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announcer: and now, "bbc wor news". ♪ anchor: these are the latest headlines in the u.k. on pbs in united states and around the world, this is bbc news. sidney poitier has died at 94. he was the first black man to win an oscar for best actor. >> he was my generation's sort of icon. there wano one really before him who had the kind of stature. anchor: in england, staff at hospitals or covid essures are making caret them unsafe. >> nurses cannot stop hoping their patients, so they find themselves bread thinner, and they cannot do that
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indefinitely. >> given the pressures hospitals are facing around the country, especially with the workforce and other workforces, if they are infected, this is understandable, but it is all part of trying to work together, providinghe nhs every support it needs. anchor: novak djokovic has thanked fans for their support as he remainsn this hotel, the australian government rejects claims he is being held caive for failing to meet requirements for entering australia. forces in kazakhstan are ordered to shoot to kill protesters. ♪ hello, and if you have just joined us, welcome, whether you
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are watching in the u.k., pbs or the united states, i am shaun ley. we begin with the award-winning actor, sidney poitier, whose groundbreaking films shined a light on racism and social prejudice. he has died at 94. he was the firstlack man to win an oscar for best actor and paved generations for other black actors to come there in his movies include "in the heat of the night" and "guess who's coming to dinner? " all as other countries are -- countries dealt with the height of the civil rights movement. our correspondent looks back at his life and career. ♪ >> sidney poitier's virgil tibbs, a man of authority. >> i am a police officer. >> intelligence and
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determination never to back down. the kind of qualities that defined him on-screen and off. he made his cinema debut pla a doctor, a man of status, something almost unheard of for black performers in. and he played a struggling husband ina raisin in the sun," he tackled prejudice had on. >> maybe i will get down on my black knees, all right, mr. great white farmer, give us that money and we will dirty up the white folks neighborhood. >> his white counterparts rarely had to carry the burden, the weight of being a symbol, but he bore it with dignity. he played a traveling handyman helping build a group of nuns and new chapel. >> the winner is sidney poitier. >> he won the academy award, the
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first black performer ever to receive the oscar for a leading role. in the years that followed, he became hollywood's weakest star, redefining how audiences saw black characters. >> you will call me sir or mr. pattering. the young ladies will be addressed as miss, and the boys by their surnames. >> some of what i am was reflected in those movies, and on top of that, i brought to it some of my values. it was in a way that i was saying to the audience, this is who i am, look at me. >> more controversial was his role as a highly gifted, hugely successful doctor engaged to a white woman in "guess who's coming to dinner? " >> i love your daughter, there's nothing i would do to not keep her as happy as she was the day i met her.
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>> some criticized it, say the impression it gave was of an interracial relationship but only acceptable because his character was so perfect and accomplished. it was still a huge box office hit. >> hello. >> he also directed 1980's comedy "stir crazy," the first movie from an african-american filmmaker to pass the blockbuster $100 million mark in the united states. >> what are you doing? >> ladies and gentlemen, sidney poitier. [applause] ♪ >> and when he was well into his 80's, hollywood recognition for a star who blazed the trail for so many. >> they called me mr. tibbs. >> and you entertained millions more, sidney poitier, one of the greats. anchor: sir sidney poitier, whose death was announced today at the age of 94. there have been a number of tributes to sidney poitier on
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social media. the former u.s. president barack obama, who awarded him the presidential medal of freedom, tweeted he epitomized dignity and grace with the power of movies to bring us closer together. oprah wrote, for me, the greatest of the great trees has fallen. and the oscar-winning actress, viola davis, said their dignity, normalcy, strength, and sheer electricity he brought two roles showed us that we as black folks mattered. and bonnie greer says sir sidney's impact was enormous, and the actor and activist was a true one off. >> it is very difficult, maybe even impossible, to talk about the world, to talk about sidney poitier now in the sense that we do not know any where in the world that did not have sidney poitier. he was my generation's sort of
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icon. there was no one really befo him who had the kind oftature. i was a really little kid when he started working in the movies, but what was amazing about him was that he was of a generation, the last of a great powerhouse generation, kirk douglas died last year, but he was in that generation, charles heston, kirk douglas, and sidney poitier, and tony curtis. this kind of generation that came out with theater in the 1950's, late 1940's, we forget that to have this incredible black man in their midst was really groundbreaking because he was able then to kind of move along the same kind of trajectory that they were allowed to move upon that. paul rosen generation before was not allowed that. sir sidney was able to be in that trajectory that they were
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in, that burt lancaster and tony curtis were in. when he did when his oscar, it made sense in a way because he was part of that. anchor: our correspondent is in hollywood now. the museum of motion pictures had the grand lobby named sidney poitier. having not even acted for 20 years in the city where you are right now, in the business based in, he was a legend. correspondent: he was a true hollywood legend. it is a gray, dark day in hollywood today, but sidney poitier was a true trail blazer, rising to star status in a world that forever was controlled on both sides of the camera primarily by white men, and he was very aware of the power and responsibility that came with his fame and fortune.
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he once said he felt likee was representing 50 million, 18 million people with every -- 15 to 18 million people every move he made and became a prominent voice in the civil rights movement. he played a role in organizing the march on washington where dr. martin luther king made his i have a dream speech. the civil rights icon said of sidney poitier, he is a man of great depth, social conserve, a man dedicated to human rights and freedom. that really reflects the tributes flooding in from sidney poitier in hollywood this morning. the comedian sarah cooper said he was a brilliant actor, director, and activist. antelevision host hermann mack of x said that he bore a responsibility no other actor of his stature had to carry, but he carried it with warm an grace. he carried it with a true
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legend. anchor: thank you. we will have more on sidney poitier a little later. the uk's health secretary warned about a rocky few weeks ahead for the national health service as it deals with rising numbers of covered cases and absences caused by health workers getting the virus. in england, the number of hospital staff was up by 41% the week after christmas compared to the previous seven days. on average, they were more than 35,500 workers out with the sickness every day. correspondent: reinforcements for that nhs, military personnel arriving at aberdeen royal infirmary, the armed forces also supporting hospitalsin other parts of the u.k., including london and the northwest of england. e reason is staff missing
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caused by the rapid spread of the variant. they have to juggle the staff on each shift. >> the last few weeks, we have had stopped leaving -- we have had staff leaving. luckily, this is wilbur hurst in this trust, but we have also used support. correspondent: all of this as covid adds to the usual january pressures. >> this is the reality in many units, ambulance teams waiting to hand over patients and that can cause delays on the road and moving onto the next call out. correspondent: pressures and social care mean patients like jane who were fit to leave have to continue occupying hospital beds. >> it is terriy frustrating for me. i could be at home now i cannot do what i seem to be able to use to do. i would be in my own environment and it would be much more pleasant but they are over stressed and overworked here.
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correspondent: the nhs wants more patientlike derek treated away from hospitals. he had problems after an operation, but the newcastle hospital team organized his care at home. >> it is good to see how grateful they are. it has transformed everything. correspondent: covid hospital admissions are rising and all u.k. nations, but there are variations in england. in london, daily numbers are falling but in the northwest and northeast, they are rising sharply. >> we are still seeing rising hospitalizations, particularly with the case rate rising in older age groups. that is of concern. i think we have to be honest and when we look at the nhs, it will be a rocky few weeks ahead. correspondent: so how did that expert disease modelers see things going? >> my hope is that we reach a
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peak at we are below where we were last january, but, of course, there is uncertainty regarding children returning to school and people returning to the workplace after the christmas and new year break. that ultimately will rise cases and hospital admissions. correspondent: there are still uncertainty about what is ahead for the nhs, but they are sure the strain on the frontline will not ease off anytime soon. anchor: now to kazakhstan, where the president of that country has ordered his security forces to use lethal force. the president said that he was allowing protesters to be shot without warning. massive demonstrations began this week after rising fuel prices. authorities say dozens haveeen killed and injured. russian troops arrived to support the government. they say order has largely been restored. here is our correspondent from
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kazastan's largest city with the latest. correspondent: the army of kazakhstan a standing guard on the streets of armaty. after days of violence and protesters killed, the state security forces seem to be back in control. when we came close to them, they had a warning not to approach and it was very clear. [gunshots] today, the president was clear, too, anyone arrestedill be met with lethal force. >> terrorists continue to damage state and private operating and use weapons against civilia. i have given the order to shoot to kill without warning. correspondent: the president portrays protesters as terrorists. they say that their movement is peaceful, and they blame the authorities for provoking violence. the unrest was triggered by sharp rise in fuel prices.
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in this area, the regime is unpopular. these were the scenes on the streets yesterday. it is not clear how many people died. authorities say dozens of protesters were killed. there have been violent clashes at nighttime, too, here in the heart of the city. >> some of the biggest clashes took place here at the natial resince. the buildings were burned down. you can see here all of the cars were also set on fire. you can hear again the shots that militarand police officers are firing into the air to warn people not to approach the square because they closed it in order to prevent people from gathering. correspondent: many people fear that violence will drag on. along with protests, many shops were looted. >> this 22-year-old man says while he supports the demands of protesters, he wants leaders to
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be stopped. it is not clear yet if the violence is over or how much damage has been done to the authority of kazakhstan's leader. anchor: the tennis star novak djokovic is thinking people for their support as he awaits the decision on his deportation from australia. the number one mens tennis player remains in melbourne ahead of the australian open after being denied entry to the country on wednesday. government officials that he is not held captive and is free to leave anytime. we report now for melbourne. correspondent: this is the immigration detention hotel, where novak djovic is being kept. he has been here five months now aftebeing move from another. >> djokovic is an another one. that is the food we are sent every day.
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unfortunately, there is no action being taken. correspondent: outside the hotel, there was dancing and music, but also anger and frustration among novak djokovic's supporters. it is unclear if the tennis star will remain here until monday, when his legal team will challenge the cancellation of his visa. novak djokovic is waiting for a court decision on whether he can stay in australia to play at the open or be depd. whatever happens, this has gone beyond tennis. the world number e is now at the center of a political and diplomatic storm. djokovic arrived on wednesday with an exemption, granted by tennis australia and the state of victoria, but the border forces revoked his visa, saying he d not meet the rules of entry. his mother said on thursday that he was being kept like a prisoner.
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australia home affairs minister hit back, saying there was nothing stopping him from leaving. >> mr. djokovic is not being held captive in australia. he is free t leave anytime he chooses to do so, and we will facilitate that. correspondent: the tennis star posted on instagram, thinking fans around the world. another player has now had her visa canceled, a player from the czech republic is understood to be detained in the same hotel as djokovic. the australian on is one of the biggest sporting events here , but it is turning into big, international embarrassment for the government. anchor: the czech republic player has also had her visa canceled by australia. we have a czech republic journalist to we can speak to now. thank you for joining us tonight
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from prague. first, what do the check authorities have to say about this because shead already played a match, hadn't she? >> you are right and good evening from prague. you are right, she played a match in australia, and i was in charge with czech republi thorities and officials a couple of hours ago, and they told me they are in touch with the tennis player and that right now she is in this kind of isolation, and what we know right now is the ministry of foreign affairs of the czech republic has already issued a statement that they will submit through the embassy in australia, simply demanding an explanation of what has happened and why, but what we know so far with the very first interview of the player taken into isolation, she described condition that there are no insects or beetles,
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and she also added that she has been interviewed for hours into the night. anchor: the czech republic, have they made any official protest australia? >> i think that is the thing that will come during the next day, but to be honest, all of those officials from foreign efforts i spoke with a few hours ago, they told me that they would not provide further details and they feel that is issue with the covid rules and vaccination rules in australia are very tricky, and australian operators are tough in their apoach to really push everyone to follow the rules. anchor: there seems to be confusion caused by the health advice put out by officials, wasn't there, that people were being told if you had covid the last six months, you would not need to be vaccinated. now the issue is they seem to think you do need to be vaccinated. there were suggestions that even
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if she is released from detention, she might get on a plane and head home. she is fed up. >> she is. that was also the official statement by the tennis playe that she will come back to the czech republic and she can train enough to compete there, so she will not compete in this years australian open, and she will get back to the czech republic on solid newspaper and administration is ready for her to get back. anchor: philip of clash news, thank you talking to us from prague. >> thank you. anchor: let me bring you breaking news now in the united states. you may remember the case of three white men convicted of chasing and murdering armored arbery a black man in georgia. they have just been sentenced within the last three minutes to life in prison. travis mcmichael and his father gregory were both given life with no prospect of parole. their neighbor, william bryan
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was given life with possibility of parole. the judge who you saw, judge timothy, held a minute of silence in the courtroom in respective ahmaud arbery, who was chased while he was jogging, because the man claimed he might be a burglar, and he described the killing as callous and the most violent crime that they had seen in the neighborhood, the killing of an unarmed man out jogging, and the three men involved have been sentenced to life in prison. just one of them has any possibility of parole. let's hear from the georgia judge outlining some evidence further trial that influence the sentencing. >> there is a frame or i believe ahmaud arbery, if he is 20, 30
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yards out, there is no frame of travis mcmhael lifting the shotgun to fire at him, and you watch that with context, and i say context after hearing evidence in the case, thinking about a young man who had been running at that point for almost five minutes, and it is a chilling, truly disturbing scene. anchor: the judge timothy. a letter posted, that with no address on the envelope, a first name, but a helpful 57 word biography has managed to find its way to the right place. here's our correspondent. correspondent: fergil lives across the road from the spa. his mom and dad used to own it. >> no house number, no street name, a few things much more personal than that. >> first thing you notice was the detail on the envelope, a
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basically my biography. >> moved to waterford after he got married. correspondent: despite nothing more than a short story and half a postcode, yesterday, the letter found iay straight to him. >> i laughed so much right through it all, to playing guitar, to being friends with a fellow who owned the butchers. correspondent: he had taken to writing letters to people over lockdown as a way to right in the gloom, but never expected such a strange reply. the letter was from an old friend in belfast, who, perhaps, could have found out his address but thought this way was a little more fun. >> we are talking about the pandemic, mental health, and the need to bring the mood a little bit. correspondent: did he actually expected to reach you ? >> plays guitar and used to run. correspondent: it just happened to be that his local postman was also a childhood friend. >> we have had some strange
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addresses, but that is the most bizarre of them all. personally, fergil used to live across from his bar, and we always played in his front garden. i knew that was. correspondent: this could give other people ideas if they do not know and addre. and inside the letter, just a cheery hello and a recipe for coleslaw that he had been asking about. but it meant much more. >> car so many that are meaningless, financial, a demand. it is nice to receive something personal. >> a fellow that runs the butchers. correspondent: code letters make a comeback over email in the future as something more enjoyable ? we will keep you posted. anchor: does not surprise me, i am the son of a postman, d the milk one way or another always gets through. that is it -- the mail one way
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or another always gets through. that is it for bbc news. join us again. narrator: fundinfor this presentation of this pgram isrovided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provid by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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♪ ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: pediatric surgeon. volunteer. topiary artist. a raymond james financial advisor tailors advice to help you live your life. life well planned. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.

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