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capitol building in washington after a man drove his car into two officers — before getting out of the vehicle and lunging at them with a knife. the man was then shot by police. he later died. the top homicide investigator for minneapolis has told the murder trial of derek chauvin, the former white police officer who was seen last year kneeling on the neck of the george floyd, the use of force was "totally unnecessary". mr chauvin denies the charges against him. oganisations representing the uk hospitality sector have joined a group of mps and peers in opposing the potential introduction of covid vaccine passports. the government says no decision�*s been made, but ministers have suggested documentation could be a "tool in the short term" to re—open theatres and sports stadiums. now on bbc news,
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lockdown: a year of loss. across the uk, covid—19 has claimed the lives of more than 126,000 people. behind each death of course is a very personal story of loss. 0n the one year anniversary, last month, of the first nationwide lockdown, the bbc�*s spotlight team heard from some of those grieving in northern ireland. a warning the programme has some content which some may find upsetting. the way ahead is hard,
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and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost. my name's joan fulton. i'm from newtownards. i lost my brother, billy, to covid—19 last year on 23rd march, and thatjust happened to be the day that borisjohnson made the official lockdown. he went to england when he was about 17 and he joined the army, and after he came out of the army he went to long—distance lorry driving, and absolutely loved it. until later on he had taken a heart attack,
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which left the heart quite damaged, and he then retired. and he took up a hobby after that, going to markets, buying and selling. and he... a bit like del boy, maybe. we used to call him santa claus because he had white hair and a white beard. 0n the wednesday, which was the 18th of march, i took him down to island hill, and i remember sitting down at island hill. he was talking about how we used to go down there for picnics as kids, and he talked about my mum and dad and the boys and my sister, and then we headed back home. friday morning, i got a phone call from him, i remember going over to him and saying, took
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i remember ringing before bedtime. he says, "i'm very sleepy. joan, i'm very sleepy." i says, "do you remember island hill on wednesday?" he says, "i do, i do." i says, "see, when you get really sleepy "and you can't open your eyes any more," i says, "you think about that and just step into the water." that's the way i said it. and he goes, "0h, joan, that was beautiful." he says, "that's how i want you to remember me." and i says, "yeah, iwill." this is his last words to me — "hey, joan, i said a prayer for you today." i says, "did you?", and he goes, "i did." i says, "did you say a wee prayerfor you?" he says, "i did." i said, "will i see you later?" "i'll see you later." his last words. last words, "see you later."
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but the difference with billy's journey and mine... billy went to the undertakers and i got going home. my hope is that we learn to be a people that really look and say, "what was really important this year? "what did we really miss?" i think it's company with each other. so maybe when we get that opportunity to get together again, we'll be kinder to each other, and we'll get past thinking of ourselves, and just look after each other. applause and cheering
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my name is noeleen henry. i'm from ballymena. i began working in icu when i was 28, antrim area hospital. ifirst remember hearing about an illness in china and i can remember the very day — i was doing calls, community calls, and i heard "covid," "corona," and then it literally just hit. the patients were admitted one after the other. the beds were filled. the only way i could describe it is hell on earth. literally hell on earth. the patients were so, so ill, and, from my experience, i have never come across any other patient with any other disease that i have nursed being so sick. people literally
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couldn't breathe. the worst thing was whenever the doctors were telling the patients they were going to sleep, and you were trying to reassure the patients that they would wake up. most of them didn't. and you were literally their last... the last person they'd seen, the last voice they heard, before they went to sleep. after the first wave came and went, there was just relief. we just thought, "that's it, it's gone." my name is eugene ferry. i'm from here, derry city. i lost my father to covid. he was also eugene ferry.
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he was aged 62. he was from the creggan estate. he was a baker most of his life. my mum's lorraine, and they got together in 1979. and they married in 1984. he was a big man, but he was a larger—than—life character. most of the photos he's in, he's either dressed up, he's having a laugh with his friends — he was a bubbly sort of person. here in derry, everybody knew me daddy or else me daddy knew them. people just knew him from like pubs and stuff. like, it wasn't his job to be an entertainer but once the singer stopped in the bar that night, like, he was always encouraged, you know, to sing. people just gradually brought their chairs closer to me father. "name the song," and he would... he would give it a go. # falling in love...#. in the summer, our mood lifted — we were able i remember him — like, the restrictions was lifting and he was, like, at 12 o'clock
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at night, "we're going, "we're going to the caravan." that's how... he was like a big child on christmas day, waiting for the restrictions to lift. coming into september, everybody was enjoying being back in the pubs. it was just after the eat out to help out, and then the r rate hit high here, and then we all contracted covid. 0n the thursday morning, the 29th, he woke me mammy at 20 to six in the morning saying, "lorraine, i don't feel "too good, i think i'm gonnae need to go to the hospital "or go to the doctors." he didn't get carried out into the ambulance, he walked in the ambulance perfectly fine. just struggling with his breath, and hejust turned round and said "see you later, love." they said they were moving him to icu, they needed to put him on a hood so that it was a constant flow of oxygen. once the hood was over his head, he felt like a lot of pressure being put on him, like, claustrophobic — he felt claustrophobic with the hood on him. the last time i spoke to me dad
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was the tuesday, 3rd november. he contacted us, actually. he was sitting eating an ice pop through the hood, so he was, he was cracking up because there was no good tv. he was missing homes under the hammer. and then he asked me, "what was the results "at the weekend, cos i cannae get nothing in here?" he was sort of cracking up a bit in terms of he couldn't get no normal tv, what he was used to doing. there's a scene in armageddon at the end of the movie whenever the daughter and father, like, speak to each other via video call. that's how we said goodbye to me father. he wasn't responding, he was on a ventilator, he was tubed up and we were speaking to him. me sister actually sung two songs to him then we were told that he's just passed. i go to his grave every day and have a conversation, though, just, "thanks for everything." he... it's mad, because the day that i had my first—ever job interview, he... i wasn't going to go. he came up and got me out of bed, just wee
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small things, know, like, "thanks for getting me "out of bed that day. "and thanks for everything, basically, growing up." my name isjulie, originally from the philippines but now i live in donaghadee. i lost my mum, emma vianzon, in october 2020. she's a mother of, like, three, three beautiful girls. my name is brendan lowe. i'm from belfast. i was emma vianzon�*s partner. my mum was 57 years old whenever she passed, and the things that i would remember is definitely
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her signature smile. it willjust, like, melt your heart. we had just over ten years together. i loved every minute of it. she was a very loving person. i loved her to bits, loved her to bits. my mum is originally from the philippines and from as young as i can remember, she said to me that, "i'm born as a nurse." for her, nursing is not a job — nursing is her passion. like, she's so proud to wear a uniform. i remember her saying that "oh, one of my dreams is, "by the age of 40, i'll be working as a nurse, "in different country, wherever it may be." so she actually arrived in county tyrone in november 2002, and then moved
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to the city hospital. my mum got, like, the kidney transplant injuly 2020. yous got a phone call from the hospital. they've told that the operation is going to happen within the 2a hours, and we were just so overjoyed. for her, a kidney transplant is like a gift of life, so that's how she referred me, she's like, "i'm going "to have a gift of life." you know, she's telling brendan, "brendan, we're "going to go travelling." 0h, travel the world. yeah. hello, everyone. thank you for thinking of me, thank you for your prayers, and your thoughts. it's amazing that i have you two in my life. 0n the 1st october, both of us weren't feeling well,
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and emma said "we'll go down and get checked out." and we were both positive, and the ambulance came for me that night. it didn't come for me necessarily, it was one of two of us. and... ..she insisted that i get on, in the ambulance first. and...that�*s her being a nurse, like. so i went in the ambulance, and that is the last time i seen emma. . .alive. friday, the 9th of october, they had to put her on the normal oxygen, and so the next day, she said to me that she's really exhausted. she was saying to me, like, "i will do my best to fight, "but i can't fight this."
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i miss everything about her. we had great plans to get married. i miss herfood too. i miss herfood, cos i'm cooking for myself and, believe me, you wouldn't fancy it. she chatters with baby the hardest thing this past few months is to watch my son looking at all the photos, kissing it, and him missing my mum, cos they've built such an amazing bond. a few days ago, he heard my mum's voice and he was so excited, and he saw that
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voice was coming from my mum's phone and he, like, put his hand on my lap, looked at me and burst into tears. and that's one of the things that i'm finding really, really difficult these past few months. my name is fatherjames 0'reilly, and i've been a priest coming up on five years. when covid—19 hit, there was a lot of fear and confusion, and initially it seemed to be that nurses and doctors will go in to their patients, but that's it — nobody else. things changed, probably in mid—april. father felix was the hospital chaplain in antrim area for 17 years. he was the first patient that
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i attended with covid—19. i anointed him with the last rites and he went to the lord a day or two later. and there was something spiritual and symbolic in that moment, that i am taking on the ministry that father felix has run for so long. it was probably over the next few weeks, where families little by little, as the pandemic increased, before i knew it, i was coming in and out of the hospital three and four times a day, seven days a week. when i first went into the icu, my first thought was fear and emotionally it's incredibly challenging, and patients who i've administered the last rites to who have subsequently went to the lord, is easily 100. easily. i've had moments at those times where ijust needed to have a good cry. and ijust felt like i couldn't cope any more. it doesn't mean that you're weak but it means you're human.
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when i think of the last year, part of me... ..part of me is wondering, "why?" "why is god allowing this to happen?" but i'm also incredibly thankful because i believe that there's always hope. i mean, i've seen hope in the lives and actions of the nurses and doctors in the hospital. the care workers, the health care assistants. i'll never lose the hope that i've seen in those people that i've encountered over the last year. covid has wrecked me professionally and personally. i lost my husband,
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alan, to covid. he was 63. he passed away on the 6th of january this year. alan was from cullybackey. owned and managed pubs all his life, so he was a very, very sociable man. we met when i was a student nurse, just on a normal night out, as student nurses did back then. he was slightly older than me, 1a years older, and i thought, "no, i need somebody my own age." but he wooed me, wined and dined me, and that was it. we were together for 29 years. we have three lovely kids. he loved man united, much to my disgust, and ballymena united. and on top of that, then we just loved our holidays.
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i got to speak to him a couple of times, but then he phoned and said the doctors were going to put the tube down his throat and his last words to me, "look after the family." even at that stage, i thought, "he'll be ok, he'll be fine." so, from the 1st of january then to the 6th, i sat with alan, but unfortunately, from about the ath... ..his condition deteriorated. alan wouldn't have been an overly religious man.
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fatherjames. such a gracious man and such a lovely person. came in and anointed alan. and although alan knew nothing about it, it settled me, it gave me great hope. it was just awful, because here was a woman, an incredible woman, who has served and fought this thing so, so faithfully, and now she was on the receiving end, so to speak. it was really, really tough. my grandsonjack is nine. he has down�*s syndrome. jack is non—verbal, but he has a few words, and he would just every now and again ask, "where grandad?" so he hasn't really got the grasp of it yet. they were like two peas in a pod. where jack went, alan went, and where alan went, jack went. so how, for a nine—year—old child with special needs, how do they understand that? because we can't understand it. the impact on me isjust emptiness.
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i've been told i have to try and find a new normal, but i don't want to find a new normal — i was quite happy with my normal that i had. the kids still live with me, so i've great distraction, but the problem is, whenever they go to their beds and i'm left at night and the space that alan would have sat on on the sofa is empty. child yells i'm robert mooney and i'm from north belfast. i was married to lisa mackin. she was 41 and she passed away on february 22nd, 2021. we've four children together. me and lisa, we met in 1994. basically teenagers. i was walking home with my
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cousin one night, lisa approached me and says, "you've beautiful eyes, "i'm going to walk with you," so she started linking me. and i says, "thank you, you've beautiful hair." so we got talking. i was only 15, i'd never had a girlfriend before, but ijust grasped on to lisa, and from there on, we were childhood sweethearts. i'm just so happy that i've got so many memories of her captured. almost every photo you see of her, she's a smile, and that's lisa all over, always happy, smiling, affectionate. i just want to hold heragain is... she kisses i look at the videos every night since she's gone, and you can see the smile, and that's my lisa, you know? and i would give anything to do that again, anything.
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i came home from workjust afterfour on wednesday, the 17th of february, and she's got a temperature of 39, and that was a red flag right away to me. having covid myself back in november, ijust knew she had it. next morning, her birthday, february 18th, the positive test came back. i didn't think of sending her to hospital because her breathing was fine, so there was no signs there that she was in any danger. the monday morning, i walked in... ..and she was... i knew.
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i knew she was gone. i just knew. the 999 people were on the phone telling me what to do, to give her any chance. i had to do cpr on her, even though i knew she was gone. i continued for about five minutes... ..till the ambulance came. then the paramedic came into the room and he just said "look, i'm not even going to do anything, son. "she's gone, and she's been gone a while." mother's day came 12 days after we laid her to rest — herfuneral. it came too quick, to be honest, but i... the kids, they were given four wee heart urns with their mum's ashes in them.
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lisa loved pink and she loved butterflies, so the hearts are metallic pink with a butterfly on them, and it was just perfect. they're going to keep those for the rest of their life, mum will always be with them everywhere they go. i'm going to miss her being a mum, being a mum to our four boys. i have no shame in saying it — she had done all the hard work and our four boys are amazing children and, as i say, her legacy lives in them. and that's going to get me through life now without her. my priority now is those four, and i'm going to do my utmost to keep bringing them up the way that she wanted, and that is myjourney now going forward.
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hello there. it's likely to be a dry day for most of the united kingdom today, but there will be contrasts. where we keep the cloud as we had yesterday, temperatures will be held into high single figures, but in the sunshine, potentially 14—15. now, under the starry skies, that's where we see the frost as we start this saturday morning, but you can see the thicker cloud across northern scotland, central and eastern england, perhaps east wales. and there could also be a little bit of mist and fog where we've kept the clear skies as well. but the day is likely to give us quite a bit of cloud across central and eastern areas. it's likely to lift a little as we go through the day and the skies brighten. similarly so across northern scotland, we keep quite a bit. for the likes of lincolnshire, east anglia and the south east, though, it could remain overcast all day.
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and with that keen breeze still quite gusty through the channel, only eights and nines, but 13—15 in the sunnier spells. now, as we go through the evening and overnight, we tend to thicken our cloud in the north, but under the starry skies elsewhere, again we can expect a touch of frost. but you may have noticed the approach of some rain for the north of scotland, and that's the start of the transition to much colder air. it's this particular weather front here, as you can see, and behind it, there's arctic air following. so, we are going to have another blast of cold air as we head through in towards easter monday, but for sunday, easter day, a little bit of mist and fog around. actually, we should see a bit more sunshine for england and wales, but cloudier skies with rain for scotland followed by snow and cloudier skies for northern ireland. eventually, we'll see some of that wet weather coming in through the afternoon. but notice the temperatures. we've lost that keen north—easterly. they're a little bit higher temporarily. but overnight sunday into monday, that weather front introduces that colder air right the way across the uk, an arctic blast for all of us. and notjust the cold air, but a strong to gale—force
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north wind, as well, which will accentuate the chill. clearly, the showers are quite prevalent for northern scotland, but they may well work their way down through the irish sea, down the east coast of both england and scotland as well. but there should be some sunshine between, but itjust will feel much colder, more like winter. these are the temperatures on the thermometer, but you add on that wind—chill, and it will feel significantly colder. so, big changes afoot, and that may well last into the start of the new week into tuesday, as well, as you can see. as ever, you can keep up to date on the weather on the website. that's where all the warnings are. bye— bye.
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