about and saying to the world it is something that is important, is great and indeed is beautiful. and i think our building does that. but we have a responsibility to taxpayers to keep the costs under control. more surveys will take place over the winter and into next year. some progress has already been made. the elizabeth tower, home to big ben, has been gradually coming out of its shell. but returning the whole palace of westminster to its former glories will be a long, painstaking task. time for a look at the weather. here's stav da naos. half term for many people, how is it going to be? quite mixed. we are ending the week on a fine note of thanks to high pressure. lovely skies for many, some showers around for england and wales in particular but not as many as the past few days and quite a lot
of sunshine and dry weather. this high pressure has been building in from the south—west moving in ahead of this new frontal system arriving for the weekend. you can see on the satellite picture we start off with quite a bit of cloud and then lots of holes appearing, you can see what the blues showing those showers. lots of sunshine around particularly into scotland. another breezy day, particularly for north—east scotland and the northern isles, elsewhere the breeze will be fairly fresh and that will take the edge off the temperatures. you can see the extent of the showers for central and southern areas, those will tend to fade and temperatures may be up to 14 still sees across the south, single digits for the north, feeling cooler when you factor in the breeze. this evening and the first part of the night the showers fade and many central, northern and eastern areas stay dry with light
winds and under clear skies to turn in quite cold, a touch of frost in rural areas. south—westerly winds picking up an increasing cloud so not quite as cold. our new frontal system arrives on saturday morning for western areas, it is going to be windy but those wins will come from the south—west once again and feeling in my older air across the whole of the uk through the weekend. for much of england and wales, lots of dry weather on saturday and just a few showers for the irish sea coast, the wettest and windiest of the weather will be western scotland and northern ireland, strong winds, these are mean wind speeds, later in these are mean wind speeds, later in the south—east and stronger for the hebrides. best of the sunshine for eastern areas where temperatures could reach 15 celsius. the spite of the cloud and the wind and the rain it will be quite mild. that weather front pushes eastwards saturday into sunday, lying through central areas,
bursts of rain for many areas, perhaps sunshine for the south—east of england, later and the date some showers here and behind it some heavy showers for western scotland and northern ireland. another blustery day but another mild one. that's it from me. a reminder of our top story: the queen is back in windsor castle, and "in good spirits", after an overnight stay in hospital on wednesday. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc�*s news teams where you are. hello, i'mjane dougall with your latest sports news. if you remember, last month the fifth match of the test series between england and india's men was controvertially postponed, well in the last hour, it's been re—scheduled and will be played from july the 1st at edgbaston next summer.
india led the series 2—1 when the game was called off. they said they had been unable to field a team due to fears of further covid—i9 cases inside their camp. the fixture can't be played at the original venue, old trafford, because of other events that are taking place. instead old trafford will stage the second test against south africa in august. ireland have an uphill battle after their innings against namibia in a winner takes all game for their final cricket t20 world cup qualifying group match. if ireland win, they'll be into the super 12 stage, which starts tomorrow. however, it might be tough for them. after chosing to bat, ireland finished on just 125 for 8. namibia have begun their reply and are 49—1 after 10 overs.
scotland women are looking to make it three wins from three against hungary in their world cup qualifier at hampden this evening. a third win in a row could put them six points clear of their nearest competitors ukraine, athough spain still currently top the group. scotland played in front of a crowd of 5,000 last month at hampden. chelsea and scotland striker erin cuthbert says it makes a difference having so many fans, but that support for the women's game in scotland and england still has a long way to go. we belted at chelsea, sold out of capacity we are not far away and it comes with performers as players we need to keep performing as well and the more results we get, the better performance we bring the more attractive football the more we are going to see through the gates. meanwhile, wales women are in slovenia for their match later in the world cup qualifiers. they began their campaign with wins over kazakhstan and estonia last month, and manager gemma grainger
says that will give them confidence against solvenia. in septemberwindow in september window the were there because _ in september window the were there because we need potentially had potentially had but had not delivered it in a qualification round — delivered it in a qualification round. now we know what we are capable _ round. now we know what we are capable of— round. now we know what we are capable of but looking forward to who we _ capable of but looking forward to who we want to be as a team. england women host northern ireland tomorrow, in their first competitive fixture at the new wembley stadium. leah williamson will continue to captain the side in the absence of steph houghton, who's injured. however, head coach sarina wiegman refused to say whether the arsenal defender would get thejob on a more permanent basis. we haven't had steph and the other ones in our group, and they have captained the team before. we just take a little time
and whenever the form is well, is fit, first, performs well and comes into the squad i can see how everyone relates and what's best for the team, but for now, she is doing a very good job. finally this week's bbc sports desk podcast looks at the importance of black history month in sport. it's horrible. honestly... people call you all kind of things and...sometimes i wonder if they think we don't have feelings, or this stuff doesn't matter to us, because every now and then,
it makes me not read, i don't even read the good parts which is sad you shouldn't be getting that kind of hate like that. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. a new story has dropped. sage who advise the government on matters like coronaviruses say that policy work on the potential reintroduction of protective measures or restrictions should be undertaken now so there can be rapidly deployed if necessary. our health correspondent jim reed is here. this is because of the rising numbers of covid infections, and the persistent number of people still dying from covid? it persistent number of people still dying from covid?— persistent number of people still dying from covid? it is, there has been a lot — dying from covid? it is, there has been a lot of— dying from covid? it is, there has been a lot of talk _ dying from covid? it is, there has been a lot of talk about _ been a lot of talk about so—called plan b as it is called in england, to deal with that rise in cases. to
remain people, plan a is essential to use vaccines to control the pandemic, plan b, you put in place measures like more masculine, you mandate that in law, vaccine passports, we have these measures in scotland, wales and to a certain extent in northern ireland. there is talk of bringing it in in england as well and it is clancy which people talk about, which be restrictions on meeting up, the today is really important. we have had minutes from sage, this group of around 100 independent scientists that advise the government, chaired by patrick vallance the chief scientific adviser, the government ministers have to make decision, it is taken very, very seriously and the potential to move to plan b should
be undertaken now so it can be ready for rapid deployment if required. so always with these things you have to read the room of what people are saying but this is essentially the government major scientific advisor seeing now is the time to put in place plans at least two increase some restrictions in england. this would ut some restrictions in england. this would put them _ some restrictions in england. this would put them on a ready footing, wouldn't it? what would trigger it. the vaccines and half term school holidays might act as a firebreak. that's right, they are looking at not so much cases as hospital admissions. watching that a very, very carefully, you see a slight increase in hospital admissions over the last couple of weeks. but you have not seen the increase we saw in january where we had cases the sort of level. at the moment, across the uk, you are looking at about 8000
people in hospital with covid. back in january, people in hospital with covid. back injanuary, it people in hospital with covid. back in january, it was people in hospital with covid. back injanuary, it was 40,000. we are not at that level yet and what the government says it is until you see the pressure on the nhs, they do not see the need to move to plan b. want to make the see the need to move to plan b. want to make ., ,,. . to make the other thing sage have said is whether _ to make the other thing sage have said is whether they _ to make the other thing sage have said is whether they will _ to make the other thing sage have said is whether they will rise - to make the other thing sage have said is whether they will rise to - said is whether they will rise to previous levels. what have they said? its previous levels. what have they said? , ., ., previous levels. what have they said? , ., . , said? its not so much predictions as the feed said? its not so much predictions as they feed the _ said? its not so much predictions as they feed the data _ said? its not so much predictions as they feed the data into _ said? its not so much predictions as| they feed the data into mathematical models and see what is the most likely outcome. what they see is and this is encouraging, increasingly unlikely they see at hospital admissions of this winter will rise above the peak seen injanuary. to a certain extent, that kind of, they are not seeing imminent hospitalisation is of that level but they don't see concerned in the short—term we could be back to those
levels from earlier in this year. the one thing coming out of this, the most important measure they see to control cases is not so much going back to mask wearing, not so much vaccine passports but actually working from home. the most effective measure and that could be and this is speculation some people have come outwith, one reason you have come outwith, one reason you have not seen a big increase necessarily in some parts of the south—east and london where working from home levels are higher as you have seen in other parts of england in particular over the last three or four weeks. in particular over the last three or four weeks— in particular over the last three or fourweeks. ,, ., ,, , .,, ,, . four weeks. stops people spreading and mixing- — the eu is debating whether to impose new economic sanctions against belarus, in response to what members say is a deliberate attempt to flood europe with migrants. poland, lithuania and lativia have all declared a state of emergency
accusing president lukashenko of inviting migrants into the capital minsk then pushing them to the borders. thousands have already made the journey. 0ur international affairs correspondent, paul adams has travelled with one group making the journey. trapped in the forest on the eu's eastern frontier, a group of syrians exhausted and afraid. "we are absolutely shattered," the voice says. "we have been walking since four in the morning." but how did they get here? two weeks earlier, theirjourney starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. and an optimistic selfie at the airport. "we are leaving for belarus," says idris. we went to erbil. the city is full of travel agents catering for would—be migrants. the first step, a visa. murad isn't giving anything illegal, but he still doesn't want to be identified. if you have passports, we send it to the belarus tourism companies and they send us invitations.
so when people come to you, they are not... you know they are not going to belarus for a holiday? of course. you know they are going to europe? yeah. next, a smuggler. he is preparing to take a group through belarus to europe. translation: if you are using a smuggler, it is going to cost| you a lot at the borders. it will cost between $9,000 and $12,000. by now, idris and his friends have reached the bela russian capital, minsk. the airport is jammed with people making the same journey. the group has been told to go to a hotel and wait for instructions. are you worried about the journey? translation: of course we are. we are crossing -
the border illegally. we don't know what will happen. we can't trust anyone, | not even our smuggler. we are putting our. faith in god's hantz. faith in god's hands. in may, the president of belarus, alexander lukashenko, threatened to flood the eu with drugs and migrants. revenge, it seems, for eu sanctions. soon thousands were crossing into lithuania. we went to see the border for ourselves. the guards here still catching dozens of migrants every day. lithuania says belarus is actively helping them to cross illegally. in some places, the border is little more than a gap in the forest. we can see some belarussian border guards coming right now. until the crisis began, there was regular communication between the two sides, but after president lukashenko threatened to allow migrants into the eu, all of that cooperation stopped and people started to flood across this border, and you can see just how easy it was. but thousands of migrants are now in detention, more than 700 here in a former prison.
this, for some, is where hopes and dreams come to an abrupt end. they can apply for asylum, but most won't get it. after several days of silence, idris and his friends are back in touch, heading into poland. he couldn't film, but says belarussian soldiers loaded 50 migrants onto a truck, took them to the border and showed them the way. out of the forest and into the eu, in cars arranged by smugglers. with the help of belarus and at the cost of $7,000 each, idris and his friends have made it. they'll apply for asylum and see what happens next. paul adams, bbc news.
the headlines on bbc news... the queen is back at windsor castle and said to be in good spirits, after spending a night in hospital for preliminary investigations. police in the united states are investigating the death of a cinematographer who was injured when actor alec baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his new film, also seriously injuring the director. 1.1 million people, or one in 60 across the uk, had covid in the past week, according to the latest official data. that's the highest number since the end of january. now it's time for across the uk. a group of muslim women from bradford have been given a taste of army life. they were invited by the 4th armoured brigade in york, also known as the black rats, to see how they operate.
it's hoped community activities like this will inspire more muslims, especially women, tojoin the british armed forces. the bbc asian network's shabnam mahmood has more. 0h! excellent. put through their paces, army—style. these women from bradford are trying out some military exercises. among them, selena, who is a data analyst, and iram, a beauty therapist. it is scary. it's something i've not done before, but it is exciting and it's an achievement. when you get up that six foot wall and to the other side, yeah, it does feel good. we've done an assault course and we've been going under trenches, overa rope, climbing walls, i've had a few falls, got soaked, but i'm sure it'll be fine. currently there are around 500 muslims in the army, but only a tiny fraction of that figure are women. it is something the military is hoping to change. it's really, really important to get
different people in, _ because we need different people that think in different _ ways so that, actually, _ we can be the army of the future. activity days like this, tough as they seem, are part of a drive to get more muslim to learn about the army and its operations and perhaps to encourage a few to pursue a career in the british armed forces. i've actually enjoyed today. by the end of today i probably... if i was much younger, i would have joined the army, because i know there are so many different career aspirations. at this stage in my life, probably not, because i'm quite established in a career. i think at the age of 16, i probably would have at least considered it as an opportunity, because you have a perception of what the army is and coming here and seeing all the opportunities available to you, it has definitely opened up my eyes. after today i would definitely lookj into it, yeah, just because they've got so many amazing experiences and, you know, all these _ different opportunities, - so i would definitely look more into it, yeah. nice and fast, let's go, let's go! more boot camp style training has
been planned over the coming months to target muslim women from across yorkshire tojoin the military. shabnam mahmood, bbc news, york. for black history month, we're turning back the clock to look at the story of preston's caribbean community through the eyes of locals. glenda andrew is a windrush campaigner who during covid set up a kitchen serving free caribbean meals. hello, welcome to my kitchen. we are just doing some beans for the rice and peas which will go with the chicken or the salmon with cabbage and hotpot. a hotspot which we call and hotpot. a hotspot which we call a caribbean hotpot. we deliver nearly 100 meals a week to people from our community and also the
wider community. the caribbean community is friendly, we support each other. this is my mum's recipe, how she taught me to do the peas. my mum came in 1962, my dad came in 1961. as many people came from the caribbean, my parents came from dominica so if you have someone shouting words and your parents or you are all as a group, i don't think we really understood it. just those people over there don't like us. my community at the time was going to church with my parents. and thatis, going to church with my parents. and that is, i love that until i became a teenager. the club scene, the youth clubs, that was my growing up, and that's where we met other young people my age. i was meeting the wider community, the caribbean community, people from jamaica, barbados. i hope that i do my mum
justice and that's why i continued now in memory of my mum. and also in memory of people that we used to deliver for and are there no memory of people that we used to deliverfor and are there no more. but at least we can see we give them something that they would appreciate and enjoy more than anything, really. and en'oy more than anything, reall . a ~ , , , next month marks 20 years since a certain wizard and his friends appeared on screen for the first time. harry potter and the philosophers stone was released in november 2001. some of the movie magic was created by two graphic designers from london. they re known as minalima. wendy hurrell has been to meet them in soho. when the latest scandal breaks in the daily prophet, ron scoffs sweets from the train trolley. these aren't real frogs, are they? or harry gets hold of the marauder�*s map. hang on. this is hogwarts.
those props have all been made by two graphic designers during a 20—year association that has now built up quite the empire in soho. downstairs is the gallery. it is all about graphic design. house of minalima, on wardour street, is studio, shop and museum. in here are some of our actual props from the films. - and it all started when miraphora mina sat down one day and hand—wrote a letter. now she and eduardo have been recreating the wizarding world in new editions ofjk rowling's harry potter books that are 3d and interactive. i used to love drawing, like, - sections of houses and dolls houses, when i was little, and i think you did as well. _ so we kind of always - imagine what would it be like to be a young reader.
i think you probably noticed from the gallery that detail| is our thing and our passion, and so to try and then - get it inside the book as well is important. | yes. and i don't think there's been very many illustrated editions - of the harry potter books. with the book soon released and filling up shelves, time for their other mission. we hear from the people that come in here that it is sometimes their first experience with an art gallery or graphic design as well, so we are kind of, i like to think we are a little bit of ambassadors for graphic design, and that is an amazing profession. a job increasingly integral to film production. sometimes the role of a graphic designer for film is you also have to act, you have to pretend to be snape or mcgonagall or umbridge or any of the teachers. yeah, we call it method graphics. yes _ method graphics! a method that works at house of minalima.
wendy hurrell, bbc london. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. the rest of today is looking pretty similar to yesterday, but a bit more cloud around for many of us, particularly england and wales with a few scattered showers. i say a few because we have a ridge of high pressure right across the country and that will keep things largely settled. good sunny spells around. here is the ridge of high pressure which has been moving in from the south—west. we are between weather systems, this arriving just in time for the weekend. quite a bit of sunshine around to end the day, further showers for england and wales. pretty well scattered, many places escaping and stay dry. variable amounts of cloud. quite a breezy afternoon and early evening.
particularly across northern and eastern parts of the uk. those temperatures reach highs around 13 or 14. when you factor in the wind, it will feel cooler than that. this evening and overnight, many places will stay dry, showers fade away, much of england and wales and eastern scotland stays dry overnight, but we will see this weather front arrive across the far west, bringing increasing cloud, increasing breeze and one or two showers. not quite as cold as further east where we could see pockets of frost, one or two locations of eastern scotland, eastern england. we are seeing the area of high pressure retreat, this frontal system will arrive on saturday, that will bring cloud and outbreaks of rain and it will drive in mild south—westerly, temperatures on the rise saturday and sunday. dry weather for england and wales later in the day.
more persistent rain, we will see the strongest these are mean wind speeds, could see gusts up to 40 or 50. feeling milder. 14, maybe 15. double figures across—the—boa rd. into sunday, the frontal system pushes further east. more places seeing more cloud or longer spells of rain, maybe the odd heavy shower across western scotland and northern ireland. blustery for most but winds coming from the south—west. should feel mild. top temperatures around 15 or 16. best of the weather in the east of the country.
this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds. the headlines: a cinematographer has died after being shot by a prop gun fired by actor alec baldwin. the film's director was also seriously injured on the set in new mexico. tributes are being paid to halyna hutchins, who was 42. she had such a strong vibe, such a sense of a commitment to art and the integrity of wanting to make cinema. the queen is back at windsor castle after spending a night in a london hospital. buckingham palace says she underwent preliminary medical checks but is in good spirits. england's social care watchdog warns staff shortages will leave many people without help this winter. as the rate of coronavirus infections in england rises to1