now perhaps more
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than we have ever done. and people of huge imagination and you are using your imagination to try and put on performances in whatever way you can, but the practicalities of literally the weather in autumn and winter are going to close down many of those roots, aren't they? will get harderfor sure. as i say, there area get harderfor sure. as i say, there are a lot of lovely things happening indoors, but with tiny numbers of people stop we cannot reach the numbers once the weather changes. i am gratefulfor numbers once the weather changes. i am grateful for the cultural recovery fu nd am grateful for the cultural recovery fund that we are in the midst of applying for, so there is money on the table. my fear is right across the board for freelancers and the institutions that support them it will not be enough to get us through to the spring. erica, we wish you well and hope that things do improve very soon. deputy director of the royal shakespeare company, thank you very much. now it's time for a look at the weather.
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i will be back with the headlines in the next hour. hello. we have got a fairly quiet day in terms of weather compared to what some of us have seen of late. low pressure is coming in off the atla ntic low pressure is coming in off the atlantic with these attending france, bringing in rain as it does so. france, bringing in rain as it does so. today will be a fairly cloudy day more or less across the board. we start cloudy, we will end cloudy and we have showers and rain coming our way. the greens and yellows are where you can expect heavy bursts and the odd rumble of thunder as we go through the afternoon. temperatures a bit disappointing for this stage in august, 12—19. 0vernight we hang onto clyde and some showers, still the potential for them to be heavy. as we head on into tomorrow we have this area of low pressure still with us, meandering towards the north sea
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with its various france. but the wind direction will have more of a northerly component in it, which is a cold direction for us. tomorrow again the risk of thunderstorms in the south, still some rain around. we have also got cloud in the north with brighter breaks, but it will feel cool. temperatures lower for this stage in august, but add on the wing and it will feel cooler. in the week and we continue with that mainly dry and cool theme and the winds will ease on sunday. this is saturday's picture, the tail end of the weather front producing rain in the weather front producing rain in the south east. it will be quite a windy day and the wind comes from the north. these are the dregs of the north. these are the dregs of the rain slowly pulling away from the rain slowly pulling away from the south—east. there will be sunshine and areas of cloud and we have got some gusty winds, and noticeable when, particularly gusty down the north sea coastline where we are likely to see large waves crashing onto the
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shore in norfolk. 12 to 17. below average for this time of year. into saturday high—pressure in from the west, but if you look at the isobars it is not as windy, but it will still be waiting for some, particularly in eastern areas. looking drier during the course of sunday with a bit of cloud around, some sunny skies as well. temperature wise, 12 in the north to 18 in the south.
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