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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. more cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus, in scotland, six cases of the new variant have been identified, bringing a total of nine cases in the uk as a whole. approval is expected to be given for all adults to have covid booster jabs to try to protect people from the new variant. we're already seeing, with 17.6 million boosters already done, we're seeing those people who've had that booster, after the two weeks for it to take effect, boosted back up to over 90%. masks are back at secondary schools in england and they are to become mandatory again in shops and on public transport from tomorrow. with the government and scientists due to say more later today about
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the new variant of covid — what measures do you think should be in place? get in touch with me on twitter @annitabbc and use the #bbcyourquestions. a 14—year—old boy is to appear in court charged with murdering 12—year—old ava white in liverpool. she was stabbed on thursday and died shortly afterwards. british socialite ghislane maxwell, is to go on trial in new york for sex trafficking and other charges. hello and welcome to bbc news. six cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been identified in scotland. they bring the total number of known omicron infections, in the uk, to nine.
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scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon is due to give a further update on the situation at half—past ten this morning. it comes as the uk'sjoint committee on vaccination and immunisation is expected to announce an expansion of the booster programme across the uk to everyone aged between 18 and 39, in response to omicron. new measures have also been announced for england. from today, the department for education is "strongly advising" pupils aged over 11, and some staff and visitors, to return to wearing face coverings in communal areas. from tuesday, face coverings will be mandatory in most shops and on public transport. mps in the commons will vote on the reintroduction of fines for breaches of those rules this afternoon. and from 4am on tuesday, all arrivals into the uk will have to take a pcr test within two days, and self—isolate until they receive a negative result. meanwhile in scotland,
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wales and northern ireland, face coverings remain mandatory on public transport and in many indoor areas. with the total number of omicron cases in the uk contnuing to rise, officials warning it's "very likely" that more will be discovered in the coming days. let's get up—to—date on scotland. our political correspondent nick eardley is in glasgow for us. what more do we know about cases in scotland? ,., ., ., ,, what more do we know about cases in scotland? ., ,, , , scotland? good morning. six cases in total have been _ scotland? good morning. six cases in total have been confirmed _ scotland? good morning. six cases in total have been confirmed in - total have been confirmed in scotland. fourare total have been confirmed in scotland. four are in lanarkshire, two in greater glasgow and clyde health board. we've heard from the deputy first ministerjohn swinney and he thinks that the new variant is spreading in the community now because two of these cases don't have a link at the moment to travel
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to southern africa. the assumption they are working on is that omicron has been transmitting in the community. some who are involved in the process think that has been for several days, so they are expecting an increase in the number of cases over the next few days in scotland. scotland is introducing the same measures we've been talking about, so anybody who has had close contact with six positive cases will be told to self—isolate for ten days regardless of their vaccination status. the rules have been slightly different here to those in england, with stronger enforcement of face coverings in particular. but the main conclusion of the scottish government has drawn so far from these six cases is this isn't simply something now that is connected to
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travel, it's also being transmitted within the community.— travel, it's also being transmitted within the community. clearly that is a worry- — within the community. clearly that is a worry- any _ within the community. clearly that is a worry. any sense _ within the community. clearly that is a worry. any sense that - within the community. clearly that is a worry. any sense that the - is a worry. any sense that the government is saying people must do if there is no contact, they have to isolate the ten days, any sense of what further measures nicola sturgeon might announce when she speaks later this morning? i’m sturgeon might announce when she speaks later this morning?— speaks later this morning? i'm not sure we'll get _ speaks later this morning? i'm not sure we'll get anything _ speaks later this morning? i'm not sure we'll get anything concrete i speaks later this morning? i'm not sure we'll get anything concrete ati sure we'll get anything concrete at 10:30am from the first minister. the decisions that were taken across the uk over the weekend will be explained, i'm sure. nicola sturgeon has said nothing is really off the table. she was on the andrew marr show yesterday and it was pretty clear that she didn't want to rule anything out in response to this new variant. one of the things the scottish government is actively considering is some stronger restrictions on travel. we don't know exactly what they are but remember that the only change that's been brought insofar is anyone
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coming back to the uk has to—do a day two pcr and self—isolate until they get a negative result. that comes into force tomorrow morning. there had been some conversations about the need for potentially predeparture about the need for potentially predepa rtu re tests, about the need for potentially predeparture tests, so before people fly back. and may a day eight arrival test coming back, because of the concern that some in governments across the uk have about the potential incubation period for the new variant. they don't know exactly what it is that they don't know if it will be enough to have that day two test. we've heard all weekend as well that there is a deep sense of uncertainty about some of the big questions on this new variant. there is a feeling in the scottish government that one of them has been answered, this new variant does appear to be a lot more transmissible given that it's already spreading within the community in scotland. what we do not know, or the experts don't think
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they know enough about at the moment is whether the extent to which the new variant may circumvent the vaccines that many of us have had over the last few months and what it does to the severity of illness that people get when they contract the new variant. that's something the government in scotland is keeping a close eye on. government in scotland is keeping a close eye on-— our chief political correspondent adam fleming is in westminster. that's the situation in scotland, we are due to hearfrom that's the situation in scotland, we are due to hear from the health secretary and westminster today, what are we expecting? that secretary and westminster today, what are we expecting?— secretary and westminster today, what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30 - m what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and _ what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it _ what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it will— what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it will be _ what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it will be a _ what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it will be a chance i what are we expecting? that will be at 3:30pm and it will be a chance toi at 3:30pm and it will be a chance to explain to parliament what the prime minister explained to the public at a press conference in downing street on saturday and a chance to get an update on the numbers of the cases of the new variant across the uk which have been increasing just in the last hour or so. we are also waiting to see in black and white
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the legislation that will introduce the legislation that will introduce the new restrictions announced by the new restrictions announced by the prime minister and some conservative mps who have previously been sceptical about the intervention is the government has made would quite like to vote on them, but i think that is quite unlikely. the other thing we are waiting for is the advice from the jcvi which advises the government on vaccinations and immunisations. they are looking at two things, both the age range for who gets their booster shot and they are looking at lowering that so more people go into the booster programme. they are also looking at the gap between people's second dose and when they get that booster, meaning more people could get their booster shot more quickly. scientists are also looking at how effective the vaccines are against this new variant is the health minister explained. they are proportionate measures, they are balanced measures
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which hopefully will by us the time by slowing down the seeding and spreading of this new variant to give our scientists time to understand exactly how it behaves, is it more transmissible, is it more dangerous, and how does it interact with the vaccine? and we hope to understand that within the next few weeks a lot more clearly. if the jcvi goes ahead if thejcvi goes ahead with these recommendations around boosters and reducing the time between first and second initial doses, what is the government saying about how the infrastructure will cope with that because that's a lot of people potentially added to the list overnight. i potentially added to the list overnight-— potentially added to the list overniaht. ~' , ., , , overnight. i think they are pretty confident the _ overnight. i think they are pretty confident the infrastructure - overnight. i think they are pretty confident the infrastructure will. confident the infrastructure will cope and because there will still be a gap between the second dose and the booster, there still a buffer of time. it's not like millions of people will become eligible overnight, it's going to be more staggered. in terms of the politics,
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i mentioned how some of the conservatives who had been sceptical are looking for a vote on these new measures that are coming in from tomorrow morning at 4am. i think it's unlikely there will be a vote before they come in, i think it will before they come in, i think it will be retrospectively approved by mps. the reason we are only hearing low—level grumbles from those sceptical mps is because these are quite targeted measures to deal with the variant. these aren't big, blanket measures that will have a big effect on the whole economy overall and crucially the government isn't introducing vaccine certificates or passports yet, that is where there will be a real political difficulty for the government. as ministers say, this is about buying time for scientists to work out what is really going on with this variant. in a couple of weeks' time it may be that it's not that much more transmissible, the effects are mild and it doesn't have any effect on the rate of
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hospitalisations or deaths, which is the government's key metric for assessing the threat to the nhs. thank you. the uk has convened an urgent meeting of g7 health ministers today, to discuss the omicron variant first detected in south africa. high on the agenda will be fears that omicron could spread rapidly and partially evade existing jabs. the world health organization has warned that it poses a very high risk globally but says there are considerable uncertainties about the possible effect of the variant�*s spike mutations. alreadyjapan, a g7 member, has announced that it is closing its borders to all new foreign visitors from tomorrow. joining me now is dr angelique coetzee, chair of the south african medical association, and the doctor who discovered the omicron variant. thank you forjoining us, dr coetzee. i may have done some interviews over the weekend but if people haven't seen them, explain for us when you first realised you
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had a new variant of covid on your hands. ., ~' , ., had a new variant of covid on your hands. ., ~ , ., ., ., ~ had a new variant of covid on your hands. ., ~ i. ., ., ~ i. ., hands. thank you and thank you for askin: our hands. thank you and thank you for asking our opinion. _ hands. thank you and thank you for asking our opinion. i _ hands. thank you and thank you for asking our opinion. i just _ hands. thank you and thank you for asking our opinion. i just want - hands. thank you and thank you for asking our opinion. i just want to i asking our opinion. ijust want to say i don't think we discovered it, i was just lucky say i don't think we discovered it, i wasjust lucky enough say i don't think we discovered it, i was just lucky enough to see the clinical picture because of the fact i'm also part of the advisory committee on vaccines and i'm also a clinician, and when i saw on the 18th of this month a young man coming in very early in the morning complaining of not feeling well, very similar to a viral infection, we tested him and he was positive. his family also made an appointment to come and see me. they all tested positive, including the baby. the baby wasn't sick, they brought the baby wasn't sick, they brought the baby and for us to check. that's how it started. i saw seven more patients testing positive. because i am part of the advisory committee, i
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then alerted my colleagues and said, listen, there's something else going on, not similarthan listen, there's something else going on, not similar than delta, it's more similar than beta or it might be a new variant. in the background, the labs started to pick up abnormal pcr tests. by last week, tuesday, it was confirmed that there is a new variant and our scientists that the sequencing and said, it might be a variant of concern because of a lot of mutations. they also said they don't know what it means. it might means it escapes the immune system, it might means it will escape the vaccine. but the truth is, we don't know. i’ll
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vaccine. but the truth is, we don't know. �* u, vaccine. but the truth is, we don't know. �* . ~ vaccine. but the truth is, we don't know. �* ., ., ., know. i'll come back to that in more detail in a minute _ know. i'll come back to that in more detail in a minute but— know. i'll come back to that in more detail in a minute butjust _ know. i'll come back to that in more detail in a minute butjust to - detail in a minute butjust to clarify for viewers, what with the differences in the symptoms that were being displayed by these patients with the new variant compared to patients who had the delta variant of covid? i compared to patients who had the delta variant of covid?— delta variant of covid? i have “ust seen, delta variant of covid? i have “ust while fl delta variant of covid? i have “ust while i fl delta variant of covid? i have “ust seen, while i was i delta variant of covid? i have “ust seen, while i was waiting i delta variant of covid? i have “ust seen, while i was waiting fori delta variant of covid? i have just seen, while i was waiting for this | seen, while i was waiting for this interview, an eight—year—old child coming in with a blocked nose, headache, sore throat. the nose is slightly swollen, temperature 37, pulse rate 120. ijust tested her and she's positive. this is the type of picture that we see. it's not severely ill patients who need to be
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admitted to hospital. going forward, it might change. for now, we are at primary care level seeing patients with mild symptoms that we can treat at home. which we can be most probably not requiring nicu admission or hospital admission. but going forwards, we had seen these patients since the 18th and neither me nor my colleagues have admitted any patients. we will only know within the next two weeks how severe it will be regarding at mission. i guess it's to early to extrapolate from the cases you have seen, the impact of the variant on the vaccinated, the unvaccinated, on different age groups, would that be fair to say? different age groups, would that be
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fair to sa ? , ~ ., different age groups, would that be fairto sa ? , ~ ., fair to say? yes. what i can tell ou i fair to say? yes. what i can tell you i had _ fair to say? yes. what i can tell you i had seen _ fair to say? yes. what i can tell you i had seen over _ fair to say? yes. what i can tell you i had seen over the - fair to say? yes. what i can tell. you i had seen over the weekend fair to say? yes. what i can tell i you i had seen over the weekend to patients who have been vaccinated tested positive with that breakthrough infection, one is a 66—year—old lady, and they are not acutely sick, nor the man who is in his 40s. that is a good sign. it's not to say that it's going to stay like that, we don't know. it's very early days. there's no pressure on any surgeries and hospitals in pretoria, that might change. we aren't saying there are no patients going directly into casualty and being admitted but again, there's not a lot of i c u patients with covid—19 currently. not a lot of i c u patients with covid-19 currently.— not a lot of i c u patients with covid-19 currently. what are the next steps _ covid-19 currently. what are the next steps for — covid-19 currently. what are the next steps for doctors _ covid-19 currently. what are the next steps for doctors like i covid-19 currently. what are the i next steps for doctors like yourself in primary care and throughout the health system? you hope that measures put in place and measures
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already in place such as vaccinations will help deal with it but what are the next steps? test. but what are the next steps? test, test, test but what are the next steps? test, test. test any _ but what are the next steps? test, test, test any patient _ but what are the next steps? test, test, test any patient coming i but what are the next steps? test, test, test any patient coming in i test, test any patient coming in with any symptoms that might be similar to a with any symptoms that might be similarto a viral with any symptoms that might be similar to a viral infection. test. then the report, because we need that data. you make sure they are positive, take them out of the mainstream. we know that they either need to go into self—isolation if they are positive or the rest of the family quarantine, that's how you keep other people say. you run a campaign to tell people who aren't vaccinated, please get vaccinated. those are the most important things
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you can do for now and try to keep the patients that are sick, get them at home, try to treat them and let's see what happens. let's see how the picture unfolds. dr see what happens. let's see how the picture unfolds.— picture unfolds. dr angelique coetzee, thank _ picture unfolds. dr angelique coetzee, thank you _ picture unfolds. dr angelique coetzee, thank you for i picture unfolds. dr angelique coetzee, thank you for your | picture unfolds. dr angelique i coetzee, thank you for your time picture unfolds. dr angelique - coetzee, thank you for your time and wishing you well and all your colleagues well as you tackle this new variant. colleagues well as you tackle this new variant-— colleagues well as you tackle this new variant. thank you and please sta safe. police in the netherlands have arrested a couple who left a quarantine hotel in amsterdam after one of them tested positive for covid after flying in from south africa. the couple boarded a flight for spain but were caught just before take—off. anna holligan reports. last night the dutch military police announced two people had been detained after managing to evade quarantine. they left their quarantine. they left their quarantine hotel where they were meant to be in isolation, they managed to get here to the airport, board a plane to spain before they were detained and handed over to the
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health authorities. they could be prosecuted because violating quarantine is a criminal offence. we've seen a letter slipped under the door of these passengers, someone from the uk, in which they are told they have to stay in isolation, it will be enforced and they will be tested again today to see if they are carrying the new strain of the virus. we are asking you what measures you would like to see in response to the ongoing covid cases and this new variant, omicron. you can get in touch with me on twitter and you can use the hashtag #bbcyourquestions. a 14—year—old boy will appear in court today charged with murdering a 12—year—old girl in liverpool. ava white was stabbed in the city centre on thursday whilst out with her friends to see the christmas lights being switched on. three other boys, aged between 13
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and 15, were also arrested and have now been bailed. tens of thousands of people have spent another night without power as temperatures dropped as low as minus six in some parts of the uk. met office yellow ice warnings remain in place for much of scotland, england and wales, with some schools closed and rail services cancelled. louisa pilbeam has more. people across parts of scotland, wales and northern england have spent their third night without power as temperatures drop to their lowest seen so far this season. scottish authorities declared a major incident after more than 40,000 were left without power, forcing the closure of schools and vaccine centres. your viewers will remember the beast from the east in 2018. this is three times worse than that and probably some of the worst conditions we have seen for the electricity network, certainly, in about 15 years. hot food, drinks and bottled water have been supplied to many of those affected, with vulnerable residents also offered temporary accommodation.
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it's been tough. we have a couple of kids — one is nine, one is six. it has been hard work. luckily, my father—in—law lives half a mile down the road, so we have been able to camp out down at his and have a few cups of tea and things like that. but, a bit of a nightmare not having any lights and no heating. it's been freezing. i have two young kids. so we have had nothing to do and nowhere to go. it has been really cold and awful. elsewhere, a met office warning for ice remains in place across much of the uk this morning, with drivers urged to plan ahead for theirjourneys. it comes as the effects of storm arwen continue to disrupt parts of the rail network after gale force winds brought down trees and power lines, claiming the lives of three people. more than 60 customers have been trapped at this pub in the yorkshire dales since friday night, when heavy snowfall
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blocked the only road in and out of the area. with milder temperatures on the horizon, many will hope a big thaw follows the big freeze. jim cardwell is head of policy at the northern powergrid and joins us now. good morning. how many of your customers are still without power? we've got 29,000 customers still without power over the north—east of england, yorkshire and northern lincolnshire who are being affected by storm arwen. we've got 211,000 with their lights back on and we are working our hardest to get the other 29,000 back on. what working our hardest to get the other 29,000 back on.— 29,000 back on. what sort of time sain deal 29,000 back on. what sort of time
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spain deal expect _ 29,000 back on. what sort of time spain deal expect that _ 29,000 back on. what sort of time spain deal expect that to _ 29,000 back on. what sort of time spain deal expect that to happen . spain deal expect that to happen either? —— timeframe. this spain deal expect that to happen either? -- timeframe.— spain deal expect that to happen either? -- timeframe. this is the second full— either? -- timeframe. this is the second full day _ either? -- timeframe. this is the second full day of _ either? -- timeframe. this is the second full day of access - either? -- timeframe. this is the second full day of access we've i either? -- timeframe. this is the l second full day of access we've got to the network. obviously really strong winds had a very long tail. many people will be aware in the region of the wins that continued through saturday which made it difficult for us to get going. particularly as we are tackling bits of overhead lines, climbing poles, we have to think about how people aren't what they are doing out there in the ice. we've got over 1000 people in this and mutual support from different parts of the country helping us. with the best effort we are still going to have some people who will stay off before today, so i guess we are looking at making sure we are privatising getting as many people back on as quickly as we can, with temporary fixes where we can. get those people back on, and we are also keeping in touch with those
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customers that are more vulnerable, so haven't got support networks around them. teili so haven't got support networks around them.— so haven't got support networks around them. , ., ., around them. tell us more about the challenaes around them. tell us more about the challenges facing _ around them. tell us more about the challenges facing the _ around them. tell us more about the challenges facing the men _ around them. tell us more about the challenges facing the men and i around them. tell us more about the. challenges facing the men and women out there trying to do those fixes. thank you. ourfirst out there trying to do those fixes. thank you. our first thoughts are with our customers, frankly. they are the ones who are really suffering. hopefully our customers can get that sense that our people are trying their utmost to either get them back on supply, as you said in your package it talked about those treacherous conditions we are facing, some of the access out there in the conditions that people are facing. but also we are trying to keep people informed, so our power cut checker on our website has got good traffic in terms of people knowing what's going on. we've got text messages that if people have already told us they are off, will keep them informed by text message where we can. and proactive contact with those customers who really need
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it, more vulnerable customers. that's where partnerships with the british red cross, in where we can provide that extra support where needed. . ., provide that extra support where needed. ., ~ , ., provide that extra support where needed. . ~' , ., , provide that extra support where needed. ., ~ , ., , . let's go back to our main story now — the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. there are now nine cases in the uk including six in the scotland. professor devi sridhar who is a professor at the university of edinburgh where she holds a personal chair in global public health. good to have you with us, as ever, although clearly a huge shame we are talking about this new variant. six identified cases in scotland. and it seems from what we know that we are talking about community transmission, would you agree with that? , ~ ,., transmission, would you agree with that? , ~ ., ~ that? yes, i think so, and i think it's been picked _ that? yes, i think so, and i think it's been picked up _ that? yes, i think so, and i think it's been picked up because i that? yes, i think so, and i think it's been picked up because the. that? yes, i think so, and i think. it's been picked up because the uk and scotland has such advanced genome sequencing to detect it. most countries are going to find it's already there. once a variant starts
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spreading somewhere in the world, given how interconnected travel is, that it will be brought in and spread rapidly in the community. 50. spread rapidly in the community. so, we've had experience, what do you think needs to happen in terms of measures? because the suggestion is you have to go in hard and fast to try to clamp down on the spread of a covid variant. we know there has been mandatory mask wearing in scotland already on public transport and in many indoor spaces. what would you like to see happen next? i think we don't know a lot about this variant, so what we're trying to do in the next 10—14 days is get further data on transmissibility, severe health outcomes, vaccines. during that two weeks, trying to be precautionary and tell people to wear masks, avoid crowded spaces, if you're going to socialise or go into busy settings, take a home test that tells you if your infectious or not and get vaccinated and your booster
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as fast as possible. we know those three vaccine doses provide good coverage. asum three vaccine doses provide good coveraue. ., ., ., , , coverage. our lateral flow tests auickin coverage. our lateral flow tests picking pp _ coverage. our lateral flow tests picking pp this _ coverage. our lateral flow tests picking up this new _ coverage. our lateral flow tests picking up this new variant i coverage. our lateral flow tests picking up this new variant in i coverage. our lateral flow tests. picking up this new variant in the way they picked up the delta variant or at least to the same level? it’s or at least to the same level? it's early days — or at least to the same level? it's early days but _ or at least to the same level? it�*s early days but what i'm hearing from virologists is that the tests still work and pcr tests are a bit better and we can sequence those to understand which variant it is. lateral flow will just tell you if you positive. for the next two weeks there's going to be a lot of uncertainty, governments are trying to make sure they don't put themselves in a bad position and if it turns out to be quite dangerous. and i think waiting for more data. that's the message, we are trying to use the next two weeks to hope this one doesn't the way of alpha and delta but that's why we are seeing governments move quickly. fin delta but that's why we are seeing governments move quickly. on getting second vaccines, _ governments move quickly. on getting second vaccines, boosters, _ governments move quickly. on getting second vaccines, boosters, or- governments move quickly. on getting second vaccines, boosters, or a - second vaccines, boosters, ora
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first vaccine, what would you say on that point, because certainly the government has been urging people to get theirjabs, even though we don't know a lot yet about omicron and what it might bring? the know a lot yet about omicron and what it might bring?— what it might bring? the thing i would say is _ what it might bring? the thing i would say is all _ what it might bring? the thing i would say is all the _ what it might bring? the thing i would say is all the vaccine i what it might bring? the thing i | would say is all the vaccine does what it might bring? the thing i i would say is all the vaccine does is train your body had to fight the real virus when it's faced with it. it's that simple. any person would be better off vaccinated, although evenif be better off vaccinated, although even if you're vaccinated you could get ill but hopefully not as ill if you were completely unprotected. you don't want to be the person who ends up don't want to be the person who ends up in hospital and doctors ask you, are you vaccinated? and you say, no. think of the people working in hospitals. this is a never ending third wave for them, they've had a first wave, a second wave, a third wave now that's been going on for months. they are tired and anything each of us can do to keep that burden of health services and that includes getting the job, taking care of yourself and your community can help. to
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care of yourself and your community can hel. ., ., ,, care of yourself and your community can hel. ., ., ., . can help. to anyone watching you, the messages _ can help. to anyone watching you, the messages to _ can help. to anyone watching you, the messages to be _ can help. to anyone watching you, the messages to be a _ can help. to anyone watching you, the messages to be a bit - can help. to anyone watching you, j the messages to be a bit cautious, make sure you take that lateral flow test if you're going out and it could be a case of a stitch in time when it comes to this new variant? exactly. governments are planning for a range of scenarios, from best case to worst—case. every time there was a path between best and worst, it's taken the worst. that is burned into their memories and they are thinking, ok, there could be a best case but lets not hope it will go best case. we have to prepare for the worst case and hopefully it turns out it's not as bad as some are reporting out of south africa, but they can't risk it right now and that's the message, that's what you're seeing from policy. thank ou. now it's time for a look at the weather.
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it's certainly been a cold start to the day. last night was the coldest night of autumn so far, the temperature isjust shy night of autumn so far, the temperature is just shy of —9 in cumbria. icy stretches around with milder air moving cumbria. icy stretches around with milderair moving in cumbria. icy stretches around with milder air moving in from the north—west. patchy rain for scotland, northern ireland, northern england and wales, seeing a few light showers. temperatures only for— five in the south—east, double figures in the north—west. this evening that milder air with cloud and patchy rain moves across the uk, quite breezy overnight. it won't be as cold as last night. after an earlier frost, as cold as last night. after an earlierfrost, by as cold as last night. after an earlier frost, by this time tomorrow temperatures will lift to about 5-11. an temperatures will lift to about 5—11. an area of low pressure will move in from the north—west through tuesday and into wednesday. it brings an unsettled but miles day on tuesday. double figures on tuesday but things turning colder once again into wednesday.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... more cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus. in scotland, six cases of the new variant have been identified, bringing a total of nine cases in the uk. approval is expected to be given for all adults to have covid booster jabs to try to protect people from the new variant. masks are back at secondary schools in england and they are to become mandatory again in shops and on public transport from tomorrow. a 14—year—old boy is to appear in court charged with murdering 12—year—old ava white in liverpool. she was stabbed on thursday and died shortly afterwards. tens of thousands of people have spent another night without power in the wake of storm arwen. met office yellow ice warnings remain in place for much of scotland, england and wales.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn. plenty of tributes being paid to sir frank williams, the former formula one boss following his death at the age of 79 he won seven drivers titles, and nine constructors titles for the team named after him in what was a golden period for the sport in the �*80s and �*90s. he formed the team in the late �*70s, and only stepped back from f1 last year. there was the personal tragedy in his career, the car accident that left him paralysed in 1986 and then the death of ayrton senna eight years later in 1994, whilst driving for williams. i spoke to his friend, eddiejordan earlier on. it is hard to describe the impact that he did have. it was immense. as damon has said, the tenacity, he was so focused. everything was about his team, he totally believed in his team, he totally believed in his team, he totally believed in his team, he believed he could bring it
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to greatness from the very early days, as you rightly say, seven different world title drivers, it is quite staggering. but could never may be happen again. the netherlands and arsenal striker vivianne miedema has been crowned the bbc women's footballer of the award for 2021. here she is receiving the award. you are the bbc women's world footballer of the year. what a year she has had, scoring ten goals at the tokyo olympics and breaking the women's super league all time goal scoring record. she won the award ahead of australia and chelsea striker sam kerr and spain and barcelona's alexia putellas. no cristiano ronaldo in the starting line—up yesterday. manchester united, though, escape stamford bridge with a draw. read into that what you will. united taking the lead throuthadon sancho, who capitalised on this mistake. butjorginho made up for it, converting a penalty, which means its two games unbeaten
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for michael carrick and united, who are preparing for new interim manager ralf rangnick to come in. it's been a decent couple of games, mixed feelings in some ways because obviously i shouldn't be here if things had gone as we wanted. i can't get away from that, but of course the two games have been two massive games. just can't help think that we lost out on that one today because two wins would have been even better. manchester city overcome the snowy conditions to beat west ham at the etihad. ilkay gundogan with one of their two goals in a 2—1win. some conditions can't be overcome. you may have seen this yesterday. sean dyche emerging at turf moor before kick off in his shirt. he's made of sturdy stuff. that snow though couldn't be cleared with the game with tottenham called off hours before kick off.
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so spare a thought for this spurs fan, who travelled all the way from dallas, to london, to burnley. 31 hours. fuelled by coffee. only to get there and find the game's been called off. spurs captain harry kane though intervened, inviting ken to a home game, hopefully on a warmer day. england's netballers beat jamaica 54—115 at the copperbox in london. in the first of three matches in preparation for next year's commonwealth games in birmingham. the series concludes with two matches in nottingham on the fourth and fifth of december. world number one and world champion mark selby suffered a stunning upset at the uk championship, beaten in the second round by iran's hossein vafaei, who at one point was five frames up, who enjoyed a very lucky
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finish there on the black. and look who was back playing her first match on british soil since winning the us open. emma raducanu playing in an exhibtion event at london's royal albert hall. the match wasn't the brit's only test of the day — the ball boy got involved as he stepped in — beating her at the net for that crucial break point in what has been a monumental year. that's all the sport for now. that fan flying from dallas was true dedication. ih that fan flying from dallas was true dedication. ., , ., , dedication. in november there was alwa s a dedication. in november there was always a risk- _ dedication. in november there was always a risk. lovely _ dedication. in november there was always a risk. lovely response i dedication. in november there was| always a risk. lovely response from harry kane- —
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always a risk. lovely response from harry kane- i _ always a risk. lovely response from harry kane- i am — always a risk. lovely response from harry kane. i am sure _ always a risk. lovely response from harry kane. i am sure he _ always a risk. lovely response from harry kane. i am sure he will- always a risk. lovely response from harry kane. i am sure he will be i harry kane. i am sure he will be takin: harry kane. i am sure he will be taking him _ harry kane. i am sure he will be taking him up — harry kane. i am sure he will be taking him up on _ harry kane. i am sure he will be taking him up on his _ harry kane. i am sure he will be taking him up on his invite. i masks are back for year 7's and above in england but there's no updated guideance primary schools. let's speak now to jennie jones, who's a primary school teacher in south—west london. thanks for being with us. what are your concerns at this point? strongly recommended that secondary schools wear masks but no specific guidance for primary schools get. i think schools are making their own decisions on this. might head this morning has said she would advise us, it is our personal choice to wear masks in communal areas, not of the classrooms, the majority of people are doing that. we read the guidance and she feels it should apply to primary if it applies to
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secondary schools. she hadn't stated that but i think that is how she feels so we have decided as a school that we are going to wear masks in communal areas to protect others. the difficult thing is we are in the build—up to christmas, there is an awful lot going on which requires a lot of people in enclosed spaces, we are practising for christmas nativity is, father christmas coming to visit. 50 nativity is, father christmas coming to visit. ., , , ., ., nativity is, father christmas coming tovisit. ., , , ., ., ., to visit. so many things going on at such a busy — to visit. so many things going on at such a busy time _ to visit. so many things going on at such a busy time of— to visit. so many things going on at such a busy time of the _ to visit. so many things going on at such a busy time of the academic i such a busy time of the academic year. let me take you a step back, when you talk about mask wearing in communal areas are you talking about just the adults or any of the older pupils in primary also wearing masks because obviously it's incredibly difficult with little tiny ones, isn't it? it difficult with little tiny ones, isn't it? . , difficult with little tiny ones, isn't it? ., , , , . isn't it? it has never been expected in rima isn't it? it has never been expected in primary school— isn't it? it has never been expected in primary school for— isn't it? it has never been expected in primary school for children i isn't it? it has never been expected in primary school for children to i in primary school for children to wear masks, and no children have
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asked to as of yet. if they asked and were allowed to would consider that, but the difficulty is in primary classrooms is communication is ongoing and constant in a classroom. we are talking to the children and they are talking to us, it is difficult to wear masks in a primary classroom so i don't think we would be going to that level. it is not in the guidance adult and we would be following guidance completely. would be following guidance completely-— would be following guidance comletel . . , , completely. have parents been in touch with you — completely. have parents been in touch with you all— completely. have parents been in touch with you all ready _ completely. have parents been in touch with you all ready to - completely. have parents been in touch with you all ready to find i completely. have parents been in| touch with you all ready to find out what is happening, will be nativity be going ahead etc? hat what is happening, will be nativity be going ahead etc?— what is happening, will be nativity be going ahead etc? not as far as i know but we _ be going ahead etc? not as far as i know but we have _ be going ahead etc? not as far as i know but we have been _ be going ahead etc? not as far as i know but we have been very i be going ahead etc? not as far as i know but we have been very open. be going ahead etc? not as far as i i know but we have been very open with our parents throughout. our head has been very good with her communication with the parents so it has been stated we desperately want all these events to happen, but should there be concern over safety of our school community should there
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be a changing guidance we will act on that though soon as we can come as soon as we get the guidance, so the parents know there may be changes but as a school we are really hoping to continue with the plans that we have.— really hoping to continue with the plans that we have. after last year i am sure plans that we have. after last year i am sure you _ plans that we have. after last year i am sure you are _ plans that we have. after last year i am sure you are desperate i plans that we have. after last year i am sure you are desperate to i plans that we have. after last year. i am sure you are desperate to have all the normal things going on you would expect to see in a school in december but you are looking for clarity for government, that seems to be what you are saying. yes. but we desperately _ to be what you are saying. yes. but we desperately need _ to be what you are saying. yes. but we desperately need is _ to be what you are saying. yes. but we desperately need is for - to be what you are saying. yes. but we desperately need is for the i we desperately need is for the guidance to be clear and for us to be given it as soon as they are advised that these actions need to take place so that we can prepare our children and our parents and make them aware and also we can try and make sure we have plan bs for all of these situations. we do not want to support the children and parents, that is the last thing we want is a school but also we need to make sure our school community is safe. we are trying to balance that
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difficult situation.— difficult situation. thank you for talkin: to difficult situation. thank you for talking to us — difficult situation. thank you for talking to us and _ difficult situation. thank you for talking to us and good - difficult situation. thank you for talking to us and good luck- difficult situation. thank you for talking to us and good luck to i talking to us and good luck to everyone. talking to us and good luck to everyone-— the labour party will today set out its plans to fight sleaze in westminster — calling for an overhaul of the way rules are set for cabinet ministers. in a speech, labour's deputy leader angela rayner will call for a new independent watchdog. she also wants a ban on ministers taking paid jobs relating to their ministerial role for five years after they leave government. we don't believe that mps should be able to use the contacts that they have in order to lobby ministers, and we said there should be a ban on that for five years, because actually, if you look at what's been happening, if you look at what happened with the former prime minister, david cameron, they've been using their contacts within their own party in order to get government contracts for their mates, that they've been getting paid far from companies that they've been paid significant sums for. we don't believe that's correct. it's not about their knowledge.
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it's about their opportunity to whatsapp there mate they've known for a long time to give companies that use the lobbyist to fast track up the food chain so that they can get lucrative contracts of public money. we don't believe that's the way it should run. people should get contracts based upon their competency to do the job and to get value for money for the taxpayers of this country. our new integrity and ethics commission, which looks at ministerial codes, which is different to the mps commission, will be given much more teeth. we'll take away the prime minister's right to veto. at the moment, the prime minister decides if there's an investigation and then decides whether or not he's going to follow the recommendations of those, whether ministers broke the code or not. and we think that's wrong. we think that the independent commission should be able to put binding sanctions. that means if you break the ministerial code, there will be consequences for it. in any other walk of life and any otherjob that people do,
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they have standards, they have that they have to follow the rules. and if they don't follow the rules, they have consequences. we need to have that for ministers as well. the government says it has committed to continually reinforcing high standards of conduct in public life. ghislaine maxwell — a close associate of the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein — goes on trial today in new york. the british publishing heiress has been accused of trafficking four unnamed minors and grooming and recruiting them for her former lover to abuse in the late �*90s and early 2000s. she's been in a new yorkjail since her arrest injuly 2020 — and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. nada tawfik reports. ghislaine maxwell and jeffrey epstein attracted friends in high places, increasing the intrigue around the duo. his death in 2019 under unusual circumstances only raised more questions, leaving behind a dark cloud of mystery. the fallen heiress's trial may yet provide the most explicit details to date.
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in this indictment, ghislaine maxwell is charged with sex trafficking and recruiting and grooming four underage girls for epstein to abuse from 19911—2004. the jury here in new york will have to decide whether she's being made a scapegoat for epstein, or if she was his chief enabler. that abuse included sexualised massages. these sexualised massages developed into sexual encounters for which maxwell, in some instances, was present and participated. ghislaine maxwell's life before she met epstein was very different, but not without its own drama. she was the youngest child of the late disgraced newspaper baron robert maxwell. part of her appeal to epstein was her circle of rich and famous friends, including prince andrew. her trial comes at a very inconvenient time for the royal, as he fights off his own separate civil lawsuit by one of epstein's most outspoken accusers, virginia guiffre. ghislaine tells me that i have to do
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for andrew what i do forjeffrey. and that made me sick. i just didn't expect it from royalty. she said epstein and ghislaine maxwell forced her to have sex with the duke of york when she was just 17, in london, new york, and the us virgin islands. prince andrew has previously denied all of the allegations. but his attempts to put the scandal behind him have so farfailed. ian maxwell says at least one sibling will be present every day of his sister's trial. it is impossible for me to think that she would have been engaged in these really horrendous charges that she's now facing. it doesn't stack up in any single way. all those people who do not know her but who have some regard for the system ofjustice that operates in the united states, they should suspend theirjudgment.
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her case is expected to last six weeks, after which herfate is in the hands of the jury. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. heathrow airport's red list arrival facility at terminal four, will come back into place on wednesday having been previously wound down. heathrow said: "we are reopening terminalfour as a dedicated arrivals facility for red list countries and in the meantime, there will be no direct flights arriving from affected areas. passengers travelling to and from all other destinations should continue to travel as planned and with confidence." joining me now is stephaniejepson, partner at courtney world. thank you for your time. tells about how your customers are being affected by south africa at the number of other surrounding countries being added to the red list. it countries being added to the red list. . .,. , countries being added to the red list. , .,. , ., countries being added to the red list. , .. , ., ., list. it is the fact they have got to have pcr — list. it is the fact they have got to have pcr tests _ list. it is the fact they have got to have pcr tests now- list. it is the fact they have got to have pcr tests now to i list. it is the fact they have got to have pcr tests now to come list. it is the fact they have got - to have pcr tests now to come home.
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basically for a family of five that could be up to £500. it is going to knock confidence again. already this morning we have lost a big booking to south africa because of the uncertainty. to south africa because of the uncertainty-— uncertainty. you are seeing cancellations _ uncertainty. you are seeing cancellations for _ uncertainty. you are seeing cancellations for planned i uncertainty. you are seeing i cancellations for planned trips, what about customers of yours who are already there or in the other countries affected? i are already there or in the other countries affected?— are already there or in the other countries affected? i have actually not countries affected? i have actually got somebody _ countries affected? i have actually got somebody out _ countries affected? i have actually got somebody out in _ countries affected? i have actually got somebody out in south - countries affected? i have actually got somebody out in south africa . countries affected? i have actually. got somebody out in south africa at the moment. she hasn't seen her children for two years. she didn't want to come back because of the point i spoke to her on saturday she hadn't even seen her children. she hadn't even seen her children. she had just got there and said, i am not coming home.— had just got there and said, i am not coming home. had just got there and said, i am not cominu home. ~ , ., , _, not coming home. when she does come home as things — not coming home. when she does come home as things stand _ not coming home. when she does come home as things stand depending - not coming home. when she does come home as things stand depending on i home as things stand depending on how long she is point to safe, she could be facing a hefty bill for quarantine. could be facing a hefty bill for quarantine-— could be facing a hefty bill for uuarantine. , ,, , ., quarantine. yes. i think it is about £2000. hopefully _ quarantine. yes. i think it is about
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£2000. hopefully the _ quarantine. yes. i think it is about| £2000. hopefully the government quarantine. yes. i think it is about i £2000. hopefully the government will lift this. i really hope so because it is notjust holiday—makers that are affected, it is people like my client who haven't seen friends and family. it is another kick in the teeth for us. do family. it is another kick in the teeth for us.— family. it is another kick in the teeth for us. ,., , ., , ., teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach _ teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach or _ teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach or do _ teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach or do you - teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach or do you think i teeth for us. do you understand the cautious approach or do you think it| cautious approach or do you think it is disproportionate? i do understand totall and is disproportionate? i do understand totally and i — is disproportionate? i do understand totally and i know _ is disproportionate? i do understand totally and i know we _ is disproportionate? i do understand totally and i know we are _ is disproportionate? i do understand totally and i know we are ring i totally and i know we are ring fencing the nhs, but for us in travel, all the time we are just being hit and hit. we have onlyjust started earning money again now after two years without. we had a really good summer and now it has all been taken away from us again. the counter to that i suppose is if you don't take these measures now the situation may become much worse for both your industry and other industries as well.— industries as well. yes. we are between the — industries as well. yes. we are between the devil _ industries as well. yes. we are between the devil and - industries as well. yes. we are between the devil and the i industries as well. yes. we are | between the devil and the deep industries as well. yes. we are i between the devil and the deep blue sea. .
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between the devil and the deep blue sea, ., , ., , between the devil and the deep blue sea. ., , .,, .,, between the devil and the deep blue sea. ., , ., , sea. that phrase was made with this situation i think _ sea. that phrase was made with this situation i think especially _ sea. that phrase was made with this situation i think especially for - sea. that phrase was made with this situation i think especially for the i situation i think especially for the travel industry. i am just looking at a stated that his comment from airlines uk. they are urging ministers to make a mandatory pcr tests free of charge for passengers many of whom are now in the invidious position of having less than 48 hours to for arranging extra testing. it is adding the situation is developing rapidly and hopefully as more data emerges emergency border restrictions can be reversed quickly. i suppose that is what you are holding out for, obviously you know there's not much data yet but if the data comes through suggests existing vaccines will work well against this new variant you're hoping for a quick reversal of those red lists. , , ~ , , red lists. definitely. as i 'ust said, red lists. definitely. as i 'ust said. we fl red lists. definitely. as i 'ust said, we reallyi red lists. definitely. as i 'ust said, we really need i red lists. definitely. as i 'ust said, we really need the h red lists. definitely. as ijust said, we really need the cost red lists. definitely. as ijust i said, we really need the cost of these pcr tests, either to come down
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drastically or be free of charge. we need quick turnaround on results because what people are going to have to do is possibly spend another day waiting at home before they can get back into work. they are going to lose holidays. if get back into work. they are going to lose holidays.— get back into work. they are going to lose holidays. if more and more cases emerge _ to lose holidays. if more and more cases emerge in — to lose holidays. if more and more cases emerge in other _ to lose holidays. if more and more cases emerge in other countries, l to lose holidays. if more and more i cases emerge in other countries, you have to wonder why a ban in african countries specifically would be valid any longer, but in the meantime what is your advice for people who were planning to travel to the african countries affected? to basically try and postpone their trips until, another month, let's see what happens. or back into next year. it is not going to help everybody out in south africa in the tourism industry and people who want tourism industry and people who want to get home for christmas, but if
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they can just postpone their trips, that would be great. at some point the world has to open up. this variant must be over here, i think they said it was 60 cases on one flight from klm. there is going to be a lot more people with this variant. we can't keep looking down every time a new variant comes down otherwise the travel industry will never get going again.— otherwise the travel industry will never get going again. prince charles has arrived in barbados at the start of ceremonies to mark the removal of the british monarch as its head of state. he will deliver a speech in which he is expected to focus on continued ties between the two countries. barbados became independent in 1966, but queen elizabeth continued as head of state until this year. governor general sandra mason will be inaugurated as barbados' first president and barbados
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will remain in the commonwealth. a memorial service will be held later to sergeant matt ratana. the new zealand born police officer was killed last year while on duty in a custody suite in croydon. since his death much has been made of his passion for sport with the establishment of a rugby foundation in his name. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been to meet some of them. matt ratana. officer, rugby player, friend. being remembered today by some of the colleagues who knew him best. it's not how matt ratana died that made him a hero, it's how matt ratana lived. he was at ease with himself. he had a natural kind of confidence that just sort of showed, you trusted him straight away.
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people couldn't help but like him, even if they were anti—police, - they would love matt ratana. his funeral was last year while the pandemic was still raging. we miss you, we honour you, we won't forget you. today, there will be a much bigger memorial in central london, as his force gathers to celebrate his life. there is still those people that when you open the door and walk in a custody suite or the office, you think, today is going to be a good one. and matt was top of the list of those people, the person i always thought, this is great, going to spend a shift with matt. some of those remembering matt ratana today were friends outside work as well. including some who he persuaded to go with him to germany by motorbike. there is only ever going to be one matt ratana, no one is ever going to replace him. he was just a force of nature who would get things done, he inspired people to go that extra yard, he inspired people to push themselves.
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matt ratana died in a shooting inside the police custody centre in croydon where he worked. a man has been charged with murder. but his colleagues prefer to recall the outstanding officer they worked with whilst policing difficult parts of london. his best asset as a police officer was his ability to talk to people. the friendliness and relatableness with him. he would always find a common ground. and to win them over that way, rather than needing to use any legal framework or an escalation of force. i think there's a lot of people who still, and i'm one of them, who are just confused, about him not being there any more. it doesn't make a lot of sense that someone like that isn't there any more. if you worked with. matt, you felt safe. i i can't quite put it into words, i he had the ability to make police i officers and the publicjust feel. safe purely by his presence there. it was almost like you could define the average police officer, - you could never define the average matt ratane — there was just a total difference.
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if the world was full - of matt ratanas, the world would be a better place. he is a tragic loss to the service. sergeant martin christianson of the metropolitan police ending that report there. the fashion designer and creative director of louis vuitton, virgil abloh, has died of cancer. the 41—year—old founded the brand 'off—white', and had worked with some of the industry's biggest names including kanye west and jay—z. sodaba haidare reports. virgil abloh was the first black man to become the creative director of luxury brand louis vuitton, but the path to success wasn't always easy. it took me that sort of period to question myself and be like am i going to believe in the myth that i can't be a designer at the highest level, that i am supposed to make
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printed t—shirts that are called streetwear. i hope that through my narrative, people see that in themselves, that anything is achievable and there's different genres arejust made to bejumped over. when he got his moment, abloh redefined the idea of the modern fashion designer, adding dj, artist and architect to his creative arsenal. announcing the sad news of his passing on instagram, a statement to his six million followers read... atjust age 41, abloh was seen as a trailblazer. he had been working with industry leaders and artists like canyon west and in 2013 he founded his own streetwear label. his clothes were worn by the likes of naomi campbell and kim kardashian. but he often said everything i do is for the 17—year—old version of myself.
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virgil was of a scene that sort of was emerging in the fashion space. young kids, young guys who were buying tonnes of fashion, buying sneakers, listening to hip hop. and virgil was in touch with this audience. he was this customer at one time in his life. and so i think he just understood something that a lot of people in paris don't fully understand. abloh was one of the most visible black creatives in the industry. he took design into arenas where it had not gone before, like creating a rug out of an ikea receipt. the news of his passing has left the industry in shock, with big names taking to twitter to pay tribute to him. virgil abloh made a mark in the industry. he may be gone, but his influence
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on fashion is expected to live on. virgil abloh, who's died aged 41. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather forecast was therapeutic is. it let's take a look at the weather forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been _ forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been a _ forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been a cold _ forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been a cold start - forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been a cold start to - forecast was therapeutic is. it has certainly been a cold start to the l certainly been a cold start to the day. some icy stretches around and last night was the coldest night of the season so far. in cumbria we had temperatures almost —9. today after that cold and icy start we have got rain moving in through the north. some milder air along with a train as well across scotland and northern ireland. a little sleet and snow on the leading edge but it may be patchy rain across scotland and northern ireland three this morning. later on the day giving it northern parts thing about wales. further south and east we have clear skies, cold conditions for east anglia and the south—east ringed with temperatures here around 4 or 5. in
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the milder air looking at double figures towards the north—west. there was evening and overnight the milder air with the cloud and but she had of rain moves across all of the uk. it certainly won't be as cold as it was last week but temperatures about 5—10 to start tuesday. into tuesday we have the work front up towards the east, a cold front approaching from the north—west, so later in the day that will bring some heavier rain, but patchy light rain across much of scotland, parts of northern england, one or two spots elsewhere but later in the datagram becomes heavier in the north—west. the winds pick up. head of that much milder than with temperatures around 10—12 for most of us, still cold up towards the northern isles but you will notice the breeze. these are the average when strengths but we could see gusts of around 30 or 40 mph.
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this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. as more countries report cases of the new coronavirus variant, the world health organization warns omicron is likley to spread internationally, posing a very high global risk. as six cases of the new omicron variant are reported in scotland, the first minister nicola sturgeon will give an update soon on the current covid situation in scotland and what we know about the omicron variant so far. in england, approval is expected to be given for all adults to have covid boosterjabs to try to protect people from the new variant. japan becomes the latest country to bar most foreign arrivals over fears of the new variant. this comes after israel made the decision to close its borders too to foreign nationals. with the uk government and scientists due to say more later today about
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the new omicron variant of covid — what measures do you think should be in place?

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