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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm. a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england. i think the facts are very clear and i am not going to sugar coat them. hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure. the american music producer, phil spector, who helped define the sound of the �*60s and the creator of the wall of sound has died in prison aged 81, while serving a sentence for murder. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the roll—out. the adult population, entire adult population
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we want to have been offered a first jab by september. and the government moves to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the head of the national health service in england has warned the service has never been in a more precarious position. outlining the extreme pressures facing the nhs sir simon stevens said a new patient was being admitted into hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds. the good news is four times as many people are now being vaccinated in england as are contracting,
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with 140 people being given the jab every minute. in the last hour, the health secretary, matt hancock tweeted that more than half of the over 80s have been given at least one dose of the vaccine. another ten new vaccination centres have been unveiled by the government, and will be operational from tomorrow. speaking to the bbc, the foreign secretary, dominic raab said he hoped all adults in england would be offered a first dose of the vaccine by september. let's get the latest from our health correspondentjim reed. the pressure on hospitals this winter shows no sign of easing up. the person in charge of the nhs in england said the service is now in the most precarious position in its 72—year history. since christmas day, we've seen another 15,000 increase in the in—patients in hospitals across england. that's the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients.
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and staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. new figures show of the 100,000 nhs workers off sick in england last week, half either had the virus or were self—isolating. tomorrow, this vaccination centre at blackburn cathedral will open, offering thousands ofjabs a day to nhs staff, as well as care workers and those over 80 — all by invitation only at this stage. we felt it would be really appropriate to offer this space up as a place where people could come and feel safe and secure. a place that they know. it's one of ten new regional vaccination centres opening across england next week. as well as blackburn, sites are in taunton, st helens and bournemouth, and there's slough, norwich, wickford in essex, lincolnshire, york and wembley in london. theyjoin the existing seven
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sites already opened in places from manchester, in the north west, to surrey, in the south east. large vaccination hubs are already open across wales, scotland and northern ireland, with many more planned. it's part of a uk—wide drive to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk from the disease by the middle of next month, with all adults in england offered the jab by september. there are some early signs that lockdown measures might be working, and infections are starting to fall back in some places. it is more positive news, but will take time to be reflected in hospital admissions, meaning the pressure on nhs services is likely to continue for weeks to come. jim reed, bbc news. professor anthony harnden is deputy chairman of thejoint committee on vaccination and immunisation which advises the government on the best strategy for vaccination. he's also a gp and professor of
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primary care at university oxford. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. this is a massive project. isn't it? nhs england is talking about getting thousands of vaccinations done a day. what are the specific targets? what number are you starting with and where do you hope to be, say, in a week or two weeks' time?— you hope to be, say, in a week or two weeks' time? we've been very clear, we two weeks' time? we've been very clear. we want _ two weeks' time? we've been very clear, we want as _ two weeks' time? we've been very clear, we want as many _ two weeks' time? we've been very. clear, we want as many vaccinations to as many people as possible. so we are very keen that our first four priority groups, the over 70s, clinically extremely vulnerable, and front line health care and social care staff are immunised. we made a commitment these will be immunised by mid—february. and there are about 13 million in this group. and, so, the imperative is to increase capacity as much as possible as soon as possible to get these people
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immunised. primary care has got a —— has done a fantasticjob so far, and new centres, mass vaccination centres, can only be good and i am really delighted to see churches and cathedrals have opened up some of their space. that's wonderful, i think. �* ., ., , their space. that's wonderful, i think. ., ., , , , their space. that's wonderful, i think. �* ., ., , , think. but all of this depends on su -l as think. but all of this depends on suwly as well- _ think. but all of this depends on supply as well. and _ think. but all of this depends on supply as well. and manpower l think. but all of this depends on | supply as well. and manpower to administer. where are we on supplier? i administer. where are we on summer?— administer. where are we on su . lier? ., ., g administer. where are we on su--lier? . ., g , supplier? i am part of the jcvi but i'm not responsible _ supplier? i am part of the jcvi but i'm not responsible for _ supplier? i am part of the jcvi but i'm not responsible for supply - supplier? i am part of the jcvi but i'm not responsible for supply but| supplier? i am part of the jcvi but | i'm not responsible for supply but i believe the government have ordered 100 million 0xford/astrazeneca vaccines and tens of millions of the pfizer vaccine. clearly, supply depends on manufacture. manufacturers are working around the clock to get these vaccines manufactured. and the government will have to work very hard with the supply chains but it is a hugely
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complex logistical exercise and i think your listeners ought to be reassured that everybody is trying their very best to do this as quickly as possible. i mentioned su -l quickly as possible. i mentioned suwly because _ quickly as possible. i mentioned supply because of _ quickly as possible. i mentioned supply because of course - quickly as possible. i mentioned supply because of course there l quickly as possible. i mentioned i supply because of course there are regional discrepancies. you know, fewer people seem to be vaccinated in london at the moment than, say, for example compared to the north—east. what reassurances have a government told you about supply? presumably in all these mass vaccination centres you will have people on hand ready to deliver but that's no good if the supply runs drive. ., , that's no good if the supply runs drive. . , ., ., drive. clearly we have to get su lies drive. clearly we have to get supplies sorted _ drive. clearly we have to get supplies sorted out. - drive. clearly we have to get supplies sorted out. the - drive. clearly we have to get - supplies sorted out. the government are very clear about this that, actually, all populations of the need to be targeted, particularly the socially disadvantaged, and poorer communities, so we will be working very hard with the government to make sure that these particular areas are covered
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equally. but, you know, this is only the start of a mass vaccination programme and there are bound to be little bumps along the way but once this we'll start spinning quicker and quicker, then i am confident we will be able to get these vaccines delivered. �* ., ., , delivered. and all of these vaccinations _ delivered. and all of these vaccinations will _ delivered. and all of these vaccinations will be - delivered. and all of these vaccinations will be done l delivered. and all of these l vaccinations will be done on delivered. and all of these - vaccinations will be done on an appointment basis?— vaccinations will be done on an appointment basis? certainly the ones in primary _ appointment basis? certainly the ones in primary care _ appointment basis? certainly the ones in primary care will - appointment basis? certainly the ones in primary care will be - appointment basis? certainly the ones in primary care will be done appointment basis? certainly the i ones in primary care will be done on an appointment basis. i believe the ones in mass vaccination centres also are done on an appointment basis. but we have seen other countries in the world that have had drive—through centres and things. i can't predict the future but it may be that, as we roll this on to the further priority groups and interface two, you may turn up and get vaccinated strategy but that hasn't been decided yet. a, get vaccinated strategy but that hasn't been decided yet. fig 11th get vaccinated strategy but that hasn't been decided yet. a lot of front line clinicians, _ hasn't been decided yet. a lot of front line clinicians, as _ hasn't been decided yet. a lot of front line clinicians, as you - hasn't been decided yet. a lot of front line clinicians, as you will l front line clinicians, as you will know, have already been vaccinated. 0ver know, have already been vaccinated. over 80s half of those have been
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vaccinated, then the over 70s, so where do front line police officers, customs officers, where do they come into the equation, in terms of the ranking? in into the equation, in terms of the rankin: ? , .,, ., g ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated _ ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated first _ ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated first of _ ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated first of all _ ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated first of all on - ranking? in phase two, in jcvi we concentrated first of all on those | concentrated first of all on those that are hospitalised and dived from coronavirus to protect the nhs as quickly as possible. our coronavirus to protect the nhs as quickly as possible. 0urfirst nine project groups include 99% of hospitalisation and deaths, our first four priority groups include 80% of hospitalisations and deaths. all police officers and teachers over 50, and those with underlying health conditions, will be offered vaccination in those priority groups. however, phase two of the programme is really important when you look at the wider things, we will look at as well as hospitalisation and deaths, those with huge exposure risk, those that need to keep the country running,
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those key workers wins in the public sector, said police and teachers will be very, very high in our thoughts during that second phase of the programme but that hasn't been decided as yet. the programme but that hasn't been decided as yet-— decided as yet. where do you stand on second dosage? _ decided as yet. where do you stand on second dosage? it _ decided as yet. where do you stand on second dosage? it isn't - decided as yet. where do you stand on second dosage? it isn't clear, i decided as yet. where do you stand on second dosage? it isn't clear, is| on second dosage? it isn't clear, is it, when the second doses are going to be administered. fin it, when the second doses are going to be administered.— to be administered. on jcvi we recommend — to be administered. on jcvi we recommend the _ to be administered. on jcvi we recommend the second - to be administered. on jcvi we recommend the second dose . to be administered. on jcvi we i recommend the second dose can to be administered. on jcvi we - recommend the second dose can be delayed for up to 12 weeks. so the priority is to get as many first doses to as many people as possible and then we will deliver the second dose at the 12 week period. however there may be data emerging to show that we can delay further but we will monitor that data very carefully. at the moment our clear advice from the jcvi is carefully. at the moment our clear advice from thejcvi is you do need advice from thejcvi is you do need a second dose and it should be done within 12 weeks. in a second dose and it should be done within 12 weeks.— within 12 weeks. in terms of guidance. — within 12 weeks. in terms of guidance. we _ within 12 weeks. in terms of guidance, we have - within 12 weeks. in terms of guidance, we have several. within 12 weeks. in terms of - guidance, we have several vaccines coming onto the market. pfizer has a difficult storage condition,
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astrazeneca less so, so what is your policy on using up doses for other people who may not have had a booked appointment but might be close by rather than seeing those doses going to waste? it is rather than seeing those doses going to waste? , ., ., ., , ., to waste? it is a good question. in our practice _ to waste? it is a good question. in our practice in _ to waste? it is a good question. in our practice in oxfordshire, - to waste? it is a good question. in our practice in oxfordshire, we've| our practice in oxfordshire, we've immunised 3000 patients already. 130,000 local population. and we found we were able to get six doses out of every pfizer vial and 11—12 doses out of every astrazeneca vial, so our plan was to immunise in multiples of five and ten but as soon as we realised we got extra vaccine, we were able to call people within those first priority groups at very short notice and get them immunised. we didn't waste any vaccine, and we believe very strongly on thejcvi that vaccine, and we believe very strongly on the jcvi that there should be no vaccine wasted. it is
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imperative that you have people who are vaccinating, people have these shortlists where they can call people in at very short notice. that will be less — people in at very short notice. that will be less easy _ people in at very short notice. that will be less easy at _ people in at very short notice. that will be less easy at mass vaccination centres rather than primary care and communities. exactly, which is why primary care is so successful at delivering these mass vaccination programmes. it is still the core of our vaccination programme, primary care. the other centres are needed for extra capacity and one has to remember that when we come to give the second dose, we will still need somebody with the first 0so capacity will be twice as much at that stage as it is at the moment. so it is welcome, that these centres and hospitals are coming on board. the prime focus is primary care delivery. fiifi coming on board. the prime focus is primary care delivery. ok, professor anthony harnden, _ primary care delivery. ok, professor anthony harnden, very _ primary care delivery. ok, professor anthony harnden, very good - primary care delivery. ok, professor anthony harnden, very good of- primary care delivery. ok, professor anthony harnden, very good of you | primary care delivery. ok, professor. anthony harnden, very good of you to join us on bbc news and thank you very much. in the past few minutes, it's been announced that the american music producer phil spector,
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the creator of the wall of sound, has died. he was 81. spector�*s records helped define the sound of the �*60s and included hits for the ronnettes, the righteous brothers and ike and tina turner. but he was also convicted of murder in 2003. david sillito looks back on his life. # do you know what you did today? # baby do you know... the final public chapter of phil spector�*s life was a court case, a conviction for murder. he appeared eccentric, troubled, lonely, a man mired in his own darkness. but what he leaves behind, are some of the mostjoyous masterpieces in the history of pop. # looked so quiet but my o my...
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# do i love you my oh my # river deep, mountain high # you've lost that lovin' feelin' # whoa, that loving feeling # you've lost that loving feeling # now it's gone, gone, gone # to know you # is to love, love him #and i do... this was his first hit, here he is on the right aged 18 but there was a darkness always. this love song wasn't about a girl. it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't, i mean when your father blows his head open, you know it is not funny, and it leaves a scar on you. # so won't you say you love he...
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his signature with was the wall of sound. it turned pop into a torrent of emotion. # every place we go... # imagine all possessions... leonard coen, tina turner, john lennon he produced them all. he could be brilliant or sometimes he would pull a gun on you, for years he hid from the from view. stories emerged of his controlling abusive behaviour. aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely. then in 2003, he invited an actress lana clarkson back home. a few hours later she was found, shot dead. phil spector said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he has this to say.
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"trust me, you wouldn't want my life. i've not been at peace. i have not been happy. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin patersonjoins me now. deeply troubled, obviously a murder conviction but a musical genius as well. how did this wall of sound actually originate and how did he persuade people to get involved with it? ., ., ,., ., , persuade people to get involved with it? ., ., .,, , it? the wall of sound was this production — it? the wall of sound was this production technique - it? the wall of sound was this production technique he - it? the wall of sound was this i production technique he created, it? the wall of sound was this - production technique he created, he wanted to take music, and as he said, to turn it into symphonies. you wanted to make it more bombastic than before, he used over layers of guitars, three orfour pianos, multiple drum kits, just so much percussion, you can hear castanets, the snare drums, the timpani plume at all creating this enormous sound. you are simply one of the greatest music producers of all time. he was
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also a murderer, a man who shot dead an actress in his la mansion in 2003. and you always have to save you to make things. a genius at producing brilliant pop music but, yes, criminaland a man producing brilliant pop music but, yes, criminal and a man who was serving 19 years in prison for the murder of a woman.— serving 19 years in prison for the murder of a woman. associated with so many bands _ murder of a woman. associated with so many bands my — murder of a woman. associated with so many bands my generation - so many bands my generation remember, the 70s and 80s as well so did he have that musical training? was he an orchestrator as well? did he perform the role of george martin with the beetles of bringing strings and and trumpets in on the soles? he: was a pop star by himself and he was 18, and he wrote a song for the teddy bears and he was in the group, fell out with a record company, decided he would go up to new york and actually quit the business to become a french translator for the un. he never made it as that so he came back into the music business and he started off as a songwriter
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teaming up with others to write spanish harlem for ben e king. he then started to produce the songs, then started to produce the songs, the crystals, he hit me and it felt like a kiss. he was a millionaire by the age of 21. if they conduct or conduct an orchestra, he was the man who conducted in the recording studio, bringing in people like glenn campbell to play guitar, the all—time greats were behind the scenes for him, working away, creating this huge sound. the crystals, the ronnettes, one of the most influential drum intros of all time, he actually married to the lead singer of the ronnettes, ronnie spector and terrible stories have emerged of abuse in that relationship, where he was said to have kept a cough in the basement where he told her he would display
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her in the coffin if she left him, and how he made her drive around with an inflatable phil specter in the car if he wasn't there, that's how possessive he was. what actually broken or caused him to crack was in 1966 when he produced what he thought was his masterpiece, river deep mountain high. although it was a hit in the uk, it flopped in the us and that caused him to withdraw to his mansion, that's when stories of his erratic behaviour continued to emerge. so many greats have grown up to emerge. so many greats have grown up loving his music, they wanted to work with him. the beatles brought him into trying to salvage their final album, him into trying to salvage their finalalbum, let him into trying to salvage their final album, let it be. john lennon worked with him 0n imagine. then he worked with leonard cohen, death of a lady's man, wrote in three weeks.
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when he wrote with leonard cohen, one of the many artists he pulled a gun on. he held a gun to him and saidi gun on. he held a gun to him and said i love you, and leonard turned around and said, i hope you do, feel. stories of him firing a gun whenjohn lennon was working in the studio with him, when the court case came out in the 2000s, debbie harry felt it necessary to come forward and tell the story of how feel spector when he was trying to make a comeback in the late 80s invited the lead singer of the blondie is to his mansion and she said he pulled a gun on her. he was one of these people who produced absolutely unbelievably brilliant art, it was odd, his music, but he was a murderer and a man who terrorised women with guns. thank you very much, colin paterson, on the death of phil spector, who has died at the age of 81, but he
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died of coronavirus complications. let's go back to the situation regarding covid—19. airports are to be offered financial support in england as the government closes travel corridors in the uk from tomorrow. up to £8 million will be available to help airports cover costs such as business rates. here's our business correspondent katy austin. from tomorrow, nearly all arrivals to the uk will have to quarantine for ten days because the travel corridor system will be suspended. it's another blow for travel and tourism. last night, the aviation minister acknowledged the impact tighter restrictions would have and said a pre—planned grant scheme for airports in england will open within the next fortnight. the airports trade body says this was welcome, but with traffic still extremely low, more support would be needed. we understand that it will be a grant towards fixed costs such as business rates, and it will be equivalent to business rates, but up to about 8 million. so, very, very useful for a number of our airports. but clearly, for some of the very
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large airports, it's actually quite a small amount financially. heathrow, they pay 120 million a year in business rates. the government has said the enforcement of quarantine will now be stepped up. temporary stricter self—isolation rules have been in place before. early last year, some travellers returning from wuhan in china were housed in nhs hospital facilities after police escorts. today, the foreign secretary was asked if the government would now require arrivals to quarantine in hotels. i think there is a challenge in its workability, its deliverability, but we need to look at that very carefully, you're right, based on the experience of other countries. i don't accept that we've been too slow in this. we're broadly the same pace in terms of canada and germany. obviously, we'll keep other potential measures under review, but they've got to be workable. a requirement for travellers to show a negative covid test before travelling to the uk also kicks in tomorrow. the travel industry accepts the public health need for tighter rules, but it says a pathway out
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of the crisis needs to be mapped out. katy austin, bbc news. a group of business leaders has written to the treasury and the department for transport calling on the government to offer financial support to eurostar, which has been threatened by a large drop in passenger numbers. the international rail service has transported more than 190 million passengers between the uk and mainland europe since 1994. eurostar has said without additional funding from government there is a real risk to the survival of the service. the government says it has been engaging extensively with eurostar since the beginning of the pandemic, and will continue to support the safe restart of international travel. the russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, has landed in russia following his treatment for novichok poisoning in germany. seen here in boarding the plane earlier this afternoon, it's now emerged that the plane
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carrying him was diverted to another airport. he was taken ill on a flight from siberia to moscow in august, and doctors in berlin subsequently found he had come into contact with the nerve agent. the government is moving to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit. the chancellor introduced the rise last april, as the pandemic hitjobs and family finances, but it is due to run out in march. conservative mps have been told to abstain on labour's vote tomorrow. the foreign secretary has said this morning that the government will always look at how to protect the most vulnerable communities. cornwall has been chosen to host the leaders of some of the world's biggest economies for the g7 summit injune. the seaside town of carbis bay
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will be the venue for discussions on debt, climate change and post—covid recovery. incoming us presidentjoe biden is expected to attend the event, along with leaders from canada, japan and the eu. nasa has tested four huge engines for its new mega rocket, which it hopes will one day take astronauts to the moon. but the exercise, designed to replicate the power necessary for take off, was stopped early, and it's not yet clear why. mark lobel has more. take off. it's one of the most anticipated moments of any space mission. here, igniting all four engines together for the first time to simulate the sls rocket�*s rise into orbit for the first manned trip to the moon in decades. and here they go.
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gearing up to one day reach 8.8 million pounds, or to those in the know, 39.1 mega newtons of thrust, to make it the most powerful rocket ever to fly to space. and to put you out of your misery, this is what lift—off should look like. later this year it is hoped these rockets will send nasa's next generation 0rion spacecraft for an unmanned spin around the moon. the artemis missions should eventually lead to the first woman on the moon in three years or so to search lunar soil for earth—shattering scientific discoveries with economic benefits as well. but back on earth, thisjoint nasa and boeing test, already years late in a project billions over budget well, er, quickly lost its sparkle as it was aborted early.
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and we've got to shut down. seven minutes early in fact, afterjust a minute or so. just when we were going to see the rocket start to pivot. no—one ever said travelling to the moon was easy. nasa denies the exercise was a failure, despite the as—yet unexplained white flash that caused the shutdown. mark lobel, bbc news. winter in rome means starling season, when up to four million birds gather in the italian capital on their migration from europe to africa. their murmerations in the skies are beautiful, but their droppings create a hazard, and the city authorities are trying new methods to move them on. here's our rome correspondent, mark lowen.
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in the roman twilight, nature's great dancers flock to the stage. the acrobatic twirls like wisps of smoke. a synchronised spectacle of breathtaking beauty. the starlings migrate in winter south to africa. nesting at night in central rome for warmth, flying in formation to avoid predators. a murmuration, it's called, and this city of art marvels at the show. but beneath their charm, rome is rotting, and it's a hell of a mess. in the cold light of day, the other side of these gorgeous birds is clear, and for those unlucky enough to be in the wrong
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place at the wrong time, it's not exactly sightly, it can be a safety hazard, and i can tell you that even with the mask, the stench is rancid. "i slipped on the droppings when it was muddy", this man says. "the world has invented everything, just not bird underpants." beside the ancient forum, a new attempt to try and solve the problem. city officials shining lasers onto trees, which the birds dislike, prompting them to move on. the project is focused on rome's tourist heart in a bid to clean up its image. translation: this doesn't cause the birds any stress. _ it is more like a nuisance for them. i do this work, but i'm actually a nature lover. we are not stopping them from sleeping. we are just telling them to find another location. and it works. this tree used to be completely full and now there are about 10% of what there were.
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even the starling fans seem supportive. i personally love to see them, like it's amazing, but as long as it is not hurting the birds, i think it's a good system. while the lasers are harmless, fireworks are not. this last new year's eve here, starlings were caught and killed by the firecrackers, pictures going viral. not managing the issue can end in tragedy. in ancient rome, the starlings were seen to auger the gods wishes. centuries on, these dazzling creatures keep visiting. how man and nature can coexist is the eternal problem of the eternal city. mark lowen, bbc news, rome. not great weather for starlings.
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hello there. there is heavy rain and flooding the forecast for the week ahead. later in the week, even the chance of some snow. things have been fairly quiet today. we have seen the sunshine turning hazy after what was a sunny start. all this cloud is spilling in from the west. a lot of it is quite thin, higher cloud but we do have some wet weather this evening across scotland and northern ireland in particular, that will turn more showery and we see the cloud and showers pushing into england and wales. bit of a breeze overnight, shouldn't get too cold. for many places, temperatures will be above freezing, just the risk of a few icy patches across some eastern areas. tomorrow, we are left with this line of rain across southern scotland. to the north of it, some sunshine, some showers, wintry over the hills. bright enough start elsewhere with the odd shower but it'll cloud over from the south—west. rain coming into south—west england in the morning, into wales, the west country into the afternoon. it'll turn misty in the south—west with temperatures getting into double figures. chile elsewhere, typically 5—7c. it gets wet overnight. the rain continues into
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tuesday and wednesday across england and wales. and it is here we are likely to have some flooding, and the heaviest rain will be over the hills. the area of particular concern, and we have an amber rain warning from the met office, covers this area here. quite a small area but it will impact a lot of people. we have snow melted on top of the rain that will be arriving. by tuesday, it is wet across much of northern england but also northern ireland, and it will be wetter in wales and the south—west. drier towards the south—east of the uk, may get some snow in the southern uplands as we bump into the cold air in place in scotland. for england and wales, it'll be very mild, if rather windy, temperatures 11—12. we have this stream of weather fronts and areas of low pressure moving up from the south—west becoming slow—moving across england and wales. the rain adding up by the time we get to wednesday. more rain overnight into england and wales, wetter weather continuing across much of northern england and wales as well. it is dry across scotland and northern ireland. it is colder here as well. that will be significant
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later on in the week. still mild for most of england and wales, windy in the south—east. that colder air will move south across the country and by the time you get to thursday, so it is turning cooler later on in the week, we've got some chance of snow, heavy snow over the hills in scotland and also the northern england for a while.
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a stark warning from the head of. the chief executive says despite the roll—out of vaccines, high infection rates will cause severe problems for many more weeks. staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. but four times as many people are now being vaccinated in england as those who are infected. and every adult will be offered a first dose of vaccine by september. also on the programme...
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america on high alert in the run—up to the inauguration ofjoe biden as president. protecting england's monuments. new laws are planned to stop historic statues being pulled down. and the legendary music producer phil spector dies injail, a decade after his conviction for murder. good evening. the head of the nhs in england says one person is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds. sir simon stevens also warns that despite the roll—out of vaccines the pressure will remain intense for several more weeks.
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but four times as many people are now being vaccinated in england, as those being infected, and ten new vaccine hubs will open tomorrow. here's our health correspondent, jim reed. the pressure on hospitals this winter shows no sign of easing up. the person in charge of the nhs in england said the service is now in the most precarious position in its 72—year history. since christmas day, we've seen another 15,000 increase in the in—patients in hospitals across england. that's the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients. and staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. new figures show more than 100,000 nhs staff are currently off work in england. around half of those either have the virus or are self—isolating, adding to the pressure on busy wards.
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tomorrow, this vaccination centre at blackburn cathedral will open, offering thousands ofjabs a day to nhs staff, as well as care workers and those over 80 — all by invitation only at this stage. we felt it would be really appropriate to offer this space up as a place where people could come and feel safe and secure. a place that they know. nhs england said the new centres would offer thousands of jabs per week. blackburn is one of ten, stretching from york in the north to bournemouth in the south. theyjoin the existing seven sites already fully operational, from newcastle down to bristol in the south—west. in scotland more than 5000 nhs staff were vaccinated here at a temporary hospital in glasgow over the weekend. larger centres are also open in wales and northern ireland. it's part of a uk—wide drive to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk from covid
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by the middle of next month. the government pledged today that all adults would be offered the jab by september. there are some early signs that lockdown measures might be working, and infections are starting to fall back in some places. it is more positive news, but will take time to be reflected in hospital admissions, meaning the pressure on nhs services is likely to continue for weeks to come. jim reed, bbc news. the latest government figures show there were 38,598 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means, on average, the number of new cases reported per day in the last week was 46,231. across the uk an average of 35,882 people were in hospital with coronavirus over the seven days to friday. 671 deaths were reported — that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test.
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on average, in the past week, 1,119 deaths were announced every day, taking the total number across the uk, up to 89,261. on vaccinations, 298,087 people have had their first dose of one of the three approved covid—19 vaccines, in the latest 24 hour period, taking the overall number of those who've had their firstjab to more than 3.8 million. airports are to be offered financial support in england, as the government closes covid travel corridors in the uk from tomorrow. up to £8 million will be available for each airport to help with costs such as business rates. here's katy austin. from tomorrow, nearly all arrivals to the uk will have to quarantine for ten days because the travel corridor system will be suspended. it's another blow for travel and tourism. last night, the aviation minister acknowledged the impact tighter
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restrictions would have and said a pre—planned grant scheme for airports in england will open within the next fortnight. the airports trade body said more support would still be needed. we understand that it will be a grant towards fixed costs such as business rates, and it will be equivalent to business rates, but up to about 8 million. so, very, very useful for a number of our airports. but clearly, for some of the very large airports, it's actually quite a small amount financially. heathrow, they pay 120 million a year in business rates. a requirement for travellers to show a negative covid test before travelling to the uk also kicks in tomorrow. and the government has said the enforcement of quarantine will now be stepped up. temporary stricter self—isolation rules have been in place before. early last year, some travellers returning from wuhan in china were housed in nhs hospital facilities after police escorts. today, the foreign secretary was asked if the government
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would now require arrivals to quarantine in hotels. i think there is a challenge in its workability, its deliverability, but we need to look at that very carefully, you're right, based on the experience of other countries. i don't accept that we've been too slow in this. we're broadly the same pace in terms of canada and germany. obviously, we'll keep other potential measures under review, but they've got to be workable. travel businesses from airlines to eurostar are struggling, while traffic remains at extremely low levels. the industry accepts the public health need for tighter rules but says a pathway out of the crisis needs to be mapped out. katy austin, bbc news. in the last half hour the leading critic of the russian government, alexei navalny, has returned to moscow for the first time since accusing the kremlin of poisoning him last year. he collapsed on an internalflight in siberia in august, and it later emerged he'd been poisoned with a novichok nerve agent. our correspondent steve rosenberg joins me from moscow.
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and he has returned, that can be confirmed?— and he has returned, that can be confirmed? , , ., ., , ., confirmed? yes, the plane has landed has not the russian _ confirmed? yes, the plane has landed has not the russian authorities - has not the russian authorities often claim alexei navalny is not popular among russians, that he is not a threat to president putin, but his return home has sparked a major security operation. at the airport, where i am now, where the plane was supposed to land, riot police pushed mr navalny�*s support is out of the arrivals hall and made some detentions. shortly afterwards it was announced the airport had closed and the plane was re—routed to another moscow airport. we believe passengers are getting off the plane at the moment. his return is a direct challenge to vladimir putin and it poses a dilemma for the kremlin. because if mr navalny is put injail, in prison, that could turn him into a political martyr. if he is not detained then he could
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remain a thorn in the side of the russian president.— remain a thorn in the side of the russian president. thank you, steve rosenber: russian president. thank you, steve rosenberg live _ russian president. thank you, steve rosenberg live in _ russian president. thank you, steve rosenberg live in moscow. - all 50 us states are on alert for possible violent protests ahead of president—electjoe biden's inauguration on wednesday. protesters are expected to descend on statehouses across the country, while the national guard is patrolling the streets around the capitol building in washington, after supporters of president trump rioted therejust under two weeks ago. our north america correspondent nomia iqbal is in washington. yes, security is always tight ahead of any presidential inauguration, but it's on an unprecedented level here. lots of streets and roads have been closed. you might be able to see behind me there are armed troops on the ground. you see them everywhere you go for the eyesore three outside my local supermarket. it is quite an astonishing sight. the fbi has warned, as you say, of more protest to come. this city is
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not leaving anything to chance. up to 20,000 troops have flown in and we are expecting protests notjust here but in state capitals across the country ahead ofjoe biden's inauguration. joe biden, in the meantime, has indicated that within a few hours of entering the white house he plans to reverse a lot of donald trump's policies. a lot of questions being asked by americans if this is a healthy democracy, why are there armed troops on the ground to protect the incoming president. nomia iqbal in washington, thank you. the music producer phil spector has died while serving a prison sentence for murder. in 2009 he was found guilty of killing actress lana clarkson six years earlier at his house in california. during his career spector was credited with transforming pop with his "wall of sound" recordings, working with acts such as the righteous brothers and ike and tina turner as well asjohn lennon.
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this report from our arts correspondent david silitto. # baby, do you know what you did today? the final public chapter of phil spector�*s life was a court case, a conviction for murder. he appeared eccentric, troubled, lonely, a man mired in his own darkness. but what he leaves behind, are some of the mostjoyous masterpieces in the history of pop. # i knew what he was doing when he caught my eye # da doo ron—ron—ron, da doo ron—ron # you've lost that lovin' feelin' # is to love, love, love him #and i do...# and this was his first hit. here he is on the right, aged 18, but there was always a darkness. this love song wasn't about a girl. it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't. i mean, when yourfather blows his head open, you know, it's not funny, and it leaves a scar on you. # so won't you say you love me...# his signature was the wall of sound.
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it turned pop into a sonic torrent of heightened emotion. # every place we go...# # imagine no possessions...# leonard cohen, tina turner, john lennon — he produced them all. there were many stories of his erratic behaviour. he was abusive and controlling. excuse me, camera. he had a habit of threatening people with guns. aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely. then, in 2003, he invited an actress, lana clarkson, back home. a few hours later she was found — she'd been shot dead. phil spector was convicted of second—degree murder. his death from covid —related complications comes
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11 years into his 19 year sentence. phil specter said he wanted to turn p0p phil specter said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he had this to say. "trust me, you wouldn't want my life. "i've not been at peace. the government is planning new laws to give protection to historic statues in england. the communities secretary, robertjenrick, says monuments which have stood for generations shouldn't be — in his words — "removed on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob". the legislation would require planning permission, for any changes and the government would still have a veto. jon kay has more from bristol. it was a key moment last year. in bristol, the toppling of edward colston's statue — a slave trader. it prompted a debate across the uk about how we memorialise controversial figures. among those targeted, cecil rhodes in oxford, sir francis drake in devon, sir winston churchill in parliament square.
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now the government is proposing new laws to protect statues in england, with planning permission and public consultation required to get rid of them. writing in today's sunday telegraph, the communities secretary, robertjenrick, says... "statues should not be removed on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob. or by the decree of a cultural committee" of what he calls "town hall militants" and "woke worthies." some question how much difference changing the law would actually make. here in bristol, politicians and the public debated for years about removing the colston statue, but in the end it came down suddenly during a protest. would this new law have changed that? we are beginning to come to a consensus. this historian says a national conversation is already making progress, and he worries ministers talking about baying mobs could inflame things. i think what we need is moderation and discussion.
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and i think that the language that was used today actually creates more division when in fact government can be a force for consensus—building, and finding a unified, british approach. the government's plans will be outlined in parliament tomorrow. jon kay, bbc news, bristol. now, with all the sport, here's karthi gnanasegaram at the bbc sport centre. good evening. clive, thank you. there are now 72 tennis players confined to their hotel rooms in melbourne ahead of next month's australian open following a positive coronavirus test result on a third charter flight. some players have expressed their frustration at the confinement but there are also thousands of australians annoyed that they have not been able to return home because of travel restrictions. adam wild reports. tennis training in hotel quarantine. this is how many of the world cross
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greatest players are having to prepare for the first grand slam of the year. everyone arriving into australia has to isolate in hotels for 14 days, including all 1200 players and coaches. they were, though, given special dispensation to leave for five hours training per day. but after three flights arrived with someone who tested positive, all 72 players aboard are now forbidden from leaving their rooms at all. ~ , ., ., forbidden from leaving their rooms atall. ~ , ., ., , ., at all. the australian open is going ahead and we _ at all. the australian open is going ahead and we will— at all. the australian open is going ahead and we will continue - at all. the australian open is going ahead and we will continue to - at all. the australian open is going ahead and we will continue to do i at all. the australian open is going i ahead and we will continue to do the best we can possibly do to make sure those players have what is not a great situation, but one that is somewhat acceptable. this great situation, but one that is somewhat acceptable.- somewhat acceptable. this is britain's heather _ somewhat acceptable. this is britain's heather watson - somewhat acceptable. this is - britain's heather watson running five kilometres in the bedroom she is now stuck in for the next fortnight after someone tested positive on her flight from abu dhabi. others took to social media to complain. one tweet said, had she known the rules she would have thought twice before coming. the fact the players are here at all has
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been questioned by many thousands of australian citizens stranded around the world, unable to return home due to the strict restrictions. i the world, unable to return home due to the strict restrictions.— to the strict restrictions. i think many are _ to the strict restrictions. i think many are very _ to the strict restrictions. i think many are very happy _ to the strict restrictions. i think many are very happy that - to the strict restrictions. i think many are very happy that the l to the strict restrictions. i think - many are very happy that the tennis is going ahead in australia but the fact they have been letting them in ahead of australians who have been trying desperately to come home, 8000 are considered on the vulnerable list and yet we are welcoming thousands of foreign tennis players in.— tennis players in. despite the controversy — tennis players in. despite the controversy the _ tennis players in. despite the controversy the tournament . tennis players in. despite the | controversy the tournament is tennis players in. despite the - controversy the tournament is still scheduled to begin on time. players are just having to train as best they can. adam wild, bbc news. england's cricketers endured a rather chaotic end to the fourth day of their first test against sri lanka but are on course for victory. england had bowled sri lanka out for 359 with jack leach taking five wickets for 122 runs. the visitors lost three early wickets in their second innings, but england now need just 36 runs to win on the final day. it's 0—0 between manchester united, who are top of the premier league
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and champions, liverpool after 65 minutes of their game. while tanguy ndombele scored this spectacular goal as spurs beat bottom—of—the—table sheffield united 3—1 to move up to fourth place. rangers restored their 21 point lead at the top of the scottish premiership after cedric itten scored a second half equaliser to draw 1—1 with motherwell, who move off bottom spot. there's more on the bbc sport website including chelsea beating manchester united in the fa women's super league and news from snooker�*s masters final. that's it. i'll be back with the late news at 10pm, but now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. bye for now.
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you are watching bbc news. the number of coronavirus deaths in france has now exceeded 70,000. britain and italy are the only european countries with a higher number of deaths. all of france is now under a 6pm curfew, advancing the earlier restrictions by two hours. daniel wittenberg has more. the shutters came down early on the champs—elysees and deserted streets all over france, as the country met another unwelcome coronavirus milestone. at the start of the pandemic, president emmanuel macron said the nation was in combat with an invisible enemy. since then, with more than 70,000 casualties, of the second world war. france's death rate has been higher
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than on the battlefields lock of the second world war. its latest strategy in the battle to curb infections, the curfew has been brought forward by two hours to 6pm for the whole country for at least the next fortnight. the number of positive tests has hit 20,000 a day and the extension is being received with relative approval. translation: i am not an expert| but i suppose if so many scientists agree on the curfew, it must mean it's effective. translation: well, as a parent, i think 6pm isn't a problem. - it's bath—time so we will be heading home. but i'll probably change my mind on monday when the working week starts again. while people will be able to travel after hours for work and urgent appointments, it's more bad news for shops. parisien optician mickael levy called on the government not to lose sight of businesses' needs. translation: this is yet another restriction and once again, - it is a loss of revenue for us. we need to reorganise our staffing
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and we don't know how we will get financial help for that. in the daytime, the fairly rare spectacle of snow coating the french capital provided light relief for some, though with hospital admissions continuing to rise and concern over new variants of the virus, it seems there is still a long winter ahead. daniel wittenberg, bbc news. hello. to the weather will be making the headlines this week. some snow later in the week, but before that, lots of rain to come. we see the first signs are that pushing in from the south—west across south—west england and wales in the west country during monday. ahead of that, some sunshine and if few showers, particularly in scotland, which could be a little heavy and wintry over the hills in the north too. 5—7 for many, milder in the south—west, where it turns misty together with that reign. overnight, continuing into tuesday and wednesday, the rain willjust
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mount up. heavy rain developing across england and in particular, especially in the hills. the risk of flooding as well. in the morning, we have an amber met office warning for heavy rain. this area, which is not particularly large, but it will impact a lot of people. you have snow melt as well as heavy rain and top of that. that heavy rain is certainly there across northern england on tuesday. also northern ireland and turning wetter in wales and the south—west. it's drier, windier, very mild in the south—east. we could get some snow in the southern uplands as we just put into that cold air, whether northern areas it will be dry. ten, 11, 12 degrees across england and wales. very mild there, but it comes with a lot of rain, and we have got this stream of weather fronts, areas of low pressure, bringing the rain backin of low pressure, bringing the rain back in again. more rain for england and wales overnight, continuing into wednesday. again, heavier and more persistent for northern england and. drierfor persistent for northern england and. drier for scotland and northern ireland, some sunshine around here, but the air is much colder by
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contrast, as you head to the south of that rain band, towards the midlands and south—east of england again, quite windy, but it will be very mild, 11—12. the cold air in the north will be significant. that will push southwards overnight into thursday, and getting colder, but also bringing the risk of some more snow. we have still got the same weather front end area of low pressure bringing wet weather, but as it gets further north and into the cold air, so the rain will start to turn to snow. so wet weather overnight, some snow beginning to fall, and that colder air starts to push down across more of the country. most of the snow will be for scotland and northern england. perhaps some heavy falls early in the morning across the hills, that's notes are lower levels too. wetter weather tends to move away into the north sea, so it becomes drier, but we will have wintry showers blown in on very strong winds. it will be windy for a while in eastern scotland in the north—east of england, around that area of low pressure. and not only is it chilly in scotland and northern ireland, but colder air is moving into
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england and. that area of low pressure is pulling away on thursday. it continues to pull away overnight into friday. we are still left in the chilly air, mind you, on friday. they will be more snow showers in northern scotland. elsewhere, the odd shower, but they will be rain, in many places will have a dry day on friday. some sunshine, not as windy, three in the central belt, seven in the south—west of england. let's look further ahead, and we're still in chilly air as we head towards the weekend. we look at areas of low pressure into the south of the uk, and eventually coming back in from the atlantic, but slowing down, it feels like there will be a lot of dry weather into the outlook. we will keep pushing weather systems, areas of rain, to the south of the uk, struggling to get the mild air back in. it feels as if it will be quite chilly. not a lot falling from the sky in the outlook. it will be cold, and there may be some frost and a few icy patches.
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this is bbc news, the headlines at six. a stark warning from the head of the nhs in england, on the intense pressures, caused by coronavirus. staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow — as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the roll—out. this is the scene live in moscow where navalny has just landed. alex nirvana comes back to russia
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