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classical music plays wow. i won't forget that. that was very, very wonderfully special. full harvey has had a remarkable life. concert pianist, composer, inspirational teacher. his favourite modern composer inspirational teacher. his favourite modern composer and musical hero? stephen sondheim. you know, because he writes the words and music, you know, which is ridiculous. i think it's... know, which is ridiculous. i think it's. .. people know, which is ridiculous. i think it's... people shouldn't have that sort of talent! so, one final surprise. this is stephen sondheim
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and! surprise. this is stephen sondheim and ijust surprise. this is stephen sondheim and i just wanted surprise. this is stephen sondheim and ijust wanted to thank you so much for the compliments you gave me and also thank you for that lovely tune that you invented, which i can't wait to steal! wow! 0h, tune that you invented, which i can't wait to steal! wow! oh, my goodness. 0h, can't wait to steal! wow! oh, my goodness. oh, dear, that's wonderful. that is deeply wonderful, thank you so much for doing that. soft piano music this is bbc news i'm simon mccoy. the headlines: we all need stories like that at the moment, don't we? the prime minister defends his time for a look at the weather. refusal to extend free school here's matt taylor. meal vouchers for pupils before you panic, this is not coming during the holidays. oui’ before you panic, this is not coming our way but what is happening in the we will make sure, we will do us could have an influence on our everything in our power weather this week. record—breaking to make sure that no kid, snow and record—breaking october no child goes hungry this winter cold over the past few days and it during the holidays. is those sort of conditions across the northern half of the country the welsh government apologises over misinterpretation fighting it out with warm air in the of its covid rules — saying period products are not affected. south. big temperature contrasts
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from north to south texas firing up an activejet from north to south texas firing up an active jet stream which will pick up an active jet stream which will pick up areas an active jet stream which will pick up areas of low pressure and push covid tests off the shelf — boots says results take 12 minutes — them our way. this area of low but they'll cost £120 each. pressure for the next couple of days a week before the us election, democrats anger as president trump which contains the remnants of a former hurricane. 100 miles an hour looks set to get his choice winds, that will be staying out for the supreme court through. and the moment a former music towards the west but close enough to give us blustery conditions at teacher with dementia times, nothing untoward. some heavy rain which may cause flooding later this week and pretty rough seas before things turn milder later on. later in the week, the rain will be later than it —— warmer but plenty of showers to take us through the afternoon and the evening across northern scotland, the north of england and fewer showers across the southern half of the country compared to this morning but this evening, fairly cool. it will be chilly tonight. showers fading away for many. rain arriving towards south west wales and northern ireland later, lifting temperatures but under clear conditions to the north and east, we could see temperatures down into lower single figures and maybe even a touch of frost for some in the morning. tomorrow your day will be split in
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two of the north—eastern areas sunshine and then rain arrives. first thing across southern and western areas, heavy at times with a breeze but slowly brightening into the afternoon to sunshine and showers by which stage those northern eastern areas see the rain started to push in. driest is the far north—east of scotland through the day that eastern areas, chilly start and temperatures will struggle to rise, 8—11. 1a or 15 for some in the sunnier parts of the west where you avoid showers. rain arrives in northern parts of scotland on tuesday evening and overnight. that is as the pressure spins out to the south of iceland. the southern flank of it is where we are, this means big waves towards the west of ireland particularly and over 10 metres high the waves through wednesday. wednesday itself, sunshine and showers, hail and thunder to the south and west and fewer showers across eastern areas and almost a bit of sunshine at times. it will be a fairly cool day with temperatures only around 10—13.
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thursday, heavy rain returns, strong winds touching gale force particular for england and wales before temperatures rise later in the week. that is how it is looking back to you, simon. thank you, that is all from us, have a very good afternoon. you're watching bbc news, the time is 1.30pm, i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre. the england head coach eddiejones has named a 36 man squad for saturday's six nations match against italy and the autumn nations cup that follows it. wasps uncapped duo jack willis and jacob umaga have been included after impressing on their run to the premiership final where they lost to exeter. the match in rome will be england's first test for seven months after the weekend's game against the ba ra barians was cancelled. they then face georgia, ireland and wales in the nations cup in november. details of the full squad on the bbc sport website.
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england's women also head to italy for theirfinal game in the six nastions. they've already secured the title thanks to scotland, they staged a fightback against france to salvage a draw. it finished 13—13, meaning that england can't be caught at the top of the six nations table. they'll complete back—to—back grand slams if they beat italy next sunday. sir bradley wiggins says he hopes tao geoghegan hart gets a tilt at the tour de france next year after winning the giro d'italia, becoming only the fifth and the youngest british winner of a grand tour. the 25—year—old was in the ineos grenadiers team to help leader geraint thomas, but he crashed early on, and geoghegan hart won the race in a time trial on the final day. he is part of this new generation of young guys that are coming through, and they are racing more aggressively, they are racing more openly, and a bit of flair and a bit of panache. and so that has held him in really good stead.
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and the way he has managed himself through the entire race, it sort of became, "i might be able to do this." and i think hejust kept going day by day and he did not get ahead of himself, put pressure on himself. he rode beautifully, he really did. the england all—rounder ben stokes hit his highest t20 score yesterday. he brought up his century with a 6 as his rajasthan royals team beat the mumbai indians. he finished unbeaten on 107. he arrived late to the tournament having been in new zealand since august to be with his father who is seriously ill. he's been speaking to the tms does the ipl podcast about the 14—day quarantine that he had to go into on arrival. it's not the most enjoyable thing that you will ever have to do. said i would not wish it on my worst enemy. so i actually said... i said to my brother actually that obviously me and marlon samuels have
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got a bit of history, and he replied saying you would not even do that to marlon samuels? and i went, no, it is that bad. that's how tough it was. there are two more premier league matches this evening. there's a 5.30pm kick off at brighton as west bromwich albion head to the south coast in search of theirfirst league win of the season. a goaless draw last week against burnley was their first clean sheet. the manager says his players are still adapting to the demands of the premier league. it is quality, it is another level of quality, it is simple as that. that is why the premier league is the best, or the hardest, or whatever, or the most expensive, or the most popular league in the world. it is because of the quality. but we have showed so far in five games, we show that we can compete
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with those clubs. the other match this evening sees tottenham take on burnley at home. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. i will be back with another update in the next hour. see you then. let's hear more now about wales, where ministers will review the rules on sales of non—essential items during a strick two—week lockdown. more than 60,000 people have signed a petition to object to supermarkets having to close aisles that sell clothes, toys and electrical goods. the first minister, mark drakeford, has said the details may be tweaked, but the policy will not be reversed. a row broke out this morning when tesco told a women she couldn't be period products. —— she couldn't buy period products. this is what the wales health minister vaughan gething said about an hour ago. this weekend has been dominated by the issue of what can and cannot be sold in supermarkets. i understand that there is some confusion whenever new rules to control the spread of coronavirus are introduced. i want to clear up some
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of that confusion today. i was very saddened to see this particular exchange on social media this morning from a supermarket telling a women she could not buy period products. this is simply wrong. it is an incorrect reading of both the regulations and the guidance. and i am very sorry this woman was given this information. supermarkets are open and trading, as are many other shops, and are able to sell the wide range of everyday items that we all need. but there are some other items that will not be on sale for the next two weeks. these are items that other high street shops, which are currently closed, cannot sell at the moment. we face a very real public health emergency in wales. we have a two—week period in which we need to do everything we can to break the cycle
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of transmission and do everything that we can together to bring coronavirus under control. infections occur and are spread when people are in close contact with other people — in homes, in pubs, in shops. we have listened carefully to what people have been saying. so we will take action today so that retailers understand that our role already allow people, in acute need, to buy the basics which are essential to them over the next two weeks. but we also ask people to understand the very real crisis we are facing at the moment in wales. and to please treat people working in our shops with the respect that they deserve. we're meeting retailers this afternoon to review the regulations and guidance to make sure
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that it is being applied fairly and consistently. if there are anomalies, we will look at whether the guidance need to be revised or strengthened to make it clear that supermarkets have some discretion to sell to people who are in genuine need. coronavirus is widely circulating in all parts of wales. cases have been rising in most local authority areas throughout october. in total, there are now eight local authority areas where the seven—day incidence rate is higher than 200 cases per 100,000 people. in blaenau gwent, cardiff, merthyr tydfil and rhondda cynon taf, the incidence rate is now higher than 300 cases per 100,000 people. this is the now familiar slide that shows just how high and how fast cases are rising in wales. yesterday, public health wales
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recorded a further 1158 cases of coronavirus. we have now recorded more than 43,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in march. very sadly, on saturday, there were a further five deaths, making last week one of the deadliest since the peak of the pandemic, with more than 60 people dying as a result of the virus. public health wales will today report a further six people who have lost their lives. my thoughts continue to be with all those families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. sadly, we will see more deaths and more suffering before we are able to bring the virus under control and to see the end of the pandemic. the scale of the impact of the lockdowns and coronavirus on the lives of 16 to 25 year olds
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has been revealed in research by the london school of economics and exeter university. the study examines the effect on thejob prospects, education and mental health of young people. it demonstrates that deprived pupils have been worst hit. kashjones reports. i remember boris standing there and talking about how gcses and a—level exams were cancelled. my first reaction was, i think, disbelief. i think that moment when life, for me, really started to change. roberta's just started in year 12 at harris westminster sixth form. it's a selective school in central london, and it gives priority to bright but disadvantaged 16—year—olds. in her year group are pupils from every borough in london, and 20 were privately educated. that break of 6 months did so much damage. usually, i'd be able to just, you know, be sitting for hours and be able to revise and really absorb it in my mind. now i get kind of restless after maybe one or two hours. and they've all come from different schools as well, so is there people in your classroom that had, like, a good six—month period
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where they were still getting the right access to materials? yes. i think, coming into this school, i didn't realise the disparity would be this big in the classroom. there are people that don't know anything and there are people that know almost the whole content. research given exclusively to panorama shows pupils in private schools were five times more likely to have four online lessons or more a day than those in state schools. even though schools like this one were doing their best to make sure students don't miss out, four in ten pupils across the country still aren't getting the same number of teaching hours as they did before lockdown. here, staff are getting used to running lessons online. in the week before half term, one of year 13, caught covid, and so the whole year group had to work remotely. kylie white—lee is one of the deputy head teachers. schools will still go on educating young people. that's what we're here to do, but we're not in the bedroom with them, checking in on them, checking that they're 0k, checking that there's somebody at home looking after them.
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we're not there for them to talk to when they're having moments where they feel really down. this is the kooth. it's the uk's largest online mental health service for 11— to 24—year—olds. they've seen demand for counselling rise since the national lockdown, at times by more than half. adele is one of the counsellors. they're really anxious about the pandemic and, you know, not being able to go to school, not being able to have that routine. usually they know where they're going. theyjust haven't got that same life, and they're unsure if they're going to get that back again. professor lee elliott—major is part of a team researching the long—term impact of corvette on 16— to 25—year—olds. —— long—term impact of covid on 16— to 25—year—olds. we call it the covid generation. it's about young people growing up now and what are their prospects. i do wonder whether the younger generation will, kind of, start demanding some sort ofjustice, if you like, sort of, intergenerational justice about all this.
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i do think we need a fundamental reset of thinking on these issues, because if you do not solve them now, they're going to store up bigger problems for future generations ,even more. this is the chance, in many ways, for us to address some of these inequalities in society. kash jones, bbc news. and panorama: has covid stolen my future? is on at 7.35 pm on bbc one tonight and will be on the bbc iplayer. the headlines on bbc news: just hearing that police say seven men, arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force, of course follows the detention of men after military forces stormed the tanker. this the ship that was taken under control for several hours
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yesterday off the coast of the isle of wight. the ten of our stand—off ended when members of the special boat service went on board and detained several people. it is now docked at southampton harbour. that breaking news is that seven men have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force. the government refuses to change its mind on free school meal vouchers over the holidays. the prime minister says they're providing help through extra funding to local authorities. the welsh government apologises over misinterpretation of its covid rules — saying period products are not affected. covid tests off the shelf — boots says results take 12 minutes, but they'll cost £120 each. we heard earlier about how some parts of europe are coming under fresh coronavirus lockdowns,
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well the czech republic, after being praised for its swift response back in spring, now has the highest number of cases by the proportion of its population in europe and the second highest number of deaths in the world. fearing the country's health system could be soon overwhelmed, the czech army has built a field hospital in prague. from there, our correspondent rob cameron sent this report. these exhibition halls are usually where people come to check out the latest caravans or fitted kitchens, but they've been transformed into a 500 bed army field hospital to cope with the eventuality that the regular hospitals become overwhelmed with covid patients. a few weeks ago, the authorities were saying this facility may not ever even be used. but the motto here is, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. it's primarily meant for convalescing patients, or those who are still infectious. the army built it injust over a week. there is no time at this moment
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to think about any emotions but i'm sure they are coming because it is a really unusual situation. i think since the first world war when this type of facility was deployed for the last time. but a short drive away and there is a surreal sense of normality in this city. the farmer's markets are in full swing and people are enjoying the autumn sunshine. i mean, it's like a general sickness, we believe. so like, a stronger flu. i mean, we've studied that intensively since march and it willjust spread over, and will stay with us we think. we are young, we're not afraid of it. we are doing everything for our health, what we can. we have active lives. we eat properly and i think that is the good weapon for it. and it is precisely that attitude, so different from the spring, that has so many health professionals worried. doctor maria bourne, qualified in the uk,
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and worked for 15 years in the nhs. she returned to her home country in february. it's really disappointing. i felt, was it two weeks ago — i don't know, i felt very angry because all of the effort from the springtime just seems to have gone down the drain. and the virus is still here and yeah, things have gone pretty badly since then. and they have only been made worse by a political scandal involving the health minister, pictured emerging from a restaurant when all of them should have been closed. in a sense, spring was a dress rehearsal. this is the beginning of the covid crisis in this country, not the middle or the end. rob cameron, bbc news, prague. australia has raised "serious concerns" with qatar after female passengers said they were subjected to invasive internal examinations as they tried to board a flight from doha to sydney. it follows the discovery
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of a newborn baby in a public toilet at hamad international airport. australia's foreign minister had this to say about the incident. australia has taken this occurrence extremely seriously. we've taken it up directly with qatari authorities. we have been liaising with both qatari authorities here in australia and in doha. we are awaiting the outcome, imminent outcome, of a report from the qatari authorities. i understand enquiries are still taking place with those people affected by this occurrence, and we also understand the matter has been reported to the australian federal police. that matter, further on that, is a matter for the australian federal police. france has called on countries in the middle east not to boycott its goods — after protests against president macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the prophet mohammed. french products have been removed from some shops in kuwait, jordan and qatar, while there've been small anti—french
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demonstrations in libya, gaza and northern syria. now, in the united states, early voting turnout continues to shatter records. in key battleground states, democrats could benefit significantly more than republicans if young people show up to the polls in large numbers. there are more than 23 million eligible gen z voters — those born after 1996 — in the us. so will this year be the year of the young voter? the bbc‘s nada tawfik went to the battleground state of pennsylvania to see how engaged the younger generation is. in the contest for pennsylvania, philadelphia and its suburbs will be key. democrats are counting on high turnout in this densely populated area to counter president trump's advantage across republican red towns. lining up for the election are young voters who are leaning toward joe biden by an even larger margin than they did for barack obama in 2008,
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even though they're less excited by the former vice president. i'm not super enthusiastic. i prefer one candidate so much over another one and it is basically, this point for me, it's about getting trump out of office. i don't like trump, to put it bluntly. i want to get biden in, get trump out, make sure that's signed and sealed. we deserve a better candidate. he's going to do the things we need him to do now, but he's not going to do everything that we're going to need in the future. more than half of the nation's population are now millennials or younger. and for the first time in a presidential election they make up the same share of the electorate as baby boomers — and could even surpass them. that means they could wield significant political power if they turn out. now it's election season and the next hero is you... there are numerous social media initiatives to get the group more engaged in the process. the poll hero project... and the poll hero project is something i'm very curious about. this one, poll hero,
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has signed up thousands of college and high school students as poll workers to overcome voting barriers caused by covid. it is so important that we participate as much as the boomers do, as much as our grandparents do. it makes all the difference. and i think, you know, it's about correcting this trend of voter — young people not participating. chanting: we demand a green new deal! activists hope that energy on the streets moves to the ballot box. young kids should not have to be scared of what their futures will look like. millennials and gen z are more diverse and educated than the boomer generation that has dominated politics and they have grown up with a different set of priorities. our generation hasjust been, like, crisis after crisis after crisis. young people want, like, radical change to every factor of our society, because none of it is working for us. 2020 could be their chance to finally have their say. nada tawfik, bbc news, in philadelphia.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with matt. hello. the fairly changeable conditions we will see in the uk this week has actually been driven by some massive temperature contrasts across the usa and canada at the moment. we have seen record—breaking cold, record—breaking snowfall across some northern parts of the us, that is fighting it out with some very warm air towards the south, and in between a very active jet stream, which are charging across the atlantic is picking up areas of low pressure. this one, as we go into the middle part of the week, contains the remnants of a hurricane. around the centre of that, we could see winds touching 100 mph, but the good news is that stays way to the north—west of us. but it will influence our weather and it will push some rather windy conditions at times, but nothing untoward. some heavy rain, too, and rough seas in the west. later in the week, things will turn milder. so the rain later in the week probably warmer than the rain you will see at the moment. plenty of showers into the rest of the day, parts of scotland, northern england, only one or two showers further south. we finished the day with some drier weather. this evening, a rather cool feel out there, temperatures already dropping back into single figures. then, as you go into this evening and overnight,
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still a few showers dotted around to begin with, becoming fewer in numberfor a while before rain starts to arrive towards the south—west, south—west wales and also northern ireland. many northern and eastern areas will have clearer skies, could be a touch of frost around into tuesday morning. as we go into tuesday, it is almost like you will all see two different sides to the day. to the south and the west, you will all see some rain at times, some of which will be heavy, bit of a blustery start before sunshine and showers later. to the north and east of the country, you start with the sunshine, but the rain will push and later in the day. brightest of all is the far north—east of scotland, orkney and shetland. but here we will see temperatures fairly similar to the rest of us, only around 1044. but as i said, you finish with sunshine and showers towards the south and west. the rain then moves towards the north—east of scotland as we go into tuesday evening and overnight. and then back to this big area of low pressure, it is between us and iceland really, but on the southern flank of it with winds coming along a long stretch of ocean, we will see some pretty rough seas around the west on wednesday. to the west of ireland could see
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some phenomenal waves way offshore. but with those winds coming in from a south—westerly direction, it is going to be a mixture of sunshine and showers on wednesday. to the south and the west, they will be most frequent, heavy and thundery. some eastern areas will stay dry and bright, but a fairly cold day in the breeze whether you see the showers or not. and some longer spells of rain returned into thursday with an even stronger winds, particularly for england and wales, 00:27:24,445 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 with gale force gusts for many.
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