tv The Briefing BBC News September 5, 2019 5:00am-5:31am BST
this is the briefing. i'm ben bland. our top story. in britain, the bill to stop a no—deal brexit makes its way through parliament as the eu's negotiator says negotiations are in paralysis. officials in the bahamas say at least 20 people were killed by hurricane dorian. the storm strengthens as it moves along the us east coast. hong kong protesters say they're not done yet, despite the withdrawal of the extradition bill that sparked months of unrest. in business, uk recession fears grow as manufacturers warn industry is in a ‘nosedive‘.
and i'll be speaking to my guest jane foley about that story and wider brexit developments as well. a very warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. is your phone secretly listening to you to target adverts? i want to know what your experiences, and does it bother you if it means you can get more releva nt if it means you can get more relevant ads? tell us what you think, just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. hello. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has been reported
to have told european diplomats that negotiations with the uk are in a state of paralysis. he's believed to have made the remarks after four—hour talks with borisjohnson's europe adviser david frost in brussels on wednesday. while those talks were going on the prime minister was losing two key votes in parliament. one to stop a no—deal brexit, and the other preventing a snap general election for now. here's our political editor laura kuennsberg. are we through the looking glass now? the prime minister is demanding a new parliament over there, an election, yet he says he doesn't want one. the other parties say they do, but may yet stand in his way. it won't be settled until the commons closes a door on the possibility that borisjohnson could take us out of the eu next month without a deal. reporter: have you lost control, prime minister? his brexit, at any cost. what is the plan going forward? order. questions to the prime minister. but, if he gets his way,
this first joust of shouting in prime minister's questions could be his last. the prime minister. can he confirm now that he will allow the people of this country to decide on what he is giving up in their name with a general election on october the 15th, or is he frit? there's only one chlorinated chicken that i can see in this house, and he's on that bench. he's desperate, absolutely desperate, to avoid scrutiny. the riposte — read his lips. "you're a great big girl's blouse." and, in his third day in office, after five questions from me, we haven't had an answer to any of them. the ayes to the right, 327. the noes to the left, 299. but they were successful at this stage, voting to prevent the prime minister taking us out of the eu in october if no deal is in place.
shaving foam... now it's up to the house of lords, though, preparing to bed down to talk and talk until it is done, racing against the deadline, before parliament shuts next week. so the main battle inside might soon be outside, if, or more likely when, a general election is finally called. this the first official request. there must now be an election on tuesday the 15th of october, and i invite the right honourable gentleman to respond to decide which of us goes as prime minister to that crucial council. labour says not yet, not until the anti—no—deal plan becomes law, but that could be in days. i look forward to the day his government and his party, and all the austerity and misery they've heaped on this country, are turfed out of office. it's a cynical movement from a cynical prime minister.
when it came, the decision was against number 10. labour abstained. the ayes to the right, 298. the noes to the left, 56. confident in the bunker it's not "no" for good. it's a no, not yet. laura kuenssberg reporting there. the us national hurricane centre says hurricane dorian has increased in strength again and is now an category 3 storm as it heads towards south carolina on the south—east coast of the united states. it's left severe damage and killed at least 20 people on the grand bahama and anaco islands. ministers there have praised the work of those dealing with the aftermath of the storm with bahamian prime minister hubert minnis insisting everything possible would be done to help those affected by the hurricane. david willis reports.
along these in seaboard, they are battening down the hatches. dorian is on battening down the hatches. dorian isona battening down the hatches. dorian is on a collision course with the carolinas and people are being urged to leave. our message today is if you are still in an evacuation zone, you are still in an evacuation zone, you still have time to get out. you have time —— but time to get out is running out, because once wind speeds get to about 40—45 miles an hour, emergency speeds get to about 40—45 miles an houi’, emergency crews speeds get to about 40—45 miles an hour, emergency crews will not be able to come in and get you. in its way, dorian left a tropical paradise in ruins. the abaco islands of the northern bahamas were torn apart — homes flattened, entire communities submerged by one of the most powerful atlantic storms on record. officials are gearing up for a major humanitarian disaster as the floodwaters recede, the death toll
is expected to grow. with the city of charleston, south carolina now in its path, dorian is expected to bring with it winds of 120 miles an hour and bring with it winds of 120 miles an hourand a bring with it winds of 120 miles an hour and a stand foot —— ten foot storm surge that could lead to catastrophic flooding. david willis, bbc news, washington. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. pope francis is on the first full day of his trip to mozambique, madagascar and mauritius. it's his fourth visit to africa since he became the head of the roman catholic church in 2013. he's in maputo, the capital of mozambique, where he will meet the president. many are hoping the pope will discuss the country's human rights record. the american songwriter lashawn daniels has died in a car accident aged a2. he was behind some of pop music's biggest hits such as lady gaga's ‘telephone' and destiny child's ‘say my name'. he leaves behind a wife and three sons.
youtube has been fined $170 million in the united states to settle charges it illegally collected and shared data from children. authorities said the video—sharing site, which is owned by google, violated a law preventing internet companies from using the personal information of children under 13 without their parents‘ consent. a verdict is due later in the case of a noisy cockerel in france. a retired couple took the bird's owners to court over noise pollution because his piercing scream was disturbing them too early. the case, which has been ongoing for more than two years has divided opinion on the picturesque island of ile d'oleron. let's turn to our top business story, because as the wrangling over brexit continues. there are fears the uk economy could be slipping into recession for the first time since the financial crisis. a survey just released
by uk manufacturers has warned their industry is in a "nosedive". it's the latest report this week to point to a weakening uk economy, after official figures confirmed growth went into reverse between april and june. two negative quarters of course is the definition of recession. jane foley is senior foreign exchange strategist at rabobank. this contraction is only 0.2%. are they overstating it to say this is a nosedive, or are they looking for something else? these aren't the official data results, this is forward—looking data. the official results will come. these are forward—looking, saying what is happening presently in the third quarter. we know from the official
date so that the economy did contract in the second quarter and the survey data, these forward—looking numbers are beginning to tell us in the third quarter we could see a contraction, too. we've got to bear in mind the uk economy is suffering headwinds 110w uk economy is suffering headwinds now from europe, our biggest trading partner. in 2017, after the brexit boat we had all those warnings about us— boat we had all those warnings about us—a boat we had all those warnings about us — a downturn, and it didn't happen. we were uplifted by strong growth in the eurozone was not in the second quarter we had a contraction in german growth, the eurozone did expand, so with headwinds coming in from germany, with headwinds coming in from china, we don't have this buffer around the uk economy that we might have done in 2017. and why would it matter to people in the uk and elsewhere if the uk economy did go into recession? well, this is a very significant economy. it's the world's fifth largest economy. if we did seea
world's fifth largest economy. if we did see a recession, this is an indicator of the global slowdown. they're in mind there is a global slowdown. many of the big forecasters, the imf, oecd et cetera, have forecast a deteriorating world growth, a large pa rt deteriorating world growth, a large part of that, not the whole part, but a large part, is the trade was. between the us and china. china is slowing, there is absolutely no doubt. and that sends ripples through the global economy. south korea, germany, they are exposed to china and they have seen a very hard time for many quarters. this is rippling through, and it will hit the uk economy. it is hitting the uk economy. 0k, jane foley, we will go through the papers with you later, but for now, thank you. are our smartphones listening to us? it's one of the biggest conspiracy theories in technology — that we're all being recorded by our devices in order to help targetted adverts. one mobile phone company has carried
out an experiment to answer the question, as our cybersecurity reporterjoe tidy explains. yes, i was talking to a friend about trainers... and then there was an advert that popped up on there. everyone has a story like this. strange instances that make us ask oui’ strange instances that make us ask our phones and absolutely to our conversations? the years, big tech companies have denied this is happening. does facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users? no. when i aside a security company has carried out a thorough scientific study to look into it. mobile security experts took four phones, two identical samsung androids and two identical iphones all with major apps like facebook open. they kept two in silence, the other two were played a series of petfood adverts at the same time over three days. they didn't record any related advertising and no technical evidence of listening. just look at
the data phones used when voice assistance like theory and google are activated. compare that to the tiny amount of data used when the apps are idle. the results won't surprise those who study phone security. i went on mains again... they may come some of the conspiracy theorists, but the truth is perhaps just as troubling. there are rapid advancements in technology is where we can now predict what you are interested in, according to your past searches and your past behaviour. there are of course well documented examples of dodgy apps that do secretly listen to our conversations as well as government spy conversations as well as government spy tools used to snoop on high—level targets. but this research points to perhaps a more troubling truth: big tech companies probably aren't listening to us because they don't need to. joe tidy, bbc news. stay with us here in bbc news. still to come: unlocking
the secrets of loch ness. scientists say dna tests show a plausible theory behind the sightings of nessie. she received a nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was "a wonderful example of how to help people in need." we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life
with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: officials in the bahamas say at least 20 people lost their lives in hurricane dorian. the bill to stop a no—deal brexit makes its way through the british parliament, as the eu says negotiations are in paralysis. hong kong chief executive carrie lam has once again said she hopes the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill will help solve the city's political crisis. she was speaking 2a hours after formally withdrawing the bill which has seen 13 weekends of protests plunging the chinese—ruled city into its biggest political crisis in decades.
so as far as the substance is concerned, there is simply no plan to ta ke concerned, there is simply no plan to take forward the bill, in light of the controversy. but since my announcement of a dialogue with society last month, about two weeks ago, we have been meeting a lot of people from different backgrounds, with different political positions. and they gave me this piece of advice, which i now felt was a very pertinent piece of advice, was that if the government wanted to start a dialogue, the government should also ta ke dialogue, the government should also take the initiative to provide a basis for the dialogue. the bbc‘s danny vincent is in hong kong. and it seems that the pro—democracy activists are not quite ready to stop their demonstrations, so it seems even “—
stop their demonstrations, so it seems even —— seems, even though this bill has been withdrawn. that's right, the process i was speaking to will continue to protest. the withdrawal of the bill was something they wanted two or even three months ago but things have moved on quite drastically and quite dramatically since then. many people, especially young people in front line is, are willing to take risks and frequently breaking the law, taking part in these mass demonstrations. they have escalated their efforts to get their voices heard, and it seems they are not willing to back down. they want political reform here in hong kong, they want universal suffrage. and this decision to withdraw the bill, how will that be seen politically? will it be seen as a climbdown?” think for many, perhaps, ordinary hong kong citizens, residents here, they may feel this is somewhat of a climbdown. essentially the protests that have happened have been taking place for more than three months. they have put pressure on the government and they have essentially
affected policy—making here, so they are part of political decision—making in a very unusual way. but for protest as this will not be seen as a climbdown at all. they want change here. the longer this protest movement is continued, the more frustrated, the more angry, the more frustrated, the more angry, the frontline is and many of the young protesters have become. i think they will not stop protesting at this stage. they will keep fighting for all five of their demands. has there been any comment from beijing on this decision to withdraw the bill? what we do know is that carrie lam has said on many occasions, she said it this morning, that beijing has given her complete support. there has been lots of pressure towards carrie lam, many people who asked her to step down. the processes originally had one of their demands as asking her to step down. that's now not technically
something they are even necessarily looking for. but it is understood that beijing, according to carrie lam, at least, still have complete support for her. here is our briefing on some of the key events happening later. iran, the middle east and china will all be discussed by the american vice president, mike pence, when he meets up with british prime minister boris johnson this morning. the pair will also talk brexit. in new york, a pop—up replica of the cafe featured in the hit sitcom friends will be open for business as part of the shows 25th anniversary celebrations. whilst in brazil, protesters are taking to the streets of rio de janeiro to demand more protection for the amazon folowing the recent spate of wildfires. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett, and this is your thursday sport briefing, where we start with the tennis news that belinda bencic
is through to her first ever grand slam semi—final after beating croatia's donna vekic at the us open in new york. the 13th seed, who knocked out defending champion naomi osaka in the previous round, won 7—6, 6—3 against her good friend. and the 22—year—old swiss will face canadian 15th seed bianca andreescu, who came from a set down to beat belgian 25th seed elise mertens in her last—eight match. for bencic, the win over vekic will put her in the top ten of the world rankings. i dreamt of this like a little kid. so now that i'm here, i'm really enjoying it, and especially playing ata enjoying it, and especially playing at a stadium like this, in front of at a stadium like this, in front of a crowd like this. so thank you very much. while matteo berrettini is also into his first ever grand slam semi—final after a five—set win over france's gael monfils. the italian had never before been past the round of 16
at a grand slam, and in a match that last almost four hours, he won the deciding set in a tie—break on his fifth match point to progress. steve smith notched up a record—extending eighth successive ashes half—century, and will head into the second day of the fourth ashes test against england unbeaten on 60, with the tourists to resume on 170—3. on a rain—shortened first day in manchester, the hosts struck early, removing openers david warner and marcus harris, before marnus labuschagne and smith put on 116 for the third wicket in tough conditions. when they put the bails on, you could see the stumps shake, and it was just a matter of time before they came off. look, it was very windy out there. i have never played a game where you've played with no bails, so that was very different. it was tough conditions for bowling. the 100th season of the nfl kicks off later on thursday, as the chicago bears host the green bay packers in illinois.
the match—up is said to be american football's oldest rivalry, with the sides having played each other 198 times since 1921. last season's super bowl winners, the new england patriots, won't be in action until sunday, along with title challengers the la rams and kansas city chiefs. the qualifiers for the european football championship resume on wednesday, as teams across all ten groups hope to secure their place in next year's finals. one of the teams in action are 2012 winners spain, who travel to romania in group f having already won their first four games. elsewhere, in groupj, italy are in armenia, where they also hope to maintain their perfect record. and the republic of ireland, top of group d, host switzerland. the slovenian primoz roglic holds the lead heading into stage 12 of the vuelta a espana, which finishes in bilbao later on thursday. stage 11 was won by basque rider mikel iturria, who rides for euskadi—murias, giving him his first professional win. roglic, though, is still the man to catch. he is almost two minutes clear of his nearest challenger, alejandro valverde.
fans leaping to catch balls is nothing new in baseball, but in dodgers stadium, we have seen two in two days of varying ability. here is the first. a dodgers fan very nearly had the ball in hand, but couldn't quite keep hold of it, and he looks pretty gutted to have come so close. just 2a hours later, on tuesday night, a raiders fan showed him how it's done. just take a look at this. that's the way you do it. you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that is bbc.com/sport. but from me, tulsen tollett, and the rest of the team, that is your thursday sport briefing. tributes have been pouring in for
the photographer peter lindbergh, who died at the age of 7a. recently he worked with the duchess of sussex for her edition of british vogue. the mystery surrounding what actually lives in the depths of loch ness has baffled people for centuries. well, now, scientists who have completed a dna investigation in the water say a theory on the existence of the loch ness monster remains plausible. the team are due to unveil their findings later on this morning. our reporter iain macinnes has been down to the water's edge. it's a mystery which endures. just what exactly lies beneath the murky waters of loch ness? how big was it? two from here to the tail, oh, as big as a bus. the sightings of nessie stretch back hundreds of yea rs, nessie stretch back hundreds of years, but as yet, no definitive explanation has been found. a team of scientists led by new zealand's
at tiger university has been testing water samples and can collecting environmental dna from all forms of life in the loch, including plants, fish and mammals. you basically take a litre or two of water and you filter it out, and in the stuff that is filtered out will be dna. and using that dna, you can then a sequence it, and on the basis of the types of organisms that are present in the water. the scientists say their research discounts most theories, but details of one which they claim remains plausible will be revealed later, as the search for nessie goes on. i was asking you for your tweets on the story about whether phones are listening to us to target adverts. angie says the only suggestion is to use different phones for business and personal. ian says, whether it
is apple or google, they have done so for years, the us seems to say it is ok. let us know your thoughts. use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. hello there. wednesday was a very blustery day up and down the country, particularly in the north and west of the uk. gusts of 50, close to 60 mph, and it felt quite chilly as well. but today is looking a bit better. that's because we've got pressure building and of the atlantic, so there will be fewer showers around and it will be less windy as well. that is wednesday's low clearing off into scandinavia. still quite breezy across the northern and eastern areas. high—pressure is tending to build in. we have got this one front slipping into parts of scotland and northern ireland, that will introduce more cloud through the day, with outbreaks of rain which will tend to fizzle out as it moves through the rest of scotland into northern parts of england, but plenty of sunshine around, as you can see. it will also introduce something a bit less cold in the north and west of the country as it
isa north and west of the country as it is a warm front, so 15— 17 degrees here, around 19, maybe 20 degrees across the south—east. now, through thursday night it stays dry, with clear skies for england and wales. but we've got another weather system moving down across the country, introducing a band of rain is low pressure pushes to the north of scotland. those temperatures by friday morning ranging between nine and 12 degrees. so there is an area of low pressure to the north of scotland. a breezy day, you can see the isobars are a bit closer together, and this weather front, a band of rain, will be spreading its way through central and southern areas during the course of friday. so rather cloudy day for england and wales, outbreaks of rain on and off here. rain becoming confined to southern counties of england by the end of the day. plenty of sunshine behind. quite a few blustery showers, especially into the north—west, the odd heavier one there. it will feel a bit cooler because this is a cold front, 14— 18 degrees. that front clears through,
passing on into the near continent, and then high bills again for the weekend. it looks like this area of high pressure will be with us both saturday and sunday, quite a bit of sunshine around over the weekend, but nights will be chilly. still quite breezy down the east coast of the country, but lighter winds further west. variable cloud, but some spells of sunshine. temperatures a little below the seasonal norms. chilly starter saturday. there's also another chilly start on sunday, quite a cold night to come. come. but high—pressure still with us, though it should be largely dry through sunday. variable cloud, lighter winds. those temperatures range from 15 to 17 in the north, 18 or 19 on the south.
this is the business briefing. i'm ben bland. uk recession fears grow as manufacturers warn industry is in a "nosedive". plus, more turmoil at the top of nissan as its new boss admits receiving "improper" payments and says he'll give back the money. and on the markets, stocks rise around the world as risk outlooks improve. sterling has its best day in six months as fears of a no—deal brexit recede for now, rising as much as 1.5%. news the us and china will resume trade talks also boosting confidence.