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but importantly, she's still got the same passion, the same drive. she still wants to break her own records, and she's loving it. the cycling also brought a more unexpected gold. during the last games, ben watson was working as a chartered surveyor. now he is a paralympic champion. cue exhaustion and, eventually, elation. his success means every member of britain's cycling team has won a medal here. it's brilliant, it's what we've worked for for the last four or five years, and it's amazing to actually have this plan and it comes together, and i ended up winning by a good margin as well. i was fit enough to keep up, out in the lead in the first couple of laps. in the pool there was another gold for one of britain's breakthrough stars. reece dunn missed a month of training before the games because of covid. today he surged to his third title here and a new world record to boot. it's gold to reece dunn! but the most poignant moment came in the athletics,
as just days after arriving following his evacuation from kabul, afghanistan's hossain rasouli competed in the long jump. he finished 13th, but merely being here was a victory in itself. andy swiss reporting there. time for a look at the weather. good afternoon. no drastic changes over the next few days. that means more scenes like this, with extensive cloud across many parts of the uk. for the rest of the week, expect a lot of cloud which will be thick enough to produce the odd spot of drizzle. equally thin enough to break up and give a bit of sunshine. high pressure is sitting to the north—west with the wind is flooding in this clockwise direction, dragging cloud towards our shores. there are some breaks in the cloud. some across parts of northern ireland, central and western scotland. and a beautiful scene from
the isle of mull, blue skies overhead. some parts seeing the best of the sunny spells through the afternoon with a few breaks in the cloud across england and wales, particularly in the south—east later on. most places great and drizzly. noticeable north—easterly, particularly the eastern coastal areas. temperatures between 16 and 21. this evening, we keep extensive cloud, low enough to sit on top of some of the hills of northern england. still some drizzle around. most places staying mild but weather cloud breaks across central scotland, temperatures will dip away with quite a night. most of us start tomorrow with a lot of cloud again, still sunspots of drizzle. a better chance that more parts of scotland will see some sunshine tomorrow afternoon, may be northern ireland
and perhaps southern coastal counties of england and the channel islands. a bit tricky to forecast where the best rates in the cloud will be. you get some sunshine, you could see 21 celsius tomorrow afternoon. high pressure still with us into thursday and friday. changes are very slow. quite a lot of cloud trapped underneath that high. many of us feeling the effects of that. there will be some breaks in the cloud with spells of sunshine, the best of those in the west of the uk. into the weekend, things start to change because high pressure moves away and it looks like a frontal system will push in from the south—west bringing rain. between now and then, no big changes. a reminder of our top story. the taliban declare victory in afghanistan after the final us withdrawal last night — bringing america's longest war to an end.
that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc�*s news teams where you are. hello there. no rapid changes on the way in our weather, the sort of weather we have now is the sort of weather we have now is the sort of weather we have now is the sort of weather we will have for the rest of the week and that means a lot of cloud with occasional sports of drizzle, but equally that played breaking at times to give some spells of sunshine. good afternoon — it'sjust after 1.30pm, and this is the latest from the bbc sports centre. dame sarah storey has won her 16th paralympic gold medal, making her britain'sjoint—most— successful paralympian of all time with swimmer mike kenny. she hit the milestone after winning the c5 time trial in tokyo and will have the chance to go one better in the road race. let's go live to the japanese capital now, where our reporter racheal latham is. cirrus tora looking unstoppable and making history too? she cirrus tora looking unstoppable and making history too?— making history too? she definitely not the da making history too? she definitely got the day started _
making history too? she definitely got the day started well— making history too? she definitely got the day started well for - making history too? she definitely got the day started well for greatl got the day started well for great britain, picking up that gold medal this morning. she said she enjoyed it cycled faster than she expected to go. when she was on the podium, she even looked a little emotional, very unusual for the athlete who has been on the go since 1992 and winning the whole way. now she's going shift her focus to the last road race of this games and if she wins gold then, she will become the most decorated paralympic athlete for great britain. also at the cycling, ben watson got a surprise gold in the road cycling this morning. it was his paralympic debut. in rio 2016, he was watching at home. back then, he was a chartered accountant. he didn't get involved in till the 2017 and here he is today winning a gold medalfor great britain. in a swimming pool,
there was a third gold medal of the games for the swimmer. he was also making its debut in tokyo, so all these athletes racking up the medals for great britain. today there are three or gold medals,...- for great britain. today there are three or gold medals,... cristiano ronaldo says he is back to where he belongs at manchester united. he left the club over a decade ago tojoin real madrid. the portuguese striker will be heading back to united from juventus in a deal worth nearly £13 million with potential additional payments. he has signed a two—year contract with the option to extend for a further year and says he is doing it for sir alex fergurson. liverpool captainjordan henderson has signed a new contract keeping him at anfield until 2025. the england midfielder has made nearly 400 appearances in a decade with the club and had two years remaining on his existing deal. andy murray wasn't happy with his opponent stefanos tsitisipas as he was knocked out of the first
round of the us open last night. it had been a great match, with murray playing some of his best tennis in recent years, moving into a 2—1 lead over the world number three. tsistipas fought back to 2—2 but then disappeared for an eight—minute bathroom break, something murray was not a bit happy about. he eventually returned and went on to win the final set to close out the victory. irate him a lot, i think he is a brilliant player and i think he's great for the game, but i have zero time for that stuff at all and i lost respect for him. if everyone else feels like that is totally cool and there is no issue with it, then maybe i'm the one being unreasonable, but i think it is nonsense and he knows it as well. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories and the lastest on transfer
deadline day on the bbc sport website and app. thank you very much. let us bring you some reaction to the news that geronimo the alpaca has been put down by government vets who are carrying out a court ordered the destruction warrant. the animal was seen here being taken away by government vets from the farm where he had been kept in south gloucestershire. the department of the environment saying geronimo was put down by staff from the animal and plant health agency in order to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis. there was a big campaign to save geronimo, going to the courts to try and stop that warrant are being put into effect. we had some reaction from downing street. the prime minister's spokesman saying that it was
obviously a highly distressing for somebody to loosen animal to a tv, thatis somebody to loosen animal to a tv, that is a situation that farmers sadly have to face. the prime minister saying our sympathies are with the owner and anybody else who is affected by this terrible disease. thatjust in from the prime minister's spokesman, saying it's highly distressing for somebody to lose an animal to tuberculosis. geronimo the alpaca has been put down after that destruction warrant today. let's return to our top story — the foreign secretary dominic raab has said he believes the number of british residents remaining in afghanistan, now the last western troops have left, is in the low hundreds, but admitted he doesn't know how many other people who are eligible to leave are still there. earlier, my colleague rebecca jones spoke to an english teacher in kabul. he worked as an interpreter
for british and international forces but has been unable to leave. to protect his identity, we are not naming him or showing his face. they left us in a condition that is the worst. as i am 30 years old now, i haven't experienced such a condition from the beginning days of my life to now. i have not slept in the last 15 days, properly. i sleep ten minutes, then i wake up. if i sleep 15 minutes, and then i wake up back. and i am experiencing a very bad psychological condition. i am feeling tremendous fear in here and the condition is getting worse and worse. and especially when i hear, when i watch the tv and i listen to the radio or i watch the social media, i hear that they kill a military personnel or an interpreter or they are killing people.
they have announced an amnesty but they are not committed to it. they haven't announced their government yet, but when they announced their government, i am sure they are killing us. especially those who were engaged or involved with the international forces, and for those that they worked in the english language or worked with english people, that is the worst thing. that is the worst experience i am having in these days. even i'm not... please go on, i didn't mean to interrupt you. i was only going to say you talk about your fear so vividly. and i suppose i wondered, do you fear the taliban are looking for you? that's the worst thing i am experiencing these days. from the first days i tried different ways to flee afghanistan or to flee the conditions. because the taliban numbers were very little in the first days.
but i went to the kabul airport and there was no chance on the first day, on the second day and then i went to the pakistan embassy to get a visa from there. but the borders are blocked and there is no way out and i am just locked at home for the last 13 or 1a or 15 days. i have not gone outside. when i look at my face, like, sleepless and tired. i was a busy man, i was working from 5am to 5pm or 7pm. i was working for different positions, previously i was a translator, i working for the british and also i was a university lecture besides that. i was working as a lecturer in one of the universities and also i helped one of the contrators to help students... i am going to interrupt you, sir.
because i don't. .. what you are saying is very compelling but i don't want you to give us any details that might perhaps give away your identity. so forgive me for interrupting, it is quite clear that,m you know, you are a very eminent person and i suppose i wanted to ask you more broadly, you clearly qualified for the scheme to be able to help people leave afghanistan. talk us a little bit more about the obstacles that you have faced. i tried a thousand, or hundred ways to get out of here. i filled forms for the mod ministry of defence of the uk and i tried the immigration email address, but no feedback yet. i fill the form for france. i filled the form for canada, i filled the form for the usa...
i was trying to get out of here. i didn't meet specific entry. but now i am trying to let english people and the uk government, especially the prime minister mr boris johnson to hear myself. i worked for the english and i worked for english forces, i worked for english language. so they owe me and they have to take me out of here. i am feeling in a bad condition and they have to take me out of here, i worked for them. i work for their country. that is the worst thing. believe me, nowadays, previously i was so happy that people were respecting me, i was a well—known face and my pictures were on billboards. but now i regret all those things, cos i am a well—known face and everyone can know me. even tell the taliban they saw this person. that is the worst experience i am having nowadays.
an english teacher who worked as an interpreter for british and international forces, still in kabul. let's get more now on the aftermath of storm ida, which has now moved on from louisiana into mississippi. cbs correspondent michael george gave this update from bridge city, louisania, where recovery efforts are under way. more than a million people who are still without power two days after the hurricane hit, and the reason why is right behind me. this is a three—storey transmissions tower that was brought down by ida, and there are holes throughout the power grid right now, so officials are saying it will take weeks, not days, to fully restore the system. it's very hot and humid during the daytime here in louisiana, so people suffering through without any power or air conditioning, it's a very difficult situation for people who are already dealing with flood conditions. tragically, we know two people have lost their lives and we do expect that toll to increase.
right now, there are rescue operations under way throughout the state, there are search helicopters that are going through different areas. fortunately, it doesn't appear we have had the enormous loss of life we had during katrina, and the reason for that is the flood walls and the levees were greatly improved over these past 16 years, they appear to have held, and that may be why we're not seeing the extent of the damage that we saw during hurricane katrina 16 years ago. the children's commissioner for england will push for social media companies to stop children accessing pornography on their platforms. dame rachel de souza warned age verification could be brought in if websites fail to do more to stop youngsters accessing them. up to 60% of aged 11—135 stumbling across pornography online and they shouldn't even be on these social media sites, and that's why i'm really pleased that the two
secretaries of state, dcms and education, have asked me to look into what more can be done to keep children safe online. and i'm very keen, and i've called in the tech companies and had a roundtable with the adult companies, because i think one of the key things we need to do is ensure these companies take responsibility, along with all the other adults, and we actually can get those age gates on and prevent young people being on there. let's take a look now at some of the stories making the news across the uk today. injune this year, the prime minister said that the government was not going to allow building on green—belt sites. but according to the london green belt council, there are currently plans to construct over 230,000 new houses in the green belt,
a 200% increase since 2016. it's a topic bbc london are looking at all this week. leana hosea has been to the site of one of the biggest developments near harlow, in essex and east hertforshire. these beautiful fields and forests in essex and hertfordshire used to be the old hunting grounds for henry viii. according to folklore, queen boadicea prayed here before waging war on the romans. but now locals are worried that all this will be lost to make way for 15,500 new homes. this will be one of the biggest developments in the london green belt, everything you can see here will all be housing. this is the breadbasket of england, this is where your grain comes from. if we concrete over all our fields, we wouldn't have anything to eat. the council says this isn't real green belt because it's just a field. the purpose of green belt is to stop urban sprawl, it's nothing to do with the quality
of the land, it's a planning destination. the main housing development is going to be over there, to the north of harlow, and then to connect it to the town, they're going to build a large road all the way across these two lakes, over the river stort and into the town of harlow. this local naturalist is concerned the planned infrastructure could damage the fragile ecosystem. part of the development is going to be on a landfill site and it actually states in the proposals that there is the likelihood of leaching the pollutants out of the landfill site into the water course, into the wetland flood plain. it will have an undoubted impact on just about everything that's here, really. the council says that, to meet government housing targets and to strengthen the local economy, they've decided to release green belt for development. they say it will be done sensitively and work will be undertaken to improve biodiversity. we will work with the developers
to ensure that they employ all the best controlling techniques they can, like the time of year that development takes place, that it's outside of the times when, for example, birds are nesting, etc. studies around providing compensatory habitat, there's a whole range of techniques that we can employ. but many locals remain unconvinced. this is notjust me and my area, this is everywhere. yeah, we do need houses, put them on brownfield sites, there are plenty of empty houses, leave our river alone. the green belt is an important flood plain and environment that allows nature and ourselves to thrive, but with pressure to meet housing targets, it's an uncertain future for places like this. the government refused to be interviewed but a ministry for housing spokesperson said... decisions to release green belt land are made by local councils, not central government.
protecting the green belt is a priority and our national planning policy reinforces regenerating brownfield sites and prioritising urban areas. the uk's largest dairy factory, near aylesbury, has been blocked by environmental activists, preventing the delivery of thousands of pints of milk. protestors from animal rebellion arrived at the arla plant in the early hours of this morning. from there, natalie verney reports. there are about 60 to 70 protesters here today, they arrived around 5am carrying these bamboo structures with them, which they've placed at the major entrances and exits of this factory site. some of them have tied themselves to them and they say they're doing this too, one, draw attention to the role that dairy plays in the climate crisis but also to stop the delivery of milk, which comes from this factory and goes to many of the major supermarkets in the uk. we're here blocking all the incoming and outgoing dairy products today and maybe more days because we think
dairy is a major contributor to the climate crisis and is ignored in most mainstream discussions. we want to raise the alarm in terms of how impactful it is on our planet and why we should be transitioning instead to a plant—based food system for fodd that is better both for the planet, animals and for humans. the police have been on the scene all morning, they had to close a section of the a111 for a while. that has now reopened but did cause disruption to local area and some local businesses at the time. specialist removal teams have now arrived, they are trying to remove these protesters from the structures, we don't know how long that will take, but animal rebellion say they will be here for as long as possible. a statement from arla says, we are committed to producing dairy for the uk in the most sustainable way possible and intend to be carbon net—zero by 2050. a huge public science project has been devised by experts at the university of sussex to explore our attitudes to kindness. it's a field of study which has seen very little research —
what kindness is, where and when it is experienced and what impact it has. the psychologists also want to know how kindness might relate to health and well—being. 0ur reporter piers hopkirk has been speaking to those behind the project. what we are seeing here at the university of sussex is the world's first major study into kindness and very kindly, the man who is leading that study — professor robin banerjee from the school of psychology — joins us now. professor, what is it that you hope to achieve through this study? the main thing we want to achieve through this study is to learn about kindness. this is an area of research which has really been neglected. people haven't really focused on a very marked and we want to learn from people about their thought regarding kindness, their experiences of kindness and how it relates to everything else going on in their lives. and ultimately, through that research, what do you hope to achieve at the end of it? well, of course, one thing is to gain a greater understanding of what kindness is and how
important it is in people's lives. but i suppose the other thing is that we hope that, by shining a light on kindness, by gaining more insight into kindness, we will be able to use that to create a better, kinder world. and how is it then that people get involved? it's an online survey, is a net, that is part of your research? that's exactly right. it's an online questionnaire, anybody, anywhere can access it on the internet, going to thekindnesstest.org. so it is all lower case, no spaces — thekindnesstest.org. it takes about half an hour to complete the questionnaire. it is totally anonymous, so people can be totally honest about their experiences of kindness. well, professor, thank you very much indeed forjoining us. the kindness test launched this morning, they've already had thousands of people getting involved. they hope that tens of thousands of others willjoin in and the findings of that research will be published in the early part of next year.
now it's time for a look at the weather with ben. hello there. no rapid changes on the way in our weather, the sort of weather we have now is the sort of weather we will have for the rest of the week and that means a lot of cloud with occasional spots of drizzle, but equally that cloud breaking at times to give some spells of sunshine. now what's going on is we have high pressure up to the north—west of us, the winds around high pressure flow in a clockwise direction. and that is dragging a lot of cloud in our direction, but there are some breaks in that cloud. you can see from the earlier satellite picture that we've had some breaks across parts of northern ireland, central parts of scotland, for example. these areas seeing some spells of sunshine through the rest of the day. elsewhere, the cloud breaking here and there to give some glimmers of brightness, equally thick enough at times to give the odd spot of drizzle. a fairly keen north—easterly breeze, so it does feel quite cool where you are stuck under cloud.
in the best of the sunshine, temperatures up to 20 or 21 degrees. as we head through this evening and tonight, we keep extensive cloud. that cloud could be low enough to give some mist and murk over some of the hills in northern england, but at the same time, there will be some clear gaps, say, across parts of central scotland, that could allow temperatures to drop away. most places, certainly where it stays cloudy, will remain in double digits. and then into tomorrow, more of the same. more very cloudy weather for the most part, but not completely cloudy conditions. we will see, i think, more in the way of sunshine across parts of scotland. maybe the cloud breaking for northern ireland, and more so for southern counties of england and the channel islands. equally, in places that cloud will be thick enough to give the odd spot of drizzle. still fairly breezy, especially for eastern and southern parts. quite cool for north sea coasts, the best of the sunshine lifting temperatures up to 21 degrees. and as we move out of wednesday and into thursday, high pressure remains with us, if anything, moving a little bit further eastwards, that could allow for a few more breaks in the cloud across parts of scotland, northern ireland and more generally across western
parts of the uk. but for many places, there will be a lot of cloud through thursday into friday, still potentially the odd spot of drizzle. a few sunny glimpses temperatures at best to around 21 degrees. but things do start to change as we head into the weekend. high pressure look set to slip away north—eastwards, allowing frontal systems to push on from the atlantic. things are looking like they are going to turn more unsettled with rain working in from the west as we head through the weekend. but no big changes before that.
this is bbc news at 2pm. i'm shaun ley. the headlines... the taliban declares victory after the final american soldier leaves afghanistan. the militants take control of the country once secured by nato forces, but insist they want good relations with the rest of the world. translation: we managed today to regain our independence - and make us forces leave. after ida, more than a million people are left without power in the us state of louisiana. geronimo the alpaca has been destroyed by government vets over fears of bovine tuberculosis — his owner calls the action barbaric. research on professional
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