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i mean, just in wales, i think in the first five years, so bad wolf has been going for about six years, i think we counted the number ofjobs generated in wales alone in the first five years as something like over 2,200. and it's growing and it's growing and it's growing. when bad wolf first started in wales, it was quite empty. you know, there was bad wolf and we were kind of, "we're here, come on, everyone comejoin us." and now, you know, you can't get a spot in the car park. and the growth looks set to continue. amazon is moving production of the lord of the rings tv series from new zealand to the uk. britain's studios are reaping the benefits from a multi—billion—dollar battle between the streaming giants. david sillito, bbc news, cardiff. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. hello. it has been a cloudy day for
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many parts of the country today, sunshine has been hard to find, the best of it across northern parts of scotland. this morning it was very windy comedy wins have eased significantly but, for a while, cooler air across scotland and northern ireland, still mild air coming from the tropics across england and where is andy between those two different air mass, a belt of cloud that has not really moved very much today and that is continuing to bring some outbreaks of rain. most of the rain has been affecting northern parts of england, north wales, damp and drizzly to the south of that in the very mild air. chilly conditions across scotland and northern ireland, some sunshine perhaps, a few showers in the north—west, those are the temperatures as we head towards the end of the afternoon. that band of rain not moving much for a while, we'll start to move southwards overnight, becomes light and patchy as it moves down to more southern parts of england and wales, showers fade away, that could lead to some fog across parts of northern england, some wetter, windier weather arrives into the north—west
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of scotland, lifting temperatures later but, for many, it will be a chillier night than last night, that damp and cloudy weather still across parts of southern england and wales. changes tomorrow across the north, this weather system will sit across northern parts of scotland bringing stronger wind from the atlantic and milder airfor stronger wind from the atlantic and milder air for scotland and northern ireland, but a lot of cloud. rain mainly for the highlands and islands, rain may be for western scotland, some sunshine for aberdeenshire. for england and wales, a lot of cloud, damp and drizzly for southern parts and where the fog is, perhaps in north wales in the and is slow to lift, it will feel chilly here, six or 7 degrees. as we head our way into the middle part of the week, we have this weather front draped across northern parts of scotland, it will briefly work its way further south for wednesday but more of a breeze for wednesday but more of a breeze for wednesday morning, not as much mist and fog around but still a lot of cloud to come and we have that light and patchy rain on the weather front that should move away from northern ireland as it heads its way northwards into the central belt of
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scotland. it looks like we will all be in milderair scotland. it looks like we will all be in milder air by wednesday, temperatures widely ten or ii. be in milder air by wednesday, temperatures widely ten or 11. that weather front, temperatures widely ten or 11. that weatherfront, that temperatures widely ten or 11. that weather front, that rain temperatures widely ten or 11. that weatherfront, that rain is temperatures widely ten or 11. that weather front, that rain is getting nudged out of the way because one of theseis nudged out of the way because one of these is arriving, an area of high pressure building in for the latter part of the week. that will really settle things down, there is not really any rain to speak of but there will be a lot of cloud with that area of high pressure. there may well be some mist and fog patches as we head towards the weekend, it is starting to turn a bit cooler. a reminder of our top story... the vaccine booster programme is ramped up as the prime minister announces the first death in the uk with the new omicron variant of coronavirus. that's all for me, we nowjoin coronavirus. that's all for me, we
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now join the this morning's draw for the last 16 of the champions league has been declared void... it'll be redone in half an hour's time. it's after an error involving manchester united... who had thought they'd be playing psg. they were originally drawn to play villarreal... but that was a mistake because they were in the same group... something the competition doesn't allow in the last 16. so the spanish side eventually got manchester city. when the possible opponents for atletico madrid were lined up by uefa officials they included liverpool who shouldn't have been in the bowl and not manchester united... who should have been. uefa blamed a "technical problem with the software of an external service provider"... and they'll try again at 2pm... that's only one of three draws at uefa hq today. the others haven't had the same problems. this is the one for the europa
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league knockout round play offs. involving teams that finished third in their champions league groups and those that were runners up in their europa league groups. you'll see rangers have drawn borussia dortmund... while barcelona against napoli is the pick of those ties. the winners willjoin west ham in the last 16 then there's the europa conference league. again... the group winners are straight through to the last 16. so these are the runners up from that competition's groups. along with those that finished third in their europa league groups... leicester will play danish side randers... celtic are taking on norweigan champions bodo/glimt... either tottenham or vitesse will play rapid vienna. spurs�* place in that draw is still unconfirmed because uefa haven't yet decided what to do after their final group game was cancelled due to covid cases in the squad. meanwhile brentford manager thomas frank expects their premier league with manchester united tomorrow night to go ahead... despite a number of positive tests at united. but frank has admitted he's a bit confused about when there are enough to postpone a game. tottenham also had their match at
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brighton because of 8 positives... while united had to send home a small number of players on the morning after their win over norwich. it was a dramatic conclusion to what has been described as the sport's most exciting season. but there are concerns that the controversial way max verstappen won the world title might cause formula one some long—term damage. mercedes had two protests rejected after the abu dhabi grand prix and could well appeal against one of those decisions. there needs to be clarity going forward, we cannot have debates and stewards looking at this several hours after the chequered flag has fallen, it is unsavoury overall after a fantastic racing championship. both drivers deserve the title, they have been exceptional, better than the rest, sadly someone had to lose out but the manner in which it happened on the very last lap will leave many
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disillusioned. former england full—back danielle waterman has launched a new players�* union for women in the premier 15s league. the women's rugby association will provide legal, medical and welfare support for members. waterman said it was important to look after players on and off the field. professional players could alreadyjoin the rugby players�* association. but this wasnt an option for the semi—professionls and amateurs in premier 15s. australian fast bowler josh hazlewood has been ruled out of the second ashes test against england. he's suffering from a rib injury he picked up in last week's first test. the second test starts in adelaide on thursday, it's a day—nighter. with both stuart broad and james anderson expected to return in more favourable conditions. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website, as well as find out who the nominees are for this year's bbc sports personality of the year award.
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wouldn't little bits of paper and a bucket work?— bucket work? social media is suggesting — bucket work? social media is suggesting all— bucket work? social media is suggesting all sorts - bucket work? social media is suggesting all sorts of - suggesting all sorts of alternatives. it will happen at 2pm and they will be very careful this time. , ., , let's hear more from the prime minister's comments this morning when he said a person has died with omicron in the uk. he was speaking during a visit to a doctor's surgery in west london. it is 12 days now before christmas and people are very worried about what you said last night. last year you cancelled christmas on december the 19th. can you promise people today that that will not happen again before christmas and there will be no further restrictions? what i can definitely tell you,
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beth, is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves, protect our country and make sure we have as normal a christmas as possible is to get a booster jab now. it is amazing to be here at this centre in london and seeing a huge number of people listening to the message and coming forward and the way the nhs is responding isjust inspiring. the gps, the volunteers, all of the nurses and doctors are pulling out all of the stops. we will ramp it up over the next few days. it is a huge target we have set ourselves. this is plainly that we can see omicron spiking in london and other parts of the country. here in the capital, it represents 50% of the cases. it represents 40% of the cases.
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by tomorrow, it will be the majority of the cases and it is increasing the whole time. sadly, yes, omicron is producing and sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with omicron. i think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, i think that is something we need to set on one side and recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population. the best thing we can all do is get our boosterjabs. we are opening up centres across the country and we are getting in the army to help with the logistics, we are expanding in every possible way. what we need now is for the public to respond and to do what is necessary, get your boosterjab now. the question i asked was can you rule out more restrictions? you cannot rule out new restrictions before christmas? can i say on that, throughout
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the pandemic, beth, i have been at great pains to stress to the public we have to watch where the pandemic is going. we take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health. you have new data coming on saturday. we think that the steps that we are taking, plan b, combined with a hugely ambitious booster campaign, an accelaration, bringing it forward by one month so we offer the boosterjab to every adult by the end of the year. we think that is the right approach. i think the most important thing everybody can do is get boosted now. on saturday, you are going to get new data. december 18. you cannot tell me now aware that you might have to introduce further restrictions? i can tell you that looking at the balance of the risks, the epidemiology, where we are with omicron, and everything we know, there are still some important
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things we do not know about omicron, we think this is the best approach. a combination of plan b, some sensible steps to slow the spread of the virus, to buy us some time and help to reduce the mortality rate and infections, and combine that with rapidly building up our booster defences. the reason we are doing this is because it became clear on friday that two vaccination jabs were not enough. that was the key moment when we realised we had to accelerate the booster roll out. two jabs plus a booster does benefit. do you regret not doing enough earlier in the year?
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the online system has crashed and you cannot get lateral flow tests. the people of this country should be very proud of the vaccine roll out. this is the fastest booster roll out anywhere in europe. i think it is almost double most european countries. we are going incredibly fast. yes, we now want to hit warp speed. we have to maintain a pace and a number of daily booster doses that will exceed anything we have done before. i have got no doubt at all that we have the people and the enthusiasm and the fundamental optimism about what we can do. we have learned from the experience of the last 18 months and i know people are going to rise to this.
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england's deputy chief medical office is writing chief medical officer is writing to every vaccination volunteer encouraging them to come back and help with the booster programme. stjohn ambulance trained around 30,000 people between november and march last year to help healthcare professionals administer the jabs. in his message, professorjonathan van tam says: "the vaccination programme has succeeded in achieving levels of protection previously unimaginable. you were a huge part of this achievement but now we need your help again to deliver booster vaccinations at a real rate of knots. it's going to require a herculean effort and i am asking you personally to be a part of it by undertaking vaccinator shifts as soon as you possibly can." they are aiming for1 million per
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day by the end of the month. and we'll be putting all your questions on the omicron variant and the booster campaign to the experts in your questions answered. you can get in touch on twitter using the hashtag bbcyourquestions, or email at yourquestions@bbc.co.uk. that will be at 2.30 this afternoon. let's take a look now at what's making the news across the uk. health services in the north west are facing a huge challenge to offer all adults who qualify, a covid boosterjab by the end of this month. some health appointments will have to be postponed, and the army's being drafted in to help. andy gill is in liverpool — how are they feeling about what's being asked of them there?
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they know it is going to be a challenge because of the online demand for boosterjabs. we have been speaking just now to the director of public health for liverpool, in an interview he used the word worried or worrying number of times, the source of it is the speed at which the variant is spreading and vaccine uptake is low in liverpool comparatively. 27% have had the boosterjab. it is common in a number of big cities. they think it is because they have a diverse and young population, pockets of people resistant to the vaccines. the mayor has been pushing the
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message as well, hoping that the message as well, hoping that the message will get through the people who have not had theirjab and they have to come forward. you will have to wait for your boosterjab if you have not had your first or second. they know the amount is going to be so big they are suggesting you might have to set aside a time to go onto your computer and sit and wait until your computer and sit and wait until you can get a jab. the number of cases of covid in liverpool has gone up cases of covid in liverpool has gone up 10% in a week, giving you an idea of how fast it is spreading. the case right here is 11.5 times what it was at this time last year. what the professor of public health has told us it is the reason that is not translating it into hospitalisations is because of the vaccine giving the protection so far. the prime minister said he needed the third of jab to get more protection against omicron. that is why they are asking people to come forward. i asked health officials here with they
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advocate more restrictions and locked arms, they said it was a matter for the government. but the fear of the spirit again is worrying. —— fear of the spread is worrying. an investigation is due to be carried out into the death of an 11—year—old girl after pest control chemicals were discovered by firefighters in a building in shadwell east london. she was taken to hospital, but died shortly after. three others who reported feeling unwell remain in hospital. how worried have you been? i was very worried because we weren't sure about what was going on. in the building. about what was going on. in the buildinu. ,, , ., _, building. seeing they are recovering brin: some building. seeing they are recovering bring some relief— building. seeing they are recovering bring some relief to _ building. seeing they are recovering bring some relief to brother - bring some relief to brother
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santiago. every time, wow shadwell they are some _ every time, wow shadwell they are some of— every time, wow shadwell they are some of a — every time, wow shadwell they are some of a number of people living in this building who reported feeling ill on saturday, an 11—year—old girl died~ _ ill on saturday, an 11-year-old girl died. ., . ., , , died. police say her death is being treated as unexplained. _ died. police say her death is being treated as unexplained. they - died. police say her death is being treated as unexplained. they say. died. police say her death is being | treated as unexplained. they say a continuity of chemicals meant for pest control were discovered. how scary has this been for you? if i am keein: scary has this been for you? if i am keeping my — scary has this been for you? if i am keeping my sister— scary has this been for you? if i am keeping my sister and _ scary has this been for you? if i am keeping my sister and nephew- scary has this been for you? if i am keeping my sister and nephew safe shadwell_ keeping my sister and nephew safe shadwell i don't want to come back to the _ shadwell i don't want to come back to the house. the
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shadwell i don't want to come back to the house-— to the house. the met says the chemicals _ to the house. the met says the chemicals will _ to the house. the met says the chemicals will be _ to the house. the met says the chemicals will be safely - to the house. the met says the i chemicals will be safely removed to the house. the met says the - chemicals will be safely removed and the enquiries are ongoing. now to an incredible act of kindness from a stranger that saved one girl's life. when libbie booker was 15 years old she was told she'd urgently need a bone marrow transplant. after a worldwide appeal, libbie finally received the news she'd been waiting for — a match had been found from ethan beckley — a 21—year—old from leeds. the transplant was a success, and recently, the pair met for the first time at the home of ethan's favouite football team, liverpool fc. let's take a look at how they finally met. are you 0k? very good to meet you, i will let_ are you 0k? very good to meet you, i will let you — are you 0k? very good to meet you, i will let you get back to that. are ou will let you get back to that. are you ethan? _ will let you get back to that. are you ethan? yes. _ will let you get back to that. are you ethan? yes. i— will let you get back to that. are you ethan? yes. i heard - will let you get back to that. are you ethan? yes. i heard about. will let you get back to that. are i
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you ethan? yes. i heard about her histo , you ethan? yes. i heard about her history. third _ you ethan? yes. i heard about her history, third right, i you ethan? yes. i heard about her history, third right, lam here to history, third right, iam here to meet with you. oh, my god. the family are here and waiting for you, if you can go. for you. halal family are here and waiting for you, if you can go. for you.— family are here and waiting for you, if you can go. for you. how on earth could we ever _ if you can go. for you. how on earth could we ever thank _ if you can go. for you. how on earth could we ever thank you _ if you can go. for you. how on earth could we ever thank you for - if you can go. for you. how on earth could we ever thank you for what - if you can go. for you. how on earth | could we ever thank you for what she did? this _ could we ever thank you for what she did? this wasjust could we ever thank you for what she did? this was just a dream could we ever thank you for what she did? this wasjust a dream come true, _ did? this wasjust a dream come true, you — did? this wasjust a dream come true, you were so happyjust effective _ true, you were so happyjust effective coming to anfield, coming to liverpool, you could see from your— to liverpool, you could see from your messages you were so happy. without _ your messages you were so happy. without a _ your messages you were so happy. without a doubt i was going to go through— without a doubt i was going to go through with it and i am so happy i did. through with it and i am so happy i did~ it_ through with it and i am so happy i did~ it is_ through with it and i am so happy i did~ it is so— through with it and i am so happy i did. it is so easy to do and it helps — did. it is so easy to do and it helps so _ did. it is so easy to do and it helps so much. you are not a
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liverpool— helps so much. you are not a liverpool supporter but maybe it can change _ liverpool supporter but maybe it can change we — liverpool supporter but maybe it can change. we like football, we support huddersfield town. i change. we like football, we support huddersfield town.— huddersfield town. i suppose it is now in huddersfield town. i suppose it is new in our _ huddersfield town. i suppose it is now in our blood! _ un member states are meeting in geneva this week to discuss possible rules over the use of lethal autonomous weapons — sometimes called killer robots. the meeting is the culmination of years of negotiations. everyone agrees autonomous weapons are likely to radically change how we wage war, but human rights groups claim they also raise serious moral questions about accountability, and who exactly takes the decision to kill. imogen foulkes reports from geneva. drones are standard weapons
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nowadays, no pilots but ultimately a human is still in charge, with fully autonomous weapons you can control the gun. indie autonomous weapons you can control the nun. ~ , ., ., ., the gun. we programmed long in advance - — the gun. we programmed long in advance - micro _ the gun. we programmed long in advance - micro when _ the gun. we programmed long in i advance - micro when programmed the gun. we programmed long in - advance - micro when programmed long advance — micro when programmed long in advance they can use facial recognition to find and kill their targets. ladle recognition to find and kill their taraets. ~ ., recognition to find and kill their taraets. ~ . ., recognition to find and kill their taraets. ~ ., ., " , targets. we are leaving key decisions — targets. we are leaving key decisions to _ targets. we are leaving key decisions to machines. - targets. we are leaving key decisions to machines. the | targets. we are leaving key i decisions to machines. the icc targets. we are leaving key - decisions to machines. the icc are concerned — decisions to machines. the icc are concerned it— decisions to machines. the icc are concerned it is not the right way to lo. concerned it is not the right way to go to _ concerned it is not the right way to .o_ ., , ., concerned it is not the right way to no. ., , go. to explain his concerns, the icrc, go. to explain his concerns, the mm, the _ go. to explain his concerns, the icrc, the guardians _ go. to explain his concerns, the icrc, the guardians of— go. to explain his concerns, the icrc, the guardians of the - icrc, the guardians of the conventions. a ban on killer robots that kill people or are erratic. than that kill people or are erratic. in agreement seems unlikely. that kill people or are erratic. fifty agreement seems unlikely. there isn't a definition about five years of talks on what we mean when we see
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autonomous weapons systems. without it definition you cannot start binding legally binding treaties. some are not keen on a legally binding treaty including the united states. pm binding treaty including the united states. �* ., , binding treaty including the united states. . , , ., binding treaty including the united states. . , ., ., binding treaty including the united states. . , , ., ., ., states. an arms race is going on at the moment. _ states. an arms race is going on at the moment, this _ states. an arms race is going on at the moment, this is _ states. an arms race is going on at the moment, this is not _ states. an arms race is going on at the moment, this is not a - states. an arms race is going on at the moment, this is not a future i the moment, this is not a future problem. — the moment, this is not a future problem, states are investing billions — problem, states are investing billions in the development of all the little — billions in the development of all the little bits of technology and all the — the little bits of technology and all the ai and the little bits of technology and all the aland ultimately would end ”p all the ai and ultimately would end up with— all the aland ultimately would end up with machines being able to make the decision to select and target and kill— the decision to select and target and kill a — the decision to select and target and killa human being. it is the ultimate — and killa human being. it is the ultimate dehumanisation. at and kill a human being. it is the ultimate dehumanisation. at least 30 countries to support _ ultimate dehumanisation. at least 30 countries to support a _ ultimate dehumanisation. at least 30 countries to support a treaty - ultimate dehumanisation. at least 30 countries to support a treaty is - ultimate dehumanisation. at least 30 countries to support a treaty is on - countries to support a treaty is on killer robots but without the big military powers it cannot be meaningful. these negotiations could go on for more years. meanwhile, weapons which can decide life or
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death are already common. imogen foulkes. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren cooler air comes in today. by contrast still the mild air from the tropics. underneath the two different air masses, zone of thicker cloud producing outbreaks of rain. still nudging into the far south of scotla nd of scotland affecting northern england and north wales. a bit damp in places but it is mild. north of that belt of rain, we are into that cooler air and showers this evening. the showers will fade away. this band of rain moves southwards over night. the rain becomes a light and patchy. we see clearer skies following for a while,
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milder atlantic air is coming, stronger winds. the rain mainly for the highlands and islands, sunshine and aberdeenshire. not so much sunshine... mist and fog especially in northern england still declare, many places dry, still mild in the south, miles across scotland and northern ireland but where we see the fall, especially northern england, perhaps north midlands, north wales, cooler. moving on wednesday, we have the weather front sitting across northern parts of the uk, more breeze into wednesday, probably not quite as much mist and fog around, still plenty of cloud. the weather front not producing much rain, should probably move away, heading up to the central belt of
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scotland. we are all essentially in milder air on wednesday. temperatures widely double figures. rain getting nudged away by an area of high pressure building into the latter part of the week and really settling things down. not really any rain to speak of. but there will be a loss of cloud underneath the high pressure as mist and fog particularly of the higher ground and the trend as we head into the weekend, temperatures to drop away by a few degrees.
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hutch this is bbc news. the headlines: the first death in the uk with the omicron variant of coronavirus is announced — as the booster programme is expanded to combat its spread. the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, i think that's something we need to set on one side, and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population. home lateral flow test kits are currently unavailable on the uk government website — a day after the government changed its testing strategy. and we'll be putting all your questions on the omicron variant and the booster campaign to experts in your questions answered at 2:30. you can get in touch on twitter using the hashtag bbcyourquestions,
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