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great britain has relaxed its coronavirus border controls. from next week, double vaccinated tourists from the eu and the united states won't have to quarantine on arrival. they will still have to present negative covid tests. thailand, south korea, malaysia and japan have all reported the highest daily number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic. the delta variant is being blamed for the surge in cases. president macron of france has said his country owes a "debt" to french polynesia over nuclear tests held there. nearly 200 nuclear tests were perfomed over three decades. it's estimated over 100,000 were affected by radioactive fallout. peru's new president, pedro castillo, has been sworn in after a long and tense election process.
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you're watching bbc news. the government is relaxing the rules on international travel, so that fully vaccinated people from the us and most eu countries will no longer have to self—isolate when they arrive in england. but the changes — which will be introduced from 4am on monday morning — will not apply to visitors from france. northern ireland has not yet made a decision. let's ta ke let's take a closer look out the changes was the government says will help to reunite family and friends who have loved ones abroad. people fully vaccinated from the u or us will not have to... the transport secretary grant shapps said it would apply to people who are fully vaccinated with a jab approved by the u or the us. travellers esteemed —— will still need to take either a lateral flow or pcr test before departure and a pcr test on the
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second day after they arrive. karen dee is chief executive of the airport 0perators association, which represents uk airports. she welcomed the decision as a small but important step. certainly as other sectors are beginning to open up and as we see the vaccines rolled out within the uk, we have always felt that that meant the risk became less and much more manageable for us, so really important for us to begin to restart the aviation sector in the uk in a safeway, and let's not forget we still, passengers will still be required to have significant test before they travel to the uk. the government has also announced international cruises will be allowed to restart from england on monday. andy harmer is managing director of the cruise lines international association, which is the world's largest cruise industry trade association. he's very much welcomed that announcement and spoke to my colleague ben brown earlier this evening. he explained that cruise holidays have already safely resumed
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elsewhere in the world. there's about 800,000 people globally have taken a cruise holiday and that has been a safe return to service, whether in europe or asia or more recently north america, and our customers and our guests can rely upon the fact we have built a multilayered approach to our safety and wellness onboard for ships and there will be... absolutely the well—being of our guess is at the centre of what we do. that well-being of our guess is at the centre of what we do. that sounds fine, andy. _ centre of what we do. that sounds fine. andy. but — centre of what we do. that sounds fine, andy, but tell— centre of what we do. that sounds fine, andy, but tell us _ centre of what we do. that sounds fine, andy, but tell us in - centre of what we do. that sounds fine, andy, but tell us in detail, i fine, andy, but tell us in detail, what is that multilayered approach to safety? sure. it starts with 100% mandatory testing of all of our guests before embarkation. it includes health screening on board as well as surveillance testing throughout. it as well as surveillance testing throughout-— as well as surveillance testing throu:hout. . , , ., throughout. it includes those ella mai thins throughout. it includes those ella mai things we've _ throughout. it includes those ella mai things we've become - throughout. it includes those ella mai things we've become used i throughout. it includes those ella mai things we've become used toi throughout. it includes those ella i mai things we've become used to in modern life, such as face covering social distancing, all of our ships have medical facilities on social distancing, all of our ships have medicalfacilities on board and testing facilities on board. and we
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have... we and works very closely with public health, to work very closely with those authorities for our safe return to service. that was and harmer talking to ben brown a little bit earlier. the number of daily coronavirus cases has risen again for the first time in a week. the latest government figures show there were just over 27,731; new cases in the latest 24—hour period, though that number is down on the same time last week, which means on average, there were 30,494 per day in the last week. 91 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours meaning on average, 71 deaths were recorded per day in the last week. the number of people in hospital with covid continues to rise — there are now more than 6,000 — for the first time since march 18. more than 88% of uk adults have now had theirfirstjab and more than 71% are now fully vaccinated.
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the rider charlotte dujardin has become great britain's most decorated female 0lympian of all time with six 0lympic medals after winning bronze in the individual dressage. she won two golds at london 2012, gold and silver in rio, and now in tokyo she has added two bronze medals to her record—breaking haul, as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. when your nine—year reign is over, but bronze still feels like victory. charlotte dujardin danced straight into the record books. come on, charlotte. gio — or pumpkin to his friends — was incredibly inexperienced, so just how do you teach a horse to dance? with a master trainer and a touch of telepathy. the relationship that these two have is just phenomenal. equine ballet was served
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for thejudges, and the horse who was picked to respond best to the heat of tokyo came to the boil at the perfect time. and their work in tokyo is done. when the final rider made too many mistakes, the british team could celebrate bronze. aficionados of dressage know dujardin well. she's the most successful british rider in history. but every time the olympics rolls around, the rest of britain is reminded just how good the self—titled "girl on the dancing horse" is. in london 2012, she and valegro stunned the world of dressage with a patriotic routine. she's going for gold! wow. she came away with two golds. and in rio, the perfect pair rode once again to victory. but after 2016, valegro retired and she had to say goodbye. enter gio. the ten—year—old helped her to a fifth olympic medal
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in the team event last night, and today he helped her make history. bronze medallist, charlotte dujardin! britain's most successful female 0lympian — how does that feel? i'm a bit speechless, if i am honest. i mean, it's so surreal to think that i am. i mean, i can't quite believe it. yeah, i mean, it was quite an honour to be with katherine grainger upon the medals anyway. to have now done that, beaten that, i'm a bit lost for words. hopefully there will be some more. i was very conscious that it was a borrowed title. of all people, you feel charlotte could have the longest career. and because i think she is...just a incredible rider, what she can do with horses and different horses, i would have thought her potential was pretty much endless. in years to come, he'll be a superstar. he's already got one on board — britain's horse whisperer and her small but mighty pumpkin. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo.
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i'm joined now by laura tomlinson mbe, former team—mate of charlotte dujardin and member of the british dressage team who won gold at the london olympics in 2012. hello there, laura. you were part of this team along with charlotte in 2012. you won gold then. charlotte has now broken this record. how do you think she will be feeling today? probably, yeah, ecstatic and drained and excited and a million emotions probably flooding through her. i think the ending of her test shows it all. i do not think she was about breaking records today, she was about having the best ride that she could have, and she sure did that on a course that, through covid and brexit and everything, has not had a chance to have these parents you would like a horse to have going into a games, yet she did a
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phenomenaljob. there's more to come from those two for sure, but what they achieved today was incredible regardless of the medal records, and i think when you work with another animal, the end of your test, the emotion, before you even know how you have done, the emotional showed in charlotte. she was just elected with her little horse and what he had achieved for her and i think the meadows and the accolades and the record—breaking — that's just the cherry on top. record-breaking - that's 'ust the cherry on tout record-breaking - that's 'ust the cherry on top. that's fascinating, that ou cherry on top. that's fascinating, that you in _ cherry on top. that's fascinating, that you in a _ cherry on top. that's fascinating, that you in a way _ cherry on top. that's fascinating, that you in a way place _ cherry on top. that's fascinating, that you in a way place more - that you in a way place more emphasis on the performance today? yeah, absolutely. as as a horseman, what you can achieve on the day regardless of what everyone else is doing is the most important thing to you, what can you get out of your horse on that day? and as was said in the commentary earlier, the partnership that charlotte has built with this course is phenomenal and you can see at the end of the test she is absolutely... she doesn't
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know what she has achieved yet, but she's just absolutely delighted with what her little horse has just done for her and with her, that in that first instance is more important to you generally than anything that comes afterwards, because that's what we do, that's what we work towards day in, day out, working with these animals, the long hours and all the training you put in, trying to build that partnership with these horses, and i think that's sorts of delightful to see in her face at the end of the test stop logistics plane and the biltmore, the sort of work that it takes to produce it the sort of work that it takes to roduc , ., , ~ , produce it performs like 'ust extent to a bit more. * produce it performs like 'ust extent to a bit more. that h produce it performs like 'ust extent to a bit more. that is _ produce it performs like just extent to a bit more. that is human - produce it performs like just extent to a bit more. that is human being| to a bit more. that is human being and horse dancing together. it absolutely. it is one thing teaching the horse these very complicated and difficult moves. it takes a lot of patience, time, the horse has to build up a lot of strength, a lot like human gymnasts. you have to piece these things together, build of the strength and coordination over time. of the strength and coordination overtime. it of the strength and coordination over time. it does notjust happen overnight, it is notjust teaching a trick to a dog, there's a lot that
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goes into it, and on top of that you have to build up this partnership and distrust between you and the horse, because obviously is not a natural setting for a horse to get on an arrow plane, fly to a very far—away country with completely different conditions, humidity, heat and all of that, and then to expect them to perform to the absolute best of their ability in the strange environments. that requires an awful lot of partnership building and trust between horse and their writer and horse and the grooms and the people that work behind the scenes, to look after these animals with us, and that's what makes it so special, notjust and that's what makes it so special, not just for the writer and and that's what makes it so special, notjust for the writer and the horse that all the people involved in that horse's surety, from grooms, fizzy us, all of that. there is a whole team behind them that is as delighted as charlotte is today. thank you very much. that is laura
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tomlinson, former team—mate of charlotte dujardin. 100 pledges to tackle the issues that limit the opportunities in life for disabled people — that's what the government has unveiled today. it's called the national disability strategy and it aims to increase the number of accessible homes and adapt older properties. there'll be an audit of mainline railway stations to ensure there's proper access. and a programme will be launched to make it easierfor disabled people to change jobs. the government's hailed the £1.6 billion strategy as a once—in—a—generation transformative plan, but charities and campaigners say it doesn't go nearly far enough. 0ur disability affairs correspondent nikki fox has this report. this cycling club in south manchester is open to people of all abilities. david can do as much as ten miles a day around this track, but when it comes to doing the things he loves, he struggles. public buildings with big steps and you can't find a ramp, so can't do anything, can't be like normal people. despite her best efforts, sue, who runs the club,
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hasn't been able to sort an accessible bathroom. i've got people peeing in a bottle around the corner because they can't get into the toilet here. and after 18 years, i'm still banging on about having proper facilities. today's strategy doesn't shy away from highlighting the many barriers millions face every day. it plans to increase the number of accessible homes, as well as supporting disabled people with employment opportunities. improving health outcomes is another key area. learning disabilities and autism training will be offered to all health and social care staff. but there are plans for more consultations and audits, including one around public transport. and campaigners are frustrated by the promise of more reports and less action. i'm really disappointed. this is a missed opportunity. the prime minister promised it would be the most ambitious and transformative disability plan
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in a generation. unfortunately, i think an awful lot of disabled people — 1a million of them — are going to see it as a broken promise. for disabled children like florence, the strategy has come too late. herfamily had to spend £15,000 fighting to get the right school for their 11—year—old daughter, who is autistic, epileptic and has global development delay. it felt so unfair, it felt so inappropriate to have to fight for something that should be a provision for all kids with special education needs. the government has admitted the system is failing disabled children like florence and its spending £300 million to improve special educational needs provision. we have a ministerial champion in every department, so the department for education will be held to account. they will be part of that annual report and they will have that ministerial champion who's making
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sure policies across the department and delivery are actually happening. any plans to improve disabled people's lives will of course be welcomed, but charities believe the strategy falls short, as it doesn't deliver immediate, drastic action, so that millions of disabled people are no longer held back by barriers in society. nikki fox, bbc news. the head of the rnli is warning that more lives will be lost in the channel if migrants continue to cross in packed dinghies. mark dowie has been speaking to this programme as the number of people making the perilous journey is rising, with this year's total already exceeding the whole of 2020. charlie rose reports. watch your hands. children first. cold, tired and desperate. 11 migrants, including two children, are rescued by lifeboat crews
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in the english channel. this footage is the first of its kind released by the rnli. this is becoming incredibly dangerous. lives will be lost on either side of the channel if these crosses continue in the way that they are. our work is becoming more and more important in bringing people to safety. that's the reason why we're talking now. the charity has released testimonies from lifeboat crews, showing the challenges they face do not stop once the rescued migrants are brought ashore.
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but its extreme danger of crossing the channel in small dinghies which the rnli is especially keen to highlight. i was one of a handful ofjournalists invited to take part in a survival exercise at their training pool. the idea is to replicate the conditions migrants find themselves in when crossing the channel. we have bags of belongings, sick bags and very basic bouyancy aids, and the conditions already getting really rough. my crews are seeing incredibly harrowing scenes when they come across boats like the one you've been in this morning, in the middle of the channel, out of sight of land, being passed by huge ships going in both directions. it's incredibly frightening. and the rnli is forecasting a busy few weeks ahead.
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firefighters have been tackling a fire on the roof of trafford general hospital after it was struck by lightning during heavy thunderstorms. a total of 66 patients from ward and clinical areas were safely evacuated to other parts of the hospital. all staff and patients are safe. amanda pritchard will be the next chief executive of the nhs in england. she is currently nhs england's chief operating officer. she will replace sir simon stevens when he steps down on sunday. she said she's "honoured" to be the first female leader in the history of the health service in england. a deaf woman has won the right to compensation after a judge upheld her complaint about a lack of on—screen sign language interpreters at two covid briefings in england. katie rowley took her case to the high court, arguing that the government had breached its obligations to deaf audiences under equality legislation. for more, here's our correspondent helena wilkinson.
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this is a significant case, and it highlights the challenges, really, that many deaf people face when trying to access public information. now, katie rowley sat down to watch two covid briefings in september and october of last year, but she couldn't follow them. the reason, there wasn't an interpreter for her to follow. and she said it left her feeling stressed and affected her well—being. well, that's why she took the cabinet office to court, and she said that they had breached the obligations under the equality act. well, today, thejudge ruled in her favour regarding those two covid briefings, and thejudge, mrjustice fordham, said that the lack of sign language provision at those two data briefings constituted discrimination. he went on to say a failure of inclusion which served to disempower, to frustrate and to marginalise. well, katie rowley says she is feeling emotional after thejudgment, but she also says she feels sad
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that she had to fight on behalf of herself and also on behalf of many others. the cabinet office in response have said that they are pleased that the court ruled their policy on using on—screen british sign language interpreters was lawful during the pandemic, and officials point out that there have been over 170 briefings since the pandemic began, and only two, they say, have been found to have been unlawful. miss rowley will get compensation. helena wilkinson reporting there. well, kate rowley has also been speaking to our reporter steve holden about the positive impact that this ruling she thinks will have on deaf people. i feel that it's giving deaf people more confidence and it's giving people the chance to think, yes, i am equal to hearing people, to people who can hear, and then be
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more assertive in fighting for the rights and for their own access and to fight their own barriers, so i am hoping that people will say, look, katie was successful and now it is my turn and i went to change this, and i hope people follow that example. and i do not wants deaf people to just be embarrassed and think, oh, no, icannot, no one will listen to me, i do not know how to challenge people, no one is quick to listen to me because i use sign language. i don't want him to think that. i want people to think, i can do this, it is time to stop being passive and just sitting there and being embarrassed and thinking that we cannot do anything. i think it is time for deaf people to work together, and we have shown that we can do that. katie rowley speaking to the bbc little earlier. a permanent monument in tribute to fallen police officers and staff has been unveiled at the national memorial arboretum. the prince of wales and the prime minister were among those attending a dedication ceremony at the site in staffordshire. phil mackie reports.
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the new monument overlooks a place of national remembrance. the giant doorway, which is slightly ajar, represents the threshold of which officers walk towards danger. the more than 4,000 who have died were remembered at today's dedication ceremony. i would particularly like to express my profound gratitude for the valour and sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives. this is an event for the wider police family, the people who haven't got uniforms on, the children, the parents and the partners of personnel who have lost their lives. among those taking place was gillian, who was widowed aged 21 when her husband david was shot alongside two colleagues in london in 1966. archive: here, for the congregation of police and relatives, was held -
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the funeral service of the three men who were shot dead. "do not think of me as gone, i'm with you still in each new dawn." proud. proud and i hope he's looking down and saying, "about time, this is a nice place to be." was it an emotional day? i tell you what, i sobbed my socks off last night and i will probably sob my socks off tonight. yes, it was an emotional day. every rank was represented, from cadet to chief constable. this memorial, i think, will tell those who have passed away in the line of duty, but also those who want to join the service in the future, to realise that policing is very much valued. it's somewhere people can come to reflect on the courage of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. phil mackie, bbc news, staffordshire. what do the great barrier reef,
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the canals in venice and the galapagos islands have in common with the slate landscapes of north west wales? the answer is unesco world heritage site status. the area, including six sites in snowdonia, is now one of 32 uk sites on the prestigious list. 0ur wales correspondent tomos morgan reports. adopted. applause 20 years in the making — and recognition is finally here. the slate landscape that dominates parts of snowdonia is now on a prestigious unesco world heritage list that includes the great wall of china and machu picchu. and the pioneerfor this bid was dr david gwyn. i felt there was something very wonderful here, almost magical. i'm naturally delighted to hear now that after 20 years our ambitions have been realised. it's said wales built the world in the 19th century, and in its heyday the industry employed close to 20,000. so why does welsh slate have such a good name worldwide?
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firstly, it is the best slate in the world. it is one of the more denser slates, it has been proven on rooves for over 200, 300 years. for fred hughes, this area has always been special. this place could have gone to rack and ruin, forgotten about, more decay than there already is. so maybe this is a pathway to get it back up on its feet, have the recognition. it's just fantastic news. just as the taj mahal has for india and the pyramids for egypt, the hope is that the recognition for the slate mines here in north wales will also bring an economic boost to the area. for the locals, it's tourism, a key employer here, that will hopefully benefit from today's announcement. in order to get the tourists, we need the investment to get
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businesses, that help businesses get up and running. for 1800 years, slate has been mined in the silvery, striking and rugged landscape. and now this stone which has roofed houses across the globe has got an accolade sought the world over. time now for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. good evening. summer warmth and sunshine may be in short supply at the moment, but one thing we haven't been short of today is rain. drenching downpours and thunderstorms have affected many places. and in northern scotland, the rain has been heavy and persistent and we still have this met office amber warning in force, with that wet weather continuing on through the evening and into the night and then sinking its way a little further southwards as well, getting in across northern ireland through the early hours of thursday. for england and wales, showers taking a while to fade, but most places should be dry by the end of the night. compared with some we've had
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recently, it's going to be a relatively cool and fresh night as well. so low pressure will still be close by during tomorrow, this low drifting slowly eastwards. this next little area of low—pressure racing in from the southwest will start to influence the weather as we head towards the end of the day. but across northern ireland, scotland and northern england, we can expect a lot of cloud, some outbreaks of rain at times. wales, the midlands, east anglia and the southeast should be largely dry with some sunshine, just one or two showers, and then our area of low pressure approaching from the southwest to bring cloud and rain here by the end of the afternoon. it is going to be quite a windy day and quite a cool one for the time of year as well, top temperatures between 16—21 celsius. but as this little area of low pressure approaches on the southwest, we're going to see some really heavy rain for a time across southwest england, getting up into south wales and running eastwards as we go through the night. and for a time, some very strong and gusty winds. we could see gusts of 40—50 mph or more in some exposed spots. quite unusual for this time of year, could cause some disruption.
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the wet and fairly blustery weather will push eastwards across the midlands, east anglia, the southeast, so summer rain here for a time on friday. that will tend to clear away. drier conditions behind, with some sunny spells. still the potential for 1—2 showers and temperatures between 17—20 celsius. now, as we head into the weekend, we have low pressure up to the northeast, higher pressure to the southwest, but neither really taking control of our weather. we're kind of trapped between the two, so that means there will still be some showers but not as many as we've had over recent days, a decent amount of dry weather. and it will feel cool, especially in the north.
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