welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: former cricketer azeem rafiq gives shocking details of the racism he faced in english cricket, saying he was "constantly" subjected to the offensive language at yorkshire. pretty early on, me and other people from an asian background, there was comments such as, "you lot sit over there near the toilets." indian officials announce further drastic measures to tackle air pollution in delhi, with all schools and colleges to remain shut until further notice. polish authorities use water cannon and tear gas to push back migrants trying to enter from belarus.
the polish forces have responded with water and also with gas — it's quite difficult to breathe. and we'll have an update from canada, where torrential downpours caused widespread floods and mudslides in parts of british columbia. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 7am in the morning in singapore and ”pm in the uk, where the former yorkshire county cricketer azeem rafiq has given harrowing and, at times, emotional evidence describing the racist abuse he says he experienced at the club. he told mps that the way he was treated was "inhuman" and said he "felt isolated, humiliated at times." more than a year after he first
spoke publicly about racism, the former off—spinner accused senior figures at the club of turning a blind eye to what was happening. a subsequent report by yorkshire confirmed that he'd suffered harassment, but no—one faced disciplinary action. our sports editor dan roan�*s report contains some details you may find offensive. how are you feeling, azeem? all right. his allegations have already plunged yorkshire cricket into crisis. today, azeem rafiq brought them to westminster, laying bare the ordeal he says he and other asian players were subjected to at his former club, including a racist term aimed at his pakistani heritage. there were comments such as, "you lot sit over there, near the toilets." "elephant washers." the word expletivel was used constantly. and there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution from the leaders and no—one ever stamped it out. i felt isolated, humiliated at times.
struggling to contain his emotions, rafiq went on to describe his experience at headingley after his son was stillborn in 2017. through that time, the treatment that i received from some of the club officials was inhuman. they weren't really bothered about the fact that i was at training one day and i get a phone call to say there's no heartbeat... rafiq claimed former team—mate gary ballance used the name "kevin" as a derogatory term to refer to any player of colour and that this was an open secret in the england dressing room. that another england star, alex hales, called his dog kevin because he was black. "a disgusting joke," rafiq called it. and what of yorkshire's england captain, joe root, who last week said he couldn't recall any racist behaviour at the club? he's never engaged in racist language. ido... i found it hurtful. rooty was involved, before he started playing for england, he was involved in a lot of the socialising nights out
where i'm being called a expletive. but, again, itjust shows, and he might not remember it, but itjust shows how normal it was in that environment, in that institution. rafiq also asked about former england captain michael vaughan, who strongly denied the whistle—blower�*s claims, since corroborated by two other cricketers, that he made a racist remark to a group of asian players. he said this yesterday, actually, that his reputation is being "trashed unfairly." what's your reaction to that? i think it's important, on michael, that we don't make it all about michael. the simple... look, it was a long time ago, michael might not remember it, as i said about earlier, because it doesn't mean anything to him. rafiq also describing, in harrowing detail, an incident that occurred away from headingley early on in his career. my first instance of drinking, i actually got pinned down at my local cricket club and red
wine got poured down my throat. how old were you? 15. 15 and a muslim? 15 years old. the racial harassment rafiq suffered at headingley has sparked a growing number of further allegations in cricket, at yorkshire and beyond. do you think it's institutional in cricket more widely? - yes, i do. there's a real problem here, notjust yorkshire, throughout the country. and i'm going to be the one that's going to speak about this. former yorkshire chairman roger hutton, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, conceded he feared the club was indeed institutionally racist, before cricket's governing body, the ecb, admitted their attempts to improve diversity in the game had some way to go. what we have struggled with is... ..is getting our first class game to wake up to the same extent, and that is the point, we are at that stage now where i think we are, if not already in an emergency, then we are approaching one. the ecb have been criticised for not
doing more to support rafiq, and the man who runs the game had this message. we know we've let you down and we are going to fix this and we're going to fix it quickly and we're going to fix it fast, because the survival of our sport depends on it. but for the man at the centre of one of cricket's gravest ever scandals, the damage has already been done. can't even imagine, as a parent, hearing me speaking out, why i would ever want my kids to go anywhere near the game? and i don't, i don't want my son to go anywhere near cricket. do i believe i lost my career to racism? yes, i do. that must be a terrible feeling. horrible. yeah, horrible. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines today. the chinese communist party has released an important document that promotes president xijinping as one of the country's greatest modern leaders. the majority of the text — which looks back at the party's ioo—year history — is devoted to mr xi and his achievements.
ajury in the us is considering its verdict in the case of the teenager kyle rittenhouse, who shot dead two men and injured another during racialjustice riots last year in kenosha, wisconsin. mr rittenhouse's lawyers say he acted in self—defence. the prosecution argue he behaved like an armed vigilante. india's pollution control authority has extended a partial lockdown in the capital delhi as it attempts to tackle the heavy smog enveloping the region. all schools and colleges, which have already been closed for over a week, will remain shut until further notice. all nonessential construction work has also been halted and office workers have been asked to spend half the week working from home. for more on this, i'm joined now by our south asia editor anbarasan ethirajan. it's great to have you on the programme, anbarasan. i have to
start by asking, we're used to now being locked down for covid, not just in india but in other parts of the world, the being locked down because of air pollution is to quite unusual, even india, isn't it? ﬁnd unusual, even india, isn't it? and robabl unusual, even india, isn't it? and probably this _ unusual, even india, isn't it? and probably this is _ unusual, even india, isn't it? and probably this is for _ unusual, even india, isn't it? ﬁfic probably this is for the first unusual, even india, isn't it? ﬁfic probably this is for the first time. they have been suggesting the word lockdown the capital delhi, which is a city of nearly 20 million people. the measures announced came after a supreme court expressed displeasure of the weight authorities have been tackling the air pollution, because in the last few days, a thick blanket of smog has engulfed the city, people are complaining of respiratory problems, hospitals talking about patients coming with problems of respite toward problems, so the court is now reconvening in a few hours' time, on wednesday morning, and the government authorities have to go back to the course and tell them what actions
they have taken, for example, around delhi, there around 12, powered fire plans, only five of them will be allowed to operate. —— coal powered. these are desperate measures, but what the people want is a long—term solution, because this has become very seasonal. i checked before i came on air, in some places, the air quality was... sometimes 20 times more than what the world health organization deems as healthy. you sa that it organization deems as healthy. you say that it is — organization deems as healthy. you say that it is seasonal, so what is behind this seasonal surge in pollution, besides construction activity and emissions from cars? the most important thing people point out, experts point out, is emissions from vehicles and that is why the government says that cars
and vans order than ten or 15 years that are diesel, they should not be on the road during this period, and delhi has more vehicles than in other cities put together. delhi is notjust other cities put together. delhi is not just a other cities put together. delhi is notjust a city other cities put together. delhi is not just a city alone. other cities put together. delhi is notjust a city alone. it is what is called the national capital region. it borders multiple states. and you have power plants around the city as well and the industry, and the construction activity... you have seen a huge amount of building works going on in delhi for the last 20 years of a number of bridges and buildings have come up, and a new accommodation, new flights coming up, complexes. those contributed to the pellucid. and some even point to the pellucid. and some even point to the farmers burning their crop residuals at the end of the season in states like when job companies are shooting to the factors, and thatis are shooting to the factors, and that is why the supreme court is asking... this is really, really bad. within sitting inside houses,
we have to wear masks and we need to not undertake any long—term solution, that is why it was quite unhappy with the government. anbarasan ethirajan there on the latest on the situation on pollution in delhi. thanks forjoining us on tuesday. migrants trying to cross the border from belarus into poland have been targeted with tear gas and water cannons by polish security forces. polish police say seven officers have been injured in the clashes. poland has accused belarus of trying to push migrants across the border line in order to destabilise the eu, a charge belarus denies. our correspondent steve rosenberg is at the border between the two nations and sent us this report. first, they'd asked to be let in. now they were demanding. in belarus, the migrants have run out of patience. well, these are polish water cannons being employed,
and that is because around midday, the migrants on the belarusian side of the border started throwing stones and rocks and branches, and all chaos has broken out. the polish forces have responded with water, but also with gas. it's quite difficult to breathe. we don't have a life here. four nights, five nights of not sleeping. my eyes... for two hours, the border crossing was like a battleground. the european union says belarus is using migrants as weapons, to destabilise europe. the belarusian soldiers stood and watched. they did nothing to stop the migrants who were storming the border.
"why not?", i asked this officer. his reply, "no comment." and while water cannon fought off the attack on the eu's border, the young and the vulnerable took shelter. belarus may have engineered this crisis, but that doesn't change the fact that its people who are suffering. this is an actor from kurdistan. his brother sold his house so they could afford their tickets and visas to belarus. where do you go now? i don't know. to iraq, to europe, to that camp, to minsk, we don't know where we are going. we are like a bull in the stadium. belarus and poland — they kick us. when the violence was over, some of the migrants packed up and moved on. they'd come to belarus to try to get
into the european union. now, its destination unknown. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. if you want to get in touch with me on any of the stories you've seen on newsday so far, the situation with pollution in delhi, for instance, i am on twitter. @bbckarishma i'm looking forward to hearing from you. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: western countries condemn russia for blowing up a satellite in a missile test. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara.
it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening - the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. - this will lead to a black—majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds worth of damage. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines: former cricketer azeem rafiq gives shocking details of the racism
he faced in english cricket, saying he was "constantly" subjected to the offensive language at yorkshire. schools and colleges in the indian capital delhi are ordered to remain closed in an attempt to tackle smog in the city. search teams equipped with diggers and dogs have started looking for people trapped in their cars, after a violent storm caused floods and mudslides across british columbia, in canada. land access to vancouver — the largest city in the region — was severely restricted and the country's two biggest railways reported serious damage to their networks. on monday, authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire town, but many are still trapped in their homes. justin mcelroy is a reporter for the canadian broadcaster cbc. hejoins me now from vancouver.
justin, thank you so much for joining us on newsday. let me start by asking you, how are those rescue and search efforts going? justin mcelroy, i believe we are having some technical difficulties trying to get to him. we will try and get to get to him. we will try and get to that story a little later on the programme, if we can, for you, but let me tell you about this. you might remember that much of the discussion at the recent cop26 summit was focused on financial assistance to help developing countries meet their green targets. pledges by rich countries have so far fallen short and more support will be needed on an ongoing basis. certainly, that was the conclusion, or some of the conclusions, that we saw and heard at that cop26 somet. my next guest is chief executive
of oxfam australia, lyn morgain, who joins us live from melbourne and says rich countries must do more to help poor nations achieve their climate goals. it is wonderful to have you on the programme today, lyn, on such an important topic as well. from what i understand, you are calling on rich countries to increase funding further. why is that and do you think that's likely to happen? it is lovel to think that's likely to happen? it is lovely to speak — think that's likely to happen? it 3 lovely to speak with you, think that's likely to happen? it 1 lovely to speak with you, thank you. yes, we do think it does need to happen. one thing to understand is increasingly, climate change is a question of inequality, so at these studies are showing us again and again is that poorer countries and people within poorer countries are not really creating the problem, whereas lt nations — and particularly wealthy individuals, the top ten wealthy individuals —
are exceeding our carbon budget, so most ordinary people will need to reduce our footprint by about half by 2030. this is what the science tells us and that is why we understand. but we are seeing is that it understand. but we are seeing is thatitis understand. but we are seeing is that it is very much the wealthy countries that are going to make the difference here and wealthy individuals. so when low—income countries come to cop, what they're saying is, along with thinking about how we reduce our emissions, we must also now turn our minds to how we will support the adaptation on the part of poorer countries, because these countries are losing their land, their livelihoods and increasingly their lives, so they have very strong case for saying that wealthy countries must
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mechanisms, and that was deftly welcomed. but was not great was that we re were not able to get on the table the questions about the damages poorer countries are are now dealing with. lam poorer countries are are now dealing with. , ~., . poorer countries are are now dealing with. , w ~ , poorer countries are are now dealing with. , a, ., , . with. lyn morgain there, they cute so much for _ with. lyn morgain there, they cute so much forjoining _ with. lyn morgain there, they cute so much forjoining us _ with. lyn morgain there, they cute so much forjoining us on - with. lyn morgain there, they cute so much forjoining us on newsdayj with. lyn morgain there, they cute i so much forjoining us on newsday on that very important topic. —— thank you so much. russia has confirmed it's conducted a weapons test in space, targeting an unused russian satellite. the us said the test had endangered astronauts on board the international space station and called russia's action "dangerous and irresponsible". russia's defence ministry said the debris created posed no threat. here's our science correspondent rebecca morelle. it was a moment of high drama on the international space station, with an emergency call from mission control. sorry for the early call. we were recently informed of a satellite break—up and need to have you guys start reviewing
the safe haven procedure. on board, the seven strong crew — including two cosmonauts from russia — were told to take shelter inside their return capsules. it was to avoid hundreds of thousands of pieces of space debris, created after russia tested a missile system blowing up an old soviet spy satellite. nasa said it was unthinkable that russia would endanger lives. but russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, denied it was endangering peaceful space activities. travelling at speeds of around ia,000 mph, tiny pieces of debris can cause huge damage. that's just an ordinary stainless steel spoon that was hit at 6.1 kilometres per second by something that's two millimetres across. so you can see that it's gone straight through. a fleck of paint caused this crack in the window of the international space station
back in 2016. but larger fragments are causing much more concern. something the size of a golf ball, for example, roughly about three centimetres across, if that were to hit the space station, that would be large enough to go through the shields on the space station and cause catastrophic damage. nasa says the next few days will be critical. the space station passes through the debris field every 90 minutes. the worry is that some of the fragments will remain in orbit for years to come, adding to the growing junk that surrounds our planet. rebecca morelle, bbc news. we are going to try and go back to vancouver now and speak with justin mcelroy, a reporterfor the canadian broadcaster cbc. justin, i believe we now have that line connected to you was to previously, as i understand it, the connection was cut because of power issues in the
area that you are reporting from, because of these floods that we have been telling our audiences about. can you just recap at this point how bad the situation is where you are right now? bad the situation is where you are riaht now? ., ., . ., right now? right now, in vancouver, it is sunny. — right now? right now, in vancouver, it is sunny. but _ right now? right now, in vancouver, it is sunny, but on _ right now? right now, in vancouver, it is sunny, but on sunday _ right now? right now, in vancouver, it is sunny, but on sunday and - it is sunny, but on sunday and monday, this region got as much rain in one day as it usually gets in about a month, and this is a pretty rainy part of the world, and so it created mud slides, flooding and a huge area of about 100 km wide each way, that's displeased about 10,000 people, it has caused a serious damage to several highways and it has meant that many people were stuck in their cars overnight. we are hearing word of fatalities in a couple places right now. it is the biggest weather that we have seen in this area for a flood in many decades, but it is just five months past an entire town burning down about 100 km from vancouver due to a heat dome that happened, certainly a
lot of tension at this point in time. , . ., , lot of tension at this point in time. , ., time. yes, and actually worrying time, time. yes, and actually worrying time. just _ time. yes, and actually worrying time, just briefly, _ time. yes, and actually worrying time, just briefly, justin, - time. yes, and actually worrying time, just briefly, justin, how. time, just briefly, justin, how arrest efforts going? —— are rescue efforts going? it seems to be going ok. rescue efforts... that reports of fatalities in a different area, where mudslides happen on a different highway, and so far we are awaiting more news there, but british columbia is full of mountain ranges and little valleys or roads go in and out, and so we are particular vulnerable to the sort of mudslides. , , ~ . mudslides. justin mcelroy there, re orter mudslides. justin mcelroy there, reporter for _ mudslides. justin mcelroy there, reporter for the _ mudslides. justin mcelroy there, reporter for the canadian - reporter for the canadian broadcaster cbc, with the latest from vancouver. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. that is all the time, i'm afraid, that we have for you on this hour of newsday for stub thanks forjoining us. do
stay with abc news for the latest global headlines and —— stay with bbc news. wednesday morning will be a little bit colder compared to the last couple of mornings. and, indeed, by day, it'll feel a touch fresher, too. but overall, the next 2—3 days will remain above the average for the time of year. i want to show you the jet stream — and there is a dip in thejet stream at the moment across the uk, and you can see the blue colours — so that's the slightly colder atmosphere that's spread across the country into the early hours of wednesday. and, with the clearer skies, that means that, in many towns and cities, temperatures will be around five celsius or so, especially out towards the east and in central parts of the uk. even colder than that in aberdeen, barely above freezing.
but that means a lot of bright and crisp weather in the morning, especially across central, eastern, and southern areas of the uk. not necessarily in western scotland and northern ireland, always a bit more cloud here and a chance of catching a shower. and you can see those temperatures actually not far off the average, just a fraction above. but look what happens on thursday — another change in the jet stream. now this time, the jet stream's way to the north of us, it's bulging northwards of the uk and allowing for a stream of really mild air to sweep in from the azores. so, mild south—westerlies across the uk, cloudy and damp in western and northern scotland — but where the skies clear, where the sun pops out for any lengthy period of time, temperatures will reach around 15—16, maybe even 17 celsius to the east of the highlands because of something called the foehn effect — you'll have to look that up, not enough time to explain it. but look where we are, nine celsius is the average this time of november — we are talking about 17 celsius, eight degrees above the average for the time of year.
and the same pattern continues in a friday, as well — east of the highlands, possibly 17, we could get 16 also east of the pennines, and widely around 111—15 celsius. and then, a reversal in the wind direction — you can see this time, rather than from the southwest, it's coming in straight from the north. now this looks pretty cold, doesn't it? well, it won't be that cold — it will be relatively speaking, but actually, we'll be going down from 15 to around nine celsius, which, of course, is about the average for the time of year, give or take.
the former yorkshire cricketer at the centre of the racism scandal has given compelling evidence to uk lawmakers. azeem rafiq said english cricket is "institutionally racist". he also said officials ignored his complaints. polish authorities have fired tear gas and water canon at migrants massed on the border with belarus. thousands of people are stranded on the poland—belarus border in makeshift camps in freezing temperatures. schools and colleges in the indian capital, delhi, have been ordered to remain closed in an attempt to tackle the problem of smog in the city. all nonessential construction work has also been halted. and search teams have started looking for people trapped in their cars after a violent storm caused flooding and mudslides in parts of the canadian province of british columbia. those are the headlines from bbc news.