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oh, dear. marnus labuschagne, meanwhile, was playing with the calm assurance of a batter who is famous for calm assurance. a meticulous 7a. robinson to warner, look out for ben stokes. sore knee but his hands were 0k. warner was gone for 94. very next ball, cameron green — golden duck. goodness! were england back in the match? not really. travis head smashed the ball everywhere. england's bowlers now looked injured, exhausted or incapable. look at that for a cricket shot, bang! well, their preparation was very limited but every match is an opportunity and travis head seized his — his first ashes 100 helped australia to lead of 196, a match—winning position. there are three days left, should australia need them. joe wilson, bbc news.
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i think we can move swiftly the weather. he has chris fawkes. red sky in the morning? yeah, that works today. here comes the cloud streaming in off the atlantic, is where the front on the way. the front is going to be bringing outbreaks of rain ultimately but we have some slightly milder air along with this friend pushing into the far south—west of the uk, so as the rain arrives it will start to turn a bit milder whereas further north we don't really have any of that milder air so as the rain moves in scotland there will be a short lived spell of snow in the hills. it will turn back to rain eventually though. those temperatures then, picking up across the south—west so southern wales and south—west england, 10—11 this afternoon, but for many others are fairly cool feeling day, temperatures typically around 6—8.
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overnight tonight our band of rain pushes eastwards slowly clearing away from the east coast of east anglia and kent. what follows is some showers and clear spells. another cold night for scotland and northern england with patches of frost. lowest temperature is about minus one celsius the countryside. tomorrow a straight forward north—westerly bringing a mix of sunshine and showers. there will be some sparkling blue skies at times but the showers will be widespread and really frequent across the north west, some of them having a bit of sleet or health know mixed in other showers will get driven in by the north—westerly winds across northern wales into north—west england into the midlands and one or two reaching into southern england as well. temperatures for many similar, around 6—7, but that's the last of the really cool weather because as we get into the weekend we have this big wave of warm air washing over the uk. temperatures will be boosted significantly in this milder air is here to stay for a long time to come. saturday, cloud and rain, yes, some of that will be quite heavy,
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some of that will be quite heavy, some strengthening south—westerly winds. it might be quite murky over some of the hills, mist patches around but temperatures picking up across western areas, up to 12 degrees into belfast, plymouth and cardiff. cooler in eastern areas but the mild air will work in from the second half of the weekend. sunday could turn quite windy across the north west. some rain in the forecast but a lot of cloud around, is a fog patches particularly over the hills and coast. look at the temperatures, we haven't seen them this month so far, 13—14 pretty widely, even in scotland up to 11 degrees and it looks like the milder weather is going to hang around for quite a long time as we slowly shuffle our way a little bit closer to christmas. that's all from the bbc news at one. unauthorised.
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good afternoon, it's just after 1:30pm and this is your latest sports news. australia are well in control of the first ashes test in brisbane after day two. a late afternoon flurry of wickets looked to give the tourists hope, but australia had travis head's astonishing innings to thank, to put them very much in the ascendancy. his century in 85 balls was the third quickest in ashes history, putting australia on 343—7 — a lead of 196. head said playing such a vital role in the game had been a privilege. i'm representing my country and loving doing it. it is an amazing feeling to get a test match hundred and it definitely fell my way and moments today and i rode my luck in parts all in all it put a story in a
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great position and i'm very privileged to be able to well, another problem for england could be the fitness of ben stokes. he was seen limping during the game after appearing to pick up an injury whilst fielding. he was also only able to bowl nine overs and england's fast bowling coach admits he doesn't know the extent of the injury — and if it'll impact stokes during the rest of the match. i haven't spoken to our medical guys. ben has been out on the field. he has come off ill. i have no idea what the matter is but he will get assessed overnight and take it from that. a disciplinary panel has said it has real concerns about the weighing room culture in horse racing afterfinding a jockey guilty of what it called �*dangerous bullying'. robbie dunne was found guilty of four charges of �*conduct prejudicial to the reputation of horse racing'. the charges related to his treatment of rivaljockey bryony frost. the british horsertacng authority panel found he bullied and harrassed
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frost over a seven month period in 2020. a punishment for dunne hasn't been announced yet. chelsea striker sam kerr was booked for knocking over a pitch invader in her side's goalless draw at home tojuventus in the women's champions league last night. at home tojuventus in the women's kerr barged into the man at home tojuventus in the women's as he ran onto the pitch at kingsmeadow, raising cheers from the crowd but was punished with a yellow card. after the game, chelsea boss emma hayes discussed player security. i don't know why he didn't wait until the end. he could have had a photograph if he really wanted one. but, jokes aside, you know, you have to do think about player safety. i think we have seen it. there is this sense that the players are more in demand, so i think it should serve as a reminder to us all in our stadiums and our stewards that they have to put player protection first. the football supporters association is urging fans to check how they will be impacted by a change in covid rules. from wednesday, fans in england will need to show proof of double vaccination,
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or a negative test to attend games with crowds of over 10,000 it's one of the new measures introduced by the government in england to help reduce the spread of the omicron variant. british cyclist mark cavendish has appealed for help, as police investigate, an attack by four armed men, during a burglary at his home last month, in which his wife and children were threatened at knifepoint. cavendish was at home, at the time, recovering from two broken ribs and a collapsed lung, from a cycling crash when the break—in happened. a suitcase and two "high—value" watches were stolen, and as yet no arrests have been made yet. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that scottish premier league side hibs have sacked manager jack ross this morning after seven defeats in nine —
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it's just a week away from the league cup final. let's return to our top story and the £17,800 fine handed to the conservative party for "failing to accurately report a donation" that paid for the refurbishment of the prime minister's flat. the electoral commission says the party had not kept "a proper accounting record" of the money it received. the deputy leader of the labour party, angela rayner, has called for a reinvestigation of what happened. well, the electoral commission has found that the conservative party is guilty of breaking the electoral donation rules. first we had the paterson scandal, then the illicit christmas parties in number ten and now dodgy payments from a multimillionaire conservative party donor to fund the luxury downing street refurb. i think you know, what is most concerning for me is
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that the prime minister lied to his own independent adviser who found that there was no misconduct because he was given false information. so, again, i have written to the parliamentary standards commissioner today and the independent adviser to call for a reinvestigation. what evidence is there that this is more than an administrative problem 7 why do you think this wrongdoing is more serious? well, again, borisjohnson is taking the british public for full. he has not only broken the law but making a mockery of the standards we would expect from our prime minister. he has been fined over £17,000 regarding the refurb of his flat. he knows the rules, he knows what he should have declared and he hasn't done it appropriately. he is not above the law. it is not one rule for everybody else and one rule for the prime minister. he has to be held accountable for that. i raised these concerns some time ago and now i expect it to be dealt with appropriately, especially now the electoral commission has fined the conservative party for their misconduct. is this not really a compliance issue as much as anything
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well, compliance is really important. these rules are here so we know the transparency around who is connected to the people that have the purse strings of the taxpayers of this country. like we have seen in other instances around the covid contracts, time and time again, billions of pounds have been given to tory party friends and donors for ppe that cannot be used and through a vip fast lane. this is just another example of the conservatives and the prime minister himself breaking the rules because he wanted the luxury refurb of his flat and rather than declare it in the appropriate way, he has broken the rules and the electoral commission has fined the conservative party 110w. i expect and hope that the independent adviser and the parliamentary standards commission to look into this. should there be an investigation as to who else was involved in this refurbishment? clearly the prime minister's wife has been mentioned in press reports.
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is the scope of the investigation wide enough in your opinion? it is the prime minister himself that has the responsibility, not his wife. he should be declaring in the appropriate way. as i say, what is really concerning for me is that the prime minister has lied to his own independent adviser and therefore his independent adviser came to a conclusion that was wrong. that is why i have wrote to the adviser today to ask them to reinvestigate this because it is not acceptable. the prime minister is not above the law. he has to follow the rules. a bbc investigation has found that care homes are implementing different rules around visits this christmas. some families have told us they're having to fight for limited time slots to see their loved ones, while others have been told they won't be able to visit at all. this is the second year restrictions have been in place during the festive period, as zoe conway reports.
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well done. i'll get you another rolling pin, jean. the residents of the heathfield care home in warrington might have dementia, but they've not lost their dignity. staff here try to support and encourage them. i can't wait to taste these, can you? the home hasn't had a single case of covid. they want to keep it that way this christmas. christmas day is always special, actually. there is a lovely atmosphere. normally speaking, a number of residents would go out to be with families. this year, we are suggesting that's not going to happen because of the virus, the new strain of the virus. it'll be a very happy, festive time. the chef will make a superb christmas lunch. you better move that hand, else you going to put a hole in... oh, right! the side...! we don't want a hole in yourjumper, do we?! doreen often doesn't know who peter is. but there's no mistaking herjoy at having her son by her side. peter says the home has been good at consulting families about visits.
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we've discussed together our thoughts on how things should open up and not be opened up. so we are involved in the process continually. and that gives you great reassurance that we've got some influence. the government's guidelines state they expect and encourage care providers to facilitate visits wherever possible, and to do so in a risk managed way. but several families with relatives at other homes have told us they are not getting enough access at christmas. wendy's mother suffered a catastrophic stroke 1a years ago. she lost the use of the right—hand side completely and has absolutely no speech at all. but she's mum. she's still mum. she's still very much my mum. she is frustrated that she will only get an hour with her mother on christmas day.
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we all know covid is going to be with us for some time. we've got to find a way of living with it and not being stuck in this draconian method of looking after your relatives. it doesn't help them mentally, does it? some families said they thought staff shortages were to blame for the lack of visits. one woman, who doesn't want to be named, told me she's not allowed to visit her mother on christmas day. can you understand where the home is coming from though — they're trying to protect the residents? no, i think they're just trying to keep everyone out. she could take her mother home for the day, but she says her mother is too frail to be moved. ifeel as if i've abandoned her and that she wouldn't think i cared. and that... that's. .. that's the upsetting thing. eileen says her mother's home is offering four families a 30 minute slot on christmas day. she doesn't know yet whether she'll be one of them. my mother trained as a nurse in the second world war. she had been a district nurse
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all her working life. it's breaking my heart, actually. that's what it's about. the government says that every care home resident should be supported to have an essential caregiver, who can visit the home to offer companionship and who can visit even if there is a covid outbreak in the home. but look at sylvia — beautiful dress. john's wife sylvia is in a home and has dementia. what do you love about her? sense of humour. gentleness. her love for everybody. he has been trying for months to get essential caregiver status, so he can visit sylvia more often. it gives reassurance there is someone there to hold and touch and cuddle as necessary, which she has lost over the last year—and—a—half. as i have to say, so have i. the government has said that essential care givers are allowed to visit homes, are allowed to have personal contact with their loved ones, and yet it doesn't seem
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to be happening. i don't know why. i really am quite exasperated, not just for myself, but for thousands upon thousands of other people in exactly the same situation as i am. the challenge for care homes is that, for so many families, christmas is about so much more than the festive rituals. it's about being with their loved ones. zoe conway, bbc news. now it's time to look at what's making the news across the uk. first to wales, where a longer school day is being trialled — it's part of plans to overhaul education to fit in with work patterns and family life. 1a schools will take part in the pilot scheme — adding an extra five hours a week for some pupils. but unions are concerned
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about pressure being put on schools, which they say are already at "breaking point" due to covid. here's our education and family correspondent bethan lewis. the school day starts early already for these pupils as breakfast club. from january, they will have an extra five hours a week. this primary in barry is one of the schools piloting a longer day. i get to see my friends, i get to learn new stuff. not many people may be able to afford lots of clubs like this so the fact that it is for free is good. outside groups and school staff will run extra sessions focused on sport and music but also aimed at boosting core academic skills. it's a really good idea to extend the school day but it has to be different from what they are offered already. this is not about teachers
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working longer hours, it is about thinking outside the box, to really change and reframe a structure that has been in place for decades. the argument for reform is patterns of work and family life have changed beyond recognition since pupils sat at these desks well over a century ago. but some people want to see more evidence of why any changes would be good for society, school staff and children themselves. the school year is also being discussed including the possibility of a shorter summer holiday. raising this possible change to the school year is unnecessary because of what has happened with covid, because we on catch—up as they say. the focus of the when we should be on education and learning rather than changing the school year. a talking point for parents in prestatyn.
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i think the summer holidays, they are quite long for people who are in employment and it is a struggle to find childcare so that would be beneficial. the summer holidays are a long time but maybe it is a break they need. longer days probably aren't the answer. i don't see any benefits of changing it. - if it is longer in - the winter we have to leave and it takes an hour to go to school and back. | the first step in changing patterns in places the days of this school. a key question is whether it now while dealing with a monumental challenges of covid is the right time. a grandfather from whitby is fighting for better access for people with disabilities in north yorkshire. ian lawson was diagnosed with motor neurone disease ten years ago and relies on his wheelchair. he contacted bbc look north to tell them many restaurants and other venues in whitby and scarborough don't have any disabled access. last year he won a discrimination case after one restaurant removed an accessible lift. but he's finding it difficult to fund any further cases. carla fowler has been to meet him.
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ian lawson is living with motor neurone disease, and in a town like whitby, that's a challenge. the old building stock and cobblestones make life difficult, especially for wheelchair users. the choice of accessible venues is limited. this large restaurant occupies a prime tourist spot in a council—owned building. it was recently refurbished by new tenants with no disabled access included. ian complained and even alerted the council, but nothing changed. so last year he took the tenant to court and succeeded in a claim of discrimination.
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local authorities should make reasonable adjustments to remove barriers to disabled people under the equality act. the council owns around 1,800 properties across the borough, but it isn't responsible for enforcing the act. ian's trying to get a taxi home calling from the offices of whitby disabled action group. he's called eight companies so far. across the borough i think there are about six accessible taxis, in whitby we have two. so the chances of somebody getting one are very slim. what we need is for disabled people to shout loud and to tackle things.
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we'd like change quickly. it's happening very slowly. we asked scarborough borough council for an interview and they provided a statement saying... we asked the owners of abbey wharf restaurant for an interview, but they declined. they did say they were doing everything in their power to rectify the situation and a lift will be installed. but when you're living with a terminal disease, the time for change is now. but you won't give up. i won't give up.
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for the first—time, families of indian soldiers from undivided punjab who served in world war i will have access to the service registers of their ancestors, all thanks to a new website set up by uk—based historians. the records, which have been lying in a museum in pakistan for almost a century, have now been made available online for free. our south asian diaspora reporter gaggan sabherwal has more. so this is the village where i grew up, and that is my great—great—grandfather. 22—year—old jasmine was volunteering with a local charity when she accidentally discovered records showing that her great—great—grandfather and his brother had fought in world war i. jasmine made this fascinating discovery on the uk punjabi heritage
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association's website that contained thousands of records of soldiers from undivided punjab who fought in the first world war. i couldn't believe it that i'd actually got hold of this. but then i did feel a bit teary—eyed that this is a direct connection with world war i which i'd been learning about since primary school. my great—great—grandfather, we figured, was part of a mountain battery, so he was dealing with the guns, moving them and transporting them, using them, based in mesopotamia. and his brother, his regiment was one of the only indian regiments in china against the german navalforce. around 6% of the british forces who fought in the first world war were from punjab and for over a century the records of 320,000 of these soldiers have been lying in a museum in pakistan. translation: during world war i these registers were written by hand and maintained. these records contain information such as
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the name of the soldier, his rank, his address and whether he was injured or was martyred in the war or whether he had completed his service and had retired. and after years of correspondence and relationship building with the lahore war museum, this man from the punjab heritage association finally managed to gain access to these rare records. it's been a very long process working with the war museum to get these records digitised, just because they are vast, they run to some 26,000 pages which took about four years working with them to get everything cleanly digitised and then brought over to the uk and then we spent about a year transcribing them into the database. the families of british and irish soldiers can easily search public databases of soldiers�*
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records to find out more about the role their ancestors played in world war i but as i've been finding out there isn't any such facility available for the relatives of colonial soldiers. i think in both india and pakistan there has been a tendency to overlook how significant the south asian role was in the british war effort. in the uk we have misunderstood or misremembered the war as being something that was basically european, about france and belgium and mud and trenches and we have for too long forgotten the role of not just south asians but commonwealth colonial soldiers played across the conflict. the records obviously help families and individuals to connect with their own family histories but the registers also offer us new insights into punjab�*s contribution to the first world war. so far, 114,000 service records have been uploaded with plans to add the remaining data in the forthcoming months. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes.
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hello there. we have had a lovely start to the day. earlier this morning some fine sunrises captured by our early morning weather watchers. this was one of those sunrises from the weymouth area of dorset, some pretty fiery skies there. today we have got this area of cloud heading in, a weather front that's going to be bringing outbreaks of rain, and a little wodge of milder air associated with this in the south but there is not much of that milder air across more northern areas. this band of rain will edge into western areas as we go through the day. a bit of snow over the hills in scotland for a time before that turns back to rain but that milder wodge of air wafting into southern wales and south—west england, boosting tempteratures to 11 degrees for some later today whereas for most of us it is around 5 degrees to 7 degrees. overnight outbreaks of rain push east, slowly clearing from the eastern
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coast of east anglia and kent. colder air follows and we will see some frost patches develop across scotland and northern england. for friday, we have these north—westerly winds that will be streaming in bringing a day of sunshine and showers. there will be some sparkling sunshine to look forward to but those showers will be particularly widespread across the north—west of the uk where some will fall as sleet and maybe a bit of hill snow mixed in with these. showers will continue to work into the north west of england and north wales and into the midlands and you might find one or two popping down to the south of england on fairly gusty north—westerly winds. that is the last of the cooler days because this weekend we will see this wave of milder air crashing over the uk and that will really boost the temperatures significantly. it might be getting milder but it will also be quite wet for some of us. on saturday weather fronts will bring outbreaks of rain, particularly persistent across western areas. there will probably be mist and hill fog patches developing here and there. still quite cool across
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the east but milder air working in westwards with temperatures up to 12 and that is the start of the milder transition. on sunday, again, a lot of cloud around, winds picking upm around, winds picking up particularly across western areas and still the cloud thick enough for a little rain at times but temperatures rising, 13 in belfast and 1a in cardiff and london. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news — the headlines: under investigation — the three government staff gatherings that took place while coronavirus restrictions were in force on meeting indoors. it comes as tighter restrictions are announced in england to prevent the increasing spread of the omicron variant. the health secretary insists that the government hasn't lost credibility. if it carries on at that rate, you could have one million infections through community transmission by end of the month. delays to many hospital treatments in england are the worst on record — nhs leaders say patients are being put at risk. the conservative party's fined nearly £18,000 over the prime minister's downing street flat refurbishment. anyone under the age of 1a in new zealand will face a lifetime ban on buying cigarettes, under a law to be enacted next year.


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