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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. hundreds of villages and towns are said to be
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the british medical association has criticised changes to the self isolation rules and warned that exempting healthcare staff is potentially unsafe. the head of the newly—formed uk health security agency, jenny harries, said the nhs covid app was essential and it was inevitable that a large number of people would be asked to isolate, given the steep rise in cases. here's our health editor hugh pym covid case surges in some communities are now putting increasing strain on local hospitals. in liverpool, patient numbers have increased sharply. some non—urgent operations are being cancelled to free up beds, with staff moved to support colleagues in critical care. this wave is different. the people we're seeing are younger, and that's really very distressing for our staff. i think sometimes, people think cos they're young, that covid can't affect them, it can't damage them. that's absolutely not the case. it can affect everybody.
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health leaders argue that with the risk of a further spread of infections, self—isolation is essential when required, and they've defended the nhs covid app. the pinging, the ping—demic, is because we have a pandemic. we know that you're five times more likely to become a case yourself if you've been a close contact, and this is the way that we can stop transmission occurring through the country. so, this is not an inconvenience — it is actually an essential intervention for all of us. the office for national statistics�* infection survey suggests there were just over 830,000 people in the uk who had the virus last week — up 27.5%, though a slower rate of increase than in the previous two weeks. in england, it was one in 75 with the virus. in wales, one in 210. and northern ireland, one in 170 people. in all three of which, there were increases. but in scotland, with one in 80, the trend was said to be "uncertain".
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if i just take your temperature... luke had opted not to have the vaccine. he tested positive for covid and needed hospital treatment. he thinks he caught the virus when watching euros football in the pub with friends. a lot of people in there had to self—isolate, but i'm the only one that i know of that's got it and got it quite bad. so, i'm the unlucky, one of the unlucky few, but you've got to sort of re—evaluate, you know, your options and, you know, get the jab. health officials confirm the gathering of fans for the euros in england could well have fuelled higher case rates, with more men than women testing positive and behaviour away from the matches being a key factor. for example, long—distance travelling in a coach, or the socialising, you know, drinks and close social contact around the event. but, yes, we have seen a little bit of a spike in cases, which would fit with the timeframe from some of those events. as to what happens next,
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a lot will depend on how much people mix with others, following the lifting of legal restrictions in england. hugh pym with that report. samantha simmonds will be here at the top of the hour. but first it's time for the travel show. this week on the travel show out running covid at the olympic games.- out running covid at the olympic games. out running covid at the gi mic games. , ., , olympic games. the big names rockin: olympic games. the big names rocking central _ olympic games. the big names rocking central park _ olympic games. the big names rocking central park this - rocking central park this summer. siberia's mystery blast craters. you have an exploding craters. you have an exploding crater on land. that is not something i imagined. and the fears for the future of football.
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hello and welcome to tokyo. the host city for this summer's olympic and paralympic games and thronging with tourists and sport fans from all over the world. maybe not. the state of emergency declared earlier this month following a new wave of covid cases means that international and now local spectators are not allowed in to any event in and around tokyo. nonetheless, trainers and medical staff have all headed here from all around the world for a morsel of duty games. there were plenty of people here in tokyo who were delighted to see the olympic opening ceremony on friday.
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evenif opening ceremony on friday. even if they had to resign themselves to only being able to watch it live on tv rather than in person at this vast stadium. however, they could be a minority as recent survey showed thatjust over 50% of people here did not want to see the games go ahead. japan has declared a state of emergency for tokyo that will run throughout its hosting of the games. a public concern has grown over what impact the influx of thousands of athletes, support staff, officials and press from overseas could have on the infection rate. for me, like many people here in tokyo, the olympics has been a rollercoaster. in 2019 tickets for athletics and diving events were gone. and then last year they were not even sure if the olympics would go ahead and then we were told this year that our tickets would have to go back into another lottery because of limited capacity of
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the stadiums and then finally, two weeks ago we were told that they would be no spectators at all in any tokyo events. and here there was meant to be a fans zone with a big screen tv but that idea was quickly quashed. precovid, japan was originally expecting around 35 million visitors in 2020. but now only vaccinated athletes and officials can attend the tokyo games this year. that number has been massively reduced. and with a capacity of the olympic village ltd, many of tokyo's hotels are playing host to athletes and sports support staff from all over the world with strict sanitising protocols, regular testing and in some cases, curfews and other restrictions now in place. this hotel was not allowed to tell me which teams would be staying here they were willing to show me some of the adjustments they had make to
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ensure that their sporting guest have a happy and healthy stay and in addition to ensuring the hotel is covid secure, the carpenters here have also been busy at work in readiness for some extra tall special guests. we readiness for some extra tall special guests.— readiness for some extra tall special guests. we had requests for [an er special guests. we had requests for larger bears _ special guests. we had requests for larger bears so _ special guests. we had requests for larger bears so these - special guests. we had requests for larger bears so these are - for larger bears so these are wooden bases. for the extension and we will have 12 of them. so i can assume you will have some very tall athletes staying? you are correct — very tall athletes staying? you are correct. the _ very tall athletes staying? you are correct. the normal - very tall athletes staying? 7m, are correct. the normal size bed is two metres so we're extending it by 30 centimetres. here we are. this is the room where we have put a larger bed for our guests. wow. this is a big bed. good, hey? and you cannot notice where our carpenters have made the extension.— carpenters have made the extension. , . �* , extension. very neat. and it is not 'ust extension. very neat. and it is not just a _ extension. very neat. and it is not just a good _
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extension. very neat. and it is notjust a good night _ extension. very neat. and it is notjust a good night sleep - notjust a good night sleep that the olympic competitors need. nutrition plays a vital role in their performance so the kitchens here have had to adjust their menus accordingly. they want at least eight different salad bars, celery, cucumber and broccoli, you know? i have designed a menu here i have added three carbs, five different vegetables. the nutritionist and the chef look at it and they come back to us and see if it is ok or not. so it all has _ and see if it is ok or not. so it all has to _ and see if it is ok or not. so it all has to go back to their nutritionist? yes. so i see we have salad, grains, is there a desert? fix, have salad, grains, is there a desert? �* , ~ desert? a little desert. we cannot have _ desert? a little desert. we cannot have too _ desert? a little desert. we cannot have too much - desert? a little desert. we | cannot have too much sugar because when you add sugar... the desert is more like a bite. energy bowls. so what are we making today? apricots cashew bites. this is what olympic
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athletes will be eating in a moment in a moment that is good. and they have it. not quite the desert i was expecting. i quite the desert i was “petting-— quite the desert i was exectina.
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changed. we get the bus from? you are here — changed. we get the bus from? you are here now. _ changed. we get the bus from? you are here now. this- changed. we get the bus from? you are here now. this man - changed. we get the bus from? | you are here now. this man was looking forward to meeting travellers from all over the world but now he is using his english to help out at the press centre instead. i wish the olympics _ press centre instead. i wish the olympics would - press centre instead. i wish| the olympics would succeed without any problems. share the olympics would succeed without any problems. are you lookin: without any problems. are you looking forward _ without any problems. are you looking forward to _ without any problems. are you looking forward to seeing - without any problems. are you | looking forward to seeing some athletes and some olympic events? , ., , events? yes. i love sports. i was a pe — events? yes. i love sports. i was a pe teacher. _ events? yes. i love sports. i was a pe teacher. so - events? yes. i love sports. i was a pe teacher. so this . events? yes. i love sports. i was a pe teacher. so this is | was a pe teacher. so this is your dream job? yes. was a pe teacher. so this is your dreamjob? yes. my dream job. {iii your dream “ob? yes. my dream 'ob. .., , your dream “ob? yes. my dream 'ob. . ., , . your dream “ob? yes. my dream 'ob. , . ., job. of course, a modern olympic— job. of course, a modern olympic games - job. of course, a modern olympic games is - job. of course, a modern olympic games is not. job. of course, a modern| olympic games is not just job. of course, a modern - olympic games is notjust about sport. there is usually a whole host of marketing opportunities, corporate events and collectables associated with each games.— and collectables associated with each games. daniel, tell me about _ with each games. daniel, tell me about these _ with each games. daniel, tell me about these pens. - with each games. daniel, tell me about these pens. every i me about these pens. every national olympic committee likes to have their own pin and athletes, it gives them an opportunity to give them, a
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gift from their country to somebody from another country that they may not necessarily interact with.— interact with. this rwanda versus godzilla... - interact with. this rwanda versus godzilla... what i interact with. this rwanda | versus godzilla... what is? interact with. this rwanda - versus godzilla... what is? we have the versus godzilla... what is? - have the rwanda team mascot against godzilla. it is an epic pin. this is a mega mecca. moving parts pin.- moving parts pin. that is . reat. moving parts pin. that is great. there _ moving parts pin. that is great. there is _ moving parts pin. that is great. there is an - moving parts pin. that is great. there is an entire| great. there is an entire network _ great. there is an entire network of _ great. there is an entire network of collectors . great. there is an entire l network of collectors from great. there is an entire - network of collectors from all over the world. it is known as the unofficial olympic sport, collecting pins and trading pins. so, unfortunately, there are many collectors who would normally come to the games just to go pin trading and just to collect. it will be a little more difficult this time around to get their hands on some of these prized possessions. it is estimated _ these prized possessions. it is estimated that _ these prized possessions. it is estimated that back in 2019, over a quarter of a million fans from overseas travel to
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japan to see the rugby world cup championship. staying, on average, a16 nights and each spending around £a000, or 5500 us dollars on their trip. so hopes were high that the postponed olympics would bring in even bigger numbers, more revenue and greater positive publicity for the country. i don't think there has ever been any event that had the demand that the tokyo 2020 had. they really wanted to come and experiencejapan. really wanted to come and experience japan. the japanese hospitality, the food, the culture. it is only the fourth time in history that there has been a summer games held in asia so i think itjust provided a unique catalyst for the entire world to go, i want to be there. and, i guess, that is what makes it incredibly disappointing. 50 is what makes it incredibly disappointing.— is what makes it incredibly disappointing. is what makes it incredibly
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disauointina. ., ., ., disappointing. so no matter how ou feel disappointing. so no matter how you feel about _ disappointing. so no matter how you feel about the _ disappointing. so no matter how you feel about the games, - disappointing. so no matter how| you feel about the games, tokyo 2020 is happening at a unique and historic moment in time. in many people will want to capture that and reflect on it. the shops here are still full of memorabilia and souvenirs. how much will be sold, however, is unclear given the lack of overseas tourists. one thing is clear, however. you can expect souvenirs to maybe become items in their own right. because they certainly represent a very different olympic games. the edinburgh festival looks a bit different this year. they are going ahead. international festival has moved many of its
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performances outside and kicks off with a three day event in the royal botanic gardens. the french, meanwhile, mixes its socially distance live in person shows with a live online offering that starts on august six. new york is planning what some people are calling a mega concert on the great lawn of central park. bruce springsteen, paul simon and jennifer hudson will headline the event which is part of week—long celebrations of the city's reopening. 60,000 people are expected to go with different sections allocated to vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators. berlin's museum island has a new landmark, the humbolt forum. this vast building brings together the ethnological museum and the museum of asian art and one enormous reconstruct baroque palace. its remit is to be a symbol of tolerance and diversity, but there has been controversy over its decision to house artefacts looted from
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parts of the world once colonised by europe. and barely a year goes by without you by opening something enormous. this time it is the well�*s deepest pool. deep dive dubai goes down just over 60 metres and holds enough water to fill six olympic size swimming pools. they have built an abandoned city at the bottom to explore along with a library and an arcade. still to come on this week's travel show: the blast craters causing confusion in siberia. and with one final click of the castanets, a flamenco venue saying goodbye for the last time. so don't go away. next this week, we are in russia on the remote siberian
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peninsula of yamal. scientists they have noticed enormous blast holes appearing in a landscape and it has had them scratching their heads. so we thought we would catch up with them to find out more. i first heard about these creative when i was contacted by a reporter in 201a, i came back to my e—mail and thought this is a crazy e—mail i got, this is a crazy e—mail i got, this person is talking about these craters and i didn't have accessibility to the news, i just didn't believe it. i got back to the us and i red a little more and wow, this is a thing that happened.
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the fact that there could be a new geochemical process that we never imagined would happen, have an exploding crater on land isjust have an exploding crater on land is just not something that when i think about the processes that can happen on the earth, is not something that i imagined. how important are these? so this idea that what is the cause of these, is this something that is new that is happening, is this related to climate, is this something that is a risk to people who are in the arctic, to the gas and oil
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infrastructure, which is quite close to the area where these craters have been occurring? and then is there some long—term impact on global climate, because there is methane that is coming out of these craters? it is an area where there is very thick layer of ice called tabular ice, and there is also an area where there is also an area where there is a lot of crowded pegs, which is an area of ground that is within the frozen permafrost, so it is an unfrozen sandwich, it is surrounded by permafrost, it is unfrozen ground, and the idea of how these forms is that these very deep deposits of gas are sort of finding their way to this unfrozen pocket, this cryo— peg or italic and then as credit builds up it raises the ground up, and it explodes. —— pressure builds up. how many
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more of them are out there? what we're trying to do is use satellite data to view these what we have first done is create a change detection map which is an automated method of picking up pixels on the peninsula that have changed in some way. that algorithm was built based on sort of what we know about the craters. so once we have this change in texture map we have a team who are using high—resolution imagery to look through each one of these pixels and say, does this look like a crater, does this look like a crater, does this look like a crater, does this look like something else, and from there once we have something that we think looks like a crater or could have been a crater, we are getting a series of very high—resolution imagery to try and figure out where these forms.
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why are they happening now? it is really tricky to identify. i would not be surprised and i do think it is likely that warming temperatures are at least in part contributing to making the ground unstable, allowing these explosions to happen. to me they are more an indicator of what is happening, and a very shocking indicator of what is happening in the arctic. and there is nowhere else on the planet that i know of where climate change is causing the physical structure of the ground to change. it is quite startling. the unfolding mystery of
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siberia's enormous blast craters. right, to spain next an art form that so many of us see on our holidays. flamenco happens in venues called tablas, which like so many venues have had to close the good. we have met some dancers in madrid who are now facing an uncertain future.
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that's it for this week. coming up that's it for this week. coming up next time: christa is here with some of our favourite memories of new york city. from historical landmarks to hidden treasures. and the time she was made to face her public speaking demons once and for all. �* . , ., speaking demons once and for all. �* ., , ~ ., speaking demons once and for all. �* ~ ., �* all. and i was like, oh! don't foruet all. and i was like, oh! don't forget you — all. and i was like, oh! don't forget you can _ all. and i was like, oh! don't forget you can catch - all. and i was like, oh! don't forget you can catch up - all. and i was like, oh! don't forget you can catch up with | forget you can catch up with our more recent adventures on the bbc iplayer and we are on social media two. just the bbc iplayer and we are on social media two.— social media two. just search bbc travel — social media two. just search bbc travel and _ social media two. just search bbc travel and you _
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social media two. just search bbc travel and you won't - social media two. just search bbc travel and you won't be l social media two. just search l bbc travel and you won't be far off. but until next time, he planning, stay safe and we will see you very soon. goodbye. 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,
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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 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
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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 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—2a 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—2a 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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golden start, taking the first gold medal of the olympic games by winning the women's ten metres our rifle. i winning the women's ten metres our rifle. a, ., , rifle. i mariko oi, outside the ol mic rifle. i mariko oi, outside the olympic stadium. _ rifle. i mariko oi, outside the olympic stadium. i— rifle. i mariko oi, outside the olympic stadium. i will- rifle. i mariko oi, outside the olympic stadium. i will bring | rifle. i mariko oi, outside the - olympic stadium. i will bring you all the latest on day one of these delayed games. all the latest on day one of these delayed games-— all the latest on day one of these delayed games. president joe biden warns america _ delayed games. president joe biden warns america is _ delayed games. president joe biden warns america is facing a _ delayed games. president joe biden warns america is facing a pandemic| warns america is facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated as the delta variant of coronavirus spreads. a marketing company that asked social media stars to spread disinformation about a vaccine is being shut down.
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