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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at five... the duke and duchess of sussex tell the queen they won't be returning as working members of the royal family. royal sources tell bbc news that the duke of edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend and into next week. borisjohnson urges global leaders to ensure coronavirus vaccines reach everyone around the world as he opens a virtual g7 summit. the latest data suggests the spread of coronavirus is slowing as the reproduction number — or r value — continues to fall across the uk. the dubai royalfamily says princess latifa is "being cared for at home" after the bbc obtained videos in which she accused them of holding her hostage.
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the supreme court rules that uber drivers must be treated as workers rather than self—employed in a decision with wide implications for the gig economy. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. the duke and duchess of sussex have confirmed to the queen that they will not be returning as working members of the royal family. as a result the couple will now no longer hold the honorary military appointments and royal patronages given to them by the queen. in a statement buckingham palace said that "in stepping away from the work of the royal family it would not be possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. "prince harry and meghan have committed to continue supporting the organisations they have
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represented saying �*service is universal�*. andy moore reports. ever since meghan and harry moved to north america, their long—term role in the royal family has been uncertain. last january, they announced they would step back as senior roles and work to become financially independent. there was a period of reflection and assessment on both sides. now there is a definite breach. meghan and harry will no longer be returning to work as members now there is a definite breach. meghan and harry will no longer be returning to work as members of the royal family. the news about their future comes ahead of an interview to be broadcast next month with oprah winfrey and only days after the couple announced they were expecting a second child. i don't think anyone would be surprised. it is untenable to live on the west coast of america and retain duty here. it was never going to work.
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now they have decided this is the future they want, away from royal duties. it was inevitable. a spokesperson for the duke and duchess of sussex said. prince harry served in military and holds honourary military appointments, but they will now be formally returned to the queen, and they will be distributed among other working members of the royal family. it was confirmed that harry would be stepping down from the rugby football union as patron. they said they greatly value his contribution to supporting the game. the national theatre also thanked
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the duchess for her work as patron. they said she championed work to make theatre accessible to all and her work begin people across the uk the palace announcement said everyone was saddened by the decision of meghan and harry, but they would remain much loved members of the family. royal sources have told bbc news that the duke of edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend and into next week. let's the weekend and into next week. get more now. with correspondent sarah campbell. the weekend and into next week. with the weekend and into next week. the duke of edinburgh the weekend and into next week. he will be a hund old edinburgh he will be a hundred years old injune. he was admitted to king edward hospital on tuesday evening after having fell ill for several days. he has been in there since
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then as you say, we have had a source telling us that following a consultation with his doctor the duke of edinburgh is likely to remain in hospitalfor observation and rest over the weekend and into next week. the source has added that as we previously said, the doctor is acting with an abundance of option. the duke remains in good spirits was not that his bid the message throughout the top you remember when he was admitted he did walk, it wasn't in emergency admission for some he was driven by car and walked in unaided. the news they are that he is going to be saying in hospital for observation and rest over the weekend and into next week. separately, the news today about prince harry and meghan not returning as working members of the royal family returning as working members of the royalfamily for is returning as working members of the royal family for is the timing interesting? is royal family for is the timing interesting?— royal family for is the timing interestin: ? , , interesting? is the timing interest in? we knew _ interesting? is the timing interest in? we knew that _ interesting? is the timing interest in? we knew that some _ interesting? is the timing interest in? we knew that some sort - interesting? is the timing interest in? we knew that some sort of. in? we knew that some sort of statement like this was expected. just to take you back a little bit. it was decided that they should have
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12 months to see how the situation was going. whether they step back from royal duties. that was in march of last year. so we were expecting some sort of statement within the next couple of months. perhaps a little bit earlier than we might have expected. but these two statements first of all released by buckingham palace as you say, talking about the fact that they won't be coming back to anymore duties or patch that they have at the moment will be divided between other members of the royal family. this statement just says following conversations with the duke, the queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. as you heard from andy's report immediately the duke and duchess of sussex issued their own statements. they said about this that we can all live a life of service. sooners two services universal. so questioning they are
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basically saying they are going to continue a life of service, with their work they're doing so far but clearly it's going to be outside of the royal sphere. just to tell you which patronage is they no longer have. for harry it's of course the military, honourary military title something very special to him. also link to rf huntington and eight royal navy post. also both were president and vice president of the queens commonwealth trust. when they were given that patronage that was seem to be quite an important lawn for that they work with their international links hoping to expand that role. that's been taken away from them. for harry their rugby football union, league and royal national theatre and the association of commonwealth universities. a change in role not unexpected but they have said they want to create this new life in america. they are doing so, they have these
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multi—million pound deals with netflix and spot five. and how officially they will be totally stepping back from boreal duties. sarah, many thanks. i'mjoined by the royal correspondence from the sunday times. sarah is saying there that to most people this is not a surprise was up would you share that sort of opinion? i do surprise was up would you share that sort of opinion?— sort of opinion? i do absolutely share that _ sort of opinion? i do absolutely share that. ever _ sort of opinion? i do absolutely share that. ever since - sort of opinion? i do absolutely share that. ever since harry - sort of opinion? i do absolutely| share that. ever since harry and meghan announced they were stepping back from official duties last january and made that transition last march. it's always been on the cards that they would never return. they've showed no indication of wanting to come back. when that sandringham summit was struck last january the queen made a very clear, has done throughout the past year there was no half—and—half out way of being a working royal. even though we've heard from harry and sources close to harry that he want to fight to keep his military patronage is, i've written in the sunday times that that was not going to happen. we read about that last
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year. as much as harriet wants to keep a foot in the royal door, you can't do that. you really do have to be either in or out as the queen has made clear. i think sarah's right, the announcement came a little bit sooner than we were expecting in march. but i think with all the announcements we've had in the last few days over them doing an interview with oprah route for you next month i think the queen just wanted draw a firm root sooner than later. ~ ., , ., wanted draw a firm root sooner than later. ~ ., ,, ., ~ wanted draw a firm root sooner than later. ~ ., ., ~ ., , wanted draw a firm root sooner than later. ~ ., .,~ ., , ~ later. would you make any link between this _ later. would you make any link between this announcement i later. would you make any link. between this announcement and later. would you make any link - between this announcement and the fact that prince harry's grandfather is in hospital at the moment? i wouldn't, actually. no, ithink if things, and an ideal world for the palace he wouldn't have either of these two things link at all. i think it's just a bad and busy timing. it is unfortunate that the palace are having to field all of this going on either the duke of edinburgh who everybody wants to see him celebrate his 100th, in hospital. it's unfortunate but i
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wouldn't link the two, i don't think there linked. it’s wouldn't link the two, i don't think there linked.— there linked. it's 'ust a coincidence h there linked. it's 'ust a coincidence then h there linked. it'sjust a coincidence then in? l there linked. it'sjust a coincidence then in? aj there linked. it'sjust a _ coincidence then in? a confluence of events, all sorts of things happening together? to events, all sorts of things happening together? events, all sorts of things ha enin: touether? ., , ., , happening together? to be honest, it's more closely _ happening together? to be honest, it's more closely linked _ happening together? to be honest, it's more closely linked to - happening together? to be honest, it's more closely linked to the - happening together? to be honest, it's more closely linked to the fact i it's more closely linked to the fact that buckingham palace and the other households are braced for harry and meghan�*s account of possibly where things went wrong and that oprah winfrey interview that is coming in a few weeks' time. i think that has brought forward the announcement from the palace.— from the palace. interesting. so we've had _ from the palace. interesting. so we've had statements _ from the palace. interesting. so we've had statements about - from the palace. interesting. so l we've had statements about them from the palace. interesting. so - we've had statements about them no longer being working royals, but also a warm statement that they will continue to be very much part of the family for so i suppose that there is a distinction being made there between their public selves and their private selves. the between their public selves and their private selves.— between their public selves and their private selves. the queen has alwa s their private selves. the queen has always tried — their private selves. the queen has always tried to _ their private selves. the queen has always tried to be _ their private selves. the queen has always tried to be very _ their private selves. the queen has always tried to be very warm - their private selves. the queen has always tried to be very warm in - always tried to be very warm in these statements. of course she made that statement last year that harry, magen and archie will continue to be much loved members of the family for some of course we know there is
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another on the way now. the queen is trying to be as warm as possible in all her statements. it's been difficult because they are difficult statements talking about a painful period in the royalfamily�*s history. this is not been an easy process. i think the queen statement was very warm. i think as nick said earlier on the lunchtime news, the statement that came back from harry and meghan, possibly a bit more barbed. talking about the fact that they will continue in their service regardless of an official role. in—service universal. that's a different i think. in-service universal. that's a different i think.— in-service universal. that's a different i think. thank you so much. borisjohnson has told other world leaders that they must ensure the whole world is vaccinated against covid—i9 so that everyone can come through the pandemic together. chairing a virtual g7 summit of western nations, the prime minister said that "science was finally getting the upper hand" in the fight against the virus. mrjohnson went on to urge
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all nations to work together and help bolster vaccine supplies. i know that several colleagues have already announced that ideal. we in the uk strongly support it. of course, we also want to work together on building back better from the pandemic, a slogan that i thinkjoe has used several times. i think he may have nicked it from us, but i certainly nicked it from somewhere else, probably some un disaster relief programme, but we want to build back better from the pandemic. i think this is the right moment for us all to focus on the other great natural challenge, about which we have been warned time and time and time again. we can't ignore it. the warnings have been even clearer than they were for coronavirus, and that is the problem of planet change, and that's why
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we are going to be working very hard to get some great things done at g7 on our plans for the summit that we are holding with our italian friends in glasgow in november. it's great, by the way, thatjoe has brought the united states back into the paris climate change accord. a great step forward. let's speak now to max lawson, head of inequality olicy at oxfam. good afternoon to you. borisjohnson has pledged to donate most of the uk's surplus vaccine applied to poorer countries in that speech. must be something that you welcome? yes, i suppose so. but really, donations of a small amount of vaccines is not really the solution for so we have a situation where rich countries are or two hoarding vaccines. they've got five times
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more than they need. in developing countries in africa and elsewhere have enough to vaccinate their citizens maybe one in ten of their citizens maybe one in ten of their citizens by the end of the air. as we all know, because of the problem with mutations the spread of the virus all over the world is a threat to everyone here in the uk. so yes, it's good to see the donation but we think the key problem we have is that the prime minister and many g—7 leaders are defending the monopoly rights of pharmaceutical firms like pfizer. and that is limiting supply. so the prices are too high. and there are not enough vaccines for poor countries. so while they continue to defend pharmaceutical profits over peoples vaccine, i'm afraid the uk is practising vaccine hypocrisy today. afraid the uk is practising vaccine hypocrisy today-— hypocrisy today. that's quite a stron: hypocrisy today. that's quite a strong accusation. _ hypocrisy today. that's quite a strong accusation. what - hypocrisy today. that's quite a j strong accusation. what would hypocrisy today. that's quite a - strong accusation. what would you want them to do? it’s strong accusation. what would you want them to do?— want them to do? it's very clear that 100 nations _ want them to do? it's very clear that 100 nations led _ want them to do? it's very clear that 100 nations led by - want them to do? it's very clear that 100 nations led by south i want them to do? it's very clear- that100 nations led by south africa that 100 nations led by south africa and india have called for a wave of intellectual property on all
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medicines and treatments and vaccines are covid—i9. that would allow to be clear, the mass production. it would allow recipes for these fantastic vaccines to be shared all over the world and mass—produced. and that is a sustainable solution. we can have a situation where poor countries just waiting from doing that for the crumbs from the rich countries table. we need to see mass production all over the world. and the only way to do that is for rich nations to support this wave of intellectual property. [30 nations to support this wave of intellectual property.— nations to support this wave of intellectual property. do you think schemes like _ intellectual property. do you think schemes like the _ intellectual property. do you think schemes like the kovacs - intellectual property. do you think schemes like the kovacs scheme i intellectual property. do you think- schemes like the kovacs scheme which is set up to support developing countries access to vaccine, do you think that simply not enough? we think that simply not enough? - think it's a really good stop. and thatis think it's a really good stop. and that is the reason that one in ten citizens in poor countries will possibly get vaccinated this year. that's great for some otherwise it would be nothing. but kovacs is having to pay high prices to these pharmaceutical firms because they are not sharing their recipes. and these firms are deciding how much they sell, how much they sell to other nations, they have complete
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control over the vaccination of the world. this is a global crisis was that as a prime minister sigh, no one is safe and were all safe. we need to take a much more rational approach, share the recipes, but the profits of these firms aside and get a vaccine to everyone on the planet. that's what would keep us safe, that's what we get this disease under control. and then everyone, my motherjust recently got vaccinated. and i want everyone on earth in africa, latin america to share the hope and the faith in the future that vaccination brings. we can do that vaccination brings. we can do that if we pull together. but we won't do that whilst we protect the profits of pharmaceuticals. i5 won't do that whilst we protect the profits of pharmaceuticals. is it the case that _ profits of pharmaceuticals. is it the case that all— profits of pharmaceuticals. is it the case that all the _ profits of pharmaceuticals. is it the case that all the pharmaceutical industries are maintaining high prices. from memory, astrazeneca said that it wasn't making a profit. there are definitely differences. you are absolutely right. the worst offenders are pfizer mo donor. pfizer is making an 80% profit on vaccine. rememberthe
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pfizer is making an 80% profit on vaccine. remember the technology behind was publicly funded, funded ljy behind was publicly funded, funded by taxpayer money for the it's not the money of these pharmaceutical firms that's gone into developing these vaccines. these are public goods not for private property. astrazeneca has said they will sell their vaccine not on a profit. it is very welcome. but even in that situation, with their licensing agreement which is secretive and exclusive, we have a situation last week where uganda is paying three times more for its astrazeneca vaccine that we are here in the uk. even with astrazeneca which is one of the better deals, we've got a situation where poor countries are paying through the nose for vaccines that we are getting much cheaper. there's only one real solution which is to openly share these recipes. let every competent vaccine manufacturer all over the world, should be pouring out these vaccines right now. instead of these artificial rationing is to protect the shareholders of these big firms. thank you very much.
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the high court has ruled the government acted unlawfully when it did not reveal details of some of the covid contracts it had signed while procuring personal protective equipment. the challenge was brought by campaigners and a cross—party group of opposition mps. the department for health and social care said it had been forced to sign deals within very short timescales and against a background of unparalleled global demand. the coronavirus reproduction number, or r value, across the uk is between 0.6 and 0.9, according to the latest government figures. last week, it was between 0.7 and 0.9. it follows a decrease in the number of infections in the four nations of the united kingdom. figures from the ons show — one in 115 people in england had coronavirus in the week up the 12th february — down significantly from the week before. in wales, it is one in 125 — compared to one in 85
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the week before. in northern ireland it's one in 105 — and in scotland it's one in 180. both down from the previous week. staying with coronavirus and the latest government figures show that another 12,027 people have tested positive for the virus, down from last friday — when 15,144 positive cases were confirmed. a further 533 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the uk. on the same day last week, 758 deaths were reported. and the number of those receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine has climbed to almost 17 million. we can speak to our health editor hugh pam. hugh, the end of another week in this lockdown and those figures onty our number, and deaths and on positive cases all down. that's right, rita. it's a very
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important set of data because it's one of the last sets of information that the government going to pour over trout the weekend before the big announcement on monday about the road map for england. the important thing here is, as wejust been hearing, the daily reported case in data. it is down about 20% week on week. you take averages across the two weeks. that's people who've come forward for a test. but there are there broader surveys including the ons which take in people through random testing, people who haven't come forward for a test, don't even know they've got the virus because they have a got symptoms. and that showed the deceased not decisive move down. on a similar test same story yesterday. everything pointing in the right direction. obviously, death numbers are still high, hospital numbers are still high. but they are coming down. the question is, how will the government move things forward on monday? we've
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heard it being said it was put to him, prime minister, is it data not dates? and he said absolutely. it seems like it won't be a firm set of commitments to do things on certain days announced. it will be a series of goals for things to be unlocked further. but all depending on the data between those announcements. so speaking to various experts over the last few days, there is concern at the un—nobles, if you like. concerned that any potential new variants and what that might mean if we unlocked too quickly. yes. variants and what that might mean if we unlocked too quickly.— we unlocked too quickly. yes. that's one of the factors _ we unlocked too quickly. yes. that's one of the factors that _ we unlocked too quickly. yes. that's one of the factors that it's _ we unlocked too quickly. yes. that's one of the factors that it's been - one of the factors that it's been made clear by downing street will be taken on board by the government. the possibility of new variants. and indeed the possibility that the data changes direction. that's why it's going to be very important in the words of ministers which we will hear more of next week that there are firm commitments to do certain things on certain days was up just ambitions to do it. but if the data
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changes and if variants like the south african variant, which has been seen gaining ground in some communities, if that begins to look as if it's getting out of hand then the whole process can be amended or slow down. because it's been made clear that the plan for england has to be irreversible. in the sense once the step has been taken, boris johnson doesn't want to have to reverse it subsequently. but it remains in uncertain process. and you still got relatively large numbers in hospitals with covid. onlyjust below numbers in hospitals with covid. only just below the numbers in hospitals with covid. onlyjust below the peak last numbers in hospitals with covid. only just below the peak last april. certainly the nhs will remain under pressure for a little while yet. this pressure for a little while yet. as always, thank you very much. the supreme court has ruled that uber drivers should be classed as employees, not independent third party contractors. the decision means tens of thousands of drivers could now be entitled to the minimum wage and holiday pay, and leaves the company facing a hefty compensation bill. it also has wider implications
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for the gig economy, as our business correspondent theo leggett reports. for years uber has been claiming it's a simple intermediary, a technology platform connecting self—employed drivers with potential passengers. but now the highest court in the land has ruled that isn't the case. it says those drivers are not independent contractors, but are workers acting directly on behalf of the company. as such, they should be entitled to benefits such as the minimum wage and holiday pay. the transportation service performed by drivers and offered to passengers through the uber app is very tightly defined and controlled by uber. drivers are in a position of subordination and dependency in relation to uber, such that they have little or no ability to improve their economic position. the case was originally led by two drivers, yaseen aslam and james farrar. they took their claims to a london employment tribunal in 2016 and won. uber fought them through appeal
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after appeal until the two sides ended up before the supreme court. we have drivers working very long hours, taking home gross about £30 to £50 and that can't be right, especially for a company making a lot of money on the back of these workers with absolutely no liabilities and all the liability is shifted onto the worker. uber has 60,000 drivers working in the uk and lawyers say the case may set a precedent for thousands of other claims. but the company insists the ruling focused on a small number of drivers who used its app in 2016. it says since then it has made changes to its business, giving drivers more control over what they earn and providing new protections, such as free insurance in case of sickness or injury. the question now is whether the case has implications beyond uber, potentially affecting millions of other people doing short—term or flexible work in the so—called gig economy. there needs to be taken into account the facts that are mentioned - by the supreme court, _
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have a look at their business model, work out what level of control - they reasonably need over people using their platform _ and whether because of the level of control that is required that might mean these people - are workers under law. this case clearly sets a legal landmark, but with the world of work changing so rapidly it's likely many questions remain unanswered. theo leggett, bbc news. well, we can speak now to one of the two drivers who brought that case against uber that ended up in today's ruling in the supreme court. good afternoon. you must be very pleased. i good afternoon. you must be very leased. . ., , pleased. i am delighted, i really am. if pleased. i am delighted, i really am- if we _ pleased. i am delighted, i really am. if we had _ pleased. i am delighted, i really am. if we had failed _ pleased. i am delighted, i really am. if we had failed today - pleased. i am delighted, i really am. if we had failed today so . pleased. i am delighted, i really. am. if we had failed today so much would've been lost for millions of people in the gig economy. so it was an absolutely must win case. we really did win. and emphatically so. this was a unanimous decision by six
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justices at the supreme court. there was no dissenting view. so there was no alternative narrative legally that any of the justices subscribe to. so really huber has nothing to hang its hat on as far as its arguments that it's pursued for six years and now our concern. liaise arguments that it's pursued for six years and now our concern. give us some background. _ years and now our concern. give us some background. what _ years and now our concern. give us some background. what was - years and now our concern. give us some background. what was it - years and now our concern. give usj some background. what was it that sparked you to take on uber in this way? i sparked you to take on uber in this wa ? . �* ., sparked you to take on uber in this wa? . �* ., way? i haven't sought to i was the .|. way? i haven't sought to i was the gig worker. _ way? i haven't sought to i was the gig worker. trying _ way? i haven't sought to i was the gig worker, trying to _ way? i haven't sought to i was the gig worker, trying to supplement l way? i haven't sought to i was the i gig worker, trying to supplement my income while i was pursuing other things. and one evening almost six years ago to the day i was assaulted while working for uber in london. it took ten weeks for uber to co—operate with a metropolitan police to identify who the passenger was. this was really surprising to me because i thought with a digital out, that this would be a no—brainer. but then i started to investigate where the duty of care lie between the parties. i started to look at the contract. i quickly understood but the problem was. uber
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was created as contractual situation where drivers are directly contracted at the customers were stopped and uber positions itself as an agent of the parties not an employer. and so i didn't want to get involved because i didn't want to trigger a liability relationship for the customer. or an employment relationship with me. i didn't want to trigger that liability for itself ljy to trigger that liability for itself by presenting itself as a transportation company for that of all of that has changed today and uber must now accept the reality that it has an obligation not only to its workers but also to its customers and to taxpayers. leer customers and to taxpayers. uber sa s in customers and to taxpayers. uber says in response _ customers and to taxpayers. uber says in response to _ customers and to taxpayers. uber says in response to today's ruling only applies to a small number of uber drivers. so yourself and a few others, i suppose. uber drivers. so yourself and a few others, isuppose. you uber drivers. so yourself and a few others, i suppose. you think it has much wider implications. just explain that. much wider implications. just explain that-— much wider implications. just exlainthat. , . explain that. this is a nice try by uber to try _ explain that. this is a nice try by uber to try and _ explain that. this is a nice try by uber to try and dismiss - explain that. this is a nice try by uber to try and dismiss this. - explain that. this is a nice try by uber to try and dismiss this. it'sj uber to try and dismiss this. it's all i were only a few workers then wipe her sue a claim that it's worth
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very little money for myself and my colleagues? over six years to the supreme court for millions and millions of pounds. of course it applies much broader than that. all you have to do is look at lord legates narrative that is written on behalf of the supreme court. he said that the purpose of the legislation is to protect workers. and that these contractual arrangements that uber had concocted were a mischief to that. the supreme court is really clear. it says the law applies. they also said that uber couldn't decide who should qualify for statutory protection and who doesn't. uber is probably in a desperate situation right now and hasn't got an alternative narrative so it's desperately saying that this is contained around 16 people. it doesn't, you know. one of the law firm i know that we work with has already got 8000 driver signed up to pursue claims on the same basis as ours. so we could well be seeing many more? i'm sure, absolutely.
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it's the logical thing to do. uber has underpaid the drivers for years and they must go and collect that money. and uber must operate properly into the future. you're right it does has a wider implication for the rest of the gig economy. we all must take notice of thisjudgement and apply economy. we all must take notice of this judgement and apply it to other big platform like deliver ru and others. we must say the same principles must surely apply that these workers must also have protection that they should be on working time from log on to log off. and notjust when they're making a delivery or carrying a passenger. that's what the supreme court was really clear about today.— really clear about today. thank you so much. really clear about today. thank you so much- 0k. _ really clear about today. thank you so much. ok, let's— really clear about today. thank you so much. ok, let's take _ really clear about today. thank you so much. ok, let's take a - look now at the weekend weather here is been read. look now at the weekend weather here is been read. hello, there are two sides to the weather stories this weekend. on the one hand it is going to be very mild, on the other, there is some very heavy rain particularly in the west with some brisk wind.
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the rain keeps coming this evening and tonight across the southwest of england, wales, northern england as well. for northern ireland and scotland it should dry out for a time with some clear spells. a bit chilly across the far north of scotland, but generally speaking, a mild night and mild start tomorrow. the rain will pile up across the hills in the west. there is an amber warning in effect. all the while for the southeast it should stay mostly dry. windy especially in the west. those are the gusts we can expect. top temperatures between ten and 16 degrees may be. sunday, another relatively mild day, a bit of rain here and there, but for many, it will be dry with some sunshine.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the duke and duchess of sussex have told the queen they will not be returning as working members of the royal family. royal sources tell bbc news that the duke of edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend and into next week. borisjohnson opens the virtual g7 summit by urging global leaders to ensure coronavirus vaccines reach everyone around the world. wales' stay at home rule may end in three weeks, says the first minister — and the youngest pupils will return to school on monday. the latest date since the spread of coronavirus is slowing as the reproduction number are r number continues to fall across the uk. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc
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sport centre. but ahead with one of five first—half goals, five more followed with this player gets in the seventh and jane ross came off the bench and scored twice, rounding off the victory with her tenth goal here and that was her 62nd international goal. meanwhile, england have added arsenal's beth mead and manchester united's milly turner to their squad for theirfriendly next united's milly turner to their squad for their friendly next week with chelsea's players ruled out. initially mead was left out of the squad and said that her form hadn't been that great. a surprise birthday party thrown for a defender was not acceptable and he will not feature in the squad tomorrow against sheffield united. it is alleging that he returns to his flat in the early hours of monday morning after their win of effort and defined it with the fans there. bacchus is the
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club will investigate the matter. —— after their win at everton. parker says the club will investigate the matter. the chair of football's anti—discrimination group — kick it out — says he supports the decision of crystal palace striker wilfred zaha. .. to stop taking a knee before matches. sanjay bhandari says he understands his frustration — and agrees that while such gestures are valuable to attract attention, they have a shelf life. zaha believes taking a knee has lost its meaning. when i was going on my parents told me, it taught me to be proud to be black. i want to stand tall. i'm going to stop doing these things that are not even working anyway. i
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feel like wearing black lives matter as a target on my back. arsenal winger willian is the latest player to suffer racist abuse on social media. the brazilian — who came on as a sub in last night's europa league draw with benfica... posted on his instagram story two messages threads outlining the insults from two different users of the social media platform. a host of premier league players including, marcus rashford, have also all suffered online racial abuse in recent weeks. six nations leaders france have been dealt a further blow ahead of next weekend's game against scotland, with news that key player antoine dupont has tested positive for coronavirus. dupont was named player of the tournament last year, and is the fourth member of the french set—up to return a positive test. of the first 12 players tested today, the other 11 tested negative, with more results to follow. dupont will isolate for "the coming days" according to the french federation. onto tennis and daniil medvedev has beaten stefanos tsitsipas in straight sets, to reach the final of the australian open. the tight contest we were expecting didn't materialise — after sailing through the first two sets, medvedev was given more of a work—out in the third
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but he never looked in trouble — and he produced what's been described as the shot of the tournament on his way to closing out the match. he'll face novak djokovic for the title on sunday. and joe salisbury, won the battle of the brits in the men's doubles — he and rajeev ram, who are the defending champions, beatjamie murray and bruno soares, to reach the final. onto snooker, ronnie o'sullivan is through to the semi—finals of the welsh open snooker — his opponent today, ali carter, withdrew from the event due to health reasons... alsojoining o'sullivan is stephen maguire. he won a final frame decider against shaun murphy to come through 5—4 at celtic manor. maguire wrapped things up in style with a total clearance of 133 to reach the last four. and maguire will face northern ireland'sjordan brown next. he also won a thrilling final—frame decider on the black ball against former world champion mark selby. that is it from us. we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30. see you then. thanks a lot, gavin.
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the united arab emirates says princess latifa , the daughter of dubai's ruler is alive and being cared for at home by herfamily. it follows a call from the united nations to prove that she is alive. let's speak to the bbc arabic�*s special correspondent nawal al—maghafi who first reported for us on the princess latifa videos, in which she said she was being held hostage. remind us of the background to the story? well, there are so many development to this story. the story begins in 2018 when she was trying to flee to buy and before she made the escape attempt and filmed a video saying if things go badly wrong you are going to be watching this and things did go badly run. she was recaptured on the indian ocean by m of and indian commandos. at the time, the un's working group, after that video was released, and the ua's working group on enforced abduction is a recipe forfly from on enforced abduction is a recipe for fly from the enervating government. after that explore new pictures of a lunch that took place with a form of human rights commissioner mary robinson were released and you can see princess latifa sitting next to her at that
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lunch and then mary robinson came to the bbc and said that princess latifa is a troubled young lady and she is in the loving care of her family so the un were then forced to drop that enquiry. since then, this latest panorama that was released on tuesday brings it all back to the surface. not only does it have messages from princess latifa since then, saying that she is being held captive in a villa in central to buy, but it also has an interview with mary robinson where she says in 20 18 she was with mary robinson where she says in 2018 she was actually misled. the fact central dubai. she was told this story of princess latifa having bipolar disorder and she now believes that she was tricked before that interview previously. so, based on that the deform panorama and the videos that were shown and it have asked for proof of life on the uae and the uae has responded with the same moment —— with a statement.
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they maintain that she is in the care of herfamily medical professionals, what was shown on panorama is not reflective of the actual position and they also say that princess latifa will return to public life at an appropriate time but what is crucial is that they are yet to prove that she is alive. there are so many twists and turns to the story. i am sure you will be coming back to update is when we have more. for the time being, thank you very much indeed. our arabic correspondence there. texas senator has defended his decision to take a trip is on holiday while texans have been facing burst pipes, empty shelves, and empties supermarket shelves. our correspondent reports from houston.
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this is one of the richest states in one of the richest countries in the world. around half of texans are experiencing disruptions to water supply. for others, burst pipes and melting snow have caused flooding. last night we finally got water, before we didn't have water and now we've got water everywhere. water companies have battled with frozen wells, treatment plants have been hit by power outages. it's meant 13 million people have been told to boil their water before drinking it. the supply of electricity is slowly being restored, but there are still at least half a million people without it. we know that because of the storm that will continue to sweep across texas tonight that we are not yet out of this, but we are closer to this challenge being behind us. we will not stop until normalcy is restored to your lives. until that moment comes, though, i ask all texans to continue your efforts to take the proper precautions that are needed to stay safe and to stay warm.
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if they manage to do that, and find water, getting food may still be hard. supermarket shelves are running dangerously low on supplies. while ordinary texans were freezing, their senator ted cruz headed for the beaches of mexico. it was obviously a mistake and in hindsight, i would not have done it. i was trying to be a dad and all of us have made decisions when you've got two girls who have been cold for two days and they have not had heater power and they said, "we don't have school, "why don't we go, let's get out of here!" i think there are a lot of parents who would say, "right, ok, if i can do this — great." that's what i wanted to do. back now after a public outcry over his absence while his state was in crisis. lebo diseko, bbc news, texas. dogs have helped millions of us
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to get through the last year or so — but you don't necessarily have to own one, to feel the calming benefits of man's, and woman's, best friend. max the springer spaniel has been sharing his walks with the world via social media. and now he's become the first pet dog to receive a very special award — tim muffett has the story. max lives with his owner in the lake district, but has fans across the world. the 13—year—old springer spaniel belongs to kerry irving who's been live—streaming their walks during lockdown. all right, maxie? we started doing live feeds on our daily walks because we've got the lake district here, this is our home, this is where we can walk and exercise, but some people are trapped in cities, tower blocks. max's walks with fellow springer spaniels paddy and harry have brought comfort to hundreds of thousands of people and max's companionship to kerry has been life changing. following a road traffic accident 15
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years ago he was suffering from severe depression. the anxiety it caused me to walk out of the door on my own and not have somebody with me was for me a terrifying experience. every step i took max was with me and every time i stopped and faulted he stopped with me too. the pdsa order of merit rewards animals that show outstanding contribution to society. so, you can see how max has not only had a massive impact on kerry's life, but his activities, all those kerry has been filming with them, have reached the lives of hundreds of thousands of people right across the world. four—year—old evelyn is one of them. # happy birthday to max...#. kerry and max's videos have been an absolute godsend to us during lockdown and helped us to be stress—free at the end
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of the day and make every day during lockdown a fresh start. evelyn suffers from the febrile convulsions, seizures that can happen at any time. her mum hannah believes max has had a profoundly positive impact. do you want to see max's videos? how does max make you feel? happy. the impact that dogs have both on mental well—being and on general well— being is fantastic. the animal equivalent of an obe, richly deserved. tim muffet, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the duke and duchess of sussex have told the queen they will not be returning as working members of the royal family. buckingham palace says it is saddened by the decision, and harry and meghan remain �*much loved members of the family�* royal sources tell bbc news that the duke of edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend and into next week.
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borisjohnson opens the virtual g7 summit by urging global leaders to ensure coronavirus vaccines reach everyone around the world. now on bbc news, mark kermode brings you the film review. hello and welcome to the film review with me, mark kermode. reminding you that while cinemas may be closed to lockdown there�*s still plenty of new movies to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home.
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in david finch�*s gone girl, rosamund pike played an enigmatic character behind whose smile lurked dark secrets. now pike is back on spiky form in i care a lot, a gleefully callous thriller packed with vicious gallows humor. good morning, ms peterson. i�*m sorry to disturb you so early. the court has ruled that you require assistance in taking care of yourself. but, but i'm fine. i�*m afraid it�*s not up to you to decide. she plays marla grayson, a shark who preys upon the elderly, hijacking their lives and fortunes by becoming their legal state guardian and then milking their assets for all they�*re worth. i�*m here to help. but when marla picks the wrong cherry in the shape of dianne wiest�*s elderly retiree jennifer peterson, she finds herself face—to—face with roman, played by peter dinklage, an ex—russian mafia drug trafficker with a penchant for cakes, smoothies and cutting off his enemies fingers. i don't like you.
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you�*ve onlyjust met me.

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