this is bbc news with the latest headlines. former girls aloud singer sarah harding has died at the age of 39, after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year. the head of one of prince charles�* charities temporarily steps down after claims he helped secure an honourfor a major donor sources have told the bbc that the taliban have killed a female police officer in the ghor province of afghanistan. plans to overhaul england's social care system are likely to be unveiled this week, amidst warnings that a rise in national insurance could provoke a "very significant backlash".
and as tokyo sees off the paralympics with fireworks, it's been a fantastic games for great britain — with 124 medals, including 41 golds. good afternoon. former girls aloud singer sarah harding has died of cancer aged 39. she was part of one of the most successful all girl bands this century, which was formed on the itv show popstars: the rivals. her mum marie announced her death on instagram, saying the 39—year—old had been treated for cancer and slipped away peacefully this morning. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba looks back at sarah's life. the last member of the band is... after three months of competition, the moment her dream came true.
..sarah. cheering. but sarah harding could scarcely have imagined the success that would follow. every one of their first 16 singles a top ten hit, and thanks to a collection of irresistibly catchy songs they were soon selling thousands of singles. # sound of the underground...# and performing to sold—out audiences. sarah brought powerful vocals and a willingness to be portrayed as the band's most outrageous personality. the headline—grabbing party girl. everything's winding down now. eventually... so i think we're going to move on to another club.
..it all led to a short stint in rehab. outside the group, she, like the others, took the time to try new chances. so you are focusing more on the acting than the music, is it the actor you want to be? it is, yeah, and i'm not completely saying i don't want to sing any more but the acting is something that i've always wanted to pursue since i was little. there were small parts in bbc financial crash drama freefall... oh, my god! ..coronation street... actually, i don't suppose by any chance you know a tracy barlow? ..and the second of the st trinian�*s movies... # i predict a riot... # none of it, though, overshadowed her success with the all—conquering girls aloud. when many were writing off pop in favour of different when many were writing off pop in favour of different styles when many were writing off pop in favour of different styles of when many were writing off pop in favour of different styles of music they were the group that proved it could still be fresh and invigorating. sarah and the other
four members went their separate ways in 2013. but not before they'd entertained fans for the best part of the decade. their success the result of undeniable talent and a closeness that all could see was genuine, true, friendship. sarah harding, a woman who achieved so much in a life cut short at such a young age. sarah harding, who's died today at the age of 39. in the last hour the tributes and memories of the singer have been posted on social media... 0reeshay williams from jls tweeted to say... the pop dquedward called her a music icon.
and kym marsh, former member of hear—say, said what a beautiful girl and person she really was. let's speak to radio 1 newsbeat reporter daniel rosney, who's in south west london. daniel, what do you think she will be best remembered for, do you think? i be best remembered for, do you think? ~' be best remembered for, do you think? ~ , ., ., ., ., ., think? i think is a woman who loved bein: a think? i think is a woman who loved being a pep — think? i think is a woman who loved being a pep star— think? i think is a woman who loved being a pop star she _ think? i think is a woman who loved being a pop star she was _ think? i think is a woman who loved being a pop star she was given - think? i think is a woman who loved being a pop star she was given a - being a pop star she was given a huge opportunity in 2002 to be part of girls aloud and she won the tv show pop stars the rivals and throughout her career she loved what the opportunity that gave her and she loved belting out the bankers when they were on tour and i shall girls aloud live a couple of times and she got the crowd going and was the height girl of the five and she loved the famous... of it and loved being in her 20s and girls aloud formed when she was 21 and she lived to her early 20s and 30s and in the
spotlight. i think the legacy that girls allowed leave behind is really to end at the bit brit awards they thanked girls aloud for their contribution to music and i think fans of girls aloud will be listening to the radio and a girls aloud song will come on they will be thinking of sarah harding for years to come. , ., ., , ., , ., to come. there is a long history of created bands, _ to come. there is a long history of created bands, isn't— to come. there is a long history of created bands, isn't there - to come. there is a long history of created bands, isn't there going i created bands, isn't there going back to the monkees in the 1960s but this one was created by the audience and controversial at the time as you might remember when she got selected but she was perhaps the big stand—up personality from that line—up, wasn't she? they are all terrific in their own right but she had a bit of extra that made her kinda of an ounce of self to the world. i think that is probably _ ounce of self to the world. i think that is probably why _ ounce of self to the world. i think that is probably why they - ounce of self to the world. i think that is probably why they had - ounce of self to the world. i think| that is probably why they had such ounce of self to the world. i think. that is probably why they had such a long career because, as you say, the
public created girls aloud. each week, for those who don't remember the younger viewers there were ten girls in each week one left in the public voted and that was the final girl band after one left and the public felt they knew the goals and saw them grow and what we see now with younger gold bands it's lots of them are media trained and girls aloud weren't and they were just five women who weren't from london and with very working class background, sever was from stockport and they had such a long career because they were feisty, you knew when they were in the room, there were elements of the network a little bit spice girls —esque in there, you know, you would always know that sarah was their first because you would hear her laugh but i think she will be remembered for much more than being allowed one of the group. as the video said that we just watched, she dabbled in acting, she was in coronation street for a couple of episodes, she went on a few reality tv shows once girls
aloud separated, she won celebrity big brother into 2017 and as well as having 21 top ten singles with girls aloud she wrote her own music and she released some, an ep herself. there is a thing that fans will kind of remember because even though the public loved girls aloud from the beginning and help them get 21 top tens there was a bit of i think snobbery in the music industry. yes. earl on snobbery in the music industry. yes. early on they — snobbery in the music industry. yes. early on they struggle _ snobbery in the music industry. yes. early on they struggle to get a brit award and in 2009 when they finally got the bit award she came onstage and she said can ijust say it is about time and i think that pop music fans of the naughties she really spoke volumes because at the time the music industry was really saturated with indie bands and girls aloud were kind of the only pop band that kept pop going and their unique collaboration and their musical opens with a success that they were.
what might be pointed out in very interesting because actually it often surprises people how conservative is the music industry can be and how cautious and how often may beat as a money thing they want to do the same thing and keep doing the same thing and if you're trying to do something different or be a slightly different genre it can take you a long time before it is recognised. take you a long time before it is recognised-— take you a long time before it is recoanised. �* . ,, ., recognised. because when you look at what they achieved, _ recognised. because when you look at what they achieved, 20 _ recognised. because when you look at what they achieved, 20 consecutive i what they achieved, 20 consecutive top ten singles including four number ones, even allowing for the sceptic saying you don't have to sell as many as you used to have to settle and all of that, that is in an age of, kind of, that the available downloadable music that everyone can get, even then, quite easily, that is a phenomenal track record. ., , , ., ~ ., record. completely and i think one ofthe record. completely and i think one of the reasons _ record. completely and i think one of the reasons that _ record. completely and i think one of the reasons that was _ record. completely and i think one of the reasons that was was - record. completely and i think one l of the reasons that was was because girls aloud were trying to, they were trying to impersonate another girl band. all of their music sounds like girls aloud, it doesn't sound like girls aloud, it doesn't sound like anybody else and sarah, her vocals amongst the tracks that they released she kind of was the rocky
element to some of the music that they released and she was really able to belt that out when they were on tour. and, kind of, always, there was never a lead singer in the band, they all kind of, it was an equilibrium that they got and the unique collaboration that they had with the producers to lend the vocals their production i have them, i think, is really experiment with p0p i think, is really experiment with pop music and sarah's vocal ability was a huge part of that and in their career they had multiple sell—out tours across the uk, they performed at the royal variety performance, as i mentioned, they performed at the brit awards in 2009 as well and i think that especially for her band—mate i think today will be a real shock because last night one of sarah's band—mates cheryl performed p0p sarah's band—mates cheryl performed pop music festival in south—west london and brought at nicola hill is another member of girls aloud as a
cameo. the pop music fans and girls aloud fans who were in the audience they had the best time there, saw two of their icons on stage for the first time performing since 2013 and then sort of the next day we find out the very sad news that server has passed away.— out the very sad news that server has passed away. yes, and when you seak has passed away. yes, and when you s - eak to has passed away. yes, and when you speak to john — has passed away. yes, and when you speak to john tweedy _ has passed away. yes, and when you speak to john tweedy and _ has passed away. yes, and when you speak to john tweedy and nicola - speak to john tweedy and nicola roberts there and also knitting coal and kimberley walsh and i'm sure they are all feeling this today and i'm sure in due course they will feel able to say something her. i mean, you have had a girls aloud podcast so i just wondered if you could make it very personal if you don't mind, what attracted you to their music?— don't mind, what attracted you to their music? ., ., , ., , ., , their music? that it was unashamedly . o . their music? that it was unashamedly -o- music their music? that it was unashamedly pep music and — their music? that it was unashamedly pep music and the — their music? that it was unashamedly pop music and the thing _ their music? that it was unashamedly pop music and the thing that - their music? that it was unashamedly pop music and the thing that we - their music? that it was unashamedly pop music and the thing that we love | pop music and the thing that we love about pop music as it makes you feel good about life, i think. we live in a world now where the music and really scary, it can be depressing and if you put on pop music whether it is from the 90s, the 2000s of recent it makes you feel good and
has a positive message. i did a podcast with a friend about girls aloud in one of the things that really shone through as we spoke to people who had worked with them throughout their career whether as a choreographer or a music video director and the thing that really came across was how much fun sarah was to work with. they describe him on tour, you know, she was always, like, whether we going after the gig. going like, whether we going after the gig, going to a club, but she loved being a pop star. she loved every element and she got given a fantastic opportunity and she really inspired people, notjust through the music and camino, inspiring, as i mentioned earlier, acts like little mix, but also she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis and the fact that the cancer had spread she released an autobiography earlier this year called here me out which was actually a song that you vote for a girls aloud album and the girls aloud fans but that some 15 years later and it got to number one on itunes. just make a song that she
wrote for a girls aloud album. and the girls aloud fans are bought that song even that was 15 years later. that is how much love and support she had. she carried on the inspiration and really pleaded with women to check themselves if they were concerned about any lumps or bumps, to go to do might get checked by the doctor because by her own admission she, sadly, waited what she describes a slightly too late for getting the diagnosis and before going to get checked and today it is a really sad day and she never knew if she had gotten earlier diagnosis if she had gotten earlier diagnosis if there is always going to be something very different but i was sarah's message to women everywhere sarah�*s message to women everywhere to sarah's message to women everywhere to constantly get checked. from sarah's message to women everywhere to constantly get checked.— to constantly get checked. from one extra radio thank _ to constantly get checked. from one extra radio thank you _ to constantly get checked. from one extra radio thank you very _ to constantly get checked. from one extra radio thank you very much - to constantly get checked. from one extra radio thank you very much for| extra radio thank you very much for that tribute. he was saying that pop music makes us feel good and that is not a bad tribute, is it? she makes us feel good, for any performer.
the chief executive of one of prince charles' charities — the prince's foundation — has temporarily stepped down following claims that he helped secure an honourfor a major donor. the sunday times and the mail on sunday allege that michael fawcett used his influence to assist a saudi businessman. mr fawcett was until 2003 the prince's valet. here's our correspondent simonjones. and a warning, his report contains some flashing images. he was once one of prince charles' closest aides, but now michael fawcett is facing questions about his conduct. good morning, mr fawcett. did you secure honours for cash? any comment on the allegations in the newspapers today? three years ago, he became chief executive of the prince's foundation, an umbrella group for a number of prince charles�*s charitable interests. newspaper reports allege that mr fawcett offered to assist a wealthy saudi national and major donor to the prince's foundation with citizenship and with an honour. mahfouz marei mubarak bin mahfouz received an honorary cbe in late 2016. 0ne former government minister
who's written books on royal finances wants a police investigation into the allegations. in 2013, mr fawcett resigned from a previous job with the royal family after an internal report criticised the running of the royal household. now, michael fawcett�*s been forced to resign twice already, and both times, under cover of darkness, almost, he was reinstated by prince charles when the hoo—hah died down. so, prince charles is very, very closely linked with this man, and i'm sure that whatever michael fawcett did would have been done with the full support of prince charles. prince charles needs to answer questions about this, not michael fawcett. the met has not commented. the prince's foundation, based at dumfries house, offers education and training programmes to more than 15,000 people each year, helping them to find work or start their own businesses. in a statement, it said...
it added that mr fawcett will assist the investigation in every way. a spokesman for dr bin mahfouz said that he had not expected any reward for his charitable donations. simon jones, bbc news. plans to introduce vaccines passports in nightclubs and other indoor venues in england will go ahead this month, the vaccines minister has confirmed. nadhim zahawi said it was the right time to introduce the certificates, as all over—18s will have been offered two jabs by the end of september. the scheme requiring people to show covid vaccination proof has been criticised by venues and some mps. police say in north yorkshire say their operation to drain fishing lakes and search woodland in relation to the disappearance of claudia lawrence has concluded without any significant discoveries. detectives say a number of smaller items were recovered but these items appear unrelated to the 35—year—old's disappearance.
claudia lawrence has not been seen since she failed to arrive for work at the university of york in march 2009. she was a chef there. a number of people have been questioned in connection with her disappearance, but no charges have ever been brought. the headlines on bbc news... it is a quarter past three. former girls aloud singer sarah harding has died at the age of 39, after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year. the head of one of prince charles' charities temporarily steps down after claims he helped secure an honourfor a major donor. sources have told the bbc that the taliban have killed a female police officer in the ghor province of afghanistan.
staying with that story, according to the report is the female police officer was shot by and men inside her home. herfamily say officer was shot by and men inside her home. her family say the gunmen tied them up and searched the house before killing her. she was heavily pregnant. members of the taliban in the capital of the province where she was killed have told the family they will find and punish those responsible. earlier, pakistan shared a virtual meeting on afghanistan, bringing together neighbouring countries including china and iran. an official statement said they had agreed that peace in afghanistan was crucial to the region's security. right, it is the region's security. right, it is the last day at the paralympics in tokyo and the closing ceremony has been taking place. lots to talk about on the sport front and at the bbc sport centre it is 0llie foster.
a hugely busy day of sport, yes. good afternoon. there are lots more world cup qualifiers across europe today. wales are playing belarus and despite taking the lead through a gareth bale penalty, they trail 2—1. they are into the second half. they are playing that in kazan, in russia rather than minsk, because of sanctions against the belarus government. england kick off against andorra at wembley at 5pm. fans at the emirates were treated to a cracker in the women's super league as arsenal beat champions chelsea 3—2. beth mead scored two on the day including this one to seal the victory. vivianne miedema scored the opener. there were over 8000 fans. the final game of the opening weekend is into the second half. brighton, who finished sixth last season, are beating west ham 2—0. there are also games in the women's scottish premier league. last season's champions glasgow city started their campaign with a 6—0
thrashing of motherwell. england's cricketers have taken a couple of important wickets as they try and peg india back in the fourth test at the oval. at least the fourth day's play has been able to go ahead. india's head coach ravi shastri and three of his backroom staff have tested positive for covid—19 and are self—isolating. it was a bit of a thin pavilion for them. the india players have returned negative lateral flow tests, so they could take to the field. chris woakes took the wickets of jadeja and rahane lbw before moeen ali picked up the wicket of captain virat kohli, caught at slip for 44. thakur has just gone for 60 and rishabh pant has alsojust been dismissed for 50. india 414—8, a lead of 315. we are getting into declaration
time, perhaps, aftertea. paralympicsgb's chief penny briscoe says the team have "rewritten the history books" with their performance in tokyo. the games finished today with great britain second in the medal table on 41 golds and 124 medals in total, and though that's down on rio five years ago, winning medals in 18 of the 19 sports they entered is a new team record. there were no more golds on the final day but krysten coombs took bronze in the men's sh6 badminton singles. coombs is ranked 5th in the world says he is "shocked and overwhelmed" to be taking home a medal. there was also a bronze for the british wheelchair basketball team. following the disappointment of losing to japan in friday's semi—final, gb had to raise their game again against spain. they trailed at half time but they came back to win 68—58. there's still british interest at the us open. dan evans faces second seed daniil medvedev in the fourth round later and emma raducanu is into the last 16. the british teenager reached the same stage at wimbledon this summer and wowed
the flushing meadows crowd, dropping just one game in her third round match in new york. stuart pollitt reports. in her run to the fourth round at wimbledon, in the vatican and it showed promise, showed potential, but this was on another level. ——emma raducanu showed promise, showed potential. but this was on another level. this was about power. spain's sara sorribes tormo is ranked 41 in the world but she struggled to win a point, let alone a game, against the british teenager. raducanu, ranked 150 in the world, taking the first set 6—0. it is a demolition. she had a match point for a faultless double bagel victory. she didn't take that, but responded the very next game to close out a 6—0, 6—1win. she was expecting the excitement of a last 16 match with top seed ash barty, but the australian lost to america's shelby rogers, who could barely believe
what she had achieved, something emma raducanu can relate to. a new star is shining in new york. stuart pollitt, bbc news. it looks like another gripping day of golf in ohio. europe had a healthy 3—point lead over the usa heading into the second day. the foursome;s are well under way, and as you can see, europe up in two. a really strong start from the europeans who are the defending champions. follow coverage from ohio and the latest in the dutch grand prix — as well the rest of the live action on the bbc sport website. also, formula 1 is under way, the finalfew also, formula 1 is under way, the final few laps also, formula 1 is under way, the finalfew laps in holland, max verstappen as it stands, leads and will leave the standings ahead of lewis hamilton and then something spectacular happens over the last few laps and you can follow the end of that race in the bbc sport website as well. it is a four tv
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means probably the only cause, but nonetheless a contributing factor to the regionally severe rioting that took place in south africa a couple of months ago which led to large amounts of damage and some deaths in some of the major cities of the country. still highly sensitive issue. the treatment of president zuma, with many of his supporters in the ruling party thinking that he has been made a scapegoat and others arguing that he is being made accountable for what is called the state capture in effect the idea that businesses could buy access and privilege at the highest levels of south african politics. just to repeat, south africa's correctional services announced that jacob zuma, the former head of state, has been faced, placed on medical parole. here, the former conservative chancellor lord hammond has warned that suggestions the government might increase national insurance to fund social care in england could provoked a very significant
backlash. borisjohnson and senior ministers have been discussing details this weekend on how to overhaul the care system, before an announcement this week. 0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. it's probably the biggest domestic social policy challenge borisjohnson inherited when he became prime minister — sorting out social care in england. in the next few days, it looks like he'll set out his plan. the government's not denying national insurance, a tax on earnings, will go up to pay for it. today, the former chancellor, lord hammond, said that was a bad idea. the issue is, an increase in national insurance contributions is asking young working people, some of whom will never inherit a property, to subsidise older people who have accumulated wealth during their lifetime and have a property and on any basis, that has got to be wrong. this morning, this minister refused to elaborate on the
government's plans, but did say... we'll work with national partners, with local partners and those with lived experience of the social care sector to get this right and get it right as we are determined to do. currently in england, people have to meet some of their care costs if they have assets over £14,250, and above the level of £23,250, they have to pay the care bill in full. many want to see a lifetime cap on how much people have to pay but that comes with a big cost to the taxpayer. labour wants a new system, too, but don't think raising national insurance is the solution. we're sceptical about the idea of loading the entire burden of the social care crisis onto the supermarket workers and delivery drivers who are already dealing with really high housing costs, childcare costs and others. the government had hoped to find a consensus on this issue. that doesn't look likely. they also promised not to put up national insurance — a policy, it appears, they're
willing to shred, too. chris mason, bbc news. the government has admitted that long queues at immigration desks at heathrow — one of the world's biggest airports — are unacceptable. some passengers were delayed for several hours on friday. the airport says the lack of border force immigration staff was to blame. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. long queues and fed—up passengers — these have been the scenes at heathrow airport this weekend, with waiting times of several hours to get through passport control. travellers took to social media to vent their anger at the situation, describing overcrowding and poor ventilation, even claiming some had fainted. the end of the school holidays means extra pressure at airports. this weekend is the busiest of the year for returning passengers, many with young children who can't use the electronic passport gates. but heathrow has criticised border force over the unacceptable queueing times, putting it down to simply not enough staff on duty, particularly with the extra checks being made due to coronavirus.
in a statement, the airport apologised for the delays. it said border force were aware of extra demand and that it was very disappointed that they didn't provide sufficient resource. it also said it was drafting in more workers to help manage the queues and provide passenger welfare, but that at peak times, all immigration desks should be manned. the home office has admitted that the long waits are unacceptable and said border force was now rapidly reviewing its rosters and deploying more staff across the airport to improve waiting times. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. 0h, oh, i'm sorry, it is darren bett. starting to see some warmth and sunshine and further north some outbreaks of rain trickling down and
the far north of england but a much warmer night than it was last night in scotland. 14—15 overnight tonight. more mist and fog, slowly burning off during the morning. still some pockets of light rain or drizzle left across southern scotland, northern england, may be some sunshine in the north—east of scotland but it is really across much of england and wales that we will see the sunshine developing. this temperature is continuing to rise. it will be a warmer day pretty much across the boards with temperatures could get higher than that during tuesday and wednesday and it is getting much, much warmer and it is getting much, much warmer and as we head towards thursday on with things will start to cool up again as we see the chance of some showers and some rain. yes, that was definitely darren bett.