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point. more than 6,000 took part in the run this week. you have stormtroopers, chew backer and darth vader there. that does it for me, the news continues with del walters. >> today's top stories - a clean bill of health. violation of humanitarian laws as civilian death toll rises. severe weather affects part of the country. one person is dead after a tornado touches down in texas. in "deeper look", a plight of americans who can't afford to stay in their homes any more
our top story of this hour lip is declaring itself ebola free after a victory over the virus appears evident. the world health organisation saying the african nation is free of the disease. there's no new cases in 42 days. >> after nine months fighting the disease, the feelings are hard to describe. they are largely emotional. as you probably know liberia was hard hit by the epidemic. close to 5,000 died from the virus. the country's president saying it's no time to let down their guard. more from caroline malone.
>> reporter: these students are the picture of health as liberia is declared ebola free. the virus has not been seen in this country for 42 days, twice the incubation period. >> i lost my father to the deadly ebola virus. now i see my country getting back to normal. i'm happy i'll see my friends play, joke, shake hands. things i have not been able to do for six months. >> the people in neighbouring guinea and sierra leone are still dealing with ebola. the world health organisation says both countries reported nine new cases in the last week. that's the lowest weekly total, this year, but it means ebola is spreading. new cases in sierra leone and guinea puts liberians at risk. >> we know that ebola, on the borders, especially with sierra leone, there are a lot of entry points in liberia from sierra leone, and guinea. >> reporter: the disease killed nearly 11,000 people since it was first detected more than a year ago. people with ebola get fevers, diarrhoea and often bleed internally. the virus spreads through bodily fluids and kills around half the people that it
infects. there's no known cure for ebola, but a vaccine has been quickly developed over the past year. trials on healthy volunteers show it's safe and has been used to protect frontline workers in guinea. >> like with many fatal diseases that are relatively contagious we rely on a vaccine, trying to avoid catching the disease is what will help the most. >> the who has been criticized for being slow to respond to the ebola outbreak, despite warnings from medical aid groups like doctors without borders, who dealt with the early cases. there are still lessons to be learnt in the health communities. doctors in liberia are feeling confident. >> if it happens that we have an upsurge of cases coming back, it means that would be a new outbreak, which we don't wish for. but if it should come, from the
case management point of view, we are very well prepared. >> reporter: 4,700 people died from ebola in liberia, more than any other country. it has now got rid of the disease, and although there's a threat of a new outbreak, people are hopeful they have seen the end of the ebola in liberia and the white house releasing a statement congratulating the people of liberia, but reminding the west african nations that there's more work to do. president obama says while this is an important milestone the world must not forget that the outbreak exists in sierra leone and guinea and we must not let our guard down until it stays at zero in all areas. there are concerns to sierra leone and guinea, those countries seeing an average of nine cases a week doctors keeping tabs on an
american who had ebola, it came months after he was cured. the virus was alive and well in his eyes. science and technology correspondent jacob ward explains how it happens. >> reporter: when dr ian crosier wassersed from emory hospital it was clear that he had been very lucky. he contracted the disease while working in a ward in sierra leone, the heart of africa after return for treatment, he nearly died. he managed to be in a lucky 50% of people that survived. dr crossier went in complaining his vision faded and was in pain and had pressure in his left eye. stranger than that the eye turned from dr crossier's blue to a strange green. and dr crossier told the "new york times" that it was a dougy consistency to the touch, like dead skin.
it turned out that ebola had survived inside his eye. doctors at emory administered an experimental antiviral pill and a steroid. within a week his vision cleared up and his site is back. we know that the interior of the eye is mostly partitioned off from the immune system that may cause damage in the eye when you gettic sick. it may be why ebola lipping ners there -- lingers in there. he's not really contagious you'd have to crack open the eye. it means ebola survived inside dr crossier's body for month's after he was considered no longer contagious. we are seeing good news about
ebola in africa. >> as of saturday may 9th, ebola is ebola free according to the world health organisation. it's an extraordinary turn around considering liberia had the second highest number of cases, deaths, and is the poorest. it's the reports that we are getting of survivors who lost their vision, hearing, and are complaining of joint pain and a discovery that ebola can lurk in the eye for weeks. it reminds us that in a part of a world with limited ability to follow up with thousands of survivors, there may be many people that are contagious and are suffering and may have the virus in some parts of their body the u.n.'s humanitarian coordinator are calling the saudi-led air strikes a violation of international law. it is now at a stage where more than 130 air strikes against
houthi targets. simon mcgregor-wood reports. >> reporter: this cockpit video released by the saudi military shows air strikes launched in the northern province of saada and elsewhere in yemen, including the airport in sanaa. sadr is now considered a legitimate target, and urged civilians to leave the area. >> translation: yesterday the coalition forces and saudi forces conducted more than 130 air strikes targetting 100 areas inland and near the border and the leadership centers and the offices of the houthis, targetting more than 17 leaders the saudis offered a 5-day humanitarian truce starting tuesday, but only if houthis stop shelling villages across the border. the latest fighting made delivering humanitarian aid harder. >> sanaa airport is the main
life line in yemen to have aid and humanitarian workers coming in. it was targeted a week ago. it was targeted again today, and we need, at some point, to leave an opening in the country. we cannot suffocate a country. something needs to come in. it needs to be humanitarian workers, aid and fuel. fighting escalated across yemen. tribesman loyal say they have repulsed an attack. it's a region rich in oil and gas. >> translation: this is the front line. it was under control of the houthis, new we capture it. rebels are regrouping and planning a counteroffensive. >> in the city of tiaz. pro-government groups captured the mountains overlooking the city itself.
the weapons and equipment were taken from soldiers supporting the president. if the houthis lose control of tiaz they lose control of fighters in aden now, for its part saudi arabia are offering a 5-day ceasefire as long as the houthi rebels agree to take part. it is scheduled to take place on toose. there has been no response from the houthis. we explain what is at stake for both sides. >> the saudis look at it as a war of wills, and have given two choices, to choose war or peace. if they accept the truce they see a de-escalation. if they refuse the truce until next tuesday, they will see air strikes and probably for the saudis, the houthis will pay a higher price choosing war than peace. on the other hand for the houthis, this is a war of
attrition. they think that the fact of time is on their sides, and as time goes by it changes conditions for a ceasefire and talks. there's no - there's going to be no end of the air strikes until the houthis withdraw from aden and other cities in yemen. houthis are looking at this as an opportunity, and they think the saudis are loading patience and end the war, and as the unless of civilians killed in the fighting rises on yemen, international pressure grows, until they accept to win the war without the houthis accepting a ceasefire in egypt ousted president hosni mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison. he and his two sons were convicted of embezzlement.
he used the money to fix up his private residence. this is one of a series of legal battles faced since being ousted in 2011. the most serious is the trial of the century, charging hosni mubarak with ordering the deaths of protesters. he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. when it was retrialled he was acquitted. today's embezzlement was part of a second trial. beside that sentence hosni mubarak and his sons were ordered to pay a fine. because of time served he could walk. puebla has been charged with two other cases. he was cleared at one, the other ner made it to court. from the egyptian courts, the retrial of two al jazeera journalists have been postponed to july 1st. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr have been accused of promoting the outlawed muslim
brotherhood. they reject the charges. the two have been freed on bail. egypt is holding 12 media professionals in prison on charges of sympathizing with the muslim brotherhood. world war ii resonates strongly with russians more than 20 million were killed. it's why the annual victory day parade is a source of pride. it is also controversial. rory challands has more. >> reporter: russia's biggest ever victory day parade to mark 60 years. 60,000 servicemen, 200 hunts of hardware. this from a leader speaking against militarize im. in the red square address vladimir putin praised the citizens who perished in the war
and criticized modern powers presumably the u.s. for trying to dominate global affairs. >> translation: in past decades basic principles of negotiation, principles hard won by man kind and war, have been neglected more often. we see attempts to create a uni polar world. see see military block thinking gaining momentum 10 years ago vladimir putin sat next to george w. bush. german and french leaders two. a decade on western leaders were noted only by their absence, ukraine's crisis badly affected others. the chinese leader xi jinping - russia is displaying new relationships intending to mitigate older ones.
>> also showing off the first newly designed russian battle tank since before the soviet union fell. russia is organising forces as fast as it is able trying to build a better equipped military. other departments and ministries are suffering cuts defense spending increased significantly. watching the parade were some of the people that fought gains the nazis in the patriotic war. perhaps this will be the last anniversary. >> i feel pride for our mother land which we serve. i'm amazed by the modern technology. i feel so proud. i'm satisfied that there are people who can defend the land that we once defended victory day has multiple
functions, displaying military might and showing off global friendships and unites russians in a theme of sacrifice and victory. north korea claiming it has successfully test fired an underwater missile from a submarine. the newsagency publishing pictures of it rising from the ocean, kim jong un says it has is military that can strike hostile forces. ireland and transoffering to help save -- france offering to help save migrants crossing the sea. two germanships and a british ship helped with rescue efforts today. >> our aim is to return back to
the area between the territorial waters of ultimately and libya in order to assist as many people as we can do as it is possible for us. at sea we have a lot of different nations who are assisting us those migrants are receiving medical care and are expecting to be transferred to other areas in italy the start of the hurricane season was weeks away. the carolinas are bracing for a storm. subtropical system anna is a tropical storm. she could hit the carolinas by sunday. one person died in texas. there and kevin corriveau joins us with all the details busy already. >> we have a lot going on we may get to that. if i don't, we may later in the
show. off the coast of the carolinas, the rain has started. it will build up over the next couple of days we expect to see a bit of that. one of the biggest problems is the storm surge and very dangerous rip tides, you do not want to go into the water anywhere along the coast because of the danger here. the strike below a hurricane, but we don't expect it to get stronger than it is going into 24 hours. we expect to see land fall and then weakening as it makes its way to the north. 8 inches of rain is expected here specifically in north carolina. dangerous situations if you are on the road. probably we will see flash floodings. we had a death here. i'll show you the tornado there. first of all, last night, here in parts of norman oklahoma.
take a listen to the hail that we saw coming down across the region. take a look at the video. >> across the region we saw hail the size of softball. some was the region - hail is a problem. we have seen in the area about 16 tornado, we expect that to go up in the next couple of hours. >> and snow. >> and snow. >> thank you very much coming up americans who are not yet ready to buy a home had the option of representing. now each that is becoming unaffordable. we'll look at how million of americans are faced with unaffordable housing. and according to a new report, pregnant women in the u.s. have the highest risk of dying out of all the developed countries.
housing. wages are staggered, but your rened are not, causing -- rents are not causing a lot of havoc for people wanting to buy homes. we start in san francisco, where it's causing problems. thousands of long-time residents are being convicted. >> reporter: thousands take to the streets in john scanlon. they fare they will have to leave. rents are sky rocketing, a result of a boom. a landlord asked a tenant for an increase. complicated causing policies are leading to conviction and lawsuits. this is one of those caught in the cross-hairs. the school teacher living in a
san francisco neighbourhood rich with latino culture for nine years. soon after a new landlord bout the building she received an eviction notice. >> i had a panic. i looked on craigslist, over 120 days to move i need to find a place. >> reporter: she's not the only one. the number of eviction notices filed with the board have gone up 5% in the past five years. toronto's new landlord did not respond to our attempts for comment. it's a common story where an economy is bringing in new residents and big sums of money. eric manages 2400 unit. he says the city benefits from the money pouring in businesses. >> if google gets to a point they can't house employees, they'll move.
california and the state at large can't afford that to happen. searching for a compromise the mayor welcomes the new residents and is trying to keep current san francisco's here too. >> we are making sure the property owner... >> is there things you can do before it gets to arbitration. >> of course, we are espousing that we need neighbourhood stabilisation, we want property owners to represent a value in tenant relationships. >> this is a solution - new housing construction. most of the units will be for sale or rent at market rates, not alleviating housing problems for claudio and others who are evicted and cannot afford these are much else. she is used to paying $1600 a
month for a 2-bed room apartment. market rate is $3,000 to $4,000. >> how can the person that own the shop afford to live in that neighbourhood. >> i don't know how to answer that. we have 30 years of bad housing policy. >> reporter: claudio agrees. she is fighting her eviction in court now, the gap between what people make and what they need to make to rent an affordable apartment is high opening. a house with one full-time worker making the federal minimum wage can afford $377 in rent. then there's the money you should maybe to afford the average renter wage. based on that number, a household with one full-time worker should pay $760 in rent. they can't.
the fair market value for a one bedroom apartment was $788. add another bedroom and it jumps to $984. that means two incomes are a must and that puts single parents at a disadvantage. the problem is worse in new york city. housing is in short supply. when the city holds a lottery for affordable apartments, new yorkers jump. then the problem is too many applicants, too few apartments. morgan radford picks up the story from there. >> this is it. >> reporter: this is your beautiful apartment. this is your kitchen. 61-year-old won the lottery, who out of 1.5 million won a subsidised rental apartment last year. >> this is the bathroom. >> reporter: this is the bathroom. >> this is kevin's room and my master bedroom. that is the walk-in closet.
>> reporter: you have all this. >> i have everything in my life. >> reporter: the market value $2100. how much do you pay now? >> $828 a month. >> reporter: ms christopher, a home health aid had to met income and credit requirements to qualify. >> i used to work $7.25 an hour. >> reporter: not everywhere is so lucky. so we are at a church in brooklyn where people have come to learn to navigate the new york city lottery process and how to best maximise their chances. tonnes of people are here waiting for answers. erica sims is a director from the mutual housing association in new york. >> the way the city is structured, there's a lot of jobs that don't pay money for you to live here. someone can't work here and live in another state. >> reporter: living in new york
is hard. it has one of the highest cost of living in the entire country. in new york city the median rent rose more than 10% between 2006 and 2013 and that is why incomes are stagg incident or decline -- stagnant or decline. new york developers are allowed to set their own criteria. >> they say it's affordable. they do a creditship. a lot of us have hardship. why should we be crucified. a lot of times people have bad credit have no relationship as to whether they'll be a bad tenant. >> what it someone says you can't pay your bill how will you pay me as landlord. >> sometimes the issue with credit is you don't have credit cards, you have almost no credit. that's because you have a low income and you are living pay check to pay check.
>> those living pay check to pay check the demand for an affordable home is higher. take this brooklyn building. this area has 38 units. guess how many people applied. over 80,000. it's more than 2,000 applicants for each unit. howard is the vice president for policy research. what about those that say a diverse new york is the best new york. look neighbourhoods in new york are organically diverse. they are fancy buildings near less expensive buildings. i don't think we have to choreograph that. ms christopher is thankful for the lottery, because she ha good homes. >> it's all my dreams come drew. >> more than a million new yorkers are holding n to the dream hoping they'll be lucky too keep in mind the federal minimum wage was $7.25. the rule of thumb is that
renters shouldn't pay more than 30% of the money on represent. here is how they rank. hawaii - workers need to make $31.25 an hour. columbia second, california and virginia as the most expensive state. an affordable place to rent is nebraska. you need to make $13.49 to afford a 2 bedroom apartment. arkansas it's $12.50 needed to represent a place there. keep in mind it's $5 more than the federal minimum wage. here is something else to consider. most of the job growth occurred in low-wage industries according to the bureau of labour statistics, it is expected to continue over the next five years. joining us from washington is victoria steiner, a real estate broker and real estate attorney
with the think tank carnegie group, joining us from fort lauderdale florida. based on the numbers we are seeing we can't keep up with our represent, especially our wages. is there anything in washington in government who understands it? >> i think the mayor of new york understands it. he wants to help people to live and afford to live in manhattan, and the burrows, and is asking developers when they are plying to build the high-rises to put aside housing for the middle income people and the lotteries. he's open to having people have affordable housing in new york. >> but he is asking the developers are they listening. >> they are listening, because we understand that new york has to be diverse. there has to be housing for everybody. from everybody in business to the person that actually you
know picks up your plate at the restaurant. everyone needs housing, and everyone needs affordable housing. >> how should people feel one of those buildings in new york involves the back elevator where the rich people walk in the front door and the not so rich go up the back elevator. >> well it's not the back elevator there's two separate entrances. sometimes they change up the amenities, and they have the pool and gym, and they won't use one or the other. they don't want to people to i guess, come together because if someone is paying $2 million-$3 million, they don't want someone paying $1500 a month for two bedroom to be in the same lobby. i disagree with that that is wrong. that's what people are doing, unfortunately if these numbers are so bad, why aren't renters rising up in outrage, or are they?
>> this is a problem for a long time. it's just coming to the forefront. it's impacting people who are not low income earners. we base the affordable houses on am i. the programs gear the programme towards lowerbers, because of the wage disparity that you mentioned, the fact that people earn 8% less effective earn than before the bubble burst, home ront is outpacing wables in 75% of the market. this is becoming an issue impacting first responders maybe that's where we'll end. a lot of experts blame outbursts on what we basically term housing apartheid. the freddy grey incident happened many blame the problems on housing issues a
lot of folks claim "charlie hebdo" on housing issues and wrong doers coming from housing projects. places like new york and john scanlon have been experimenting. they got a lot of attention. new york tried tried zonings. income earners pay for housing. you mentioned two things. i don't want to let you know that one is rental apart height. >> it doesn't. the question bails down to who is responsible. is it fair to put this on for profit developers some of whom may be our own funds. >> i'll ask you, ms steiner,
everyone in washington has someone lobbying for them saying there's a gap between the haves and have not. who is lobbying and on the other side. >> i don't think anyone is lobbying for non-affordable. people want everyone to have access to housing. when the developers apply for the permits and they want to build 30 storey and can only build 20. the government gives them the right, if they give the 10 storeys to affordable housing. everyone wants to give everyone a shot what are extreme stories you hear about people trying to make ends met when they can't afford to do so. >> there's a lot of my friends coming out of school have two
income households. when people come and want to rent an apartment today, they have to show 40 times the represent. if you are going into a $4,000 apartment you have to show me you make $160. ,000 -- $160,000, that's difficult for someone coming out of school. >> that is a good point. there's almost 180 millennials coming out. they are renters. they are often people out of school. that's where the housing market begin, this is the first time that we have the beginning of an unhealthy market folks having a hard time saving a down payment. if there's an knarkt it will affect all of us. higher housing playing a big part in how the younger generation makes plans for the future. according to ernst&young.
finding a home is a number one factor, and benefits salary flexibility and leaf. i want to go to you on this. we thought of i guess renting as something that was temporary. we thought about a minimum wage as being a stopgap measure. now people need a minimum wage as a real job, it it's the only place that people can afford. what will it take to change that? >> the good news is that rental rates this year the increase in rates exceeds the increase in home purchase prices. at this point an average mortgage takes up 20% of your income average rental takes up 30%. for 20% of renters, the rent is 50%. the rent to own ratio in more and more markets favors owning. we'll see more looking to buy.
hopefully the government is opening up the credit area. we have a problem with inventory. we need to figure out a way to encourage builders to build first-time homes one in five constructions is affordable for first-time buyers. we'll see that. the only long of this term r.e.m.ity against riding rents is sustainable home ownership. >> i want you to hold on. i want to bring in air b&b. some say it contributes to the housing crisis. it allows travellers to rent homes and apartments from their owners. in new york city that map is being yanked. lori jane gliha vets why. >> it makes me nervous. >> reporter: john reids lived in this manhattan building since 1992. he and others in the building say apartments occupied by neighbours are now represented to out of town visitors for a few days or weeks at a time.
in new york city it's illegal to rent out the apartment for fewer than 30 days unless you are living there too. a report last year were new york's attorney-general found 72% of air b&b rentals were illegal. they were short-term rentals of entire apartments, something called illegal hotelling. >> every time another affordable apartment leaves the market that adds to the problems of everyone else who is trying to afford to hive in the city of new york. it's a shrinking world. >> shrinking because more than 30,000 apartments and homes in new york city is year round short-term rentals on air b&b. that is according to the website inside air b&b. which scrapes the data from air b&b's liftings. i rented the apartment, and with
rental and cleaning fees we have $329 for a night. it feels a lot like a hotel room, it's clear that no one is living here. it's the rental taking away apartments for new yorkers. here is a break down of my bill. rental cleaning fees $65. i paid a $35 service fee to air b&b. the company charges the host a 3% fee. that moons air b&b made $44 off my stay. if you represent out apartments that are supposed to be available for residents from the city of new york as your business model, find a legal business. most of us have to find legal ways to make an engine. >> most cities as they recognise the shared economy, they are helping their citizens make ends met, experience new things and are embracing those
things figuring out where to draw smart lines. in new york there hasn't been a smart line drawn, that's the only thing we need to work on. >> in new york where most air b&b rentals are illegal, there may be more than that to work on so new yorkers like john reids don't end up singing the blues. and so victoria steiner is air b&b - i've heard them called bootleg bedrooms. is it a good or bad idea? >> it's a horrible idea for new york. new york we are used to vertical living. we live in apartments, condos co-op. you need a one year lease. most are one year, not one night, two weeks. it's one year and what happens is they are scrut niffed you have to make sure there's no criminal record you make enough money to pay the $5,000 or
$10,000 a month. what happens here is people take their apartment they represent for $5,000 they rent it per night it make money, this is their business on the side. the landlord is hurt it's wear and tear. and the next door neighbour, i don't know who is living there, is it a child molester or a criminal. this city is not getting taxable income. it's not fair to anybody. >> do you agree? >> yes, i do rent an apartment in new york city and i would never consider renting it through air b&b. it's an interesting business model. like uber and other ways to leverage unused resources. i don't see it as the end of new york renters, i think that more often you have a rogue renter who is shot down by the renter. i don't see that as the end of renting - sustainable renting in
new york. a bigger issue is foreign investors, buying unit there, oftentimes to park their money in the united states and not using the units. they are vacant units that other cannot access. they are driving up the prices and are not adding to the local economy. they are not there most of the time. they are not spending at the dry cleaners or restaurants. the other issue is the uber luxury conkos which are making normal condos for high owners unaffordable. we are talking 80 million, and the porsche tower. most is foreign money. >> we have about a minute left. >> the property taxes are $80,000 a month. >> the last question, we get a mortgage deduction for real estate. should we have reduction for reject. i only have about sa seconds up.
>> i think -- 15 seconds each. >> i think we should we don't. if you rent an apartment and pay $6,000 it's done. no deduction. >> i'm an advocate for fax incentives for home owners. interest and capital gapes. there has been research where taxes are reduced or eliminated and home ownership rates go down, valuation plummet. the idea of encouraging folks with rates rising. anything we can do to make permanent home ownership sustainable is a good idea. >> victoria steiner, real estate broke. er. and sherry with the think tank. thank you for being with us. coming up. tough care in america. pregnant women in the u.s. could be more at risk than any other county. and the weather. >> we are looking at development with the tornados, we'll keep
language. i'm making sure when i write a headline it gets people's attention, it's important for that information to get out. even if that is not true. >> those headlines are true. people have been writing about the sucts that i have been writing about, longer than i -- subjects that i have been writing out longer than i have. they haven't been able to galvanise the movement in this way. it was her campaign against subways use of a chemical in their bread used to make yoga maps that put them on the map. because they used the term eat fresh, it was misleading much. >> is it as misleading to say this chemical in your subway bread is essentially in yoga, so you are eating yoga mat.
>> making that correlation woke people up. if you are conflateing the science. >> i'm not inflating, i'm truthful in the fact that this ingredient is used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber because something is used does not make it a yoga map. >> she does not have the knowledge to teach the public will food. >> she is not sophisticated. that is what set scientists off. she put scientists on one side and herself on the other side. and really we are all in this together. >> through the criticism, she pes veers, determined to make a -- per cent veers, determined to make a difference. >> i know the reason i was put through the pain, was so that i could be in this position, to help people realise that there is another way to help