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in tokyo, team gb's sky brown, who's just 13 years old, becomes britain's youngest ever olympic medallist. that's what we needed. this place has erupted for her. she took bronze, the first ever medal in the skatepark for great britain at any olympic games. it's incredible. i mean, it feels unreal. i'm so happy to be here. it was a super sickl final and qualifiers.
team gb's hannah mills becomes the most successful ever woman olympic sailor, winning gold in the 4—70 class, alongside eilidh mcintyre. it's been one of the hardest weeks of my life, i am sure for eilidh as well. just every day, feeling sick, not being able to eat, just nerves building up, and yeah, the emotion ofjust — we've done it. it's over, we've done what we came here to do. there were boxing medals too, for ben whittaker with a silver, and frazer clarke, winning bronze. and the american sydney mclaughlin smashes her own world record, winning the aoom hurdles. also this lunchtime... jabs for teenagers — more than a million could soon be eligible for a covid vaccine. and president bidenjoins calls for the governor of new york state, andrew cuomo, to resign over sexual harrassment claims. and coming up on the bbc news channel... a silver for team gb�*s ben whittaker
in the light heavyweight boxing, but the brit was disappointed not to take gold after losing in the final. good afternoon. team gb are racking up the medals in tokyo at the olympics, and the success is across a wide range of sports. history was made at the skate park with sky brown, who's just 13, taking britain's first ever skateboarding medal, and securing her place as the country's youngest ever olympic medallist. and there was a gold in sailing for hannah mills and eilidh mcintyre, winning the 4—70 class, making mills the most successful female olympic sailor of all—time, after a gold in rio,
and a silver at london 2012. there were two more boxing medals, with ben whittaker taking silver in the light heavyweight category and frazer clarke claiming bronze in the men's super—heavyweight division. and the reigning heptathlon world champion, katarina johnson—thompson, has made a mixed start to her olympic campaign, lying fifth, after three events. for a full round—up of all the action, let'sjoin natalie pirks, in tokyo. i was lucky enough to be at the skate park today and it was dramatic. in the blistering heat sky brown carried her nation's hopes on those tiny shoulders and she delivered bronze to become briton�*s youngest ever olympic medallist. with the silver medallist from japan, she was just 12 and the gold medallist also from japan at just 19, the podium had a combined age of just 44 making journalists like me feeling very old indeed. here's the story of how it all
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skateboarding and surfing. don't believe her? just watch. the international olympic committee will be rubbing its hands with glee at how sports like skateboarding on debut have gone down and it is hoped skateboarding would attract younger viewers to the sport and it has done that. how can britain capitalise on this momentum? a reporter nesta mcgregor is at a skate park in hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon- _ hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon. it _ hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon. it is _ hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon. it is worth - hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon. it is worth saying i hertfordshire for us now. good afternoon. it is worth saying atj afternoon. it is worth saying at lunchtime it is usually soup or a rice bowl which has everyone's attention. today it is a skate bowl and it is venues like this can can really benefit from the sky brown effect. the olympics are all about medals but also a great shop window for a sport for raise its profile and also increase participation. you can imagine the head of skateboard gb must be very happy. i think this smile is a bit of a giveaway.
firstly your reaction to sky brown's performance and that bronze medal. amazing, absolutely phenomenal. who would think that sky brown at the a-e would think that sky brown at the age of— would think that sky brown at the age of i3— would think that sky brown at the age of 13 would come back with the bronze _ age of 13 would come back with the bronze medal. completely overwhelmed and gone _ bronze medal. completely overwhelmed and gone snapped. —— gobsmacked. your— and gone snapped. —— gobsmacked. yourioh_ and gone snapped. —— gobsmacked. yourioh is— and gone snapped. —— gobsmacked. yourioh is to — and gone snapped. —— gobsmacked. yourjob is to grow the sport. having an athlete like sky or in your lap must be an absolute dream, it makes yourjob far easier to absolutely, the profile this will bring to skateboarding in the uk is phenomenal and it will increase participation in but phenomenal and it will increase participation i— participation in but also it will increase the _ participation in but also it will increase the investment - participation in but also it will increase the investment intol increase the investment into skateboarding. the national lottery are brilliant in investing in skaters— are brilliant in investing in skaters to get a qualification event but also _ skaters to get a qualification event but also the grass roots facilities and we _ but also the grass roots facilities and we need to have investment conversations about how we put facilities — conversations about how we put facilities in place to help counter skateboarders reach their potential and then— skateboarders reach their potential and then lastly read ability, a lot of people — and then lastly read ability, a lot of people think skateboarding is kids on— of people think skateboarding is kids on the street being annoying and getting in the way but it is way more _ and getting in the way but it is way more than — and getting in the way but it is way more than that.—
more than that. thank you. it is worth saying — more than that. thank you. it is worth saying that _ more than that. thank you. it is worth saying that as _ more than that. thank you. it is worth saying that as the - more than that. thank you. it is worth saying that as the head i more than that. thank you. it is j worth saying that as the head of skateboard gb we were going to have a go but we haven't done a risk assessment and we are wearing the wrong footwear!— assessment and we are wearing the wrong footwear! thank you. get your foot were sorted _ wrong footwear! thank you. get your foot were sorted for _ wrong footwear! thank you. get your foot were sorted for next _ wrong footwear! thank you. get your foot were sorted for next time. - wrong footwear! thank you. get your foot were sorted for next time. it - foot were sorted for next time. it has notjust been about skateboarding here today. there has beenjoy skateboarding here today. there has been joy on the water as well. hannah mills became the most successful female sailor in olympic history as she and eilidh mcintyre great britain's third sailing gold. there have been british medals in boxing and the world heptathlon champion katarina johnson—thompson got her olympic quest started. here is our sports correspondent andy swiss with all the details. sailing to glory, and jumping forjoy. a golden day for hannah mills and eilidh mcintyre. and for mills, it was also an historic one. they had begun their final race with a title in their sights. all they had to do was finish the top seven
and they were soon up into second place. by the final buoy, they had dropped back to fifth, but they held their nerve, and held on for victory. hannah mills and eilidh mcintyre, it is gold for great britain. delight for the duo and as their achievement started sinking in. sinking in, so did they. mcintyre had emulated her father mike who won sailing gold in 1988, while for mills there was a place in the record place with two golds and a silver, now the most successful female sailor the olympics has ever seen. it is mad. it is absolutely mad. growing up, you know, i obviously like, a lot of olympians dreamed of being here one day and standing on the podium and to do it twice, with saskia before and eilidh this time, i have had two incredible crews to sail with, and ijust feel really lucky. and thousands of miles away at cardiff bay yacht club, the celebrations could also begin.
for the family, particularly her parents, it was just as special. i was so relieved for them both, they have worked so hard, they have tried every different approach to tactics, communication and anything else they possibly could to give them that extra little edge, it was just, just amazing, absolutely amazing. but elsewhere gold proved agonisingly out of reach. in the boxing, ben whittaker had to settle for silver after losing his light heavyweight final and his disappointment was all too clear. at the presentation he couldn't even face putting his medal on. coming second, it seems, was precious little consolation. i just want to say to everyone, i don't want to look like a baby, ora spoilt brat, but, ijustam so upset i didn't win the gold, to me i feel like i have lost the gold, i can't celebrate a silver just yet. meanwhile in the superheavyweight category frazer clark's hopes of gold were ended by a nasty cut in his semifinal.
but for the man who just missed out on a place at the last two games, bronze was worth the wait. and it is the best the women's hockey team can hope for, after their reign as olympic champions came to an end, the netherlands beating them 5—1 in the semifinal. in the athletic, katarina johnson—thompson began her quest for heptathlon gold. after an excellent start in the hurdles but a slightly disappointing highjump she was in third place after the first two events. once again, though, the stand out performance came in the 400 metres hurdles after warholm smashed the men's world record yet, america's sydney mcloughlin did the same to the women's. it's mcloughlin's title, and a new world record. two new records in just 2a hours, the hurdles it seems are proving no barrier to brilliance. andy swiss, bbc news. britain now has 47 medals, which
means it has exceeded the target that was set here, the minimum target of 45 medals, britain would need 20 more to be on par with what happened in rio, nigh on impossible really, but team gb only needs four more to match what they did in beijing and if they do that this comic tokyo, would be britain's second most successful overseas games in history, clive. natalie perks, thank you. it is 13 minutes past 12. our top story this lunchtime. team gb's sky brown, just 13 years old, becomes britain's youngest ever olympic medallist. britain's hannah mills becomes the most successful woman olympic sailor ever, winning gold in the 4—70 class alongside eilidh mcintyre. coming up on the bbc news channel. defending championjason kenny and jack carlin are both through to the quarterfinals of track cycling's individual sprint. team gb's kenny is going
for a seventh gold medal. more than a million teenagers look set to be offered a covid vaccine. it's understood thejoint committee on vaccination and immunisation, is to recommend that 16 and 17—year—olds are given the jab. at the moment, only under 18s with underlying health conditions or living with someone vulnerable, qualify for the vaccine. here'sjim reed. 46 million adults have already received a covid vaccine. now the jab is set to be routinely offered to under 18s for the first time. scientists on thejcvi are expected to recommend that all 16 and 17—year—olds should be next in line. throughout the pandemic we have listened to thejcvi, and we have adopted their recommendations because they are the experts, so all i can say at this stage, i am afraid, is that it is imminent and people will get clarity very soon. olly is one of a small number of 17—year—olds who have
already been jabbed. he has been volunteering in bolton a&e through the pandemic, so qualified as a health care worker. 16, 17—year—olds have had such a big social life and quite a lot of us have been going out quite a lot, and you know, there's a lot people as well who aren't wearing masks at the moment, so i think it is really important to be jabbed because it reduces transmission, and also if you get covid you don't know how bad you're going to have it. some people are more affected or less affected than others, and you wouldn't want to be one of the ones who is really badly affected. but this decision wasn't straight forward. the statistics show under 18s are far less likely to get seriously sick with covid, and while side effects such as inflamed heart tissue are very rare, they do exist. i think it's the right thing to start extending vaccination down into older teenagers. we know that they have a very high rate of infection, and if you look at where the infection is currently flourishing within society, it's
largely in those younger age groups. i mean, there is a balance, obviously, between the potential side effects and the damage that covid can do. other countries, including the us and france, have gone further, and already offerjabs to all children over 12. a similar move in this country looks unlikely for the moment. the recommendation to extend the jab roll out to those 16 and 17—year—olds will need to be signed off by ministers in all four nations of the uk. after that happens, we could see appointments offered in just two weeks' time. jim reed, bbc news. new research suggests most children who become ill with covid, recover within a week, and long—term symptoms are rare. scientists from king's college london say they're "reassured" that the number of young people who experience prolonged illness is low. here's our health
correspondent, anna collinson. a joker and a daredevil. that's how arlo's mum describes him. but a few weeks ago, he became poorly after testing positive for coronavirus. there was definitely a point where, you know, i did wonder how this might continue in terms of symptoms, with it's kind of get increasingly worse? there's definitely an element of the unknown, which is slightly unsettling as a parent. is that high enough? no, i want higher. but within a week, arlo's cough and runny nose was gone and he was back to his normal self. new research suggests that recovery time is typical for most children, with few experiencing long—term symptoms. the study looked at more than 1700 children who were reported to have developed symptoms and had tested positive for covid—19. it found fewer than one in 20 experienced symptoms for four weeks or more, and just one in 50 had
symptoms for more than eight weeks. the most common issues were headaches and tiredness. can children have prolonged illness after covid—19? yes, they can, but it is not common and most of these children get better with time. children can have prolonged symptoms from other illnesses as well, and an important take—home message is we need to be looking after all children who have protracted illness duration. scientists hope their findings will reassure families whilst also validating those who have experienced prolonged illness like valentina's two children. she runs a long covid support group and thinks their continuous cough for three months could be a long—term symptom following the infection. is covid—19 related, so we can't really define whether they had long covid, but based on my own experiences and families
that i have contact with, it is very much likely that they had it. specialist centres have been set up to help those living with the long—term effects of the virus. anyone concerned about a child is advised to contact their gp. new figures from the office for national statistics show more than nine in ten adults in the uk now have antibodies against coronavirus. roughly 93% of adults tested by the ons during the week to the 18th ofjuly, had covid antibodies, up slightly from 92% the previous fortnight. antibodies are evidence of a past infection with covid, or of having received at least one dose of vaccine. the belarusian athlete, who refused her team's orders to fly home from the olympic games, is on her way to vienna. krystina timanovskaya is expected to then fly on to poland, where she's been granted a humanitarian visa. sarah rainsford is in the belarusian capital, minsk.
sarah. what is the reaction there, to the news that effectively this athlete has gone into exile? well, ever since krystina _ athlete has gone into exile? -ii ever since krystina timanovskaya made those very public criticisms of the sporting authority, there has been a smear campaign on state media, they have been presenting her as arrogant, as letting down here team—mates by refusing to run in a race she says she wasn't prepared for. this scandal has become political and one state media presenter said the only thing that krystina timanovskaya won in the olympics was a visa to poland. no medals just olympics was a visa to poland. no medalsjust a olympics was a visa to poland. no medals just a visa. that is one of the reasons why she didn't feel safe to return here to minsk and today we are seeing another developing story, which is a sign of how little tolerance there, intolerance for dissent, one of the faces of the opposition protest that we saw here
last year, she went on trial alongside another opposition activist, now the two of them are accused of extremely serious charges, they are accused of plotting to overthrow the authorities here, they are facing up to 12 years behind bar, and the trial itself was closed for security reasons but the family outside told us they believe that is because there is no evidence against these two, and they say this entire trial is simply about silencing critics of the authorities here. sarah, thank you for that. president biden has called on the governor of new york state, andrew cuomo, to resign, after an independent investigation found he'd sexually harassed numerous women while in office. the five—month inquiry described a "toxic" workplace, where staff were too afraid to complain. barbara plett usher has the full story. new york's ambitious combative governor had been banking on a run for a fourth term in office. now he is plotting furiously to salvage his job. just a year ago, he was arguably
the most popular governor in the us, leading the fight against covid. a darling of the democrats. more like a pariah now, deserted at the party's highest level, after the damning results of an investigation found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen employees. i think he should resign. what i said was, if the investigation of the attorney general concluded that the allegations are correct, that, back in march, that i would recommend he resign. that is what i am doing today. the report was five months in the making. investigators revealed a disturbing pattern of abusive behaviour that they say said violated state and federal law. the investigation found that governor andrew cuomo sexually harassed current and former new york state employees by engaging in unwelcome and non—consensual touching, and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature.
they described a climate of fear that long prevented women from coming forward with complaints. the most serious was the governor's unwelcome physical contact with women, including touching intimate body parts. mr cuomo has remained defiant. he called the report politically biased, and he defended his hands on style as a harmless tradition of showing warmth through touch. i never touched anyone inappropriately, or made inappropriate sexual advances. that is just not who i am. and that's not who i have ever been. even so, the governor could face civil and criminal prosecution, and his political career is in peril. there is talk of impeachment. i thought he should have resigned a long time ago. i hope he has the decency to resign today. the #metoo movement has been slow to come for new york's irrepressible political survivor, but he now stands
on very shaky ground. barbara plett usher, bbc news, los angeles. borisjohnson is on a two—day visit to scotland, but won't be meeting the first minister, nicola sturgeon, for talks. he's expected to see police officers, and visit renewable energy projects. labour's leader, sir keir starmer, is also in scotland on a two—day trip, beginning in glasgow, and our correspondent, james shaw is there. how big a deal is it that mrjohnson won't be having discussions with nicola sturgeon?— nicola sturgeon? well, it is true that is not _ nicola sturgeon? well, it is true that is not going _ nicola sturgeon? well, it is true that is not going to _ nicola sturgeon? well, it is true that is not going to happen. - nicola sturgeon? well, it is true that is not going to happen. she j nicola sturgeon? well, it is true - that is not going to happen. she had invited him to talk about recovery, if from the covid pandemics, but borisjohnson in an official response said he looked forward to seeing her soon but he wanted that meeting to involve all the leaders of the devolved nations so northern ireland and wales as well. nicola sturgeon's response has been she doesn't feel snubbed but it is a missed opportunity. i think the interesting thing, clive, is you suggested there he may meet the
police and look at renewable energy projects. the prime minister's focus may well be much more to do with cop26, this absolutely crucial climate change conference which is happening in glasgow in almost exactly three months�* time. that is why he maybe meeting the police and looking at renewable energy projects to put the spotlight on those issues. now keir starmer of course issues. now keir starmer of course is in glasgow as well as you have said. looking at the issues he said the uk government�*s response and approach to cop26 is inadequate, it is not ambitious enough. no doubt, the prime minister on this trip will be trying to improve keir starmer —— to prove keir starmer wrong. thank you. nineteen men have been arrested in the bradford area in connection with allegations of historic child sexual abuse. they are aged between 36 and 55. west yorkshire police say the alleged offences took place between 2000 and 2005,
and relate to one female victim. the head of the british army has said that iran must be deterred from carrying out further attacks like the drone strike on the mercer street tanker. last thursday a suspected iranian drone strike on the oil tanker killed a british security guard — who has been named as adrian underwood — and the vessel�*s romanian captain. speaking to the today programme, general sir nick carter said the iranians had made a "big mistake". and that britain should be "calling out iran for its very reckless behaviour." iran has denied involvement. three people have died in the czech republic, after two trains collided near the border with germany. around 40 people have been injured. the czech transport minister, says one of the trains involved, an express from munich to prague, had failed to stop, at a designated location. when the huge container ship, the ever given, ran aground and blocked the suez canal
for a week in march, roughly 15% of global trade was halted. well, now the vessel has finally made it into port in felixstowe, to the relief of hard up businesses, with the whole affair highlighting just how precarious global supply chains can be. here�*s theo leggett. four months late, and still bearing the scars of her encounter with the sandy banks of the suez canal, the ever given finally limped into felixstowe, her last port of call. this giant of the seas became stranded while negotiating one of the narrowest parts of the canal. she was stuck fast, and the waterway was blocked for six days. hundreds of ships were unable to pass through, causing havoc in a global container industry that was already under intense pressure due to the covid outbreak. the saga of the ever given itself may now be over, but what this affair has shown is just how much impact a single event involving one giant vessel can have on the entire global supply chain, and just how vulnerable
the systems we rely on for imports every day really are. and those supply chains are still under strain, thanks to other factors, such as covid outbreaks in key chinese ports and severe weather. it means freight rates are continuing to soar. and this has won awards for us all over the world. gavin ucko runs the happy puzzle company, which imports toys and games from china to be sold in britain. he�*s ordering supplies for the busy christmas period, but he says the costs are becoming insurmountable. prior to this year, we had never paid more than £2,700 for a 40 foot container coming to us from china. the morning i was quoted over £15,000 for a similar container. prices have gone through the roof and it is becoming unworkable. and it isn�*tjust prices that are the problem. some traders are simply struggling to find space on vessels coming from east asia at any price, such is the level of demand.
if you manage to get a container loaded at the suppliers and you book it on a vessel sailing next week, the line may not load it on that vessel, and they may not load it on the next vessel and the next vessel after that, so in other words, your container is stuck in shanghai port for three additional weeks before it is shipped on the vessel. some businesses are happy. with space on their services so scarce and cargo rates so high, the shipping lines themselves are making record profits, although they argue this is simply compensation for the many lean years they have suffered in the past. but they are the only happy ones. for importers, retailers and consumers in europe and north america, as well as supplies in east asia, this is a crisis they could certainly do without. and the ever given remains a potent symbol of a troubled year they would like to forget. theo leggett, bbc news. here�*s stav da naos.
hi there clive. thanks very much. good afternoon. it is not a bad day out there, there is a lot of dry and sunny weather, behind me you can see the sunshine is out, there in owt yorkshire but big clouds starting to develop and that is the forecast, really, for the rest of the afternoon, into the evening for a few really heavy thundery showers to develop across central parts of the uk. you will see though on the pressure chart hardly any isobars round, so the winds will be light, this weather front enhances the cloud activity in western scotland and northern ireland, you can see that high on —— here on the latest radar picture, showery bursts of rain, a bit more cloud and you can see the showers developing across parts of east wales, the midlands, northern england, starting to become heavy, the winds are light and will be slow—moving. some areas seeing a lot of rainfall, and there could be a risk of flooding. nowhere is immune to a shower but there is a better chance of staying dry away