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my shoulders. but on that night, to my shoulders. but on that night, i was almost out of time, and, to be president, people ask me if you could do one more thing what would it be, what did you wish you did that you didn't, and all that kind of stuff. and someone asked me that night, because i had many friends in atla nta, night, because i had many friends in atlanta, and i said ifi night, because i had many friends in atlanta, and i said if i could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said, ok, your time do one thing, if god came to me tonightand said, ok, yourtime is up, you've got to go home, and i am not a genie, i'm not giving you three wishes, one thing, what would it be? isaidi i said i would in fact every american with whatever it was that
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john lewis got as a four—year—old kid and to do a lifetime to keep moving, and keep moving in the right direction. and keep bringing other people to move. and to do it without hatred in his heart. with a song to be able to sing and dance. as his brother freddie said, keep moving to the ballot box even if it's a mailbox, and keep moving to the beloved committee, john lewis was many things but he was a man. a friend in sunshine and storm, a friend in sunshine and storm, a friend who would walk the stony roads that he asked you to walk. he would brave the rods he asked you to be ripped by, always keeping his
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eyes on the prize, always believing none of us would be free until all of us are equal. ijust loved him. i a lwa ys of us are equal. ijust loved him. i always will. and i'm so grateful that he stayed true to form. he's gone up yonder and left of swift marching orders. i suggest since he's close enough to god to keep his eye on the sparrow and us, we salute, sit up, and march on. former president bill clinton at the funeral of the revered civil rights leaderjohn lewis taking place today in atla nta, leaderjohn lewis taking place today in atlanta, just shaking hands with nancy pelosi who is now going to speak and we know that barack obama is also going to give a eulogy much
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later in the service. john lewis was a truly remarkable man, a civil rights leader, became a congressman for georgia and this is funeral service today is fair in atlanta. we will have more from atlanta a little later in the afternoon. good afternoon to you, you are watching bbc news. it is just now five o'clock and we will take you through all their days coming development and more. but, before we do that, related to coronavirus, we have a couple of pieces of me is that have come through, in fact both from scotla nd come through, in fact both from scotland in the last little while. we arejust scotland in the last little while. we are just hearing that the scottish government has decided to impose quantity measures on anyone travelling from luxembourg because ofa travelling from luxembourg because of a recent rise in the number of cases there. so quarantine for iii days after her arrival in scotland
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from luxembourg and it comes into effect at midnight tonight. so that's just been announced by the scottish government. also, we are just hearing that the leader of the scottish conservatives has just resigned. we are just hearing jackson cardona has just resigned, he said he has concluded he was not the best person to make the case for scotla nd the best person to make the case for scotland remaining in the uk. depending if there has pay tribute saying he has given his all and he deserves our thanks for his efforts so deserves our thanks for his efforts so jackson carlaw it resigning, you remember he has only been in the post for just two months, remember he has only been in the post forjust two months, he took over thatjob for post forjust two months, he took over that job for many post forjust two months, he took over thatjob for many in february. for many succeeding with vivid sense of the scottish conservative is looking for a new leader this afternoon. let us bring you up—to—date with coronavirus. more broadly because anyone in the uk with coronavirus symptoms now has to self—isolate for ten days. that is
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an increase, so it's been raised from seven days to ten days as ministers try to prevent a spike in infections. the extension comes into force immediately and it brings the uk into line with world health organisation guidance and comes as new figures show that england had the highest level of excess deaths in europe. the new figures relate to the end of february through the middle ofjune. excess deaths are the number of all people who died above the average recorded in previous years and the figures are seen by many as a reliable measure of the impact of the pandemic. the health secretary matt hancock warned that new countries could be edited according to the list in the coming days after people arriving in the uk from spain were ported over the weekend to isolate for two weeks. our first weekend to isolate for two weeks. ourfirst report is weekend to isolate for two weeks. our first report is from anna collinson. for many it had started to feel safe to do the things we'd missed. it wasn't the same as before, but this is our new normal. but with fears of coronavirus spikes appearing across europe, this morning a reminder the virus is still a danger.
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the uk's chief medical officers have increased the time people with coronavirus symptoms will need to self—isolate, from a week to ten days. scientists say people are most infectious during the first few days of the illness, but there is a possibility some may transmit the virus for up to five days after they become unwell. ten days provide a reasonable balance whereby we should hopefully, within that period, capture the vast majority of people, so that by the time they are released from isolation, they are no longer infectious. the change is said to help those who are shielding and to help the nhs prepare for winter, where community transmission may increase. the government has also announced future gp appointments should be done via the phone, unless there is a compelling clinical reason not to. so from now on, if a person tests positive for covid or develops a cough, temperature, or loss of taste
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or smell, they must now isolate for ten days. if they still feel unwell after that, they must keep on isolating. other members of their household must isolate for iii days. there have been concerns about several local outbreaks across the uk, including in staffordshire, where ten cases were confirmed at this pub. in recent days the government has repeatedly warned about signs of a second wave of the pandemic in parts of europe. anybody who attends from spain now has to quarantine for iii days. this can be extended to other countries if cases increase. testing and tracing must become a new way of life. a key element to monitor the coronavirus in england is the test and tracing system. the latest figures show nearly one in four close contacts of those who have tested positive are still not being reached. it is absolutely vital as a country that we continue to keep our focus and ourdiscipline, and that we don't delude ourselves that somehow we are out of the woods or that this is all over, because it isn't all over.
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while government is focusing on the present, their past performance during the covid crisis is also coming into question. new figures from the office of national statistics found that england had the highest level of excess deaths in europe across the first half of 2020. earlier this month the uk united thanked nhs staff for their work during the pandemic. now the group together, which helped organised the clap, claim the community spirit formed during lockdown is starting to fray. it is hoped today's tightening of the rules will be seen as an important signal, warning against complacency. anna collinson, bbc news. you will know if you have been watching that we have been waiting for a decision about lester, will the boundaries be changed? we still
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don't have a clear decision but perhaps just worth bringing you a couple of comments that have been made by then mayor of leicester saying i am incredibly frustrated on behalf of the people of leicester, particularly on behalf of the business is because of they now have had four weeks of extra lockdown and it essentially does businesses are struggling and angry on their behalf and that is as much as we know at the moment, we are still waiting for a firm decision as to what is at —— what exactly is going to happen there in that city. so if we get back guidance today we will bring that to you. some suggestion it might be slipping tomorrow. we will try to get to the bottom of that. the uk's biggest tour operator, tui, is closing more than 160 high street stores. it says it's responding to changes in customer behaviour. our business correspondent ben thompson explained how the move followed changing consumer behaviour. further evidence today, if we needed it, that as we change the way we shop, business has to change the way that it operates.
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therefore, in the case of tui, 70% of all the bookings they take are now done online. therefore that makes it more difficult to justify the cost of high street stores with rent, rates and maintenance. what they have told us is that they will close around a third of those stores. 166 will close across the uk and ireland. just in may, the firm had announced more than 8000 job cuts crossed its entire business surveillance. this affects their travel agency business. 900 staff are affected. the firm hopes it can redeploy some of those staff into other high street shops. but 70% of them, it expects to be able to work from home. selling holidays, offering advice to travellers from home, for example. this further underlines the changing way that we work. many more now asked to work from home.
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the bbc has learnt that holiday firm jet2 is contacting hundreds of customers on the balearic and canary islands, to ask them to end their holidays early. the tour operator is informing some holidaymakers that that their original flight has been cancelled, and requesting that they leave on earlierflights. its understood that people flying tomorrow and saturday will return as normal. several families on holiday on the island of mallorca, who were due to return next week, have told the bbc they ve had emails and text messages telling them have to return early. let's speak to matthew webb who's on holiday in tenerife with his family, he found out on tuesday that his return flight home, originally on the 7th of august, has been cancelled byjet 2. what is your situation, what have you been told? we received an e-mail from jack taylor yesterday afternoon to say that our flight had been cancelled and we will automatically receive a refund and be where to look at the alternative flights
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available up until the 3rd of august and rebook those. so we will have to pay for those again. so you were meant to be coming back on the seventh and you are having quite a few days chopped off of your holiday and also, you have got the disappointment and what? financial implications as well? spur the cost until he received the refund basically, you get the refund. so this came completely out of the blue, did it? yes, we heard the news sunday evening about the nonessential travel and we talked with jet two via text nonessential travel and we talked withjet two via text message and belittle receipt for it anyways and it took us wednesday afternoon. belittle receipt for it anyways and it took us wednesday afternoonm sounds kind of windy where you are, i'm sure it's beautiful as well i'm not sure if you can get the microphone closer to you because i'm interested whether you have encountered other holiday—makers who have experienced the same thing,
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what does everyone think about it? so if does not seem to be as many british people out here as other european countries but the ones that are out here are just generally being very british, and b arejust getting on with it, just enjoying what we have got while you have got it and some people have changed theirflights. we it and some people have changed their flights. we have it and some people have changed theirflights. we have changed our flights and are going back on the seventh with another airline. and what is your holiday been like? in times of social distancing, has it being the sort of holiday that you might normally have, how different is it? it's very different. but, it feels safer than at home. people are more respectful of the social distancing and they are much stricter on hand sanitising and facemasks wearing. that is really interesting that you say it feels safer and i'm home, interesting that you say it feels saferand i'm home, really interesting. i'm sorry you've had that disappointment and you find your chances of getting another foreign holiday this year? no. all
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right. thank you so much for talking to us, i hope you enjoy the little time you've got left, all the best. he is on holiday but it has been cut short byjet two. all scottish schools are expected to start the new autumn term on the eleventh of august, with all of them to be fully open by the eighteenth. the scotland first minister nicola sturgeon said social distancing, strict hygiene and other measures would be necessary. it is a moral and educational imperative that we get children back to school as soon as it is safely possible. in fact, a key reason for our cautious approach to lockdown easing over the past two months and indeed over the next few weeks, is that determination to drive the virus down as low as possible and keep prevalence low so that schools can reopen safely in august. therefore, i'm very pleased to confirm today that schools will return from the 11th of august.
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given how long children have been out of school, some local authorities may opt for a phased return over the first few days, but we expect all pupils to be at school, full—time, from the 18th of august at the latest. now i realise the earlier confirmation of this would have provided more certainty for schools and parents to get ready for the new term, but we had to be sure, very sure, that the latest evidence in support decision. these are the headlines. people who show symptoms, the isolation period has been increased from several to ten days because of fears of rising number of cases in many parts of europe. england has recorded the highest levels of excess deaths in europe according to new figures which run from the end of february to the middle ofjune. and the tour operator is to close nearly a third of its high street stories in the uk
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and the republic of ireland. constitution. although he failed to produce any evidence, president trump, repeated his claims of fraud in postal votes. in a tweet he wrote: "delay the election until people can properly, securely a nd safely vote ? " our north america reporter anthony zurcher has been explaining delaying the election is notjust up to president trump. it would require an act of congress for him to change the election, it would take democrats in congress as well as republicans to pass and even if they change the date of the election, the presidential term, if there weren't an election before january and the end of january
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there weren't an election before january and the end ofjanuary in 2021, donald trump would cease to be president so that there's a lot of factors that he would have to ove i’co m e factors that he would have to ove rco m e if factors that he would have to overcome if he wants to try to do this and it really looks like the election will have to be in november and the question is whether donald trump logo peacefully and accept the results of that if he were to lose. it's worth mentioning that mitch mcconnell the us senate majority or has just been talking about this saying the election base is set in stone. elections have been held in the past during past crisis he says but anyway, the point is that date is set in stone as the constitution dictates, november the 3rd is the us presidential election. the number of suspects convicted in rape cases in england and wales has fallen to a new low. the national police chiefs council said it was getting harder to achieve the standard of evidence needed to take cases to court. the crown prosecution service has
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rejected suggestions it has been telling police not to bring so many cases. zoe conway reports. in my two and a half years of dealing with the detectives on my case... courtney — not her real name — alleges she was the victim of a violent sexual assault. she reported it to the police in 2016. in my case...there were witnesses on the night of the assault, there was a potential second victim, and none of that mattered. she was asked to provide access to all of her social media over several years — she refused. she says the crown prosecution service was being unreasonable, deliberately so, and the police on her case agreed. they felt that the crown was trying to make it as dehumanising as possible for victims to continue their case, so they'd drop out, so that they can look good in statistics, and that is verbatim what the officer told me. she says she had no choice
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but to drop her case. the latest figures show that, in the last year, 1159 rape suspects were convicted of rape or another crime. that's half the number of three years ago. they also show that, in the same year, police referred 2747 cases to the cps for a charging decision. that's 40% fewer cases over the same time period. the crown prosecution service says it's working hard to reverse the trend. what we need to do, and our five—year strategy that we've published this morning is going to make good on this, is to work with our partners in the police — area by area, force by force — to make sure that we build a strong relationship at the start of these very serious criminal investigations, build strong cases together, and together drive the numbers up. police chiefs say the figures are very concerning.
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the officers tell me that, actually, the amount of information that they need to gather to inform a proper charging decision is much more than it has been in the past and it takes longer. now, a range of reasons for that, and often when it takes longer, victims withdraw from the process. courtney says that the message being sent to her and other victims is that they have no chance of getting justice. zoe conway, bbc news. solicitor harriet wistrich is the founder and director of the centre for women's justice — a public interest law firm dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights of women to justice. i spoke to her earlier about the amount of evidence needed to get a conviction. i have just i havejust come i have just come from the court of appeal to bay where the courts have granted us permission tojudiciary review the director of public in relation to a policy we say they introduced about three years ago. they introduced it without
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consultation. the challenge and remove something called the merits —based approach and to remove weaker cases from the system. what that has led to we believe and we will argue this in court when the hearing comes out is that that cps direction to prosecution has had a knock on effect, it has meant that police are now referring less cases because they know that the bar is much higher. one of the issues that has risen also is in relation to excessive requests for disclosure which is partly what courtney was talking about and that means that it is taking longer but i think there is taking longer but i think there is also an approach and we have seen evidence of it from within this cps
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that it's directly from them that the message has been given that they only want to prosecute the really sure—fire cases which is not the correct approach that should be taken if there is evidence and reasonable evidence that face took place and there should be a prosecution. of course it gives out a very bad message both to perpetrators who may feel emboldened and to victims who are considering coming forward and reporting. so you have just won a coming forward and reporting. so you havejust won a judiciary coming forward and reporting. so you have just won a judiciary review this afternoon so we will follow that with interest. in terms of where we are today. sorry, we have not one tojudiciary where we are today. sorry, we have not one to judiciary review, we have won the argument that we have persuaded the courts that our judiciary review challenge is
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arguable so we go to the next page but a piece a really important next age given that we were in such a significant challenge that we are making. of course, apologiesl definitely got the terminology wrong there. but to your point about the number of cases that finally get the court, he has been arguing today that three or four years ago there we re that three or four years ago there were a case is getting to courts that absolutely should not have and perhaps this is where the difficulty with the numbers comes from. again, do you think that is a fair comment? there were a few cases that came up, the most well—known of which is the case where there where failures and disclosure which led to those when that failures were recognised those cases were dropped and they went prosecute it. so there were some failures in the disclosure process. but, to correct a few failures with
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a hole of change in approach and policy which has led to a dramatic prize we are talking about on less of prize we are talking about on less than 1.4% of women who report rape and are having to cases prosecuted is not the way forward. the way forward obviously is to perform disclosure properly. but, the reaction has been just disclosure properly. but, the reaction has beenjust to disclosure properly. but, the reaction has been just to ask for anything and everything whereas we are now getting clarity from the courts and from the information commissioner that disclosure should only be absolutely relevant and necessary and not disproportionate and that would say —— save time for everybody. the former conservative mp charlie elphicke has been found guilty of three counts of sexual
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assault at southwark crown court. jurors returned unanimous verdicts on the charges, which involved two women. in court the dover mp admitted lying to the conservative party whips when they interviewed him about the accusations. the deaths of young people involved in horse racing has prompted a renewed focus on the wellbeing of those working in the sport. a bbc investigation has found that in the last three years, there's been a large rise in the number asking for help with their mental health. charlotte gallagher reports. liam treadwell winning the grand national atjust 23 years old. but last month he died suddenly at the age of 34. in recent years, he'd spoken frankly about his struggles with depression after suffering a severe head injury. james banks, another talented jockey, died in february. an inquest found the 36—year—old had taken his own life. michael curran, a dedicated stable lad, died suddenly in may. well, it doesn't appear to me
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that we seem to have the same prevalence in other sports. it is young people, rural communities. it's loneliness, isolation, pressure, not great money. simon's son tim was an up and coming rider. last year, he took his own life atjust i7. he was a very kind lad. every child gets a bit of an obsession about a hobby or interest. well, horses and horse racing was tim's, and he threw himself, he threw himself into it. it was, a, such a shock that it had happened, you know, that kind of death. but it was a massive shock that it was him. in 2017, the industry charity racing welfare helped 620 people with their mental health. that rose to 685 in 2018, and 887 in 2019, a rise of 43% in three years. the charity has a 24—hour helpline and provides counselling.
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one person who knows about the pressure of the sport is formerjockey kevin tobin. he quit after coming close to taking his own life. it was a slow burn when it began, so i would have, you know, an owner or a trainer or even a fellowjockey that might pass on a slight criticism of how i rode on a given day. i began to acquaint myself with and my value as a person with how i was performing on a horse. shannon james is someone in the industry who asked for help. i100% rely on my horses, it's my happy place. do you think there's a lot of people that just feel too shy, almost like they don't want to make a fuss? definitely, because i was one of those people, and it was suggested that i be put in contact with racing welfare, which really did make a difference. after his son's death, simon jones began raising—money to train mental health first—aiders — a legacy for tim. we wanted to put a first—aid trainer in every yard. and the response, you know,
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we raised almost £20,000. if i can help, you know, one person, one dad, one mum, one brother, you know, to not go through what we've gone through, then for me that's success. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. nasa has launched a new mission to mars to try to answer that perennial question — has there ever been life on the planet? its rover, called perserverance, took off from cape canaveral earlier — but it won't land on mars until february. the mission will also collect rock samples for analysis by scientists in laboratories back on earth, as rebecca morelle reports. one, zero. . .and liftoff. heading to the red planet, the start of a seven—month journey for nasa's most advanced of a mission to mars. the rover, called perseverance, will be collecting samples of martian rocks from an area
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that was once a river bed, and the hope is it will answer the key question — was the ever life on mars? we now know mars had an enormous amount of water in its past. if ancient life was on mars, you know, we have a good bet that we might be able to find it in these sediments. so this is really a life—detection mission. the rock samples will be stored and brought back to earth on a future mission. but this mission is also taking something back to mars — a piece of martian meteorite. it's from the natural history museum's collection. it blasted off the surface of the red planet more than half a million years ago. now it's heading home. we really know what that meteorite is made from. we can use it to compare that meteorite with the new rocks, the unknown rocks that we're looking at for the first time on mars, and see how similar or different they are. also on board is a miniature mars
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helicopter that, for the first time, will attempt to fly in the extremely thin martian atmosphere. nasa wants to test this technology forfuture missions. america's spacecraft is the last of a trio heading to the red planet. china and the united arab emirates are already on their way. if they all succeed, it will mean a giant leap in our understanding of mars. rebecca morelle, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. today has been a team enough two hives with clouds and rain across scotla nd hives with clouds and rain across scotland and northern ireland and northern england. you can see where the sunshine aids and temperatures are responding. values are likely to peak at 28 degrees, 82 fahrenheit. cooler under the cloud and rain. that rain will continue to move its way north and another week weather front brings salary outbreaks into western fringes through the night and elsewhere it stays quiet and
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clear with overnight lows of 11 to 16 degrees. we start off on a little south east and the winds coming from the southerly direction and driving in the warmth from the near continent it will be sunny and hot afternoon for many. showers continuing into western scotland here with highs of 21 degrees central and eastern england seeing temperatures into the low 30s speaking at 3a degrees. if that is too hot for you, it looks likely that it would be a slightly more co mforta ble that it would be a slightly more comfortable weekend with a few showers ahead. hello this is bbc news. the isolation period for people with coronavirus symptoms is increased from 7 to 10 days — because of fears about rising
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numbers of cases in europe// it is absolutely fighter that we keep our focus in our discipline and we don't delude ourselves that we are out of the woods because it is not all over. new figures show that england had the highest excess deaths in europe over the past few months. the travel firm tui announces the closure of 166 high street stores in the uk and ireland. it's back to school for scotland's pupils — the first minister announces everyone will be back in the classroom by mid—august. the number of rape convictions in england and wales has fallen to a record low. let's turn to the latest sports news with holly hamilton. england have been set 173 by ireland to win the first one day international of their three match series in southampton,
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with david willey starring for the home side with the ball, taking five wickets. that included one in the opening over of the match, with the dismissal of paul sterling here. it went from bad to worse for ireland as wickets tumbled, they were reduced to 28—5 at one stage but they did recover, thanks mainly to debutant curtis campher who hit his way to an unbeaten 59 but willey finished things off with his fifth wicket as ireland were bowled out for 172. some big news regarding the future of newcastle united this afternoon, with a saudi arabian backed consortium that had been looking to take over the club withdrawing from a proposed £300 million deal. the deal had been dragging on for around four months, with it still being being scrutinised under the premier leagues owners' and directors' test. it's understood saudi arabia's sovereign wealth public investment fund ran out of patience waiting for approval, and say its with "deep sadness" it had to pull out.
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everybody wanted the club to invest and we all thought that was going to be with new owners but can fans say that they put money back in the club so that they put money back in the club so the team can push on again? probably not. so it is a worrying time for me and it is going to be a difficult one. you'll be able to hear more from steve howey in sportsday at 6.30pm. one other significant piece of football news for you this evening and criminal proceedings have been started against the fifa president gianni infantino. it's all to do with an alleged secret meeting that infantino had with swiss attorney general michael lauber. last week lauber offered to resign after a court said he covered up the meeting, and lied during an investigation by his office into corruption surrounding fifa. both he and infantino deny any wrongdoing. england's women will not play in the shebelieves cup in the united states next year because of fears over coronavirus.
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the fa say the decision has been made based on uncertainties around the future trend of the pandemic. england, who won the tournament in 2019, also competed in this year's event in march, shortly before the uk went into lockdown. on the eve of the world snooker championship, qualifier anthony hamilton has withdrawn from the tournament because of health fears around the pandemic. hamilton, who was scheduled to begin his first round match tomorrow afternoon, suffers from severe asthma and has called the move of allowing a small number of fans into the crucible theatre as "ridiculous". his scheduled first—round opponent will now receive a bye to the second round. it's been confirmed that the men's and women's six nations will be completed in october with matches in both tournaments having to be postponed in march because of coronavirus. the remaining rounds of games will now be played on the 24th and 31st of october, with england topping the tables
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in both the mens and women's events. staying with players withdrawing from tournaments and tennis world number one ash barty has pulled out of the us open. it's the first grand slam since tennis resumed and it's due to begin on the 31st of august in new york. barty said there were still significant risks involved and she didn't feel comfortable playing. british number one johanna konta says she can understand ba rty‘s decision. it is so valid to have reservations and concerns in general and i think those worries and stresses will dramatically vary between people. so i think some of us have more anxiety than others. i think it is very important to respect everyone's approach to this as it is going to be very, very different.
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meanwhile, andy murray has won his latest match at the battle of the brits event at roehampton, with murray finishing things in real style against dom inglot and alastair gray. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. see you then. see you then indeed. thank you very much holly. the government is reviewing the coronavirus restrictions in leicester, with an announcement expected later today or tomorrow. i know we have been saying this all afternoon. the city went into extended lockdown a month ago — but the number of cases there is still high. local mp and shadow health secretary jon ashworth has put pressure on the government for a decision tweeting that... "people across leicester are desperate for some certainty... having made great sacrifices to bring infection rates down. we need a decision today." bbc‘s east midlands political editor tony roe is in leicester where they're waiting for the announcement.
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he told me more. we thought we were going to have a firm answer because the department of health approved the date from saturday to today for some all day today we have had various times given to us about when we will get an announcement. the city's master peter salisbury came in, we asked him, he did not know, and it could be saturday, we do not know at this stage when an announcement will come from the department of health and it isa from the department of health and it is a bit like the day leicester went into this extended walk supper all day we were expecting an announcement that did not come until announcement that did not come until a court past nine at night in the house of commons. we don't know and john ashworth has called for some certainty for the people of leicester, and leicester west's and liz kendall saying what is happening today just like liz kendall saying what is happening todayjust like goodenough liz kendall saying what is happening today just like goodenough and people need an answer and some certainty what is going to happen, is the lockdown going to be eased in
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some places or eased in other ways are what stay? remind us for those who don't live there what the current restrictions are because there has been a degree of easing and changing of the boundaries of this period, haven't there? yeah, the boundary has shrunk. it is not the boundary has shrunk. it is not the city of leicester and two boroughs. there were some other areas in the county within that lockdown zone at first but they have been removed. nonessential shops, they have been able to open in the last week. but people in leicester are told not to make nonessential journeys, they are still in that kind of lockdown facet the pubs and restau ra nts kind of lockdown facet the pubs and restaurants have not opened here yet. there is some news today that there is some compensation, some help on its way for local businesses but as far as a decision on when the restrictions are going to be easy, it is still up in the air. tony in leicester and when we get a decision
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we will bring that to you. you are watching bbc news coming up to 20 to six and we will talk but something a little bit different, somewhat coronavirus related mind you but we have been talking a lot about pancho. we may be five months away from christmas but, ordinarily, plans leading up to the british pantomime season would be well under way by now. although theatres in england will be able to open again from saturday — there's fears new restrictions will mean many productions won't be able to go ahead. it means what are the chances of a vast majority of productions being able to go ahead, certain anything indoors. let's talk about it again. actor nigel havers has launched a new theatre company, which has announced noel coward's private lives as its first production. hejoins me now. he was in at the london palladium last year were you meant to be doing when this christmas? it would've been the fifth year and in a row at the palladium but i have not had any exact information about whether we
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do it or not but as you know without social distancing, things look difficult to say the least. it's not myjob to tell difficult to say the least. it's not my job to tell you difficult to say the least. it's not myjob to tell you or anybody that we should go back to the theatre, that's up to the government. but pa nto that's up to the government. but panto isn't credible important not just for the family to come and see a show but... —— is incredibly important edges for family to come and see the show but it is financially important for regional theatres to keep the speeders alive. and it is people'sjobs theatres to keep the speeders alive. and it is people's jobs and we know a lot of people in the arts and theatre world have not necessarily been helped by the furlough scheme, it isa been helped by the furlough scheme, it is a very difficult time and a big employer. for people who are good at pa nto big employer. for people who are good at panto it is a guaranteed source of income for the year both for the individuals and for the theatre itself? it is notjust the people you see on stage, the actors, dancers, singers, etc, it is all the fa cts stage dancers, singers, etc, it is all the facts stage people, the front staff,
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the say chance, even restaurants and coffee bars, there are a tremendous amount of people that will be affected by this. there will come a stage where the government have to ta ke stage where the government have to take a risk. we will have to work out how we can open up the theatres and go back to living properly again. and what do you think about the atmosphere in a theatre though ifa the atmosphere in a theatre though if a production panto or otherwise was put on but the auditorium was only allowed to be 40, 50, 62% for what would that do to the atmosphere? we can't do it, it's on financially viable, it doesn't work. in subsidised speeders it might work but not in commercial theatres. the other thing want to stress is panto is important because it is the first time children enjoy it and if they injoint they invest time children enjoy it and if they in joint they invest their time again and again. it is a sort of breeding ground for an audience so to speak. it is often someone pot site first experience of theatre and one hopes that could stay with them
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for life. —— someone's first experience. am i right in saying you have set up a theatre company and you are hoping to do noel coward production, how much confidence you have about when you would be able to do that? i do not think we can do it this year. we are planning to do it at the beginning of next year. we just have to keep planning. the thing about the theatre is if someone thing about the theatre is if someone said tomorrow you could open the theatres we could not open tomorrow, we have to plan, rehearse, and get it on. we need to lead in time. but there is somebody people involved in this. i do hope the government one day sit sound and works it out because it's going to affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. what about friends of yours in the industry you have been talking to and all kinds ofjobs? are have been talking to and all kinds of jobs? are people have been talking to and all kinds ofjobs? are people chomping at the bit to get back, desperate to get back? i don't meanjust financially but just missing back? i don't meanjust financially butjust missing it? absolutely,
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every day we wake up without knowing what is meant to happen next. that is so frustrating and depressing really in a way. i have been lucky i have been filming today, social distancing filming today, so i am really chuffed about that.|j distancing filming today, so i am really chuffed about that. i wish i had known that, did work? we had a lovely... we did the filming, wrapped, and it is all done. fantastic, thank you so much. nigel all the best for the rest of your filming. now let us turn to your questions answered on changes to travel advice and quarantine rules, and what this means for your holiday plans. and to answer your queries, i'm joined by helen coffey, who is deputy travel editor at the independent. morning to you, helen. and also byjasmine birtles, founder of the website moneymagpie. morning to you as well, jasmine.
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let us get on with those questions. helen, lynn asks, first of all, "i've just returned from majorca to check on property and i'm due to fly back on monday, which is less than a week in the uk. can i still fly back or do i have to wait the 14 days?" helen? yes, absolutely, you can still fly back. i think this is something people are getting confused about, because it is a confusing situation, but essentially the 14 days applies to if you are in the uk. spain at the moment has no such stipulation about quarantine for british people going over there, so they will happily let you into majorca and you won't need to quarantine while you are there. the important thing to remember is, firstly, spain has been taken off the quarantine exempt lift and also off the fco's safe travel list, so your insurance will probably be invalidated unless you have some kind of war insurance, which i'm sure you don't, and also when you do come back the second time from majorca,
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you have to start that quarantine all over again, so you can'tjust discount the days you spent in the uk before. you are starting at day zero and you have to stay indoors for two weeks. a very important point. jasmine, a question from wil metcalfe, who says, "i was due to travel to spain this friday but my family have decided not to travel. we were due to stay at a campsite and we are unable to get a refund as the company says we needed to give them at least 21 days' notice. can i claim on my travel insurance or credit card to get the money back?" that would be good, wouldn't it? i have spoken to visa and, certainly, if your actual contract says that you have to give a certain amount of days notice, and then you can't give those days notice, sadly you can't use chargeback. if they said something like, you have to give 48 hours notice and you have given them a week's notice and then they won't give the money back, certainly, you could use chargeback, and that would be easy. in this case, it sounds
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like in their contract, if that is in their contract that you have to give 21 days notice, then probably, even your insurance , i'm afraid, wouldn't help there. but it's always worth an ask, because all insurances have different aspects in their policies, so it's worth asking. but i suspect that if the actual contract says you have to give 21 days notice and they can prove this, then it sounds like you may have to wave goodbye to that money, i'm afraid. always worth asking the question. aiden asks, "what's the likelihood of turkey being added to the quarantine list?" as he and his family go away in two weeks. helen, what do you know about the situation in turkey right now? well, it's really difficult because, as we know, things are changing at such a pace at the moment that there is no way to look in a crystal ball and be, like, "it's going to be absolutely fine." as we saw with spain, that changed so fast, and now the department for transport
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have gone from reviewing that list every three weeks to every week, so i cannot guarantee, but they seem to be basing it on this idea of how many new cases per 100,000 people they have had in the last two weeks. turkey's is currently at between 15 and 16, which doesn't for me raise massive red flags. just to put it in context, the uk's is currently at 14 but someone like spain's is over 30. at the moment, i would say there is a good chance turkey will still be on that quarantine exempt list and you don't have to worry, but it is something that is changing quickly, so it's with a big caveat of who knows, but it's looking good at the moment. and keep a very close eye on the news, obviously. aiden, hopefully you will be able to go. a question for you, jasmine, from keith who says, "i've booked and paid for a holiday to the portaventura park in spain which was scheduled to..." "to depart," i beg your pardon, "last monday. "we notified the operator that we wish to cancel the holiday
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as the hotel and theme park are closed during the day and the flights have been cancelled. the tour company are trying to take 90%," he says, "of the holiday cost. i've cancelled my credit card, which was stored with the booking. the tour company are now pursuing us for in the region of £3000 whilst accepting there is no alternative hotel available. where do i stand?" this sounds awfully complicated, jasmine. i am assuming it is a package holiday, and the good thing about buying a package holiday is that, under the package travel regulations, you are, actually, rather nicely covered, and you should be allowed a refund, because the rules state that, if unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances occur which significantly affect the performance of the package, then you can have a full refund. and, frankly, the fco saying that we can't go to these places or we shouldn't go and various cancellations that
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you've mentioned... i mean, honestly, that sounds like an entirely reasonable way to ask for a refund and say, "no, we can't pay for that." so long as it is a package holiday you are covered all over. even if it isn't, frankly, i think you have a very good case to say that, "it's not possible to have this holiday that we originally booked. so, of course we need to have a refund," or, "of course we shouldn't be paying for that. " personally, i would stick to your guns, stand your ground and say no. 0k. helen, a question from natalie. "can my daughter and two young children from belgium visit us? i have been shielded and they would travel by train." oh, this is a difficult one because at the moment, the answer is yes, they can come over and they don't have quarantine, it's all good, but there has been very strong speculation that luxembourg and belgium are both
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going to be removed from that quarantine exempt lift — possibly tomorrow, possibly this weekend. because, as i was talking before about that number of cases per 100,000, in belgium, that has rocketed up to 29.3, i think that's the latest number i can see. so i would say to her, let's wait and see what happens this weekend. in all likelihood, it will be taken off that list, and that means her daughter could come over that would have to spend two weeks away from her mother, not seeing anyone or doing anything, and i don't think that's a very fun holiday for any of them, to be honest. but have to quarantine for two weeks. —— but have to quarantine for two weeks. so worth waiting a few days, natalie, before that decision is made. rachel bates asks jasmine, "i was due to go on holiday to spain injune, which couldn't happen. my friends and i accepted a rebooking for nextjune, which we hope will go ahead. my travel insurance is part of my bank account, for which i pay a monthly fee. i want to switch my bank account but then would have
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no travel insurance. i can't purchase travel insurance as the holiday is already booked. what can i do?" that's a very good question because yes, you're right that you would be covered by your insurance assuming you took it out before booking your holiday, and it sounds, of course, that you did. now, the thing is nextjune is 12 months away — nearly. i would have thought that by next year you could then take out travel insurance again for something you've already booked. one would hope. the thing is, if it were in a few months' time, i would say, no, keep with your current bank account, even though you would prefer to move but, by next year, all sorts of things could happen. we hope that this situation will have finished before the end of this year. we can't know, but, if you really want to change your bank account, then i would say, you know, you could potentially
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risk it because it's quite a long way away, next year, and it's highly likely, i would have thought, that you could get proper travel insurance that would cover you by next year. so, i know it's a bit of a risk, and it's up to you depending on how much risk you want to take, but, personally, iwould have thought it's far enough away to mitigate some of that risk. i certainly hope so. elaine asks helen, "my housemate is due to go to spain in two weeks' time. if she still goes, is she the only one required to isolate when she returns, or do myself and the other members of the household who don't travel also have to isolate?" the good news is that, no, you and your housemates should not have to isolate, it's just her that's gone away to spain and she should spend the next two weeks basically not really having much to do with you, spending as much time in her room as possible. the government guidance says avoiding common areas in the house, things like the kitchen
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and the living room. you could do things like do her shopping for her, but really keeping contact to an absolute minimum. and if she breaks that, she could be fined up to £1000. it's quite serious. the one situation in which that no longer is the case is if she develops coronavirus symptoms and, in that case, everyone in the household should quarantine, just as you would have to do under normal circumstances. but, if she doesn't develop any symptoms, you should be fine to go about your business as usual. ok, very clear advice helen, thank you. this question is from james — for you, jasmine. "my family and i were due to travel to majorca next week. the flights and hotel have been booked separately and we wish to cancel as the hotel is closed until mid—august. am i entitled to the cash refund for the total cost of the holiday, given that the flight may not be cancelled ? " no, because, if something is booked separately, so you booked the hotel and the flight separately, then the flight, for example,
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they would say, "well, you could go to another hotel." if the flight is still going, then you are not necessarily entitled to a refund for that just because your hotel isn't going... you could maybe move hotels. however, you could ask the flight company, you know, it's really a question of phoning them up, probably waiting for hours admittedly on the phone, and asking what their policy is, because they might be willing to move your flight, they might possibly give you vouchers, but they don't have to, i'm afraid. if it were a package holiday, yes, you would be covered but, as you bought them separately, i'm afraid you are not. definitely worth that phone call, though. "how safe is it to travel to greece at the moment and in the future?", asks carey powell. helen, what are your thoughts on that? the great news is that i would say greece is one of the safest places to go on holiday right now.
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again, i can't say for definite in the future, because i don't have my crystal ball but, at the moment, going back to that indicator, the number of cases per 100,000 people, it's only about four in greece at the moment, one of the lowest levels. so i would feel... there is always a risk, but i would feel very safe booking a holiday to greece in the next month. next question from janet. "we have a holiday home in spain and would like to go there in the next few weeks. i understand my travel insurance won't cover my family for coronavirus, but are we covered for everything else?" you are not, and it's an oddity but, if you are going to spain, if you are going to a country that the fco says they suggest you don't, then not only are you not covered for possible coronavirus but you're not covered for anything else, for example, if you had an accident or you lost your luggage. you wouldn't be covered, i'm afraid. having said that, there are some
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policies that might cover you. it's one of those things where you ought to ask your insurance provider or boringly look at the terms and conditions, you know, who does that? at the moment, people are make sure you put. -- you have eight ehic. make sure you have a european insurance health card. i'm going to try and squeeze in one or might not have had sight of, helen. it's from philip, who says, is it possible to do a euro driving holiday mixing with others to get shopping, going to campsites, going for walks in the open with mask and sanitising? i'm giving you a few seconds. he is trying to be independent as he moves around. does that present difficulties? i think that sounds fine. at the moment, if you are worried about getting coronavirus, a self—drive holiday is one of the safest bets, because you are not spending time on a train or plane or whatever else
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with lots of other people. camping as well, spending a lot of time away from others, so i'd say go for it. we are out of time, but thank you so much for those answers. thank you for your question. today so far has been a tale of two halves, with cloud and rain across scotland, northern ireland and northern england. further south, you can see where the best of the sunshine is, and so temperatures are responding, highest value through this afternoon likely to peak at 28 degrees, 82 fahrenheit, a little bit cooler under the cloud and rain. that rain will continue to move steadily north. another weak weather front brings showery outbreaks into western fringes overnight but elsewhere stays clear with overnight lows of 11 to 16 degrees. so we start off on a relatively warm note in the south—east, and the winds from the southerly direction driving on this one from the near continent, it will be a sunny and hot
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afternoon for many. showers continue into western scotland and northern ireland, here with highs of 21 degrees but central and eastern england widely seeing temperatures into the low 30s, peaking perhaps at 34 degrees. if that is too hot for you, it is looking likely it will be a slightly more comfortable weekend ahead, with a few showers.
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