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china says it will carry out live fire military drills around taiwan in the wake of the high level us visit to the island. as house speaker nancy pelosi leaves, she says america's commitment to taiwan's democracy is unwavering. our delegation, of which i am very proud, came to taiwan to make unequivocally clear we will not abandon our commitment to taiwan and we are proud of our enduring friendship. translation: thisi is a complete farce. the united states is violating china's sovereignty under the guise of so—called democracy. those who offend china will be punished. we'll find out what the implications of this visit are, from beijing and washington. also this lunchtime: archie battersbee's parents apply to the european court
of human rights to try to postpone the removal of his life support, which was due to begin today. the delivery of ballots for the conservative leadership election is delayed, after the security agency gchq warned that cyber hackers could change people's votes. another hosepipe ban is on the way, after all the hot dry weather. more than a million people will be affected in kent and sussex. and tributes are paid to roy hackett, the civil rights campaigner at the heart of the bristol bus boycott of the 1960s, who's died at the age of 93. and coming up in sport on the bbc news channel. it's day two of track and field here at the commonwealth games in birmingham, with katarina johnson—thompson continuing her pursuit of gold in the heptathlon.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. china has said it will carry out live fire military drills in the sea and air around taiwan tomorrow in response to the visit by one of america's most senior politicians. the speaker of the house of representatives nancy pelosi has said her delegation�*s visit to taiwan was intended to make it clear that the us won't abandon the island, and that her country's commitment to democracy there is iron—clad. taiwan is self governing and lies about 100 miles across the taiwan straits — it sees itself as independent, but china views it as its own and has warned of grave consequences, following the visit. 0ur asia pacific editor celia hatton has this report.
nancy pelosi, defying the wishes of beijing and thejoe biden white house, was clear about her support by taiwan during her short visit there. ~ ., ., ., ., there. we will not abandon our commitment — there. we will not abandon our commitment to _ there. we will not abandon our commitment to try _ there. we will not abandon our commitment to try one, - there. we will not abandon our commitment to try one, and i there. we will not abandon our| commitment to try one, and we there. we will not abandon our- commitment to try one, and we are proud of our enduring friendship. today, nancy pelosi met these human rights activists, further stoking china's irritation. two of them are pro—democracy campaigners who had previously been detained by chinese authority, the third, is a famous student activist who led the 1989 tiananmen square protest. nancy pelosi's outspoken support for human rights in china dates back to that period. here she is more than three decades ago, participating in a memorialfor decades ago, participating in a memorial for those killed decades ago, participating in a memorialfor those killed near tiananmen, shocking her chinese hose. china was determined not to be caught off by this visit. it has
announced plans to carry out live fire drills in six areas encircling taiwan by airand fire drills in six areas encircling taiwan by air and by sea. the “oint military operations i taiwan by air and by sea. the “oint military operations are i taiwan by air and by sea. the “oint military operations are a h taiwan by air and by sea. the joint| military operations are a necessary step in_ military operations are a necessary step in response to the dangerous moves _ step in response to the dangerous moves of— step in response to the dangerous moves of the us and taiwan authorities, says this chinese army commander. authorities, says this chinese army commander-— authorities, says this chinese army commander. . . , , commander. china says the exercises were practised _ commander. china says the exercises were practised for _ commander. china says the exercises were practised forjoint _ commander. china says the exercises were practised forjoint air— commander. china says the exercises were practised forjoint air and - commander. china says the exercises were practised forjoint air and sea i were practised forjoint air and sea blockade and land attacks amongst other things, sometimes getting as close as nine nautical miles from the island's coastline. the drills are certain to raise concerns across taiwan, highlighting beige and's ability to cut off air and sea access to this normally bustling ireland —— beijing macro possibility. it has also announced immediately announced import bans. but the taiwan president is clear she wants to foster even stronger ties with washington, despite the pressure from across the strait.
facing deliberately heightened military threats, taiwan will not back down, she says. we will firmly uphold our nation's sovereignty and continue to hold the line of defence for democracy. just on the other side of the taiwan strait, on the mainland, china's state media is projecting an air of confidence, leaving these locals and coastal areas feeling calm. i leaving these locals and coastal areas feeling calm.— areas feeling calm. i am not worried- _ areas feeling calm. i am not worried. we _ areas feeling calm. i am not worried. we are _ areas feeling calm. i am not worried. we are used - areas feeling calm. i am not worried. we are used to - areas feeling calm. i am not worried. we are used to the j areas feeling calm. i am not - worried. we are used to the taiwan strait crisis. the atmosphere has been like this for years. the conflict may happen at any time, but it's not a high probability. if it really happens, we willjust accept it. really happens, we will 'ust accept it. . _ , it. nancy pelosi is in the twilight of a lona it. nancy pelosi is in the twilight of a long political— it. nancy pelosi is in the twilight of a long political career. - it. nancy pelosi is in the twilight. of a long political career. upcoming us mid—term elections might end her time as house speaker, but washington's tussles with china over taiwan will continue. up next, a potential $4.5 billion support package that would label the island a key us ally, leading, perhaps, to
more trouble for us china relations on the horizon. in a moment, we'll talk to gary 0'donoghue in washington, but first let's speak to stephen mcdonell in beijing. nancy pelosi has left taiwan now, but what will be the longer term impact of this visit? nancy pelosi's visit has provided hardliners in beijing with a perfect excuse to stage these live fire war games which look and awfully lot like a dress rehearsalfor a blockade of that island, which could form part of a battle plan to retake taiwan by force. now that a line has been crossed, as it were, will we see such encirclement exercises every year? will we see the people's liberation army straying into the territorial waters claimed by taiwan? 0ne
territorial waters claimed by taiwan? one thing that the chinese government has to manage though is the expectations of its own nationalists. the government here has been saying that the people's liberation army will not sit idly by white nancy pelosi flies into taiwan, well, now that she has left, these drills, do they constitute enough to make those nationalists feel that the pla did not stand idly by? certainly some wanted more. they wanted pressure on her plane, or some sort of an attack on the island, so as i say, tensions are increasing, and we could see many more of these live fire exercises in the future. more of these live fire exercises in the future-— the future. stephen, thank you. let's talk to _ the future. stephen, thank you. let's talk to gary _ the future. stephen, thank you. let's talk to gary o'donoghue. l the future. stephen, thank you. - let's talk to gary o'donoghue. what let's talk to gary 0'donoghue. what is the sense in washington about what this has all done? the is the sense in washington about what this has all done?— what this has all done? the joe biden administration _ what this has all done? the joe biden administration were - what this has all done? the joe biden administration were notl what this has all done? the joe - biden administration were not keen on nancy— biden administration were not keen on nancy pelosi going in the first place _ on nancy pelosi going in the first place. they cannot stand in her way and did _ place. they cannot stand in her way and did not— place. they cannot stand in her way and did not stand in her way but they— and did not stand in her way but they made — and did not stand in her way but they made their own ease about it
pretty— they made their own ease about it pretty plain. having said that, she did get— pretty plain. having said that, she did get wide support in congress again. _ did get wide support in congress again. 26— did get wide support in congress again, 26 republican senators signed again, 26 republican senators signed a letter_ again, 26 republican senators signed a letter supporting her visit, unheard _ a letter supporting her visit, unheard of when you think of who nancy— unheard of when you think of who nancy pelosi represents two republicans in this country, so this is something that has given her a lot of— is something that has given her a lot of support across the spectrum. but it_ lot of support across the spectrum. but it does— lot of support across the spectrum. but it does raise questions about america's— but it does raise questions about america's policy towards taiwan, and is it changing for example. is the idea of— is it changing for example. is the idea of what they call strategic ambiguity in other words keeping china _ ambiguity in other words keeping china guessing about how far america will let_ china guessing about how far america will let it _ china guessing about how far america will let it go in terms of blockades and a _ will let it go in terms of blockades and a military action around taiwan, is that— and a military action around taiwan, is that on_ and a military action around taiwan, is that on the — and a military action around taiwan, is that on the move? and joe biden in the _ is that on the move? and joe biden in the last— is that on the move? and joe biden in the last year or so has given some — in the last year or so has given some indications that it might be. the big _ some indications that it might be. the big problem for the us is that there _ the big problem for the us is that there is— the big problem for the us is that there is not really a solution to defending taiwan properly because china _ defending taiwan properly because china has— defending taiwan properly because china has something like 36 airbases in the _ china has something like 36 airbases in the region and america has one in
immediate _ in the region and america has one in immediate flying distance. thank ou. the delivery of ballots for the conservative leadership election has been delayed, after the security agency gchq warned that cyber hackers could change people's votes. it was originally planned that party members would be alllowed to choose whether to vote by post or online and then, if they changed their mind, be able to cancel their first vote. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is at westminster. sojonathan, that original plan won't be going ahead? so the original plan won't go ahead? that's right. the delay in voting is down to concerns about the security of the process, and while it seems there was no evidence of specific attempts to interfere the election the fact that it could happen was enough for gchq and the national cyber security centre within that to get involved and after advice to the conservative party, the rules have
now been changed to prevent people from being able to vote first by post, and if they were later to have changed their mind, override that with a vote online or vice versa, and the party has reminded its members that voting twice would be considered an offence for which they would have their membership suspended. it won't affect the overall timetable of the race. voting will still close at the beginning of september but it will mean that those who might have already voted could be persuaded to change their minds and both candidates will be aware of that as they continue their campaigns. there is further evidence this morning that liz truss is the firm favourite amongst conservative party voters with one whole snapshot suggesting she has increased her lead, although it was conducted before she you turned yesterday on the key policy or public sector pay scrapping a proposal to set wages and salaries at a local level. rishi sunak
insists that what he is hearing on the ground is not that liz truss is the ground is not that liz truss is the favourite and that he is best placed to face sir keir starmer at the next general election and take the next general election and take the conservatives to victory, and he is saying that it is all to play for. both candidates will face more questions from members in the latest in a series of hustings around the uk in cardiff this evening. thanks, jonathan. archie battersbee's parents have submitted an application to the european court of human rights to try to postpone the removal of his life support. the 12—year—old has been in a coma since his motherfound him unconscious at home in april. the hospital in london where he's being looked after had said it would begin withdrawing life support unless the family submitted the application by this morning. here's our health correspondent dominic hughes. for the family of archie battersbee, an appeal to the european court of human rights is to be the last legal avenue left open to them. archie was
found unconscious at home in southend—on—sea in essex on the 7th of april. for more than 100 days he has been on life support and never regained consciousness. the medical team treating him say he is brain stem dead, his major organs beginning to shut down and the withdrawal of treatment is now in his best interest. aha, withdrawal of treatment is now in his best interest.— his best interest. a truly tragic case. his best interest. a truly tragic case- itut _ his best interest. a truly tragic case- itut his _ his best interest. a truly tragic case. but his family _ his best interest. a truly tragic case. but his family have - his best interest. a truly tragic| case. but his family have spent weeks challenging _ case. but his family have spent weeks challenging the - case. but his family have spent| weeks challenging the judgment through the courts and archery�*s mother say she has been assured that treatment will continue until the judges in strasbourg respond. thea;r judges in strasbourg respond. they said that withdrawal is being considered. i am said that withdrawal is being considered. lam running said that withdrawal is being considered. i am running on empty. yesterday— considered. i am running on empty. yesterday was a very down day for me. yesterday was a very down day for me people — yesterday was a very down day for me. people that know me know that i don't _ me. people that know me know that i don't slow— me. people that know me know that i don't slow down for long, especially when _ don't slow down for long, especially when it— don't slow down for long, especially when it comes for fighting for my son's— when it comes for fighting for my son's life — when it comes for fighting for my son's life so i am coming back fighting — son's life so i am coming back fighting i_ son's life so i am coming back fighting. i promise archie and his dad we _ fighting. i promise archie and his dad we will fight to the bitter end and that— dad we will fight to the bitter end and that is what we will do. we'll fight _ and that is what we will do. we'll fight for— and that is what we will do. we'll fight for the right for my son to live _ fight for the right for my son to live lt— fight for the right for my son to live. , ., ., .,
live. it is not how long it will take if the — live. it is not how long it will take if the european - live. it is not how long it will take if the european court i live. it is not how long it willj take if the european court of live. it is not how long it will- take if the european court of human rights decides it can review the case. meanwhile the barts health nhs trust where archie is being looked after says its deepest —— sympathies remain with hollie dance's family and aims to provide the best possible support to everyone at this difficult time. thankfully cases like this are very rare and disputes between family members and the medical team even more so. but when they do occur, they present everyone involved with very challenging ethical and legal questions. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani is here. this appears to be the last legal step in archie's parents' fight? yes, in theory, because the uk supreme court yesterday ruled that doctors could withdraw support because there was no legal impediment to do so and the courts had decided it was in the best interests of this poor little boy, to end his life support, because the
medical evidence showed effectively no hope of recovery. the complicating issue is whether or not the european court wants to intervene. most experts are sceptical that will happen simply because the court in strasbourg has a long history of ruling in these kind of cases that where a country has comprehensive medical analysis and expert is able to assess cases like this, and then the court system to review independently that evidence before taking an end—of—life decision, the court doesn't seem to want to get involved, but of course, in a situation like this and no news from the family perspective is good news because they are clinging on to any possibility of keeping him on life support but if the court were to rule against the family, the doctors would be free to act, but if they did issue an injunction, then the judges would need some weeks to look at the case and the judges here in london have already said that any delay is actually protecting his death rather than prolonging his life. . ., ~
the first grain ship scheduled to leave a ukrainian port since the start of the russian invasion has passed its official inspection. it means the vessel is now ready to leave turkish waters north of istanbul to head to its final destination in lebanon. the journey is part of the deal to resume grain exports from ukraine, which it's hoped will ease the global food crisis. the conservative us state of kansas has decided in a referendum to protect abortion rights, in a major victory for pro—choice groups. it's the first electoral test of the issue since the supreme court decision two months ago which allowed individual states to ban the procedure. projections suggests kansans voted by more than 60% to allow women to access abortion in the state. nomia iqbal was in kansas for us as the results came in. this is the first state in the us to deliver a verdict on just how americans are feeling after roe v wade was overturned two months ago. this is a quiet room now,
but a short while ago, there was just huge elation after that projection came in. and it is a projection at this stage. it will be confirmed in about a week's time. this is where one of the main groups that was leading the campaign to preserve the constitutional right to an abortion held their watch party. and as i say, when that projection came through, people were crying. there were mothers with their daughters saying that they never, ever thought that something like this would happen in a deeply conservative state like kansas. i am speechless, really. i'm so proud and relieved. i'm relieved that our rights remain intact in kansas. they went into those | booths and they were proud to be a kansan l and they were proud to not have government control over their bodies. _ the projection is that more than 60% of people so far have voted to keep in place the constitutional right for women to access abortion up to 22 weeks into a pregnancy. for president biden
and his democratic party, this is a sign that the issue of abortion really does matter to people in the run—up to the midterm elections. nomia iqbal there in kansas. housing charities have warned that tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent could miss out on the £400 energy rebate. the charity shelter says more than half a million households are "at the mercy" of their landlord. the government says the rebate should be passed on to tenants. the price of petrol fell last month, by nearly 9p a litre, according to the rac. but the motoring group says the reductions still don't fairly reflect the fall in the wholesale price of fuel. 0ur correspondent caroline davies is with me. the rac has pointed out that analysis and says that there is a full enjoy of 9p at the pumps, but
they are arguing it should have dropped by even more, because they say the wholesale price has actually dropped by 20p, and they are suggesting particularly big retailers are not passing that on. —— eight fall injuly of 9p. speaking to some few analysts, they say that is not really a fair comparison. they say that in the last eight weeks, the price has jumped up and down, and there always a lag between wholesale price and the price at the pumps coming down, which could mean that there might be even further drops in the course of the next week or so. they say the fact it has not dropped yet might be because the retailers are trying to create a smoother price drop as things are changing. the backdrop to this is really interesting. the reason there has been a drop is being seen by the market as thinking that there could be a downturn in the economy, meaning people might be driving less, or buying less consumer goods which need to be transported. all that feeds into the idea that fuel might not be in such high demand, which could lead to
some drops. however, nobody knows exactly where the fuel price will go over the course of the next six months, but the general sense is that they will not be some dramatic drop off, because the supply of fuel is still restricted. so short—term, possibly a bit more of a drop. long term, many analysts thinking they will not be anything dramatic. shill will not be anything dramatic. all riaht, will not be anything dramatic. all right, thank you. the time is 1.19. our top story this lunchtime — china has said it will carry out live fire military drills around taiwan tomorrow, in response to the visit of the senior us politician nancy pelosi. and still to come, we'll have the latest from birmingham, where england and northern ireland battle for bronze in the men's mountain biking. coming up in sport on the bbc news channel, premier league players say they will stop taking the knee before the majority of matches, starting from next season.
more than a million people will be affected by another hosepipe ban, which has just been announced. south east water has become the second company to say its customers, in kent and sussex, will face restrictions from the end of next week. it follows record—breaking demand for water, and weeks of extreme weather, with parts of england having their driestjuly since records began. 0ur correspondent celestina 0lulode has this report. arlington reservoir in sussex last year and again last month. it's conditions like this that mean a hosepipe ban will come into force in kent and sussex. we've just had confirmation that july was one of the driest months on record, and that's actually followed a dry period through the spring and into summer. and also in the approach to the heatwave, we saw record demands, and really that's what's driving our concern now. the ban means you won't be able to use hosepipes to water your gardens, wash cars,
orfill paddling pools. beginning next friday, it's the second hosepipe ban to be put in place in the country, with action taken last week in hampshire and the isle of wight. but some are critical that this is all too little, too late. this isn't rocket science, you know, this is sort of fairly basic. so we would have liked to have seen these preventative measures coming in much earlier. and we need to plan for this for next summer. this is going to be a regular occurrence with the climate crisis every single summer. this should be stopped. this should be becoming business as usual. with water levels remaining low and no significant rainfall forecasted in southern england for a month, it's impossible to say how long these restrictions will last. but remember, if you are caught ignoring the ban, you could face a maximum penalty of £1,000.
celestina 0lulode, bbc news. 0ur correspondent simonjones is at a reservoir near polegate in east sussex. normally where i'm standing at this time of year, my feet would be under water, but that is certainly not the case at the moment, this reservoir is only at around 60% of capacity, and we have heard that rainfall last month in this part of the world was only 8% of what you would normally expect, the lowest since records began almost 200 years ago, and that is why the water companies say they need began almost 200 years ago, and that is why the water companies say they need to began almost 200 years ago, and that is why the water companies say they need to take began almost 200 years ago, and that is why the water companies say they need to take drastic began almost 200 years ago, and that is why the water companies say they need to take drastic action, otherwise there is a danger in future when people turn on their taps at home, there could be no water. but the company is a bit of a hard sell, because there will be people saying i have got a water leak at the end of my road, a burst pipe, there is water gushing out and the company has been slow to fix it. but south east water insisted you have a good record with repairs, but the situation is being made more
computed at the moment because, because of the heat, the ground is actually expanding, causing some pipes to burst. in terms of enforcement, as we have had, you could be fined £1000. the company says that would be a last resort. in the meantime, we could be encouraged to save water, take a shower rather than a bath for a maximum of four minutes, i am told. northern ireland has been without a working government for six months now, because of political arguments about the post—brexit trade border. the impact of the stalemate is felt particularly in the legal system. the caretakerjustice minister told the bbc that the covid backlog in the courts may not be cleared until 2028. the delays are causing extra stress for people waiting forjustice. 0ur ireland correspondent chris page has been talking to one woman who says delays in her sexual abuse case have increased her trauma. i have lived through hell for years. the longer that it takes, the longer that hell continues.
claire rafferty was sexually abused when she was a child. her cousin, david andrews, who's seven years older, pleaded guilty to several crimes. he was given a suspended prison sentence in april. the investigation had begun in 2018. had my case went through in a reasonable amount of time, i would have been in a much better, much stronger place mentally. i have battled with depression and anxiety for a long time, but it's not fair that a victim goes through as much as they went through and then has another battle just to have their case heard. justice agencies in northern ireland agree the system needs to speed up. a watchdog report four years ago said cases here typically took twice as long as in england and wales. figures we've obtained through the freedom of information act show the longest
cases relate to sexual offences, which take almost two years on average. the issue would usually be on the agenda at the stormont assembly, but it isn't even sitting at the moment, and the power sharing crisis means there's no first minister or deputy. 0ther ministers have remained in theirjobs, but only in a caretaker capacity, so they can't take any major decisions that require new legislation or a fresh budget. the leader of the cross—community alliance party is thejustice minister. she says extra money was helping to reduce the court delays after lockdown, but the funding is gone now. unless we get that additional resource, instead of seeing those backlogs ended by early 2024, we could be looking at 2028 before we're actually in that position. so what difference is not having a fully functioning devolved government making to you in dealing with that? when it comes to budget, for example, we can't bid
for additional funding because we don't have a budget agreed. politics affects people, and the stormont stalemate is having an increasing impact. claire hopes the criminaljustice system will improve. she's waived her right to anonymity and wants to encourage other abuse survivors to report crimes. knowing that i've fought for me, and fought for that little girl who was too scared to speak up and didn't have a voice, if i can make the tiniest bit of difference to one person, knowing they are not alone, it would mean the world to me. claire rafferty ending that report by our ireland correspondent chris page. one of the uk's most influential civil rights campaigners, roy hackett, has died at the age of 93. roy hackett was one of the organisers of the bristol bus boycott, the campaign in 1963 to overturn
a ban by bristol 0mnibus company on employing black and asian drivers and conductors. the subsequent protests paved the way for the race relations acts. 0ur correspondentjo black looks back at his life. 1963, and this campaign was known as the bristol bus boycott. back then, it was legal for companies to discriminate against somebody because of the colour of their skin. new point is that whilst we can obtain required labour in this city, we intend to go on in engaging white labour. , , ., , ., labour. this protest sought to overturn a _ labour. this protest sought to overturn a ban _ labour. this protest sought to overturn a ban by— labour. this protest sought to overturn a ban by bristol- labour. this protest sought to - overturn a ban by bristol omnibus overturn a ban by bristol 0mnibus company on employing black and asian drivers and conductors. 0ne company on employing black and asian drivers and conductors. one of the driving forces was jamaican born roy hackett. , ., . ., , ., hackett. there were placards at the door, no hackett. there were placards at the door. no lrish. _ hackett. there were placards at the door, no irish, no _ hackett. there were placards at the door, no irish, no gypsies, - hackett. there were placards at the door, no irish, no gypsies, no - door, no irish, no gypsies, no blacks, no dogs. it wasn't like it
is today. it was very hard for us to find a place to live, number one, and it's very hard for a black man to get a job here in bristol. the to get a 'ob here in bristol. the bass to get a job here in bristol. the bass protests _ to get a job here in bristol. the bass protests so _ to get a job here in bristol. the bass protests so the company changed its policies, and helped to pave the way for the race relations acts of 1965 and 1968. roy hackett�*s name became synonymous with civil rights, and his tireless campaigning throughout his life for racial equality went further than his home city of bristol. to equality went further than his home city of ihistol— city of bristol. to remember him as not 'ust to city of bristol. to remember him as not just to remember _ city of bristol. to remember him as notjust to remember a _ city of bristol. to remember him as not just to remember a moment. city of bristol. to remember him as notjust to remember a moment in | city of bristol. to remember him as i notjust to remember a moment in the civil rights _ notjust to remember a moment in the civil rights movement, but it's to remember— civil rights movement, but it's to remember that moment in the continuum of history and struggle against _ continuum of history and struggle against racism. rot;r continuum of history and struggle against racism.— against racism. roy hackett was a- ointed against racism. roy hackett was appointed an — against racism. roy hackett was appointed an obe _ against racism. roy hackett was appointed an obe in _ against racism. roy hackett was appointed an obe in 2009, - against racism. roy hackett was appointed an obe in 2009, and| against racism. roy hackett was i appointed an obe in 2009, and an against racism. roy hackett was - appointed an obe in 2009, and an mbe appointed an 0be in 2009, and an mbe in 2020. he was also one of the founders of saint paul's carnival, one of the uk's most inclusive events, celebrating the life of
bristol's african caribbean communities. roy hackett has been described as a humble, principled freedom fighter, a man whose legacy will live on. roy hackett, who has died at the age of 93. premier league football clubs are to stop taking the knee before every match. club captains took the decision after consulting with players. the antiracism gesture will now be seen before selected features, like the opening and closing games, boxing day fixtures, and cup finals. action is underway on day six of the commonwealth games. lets get the latest from jo currie in birmingham. here at the nec, we have already had some home nation weightlifters in action this morning. england's andy griffiths finished sixth in the men's 109
griffiths finished sixth in the men's109 kilograms final. however, in the next hour, we are going to see what will probably be england's best hopes of a gold medal in the weightlifting at these games when emily campbell finally gets her commonwealth games under way. you may remember that name, as you have the privilege of being one of the flag—bearers in the opening ceremony at these games. she also won an outstanding silver medal at the tokyo 0lympics last year, making her the first british woman ever to win an olympic medal in weightlifting. she also backed that up with a bronze medal at the world championships last year, so high hopes she will add notjust a commonwealth medal today but potentially a gold medal to her ever growing collection. she goes in the 87 kilograms category, and that gets under way at 2.00. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. the liver but about subdued rainfall not the entire story. so many other parts of the country suffering from the lack of rainfall, and i think