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in the carnival celebration. hello and welcome to bbc news. the transport secretary grant shapps is planning to meet all sides in the aviation industry to discuss the continuing disruption at airports. he's accused airlines of overselling flights and holidays. unions have warned that the situation could get worse before it gets better. passengers have been facing cancellations and long queues at airports. let's take a closer look at what's been happening. travel giant tui says it is cancelling 200 flights from manchester airport this month. that is going to affect around 30,000 people. and that comes after easyjet had to apologise after cancelling 200
flights in ten days. tomorrow sees the start of thejubilee bank holiday, and around 10,000 flights are due to leave the uk between thursday and sunday. airlines uk, which represents tui, easyjet and british airways, says the vast majority of flights will be operating as scheduled. let's get more on this from our correspondent zoe conway. this guy's a legend. "this guy's a legend," a passenger says, as he films out of the plane window. he's referring to the man in the hi—vis jacket loading the bags — who's in fact the plane's co—pilot. it shows just how short—staffed some airports are. the aviation industry laid off thousands of people during the pandemic. now, it can't recruit people quickly enough. precious holidays have been ruined. vivien and her husband john were meant to take off on monday from bristol to minorca. after hours of queuing, the flight was cancelled.
we were supposed to be meeting our three sons out there. one of them was 50 — it's his 50th birthday — and it's just not happened and we're very stressed out. my husband's 80 years old. we can't really cope with that sort of thing, with the airport. i've never seen it like that before. there's just no organisation at all. anthony and his daughter emily were meant to be in turkey by now. they spent two days at manchester airport, then their flight was cancelled. i spent my birthday at gate b10 of manchester airport terminal 2, where it was hot. there were lots of upset children and it was, i guess, probably the worst birthday i've had — yeah, by far. as the queues backed up, the blame game got under way. the government accused the airlines and airports of not being prepared, and said it had injected £8 billion into the industry during the pandemic. the transport secretary grant shapps says airlines seriously oversold flights and holidays —
and is now demanding a meeting with aviation bosses. the holiday giant tui has cancelled 200 of its flights from manchester airport in june, which will affect more than 30,000 people. they say this is necessary to provide stability and a better customer service. no—one wants to be a harbinger of doom, but it's difficult to believe when we've experienced it in april, we're experiencing it in may, that you're not going to experience it acrossjune and july and august when the volumes are set to increase even further. a spokesperson for heathrow said that, whilst there have been queues, the airport was flowing. at gatwick, a spokesperson said the airport was operating normally, but was busy. britain's runways are not due to quieten down any time soon — this jubilee weekend, 10,000 flights are meant to bejetting off. zoe conway, bbc news. our correspondent sarah rogers sent this update from manchester airport.
it has been fairly peaceful. make of that what you will. but, the flights are starting to ramp up at the moment. of course, it is inside at the minute. we have seen all of those queues of people snaking around, waiting for hours, to get through security. and, watching the flights leave, you just have to hope that actually they have got all the passengers on board, and notjust passengers but their bags with them as well. but this really feels quite familiar, doesn't it? we have told this story before over easter. and yet the problem still persists. as you mentioned, tui are going to cancel or have cancelled a quarter of the flights from manchester airport which is affecting some 30,000 people. they have apologised. they said it is a difficult decision and flights from other airports, are going ahead as normal. not great, if you are flying out from manchester.
easyjet, though, also cancelling 20 flights a day until the 6th ofjune. british airways, 100 flights a day. they say that they were preplanned. as you say, as you have heard the transport secretary grant shapps is now demanding this meeting to find out what went wrong. he said operators seriously oversold flights and holidays, relative to their capacity to deliver. meanwhile, aviation bosses are desperate to get staff in. they want the government to speed up security passes, so that staff can get to work quicker. there is this blame game going on as you have heard, but none of that is going to help the people who just desperately want to get away on a well—earned holiday. we're joined now by paul charles, ceo of the travel consultancy the pc agency and a former virgin atlantic director. hello, paul. as zoe was saying in her report the blame game is certainly under way on all this. what you make of the comments from grant shapps? the what you make of the comments from grant shapps?— what you make of the comments from grant shapps? the government has got a nerve, to grant shapps? the government has got a nerve. to be — grant shapps? the government has got a nerve, to be honest, _ grant shapps? the government has got a nerve, to be honest, to _ grant shapps? the government has got a nerve, to be honest, to blame - grant shapps? the government has got a nerve, to be honest, to blame the - a nerve, to be honest, to blame the
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cope with. that they don't seem able to fully co -e with. , :, : cope with. they need time to recruit those staff- — cope with. they need time to recruit those staff. they _ cope with. they need time to recruit those staff. they have _ cope with. they need time to recruit those staff. they have been - cope with. they need time to recruit those staff. they have been trying i those staff. they have been trying to recruit those staff. they have beenin to recruit those staff. they have been in a position where they work to the security passes to be in place and they haven't been coming out of government processes so we are in a situation because they passes are simply not available at the moment and there are not enough staff to enter the industry. we the moment and there are not enough staff to enter the industry.— staff to enter the industry. we will try another — staff to enter the industry. we will try another question, _ staff to enter the industry. we will try another question, we - staff to enter the industry. we will try another question, we are - staff to enter the industry. we will l try another question, we are having some issues with the line, fingers crossed we can hear you. take yourself back to your virgin atlantic days, put that hat on, and explain for us all how this issue will be resolved. we have heard about more pay to attract people back to the industry but, in terms of the summer holiday season, not very far away, is it doable to get people trained up in time to be ready in the sort ofjobs that they
need to be in? tt is ready in the sort of “obs that they need to be in?— need to be in? it is doable to get the security _ need to be in? it is doable to get the security passes _ need to be in? it is doable to get the security passes time - need to be in? it is doable to get the security passes time for - need to be in? it is doable to get the security passes time for the l the security passes time for the peak ofjuly, some six weeks away but i'm afraid that the next few days are going to be pretty bumpy. it is very sad for consumers who are caught up in the situation. there is not a lot that can be done in the next few days unless more resources can be found somehow by government, but that is very likely. the dues will remain and it will be a very difficult situation for the next few days, simply due to the volume of people who are travelling. paul charles, thank _ people who are travelling. paul charles, thank you _ people who are travelling. paul charles, thank you for - people who are travelling. paul charles, thank you for your time, and apologies for the problems with that line. hopefully you were able to hear most of what paul charles had to say. borisjohnson is under renewed pressure after his independent ethics adviser questioned whether he broke the ministerial code when he was
fined for breaking lockdown rules. lord geidt said he repeatedly told downing street to explain to the public why it thought otherwise — but said the advice had not been "heeded". mrjohnson said there'd been no intent to break the law — and no breach. 5a conservative mps need to say they've lost confidence in the prime minister to trigger a vote on his leadership. let's get more on this from our political correspondent, jonathan blake. morning to you jonathan, this is lord geidt, the prime minister's ethics adviser. what sort of impact has what he has said going to have on the prime minister's ujah? tt is on the prime minister's u'ah? it is hard to say — on the prime minister's u'ah? it is hard to say at h on the prime minister's ujah? tit 3 hard to say at this point to be quite honest. it is not a great look because lord geidt was appointed to because lord geidt was appointed to be the prime minister was independent adviser on standards after the previous one resigned over an investigation, you might remember, into the home secretary priti patel, and accusations that she was bullying officials and staff, and the prime minister
disagreed with the advice that he was given and the adviser quit in the aftermath. so he has lost one, he probably doesn't want to lose another over a disagreement like this. quite the prime minister has responded to lord geidt�*s review which he published last night, in which he published last night, in which he published last night, in which he said that there are legitimate questions over whether borisjohnson had broken the ministerial code as a result of receiving that fixed penalty notice because, in the ministerial code there is an overarching expectation as the text says that ministers will follow the law at all times. boris johnson explained himself, saying that he didn't set out to break the law, he believed that the time that he hadn't. he has corrected the record in parliament and apologised and having a fixed penalty notice does not equal having a criminal conviction. but it is a little bit after the event, really, conviction. but it is a little bit afterthe event, really, because lord geidt also said in his report that he had been constantly stressing to downing street officials that the prime minister
needed to explain himself in public as to why he had not broken the code under the circumstances and that advice, in the words of lord geidt had not been heeded, so there was a definite plus nation, a definite tension, they are. at the limited does not seem like downing street expect anything back from lord geidt. there is no denialfrom them that he was threatening to resign yesterday over all this. so it is a bit of a mess. and it also comes as conservative mps continue to come out, day after day, in relatively small numbers, 102 he went there, but the total keeps increasing, criticising the prime minister and in some cases calling for him to resign in the aftermath of the sue gray report into the whole partygate affair. this morning deputy prime minister dominic raab speaking on bbc breakfast dismissed speculation about a vote of confidence in the prime minister. the vast majority of your viewers want is focused on the priorities
that they care about. that's why i'm, you know, saying, look, these are significant issues, but we have had a whole range of accountability and transparency around it, i'm very happy to answer the questions on lord geidt. i don't think this ends in a leadership challenge. what i think the government should do and what i'm calling on all conservative mps to do is focus on what, as you say, your viewers expect of their politicians, and my constituents expect of me, and i'm sure most others said that. so, we watch and wait to see if any more conservative mps will speak out or write letters to sir graham brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, calling for a vote of confidence in the prime minister. meanwhile, labour leader sir keir starmer and deputy leader angela rayner have received questionnaires from durham police as they look into that event in april of last year in the run—up to a by—election in the area, where there is now an investigation going on into whether sir keir starmer and angela rayner
and possibly others broke the rules at that event which labour have always maintained was a work event but is now carrying very high stakes with a pair of them because both angela rayner and sir keir starmer said that they would resign, if issued with a fixed penalty notice. thank you, jonathan blake at westminster. president biden has said that the us will enable ukraine to strike russian targets more precisely with new weaponry. it will include high mobility artillery rocket systems which have a range of 50 miles, 80 kilometres, in the past few hours a russian air strike has it chemical plant in the eastern city of severodonetsk, releasing a cloud of dangerous gas. residents have been told to stay in bomb shelters to avoid the fumes. joining me now is our ukraine correspondent, joe inwood, in kyiv.
what can you tell us about that strike releasing a cloud of dangerous gas? strike releasing a cloud of dancerous as? ,, :, :, , strike releasing a cloud of dancerous as? ,, :, :, dangerous gas? severodonetsk is a heavy industrial _ dangerous gas? severodonetsk is a heavy industrial area. _ dangerous gas? severodonetsk is a heavy industrial area. there - dangerous gas? severodonetsk is a heavy industrial area. there are - dangerous gas? severodonetsk is a heavy industrial area. there are big chemical plants everywhere. in many ways it is not that surprising. we have had warnings of this before. we have had warnings of this before. we have seen other chemicals being released into the donbas. so far, we understand, it has not caused any mass casualties, but of course, residents have been warned to stay indoors to avoid fumes. it is worth saying that any residents left in sevrodonesk would be staying indoors anyway because of the incredible levels of bombardment from the russians. president zelensky said that he was critical of the indirect fire and bombings that have led to the release of this chemical cloud. on these more advanced rocket systems and munitions that the us is sending to ukraine, what difference will they make to the ukrainians in their military operations? the
ukrainian say _ their military operations? t“t9 ukrainian say they could be a game changer. these systems are similar to the rocket artillery that has been employed to such devastating effect by the russians, these mass barrages of multiple rockets that come in thermobaric explosions, devastating barrages. the ukrainian say that when you get the systems they will have double the range and they will have double the range and they are much more accurate so they will be able to fire and russian positions from a greater distance away, a safer distance, not subject to counter batteries from the russians but also be much more accurate. the russian batteries, the russian systems are done within wheels, on trajectories, by calculations. the american systems are done by gps so can it quite an accurate area and the americans and ukrainians have said that this will allow them to be much more accurate and devastating, and they hope that it will tip the balance of this conflict in their favour. it is worth pointing out there is an issue
of logistics. we have to see how quickly these can be brought to the front line and how quickly ukrainian troops can be trained up on them because these are different systems that they have not used before and it will take some time to get them into the fight. me it will take some time to get them into the fight-— into the fight. we will be talking about that in _ into the fight. we will be talking about that in a _ into the fight. we will be talking about that in a moment - into the fight. we will be talking about that in a moment with - into the fight. we will be talking about that in a moment with a l about that in a moment with a military expert. one more question to you, and that is, with regard to what is happening in the east, you are talking about the potential difference these new weapons might make, but the russians have been making slow but steady progress haven't they, so will it make a difference in that strategic area? it is worth pointing out the russians seem to be making advances, they are mostly in control of sevrodonesk we think now, the governor of the hence region has been saying that some of his troops are making a it all, they say a tactical withdrawal, not being forced to back withdrawing back over the river. what it seems they are going do is give up the town of sevrodonesk, they will not make a final stand to the last man as we saw them try to do in mariupol, but
they will come back to lysychansk, on the other side of the river and a defensible position. it is worth saying there are different perspectives on this. the russians are putting everything into taking these areas because, if they can take the donbas, for then that is a strategic win to stop the ukrainian say that what they are doing, and pouring all of their troops into the donbas, the russians are leaving the back doors open in places like kharkiv and kherson in the south so the ukrainians can focus on taking back territory there, so, both sides are saying that the situation in in the donbas is going their way in certain ways but, of course, it is difficult for the ukrainians. thank ou for difficult for the ukrainians. thank you for that. _ difficult for the ukrainians. thank you for that, but _ difficult for the ukrainians. thank you for that, but quickly. - difficult for the ukrainians. thank you for that, but quickly. our- you for that, but quickly. our berlin correspondent says that the german government has promised to send air defence systems to ukraine, the most modern that germany possesses and it would enable
ukraine to defend an entire city against russian air attacks. to discuss the impact of the provision of these new munitions... i'm joined by former army captain and defence expert, dr patrick bury. so, news of that new high mobility rocket system, can you tell us a little bit more about these systems and what they can do on the battlefield?— and what they can do on the battlefield? ,., :, :, battlefield? good morning, the s stem battlefield? good morning, the system basically _ battlefield? good morning, the system basically is _ battlefield? good morning, the system basically is a _ battlefield? good morning, the system basically is a system i battlefield? good morning, the system basically is a system of| system basically is a system of multiple rockets and it has a range, its range depends on what rockets are fitted into it. it has been used to great effect against the taliban in afghanistan, against isil in syria when it has a 200 mile range missile fitted with a precision guided munitions so that it can drop the missile essentially through a
door, using gps. that is a significant game changer because, what the ukrainians have been suffering is heavy losses, mainly in infantry, from mass russian artillery barrages and rocket attacks and what the system will enable them to do is to stand further back. we have seen that the howitzer is the americans are previously supplied the ukrainians, they have a range of about 15—20 miles, but this has pushed that out to about 200 miles so they can target the russian logistics in the donbas, they can target command and control in the donbas and they can target the batteries that are engaging them. so it is quite significant. there is the risk of course, and that is why president biden has said we are not going to give these to them, there is a risk because they have a greater range that they could go into russia, depending on where they are being engaged from, and what we have seen
is assurances put in place that because these are pgm munitions that the ukrainians have no intention of using them against russian territory, to the —— to de—escalate this situation. territory, to the -- to de-escalate this situation.— this situation. just on the point that joe inwood _ this situation. just on the point that joe inwood was _ this situation. just on the point that joe inwood was talking - this situation. just on the point i that joe inwood was talking about thatjoe inwood was talking about with the logistics of getting them to the front line and training the ukrainians to use these new munitions, how long would that take? it is interesting one, the system can be put in an aircraft and flown to the front line quickly. within days. then the question is, how well adapted and how fast can ukrainian crew move on them? they would have experience of using the russian variant, the bm21, how much difference is there between the systems for them to get them into use as we have seen with the habits are the us applied last month, we have seen them in action already so they do not have to take too long.
you are talking probably to get the advanced crew clinic a couple of weeks to get them into action in some capacity, so the next thing of course is how many rockets, if they are firing rockets, how do they get them transported, but the us has proved themselves in terms of logistics, to be absolutely phenomenal. the only nation in the world that is able to move this amount of kit in the right order and get it to the right people so i would assume that this is something that they could overcome.— would assume that this is something that they could overcome. looking at the fi . htin: that they could overcome. looking at the fighting in _ that they could overcome. looking at the fighting in the _ that they could overcome. looking at the fighting in the east _ that they could overcome. looking at the fighting in the east of— that they could overcome. looking at the fighting in the east of ukraine, i the fighting in the east of ukraine, russia is saying that it is making some inroads, the ukrainians say that they are making some tactical withdrawals. looking at the situation right now, do you think that these weapons could make a strategic difference, could potentially turn things around for the ukrainians, or is that expecting
too much at this stage of the war? they are important in two ways. first of all it is symbolic. it shows that the ukrainians if you ask the staff, despite risks of escalation, we will give it to you as long as we think that they are manageable. it shows the russians that we will give them the kit that will slow you down or stop militarily, as i have explained, also. what we are seeing in the donbas, the russians have a more limited objective. if you look at what they were trying to do a few months ago in taking vast swathes of ukraine, now, it is much smaller, the distances we are talking about are much smaller. what we will see is the ukrainians probably being forced to withdraw back to more defendable lines, to the west and, from there, trading space or time and waiting for some of the new kit become onto the line that will then hold them back. but the russians are making gains, the ukrainians have been taking heavy losses, we are
seeing reports that morale is bad amongst troops on the front line because they have taken so many losses in the last number of days, weeks, leading up to now but i would stress these are fairly limited and to some extent given the size of the russian army and its capability you would expect them to at least, given all the problems we have seen with them, to at least to be able to take some of these towns are so close to their border, close to where their troops already are, and still in this small area, to the north of the donbas. , :, , :, donbas. interesting to get your exoertise. _ donbas. interesting to get your expertise, talking _ donbas. interesting to get your expertise, talking to _ donbas. interesting to get your expertise, talking to us - donbas. interesting to get your expertise, talking to us about | donbas. interesting to get your- expertise, talking to us about there news weapons being sent to ukraine, dr patrick burey. let's speak to our diplomatic correspondent paul adams. we are hearing about the impact of sanctions on the russian economy. i would like to hear the impact on
russia's defence industry. we heard about the russian sending 50—year—old thanks to ukraine to fight. it is quite a counterpoint to what we have been talking about, the us and germany sending the latest most advanced systems to the ukrainians. so, to what extent are the economic sanctions biting when it comes to russia's defence industry �*s it comes to russia's defence industry "— it comes to russia's defence indust ' i. ., ., , , it comes to russia's defence indust ' ., , , industry 's you have absolutely put our finer industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on _ industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. _ industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. this _ industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. this is _ industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. this is a - industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. this is a kind - industry 's you have absolutely put your finger on it. this is a kind of l yourfinger on it. this is a kind of pincer movement. on the one hand increasing the qualitative level of support to the ukrainian military with these latest systems which should as your previous speaker was indicating make quite a significant difference on the battlefield. meanwhile, all the time, western officials are watching to see what the impact has been of successive waves of sanctions on russia's war machine. the introduction of the 50—year—old t62 thanks was an
indicator of the problem is the russians are experiencing but what the officials are looking at is beyond that. what is going on in the russian defence industry �*s it is heavily dependent on western components, semiconductors and other parts, and they know that it is increasingly difficult for russia to import these key items and that that is causing extreme difficulty. this is causing extreme difficulty. this is not a particularly new observation. they have been talking for some weeks about the difficulties the russians have been having for example with the production of advanced munitions with the provision of spare parts, and in particular being able to replace drones which are playing such a key part in this campaign on both sides. so, those are some of the areas where they feel that the russian military is really experiencing difficulties. looking more broadly _ experiencing difficulties. looking more broadly at _ experiencing difficulties. looking more broadly at the _ experiencing difficulties. looking more broadly at the russian - experiencing difficulties. looking - more broadly at the russian economy and the impact of sanctions, what can you tell us about that? it is
can you tell us about that? it is ri linu can you tell us about that? it is rippling out _ can you tell us about that? it is rippling out much _ can you tell us about that? tit 3 rippling out much more widely across the russian economy. officials here believe russia is now already deep in a recession. the russian statistics themselves just a week or so ago indicated a drop of about 8% in gross domestic product. officials here believe that the real figure could be much higher than that. they are saying that this problem with imports, which you refer tojust are saying that this problem with imports, which you refer to just now in terms of the defence industry is also affecting many other sectors. the russian manufacturer of domestic vehicles is in a real slump. again, its production lines are heavily dependent on western components. of course the global economy is suffering and also some ways at the moment partly as a result of a pandemic and partly as a result of the war in ukraine but, the feeling is that the pressure on the russian economy is really beginning to bite
very deeply now. the effects of this are going to be felt for years to come. and interestingly, some of the countries that might have been expected to help russia, china and india, yes, they are in some places helping with the additional purchase of russian energy, but companies in those two countries are not showing a particular desire to rush in and fill the gap, conscious perhaps that they run the risk of secondary sanctions, companies which have interest in russia often have much greater interest in america and elsewhere in the west. so this is beginning to have a much broader effect. :, ., beginning to have a much broader effect. ., ,, , :, beginning to have a much broader effect. . ~' , :, , beginning to have a much broader effect. ., ,, , :, , . effect. 0k, thank you very much, paul adams. _ effect. 0k, thank you very much, paul adams, our _ effect. 0k, thank you very much, paul adams, our diplomatic - paul adams, our diplomatic correspondent. the bbc has heard multiple accounts of torture and kidnap in the ukrainian region of kherson which has been occupied by russian troops since the invasion began. the un and human rights watch have said they're investigating accusations of human rights abuses
and have gathered similar testimonies. our correspondent caroline davies sent this report from ukraine. a warning some viewers may find it disturbing from the start. olexander�*s bruises are fading, but the memory of what happened to him in kherson have not. this, he says, is the result of torture at the hands of the russian authorities. he explains how he was hung by his wrists and put in the stress position. olexander was a conscript in the ukrainian army but is now a businessman who lived in a village in the kherson oblast. translation: they put the bag on my head. - the beating began. the russians began to threaten that i would not have kidneys. i did not take off my watch. they started smashing it, trampling my feet. when i was severely beaten on the side, i lost consciousness. olag is a journalist. within days of russia's invasion, he says he was kidnapped. translation: they kicked me and hit
i me with the butt of a machine gun. l later, when i went to the doctor, i learned that they had broken four ribs. i heard them torturing other prisoners. i think that was even worse for me than the physical beatings because psychologically, it was very difficult to survive. russian troops took control of kherson in southern ukraine early in the war. without being able to go into the region, it is difficult to corroborate these accounts, but we have heard multiple testimonies with allegations of kidnap and torture. translation: i saw gunshot wounds, consequences of rape, burns, - fractures, injuries of internal organs, cranial cerebral injury, when a person is brought in an unconscious state. we spoke to one person hospital doctor who wanted to remain anonymous. he said he has treated multiple patients with signs of torture on their bodies. translation: i saw burn marks i
on genitals and burns from an iron on a patient's back and stomach. the patient told me that a wire was connected to a car battery, two bare wires were attached to his groin and his feet were on a wet rag. the un and the organisation human rights watch are also investigating what is happening in kherson. i think what we see in the testimony that you have captured is very consistent with what we are hearing, notjust in areas currently under occupation, but also areas that were formerly occupied by russian forces. the russian authorities did not respond to a request for comment. they have previously called other allegations of war crimes staged. but as more testimonies are gathered, many paint a picture of fear, intimidation, violence and repression of life under russian control. caroline davies, bbc news, odesa. the communications watchdog, ofcom, is urging technology firms
to do more to make the online world safer for women and girls. a snapshot of the uk's online habits compiled by the regulator found that women were more likely than men to come across harmful content — and were more likely to be distressed by it. zoe kleinman reports. # take me back to the summer time. 24—year—old scots folk singer iona fyfe uses social media to promote her music, and she gets a lot of online abuse. she says the comments can be relentless, distressing and scary. but when it's a prolonged, extended pile—on, it really does get to you — you question your self—worth, you question your talent, you question if you're good enough. i think that's really sad. a report out today from the regulator ofcom has found that women in the uk experience more abuse than men online, are more distressed by it, and are less likely to feel they can speak freely on the internet. iona wants to keep her voice. i don't think we should be bullied out the room.
i've worked really hard to create a platform for myself — whether that be for music orfor voicing my opinions! but it seems that a lot of people just want to tear us down. dame melanie dawes is the head of ofcom, and she says the tech companies need to do more to protect their users. too many companies prioritise growth and revenues over user safety, and don't actually think enough about the impact on the front—line user who's actually on their service. once the online harms bill gets through parliament, ofcom will have the power to issue big fines if the tech firms don't act quickly to remove harmful content. it's really important that they get women's voices in there, up front, when services are being designed, rather than trying to retrofit safety later when it's much, much harder. ofcom's media habits report gives a colourful snapshot of the life of uk adults online. we spend an average of four hours a day online — mostly on our phones. our most—used apps are facebook, whatsapp, messenger and instagram. nine out of ten of us use amazon,
and 2.5 million of us are still playing the ten—year—old mobile game candy crush saga. the social networks do have a number of tools for finding and removing harmful content — including human moderators, automated systems, and of course there's also the block button. but ofcom — and plenty of the internet users it's spoken to — want more to be done. zoe kleinman, bbc news. our technology editor, zoe kleinmanjoins us now. good to have you with us in the studio. what we are hearing in this report, we know a lot of this already, that the online world is not safe for women and girls, not say for a lot of people but particularly women and girls. how significant is that that ofcom is saying this? t significant is that that ofcom is saying this?— saying this? i think this is the really important _ saying this? i think this is the really important thing. - saying this? i think this is the really important thing. if - saying this? i think this is the really important thing. if you | saying this? i think this is the i really important thing. if you are saying this? i think this is the - really important thing. if you are a woman, if you have had a bad
experience online, loads of us have, tell me something i don't know, but the fact that it has come to the attention of ofcom effectually through their own report is really important because ofcom is going to become the regulator of social media, an online harm is bill going through parliament at the moment and it will give ofcom enormous powers to crack down on the companies for not dealing with this sort of harmful content properly. by dealing with that they mean getting rid of it. there is going to be a tight window in which they can get harmful content removed, enormous fines if they do not, they want to make executives personally responsible. ofcom is hoping to have a lot of teeth when it comes to policing base. finally having an organisation in a position of power saying we can see this is happening and we are able to do something about it should be quite empowering. knee able to do something about it should be quite empowering.— able to do something about it should be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions, be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions. they _ be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions, they are _ be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions, they are all _ be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions, they are all very _ be quite empowering. knee finds, the sanctions, they are all very well, - sanctions, they are all very well, but can the technology companies really pleased this? the fines...
they have failed to police itself are, for years and years they wanted to avoid regulation in many territories, leave it with us, we are on this, we can handle it, but we see time and again it is not being handled, it is such an enormous amount of content they have to work through. they have not been able to do it. some people are worried that it will go the other way and you will see what you might consider to be censorship because there will be more cautious, if there will be more cautious, if there is a massive fine, we do not want to take the chance. something potentially sounds like it could be offensive, we'll take it down. there are all sorts of nuance and cultural reference that are not necessarily offensive in certain parts of the world are communities, it is going to be a difficult line for them to have to trade.— have to trade. what more can individuals — have to trade. what more can individuals do _ have to trade. what more can individuals do to _ have to trade. what more can individuals do to protect - individuals do to protect themselves?— individuals do to protect themselves? , , . , , . themselves? this is a very difficult one. themselves? this is a very difficult one- there — themselves? this is a very difficult one. there are _ themselves? this is a very difficult one. there are tools _ themselves? this is a very difficult one. there are tools out _ themselves? this is a very difficult one. there are tools out there. - themselves? this is a very difficult one. there are tools out there. if i one. there are tools out there. if other people don't do it for you, you have to do it yourself
sometimes.— you have to do it yourself sometimes. , :, .., you have to do it yourself sometimes. , :, :, sometimes. the thing you can do ourself sometimes. the thing you can do yourself immediately _ sometimes. the thing you can do yourself immediately as - sometimes. the thing you can do yourself immediately as to - sometimes. the thing you can do yourself immediately as to block| yourself immediately as to block content and report it, you can mute accounts, you can block them from seeing your own material, you can report content, it gives you a list of why you're reporting it and what kind of hermitage causing, you can repeatedly do that until you get answer. it is not fail—safe and some people say blocking is not the answer, because you can't see it it doesn't mean it is not there. but you can do it straightaway and it will stop you from seeing it. you very much- _ sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's chethan. he is at hampden park today. which is a very big clue to what you're starting with this morning. good morning. it's going to be an emotional evening at hampden tonight when scotland hosts ukraine
in a world cup play—off semi—final. scotla nd scotland trying to get to their first world cup since 1998. victory here today wouldn't move them a step closer. for ukraine, so much at stake, responsibility on the shoulders of their players. they know victory here would galvanise the people back home with more on this match, our sports news correspondent. it's a group of players preparing for a game most of the world wants them to lose. if scotland are to make it to qatar, they must first see off ukraine. even a former scotland captain has been vocal in recent days about cheering on the away side. graeme souness has split opinion, i think it's safe to say. were you surprised by him saying that he wants ukraine to win? i can't... i can't put my mind, or i can't put myself in anyone else's mind. everyone has an opinion on the situation. every opinion will be different. i focus on myself.
i want to go to, like i said earlier, i want to go to ukraine... sorry, i want to go to qatar with scotland and the players want to go as well. so that's what i'll focus on. his players, like everyone else, know exactly the horrors faced by the countrymen and women of their fellow professionals. they know, too, the lift a victory would give a nation fighting for its very survival. it's impossible to imagine. it doesn't change anything from our point of view. it's still a football match. it's 11 v11, and no matter what's going on outwith that, it's about us sticking together and putting our game plan in place and making sure we do what we can. ukraine trained at hampden. afterwards, a media conference... where manchester city player oleksandr zinchenko broke down talking about ukrainian children.
we can speak a lot, but we need to do on the pitch. so that's what we're going to try to do tomorrow. we're going to try to make them happy and proud. it was 3—1 scotland back in 2007. in very different times, the same again would be cheered around the country, but maybe not around the world. chris mclaughlin, bbc news. a tough match for ukraine who have not played competitively since the russian invasion. scotland are eight matches not beaten. well, the winners at hampden will play wales in a final qualifier in cardiff on sunday. wales limber up for the big game with a nations league fixture in poland tonight. the victors of the weekend's match
are going to the world cup. they will be in the same group as england. wales will be hoping it is them. durham seamer matthew potts will make his england test debut at lord's tomorrow. the 23—year—old will play alongside his... durham team mate ben stokes — who captains the side for the first time, as england host new zealand. the experienced bowling duo of stuart broad and james anderson also return — they were dropped for the series in west indies earlier this year. the test marks a new ear for english test cricket, with new head coach brendan mccullum taking charge. there was a late night thriller at the french open as rafael nadal beat novak djokovic to reach the semi—finals.
it was four sets. rafa nadal chasing 22 grand slams, securing the win after four hours on court. the 21—time grand slam winner now faces third seed alexander zverev on friday. clearly, rafa nadal was inspired by real madrid when they made it 1a champions league, european cup wins when the beat liverpool in the final in paris. that's all the sport for now. the platinum jubilee celebrations will kick off this weekend, and one of the highlights is set to be the people's pageant. thousands will descend on london to tell the story of the queen's 70 year reign, with carnival floats
and giant puppets. jon kay has been to the dress rehearsals to meet some of performers. no five—a—side footy here today. oldham leisure centre has been taken over. it's the final rehearsal before global grooves head to london for the queen'sjubilee pageant, including the peacocks. give us a twirl! you've got the biggest smile on yourface. it's cos i'm 15, so this is the first event i've ever done like this. so excited. in a few days' time, you're going to be doing this for real at buckingham palace. yeah, buckingham palace in london as well! as it makes its way through the capital, the pageant will tell the story of the queen's 70 year reign. it's kind of a once in a lifetime thing to take part in. i love performing, i love putting on my carnival costume, i made this. have you got earplugs? yeah, i need them by the end!
does the queen need earplugs? no, she'll be dancing. even if she's sat down, she'll still give us a littlejig, it's fine. every group taking part will have a different theme. and for these guys, it's the cultural diversity of the north west of england. just explain how this works. so essentially, i have a large backpack on which all centralises it to a main sort of metal skeleton. my caribbean queen is actually 3d printed, so she's quite unique. this looks heavy. yeah, it's not the lightest thing! but to be honest, once you've kind of got it on and you're moving, it's all right. three hours, you're going to have to do this? yeah, i'm going to definitely have a very large breakfast!
such an expression, it's the only time i everfeel powerful. so to be able to do it on such a large scale is so good. nicholas has never been to london before. it's going to be quite a weekend for him. are you nervous about about buckingham palace? yes, definitely. and i mean, it's like, they said the estimated audience is 1.5 billion, which is a lot. well, there's about 15 people here watching you at the moment. yeah, and that's nerve—racking. i mean, i've got a friend in the audience and even in front of her, it's scary. so the entire world is terrifying. what really interests me is that you're a really young, diverse bunch of kids from across greater manchester and you're celebrating a lady who's in her 90s and lives in a castle. what connection do you feel to the queen? i think it's all about being english and being part of the uk. ifeel like, she's, like, you know, the big mum of the uk,
she just takes care of everyone. you're going to be waving at your big mum? definitely! give me a royal wave. oh, you've got it nailed. the pageant will bring together community groups from right across the uk. and 200 miles south, in somerset, they're also getting ready. every winter, the carnival clubs here compete with one another. but for thejubilee, they've come together to build one mega royal cart. i'm just amazed at it all. we've seen it in the shed in its three sections, but it's nothing until it's been brought out and alljoined and coupled together. looking at the drawing and looking at this, this is 100 times better than the drawing itself. so i am very, very pleased with what's turned out. push up's fine, it's the pull down. so you want one person?
on sunday, it's going to be absolutely magic. the adrenaline will be pumping, and you've just got to go with it and you've just got to enjoy the whole experience. without a doubt, it'll go up to the wire. we will still be there, probably in horse guards parade, putting the finishing touches to it. and they say carnival never starts unless she's still got wet paint on her. and i think we'll still have wet paint on this one. # whoohoo, it's a celebration! back in oldham, a few final touches before they head to the palace. are you nervous? i don't know what i've got to be nervous about. i think there's nerves of, oh, will the coach get there in time? it's all the boring stuff that i'm nervous about. i'm not nervous about any of this wonderfulness here at all, no. if you could bottle the energy in this room, blimey! they'd be struggling,
it'd be, like, exploding. and talking of energy, at 61, danny is closer to the queen's age than most of the other performers. can you do this for three hours? yeah, if the music's going, i can go! keep going, then! so watch out, your majesty. in 70 years, you've never seen a show quite like this. you are going to be exhausted. i know! i expect it. oh, wow! you guys are great, though. feel the music in your heart. oh, yay, yeah! iam i am reporting on sunday which is getting me in the mood for the day. many people will be getting together and celebrating with street
parties from tomorrow — marking the historic moment with friends and neighbours. 30 celebrity chefs and cooks have come together to share their best bakes, tip top trifles, and delicious dishes all in the name of thejubilee. one of those is giuseppe dell'anno — who won this year's great british bake off — and joins me now. lovely to have you with us on bbc news, i am a huge fan. the only thing that would be better is if you were here in the studio. tell us how you are involved this weekend. first of all, you are involved this weekend. first of all. happy — you are involved this weekend. first of all. happy to _ you are involved this weekend. f “fit of all, happy to oblige any time, i am always happy to share cake with people. i will be doing that this weekend. i will have an early celebration with the neighbours and some friends on saturday, and on sunday, i will be involved in a more formal occasion because i will be at the oval in london for the big
jubilee lunch.— the oval in london for the big jubilee lunch. , :, ., jubilee lunch. tell us more about that, what _ jubilee lunch. tell us more about that, what is _ jubilee lunch. tell us more about that, what is happening? - jubilee lunch. tell us more about that, what is happening? the - that, what is happening? the initiative that _ that, what is happening? the initiative that i _ that, what is happening? t“t9 initiative that i was involved in is fantastic, i think, initiative that i was involved in is fantastic, ithink, it's really nice. they have been putting together effectively a website, a cookbook, to give people ideas, you know, and starting points to work out what to do this weekend and what to bake for others, what to cook and share with your neighbourhood. that is the big jubilee lunch cookbook, it is a free resource, it is online, accessible to everybody, so if you do not know what to get busy with, you do not know what to start rustling up at the weekend, that's the best place to start. you can find it on the website, browse it and look for inspiration.-
find it on the website, browse it and look for inspiration. what, for ou, is and look for inspiration. what, for you. is the — and look for inspiration. what, for you, is the ultimate _ and look for inspiration. what, for you, is the ultimate jubilee - and look for inspiration. what, for you, is the ultimate jubilee bake? you, is the ultimatejubilee bake? for me it would be something that you can stake in the middle of the table and share with others. when i was asked to put together a recipe for this, was asked to put together a recipe forthis, i was asked to put together a recipe for this, i thought of a type of bread which is ideal when you have a lot of people around the table in an informal situation, when food becomes an excuse for being together. and that is what you find in the cookbook from me. it is a filled bread with cheese, that effectively you can articulate whatever way you fancy and use it to staff it with whatever you have got in the fridge or in the pantry. this is the ultimate _ in the fridge or in the pantry. this
is the ultimate get—together, obviously, people have been able to get together more but we have gone for so long over the last few years without being able to get together for those special celebrations, i think everybody is in the mood for a big party, in celebration, for that expression coming together to celebrate together. t expression coming together to celebrate together.— expression coming together to celebrate together. i was lucky enou:h celebrate together. i was lucky enough to _ celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be _ celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be in _ celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be in the _ celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be in the uk - celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be in the uk for- celebrate together. i was lucky enough to be in the uk for the | enough to be in the uk for the previousjubilee in 2012, that was my very first experience of a street party. it is a very british thing. it is almost an institution. it is a very simple concept, but extremely powerful. you build your community spirit, you get to know your neighbours. a little bit better. i think that the best thing we can all do isjust to pick think that the best thing we can all do is just to pick a think that the best thing we can all do isjust to pick a recipe, simple and effective, i would suggest, don't overdo it, don't worry about
perfection, it does not have to look like a show stopper, as long as it brings people together, it's all about the journey rather than the destination. it about the journey rather than the destination.— about the journey rather than the destination. :, , :, ., :, , destination. it does not have to be aerfect. destination. it does not have to be perfect- you _ destination. it does not have to be perfect. you mentioned _ destination. it does not have to be perfect. you mentioned a - destination. it does not have to be perfect. you mentioned a street i perfect. you mentioned a street party being a british institution, as an italian, what do you make of all of this? you said you were here for the lastjubilee, you have some experience, i wonder what you think of the planning come the celebrations, around read this event, the platinum this weekend? t event, the platinum this weekend? i think it is lovely, one of the things i like the most about the british culture is the community spirit and that is what brings people together and builds a network of support that you need, you mentioned, you know, the couple of years we are coming out of, who doesn't need that level of support? this is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the network of
neighbourhood and community because everybody needs it. everybody will rely on it at some point in their life, it isjust rely on it at some point in their life, it is just too good a chance to miss. life, it is 'ust too good a chance to miss. : ., life, it is 'ust too good a chance to miss. :, ,, , :, life, it is 'ust too good a chance to miss. :, ,, i. . life, it is 'ust too good a chance to miss. :, ,, . :, to miss. thank you so much for talkin: to miss. thank you so much for talking to _ to miss. thank you so much for talking to us — to miss. thank you so much for talking to us and _ to miss. thank you so much for talking to us and have - to miss. thank you so much for talking to us and have a - to miss. thank you so much for talking to us and have a great l talking to us and have a great weekend. he is the winner of the great british bake off. lets speak to our reporter helena wilkinson who is at canada gate in london, where preparations for the jubilee weekend are well under way: looked at the backdrop. it is fantastic. buckingham palace in the background to where we are. this is going to be the focus of the platinum jubilee celebrations over the next four days. let's show you a wider short of where we are. you can see the queen victoria memorial statue in the middle of that shot, and all of those blue chairs, that is where on saturday evening,
thousands of people will be coming here to see the platinum jubilee party at the palace where some of the biggest names in the music industry will be performing. you might be able to make out one of the stages at the bottom of the memorial and there are two other stages outside buckingham palace. just have a look at the far right of your screen, you could be able to make out the royal box, where members of the royal family will be setting. also, if you have a look to the far left of your screen you should be able to see the tree of trees, that is a recycled steel tree, constructed of 350 smaller trees, you might be able to make out those aluminium pots in that picture. all of those smaller trees. after the platinum jubilee they will be distributed across the country. that will be part of a ceremony tomorrow evening where a beacon, 1500 beacons
will be licked and that tree, members of the royal family will be coming here to take part in that ceremony. where we expect to see the queen over the next four days, we expect to see her at trooping the colour and also the balcony appearance behind us where members of the, working members of the royal family will make the anticipated appearance. the queen is expected on friday. there will be a service of thanksgiving at st paul's cathedral and the queen as expected, she has had mobility problems but she is expected to go there. there is quite a bit of work, final touches being made here outside the palace and i can tell you that some real royal supporters have already arrived. some of them just along from where we are, they set up tents yesterday,
it was pouring with rain, the sun is shining here to do so much better for them. : ., shining here to do so much better for them. :, ,, i. very much. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett if you are having a street party i'm sure you will be interested to hear what is happening. still the risk of the odd thunderstorm. light winds, warmer in the sunshine, 17 degrees in the central belt of scotland, may be 19 degrees in southern england and western parts of wales. this evening should be fine because the showers decay very quickly, overnight, clear skies, light winds, sampling temperatures, mist and fog here and there and numbers as low as three or fourin there and numbers as low as three or four in rural parts by first thing tomorrow morning. mist and fog
should live tomorrow morning. plenty of sunshine to start the day, it will bubble up the cloud, may be some light showers in scotland, northern england parts of wales. thickening cloud and rain into western parts of northern ireland, limiting temperatures here. otherwise, a warmer day than today. a warning some viewers may find it
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