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this is bbc news — the headlines: the police chief in the us city of minneapolis has testified that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force during his arrest. medaria arradondo said derek chauvin�*s actions were not consistent with his department's policy or values. nigerian authorities say more than eighteen—hundred inmates have escaped from a prison in the south—eastern town of owerri. they say heavily armed attackers stormed the facility in the middle of the night and used explosives to breach google has been spared having to pay potentially huge damages to its tech rival oracle. the us supreme court ruled in its favour in a long running copyright dispute. the justices ruled that it was "fair use" for google to incorporate the java programming language into its android mobile operating system.
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borisjohnson has confirmed the next step out of lockdown is going ahead. next step out of lockdown is going ahead-— going ahead. pubs and restaurants _ going ahead. pubs and restaurants will - going ahead. pubs and restaurants will be - going ahead. pubs and | restaurants will be able going ahead. pubs and . restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors. no announcement yet on when and how foreign travel way resume. preparing for international travel takes time. the industry is already gearing up, hoping that they'll have a summer season. but today the prime minister wasn't making any promises. obviously, we are hopeful that we can get going, from may 17th, we're hopeful. but i do not wish to give hostages to fortune, or to underestimate the difficulties that we're seeing in some of the destination countries people might want to go to. we don't want to see the virus being reimported into this country from abroad. when it does restart, it will use a traffic—light system. so far, we only know some countries on the red list. anyone arriving to england arriving from designated green countries won't need
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to quarantine, although they will need to take a test when they travel back, and more in the uk. those travelling from amber countries need to take all of these tests and will be required to quarantine at home on arrival for ten days — although if they pay for an extra test on the fifth day and it's negative, they can leave quarantine early. only uk residents will be allowed in from red countries, and they'll need to pay for quarantine at a hotel, as well as taking these tests. more details are expected later this week. scotland, wales and northern ireland haven't committed to a date for when international travel might restart. whether a country is added to the green list will depend on the vaccines and the prevalence of concerning variants. this was the last time laria and her children saw her parents in san
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marino in october 2019. they're yet to meet her one—year—old daughter. they've missed a whole chunk of their life that they can't really take back, especially with what's happening in italy and in europe at the moment. it puts the end goal further and further back, and it makes for a stressful situation. this is a new testing centre at luton airport. the company behind it is expanding its capacity at other airports too. there are worries that the costs of multiple tests could put off travellers and questions about how much notice the industry and passengers will get about which countries will be green. clearly, passengers and consumers and airlines need clarity at some point, and we still don't know at what point we will know where we can travel, which countries will be in the amber, red and green categories. if that comes in the next week or two, that is perfectly understandable. if it's several days before the 17th of may, it makes it a lot harder. the prime minister hasn't said when he'll announce
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if international travel can go ahead but that he hoped to set out what's reasonable well before may the 17th. the industry wants its many questions to be answered and to know that their summer take—off won't be delayed. caroline davies, bbc news. coming up on this week's show: we are gonna go into freefall. i can do this. here we go. i can't believe this guy is actually trusting me to cut his hair. grab the tail, oh and we're away! this is one of the craziest things i've done in my entire life.
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hello and welcome to this week's travel show, very firmly not going anywhere right now, but hoping we will be back on the road again sometime soon. until then we are here to keep you inspired and hopefully entertained until we can all start making plans again and take those trips we have all been missing so much. well, for many of us, south america really is one of those once—in—a—lifetime destinations. so rich in culture, scenery, wildlife, and sheer life force, it's one of those places that once you visit, you never quite forget. so this week we are taking a look back at some of our favourite travel show adventures in brazil, argentina, chile and peru. so why not stick around, and who knows, maybe get some inspiration for the next time we can all travel again. let's kick off with a trip to chile that christa made back in 2017 when she met the surfers fighting to save their favourite stretch
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of coastline from developers, against a backdrop of some truly awesome pacific waves. i've arrived in punta de lobos at a particularly good time, because word has gone around that this morning's swell will be unusually strong, with waves of up to 30 feet. these huge waves have been tracked all the way from antarctica, and have drawn out locals and people from across the world to watch them come in and crash against these rocks. if you look really carefully out there, what looks like little birds bobbing on the surface of the water, are surfers taking on these gargantuan waves at the risk of their lives. it's pretty incredible. everyone keeps talking about how amazing these waves are, so i've got on my wetsuit, about to jump on a surfboard and try it out for myself. my teacher is chacha, a local who introduces novices to the art of surfing
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every day. more coordinated students. looking... it turns out surfing is definitely not as easy as it looks. i got whacked in the face with about ten waves in a row, so i've swallowed most of that water, i think. it was super fun, thank you. 0k. gracias. but despite its idyllic appearance, this place is not all paradise. in fact, it's been the site of a battle between local private interests and conservationists.
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until recently, punta de lobos was relatively unknown, but over the past couple of decades, its popularity has soared as a surfing and a tourist destination. these days, 5,000 visitors arrive to the point daily during summertime. perhaps not surprisingly, this has attracted developers, keen to capitalise on the area's newfound popularity. much of the coast is in the hands of private owners, and plans were made for extensive building along the cliffs. matias is a director of the punta de lobos foundation — a non—profit organisation created among locals to fight the development plans. along with other conservation bodies, such as save the waves, they've worked to halt
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shoreside construction and to keep the cliffs open to the public. but that was only their first challenge. it was a mess here. if you put 1,000 or 1,500 cars here, you could take an hour, 1.5 hours to just go a mile out back to the highway. and the second thing is that there were no bathrooms here, so people would do their needs in the cliffs, in wherever, and this would be very dirty. the foundation responded by regulating the traffic with a roundabout and installing eco bathroom facilities, along with a recycled fence along the cliff line to protect it from the erosion of visitors' feet. many involved in the efforts here see punta de lobos as a landmark conservation case for chile — one that could have a much broader impact than just protecting one favoured surfing spot.
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christa in chile back in 2017. and i am pleased to say that the campaign to protect the punta de lobos is still going strong. while we will wait to find out if this year's postponed olympics are still going ahead in tokyo, in the run—up to the last olympics in brazil, we sent ayo to the high hills of rio to meet some of the locals and try his hand at giving some of them a haircut. pretty random, eh? here is the gate of heaven! we got the place! all right, here we go, off to heaven. this is unbelievable. rocinha is a sprawling favela sitting high on the hills of rio, overlooking the city. i live in that building, ok,
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close to that new building, i live in the left side. since the financial downturn, favelas here have seen a spike in volatility. tourists are recommended to go in organised groups like this. that's is our electricity system, just believe me it works, i don't know how, but it works. ourtour guide, edson, grew up in this favela. usually favelas are not a tourist place. of course there are many tourists interested, many foreigners interested to come, because it became so famous because of the movies, right? and of course, we want to show you the reality, it is not like the movies. but despite the challenges people face here, talents emerge. this is the battle of the barbers. this is a classic barber's competition. 20 minutes to do the best haircut. pretty intense.
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the competition happens in two parts. one for the best cut, and the other for more artistic creations. i can't believe this guy's actually trusting me to cut his hair. here we go. all right. like this? like that. leo, before you were a barber, what was your life like?
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you have got to admit, ayo was pretty nifty with those clippers, but not sure i am ready to let him anywhere from brazil we are now heading to argentina, where back in 2019 mark got the chance to swim with some pretty unusual companions, real gaucho style. here we go.
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woo, ok! a different experience to having a saddle on, let me tell you that right now. woo! omar, there's a crocodile right there, should we be worried? un cocodrilo, una caiman... no importa, eh? "don't worry about it." "don't worry about it, that's what we do." as the river deepens, and the horse can't reach the bottom, the trick is to slip off and hold on for the ride. oh, and we're away! this is one of the craziest things i've done in my entire life. the water doesn't taste very good. and there's miscellaneous things — some slimy,
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some spiky — rubbing against most of my body. almost having my arm attached like a moving train! horse nickers. they're strong animals, even in the water. woo! omar, we made it! good job, tornado! what a truly amazing experience — well, unless you are afraid of crocodiles and water, i guess. right, well, stay with us because coming up, there's more from mike in argentina, where he got up close with some of the local jaguars. when you make eye contact with a baest this size, your heartjust goes... imitates heart thumping quickly. and carmen accepted our challrnge to abseil down one of the largest waterfalls in the world in peru. the waterfall is so close! this is amazing!
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well, more from mike again now in this look back at some of our favourite travel show adventures in south america. and here is the time that he came face—to—face with one of the most beautiful and the most dangerous animals on the continent during that visit to the ibera wetlands in argentina. welcome to estancia, san alonso, the island home of rewilding argentina — a project aiming to re—introduce jaguars to the wild.
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oh, my... guys, this is... when you make eye contact with a beast this size, your heartjust goes... imitates heart thumping quickly. chuckles. she's isa, she's a brazilian panther, orjaguar. she's about six years old, yeah — she's quite young. and how will the wetlands benefit from introducing this beautiful animal? well, these animals were part of this ecosystem. they have been here for hundreds and thousands of years. they disappeared from the wetlands and now, this ecosystem is lacking from this top predator. and under the supervision of magali, the co—ordinator, i'm allowed into the enclosure to prepare isa's meal. ok, we've got one hanging fish, we've got one piece of mystery meat. ready to go? 0k.
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she looks a little bit — a little annoyed. normally, i don't think food arrives this late. blows whistle. wow! ok, look, here she comes. entering into the feeding enclosure. we've hung the fish up, let's see if she can find it. 0h... 0h! that's a predator, ladies and gentlemen. wow! and breakfast is served! talia, this jaguar is not going to be put back in the wild? no, she was donated to our project as a breeder. these animals that come from captivity, they cannot be released. as you saw, they relate humans with food, so if they lived free and saw a human, they would go directly to ask
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for food, and that's not what we want. talia hopes isa will breed with their other captive jaguar, a reclusive male called nahuel. nearby, two cubs born to another female are being prepared for release. and i'm going to ask a question that i'm sure everyone at home, including myself, wants to know the answer to — can we see a babyjaguar? no, i'm sorry to tell you we won't see one. but there are some here? yes, they are just right behind us, but they're in another special enclosure where you will see some black meshes, so they can't see people, they don't relate people with food, but we can see them with the cameras. this is a female and, well, she's in her swimming pool. is this — this is one right here?
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yeah, it's there, yeah. you can see — you have a good eye! thank you! and when they are released, what do you hope will happen? well, we are all very anxious to get to that moment. we expect them to stay close to this place, to the protected area, to find their food here and their home here. we expect them to reproduce and have more cubs, and we will be — it will be successful if that happens. i think it will be the time to say that the ibera ecosystem is complete again, as it used to be in the past. including the cubs, a total of five jaguars are set for release, signalling the return of the wetlands' most iconic beast. and if you want to keep track of the progress, rewilding argentina posts regular updates on their social media pages.
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mike there in argentina. well, we were desperate to find out whether they managed to release those beautiful baby jaguars, despite such a difficult year, and i'm pleased to say it's good news. so this year injanuary, we released the firstjaguars in ibera — it's a female, along with her two cubs. the release was a very exciting moment for the team. it has been a moment that we have been waiting for a lot of years. we could not imagine how the moment would be and it was even better than the way we would imagine it. and in the coming months, we would love to release another female with her two cubs. and also, we are expecting two other females to get pregnant, so to give birth and also to be released in the coming months with their cubs. we hopefully will have a few
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more to be released in a few years but so far, this kind of thing, of people knowing that they could eventually see jaguars in this place and we hope this will bring more tourists to the area as well. well, to finish off this look back at some of our favourite adventures in south america, let's finish up in peru where, back in 2016, carmen literally took a step off a cliff into the unknown when she abseiled down the side of one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. and seriously, five years on, there are still parts of this film that ijust cannot watch. it looked absolutely terrifying! so this is where it starts. i'm going to rappel down here, down this little waterfall, about 10 or 12 metres into a pool, and then from there, we will abseil down the rest of the waterfall which is about a 70 metre drop.
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and i'm one of the first people to do this. before we can start, the team must meticulously anchor a system of ropes into the rock face. then it is my turn to prepare. never that glamorous getting into a wetsuit but i will be glad of it — this this water looks cold! i'm attached to a harness and instructed on the safety apparatus that will allow me to control my descent. your legs, carmen, 90 degrees. hold it but lean backwards. taking off is terrifying. i put my feet against the wall and slowly inch down to the pool. it's hard to stay up with the constant pressure of the water pushing me backwards — and i'm told this is the easy part!
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0k! we reach the tiny ledge overlooking the last 70 metres and prepare for our descent. what a view! oh, my god! it's amazing! woo! ok, here we go! the waterfall is so close! this is amazing! so far, so good. but halfway down, i'm in for a shock. slightly unnerving that we are going to lose the rock now and we are going to go into freefall. ah! 0k. i can do this.
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yep, this is good! 0k. without the rock face, i'm literally hanging. tough work on my hand. basically this rope is holding my body weight and i'm having to release the rope to get me down. this way of coming down is faster and scarier than before, but a lot more exciting. we reach the last part of the descent and i'm so relieved to finally get to the bottom. wow! i know it's crazy, i didn't expect quite so much water! laughs. that was amazing! what a rush! yeah! high—five. and once the cold and the terror disappear,
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i feel to be one of the few people to have experienced this wilderness while it's still a bit of a secret from the outside world. carmen enjoying those the peruvian amazon back in 2016. well, that's all we've got time for this week, but catch us next week when ade will be looking at sustainable travel and asking if lockdown has changed the way we'll want to travel in the future. up until 2020, the trend towards increasing tourism had been remarkable. it was kind of like this, with that top figure join him for that if you can. and in the meantime, keep an eye out for us in all the usual places on social media. and here's to the time that we can all hopefully get back on the road again. until then, keep planning and we'll see you next week. goodbye.
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remember last week? it was nice, warm, and sunny — almost a dose of summer for some of us. a completely different picture — shock this week. we've got cold, northerly winds blowing straight out of the arctic bringing wintry showers, it's already been snowing across some parts of the country, especially in the north. if you look at the satellite picture, you can clearly see the pattern. all that weather, all the clouds are drifting in from the north — not coming off the atlantic, coming in straight out of the arctic and invading so many other parts of europe as well. so, we're not the only ones
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experiencing the cold weather. it's many parts of the continent. now, you can see where the wintry showers will have been across the north of the country, maybe one or two snaking into northern ireland and wales, a few icy patches as well, and a widespread frost early on tuesday morning throughout the uk, probably away from the very immediate coast. now, tuesday is going to bring lots of sparkling sunshine at least in the morning. in the afternoon, the clouds will increase in some areas, and those strong northerly winds will bring wintry showers — particularly across scotland, but they will be strong enough to push some of these wintry showers even into northern england, the midlands, and possibly even the south coast. now, they will be gusting 30, 40, even 50 mph in the north of the uk. so, if it's only two celsius in aberdeen and you get a gust of around 50 mph — so that's two on the thermometer but the wind will make it feel, giving you an apparent temperature of “i! celsius. and look at that — barely above freezing the apparent temperatures in the south, as well. now mid week, wednesday, it's going to start frosty. that's because we still have the arctic air over us. so, the arctic air�*s not going away anywhere. but we're starting to
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see the winds easing. in fact, that cold air stream straight out of the arctic has been pushed into the north sea and instead, we'rejust getting a waft, a suggestion of atlantic air bringing somewhat milder air. so wednesday is not going to be quite as cold and we're not going to have as many wintry showers if any at all. and in fact, you can see this process happening on the weather map here wednesday and eventually into thursday as well when that milder, slightly milder air — the really mild air is in the south — that slightly milder air arrives, and you can see those temperatures bumping up to around about 12 celsius by the time we get to thursday. bye— bye.
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