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havoc across western europe — more than 150 people are dead, most of them in germany. hundreds of others are still missing. european leaders blame the extreme weather on climate change. experts say global warming makes torrential rainfall more likely. a change to the quarantine rules for travellers to france — double vaccinated people arriving back in england and wales will still have to self—isolate. and france insists uk travellers not double vaccinated must get a covid—19 test less than 2a hours before entering france. pop—up vaccine centres open in venues across england this weekend in a push to get more people vaccinated before the country unlocks next week. the president of south africa says the violence of the past week in the country was a deliberate and well—planned attack on democracy. cyril ramaphosa also acknowledged that the authorities had been unprepared and slow to deal
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with the crisis. gail maclellan reports. under heavy guard, the president visited a shopping centre in kwamashu, where clean—up operations are ongoing. mr ramaphosa has ruled out declaring a state of emergency, he says calm has returned or is returning to most of the affected areas. the events of the past week, he says, a deliberate attack on the country's democracy. these actions are intended to cripple the economy of our country, to cause social instability, and severely weaken or even dislodge the democratic state. the violence sparked by the incarceration of former president zuma spread from kwazulu—natal to gauteng, killing 212 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. the president says the instigators
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had been identified and are under surveillance, but they haven't been named. he also announced the introduction of social relief measures, which some fear may prove to be inadequate. the domestic environment complexity is the issue here, the poverty levels, unemployment and inequality. the youth unemployment stands close to 50%, that's one in two youths who are unemployed, so the grinding poverty adds up and people have felt it long before the situation was worsened by the covid pandemic and the continuing lockdown — it's a big part of what we have seen — president ramaphosa says the insurrection has failed because south africans stood up in defence of hard—won democracy. gail maclellan, bbc news. now on bbc news, click.
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on the weekend of the british grand prix, we're at silverstone for a race with a differece. we go back in time to show off some electrifying classics. and i'm at goodwood race circuit to see if i can drive around this historic track using just my head. silverstone is the home of british motor sports and i'm here at the britcar championship, and this is a race with a difference as one team is made up entirely of drivers who have some form of disability, but thanks to a bit of technology, they have serious hopes of taking home the silver. more on that in a few minutes.
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but where's spencer? i said silverstone! are you lost? no, i've had an invitiation that i could not refuse from another race outfit here at goodwood. now we've got the whole circuit to ourselves today, so i'm going to be on this track later sutting some brand new assistive tech to the test — at racing speeds. just don't go breaking anything. i'll try not to. here in silverstone, things are busier and noisier, and that's because everyone here is racing for real. and we've been invited into team brit's garage, so paul is over there having a nose about and hopefully can tell us more. nosing about is what i do best,
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and here at the home of british motor racing in silverstone, there's certainly lots to see. but specifically, i'm here to meet team brit, a competitive motorsport team with a difference. they're made up of six disabled drivers using bespoke, specially—adapted cars to compete in races against non—disabled drivers on a level playing field. my visit came during testing ahead of the latest round of the britcar championship. erin morgan is one of team brit's two drivers in the endurance event, driving an aston martin gt4. erin became a wheelchair user in 2006 following a motocross accident. the disabled drivers on the team use control systems developed by engineers in—house. these are completely sort of bespoke, completely developed from the ground up by team brit. you know, dave and the other engineers within the team said, "right, we've got this problem and, you know, this is what we need to achieve".
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and this is the solution they came up with. and it's by far the best in the world. the controls link to a system of actuators and sophisticated electronics systems to drive the vehicle. can you just explain to me a little bit about how the hand controls work and how you use them to drive the car? yeah, of course. so with the accelerator, you just pull this paddle here and obviously, you know, there's various levels of throttle you can apply there. on the other side is the brake paddle, which works in exactly the same way, so you can modulate it. and then these gray buttons inside the steering wheel operate the gears. now, the way the car is set up, you have the up shift on the left side, so whilst you're on full throttle with your right hand, you've then got your left hand to change the gears, and then it's vice versa for braking as well, so whilst you're braking with your left hand, you can go down the gears with your right hand. the key thing about these controls is that they're designed to be used by drivers with a range of impairments. these could be driven by someone with only the use of one arm, for example. aaron's team—mate in this event is autistic and the car remains
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drivable by him in the usual way as the adaptations coexist alongside the regular controls. hand controls, persay, aren't new — i use them to drive my car — but these are quite different to what you might find on a road car as they're tuned for a racing environment. but a racing team is more than just the drivers. and building systems like this into already finely—tuned machines isn't a straightforward process. and so you obviously work with different iterations of these controls. how does that process work and how did you get to where you are now? well, first of all, we start with looking at the drivers and seeing what their needs are, what their disabilities are and what physical limitations they've then got, and then we start from there with the ergonomics of the control system that we're designing and by that i mean the paddles that are on the steering wheel. and when we started designing this, we started with very different steering wheels to what we've got now, so we're
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constantly improving it and developing it based on driver feedback, definitely challenges there and a lot of that is then integrated in our system with the car system. cars aren't particularly good at tolerating other things being added into the network. and so we do have that challenge. but we love it. you know, that's part of what we do and it's why we do it. team brit's ultimate aim is to make racing history and take a team to the world famous le mans 2a hour endurance race becoming the first ever british all disabled team to do so. so what are the team's goals for this year? they aim for this season is to win the endurance championship within our class. up there within the championship, we've achieved two cross wins so far this season, hoping for another one hit this weekend at silverstone. paul there with a look at the tech. and i'm joined by lucy shane, one of the professionals behind team.
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—— behind team brit. tell me, why is today so important today? so important today is about getting ready for the racing, and that is what we have to do. so we are not here to make up the numbers. we're competing against able—bodied racers on a completely level playing field, so the tech has to be right. the cost set up has to be right. drivers have to be comfortable with taking home silverware in all three races so far this year. and we want to do it again this weekend. and we've seen great success the company gives to people with some driving experience. but how about for anyone with a disability? how accessible is this really? there are loads of different ways they can get involved and we can help them. so from real grassroots motorsport to track the experiences that we can offer them where they practice on the simulator, first, we give them help and support to get used to our hand control technology. then they get out on the track. so it's a staged approach and we're there with them all the way.
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and of course, there's the money as well, because motorsport is not cheap. so for a season's racing, you're looking at about £15,000 as a starter, which will put a lot of people off, but we help them with that. and there are ways in. so definitely the door is open and ways it's never been before. so please, we'd love people to get in touch and find out who just needs some skills and sponsorship. thank you very much. time now to connect up to goodwood racetrack where spencer is. this is a look of amazement and terror. i'm a passenger in a modified chevrolet corvette stingray, but it's who's driving and how he's driving that is blowing my mind. we've met sam schmidt before, he's a racing driver who was paralyzed in an accident in 2000, and 5 years ago, he took us for a ride through las vegas in a car that allowed him to drive using just his head and his mouth. so the steering system, it's an ir camera system. whichever way you turn, your head steers the car return —— we turn his head into a steering
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angle. positive pressure blowing that accelerator, and negative pressure is your brake pedal. the car is legal to drive in the us and sam has a driver's license. and since 2016, the system has been fine tuned so that it's now not only safe and responsive enough to drive up road speeds, but at race speeds. hundred and 28, wow. in fact, sam has taken this car up to 201 miles per hour. not today, though. anyway, the reality is that operating equipment without using arms or legs has many more applications than just the race track. where i also see this technology being very beneficial is in the workplace —
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industrial applications, forklifts, harvesters, trains. i mean, it's kind of scary, but i could operate a train, you know, sitting in my living room with this technology. so i would really like to see disabled veterans and people of all disabilities have an opportunity to go back to work. and, you know, many of them just want to be a productive member of society and haven't been given the opportunity or the technology to do it. cani can ijust can i just say, can ijust say, that can i just say, that was can ijust say, that was incredible. you are just incredible. you can ijust say, that was incredible. you are just incredible. you are 'ust incredible. you should t the you are just incredible. you should try the car— you are just incredible. you should try the car from — you are just incredible. you should try the car from over _ you are just incredible. you should try the car from over here - you are just incredible. you should try the car from over here with - you are just incredible. you should try the car from over here with my| try the car from over here with my controls — try the car from over here with my controls. �* ., , _ ., ., ., controls. ok. i'm happy to do that, but not at that _ controls. ok. i'm happy to do that, but not at that speed. _ controls. ok. i'm happy to do that, but not at that speed. well, - controls. ok. i'm happy to do that, but not at that speed. well, this i controls. ok. i'm happy to do that, but not at that speed. well, this is | but not at that speed. well, this is a first. what an honour, what a thrill, but a potential immolation. to drive the car, point your nose where _ to drive the car, point your nose where youhe _ to drive the car, point your nose where you're going to do not lean,
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point _ where you're going to do not lean, point your— where you're going to do not lean, point your head. are you ready to -ive point your head. are you ready to give it_ point your head. are you ready to give it a _ point your head. are you ready to give it a shot? i'm ready to give it a shot _ give it a shot? i'm ready to give it a shot i'm— give it a shot? i'm ready to give it a shot. i'mjust give it a shot? i'm ready to give it a shot. i'm just going to let it go. and here's the thing from pretty much the start of the first lap, i get it. it does take a lot of concentration, but as long as i stay focused, sam's car looks after me. well, how was it? are you going to take my— well, how was it? are you going to take myioh— well, how was it? are you going to take myjob away? that was pretty emotional for me because actually it wasn't as hard as i thought it was going to be. and so it kind of shows how this kind of control system could be used by ordinary people who aren't mavericks. i need a few more laps. honestly, that was that was
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incredible, but also really hard. i'm actually a much better driver than that with with normal controls, i promise. i think that's a challenge. why don't you do a lap with the normal controls. i use my controls. and we will see who is faster. um, can i phone a friend? 0h, hi. hey, lara. so, yeah, it's me. sam is just challenge me to do a lap of the track me using standard controls and sam using his controls to see who is fastest. uh, what do you think? my money's on him. he's a race car driver. you do know that, don't you? yes, i am aware of that. thank you. right, well, wish me luck. good luck. and don't break anything! yeah, you said that last time. we're here at the britcar championship, while spencer is getting ready for the race
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of his life down in goodwood, and we'll be catching up with him injust a bit. in a moment, we want to talk space tech and show you the secret life of a lab technician at mit. but right now, we're not leaving trackside. well, a little bit. it's kind of over there. jen's there somewhere taking a look at a local company that is transforming old cars, and it has a bit of a famous fab. i'm also here at silverstone. we're about to go into the lunas workshop where they are re—engineering classic cars into electric cars. it's incredible in here, there's so many beautiful cars, lunas is making the world's first fully electric rolls royces and bentleys. there are about 18 classic cars in the building, most dating from the 1960s. john hilton is the technical lead here. he was an aeronautical engineer at rolls—royce before moving into formula one. among a long list of
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accomplishments, he was technical lead for michael schumacher, his 1994 world championship win. what do you actually do? so you're converting this car into an electric vehicle from a petrol engine. so this car has a petrol engine today and we will be removing the engine, gearbox, fuel system, exhausting, all the things that make the engine work and replacing it with a brand—new electric system. the full renovation of the car takes around 26 weeks and for rolls royces and bentleys the cost of the work starts at around £350,000. how much would this car cost to buy? so the you know, the petrol versions, if they should really be going to the £350,000. wow.
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so 700,000 once you're done. so, yes, we have, you know, a number of other beautiful cars here. how much would that cost? not far off £1 million. this was in the james bond movie. wow. you know, these are absolutely incredible vehicles when you look at the skin and how they were built and you know, this rolls—royce build isjust incredible. it's people that want an electric rolls—royce. and there isn't a new alternative currently or it's people that have an absolute love for the classics and have never wanted to go down that useability journey and the drivability of these vehicles. 0ne investor who has been captivated by the conversion of classic cars into electric vehicles is former england football star david beckham. he's taken a 10% stake in the company. and it's notjust the classic cars that are getting a new lease on life here. this recycling lorry would have to be decommissioned in 2025 because of its diesel engine, and now it's being fitted with an electric motor.
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you've got two billion vehicles on this planet and we're doing a transition to ev. we cannot look at scrapping these vehicles. you know, that vehicle that you've seen is absolutely in great condition. that is a perfect candidate to be re—engineered for in the future. —— and evey future. and we're looking at all vehicle classes where we believe re—engineering the vehicle is a better choice than the "buy it new" mentality that we're so embedded into us. we're building this with 375 horsepower electric. to see also and smooth and quiet, a good range. we're expecting more than 200 miles. so the absolute key here is we're moving
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to a clean air quality future. and i think we all saw in this past year, it's a fantastic shift that we're now making and we should all be playing our part within that. and as you see vehicles move away from diesel and petrol, the world's going to be a better place. hi, my name is paula. welcome to the lab. here we build shoe box —sized satellites called
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cubesat. they cost of a fraction of traditional satellite so we can launch many more satellites into space, collecting a lot more data that allows us to track global warming and interplanetary life more accurately. these networks could also bring wider spread, faster internet coverage across the world. some cubesats now use superfast communication lasers to interact with each other. these liquid filled lenses can bend light by 90 degrees so the information sent can travel more directly between cubesats. of course, lasers need power to operate, which is why this we build another solution. this project is called flat, the folded, lightweight actuated position system. this bends when heated so we can angle our satellite solar panels to collect maximum energy from the sun.
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starting test. there is a joint can also direct tools like antennas or cameras. materials often behave differently in space, so i tested is in zero gravity. planes like this recreate the weightless atmosphere of space by dropping several miles in altitude in a matter of seconds. this is a replica of demi a star—light cubesat that's already in space. the mirrors reflect distracting, unwanted light away, giving scientists a better look at far—away planets. it is tracked by our rooftop antennas so we can see when it's closest to boston to send comments or collect data from it so, we could find life outside our planet for the first time in the next few decades. our goal now is to have a new set of satellites launched every couple of years. and thank you so much forjoining us in our live tour today.
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right. earlier on, i met sam schmidt. he's taken me for a few laps at goodwood, hitting 128 miles an hour, using just his head and his mouth. now, he's challenged me to do a faster lap than him, me with conventional controls and him with his controls. if this goes wrong, make sure they edit it kindly, won't you, lara? i've spoken to some of the team here and they say, you know, the black stuff on the track? yeah. stay on that. thanks. all right, wish me luck. see, in my mind, this isn't a foregone conclusion in some ways
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i have an advantage, i know the circuits and i'm using the same controls that i have for my entire adult life. how didi how did i do? 150. is that good? respectable- _ how did i do? 150. is that good? respectable. let's _ how did i do? 150. is that good? respectable. let's see _ how did i do? 150. is that good? respectable. let's see if - how did i do? 150. is that good? respectable. let's see if sam i how did | do? 150. is that good? | respectable. let's see if sam can beat my flying — respectable. let's see if sam can beat my flying lap _ respectable. let's see if sam can beat my flying lap of— respectable. let's see if sam can beat my flying lap of one - respectable. let's see if sam can beat my flying lap of one minute | respectable. let's see if sam can i beat my flying lap of one minute and 50. well, the very best of luck sir. confident?— 50. well, the very best of luck sir. confident? not really, i don't need it. and in, — confident? not really, i don't need it. and in, he _ confident? not really, i don't need it. and in, he is _ confident? not really, i don't need it. and in, he is honest. _ so, you know, that bit about it not being a foregone conclusion? yeah, i don't stand a chance. right back at the first meeting, we knew it was going to take months, a lot of commitment from the engineers, resources and my time,
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and they thought it was funny after narrow said, look, i'm very interested, but not unless we can go 100 miles an hour.— 100 miles an hour. congratulations, one minute — 100 miles an hour. congratulations, one minute 45- _ 100 miles an hour. congratulations, one minute 45. there _ 100 miles an hour. congratulations, one minute 45. there was _ 100 miles an hour. congratulations, one minute 45. there was no i 100 miles an hour. congratulations, l one minute 45. there was no contest, one minute a5. there was no contest, was the questioning how do you feel being able to do this? you was the questioning how do you feel being able to do this?— being able to do this? you know, it is so... being able to do this? you know, it is so- -- the — being able to do this? you know, it is so... the best _ being able to do this? you know, it is so... the best word _ being able to do this? you know, it is so. .. the best word i _ being able to do this? you know, it is so... the best word i can - being able to do this? you know, it is so... the best word i can its i is so... the best word i can its freedom. i'm in total control and there are very few things in my life i have total control over and to be able to steer, gas and brake just like the old days... able to steer, gas and brake 'ust like the old days. . .i able to steer, gas and brake 'ust like the old days... some, thank you for bein: like the old days... some, thank you for being so — like the old days... some, thank you for being so inspiring. _ like the old days... some, thank you for being so inspiring. i _ like the old days... some, thank you for being so inspiring. i had - like the old days... some, thank you for being so inspiring. i had to i for being so inspiring. i had to make a call now and let someone know how i did. make a call now and let someone know howl did. . ,,, . make a call now and let someone know howl did-— 0h! - make a call now and let someone know howl did._ 0h! hey, l howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara, sam howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara. sam beat _ howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara, sam beat me. _ howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara, sam beat me. not _ howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara, sam beat me. not a _ howl did. thanks, spencer. 0h! hey, lara, sam beat me. not a surprise i lara, sam beat me. not a surprise when you think about it. ida. lara, sam beat me. not a surprise when you think about it.— lara, sam beat me. not a surprise when you think about it. no, but you did it. -- when you think about it. no, but you did it- -- you — when you think about it. no, but you did it- -- you did _ when you think about it. no, but you did it. -- you did well. _ when you think about it. no, but you did it. -- you did well. how- when you think about it. no, but you did it. -- you did well. how do i when you think about it. no, but you did it. -- you did well. how do you i did it. -- you did well. how do you feel? i did it. -- you did well. how do you feel? i feel — did it. -- you did well. how do you feel? i feel inspired, _ did it. -- you did well. how do you feel? i feel inspired, very - did it. -- you did well. how do you feel? i feel inspired, very humble, feel? ifeel inspired, very humble, a bit sick and glad it's over. anyway, i'll see you later. that is it for this week.
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thank you so much for watching. as ever, you can keep up with the team on social media. find us on youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter @bbcclick. thanks for watching and we'll see you soon. the sun's out, it's a beautiful day and it's going to be a hot one. temperatures this weekend could peak at around 31 celsius tomorrow across the south—east of the uk. and it's all thanks to high pressure, which has established itself across the uk and thankfully also bringing settled weather to the flood stricken regions in western parts of europe. so, sunny skies across the bulk of
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the country through this afternoon. but a bit more cloud dragged in by a wind off the atlantic across northern and western parts of scotland. a lot fresher here from the northern isles to the hebrides, only around 1a to 17 celsius and a few bits of rain. that's also true for the northern coast of northern ireland. further inland towards the east and south, it is hot. in fact, temperatures could hit 30 degrees in hull, sheffield and gloucester. in london, around the high 20s and the high mid 20s expected across the south coast. lots of hot sunshine for the british grand prix as well both on saturday and sunday. we could also get very close to 31 celsius. the uv levels are also high across england and the south of england. elsewhere across the country, they are high and not quite so high where it is cool and cloudy in western scotland. the cloudier conditions will continue through the night across scotland and northern ireland. and actually by the end of the night, it could turn quite
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murky and drizzly around some of the coasts and the far north—west of the uk. elsewhere a clear night and balmy. temperatures no lower than about 15 or 16 degrees. the high pressure is with us tomorrow but around the high pressure, we've got slightly fresher air blown in off the atlantic and also dragging in a bit more cloud. scattered clouds tomorrow, broadly speaking, across the northern half of the uk. and a bit fresher, too, quite a bit in spots, a drop of a or 5 degrees in northern ireland and parts of scotland. the heat will contract to central and south—eastern areas of sunday. 31 is possible in london. monday and into tuesday, the high pressure is with us, so the weather remains settled. it's a fine outlook into the week ahead. temperatures won't be quite so high but very respectable for the time of year. we are expecting sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20s across most of the uk. goodbye.
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hello, good afternoon. travel firms have criticised the government's decision to keep quarantine rules in place for travellers returning to england and wales from france — even if they are fully vaccinated. for all other amber list countries the rules relax on monday, with adults who have been double jabbed in the uk no longer needing to isolate for ten days on arrival. our business correspondent vishala sri—pathma has more. the eiffel tower, an iconic symbol of paris, known for its
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