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bye— bye. this is bbc news. i'm sarah mulkerrins — live in tokyo, where the olympic games are now under way. china's golden start — qian yang wins the first gold medal of the delayed 2020 games by winning the women's ten metre air rifle. there were fireworks, but hardly any spectators, as the opening ceremony took place a year later than planned. i'm lewis vaughan jones in london. the rest of the day's headlines: a funeral�*s held for haiti's presidentjovenal moise after he was shot dead at his home two weeks ago. more than 100 people have died in western india in landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains.
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and — what's in a name? cleveland's baseball team changes their�*s to try and avoid offending native americans. hello and welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the delayed 2020 tokyo olympics are finally under way. it follows months of uncertainty, and a build—up marred by protests and the resignations of senior japanese officials. but for the athletes, the day is here. 11 gold medals are up for grabs on saturday and the first has been won in the last hour. china's yang qian won the women's ten metre air rifle event with an olympic record score of 251.8. it was a dramatic finish,
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as russian anastasia galashina was in the lead, until she scuppered her final shot, and yang qian was able to take advantage. switzerland's nina christen won bronze. so the start of a busy day with plenty to keep an eye on in the coming hours — including — cycling: the men's road race is under way, starting at mount fuji and is expected to take around seven hours. slovenia's tadej pogacar goes in this — fresh from winning the tour de france. tennis: just two weeks after wimbledon, the competition for olympic gold begins with novak djokovic on court. after lighting the flame at the opening ceremony home favourite naomi osaka plays sunday. japanese support will also be high for the women's football. the 2012 silver—medallists play team gb.
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meanwhile team usa will hope to overcome their disappointing defeat to sweden when they play new zealand. and there's a debut for a new form of basketball: a three players a side event. these games have been a long time in the making. our correspondent rupert wingfield hayes was with a family as they watched the opening ceremony. for the uno family, it has been a long, anxious wait to get to this moment. the unos are serious olympic fans. dad has spent over £3000 on olympic tickets, so you can imagine the mixed emotions they're feeling tonight. yeah, we think about, you know, the kids. it's their very first time to hold their olympics injapan, so we were excited. "i am very disappointed," masato uno says, "if they were not going to have spectators, they should have
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postponed again until next year, then we could have welcomed people from abroad properly." chanting. those who think the whole show should've been scrapped long ago were out on the streets again this evening. cheering. but they were vastly outnumbered by the crowds that have turned out to try and get a glimpse of the action. this was shinjuku park at lunchtime as japan's air force display team painted the olympic rings across the sky. the olympics is very... i mean, it's a once—in—a—lifetime kind of event, right? so, ijust wanted to have my kids have experience to see those athletes at least. but, i mean, due to this covid—i9, i guess things have gotta be the way it is. for months, we've heard that japan doesn't want the games, that people are afraid. it didn't look like it tonight.
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the contrast between what's going on inside the olympic stadium tonight and what's going on outside in tokyo could not be more stark. because of covid, because of the state of emergency, the stadium seats are empty, and yet here we are right outside, tens of thousands of people gathered in public squares and public parks to try and glimpse a bit of the action. and if you go in the streets round here, the restaurants are all full, life is going on as normal. there's some pretty strange logic going on here. translation: i am sure the government is - taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus by separating the athletes from the public, so i'm not worried. for some, these scenes show the ban on olympic spectators is unnecessary, but with covid cases in tokyo climbing rapidly, others will say this demonstrates exactly why the spectator ban is needed. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, tokyo. looking at the scenes in tokyo for the men's road race which
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started off at mount fuji and is now winding its way around the various streets around tokyo, looking down at the screen, you can see plenty of people out on the streets, that is an outdoor event that people may get a glimpse of it. they have been encouraged not to do that but in some junctures, people three or four that but in some junctures, people three orfour deep people three or four deep watching that. let's head into the centre of tokyo and speak to the bbc�*s mariko oi who was there for us. we had the opening ceremony and the mixed reaction from the japanese public and some people as we were just saying, out on the streets watching some of the events. how do you feel the mood is at this saturday morning here at tokyo as the games have got under way? sarah, this is where rupert was last night, jampacked, without much social distancing, i must add. this morning as well, there is a long queue of people waiting for their turn to take a picture with the olympic rings. last night, during the
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opening ceremony, people got very excited to see that roving globe made by 2000 drones here as well stop i also managed to get some newspapers here for you. let me show you one of them. here it says" delayed by a year, no cheers", but it says, "let's hope the power of sports can bring somejoy". it wishes all the athletes well but hope they can stay health and safety. this shows emperor naruhito who declared the opening of the tokyo olympic last night, just as his grandfather did for the 1964 games. some people on twitter were comparing the emperor's speech, which wasn't very long compared to thomas bach's speech which went on for more than ten minutes. it is fair to say that very positive reaction from the japanese public to the opening ceremony. i from the japanese public to the opening ceremony.— opening ceremony. i would be interested. —
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opening ceremony. i would be interested, mariko, _ opening ceremony. i would be interested, mariko, to - opening ceremony. i would be interested, mariko, to get - opening ceremony. i would be| interested, mariko, to get your take as you we hear some music here in the background high above tokyo bay, on what the status is of naomi osaka. we know she is such a vocal advocate in certain matters, as an athlete, and i wonder how the people injapan would feel towards her in these games. well, she was featured very prominently by all the newspapers as well. —— opinions are split. she has faced some racism incidents here injapan. some would argue that because she doesn't speakjapanese, she doesn't live here and she didn't exactly grow up here that she doesn't really come across to some people here as japanese. at the same time, the new generation, the younger generation, feel very encouraged by her representing the diversity. and she wasn't the diversity. and she wasn't the only one. rui hachimura two, one of flag bearers, his
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father is from benin. it is encouraging to see them representing japan which would have been unimaginable in 1964. but also during the opening ceremony whenjapan was trying ceremony when japan was trying to show off, governor ceremony whenjapan was trying to show off, governor seiko —— the governor of the asic committee injapan seiko committee in japan seiko hashimoto. committee injapan seiko hashimoto. whether or not this kind of representation would lead to fundamental changes in the japanese society, that remains to be seen. definitely japan trying to put the show on for the rest of the world as well. a, ., ~ for the rest of the world as well. . ~' ,, for the rest of the world as well. ., ~ i. well. mariko oi, thank you so much for _ well. mariko oi, thank you so much for the _ well. mariko oi, thank you so much for the moment. - well. mariko oi, thank you so| much for the moment. before well. mariko oi, thank you so - much for the moment. before we head back to london, i can bring you right up to date with some of the latest covid figures relating to these games. 17 more infections, one from a resident inside the olympic tillage, one athlete
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outside of it, 17 in totalfor today. —— village. sincejuly one, everything related to people entering into the country for the olympics, it brings the caseload to 127. back to lewis in london for the rest of the news. i think that will be a theme, the covid updates as well as the covid updates as well as the sporting update. give for bringing it to us so brilliantly there, thank you. in western india, more than 100 people have been killed after torrential monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in the state of maharashtra. officials say dozens of bodies have been recovered from a landslide in the district of raigad, with more feared trapped. hundreds of villages and towns are without electricity and drinking water. our correspondent sarah campbell reports. whole areas of the state of maharashtra are underwater, the result of torrential rain triggering devastating landslides. battling fast—flowing currents and submerged dangers, the country's national
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disaster response force. 32 houses have collapsed in the landslide because of the rain, and the rescue operation is there going on and the relief is there. as per their latest report, we have recovered 32 bodies, and some more are said to be trapped there. residents are now counting the cost of their losses, their homes and possessions lost or destroyed. translation: i had three vehicles. - all of them got submerged in the floodwater. they are all damaged. the furniture in my house and outside also got damaged. this is monsoon season, but the rain has been too much for many areas to cope with. it's thought that more than half a metre of rain fell in parts of india's west coast in just 24 hours. the authorities were forced to evacuate people from low—lying areas as water was released from dams which were threatening to overflow.
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translation: if the water'sj released from the dam today and the rainfall continues, floodwater could enter our homes. and the situation is set to worsen. india's meteorological department has issued red alerts, indicating the torrential rainfall is expected to continue. sarah campbell, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. sierra leone has become the latest country in africa to abolish the death penalty. capital punishment will be replaced with life imprisonment or a minimum term of 30 years. no—one has been executed in sierra leone since 1998, but it was still on the statute book for crimes including treason, murder and mutiny. firefighters in miami have declared an end to their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed apartment block last month. the collapse at the 12—story champlain towers south in surfside killed 97 people, with at least one more missing
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person yet to be identified. large wildfires have been burning across the timber—rich region of karelia in northern russia. officials say there are about 30 fires across nine thousand hectares, close to the border with finland. a state of emergency was declared on tuesday. a funeral has been held in haiti for president jovenal moise who was shot dead in his home two weeks ago. there was a heavy security presence at the funeral — but outside, angry supporters of mr moise clashed with police. courtney bembridge has more the president's widow told the crowd she wanted justice, not revenge. she was injured in the attack which killed her husband a fortnight ago. translation: the family
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is living in dark days. - to make the journey here to support us, to say goodbye to my president, my husband, my friend, the father of my children, is a form of sympathy that brings strength to the whole family. and from the president's son, a message to the killers. translation: our tear-filled eyes are still desperately - searching for a sign of life in this body that heartless men have made nothing. these are some of the men accused of carrying out the killing — 26 colombians and two haitian americans. three were killed by police, and five are still on the run. the assassination and subsequent political turmoil has prompted widespread protests and that anger wasn't far away when the funeral began. beyond the compound walls, gunshots rang out, and foreign media
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who were caught up in the chaos filmed piles of burning tires and gutted cars. a delegation from the us and other dignitaries left the funeral early. they're on their way back to the united states. we are deeply concerned about unrest in haiti in this critical moment. haiti's leaders must come together to chart a united path that reflects the will of the people. there are questions over how they were able to walk unchallenged into the president's home. the calls for answers will probably only grow louder. courtney bembridge, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: we'll meet one of the oldest debutants in the new olympic sport of skateboarding. mission control: we see - you coming down the ladder now. neil armstrong: that's one small step for man, | one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire
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is being blamed tonight. for the first crash - in the 30—year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. _ it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunctioning sperm unable to swim properly. crowd: seven, six, five, four, three... i thousands of households across the country are suspiciously- quiet this lunchtime - as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. - this is bbc world news. i'm lewis vaughn jones. the latest headlines:
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the first gold medal of the olympic games has been won, with china's qing yang winning the women's ten metre air rifle. a funeral has been held for haiti's presidentjovenal moise after he was shot dead at his home two weeks ago. now we could soon be paying more for our cappuccinos and lattes, because the price of coffee beans has gone through the roof. arabica coffee futures have risen around 25% in a week, to their highest in more than six and a half years. so what's behind the record spike? there has been a big frost in the minas gerais region, the prime coffee growing region of brazil. well, for more of an explanation on what's been happening to this year's coffee crops, i've been speaking to pedro dias, a coffee farmer in the region.
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i tried to pick a few branches in our coffee crop to try to show you this damage. it's not the same thing as being here and looking with your own eyes at the damage and how heartbreaking it is to see and to predict that our next crop will be affected. the only thing is it's too early to figure out how much it's going to affect because there's more frost coming on the forecast. just a few examples. this is a branch that got bit by the frost. you can see the leaves are falling down, the top of the branches are just breaking and it's pretty dry. it's not really good. this is how it should be looking right now, with the buds here for the next season's crop, you know, all beautiful, all coming out
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ready for the spring blooming in a couple of months. but not, it's all dry and toasted. crosstalk. i see, we can really see the difference. ..the coffee. crosstalk. we can really see the difference in what you just showed us there. how much of your crop is affected? well, it's a bit too early to say how much in a percentage, brazil—wise, but for example on my farm, from what we've seen and the stories that we've been marking down from what my parents passed to me, we are afraid that it could go up to about 50% breakage for the next year, but this is my case, according to what the frost hit me. so this happened this past tuesday, from monday to tuesday
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evening, and in another week with the forecast showing another one coming, so we have to see then it all go by and after the winter season, we can tell more exactly on that percentage but it's still going to be a lot, that's for sure. pedro dias there. the american baseball team — the cleveland indians — have announced they are changing their name. from the end of this season they will be known as the cleveland guardians. they're the latest us sports franchise to change their name after criticism some found it offensive. earlier i spoke to aaron payment, who is vice president of the national congress of american indians. i asked him if he was celebrating. we've been working on this for over 40 years.
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the washington team was first, andn ow the cleveland team and there's more to come but we are marking this as a success and we are celebrating. so what do you think is the change here? you said you've been working on this forfour decades. there's been constant talk about changes but nothing really happening. and now we're starting to see a bit of momentum. yes, so there's a lot of turmoil in america right now with different issues related to race and a lot of awareness that people are becoming woke to the issues that people of colour face and this is one of those issues and so, so we have the support of other racial ethnic groups and we're just appreciative that other people are paying close attention to why this was a racist practice and why it should not exist. and what about the argument on the other side which says these terms that they use, they don't have the original meanings, sports teams themselves have their own history and they should be left as is? well, so we ask ourselves why
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are we the only race that has well, so we ask ourselves why are we the only race that is subjected to that so if this was truly an honour, why wouldn't other races be subjected to it? and we know the answer to that because it's kind of an asinine question, it is racially offensive and don't want to be the only group that is singled out for such an honour. right then, what's next because as you mentioned at the top, the nfl football team in washington, dc changed its name and now we've got the guardians. who's up next, do you think? so in addition to national sports teams, there are almost 2000 schools that have indian mascots and we're working on that. the national congress of american indians has a toolkit and are encouraging schools to reach out to us so that we can coach them through the process and help them to make the changes well. is this a part of a wider issue, clearly, here because you mentioned schools there. sports teams are the ones of course who grabbed the headlines but underneath it, there seems to suggest you think there's a kind
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of broader bit work to be done? oh, absolutely. so curriculum needs to be approved. we need to understand that the american form of democracy was based on the iroquois confederacy bringing about peace — a lot of people don't know that history, we do have a really good history to tell if we tell the history within our school systems. there is a little push back in america for critical race theory but it's the truth and accuracy and people deserve to know the truth. back now to our top story, as the olympics begins its first full day in tokyo — we have our first medal winner. china's qian yang has won the gold medal in the women's ten metre air rifle. one new sport for this games is skateboarding. there are two disciplines, park and street, and one of the oldest debutantes will be the american alexis sablone. at 34 years old, this street skater is a role model
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for many of the younger competitors. she's been talking to the bbc. when i started skating, i felt like it wasn't cool, you know? it was, like, punks and kids that didn't fit in. and the olympics does feel like this point of no return. and maybe it's already reached that, but skateboarding will look dramatically different. it gives it this different kind of status. you know, when i was ten in, like, the mid �*90s in a small town in connecticut, i was the only one in my town that even skateboarded. if you saw someone with certain shoes on, you knew for a fact that was a skateboarder. you know, it was exciting to see another one because it felt, like, rare. i think it's kind of fitting. i get one shot. it's going to be the first time for skateboarding, and i've seen it change so much and it doesn't get much bigger than this, you know? i make sculptures and i have a studio space. i made, like, a large—scale skateable sculpture in malmo in sweden. it's in a public square and it's open to the skaters for them to use, but it can be shared by, you know, all different user groups.
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skateboarding's always going to be a part of my life in one way or another. even when you're old, it makes you feel young. it's just so nostalgic. it's, like, this is the same thing i've been doing since i was ten years old. i can't imagine my life without it because it's just so woven in there. for women in skateboarding, i think it's been, like, a really positive thing. i think it's given us way more, like, visibility. there's going to be a world stage and there's going be men and women on it with skateboards. suddenly, everyone started to care more. we can't be ignored now. competition — it's, like, when i win, ifeel great, and when i lose, i don't, you know? and then i say, like, "why am i doing this to myself?" but, you know, i do it all over again because there must be some part of me that really wants that. good luck to her. that is it
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from me. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @lvaughanjones this is bbc news, bye—bye. hello. after another fairly warm and mostly dry day on friday, things are now changing with the weather. we've got some heavy showers and some thunderstorms moving their way in from the south—west and through the course of the weekend, it's going to turn cooler and fresher with some downpours for some places, particularly towards the south. that's down to the fact that this area of low pressure is pushing its way in, and that's going to generate some really heavy downpours at times, some showers, some thunderstorms as well. and if you do catch some of those thunderstorms, they could bring some disruption to travel — particularly across parts of southern england and south wales, there is a risk of some localised flooding. so as we head through saturday morning then, initially
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the heaviest of the downpours will be close to the south coast and they'll slowly work their way northwards across the southern half of england and wales as we head through the day. some of them bringing some thunderstorms, some hail and some gusty winds mixed in with some of those heavy showers. further north across the uk, most places staying dry with some warm sunshine. temperatures around 26, possibly 27 degrees in the warmest spots towards the north—west. we've got more cloud just lurking around those eastern coasts of scotland and north—east england as well. into saturday evening, we keep that threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms going on across some southern and south—eastern parts of england. they should ease a little bit overnight. many places starting sunday morning on a dry note and temperatures a little bit fresher overnight than they've been recently, between about 12 to perhaps 16 degrees or so. now, through the second half of the weekend, then, low pressure still not far away. it's just starting to drift its way a little bit further eastwards, so that's going to bring another day of fairly heavy showers and thunderstorms. but i think the focus of most of them during sunday will be across southern and south—eastern parts of england, perhaps one or two into south wales, too. but for the rest of the uk, once again, some dry and some
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warm weather with fairly light winds and long spells of sunshine. temperatures down a notch on recent days, so by the time we get to sunday, highs typically about 20—24 degrees for most of us. again, watch out for localised flooding with those torrential hit—and—miss heavy showers. into monday, and another day of a few showers around across southern parts of england and wales and if you do catch one, it could be heavy and thundery as well. but i think much of the uk seeing again some spells of sunshine and largely dry conditions with temperatures about 20—24 degrees on monday. into the working week, it does remain pretty unsettled. more showers in the outlook, as you can see, but turning a little bit drierfurther south across the uk. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news —
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the headlines: the first medals of the tokyo olympics have been won. china's yang qian took gold in the women's ten metre air—rifle event. russia's anastasia galashina came second and switzerland's nina christen won bronze. there are another ten gold medals up for grabs on day one of the games. the funeral of the assassinated haitian president — jovenel moise — has taken place amid heavy security near cap—haitien — the main city of his native northern region. outside the moise family compound police fired shots and tear gas at protesters voicing anger at the president's murder. more than a hundred people have been killed after torrential monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in western india. officials say that dozens of bodies have been recovered from a landslide in the district of raigad.

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