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new zealand's biggest city, begins a snap seven—day lockdown — after the discovery of a new coronavirus case. tributes are paid to the record—breaking, british charity fundraiser, captain sir tom moore — at his funeral, family members say his spirit will live on. to the us now where regulators have authorised the use of thejohnson and johnson covid vaccine for people aged 18 and over. it is the third vaccine
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to become available in the states, following those from pfizer and moderna, but this one is single—shot so is set to be more cost effective. it can also be stored in a refrigerator rather than a freezer. the company has announced they're shipping more than 20 million doses immediately with first deliveries expected as early as monday. the news comes as washington warns state governors not to relax coronavirus restrictions too quickly, saying that recent steep falls in infections and deaths showed signs of stalling. well earlier i spoke to our north american correspondent david willis and asked him how significant this latest vaccine approval was. highly significant and there are two huge advantages to this new vaccine. one is, as you mentioned, it does not have to be kept in the freezer unlike others. that makes its transportation and storage
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easier. and it is a one shot deal so that means that it is a lot easierfor mobile vaccination centres, for homeless shelters and people who can't guarantee that they will be able to come back for a second shot in three or four weeks�* time. now, as you mentioned, these first doses should be available at the start of next week and altogether the us government has ordered 100 million doses of this new vaccine and they are hoping that it will make a significant contribution combined with 600 million doses of other vaccines expected to be available here by the summer. joe biden�*s pledge was 100 million injections in his first 100 days. how is he getting on?— first 100 days. how is he getting on? years ahead of
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schedule — getting on? years ahead of schedule as _ getting on? years ahead of schedule as far _ getting on? years ahead of schedule as far as - getting on? years ahead of schedule as far as that - getting on? years ahead of schedule as far as that is l schedule as far as that is concerned and today he has said that this was encouraging news that this was encouraging news that this was encouraging news that this newjohnson &johnson vaccine. he urged people not to let their guard down. we have seen this happen before here where the foot has been taken of the accelerator, if you like. cases of soared again. they are down at the moment and joe biden is very keen to keep them that way and he has pledged that every american who wants vaccine will be able to get one by the summer time, probably around the end of july. he looks to be ahead of schedule on that, even more so perhaps with the 100 million doses of this new vaccine coming on their way. we start with the latest from myanmar. security forces have used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, in the biggest crackdown yet on people protesting against the recent military coup. this was the scene in yangon. hundreds of activists are reported to have been arrested, and there are unconfirmed reports that
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a woman died after being shot. in the south—east of the country, police were filmed firing tear gas at protesters who blocked a road. dr simon adams is the executive director of the global centre for the responsibility to protect — an ngo that�*s been working in myanmar for nearly ten years. he told me he thinks things are heading towards some kind of major confrontation. nobody knows what the future holds but clearly the military is determined to impose this military coup and crack down on these protests but equally we have seen these inspiring scenes of people just absolutely refusing to be cowed by the military and even people in international diplomacy. the ambassador was mentioned at the top of your piece calling for further defiance and the onus of responsibility is now very much on the international community to send a signal to the new military that there will be no business
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as usual for them. you say send a signal, but what does that mean in practice. people what should the international community actually practically be doing? there are four very simple things. they should impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on all the generals but essentially the general who is not only responsible for the genocide in 2017 but is now the leader of this coup. certainly they should divest from all these massive conglomeration that the military controls inside the country and there should be no recognition of this government is anything approaching a legitimate government in the world of international diplomacy. this is a country ruled by the military for a long time. it was criticised internationally and it is not a country under military rule that is too bothered by international criticism. i don�*t think they are bothered by not being a people�*s christmas card this but they are bothered
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about targeted sanctions which hit the generals directly and about their business interests because the military is not only a force of violence inside myanmar, it is also a massive moneymaking enterprise so if you target those enterprises that actually does make the general sit up in their chair and pay notice and we have already seen the massive australian resource firm said it is withdrawing from me in mind other countries have said they are severing their development aid and severing their military ties and other ties. those things actually will hurt generals and make them take the situation seriously. three irish police officers have been injured during a violent demonstration against covid—19 restrictions in the centre of dublin. 23 people were arrested — 12 men and one woman were charged with public order offences. aruna iyengar has this report.
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chanting. hundreds gathered for a planned demonstration against coronavirus curbs at st stephen�*s green, a city centre park, but they were blocked by police. violence erupted with fireworks aimed at police officers. police charged the crowd with batons drawn. three officers were injured in the protest, which lasted around two hours. you�*re my brother, you�*re my sister! protesters gave out leaflets saying "let ireland live". garda commissioner drew harris said a number of groups were working in concert with each other, ranging from far—right and far—left groups, as well as those opposing lockdowns and vaccines. ireland has experienced some of the toughest lockdown measures in the world. deaths in the country total over a300, and the nation is currently in its third
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lockdowns, which was extended by a further month earlier this week. the irish taoiseach, micheal martin, condemned the violence, saying it showed "a complete lack of respect to the public and an garda". the country navigated two previous waves of covid—19 with relatively low case numbers and death rates, but cases surged after restrictions were relaxed in the run—up to christmas. now that pent—up frustration is spilling over. new zealand�*s biggest city, auckland, has begun a snap seven—day lockdown after a single new coronavirus case was detected. residents, including schoolchildren, have been told to stay at home, while the rest of the country will observe less stringent restrictions. here�*s what prime minister jacinda ardern had to say. we are in the unfortunate but necessary position of needing to protect aucklanders once again. that is why cabinet met this evening and made a decision that auckland will need to move to alert level three for a period of seven days. the rest of new zealand
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will move to level two. well, earlier i spoke to microbiologist, dr suzie wiles, from the university of auckland. she told me the case is connected to a small cluster that broke out a few weeks ago. it is part of a wider cluster so about two weeks ago we had a three—day lockdown after a couple of cases were detected. and that ran, we thought it was under control and got to around 11 cases in three families and then another case appeared yesterday so this is now our fourth family and at the time that this lockdown was cold it was not clear whether it was linked to the first three families but also we knew that the person had been infectious for probably about a week and has been outliving their life. so we think there may well be quite a bit of transmission that may have happened and so that is what has led to our latest restrictions.
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we say that every time you speak it every time we crossed to new zealand. to other countries were used to so many more cases, these restrictions seem very strict indeed for a relatively small outbreak. yes, well, we know that the kind of life that we are living here, we have large gatherings and there were big concerts over the weekend and a big art show going on. boat racing and lots of things going on so there are lots and lots of opportunities for massive amounts of spread of this virus. the virus is the more infectious variant first identified in the uk so that can spread very fast and very far and our strategies elimination so when that comes, when a virus cases detected in the community, depending on what that case looks like we take measures and so in the past we have used our contact tracing an isolation strategy to stop at a pace but this looks like it is a little bit bigger to do that. where new zealand when it comes to the vaccine roll—out?
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so our first vaccine has been approved and we are using the vaccine that came, two shipments now over the past couple of weeks and we have started the roll—out to our border workers and those working in our facility so far as these are the people most likely at risk to pick up the infection from returning travellers. and then we are expecting the roll—out at the rest of the country to happen later in the year but that is determined by access to other vaccines and when they will captain sir tom moore — the british second world war veteran who raised more than 30 million pounds for health charities during the uk�*s first lockdown — has been honoured at an emotionalfuneral service broadcast live on uk television. he died earlier this month at the age of a hundred
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after contracting coronavirus. people in the english town of bedford stood outside their homes to applaud as his cortege passed by. our correspondent, john maguire, reports.(tx his was a story born out of lockdown, and as the hearse left his house this morning, pandemic restrictions meant people adhered to the family�*s wishes to stay at home. soldiers from the yorkshire regiment, the modern equivalent of captain sir tom moore�*s wartime unit, who were with him as he made his famousjourney, joined him once more as he made his finaljourney. he received full military honours. on the coffin, his medals, including his knighthood and a specially commissioned officer�*s sword. on one side, the regimental
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motto, "fortune favours the brave", and on the other, his motto, "tomorrow will be a good day". and in clear blue skies above bedford cemetery, the silence was broken by a fly—past from a wartime dakota. to us, he was a veteran and a record—breaking fundraiser who walked 100 laps of his back garden to mark his 100th birthday, raising almost £40 million for nhs charities in the process. but for his daughters, lucy and hannah, he was first and foremost a father. daddy, you would always tell us "best foot forward", and true to your word, that�*s just what you did last year, raising a fortune for the nhs and walking your way into the nation�*s hearts. we are all so proud of everything you have achieved and promise to keep your legacy alive. thank you for all the special times we�*ve shared. our relationship cannot be broken by death. you will be with me always.
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and for his grandchildren, benji and georgia, who�*ve grown up living with their grandad, it was a time to remember cherished moments. if there is a lesson i have learned from living with you these past 13 years, it's the power of positivity and kindness. i truly do not believe i'd be the person i am today without your sound guidance. he tells stories of his loved . ones, the people left behind. he doesn't cry - or moan or shout. he just says, "best be kind." during the funeral service, we learnt so much more about captain sir tom moore — the man, the grandfather and the father — about his humour, his honesty and his humility, qualities that have sent his name around the world and will ensure that it lives on beyond today for generations to come. and he became a favourite
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for millions of people around the world who were inspired by his words and deeds to walk, to be kind and to support good causes. # walk on through the wind... # reassuring us all that we would never walk alone. john maguire, bbc news, bedfordshire. and fijian soldiers have paid tribute to captain sir tom moore with a traditional song. let�*s take a listen: the soldiers are from the captain�*s former unit, the first battalion of the yorkshire regiment. you are watching bbc news — the latest headlines... in myanmar, security forces use tear—gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds in the biggest crackdown yet on people protesting against the military coup.
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us regulators have approved the use of the johnson and johnson covid vaccine — for everyone aged 18 and over. the former us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has told the first major gathering of republicans since donald trump left office in january that the ex—president�*s "america first" strategy had always been right for the country. mr pompeo was addressing the annual conservative political action conference — known as cpac. he would say, i expect you�*ll put your country and your people first and we work together to accomplish this for both of our countries.
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america first was right for america. it secures our freedom and the entire world benefits from america�*s fearless and bold and strong. so first we show up at the paris climate accord. we said au revoir. we were clean and safe drinking water but that agreement was a fantasy for diplomats who wanted to show signal and when present biden re—entered the deal american workers lost. seth weathers is a republican strategist and trump�*s former georgia political director. he says republican voters are eagerly waiting to hear from the former president and sunday�*s speech is trump�*s moment to shine. it is the grassroots republican group of supporters and they are showing up and they love trump and the majority of america, the majority of republicans in america love donald trump and so the reality is there is a massive disconnect between what goes on in washington, dc and what goes on in everyday america. dc republicans and democrats
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hate donald trump. when you go outside of that republicans in everyday america love the guy and there is not a disconnect. there is a need to get rid of the people who are in dc, from my perspective. what about the fact that he lost the election and yes you got millions of votes but he was millions behind joe biden. it�*s a good election strategy to back a loser? the reality is he got more votes than any republican presidential nominee in history ever received by roughly 10 million. that is a massive game. granted, biden received even more votes for any nominee ever on the democrat side but the reality is there is no republican that has anywhere near their support that
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donald trump as for the republican party and that does not mean you will be the one who runs as a nominee but if he wants to it is his to have. he also has an incredible role and position where he can be the kingmaker for who the nominee years if he decides ultimately that is not him. it could be donjunior or whoever. but he could ultimately be the deciding factor there. his power seems secure within the party at the moment. what is your instinct? you think you will personally want to run again all, like you say, throw his weight behind someone else? look, iwould imagine the guys sitting there and he wants to get back in the game and run. i ultimately don�*t think by 2024 he is really going to want to have to go through all of that again. but i do see that he is,
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by not letting on whether he does or doesn�*t he held that position open. there is no major name going tojump into the presidential race linking that trump may jump in later. sally holds that position open and get it written whoever he wants. the golden globes take place this weekend. but, for obvious reasons, it�*s been a subdued year in hollywood. the effect of the pandemic on actors and directors is well publicised, but we might spare a thought for a group of movie industry workers with no way of doing theirjobs remotely — make—up artists. make—up artists and hair and wardrobe is so important for hollywood. what you see in the movies and, you know, all the new apps, netflix and amazon and hulu, you know, they need make—up, and without us, it�*s just not going to be the same.
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you know, i mean, itry and keep six feet apart as much as i can, but as i�*m doing the make—up, you really can�*t, so, that�*s why i keep my mask on at all times. i get covid test, you know, pretty regularly. like, maybe once a month, so, you know, i come up negative, and then i feel confident that, you know, i can go to my clients. in sydney and in australia they got a good handle on the pandemic quite quickly, so what was quite a fast halt to my work, it was the first time in about 16 years where i had a clear calendar for three months! so, that was really strange, a very strange moment. but everybody was in the same boat, you know, many productions, we had a few marvel films that were filming out here, different types of films, and also shoots that were scheduled to happen. it really was put on hold,
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everything was stopped, you know, and halted while we went into different versions of lockdown around australia. it obviously affected my rollers make—up artist because we are so tight when we are with a client. it all depends on each job. so, there's different levels of things we need to do for differentjobs, but nowadays, if i go to a photo shoot or i am on a large—scale production, actually, even the small photo shoots, we need to sign a covid waiver. it�*s not that i ever need a break. i love doing red carpet, and i love the glitz and glamour of, you know, making my clients up and going to the award shows and being with them on the red carpet. slowly, we will get back normal but we just have to be patient. awards seasons are a really funding for make—up artists.
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it sucks that we can�*t do it and things are virtual now, but, you know, slowly we will get back to normal and we just have to be patient, but, yeah, award season�*s a really fun thing fora make—up artist, and hair and wardrobe stylist, for sure. archaeologists in italy have unveiled a roman chariot they discovered near the buried city of pompeii. mark lobel takes a look. dusting off history. archaeologists say this is a first ceremonial chariot find of its kind. a short horse ride from the ancient roman city of pompeii. discovered on the porch of a large suburban villa, preserved in a thick layer of ash after a volcanic eruption almost 2000 years ago. incredibly, almost entirely intact. note the high iron wheels. metal arms and back rest. to seat one or two passengers. look even closer. along the sides, engraved bronze sheets and painted
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wooden panels featuring cupid. speaking of which, on the rear, bronze and tin medallions depicting essential scenes. all pointing towards the real purpose of this stunning uniquely italian discovery. which archaeologists deduce with taxi priestesses and ladies. this one, imagined to lead a bride to her new household. translation: pompeii continues to amaze us with its discoveries. it will be like this for many years to come with another 20 hectares to excavate. moreover, shows one can enhance the site and attract tourists from all over the world and at the same time one can do research. this excavation site for the yellow dot is here just north of the much visited city of pompeii, could have been part of a crime scene. look how close looters dug one illegal tunnels marked
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in yellow here to the chariot. excavators worked nonstop since it was first discovered in early january to ensure no one else got their hands on this exceptional find. now, they can percent to the world this chariot. a survivor of molten rock and attempted robbery. soon on show for over 2 million visitors who are normal times come to see for themselves the saved sacred secrets of this ancient city. you can reach me on twitter — i�*m @ lvaughanjones the weather�*s been pretty good lately across most of the uk. lots of sunshine, it feels like spring. the flowers are coming up. there�*s certainly more oomph to that sunshine, and there�*s every reason to believe the weather is going to stay settled for the next few days
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because of high pressure. but high pressure doesn�*t necessarily mean sunshine everywhere. in fact, it really does all depend on how the wind blows and where around the area of high pressure. and sometimes we get sort of lumps of cloud stuck in that high, and they may creep in from the coast well inland. so, it does mean that some areas in the morning could be pretty overcast. where the skies are clear overnight, there�*ll be a touch of frost in the morning, but elsewhere, it�*s going to be above freezing. so, this is what it might look like in some areas early on sunday morning, and in fact possibly even into the afternoon. here�*s an example. around lincolnshire, east anglia and down into the south east, possibly london, too, you may have to wait a while before that cloud burns to the coast, if it does. in some areas, it might actually hang around,
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and temperatures will struggle to seven degrees. but out towards central and western areas, we�*re talking about 10—12 degrees. not spectacular, but actually mild enough, really, for the very end of february. because as we head into the 1st of march, the first day of meteorological spring, again a touch of frost in the morning to greet us, to greet march. temperatures out towards western areas a little bit milder there, 3—6 degrees. now, here�*s the high pressure monday and into tuesday. it�*ll sort of be around about here. in fact, extending its reach well into europe across the alps and further south into the mediterranean as well. now, look how much cloud there is on monday. now, this is so, so difficult to predict. in fact, it could linger, it may not. it may actually clear away, so there�*s a bit of a caveat there. yes, plenty of sunshine with the high pressure, but it�*s not guaranteed. and it�*s a little bit cooler, only around eight degrees. in fact, there will be a tendency for temperatures to drop a little bit as we go through the course of the week. slightly cooler air may be reaching us from the northern climes, but enjoy the sunshine if you can.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: security forces in myanmar have security forces in myanmar have used tear gas and rubber used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, bullets to disperse crowds, in the biggest crackdown yet in the biggest crackdown yet on anti—coup protesters. on anti—coup protesters. over 400 people were over 400 people were arrested in yangon. arrested in yangon. us regulators have authorised us regulators have authorised in the biggest crackdown yet the use of the single dose the use of the single dose johnson &johnson covid johnson &johnson covid vaccine, for people aged vaccine, for people aged 18 and over. it�*s the third vaccine 18 and over. it�*s the third vaccine to become available, to become available, following those from following those from pfizer and moderna. pfizer and moderna. johnson &johnson say johnson &johnson say they will begin distributing it they will begin distributing it security forces in myanmar have security forces in myanmar have used tear gas and rubber used tear gas and rubber
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bullets to disperse crowds, bullets to disperse crowds, in the biggest crackdown yet over 400 people were arrested in yangon. the army, which seized power earlier this month, says it�*s sacked the country�*s un ambassador after he condemned the coup. new zealand�*s biggest city has begun a snap seven—day lockdown, after the discovery of a new coronavirus case. the police in auckland have prepared checkpoints near the city�*s borders and public venues have been shut. residents, including schoolchildren, have been told to stay at home.

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