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that now the benefits would be even greater. because we've spent so much time behind closed doors and not being able to get out, i think it's really important that we're able to get the community back together, the elderly back out there, volunteering and meeting up with people. the runners are the same, people are able to volunteer, and ijust think it is really important that we get it back up off the ground. being active is more important than ever, and most grassroots sports have been back for weeks now. the question is whether one of the biggest participation events of all can get up and running. andy swiss, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. hears louise lear. any sign of this wet weather ending? not for the next couple of days. this is ridiculous, more of a scene akin to an autumn morning that a
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spring morning. this was wales with choppy seas as the winds start to strengthen, the rain has arrived, take a look at this satellite picture. this writings —— this rather striking bass clef swell of cloud is the low pressure pushing in from the atlantic and the swell is the rotation of the shower band circulating around that low, so you can see so far the heaviest of the rain across wales, northern ireland, northern england, into southern scotland. the rain perhaps not reaching the far north of scotland today, and it should stay fairly light and fragmented of those shower bands, as they move into south—east england. they will be blowing through at quite a pace because it's the winds that will be the feature rather than the persistent rain. in fact we could see gusts of wind 60 miles an hour plus across exposed coasts, through the irish sea and wales, now temperatures, a little subdued for this time of year, 8—13 widely, we might see 15 where we get some brightness in the south—east. the low pressure is not really going very far very fast. it drifts
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steadily eastwards and the emphasis is stronger winds shifts that bit further south into tomorrow, so yes, we still have a gale force gusts along the welsh coast but also through the bristol channel and also through the bristol channel and also through the bristol channel and also through the english channel as well. 50-60 through the english channel as well. 50—60 miles an hour gusts of wind, very unusualfor this 50—60 miles an hour gusts of wind, very unusual for this time of year and a strong wind will push bands of showery rain from time to time across the country. a really messy story, i'm afraid, on friday. slowly brightening up into northern ireland and west facing coasts of scotland but the temperatures are really going to be quite disappointing for this time of year and one of the reasons this is the low pressure starts to track its way eastwards we allow the wind direction to come round to a north—westerly. a cooler source once again. the isobars will open up for the start of the weekend, saturday, less windy, quieter, a good deal of dry weather around generally actually so not a bad day. we could see a few sharp showers developing in south wales, down into the midlands and south—east corner as we go through
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the afternoon at the temperature is really again quite subdued for the middle part of may, 8—11; degrees is the high. sunday into monday we continue with those showers but i can offer you something a little more optimistic as we go through next week. certainly drier than it has been and fingers crossed a tad warmer. that's as good as it gets, sorry! a reminder of our top story... britain's railways are in line for their biggest shake—up since they were privatised. ministers want to bring control of train services — as well as tracks — back into the public sector. that's all from the bbc news at one. it's goodbye from me. 0n bbc one we nowjoin the bbc�*s news teams where you are. hello, i'mjane dougall with your latest sports news. rory mcilroy has just teed off on the first day of golf�*s second major of the year. the northern irishman is one
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of the favourites to win the us pga championship at kiawah island in south carolina. it's early days but jimmy walker is top of the leaderboard on two under after a birdie at the second. england's paul casey is one of a group on one under. mciroy still on the first hole. the lawn tennis association's chief executive scott lloyd said they still had a "long way to go", as they try to build a more diverse sport. they've today released a new inclusion strategy, and one of the commitments is to target under—represented groups. miles daley is a coach and he says it's time for action. world athletics president lord coe says he genuinely believes the tokyo 0lympics can be delivered safely. although around 80% of residents injapan are reported to be against them going ahead, coe says no games has ever been given so much forethought.
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manchester city defender ruben dias has been named men's footballer of the year, by the football writers�* association. the portugal centre back receives the honour in his first season in the english game, after signing for city from benfica last summer. he's the first defender to win it since liverpool's steve nicol 32 years ago. dias beat his teammate kevin de bruyne and tottenham's harry kane in a poll of almost 700 writers. cardiff city defender sol bamba has said on his social media that he is now cancer free. he was being treated for non—hodgkin lymphoma. bamba was diagnosed in december and underwent chemotherapy. in the post the cardiff city player said he was over the moon, thanking his family, fans and his club for their support. and the nhs who he said took
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such good care of him. the lawn tennis association's chief executive scott lloyd said they still had a "long way to go", as they try to build a more diverse sport. they've today released a new inclusion strategy, and one of the commitments is to target under—represented groups. miles daley is a coach and he says it's time for action. tennis needs to be more diverse. it needs_ tennis needs to be more diverse. it needs voices — tennis needs to be more diverse. it needs voices that are saying everything is not ok. so we need to widen_ everything is not ok. so we need to widen the _ everything is not ok. so we need to widen the board and see more colour in the _ widen the board and see more colour in the sport— widen the board and see more colour in the sport because it is a very white _ in the sport because it is a very white spots, long—term, wimbledon, classic, _ white spots, long—term, wimbledon, classic, i_ white spots, long—term, wimbledon, classic, i think it should be more faded _ classic, i think it should be more faded and — classic, i think it should be more faded and if we have more players
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from _ faded and if we have more players from a _ faded and if we have more players from a different background, the uk and the _ from a different background, the uk and the gb will produce a higher calibre _ and the gb will produce a higher calibre of— and the gb will produce a higher calibre of player and will have more than calibre of player and will have more thehiust_ calibre of player and will have more thanjust jamie bhatti, andy murray and joanna — thanjust jamie bhatti, andy murray and joanna konta. red bull's sergio perez set the pace in first practice for the monaco grand prix. it was a pretty lively session, with the lead constantly changing hands. perez used the fastest �*soft�* tyres for his best lap. he wasjust quicker than carlos sainz in the ferrari, followed by max verstappen in the other red bull. lewis hamilton's mercedes was down in fifth. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. thank you very much, jane. the boss of easyjet has defended people who want to travel to amber list countries — such as spain and italy — saying it is "absolutely legal". it comes after the government advised people not to go to those countries on holiday.
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ceo johan lundgren told my colleague ramzan karmali that the uk risks falling behind other european countries, if it fails to operate a "data—based " approach to opening up travel: we have been very supportive of this risk—based approach, of having different countries being in different buckets depending on the risk they represent and the restrictions introduced are there to make sure travel can take place in a safe way. we are all for that, we are all behind that but what i do not see happening is the government using the latest data available that would consist of a number of countries now on the amber—list could actually go on the green list. whilst it is the case that if the government believes there are places on that amber list people _ should not travel to, then it should go on the red list. so now you have a traffic light system where green is not really green because of different restrictions in place and also,
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depending on the purpose of why you're travelling of why you're travelling to amber country, different recommendations on that. and on top of that you have the fto advice saying it is ok to travel to some amber list countries. in some cases it advises against this _ in some cases it advises against this. so of course this is confusing. we know that travel can restart in a safe way and we urged the government to look at the data which means a number of european countries could go on the green list. this is happening now at scale in europe to the point that if you are vaccinated, as an example, there are no restrictions at all coming in because it is safe to do so. that is what we are looking forward for the government now to do. on tuesday, the prime minister said he would like people to avoid going on holiday to amber—listed countries, we should follow that advice, no? this is something that was not mentioned at the time of the launch of the announcement. if you think about it, the restrictions which are different, is reflecting on different risk levels in these
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countries so you assume this would not have to do with the purpose of why people should go to destinations. there are millions of people here who have not been able to reunite with family members. grandparents have not seen grandchildren, single parents haven't seen even children in some cases. there is a lot of confusion and this has to do with the purpose of why i am going. the risk base system with restrictions in place should mean it is safe to do so and that is the whole point about why this approach was the right thing to take in the beginning. your results are out today, 6a5 million 6 month loss up to march and you have less passengers on board, how long can this continue for a business like easyjet? easyjet has been privileged, we came into the situation as one of the strongest airlines in europe. we took quick and decisive action to make sure we had liquidity,
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we raised {5.5 billion at the start of the pandemic and we now have 9 billion on liquidity. we look forward now for the recovery so we're well set up for that. of course, this is more about the rights for people to start travelling and take advantages of the amazing success the vaccination programme has delivered in the uk. one has also to remember from an easyjet perspective, whilst we are the largest airline in the uk, 50% of our business does not touch uk soil. but we are going to manage through this situation and it is something that is happening in the short—term before we start seeing more countries being added to the green list because it is safe to do so. johan lundgren, ceo of easyjet speaking to us earlier. royal mail has seen its profits boom during the pandemic as many shoppers
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switched to online orders. pre—tax profits for the year to march leapt from 180 million pounds to 726 million. an almost 40% increase in revenue from parcel deliveries provided much of that boost, off setting a fall in letters. universities must introduce mandatory policies for dealing with sexual assault. that's the demand of women from 15 uk universities who say they are survivors of such abuse. a letter, signed by ia campaign groups and charities, also calls on governments in the four nations of the uk to create an independent body that has powers to penalise universities who mishandle allegations of sexual assault. jared lawthom reports. it was just a really exciting time, went on like a mini gap year. i was really excited to go off to university and sort of begin this new chapter of my life. but, in one night, kind of all of that was taken away from me. i remember standing up on the podium reading my speech
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after high school graduation, shaking, butjust looking forward to my new life. but pretty much immediately after arriving, i realised that i was not going to be having the positive experience i had been hoping for. it's said to be some of the best years of your life, but for many women at university, this is not the case. samantha says she was sexually assaulted during freshers�* week by a student at the university of the west of england. that one night robbed me of, like, the next three years of my life at university. i don't really know what to do. i just don't think the university's policies were very clear. it felt like they just weren't listening. so it was like screaming at a brick wall, basicallyjust asking for help and no—one wanted to give it. samantha is now one of the women from almost 30 universities and campaign groups across the uk that have signed a letter. the women, many of whom say they've had similar experiences, are calling on governments to create a mandatory safeguarding policy for universities when dealing
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with sexual—assault allegations. the idea for the letter came about after a series of anonymous accounts about different universities appeared on instagram. sidney wrote the letter. she says she was sexually assaulted during herfinal year at the royal welsh college of music and drama. the investigation made me feel worthless, genuinely made me question, like, why i was alive. why try? why bother? if this is the life to expect, if this is the treatment that i should expect as a person, why would i continue on if... ..for some reason, i'm a person that should expect this type of abuse from everybody that i meet. according to a recent study, a minimum of 50,000 sexual assaults happen at universities every year. through foi requests from 102 universities in england and wales, the same study concluded that only nine had satisfactory safeguarding policies and procedures for dealing
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with sexual assaults, with a third considered by the authors as very poor. now, some suggested guidance does exist from organisations like universities uk, and more recently in england the office for students, who just earlier this month called on universities to urgently review their policies around sexual assault. a but the important thing to mention is that none of this guidance is mandatory. in the response to sidney�*s allegations, the royal welsh college of music and drama say that they investigate reports of sexual assaults thoroughly and take action where it is needed and that they encourage anyone with concerns to speak to them. meanwhile, the university of the west of england say that they tackle unacceptable behaviour robustly and have said that they'd be happy to talk to samantha about her experience and any recommendations she may have. this is happening on such, like, a massive scale, and no—one's doing anything about it. the universities don't seem to care. i want our universities to be safe. not safer, safe.
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because right now they are unsafe, period. they don't care about you. we have to make them care. the letter has been sent. now it will be up to governments to decide whether regulation is the route forward. jared lawthom, bbc news, cardiff. the headlines on bbc news: well proposals for the biggest shake—up of the rail network in 25 years, including a new state—owned body to set timetables and ticket prices. how the bbcjournalist martin bashir secured his interview with princess diana in 1995 — an official inquiry is just publishing its report on whether there was deception failures in the national test and trace system are partly responsible for the surge in the indian variant in blackburn with darwen, according to a report seen by the bbc.
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school children have missed out on a lot over the course of the pandemic. but, as well as classroom teaching, residential trips have also been off the cards. charities say these stays away from home are vital, especially for disadvantaged children. 0ur reporter ellie price spent the day on a farm welcoming back london pupils, who haven't left the city in over a year. my lockdown was quite boring. nothing fun, just in the house doing online and sleeping. if you are going to sleep at five and waking up at eight to go to school, sometimes i wouldn't even wake up in time and i'd have to miss a whole school day. it was not very ideal. it was kind of stressful, . because i couldn't see my friends and i couldn't go to school that much. - and that's why these young people are here, at jamie's farm in the sussex countryside, for a week—long trip. it is the first of its kind allowed in ia months. the 12 students, aged between 11 and ia, go to the compass school in the london borough of southwark.
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the week starts with a warm welcome but some cold, hard truths. the week here is basically handing in your technology for a week- and living on the farm - as if you are here for a week. so you're not going to have any technology, so, in a minute, i after this, we are going to go in and we're going to hand i in the phones and will keep them in the office. - right, do you want| to go and get one? and then a tour and an introduction to the other residents they will be sharing their week with. there we go. go on, go on. i can do this. you can, you've got it. i felt kind of nervous, actually. i was afraid one of the animals was going to bite me, but i think i'll get over that. and, just a few hours in, the change of scene is already doing some good. you are getting something out of it, it is not like we are just relaxing or chilling. i don't know how to describe it. it isjust like, basically like a getaway to just calm
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myself down, basically. yeah, focus on your mental health and stuff like that. _ yeah. children have been very isolated or over exposed to social media. they haven't had the breadth of experiences that childhood, a healthy childhood, requires. they have been overexposed to the dynamics, often, of families that have really struggled and they are going to discover that they can make friends again, how to socialise and what is and isn't appropriate. when they lick, it tickles. but it isn't business as usual for everyone. over in portsmouth, the challenger yacht belonging to the tall ships youth trust can now go out on day trips. that is the bit there, so if you pull that down, it will loosen. but, normally, the charity would run a week—long voyage staying out at sea. social distancing rules mean that still isn't allowed for the most in need.
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the guidelines are very clear, that we should be working within existing school groups. unfortunately for us, and for many other providers for disadvantaged young people, these youngsters don't belong to groups like that. they come off the streets, they come from youth groups, so they don't conform to the standard school bubble and these are the kids that have been hit the worst. that will hopefully happen by the end ofjune, when the charity says the next issue will be capacity, dealing with a backlog of young people whose lives could be changed by a week away from it all. ellie price, bbc news. environmentalists say the surface of lake titicaca in the andean mountains, between bolivia and peru, is being taken over by duck—weed algae. the algae blocks sunlight from reaching other life in the lake, suffocating fish and natural vegetation. it feeds on high concentrations of phosphates and nitrates
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in the lake caused by pollution, industrial waste and organic erosion from nearby cities. a trailerfor the much anticipated friends reunion show has been released. the episode is being called the one where they get back together and will see the cast reunited for an unscripted special. the much—loved characters of chandler, rachel, monica, phoebe, joey and ross will be joined by celebrities including lada gaga and justin bieber. friends: the reunion will be available to stream on hbo on may 27th after a lengthy delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. it's been almost two years since england cricketing legend bob willis passed away from prostate cancer, and today a fund is being launched in his name to raise money for research into the disease. it's being backed by sir ian botham. the charity was set up by bob willis�*s wife, lauren clark. graham satchell went to meet her
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at lord's cricket ground. you can be surrounded by people, but you still feel incredibly lonely. because that person that's yours and looks at you in a way that no—one else does and loves you more than anyone else does... ..he's not there now. i mean, he is there, he's here all the time, he's here now, but he's not here in person, is he? yes, i miss him a lot. lauren has really struggled to cope with the loss of her husband, cricketing legend bob willis. bob had prostate cancer and died in 2019. he was very funny. we laughed a lot. we had quite a naughty, rude sense of humour and liked the same things, so we made each other laugh. i think i kept upbeat for him,
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and he kept upbeat for me, and whether that was good or bad, ultimately, because we didn't really talk about him dying and how i would live without him and stuff, which i regret now, but it was about keeping upbeat and happy and not bringing each other down. bob willis played 90 tests for england but will always be remembered for headingley, 1981. and he's caught it! going into the match, he was angry. he was under a lot of pressure and probably if he hadn't performed, he probably wouldn't have ever played for england again. coming in off his long run, bob willis tore the australians apart. willis has taken his sixth wicket. it was one of england's greatest sporting moments. bowled him! it's all over, and it is one of the most fantastic victories ever known. bob willis, eight wickets.
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i think it affected his life forever more, because he did carry on playing cricket for england. he then became england captain, and then was that the reason he got his job with sky for 30 years? i mean, possibly. so it was a very life—changing day for him. well, he isn't an international natural wicketkeeper, is he? let's be honest about it. bob willis became a gloriously waspish pundit. i mean, standing up, he looks like a performing seal at feeding time, doesn't he? flapping away there. he perfected that persona. he came across very grumpy and opinionated. this series has been disgraceful. but in real life, he just wasn't like that. he was a very loving, gentle, listened to people, didn't talk about himself or show off about his cricket exploits or anything like that. he was a really special person and lots of people loved him. 0n the honours board at lord's,
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bob willis sits proudly alongside the great names of cricket. it is a source of pride for lauren — but not comfort. i am completely on my own. i have lots of lovely friends. it isn't the same. i have no—one to do nothing with. that is a famous phrase that really resonates with me. we don'tjust hang around, lying on the sofa together, watching netflix in silence. i come home to an empty flat. i don't really know how, i have no idea what my life is going to be in the future. it's really, really difficult. lauren has decided to honour bob's name by setting up the bob willis fund. it launches today. it will raise money for prostate cancer — better testing, screening and treatment. 11,000 men die every year of prostate cancer, which is one man every a5 minutes, and there is still no national screening programme because the psa test is unreliable.
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so that's not perfect, and that's what we're trying to raise money and awareness for through the bob willis fund, and helping prostate cancer uk. in lockdown, lauren painted this portrait of her husband at the crease, ready to deliver. he did have an iconic action, didn't he? i think the cubism gives it quite a lot of movement, so it feels like he is storming in, doesn't it? it does. i'm quite pleased with the result. lauren is planning to auction her painting. the money will go to the bob willis fund, to help the fight against prostate cancer. graham satchell, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good afternoon. early brightness in the east was quickly replaced by cloud as rain spreads in from the west. a different story first thing in the morning across much of wales, a wet and windy picture starting to develop now. if we look at the satellite picture,
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we have this beautiful bass clef swirl of clouds which is the low pressure associated with that front bringing that rain but also the unseasonably strong winds for this time of year. so the rain has been quite heavy this morning through northern ireland, southern scotland, northwest england and parts of wales. you can see it's fairly light and patchy moving through central and southern england and that is the story for the rest of the afternoon. perhaps just staying as showers into the far north of scotland as well. it is notjust the rain that is the story, it is the strength of the wind particularly for the time of year. we could see gusts of 60 mph especially on exposed west facing coasts, particularly through the irish sea. temperatures pretty subdued for the time of year, just a maximum of seven to 15 degrees. the low remains with us through the night and into tomorrow, anchoring itself close to the scottish borders. to the southern flank of that low, that is where the strongest winds will be first thing on friday morning. so a change of emphasis,
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still strong to gale force gusts of wind across west—facing coasts of wales and also up the bristol channel and the english channel as well. we could see gusts of winds 50—60 miles per hour here too. with trees now in full leaf, that could have an impact. it's a messy picture on friday. plenty of outbreaks of rain on friday at times, all spreading eastwards. west scotland and northern ireland a drier and brighter day while but temperatures still way below par for the time of year. but we do lose the low pressure as we move into the weekend. the isobars open up, the winds will fall noticeably lighter but coming from a northerly direction so still a not a very warm day. but a dry day with sunny spells. a few scattered showers developing in south wales, eventually drifting down into the south—east. look at these temperatures, 8—1a , way down from they should be for the time of year. it remains showery for sunday into monday but i can offer a glimmer of optimism as it looks
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drier, brighter and a tad warmer for the start of next week.
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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines... how the bbcjournalist martin bashir secured his interview with princess diana in 1995. an official inquiry is just publishing its report on whether there was deception. proposals for the biggest shake—up of the rail network in 25 years, including a new state—owned body to set timetables and ticket prices. the trains are regular enough, it's just way too squashed on the trains. actually, i have invested in one of those flexi tickets, which i think is brilliant. so, yes, i can work from home and have the flexibility to travel in and out, when i need to. failures in the national test and trace system are partly responsible for the surge in the indian variant in blackburn with darwen, according to a report seen by the bbc.


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