this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. calls for students in the uk not to go back to university in case it sparks a second wave of coronavirus. we are we a re really we are really worried that we could see universities becoming the care home of any second wave of coronavirus in the uk. european countries are urged to offer "a place of safety" to hundreds of migrants rescued by ships in the mediterranean, including one paid for by the street artist banksy. tight security in belarus ahead of more expected protests. the government there is accused of cracking down on foreignjournalists. the 14—year—old who
started piano lessons at the end of last year, spent lockdown learning, and has just achieved the highest piano grade possible. hello and welcome if you re watching in the uk or around the world 7 and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. britain's largest higher education union has called for students to stay home for the autumn term and study online to help prevent a second wave of coronavirus. face—to—face learning is an issue universities are grappling with around the world because of covid—19. the universities and college union say the prospect of more than a million students moving from their home towns
to campuses across the country is a "recipe for disaster". universities insist they've spent months planning for a safe start to the new term. here s our education editor bra nwen jeffreys. it's been quiet on campuses since march, but within weeks, students are due to return — more than a million across the uk. the university lecturers' union says that should be put on hold. they want students to stay home, study online, unless they're doing a practical course, and warn full reopening could prompt a crisis. we are really worried that we could see universities becoming the care home of any second wave of covid—19 in the uk. the sheer amount of people that we're asking to move across the country and then congregate together in large numbers, when we don't think there is sufficient safety measures in place.
so, we're looking at big residential bubbles, we're looking at students potentially mixing outside of those, and, as we say, no real way to trace or to test. the national union of students agrees, but universities say they're making campuses safe. more cleaning, partitions, face coverings, most offering a mix of online and face—to—face learning, clear rules in student accommodation. universities say they expect students to be responsible. every student signs a contract with that university and, this year, those contracts have been amended to include particular rules around social distancing and following the guidance that's in place at that time. the vast majority of our students are very responsible young adults. any small minority that don't obey the requirements of that contract, we have adjusted our disciplinary procedures and we will deal with them under those procedures.
the government says it's right for universities to reopen. it's going to update its advice in england. many students can't wait to start, but student life this year won't be quite the same. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. i'm joined now by niamh walsh, who is due it start a drama and performance degree at south bank university in london next month. thank you very much indeed for being with us. the suggestion from this universities union is that students should stay at home, study online — what do you make of that? that's what do you make of that? that's what i'm planning on doing. i'm staying at home, but i will be going infor staying at home, but i will be going in for six hours per week, so i think that's a good compromise. personally, i would loved it to be
more, but i understand that safety comes first. you are doing a drama and performance degree, and that is difficult to do virtually, isn't it? you can't do it completely online, can you? know, you can't. it's a bit ofa can you? know, you can't. it's a bit of a sticky one. people have got really mixed opinions on it. i know i've been speaking to a lot of people of my course, and some are nervous, some excited. i personally wa nt to nervous, some excited. i personally want to get in as much as possible, because you can't do it online. and it isn't just about teaching, is because you can't do it online. and it isn'tjust about teaching, is it? to have a university experience is more thanjust to have a university experience is more than just about the learning, it's about growing up with lots of people, sharing an experience, people, sharing an experience, people who might become your friends for life. yeah, i was really looking forward to the whole going to uni thing, because people do look forward to it for a long time, but it's not going to be the same. you
never know, we could, it could turn around. you've got to look at the positives, because i'm not going to get that unique experience that eve ryo ne get that unique experience that everyone always talked about. it's going to be different, but fingers crossed, we will make it our own. the warning today is, students shouldn't go back to university because it risks a second covid—i9 spike, and it could repeat the disaster we so in care homes, with so disaster we so in care homes, with so many people in care homes dying of coronavirus. do you have health concerns about going to university? yes and no. i think we do eventually have to go back to our new normal, shall we say? i'm staying with family. i don't want to get it at uni and give it to anyone staying in the house. but if we don't start getting back to normal, when will we? good luck to you. thank you so
much for being with us. niamh walsh, a student of drama and performance art. earlier, i spoke to curt rice — the rector at oslomet university, one of the first universities in europe to have gone back earlier this month. he explained what they've done to make his campus safe. we've been in session now for about three weeks. the first week was our orientation week, and that is often a situation where there are social settings that students might be a little too close, might drink a little too close, might drink a little too close, might drink a little too much and so on, but we did lots of training, both with our new students and with the leaders of those orientation groups, and we had no cases emerge, and now for a couple of weeks we have been back in the classroom. we are doing all sorts of things to respect the government guidelines about how we should set things up, and so far, so good. two universities in the uk,
they have said, go ahead and make your safety preparations, but i've been the universities properly. here, we have prioritised first—year students. we have about 20,000 stu d e nts students. we have about 20,000 students altogether, and about 8001st—year students. those are the first one is coming onto campus, and they have been on campus for a bit now. we have reduced the capacity of classrooms 50%, we use facemasks in situations where we cannot maintain a distance of one metre. we have of course hand cleaning opportunities everywhere you could imagine, and we find that following the basic rules of hand hygiene and distance, so far, has made it possible to meet in the classroom with reduced capacity ina way the classroom with reduced capacity in a way that protects our students and ourfaculty in a way that protects our students and our faculty and in a way that protects our students and ourfaculty and makes it possible for us to have on—campus experiences and notjust online ones. and that's the point, isn't it? the union here saying that stu d e nts it? the union here saying that
students shouldn't go back to university is saying, well, students can sit at home and learn online. but it's not the same university experience, is it? it really isn't. and one of the most important thing is for students to get through their studies is to make friends in their co re studies is to make friends in their core helped —— cohort, and it spills out into their social lives. sitting alone following on a screen is a different experience, and students report a much lower level of satisfaction. 0ur report a much lower level of satisfaction. our goal is to get back on campus. we have the first—year students on campus now and will be gradually letting more and will be gradually letting more and more come onto campus and try to find ways to do that that protect them and make it possible for them to have a genuine university experience. the un refugee agency says hundreds of migrants who've been rescued in the mediterranean must be granted a place of safety.
they're still at sea having been rescued by three boats, including one which has been paid for by the street artist banksy. simonjones reports. brought to shore and to safety. 49 migrants who had initially been rescued by a ship belonging to banksy, the louise michel. they were taken to lampedusa by the italian coast guard. these are the lucky ones. the fate of hundreds more people still on the water remains unclear. the louise michel had picked up more than 200 people at sea. it became dangerously overcrowded and stranded off the coast of malta. some of the migrants had to stay on life rafts, floating alongside the boat. the crew said nobody in the international community was willing to help. everyone that has been rescued is deeply traumatised. we'll keep trying to contact the european authorities to be assigned a port of safety. 0ne ship did come to help — another rescue vessel, the sea—watch 4.
it was already carrying around 200 migrants. it has now taken on board those from the louise michel. they are being given medical assessments, with treatment for dehydration, hypothermia and fuel burns. the sea—watch crew tweeted, we now have around 350 people on board who need to disembark in a safe port as soon as possible. the louise michel added, it is not over, we demand a place of safety for all survivors now. the louise michel had only recently gone into service as a rescue ship complete with its own banksy artwork. the artist has accused the eu authorities of ignoring distress calls from non—europeans. you the un refugee agency says a solution must be found and saving lives is a humanitarian imperative. simon jones, bbc news. mattea vhyia is the spokesperosn for the rescue organisation, sea—watch. speaking to me earlier, she said european authorities need to act urgently in order to
help stranded migrants. well, as we see, i think it is a disaster, what is currently happening in the central mediterranean. it is basically european authorities did not react at all and then punished search and rescue organisations. in my opinion and that of my organisation, it is good that european authorities are now reacting and doing their duty to assist in rescue people and bring them to a safe european port immediately. what is your organisation doing quiz mightjust explain how you help these people? at the end, we are doing search and rescue operations in the central mediterranean, and we have been foundered because there is a lack of governmental search and rescue activities in the mediterranean sea, so we are kind of now filling this gap of these actors and doing their job. you'll have heard the argument that some people put that the more
you do to help these people, whether rescuing them on bigger boats or allowing them to disembark into european countries, the more you are attracting them to make these journeys, these dangerous journeys, in the first place, and that then becomes a pull factor. we have heard that a lot. there has been a lot of different academic research on it. there is a lot of proof that this is not true. and i can tell you from our experience, we have been blocked in porta our experience, we have been blocked in port a lot of times, along with different search and rescue ship, and a couple of months ago last year, and we witness that the numbers of people fleeing over the mediterranean did not become lower at all, even though no rescue ship was available, so there is no proof for that. and who are these people? give us some examples of where they are coming from and by? it is basically different people from everywhere. we have people from north africa, west african states,
sub saharan african states, even from sometimes bangladesh, pakistan, sometimes syrian, so it is really mixed. that was a spokesperson for the rescue organisations see watch. there's tight security in the capital of belarus ahead of another planned mass protest calling for president lukashenko to step down, three weeks after the disputed presidential election. there's tight security in the capital of belarus ahead of another planned mass protest on president lukashenko's 66th birthday. demonstrators are calling for him to step down three weeks after the disputed presidential election. 400 leading belarussian athletes have signed an open letter demanding new elections and punishment for those involved in the brutal police response. the kremlin says, in a telephone conversation, president putin and alexander lukashenko have agreed they will meet in moscow in the coming weeks. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg was detained by security forces in minsk on thursday, but for now, retains his accreditation. in belarus, sunday has become the key day for protests against alexander lukashenko. one week ago, more than 100,000 people gathered here in the centre
of minsk to demand his resignation and we are expecting another big anti—government rally here today. it will be interesting to see whether it is allowed to go ahead or if the police will try to stop it. yesterday the authorities here launched a crackdown on independent voices. 17 journalists had press accreditations revoked. most of them were belarussian, belarussian citizens working for foreign media. clearly an attempt to interfere in coverage of events to make it harder for international news organisations to report on what is happening in belarus. this it is three weeks since the presidential election which alexander lukashenko claims to have won by a landslide but which is widely believed to have been rigged in his favour. that vote was followed by a brutal police crackdown on the streets against his opponents, which sparked shock across the country and anger with the man who has been running this country for 26 years.
is steve rosenberg reporting from minsk. the united states has accused russian fighterjets of making a what they describe as an ‘unsafe and unprofessional‘ intercept as the us airforce was flying over safe and unprofessional intersect for you see the black sea on friday. the us military has released footage which it says shows russian jets crossing ‘multiple times‘, within 100 feet — that‘s about 30 metres — of the nose of a us b—52 bomber‘. on friday the us says it was conducting routine operations over us routine operations over international waters when the incident ooccured. in the western us city of portland, a white man is reported to have died after a shooting on saturday night. you it followed skirmishes between pro—trump and black lives matter a. it followed skirmishes between pro—trump and black lives matter protesters. it isn t clear if the shooting arose from the clashes in the city centre. local media said the dead man was wearing a hat bearing
the insignia of a right—wing group. there have been nightly protests in portland since may, sometimes violent, following the death of george floyd in minneapolis when a police officer knelt on his neck. president trump will visit kenosha in wisconsin on tuesday, the city which has been at the centre of protests since a black man was shot in the back by a police officer last weekend. the white house said mr trump would meet police and see for himself ‘damage from recent riots". the shooting left jacob blake paralysed from the waist down. the headlines on bbc news: calls for students in the uk not to go back to university in case it sparks a second wave of coronavirus. european countries are urged to offer "a place of safety" to hundreds of migrants rescued by ships in the mediterranean, including one paid for by the street artist banksy. tight security in belarus ahead of more expected protests. the government there is accused of cracking down on foreignjournalists.
new research shows that care homes in england had the largest new zealand‘s prime minister jacinda ardern has announced the partial easing of coronavirus restrictions in auckland. the country‘s largest city was put back into lockdown two weeks ago after a cluster of cases. under the new guidelines, social gatherings will be allowed but limited to ten people, and across the whole country, facemasks will be compulsory on public transport. new zealand has registered just two new coronavirus cases in the last 2a hours. here‘s some of what the prime minister had to say. no minister had to say. gathering can be larger than t: no gathering can be larger than ten. i cannot stress how important this is. much of this cluster has stemmed from social gatherings. if we want to stop the spread, we have to stop socialising for a time. i understand that it socialising for a time. i understand thatitis socialising for a time. i understand that it is easy to become complacent, that if you hear a
message, as we did today, that there arejust message, as we did today, that there are just two cases, you may question what the likelihood is of you coming into co nta ct what the likelihood is of you coming into contact with those two cases. everyone i‘m shaw who has experienced covid—i9 probably thought that same thing at some point until it was them. thousands of people have taken to the streets in mauritius, protesting against the government s to the streets in mauritius, and the subsequent deaths of dozens of dolphins. some are calling for a commission or inquiry and others for the government to resign. i should warn you this report by the our africa correspondent contains some distressing images. some are calling this a historic moment for mauritius. 0ne some are calling this a historic moment for mauritius. one of the biggest demonstrations the country has seen, protesters calling for accountability after a massive oil
spill threatened wildlife and people‘s livelihoods. spill threatened wildlife and people's livelihoodslj spill threatened wildlife and people's livelihoods. i am present here today because we want the truth. we don‘t know what happened. why didn‘t anyone do anything when this ship was coming in our waters? 12 days they didn‘t do anything. the oil spill. and now thousands of people are being affected. and marine life is being affected. we are not going to stand for this. translation: we are protesting against this government, which has been recent years, and it is hard to see how far we have fallen. we are afraid for our future and our children's future. the japanese ship hits a coral reef near the island at the end ofjuly, nearly two weeks later it started leaking hundreds of tonnes of fuel. the oil spill happened close to protected marine ecosystems, putting thousands of species at risk. mauritians quickly mobilised to clean up the oil. the
ocean and its wildlife are vital for tourism, a major industry for the country. this week, there was widespread concern when dozens of dead or dying dolphins were found on the shore line. some environmentalists believe the oil spill and the deliberate sinking of pa rt spill and the deliberate sinking of part of the ship wreck led to these deaths. the government says a preliminary autopsy report on two carcasses showed they had bite marks and no traces of fuel. a final analysis is expected in the coming days. the government insists it followed expert advice in its handling of the crisis, but mauritians are angry and they want a nswe rs. new research shows that care homes in england had the largest increase in excess deaths at the height of the pandemic, compared to the rest of the uk. the study, which was led by the university
of stirling, also shows that care home residents have accounted for a0 per cent of all coronavirus deaths in the uk. professor david bell led the research, he says more information needs to be collected to avoid the impact of a potential second wave on the care sector. each year, migrant workers send more than half a trillion dollars from their work in rich countries to their families back home. but covid—19 has put a stranglehold on this important lifeline. the bbc s christopher bobyn has been looking at how foreign workers in scotland have been coping. i‘m from bolivia originally. i was born there. i decided to come here and work and find my life here. albina mendoza has been living in south queensferry for three years. her income as a latin dance teacher has been a lifeline to her mother living in rural bolivia. i was very busy before the lockdown.
my work, it‘s stopped, and i‘m still trying to do my best. i‘m living on my savings, but i can‘t send something to my mum now. albina‘s teaching didn‘t meet criteria for self—employment support, in turn, leaving her mother reliant on farming her own food. albina is one of the 3.5 million non—uk nationals working in britain. in 2018, they contributed to 10 billion us dollars
in remittances that were sent out from the uk to relatives around the world. danny has been fishing with scottish crews out of greenock for two years. his income pays for his entire family in indonesia. i have two children and a wife, and my wages, every week, i sent home. and the virus started coming, and lockdown, and lostjob. my wife talking about no money. despite being unable to fish for a full month because of lockdown, danny‘s boat owner still paid his salary so money could be sent home. if danny‘s got no money, that family can‘t eat. he‘s also got his children‘s education to pay for every week. in 2019, global remittances to low and middle income countries totalled over 550 billion us dollars.
this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, remittances to those countries is expected to fall by 20%, a value of over 100 billion us dollars. remittances are suffering because the world is suffering, and governments came to rely on them, because governments realised, hey, wait a minute, my population, or a significant portion of my population, is receiving those remittances, and by the way, those remittances are, for many countries, at least 80 countries, they are over 10% of their gdp. as the world takes stock of recessions and unemployment resulting from coronavirus, scotland‘s foreign workers will be concerned with something more immediate, even if a world away — family.
as my mum says, money isjust money, and it goes and it comes. if we finish this, this period, all together, it‘s going to be fine. you are watching bbc news. what‘s the best thing you achieved during lockdown? learning how to bake? dusting off your running shoes, perhaps? there can‘t be many who‘ve mastered a musical instrument. 14—year—old hamish from jersey turned to music when his mother died in 2018. he started piano lessons at the end of last year, but then coronavirus came along. he spent lockdown learning online, and has just achieved the highest piano grade possible. he did it, in part, with a piece of music he composed in memory of his mum. piano music plays
it was 2018 when i lost my mum. that was at sort of the same time i was discovering music and just really flourishing in that, so i think i put a lot of emotion and my feelings into that. it was not as sad, almost, because i had something to focus on, a drive which i could almost think, every day, after i came home from school, right, this is what i am going to do and i‘m going to do it really good. she was really, really great, really great cook and really great music taste as well, like eva cassidy and all that. i‘ve got a lot of different styles of music and inspirations from my dad and my mum, and i‘m reallyjust trying to soak in as much different genres as possible.
i think, once you get something so ingrained in your muscle memory, no matter what it is, if it is music production or piano, once everything is there and you can just go for it. playing by ear, as well, i find that a bit easier than playing by music. playing just with feeling, almost. music is just an instinct to me, rather than the reading or the theory. it is more just a feeling that it evokes in people, like, when someone plays tennis or when someone rides a bike, i think we all have that thing and we‘ve just got to find it almost.
many congratulations to him. now, it‘s time for a look at the weather with phil avery. the rest of the day fairly decent in many areas, just the chance that the onshore breeze will still generate one or two showers as the cloud roles in off the north sea. the wind is still quite noticeable on eastern shores, further west, light breezes for the most part. a dotting of showers across the north of scotland, one or two for northern ireland and coming across the irish sea, drifting on this northerly wind, at its strongest towards east anglia and the english channel. those temperatures, not surprising, 12 or 13 celsius on one or two spots on the east coast, 17 or 18 celsius inland. it should stay dry for many,
and not may be just as cold as it was last night, but you will see the temperature starting to dribble away into single figures. monday is a decent day indeed. if you have an outdoor plan, i don‘t think the weather will get in the way. goodbye. hello this is bbc news, the headlines. calls for students in the uk not to go back to university in case it sparks a second wave of coronavirus. we are really worried that we could see universities becoming the care home of any second wave of coronavirus in the uk. european countries are urged to offer "a place of safety" to hundreds of migrants — rescued by ships in the mediterranean — including one paid for by the street artist banksy. tight security in belarus ahead of more expected protests. the government there is accused of cracking down