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good afternoon. there's been a second night of violent protests in the netherlands against further
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covid lockdown restrictions. trouble flared in several cities and towns with a number of injuries and arrests. the netherlands went into partial lockdown a week ago and is planning to ban unvaccinated people from some venues. anna holligan reports. another night of restlessness. responding to calls on social media, groups gathered in the hague and pelted police with rocks and fireworks. an emergency order was imposed and enforced. at least 19 people were detained. these small, explosive demos are being held in the context of growing frustration about the current and possible future covid restrictions, but the dutchjustice minister made a distinction between the largely peaceful protests and what was simply criminal behaviour. translation: these are not - demonstrations, these are attacks on police and firefighters.
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more than 50 arrests have been made and many more will follow. the police and the judiciary are on top of this. tensions are sporadically igniting here in the hague and across europe in societies divided by competing visions on how best to tackle the fourth wave of the virus crashing across the continent. in croatia yesterday, thousands made their frustrations felt in zagreb and, in the danish capital copenhagen, a display of the disgruntlement reflected in a growing number of european nations. the world health organization has called for anti—coronavirus measures to be intensified, for example... implementing the basic measures like masks, average 48% of the european population is wearing a mask indoor. any percentage above that will have immediate effect. much more attention to be paid
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to ventilation and finally to new treatment protocols which have to be standardised. with varying vaccine rates and high degrees of hesitancy, getting the jabs in may be part of the solution but cannot cure the wider distrust and division exacerbated by the virus. and, today, the dutchjustice minister ferd grapperhaus said he believes covid is being used as a cover, an excuse for this extreme violence. he said a lot of it was being orchestrated by organised criminals. he did acknowledge that there was a growing mistrust of the government but said that his being twisted and manipulated by these very small groups to allow people, or encourage and galvanise people to attack firefighters and police, as we have seen in multiple dutch cities over the last few days. and
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there is another reason for concern today. one of the netherlands' top virologists, part of the who mission that went to china to investigate the origins of the virus, has warned that the new measures that were brought in here last weekend aren't yet having an impact on the infection rates, a reminder of those measures, bars, restaurants and cafes have to close at 8pm, people are encouraged to work from home so people looking to the netherlands for solutions may now want to look elsewhere. thank you. manchester united have sacked their manager ole gunnar solskjaer this morning following yesterday's 4—1 defeat at watford. the club have suffered a string of poor results and are currently seventh in the premier league table. we'll be live from old trafford in a moment, but, first, joe lynskey looks back on solskjaer�*s time at manchester united. for manchester united, he was the coach with the connection. the playing icon who became manager. no one hoped the end would be like this.
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in ole gunnar solskjaer�*s last match, his team were beaten 4—1 by watford, the end of a run of seven league games with one win and now three humiliations. last month, united lost 5—0 at home to liverpool and, on the same ground, were beaten by manchester city. defeat to bitter rivals have caused the most damage. the boys, of course, are disappointed. they've let themselves down and the fans down. it's hard to stand here and explain that but that's football and we have to take the flak for it. solskjaerjoined united 25 years ago. he was the striker whose late goals meant so much. the super sub has done it again! in 2018, he became temporary manager and their form was so good, he was the standout choice. but, as permanent boss, there have been no trophies. this was meant to be the year it came good. cristiano ronaldo scored twice on his debut, but even his goals
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haven't stopped this dismal run. now even the players don't hold back. it was embarrassing. we don't know what to do with the ball, we don't know how to defend properly, we are conceding a lot of goals. yeah, it's another nightmare. since 2013, everything's changed. united now seek a fifth permanent boss since sir alex ferguson left. as a player under him, solskjaer won six league titles. but, as a coach, too much has gone wrong and, this time for solskjaer, there is no late turnaround. joe lynskey, bbc news. jane dougal is at old trafford for us this lunchtime. jane, what's the reaction been there? well, this is not a surprise, fans had been rapidly losing patience with ole gunnar solskjaer and yesterday's 4—1 loss to what that seem to be the last straw. boos were heard roaring around the stadium in the away end and that defeat
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prompted the owners, the glazers, to call an urgent meeting last night where a decision was to be taken on solskjaer�*s future and this morning it was confirmed by the club in a statement that solskjaer would be departing the club. that statement read... "ole will always be a legend at manchester united "and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. "while the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should "not obscure the work he's done over the past three years." michael carrick will now take charge of the club for the next few matches until an interim manager is found for the remainder of the season and then presumably a permanent manager will be found in the summer. now, while this was a hard decision to be made, it seemed to be a necessary one. hard because solskjaer is so beloved in his club, as a player, he's scored the winning goal in the 1999 champions league final, helping united on their way to the treble, so he is beloved by the fans but, as a manager, he has provided no silverware for manchester united and, in the premier league, there is no room for sentiment.— no room for sentiment. thank you, jane.
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new videos of the missing tennis star peng shuai have been released by chinese state media. the athlete hasn't been seen in public since she made accusations of sexual assault against a senior chinese politician. the women's tennis association say the videos do not address its concerns about her wellbeing and the foreign office says beijing needs to provide "verifiable" evidence that she's safe. our china correspondentjohn sudworth has this report. this appears to be the first solid evidence of peng shuai's whereabouts since she made her allegation. released by chinese state media operatives, you can hear her name being announced. tannoy announcement and then a smile and a wave — seemingly meant to send a message all is well. but there are few allegations more sensitive in china than one of sexual assault levelled against a man as senior as former vice premier zhang gaoli. and previous material released by state media meant to show that peng shuai is not being held under duress has only fuelled further speculation.
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i don't think this thing is going to end anytime soon, which is why i think, in the next few days, we can expect more of these quite bizarre and suspicious proofs of life from chinese state media, because they are starting to realise that this is getting out of control. the trouble for china is that, for the first time, it's a global sporting icon who's at the central concern at the centre of concern about its human rights abuses. and just a few weeks before it is due to host the winter olympics. the government failed to carry out any of— the government failed to carry out any of the — the government failed to carry out any of the human rights compromises in order_ any of the human rights compromises in order to _ any of the human rights compromises in order to get the games and we can see the _ in order to get the games and we can see the situation in the country has deteriorated significantly. one wonders — deteriorated significantly. one wonders know whether the players even feel— wonders know whether the players even feel safe to go and compete there _ even feel safe to go and compete there. ., , ., ., , ., there. the trouble for china is that these allegations _ there. the trouble for china is that these allegations are _ there. the trouble for china is that these allegations are of— there. the trouble for china is that these allegations are of such - there. the trouble for china is that these allegations are of such a - these allegations are of such a sensitive nature that it finds itself in a bit of a bind. the more that it tries to prove that all is
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normal with peng shuai, the more questions there are and the greater the gap is exposed between the propaganda value of an olympics that is meant to be all about openness and a political system that is all about control. olympics officials insist politics should be kept out of sport. peng shuai has put them front and centre of court. john sudworth, bbc news, taipei. that's it for now. the next news on bbc one is at 4:50. until then, have a good afternoon. good afternoon. manchester united have sacked ole gunnar solskjaer. the decision comes after their 4—1 loss to watford yesterday, with just one win in seven now in the league.
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the club said it was a difficult decision, but his place in their history will always be secure. we can cross to our reporterjane dougall who is live at old trafford. what has the reaction been to the news this morning? i think it was a difficult decision this make, as much as united have said. the fans while upset that such a legend has had to depart the club, i think they realised that it was time for him to go. they were rapidly losing patience with ole gunnar solskjaer. yesterday's 4—1 loss to watford bit seems to be the final straw because it was at a run of bad results, a humiliating 5—0 loss to liverpool a few weeks ago and they lost to manchester city, their closest rivals. itjust seemed that ole gunnar solskjaer had not been able to turn the club's fortunes around and this latest defeat prompted the glazes to pitch a meeting last night where the
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decision was made on solskjaer�*s future. this morning they confirmed in a statement that the manager at the club was to part ways. they said in a statement that he will always be a legend at manchester united and that they regret that they have reached this decision. and while the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure the work he has done over the past three years. don't forget that last season solskjaer managed to get manchester united to finish second in the league behind manchester city. it is just this season which it seems the wheels have fallen off for the manager. who have fallen off for the manager. who are they looking _ have fallen off for the manager. who are they looking to _ have fallen off for the manager. who are they looking to next to take overfor are they looking to next to take over for the long and future too? in the immediate future, they over for the long and future too? i�*i the immediate future, they confirmed in the club statement that michael carrick will be part —— who was part of the backroom staff will take charge as an interim manager can be found for the remaining few matches of the season. there will be looking for an interim manager, then presumably they will look for a
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permanent manager in the summer. a few names have been connected with the club. no confirmation, but one of those names has been the former real madrid manager zinedine zidane, he has a strong connection with cristiano ronaldo and perhaps he can find a system that would work with ronaldo in it. as i said, that name has only been reported, no confirmation as yet. this has been a hard decision to make for manchester united. solskjaer is such a beloved person at this club as a player, he won so much with manchester united including scoring the winning goal including scoring the winning goal in the 1999 champions league final which helped manchester united on their way to the travel for that year. but it has been a necessary decision to make, because as manchester united manager, he did not deliver any silverware, and as we know in the premier league, there is no room for sentiment. silverware is no room for sentiment. silverware is needed at a club of manchester united's stature. jane is needed at a club of manchester united's stature.— is needed at a club of manchester united's stature. jane dougal, thank ou much united's stature. jane dougal, thank you much indeed _ united's stature. jane dougal, thank you much indeed for— united's stature. jane dougal, thank you much indeed for that. _ there has of course been a huge reaction online to the sacking,
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including from solskjaer�*s former team mates. gary neville said via instagram... patrice evra via instagram... michael owen via twitter... now to manchester united women. they're hosting women's super league leaders arsenal right now in the early kick off. it is still goalless at half time at the leigh sports village. you can watch that live on bbc two. and there are four other games to look forward to throughout the afternoon. there's been gold for britain's bryony page this morning at the trampoline
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and tumbling world championships in baku. page won in the women's trampoline final with this routine. she's already won two olympic medals, including a bronze in tokyo this summer. but now she has her first individual gold on the world stage. page won gold in the team event back in 2013. the final round of the season—ending event in golf�*s european tour has reached its conclusion in dubai. and for rory mcilroy, itjust wasn't his day. the world number eight teed off the final day with a one—shot lead, but momentum began to shift after hitting the flag on the 15th, as 24—year—old collin morikawa claimed victory to become the first american to win on the european tour, finishing 17 under par. just some breaking news to bring you from the grand prix in qatar. championship leader max verstappen has been handed a five—place grid penalty for not respecting double—waved yellows. you can find more on that and lots more on the bbc sport website. and more on the sacking of the
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manchester united manager ole gunnar solskjaer. we have some breaking news, a statement from the remembrance day liverpool terror attack. david perry, there he is with his wife rachel. i will read the statement that he has just released. " on behalf of myself, rachel and our family, we would like to say thank you to everyone for all of your get well wishes and your amazing generosity. we are completely overwhelmed with it. a special thanks to the staff at the liverpool women's hospital. and merseyside police and counterterrorism police who have all been amazing. i feel it has been a miracle that i am alive and are so thankful that no one else was injured in such an act. i need time to come to terms with what has happened and focus on my recovery, both mentally and physically. be kind, be vigilant and stay safe.
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david." let's get more on the rise of covid cases in europe, as fresh unrest has erupted in the netherlands against new lockdown rules. the world health organization said it was "very worried" about rising coronavirus cases on the continent. dr margaret harris from the world health organization, who's currently working on a project in kabul, spoke to me earlier. we have been concerned for some time about the spikes in many countries of europe, all the countries across the european union. they have all seen rises, and some of those are very severe rises. the really critical thing is the hospitals getting overloaded and filling up to a point where the hospital system begins to be unable to cope. austria has taken the decision because of its concerns around cases to make the vaccine mandatory, what is your view of that? we always find that where the community wants to be vaccinated and has access to vaccination,
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and has access and answers to their questions, that is the most effective way. it is clear some governments have got to a point where they feel they need to put in other measures, but we as who do find that the most effective measures are always those that really are implemented in the community and have the community buy in. now the vaccine is available in europe to those who want it and and not whole populations are taking it up. do you think it does become more arguable that there should be more wider use of vaccine passports? so, all kinds of strategies to help people appreciate the reason for getting vaccinated — the main reason is it protects you from severe disease and death, keeps you out of hospital,
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stops you from dying. those are very, very good reasons to get vaccinated. unfortunately, there has been a huge, what we call infodemic as well, and unfortunately large numbers of people have listened to information that really is notjust wrong, it is harmful and is killing people. in terms of the number of deaths, the who is warning of potentially 500,000 new deaths across europe by the spring. how have you arrived at that figure? those figures are based on modelling, and of course based on people not taking the measures that we know work. the measures that work are the mask—wearing, staying out of crowded places whereever you can, that means working from home where you can, trying to avoid being in places with poor ventilation, really having ventilation in all the places you are using, and avoiding crowding on public transport wherever possible. and of course testing,
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testing, testing. we are not seeing enough testing in all countries, continuing to do the contact tracing. there is a lot of things that can be done to avert that. lastly, of course upping the vaccination, finding out who is not vaccinated and finding ways to help them get vaccinated. let's talk about kabul, if that is ok. you are there looking at the health services. tell us more about the work you are doing there and what the issues are. as you know, after the taliban takeover in august, essentially what was a very donor—based and aid—based economy and community, and the banking systems are struggling to pay anyone. all the hospitals and health facilities, people have not
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been paid for months, supplies are not there. we as the who and unicef have taken over the primary care system for the next three months to get people paid, to get the supplies out to all the health facilities, get fuel, because it gets very cold. people are freezing. all of those things are critical to get out to people. we have some emergency funding from what a un funding system, but we really do need the world to focus and come and help afghanistan, not turn its back on afghanistan. in terms of the medical assistance that people need, how would you describe how things have been as far as them being able to get whatever it is that they need? certainly, even prior to the change of power, things were not doing well. there was a big drought, and essentially the economy was stumbling and struggling. so we have got severe malnutrition. we have assessed at least 3 million children as already in acute
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severe malnutrition. if they don't get the help they need, we are looking at1 million of those children dying. but we are also looking at all people from old to young being likely to be severely immunocompromised because they are starving and because it is freezing. so we are really upping vaccination campaigns, we are planning a measles vaccination campaign. we are vaccinating against covid. but we have to do so much more. one last thing i would like to say is that the doctors and nurses, the cleaners in the hospitals, are still coming to work despite not knowing how they are going to feed theirfamilies, because they are committed to helping their own people. the health secretary sajid javid has said some people may have died as a result of potential racial bias in the design and use of some medical devices. the government has launched a review following research suggesting that,
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during the pandemic, patients from some ethnic minorities have been at greater risk of receiving inaccurate results from oximeters, which measure oxygen in the blood. sajid javid spoke on the andrew marr programme earlier. i think possibly, yes. i don't have the full facts. these oximeters are being used in every country and they have the same problem. the reason is a lot of these medical devices, even some of the drugs, procedures, textbooks, most of them are put together in majority white countries. and i think there is a systemic issue around this. earlier i spoke dr habib naqvi, director of the nhs race and health observatory. we welcome this review because one of the founding principles of the nhs is equality. and the possibility that a bias, even unconscious, could lead to poorer health outcomes is totally unacceptable. it needs to be looked
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at with a level of urgency. within the observatory, we carried out a review back in april of this year which highlighted some of the issues, the inaccuracies, potential inaccuracies in readings for people with darker pigmentation. that review was earlier this year, but issues around oximetres have been raised since the late 1980s. they were introduced in the early 1980s. how much of an understanding has there been of that, if it has been flagged up for so long? our research review dates back to the 1990s and indicates that more detailed analyses and independent assessments are needed to help determine the element of medical devices, ensuring that all health devices are accurate and effective for all of our communities. but in terms of what has gone,
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potentially lives may have been lost. and sajid javid says it is so, during the pandemic because devices to measure oxygen in someone's blood was not effective in ethnic minorities. the review will help hopefully to answer that, then we can focus on that. what we do know is that research indicates black people are quite as likely as white people to catch coronavirus. from an asian background you are five times more likely than white counterparts to be infected, that is why it is absolutely crucial that those who use oximetres in their practice will provide these to the public, take skin pigmentation into account for the effectiveness amongst users. this is not to say that oximeters
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are bad, we are saying that more care needs to be taken when looking at the readings from these devices. do you think that the issues around these devices and skin pigmentation could have meant that deaths among ethnic minorities were higher? you say the chances of getting it in the first place but when it came to the medical care, was there also that impact? that is a great possibility. that is what we are hoping this independent review will look at. and to determine. and of course it will notjust be an issue in this country, they are used everywhere. absolutely, and it is about looking at the causes of the causes around these devices. we know that our nhs is perhaps the most visible of the shared social contract between people. and people have faith and trust in this essential institution. at the same time, we cannot be blind to these imperfections. what we can do is make our nhs even more inclusive and fair and make it
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better for all of our communities. shoppers are being warned that some retailers may not have enough stock for black friday this week, because of supply chain issues. the uk's online retail association, the imrg, says problems getting goods from china and a shortage of drivers and warehouse staff mean stock might not arrive on time. our business correspondent caroline davies has more. we know that the course of the last 20 months have been difficult to retailers. the pandemic caused stop—starts in the supply chain, backlogs at ports and on top of that, difficulties in some cases in getting hgv lorry drivers to be able to transport the goods to wherever they are needed. on top of that, we are building up to black friday, which is a big day in the shopping calendar where retailers slash the prices of some of their goods in order to encourage people to purchase in the run—up to christmas. it was originally something that started in the usa and has come over to the uk in recent years.
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but some tech retailers are already concerned that there may be some disruption due to delays in deliveries. that is according to the imrg, which is the uk's online retail association. retailers will often buy goods well in advance of black friday, maybe months in advance, and often bulk buy them so they can sell them at a discount and still make a profit. however, if those goods are delayed by 4—6 weeks, that means they may have to change their promotional campaigns to whatever they do have in stock and is available to sell. according to the group's insights director, asia is a real pinch point pinch point for this, and goods coming out of asia. some companies may be able to find a workaround, they may have deep pockets to be able to do that. but others, he says, may find themselves in a difficult position. he also says that there are some retailers worried that they may not find staff in their warehouses or hgv drivers to transport their goods. having said that, just because some
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products may be a bit more difficult to come by, he also says there will be plenty of tech products on the shelves. you will have felt the difference in the weekend started off relatively mild but things have changed and there is a real freshness about the weather. this tractor out in great yarmouth, fully exposed to the northern wind which will keep it pretty cold over the next few days both by day and by night. there will be quite a bit of dry weather, you may have noticed in that picture that there are some pools on the ground, particularly if you are over on the eastern side of the british isles. plenty of showers coming in on the northerly. hence it is the northern and eastern shores. the bulk of the showers through the course of the afternoon, some of those quite sharp. we have a run of them coming down through the irish
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sea through western wales on the fringes of cornwall. that is quite a significant northerly wind. some of the gusts around about the northern coast between 30—a0 mph. not overly warm, you will do very well indeed to get up to double figures. it will only be some southern areas which will achieve that sort of figure. through the course of the night, some of the showers dying away, we will keep them through the english channel area. will keep them through the english channelarea. some will keep them through the english channel area. some showery weather across scotland. in the absence of cloud, quite a widespread frost, more widespread than we have seen for a good few days and weeks. this is the new day, high—pressure keeping this guy is pretty clear across england and wales and southern scotland. more cloud in northern scotland, milder here because monday marks the absence of a straight northerly flow. it is going more westerly and north—westerly. on tuesday, the high pressure pretty much right on top of us. there will be a bit of frost
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around to start the day, and quite a lot of cloud, this

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