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european parliament as the greek prime minister calls for a fair bailout deal. and we'll tell you why australia needs immigrants. ♪ we begin this news hour in gaza where an estimated hundred thousand people remain internally displaced a year after the 50-day war with israel. more than 2,000 palestinians were killed during seven weeks of israeli bombardment. more than 10,000 were wounded. the u.n. says 75% of the victims were civilians. among the israeli victims 66 soldiers and 5 civilians were killed. the u.n. says 89,000 homes in gaza were damaged. people who lost their homes are either living among the ruins of what is left or in temporary sherlts. our correspondent met one homeless man who can barely make
ends meet. >> reporter: this man hasn't climbed these steps in nearly a year. they used to lead into what was once a large home he shared with his extended family. now all that is left a rubble after israeli tanks shelled it. he also lost much more than his house during last year's war. he also lost most of his family. these photos are all he has left of his wife three sons, daughter in law, and grandson who were all killed in an israeli strike. he says for the past year he and the surviving members of his family have barely been able to make ends meet that hamas, which controls gaza and fatah, the party of palestinian president, haven't done enough to improve things. >> translator: hamas and fatah are both too busy fighting each other than trying to help us. they only give money to their own supporters, but not the needy people. only god can help us.
>> reporter: international donors including the united states and gulf countries have pledged billions of dollars to rebuild gaza but israel's siege which has lasted for years, means badly needed construction materials haven't been allowed in despite offers by the united nations to oversea the process. israel east continuing blockade of gaza means just one 1% of reconstruction material needed for gaza has been delivered. the influx of goods is so slow that it could take up to 30 years to rebuild. which is why around 20,000 palestinians now live in temporary shelters like these. most don't have electricity or running water, and extended families often have to share just one room. as living conditions worsen many here are becoming increasingly angry. senior hamas spokesman says he understands the frustration. >> the people are suffering.
that's right. we have to do everything to help people. we have to do everything to open the crossings, to give a chance for reconstruction. but this is the mission now of hamas and fatah to put all of the differences behind their back. >> reporter: that's small comfort to this man. at 80 years old he is now the main guardian of his four young grandsons. he finds it difficult to worry for their futures when their lives now are so hard. >> and we'll cross over to our correspondent who is joining us now from rafa the scene of intense bombardment during the war last year. what is the scene like now? how are people coping? >> reporter: yeah high there, dareen. the situation here in rafa is very much the same across the gaza strip. many people have no choice but to healther in what is left at their homes. let's take a look at where i am
right now. there's a reason we're here specifically. we came here shortly after a major israeli bombardment of this area in this area alone, over 40 people were killed. it followed the capture of an israeli soldier by the various factions. you can see here how powerful the munitions that israel used that crater created by an israeli air strike. you also see children and families living in the rubble. that was the situation here in rafa in the closing days of that 50-day conflict. here we are, 12 months later, since the start of that war, and the situation for many is very bleak. >> reporter: in your report, you were talking about international aid that has not managed to get into the gaza strip. i know you have traveled around. over the past 24 hours you have spoken to people in gaza what
are they telling you about how they feel about the international response and israel's continued blockade of gaza? >> reporter: there is a lot of anger of the streets. as you mentioned gaza is under siege, not only his land borders with israel its port is also controlled by israel and certainly it's skies are controlled by israel. but here in rafa this is the land border with egypt. egypt and gaza share a border and in the past that border has been one of -- really the only ways people of gaza have been able to leave here to receive medical treatment or study abooed or get badly needed medicines and supplies. but because relations between the egyptian president and hamas are so poor that that crossing has remained closed which means people here in gaza for the past 12 months or so in the ruins of their lives have not been able to leave and continue
to suffer. >> reporter: okay. thank you for that update from rafa in gaza. china's government is scrambling to stop its main stock market from sliding. it closed down 5.9% on wednesday. it's a pretty staggering one-day loss, but it's a just the tip of the iceberg. $3.2 trillion has been wiped off of chinese markets in three weeks. that's almost a third of the market's value. in the past 12 months stocks rose a staggering 150% despite a struggling economy. it has made many people rich but the problem is that many investors have literally mortgaged the house to pour money into the market. chinese brokers have loan an estimated $339 billion to traders. scott heidler is following that story for us. >> reporter: the markets in china closed down again on wednesday. the biggest indices closed down
nearly 6%. this ads to the nearly 30% the markets here in china have seen in the past few months nearly $3.2 trillion. and more companies are taking their stocks off of the market. they are not allowing them to be traded. the total number is about 1400 a few more hundred were taken off of any markets today. the central government has reacted. they say that state-controlled enterprises that are traded openly on the market they will continue to be traded. the government has also encouraged senior managers and large stockholders to continue to trade. they are calling what has been happening as a panic andish rational selloff. but these commitments today, the market selloff is still continuing. >> we're crossing over to a chief market analyst joining us from london. how would you bet on what is
going on in china, and also the shares? the stock market? >> well i think your correspondent summed it up quite nicely, what we have seen in china is that chinese authorities have encouraged the opening of the stock markets by encouraging speculation by easy money, easy monetary policy. what has happened is investors have piled in to the stock market thinking it is a one-way bet and forgetting the first rule of investing and trading, which is markets can go up as well as down. and what we're seeing at the moment is a significant selloff, i think essentially investors, broader investors have looked to the valuations of some of these chinese shares and thought that they are trading well above where they should be. and as soon as you get one set of investors start to settle into a rally, that starts to create seeds of doubt and other
people start to liquidate their positions, and suddenly their optimism which everyone has been full of becomes less tangible and suddenly the balloon or bubble that everyone was talking about around two months ago, suddenly starts to leak air and everyone rushes for the exits. chinese authorities have been trying to mitigate some of the damage, but their measures are actually probably fuelling the selloff simply because there's an awful lot of people who have come in very late to the party who are now sitting on some very hefty losses. >> so this sounds like you are talking very much about the short-term. what about the long term? are the measures that the chinese government are taking going to impact the long term? >> well they are not going to help in terms of the liquidity, because if you suspend trading on the particular shares that certain investors have stakes in, then essentially what you are doing is fostering
uncertainty. now i don't think it's time to panic quite yet, but certainly the extent of the falls that we have seen have to be put in the contexts of the gains that we have seen in the past two years. we're still up from the lows that we saw last year but i certainly think that we could get a rebound, but i think it's very unlikely we'll see the highs that we saw earlier this year because as soon as the market rebounds the investors who are nursing losses will be happy to get out with smaller losses than they have now. >> what about the impact on the international stage on global markets? what do you think is going to happen there? >> i think the bigger concern is the impact on the chinese economy. next month we get gdp numbers, and there could be an expectation that they will struggle to meet their 7% gdp
target. if you have investors sitting on big losses they are not going to spend money, which means that chinese growth could come in below expectations that has significant repercussions for the global economy, because it means that chai >> stephanie: imports and probably exports less as well. >> thank you very much for joining us from london. >> thank you. . >> do stay with us we'll be live from athens and cash flow drys dries up. also we report the rebel-held territory from south sudan where commanders blame government forces for starting the civil war. i'll be finding out why people are turning their backs on amateur cricket in its traditional homeland. ♪
so the clock is ticking for greece. it has until sunday to convince international lenders to give it more money and save its xhi from collapse. it looks like the prime minister is willing to compromise. he says he introduce tax and pension reforms. they could come into effect as early as next week. crossing over to john psaropoulos joining us from athens. is this a compromise john? is the prime minister putting anything new on the table here? >> reporter: well he's -- he himself has been very combative in the european parliament this morning, but his finance minister has written a more reassuring letter to creditors. he has sent the official application in to the european stability fund that's a distress fund which greece is now applying to for a new financial aid program. what they want is roughly 50 billion euros.
it's not clear whether they will get all of that immediately. but the international monetary fund thinks that's the sum they need to get through the next two years, servicing their debts and their domestic needs. what the letter says is familiar. it says that greece is going to submit by thursday a comprehensive reform agenda which is going to be based on the ideas that have been discussed so far. and two things specifically are mentioned, which are now familiar with that this plan will immediately implement a set of measures as early as the beginning of next week in fact which include tax reform and pension re230er78 -- reform. that alludes to roughly $1.5 billion worth of measures that greece has in theory already accepted which were included in the last plan that creditors put forward.
so what we hope to see on thursday is the familiar plan that has been bandied about and sometimes rejected and sometimes accepted, but that is the only document that has been on the table for two weeks now, that will be the basis for discussions between thursday and sunday. >> while these deadlines are put in place, john the people of greece suffering. we saw them lining up trying to pull out money from atm's. what is the mood there now? >> reporter: the mood is still a sort of wait and see mood. i don't think it has become sharply pessimistic, but it's not optimistic either. because people know the real economy, businesses and consumers are suffering, partly from lack of access to their funds, to the loans they have contracted from banks, and they are suffering from a steady drop in demand which is natural once banks have closed and confidence in the marketplace has been removed, but it is harmful to
what is already a fragile economy. so people are being patient, and hoping that this go and its creditors will make a compromise possible, so greece does not default to the european central bank on the 20th of this month. that would be its second major default within the space of a month. and it would cement its status as being a bankrupt economy. so i think the agreement has got to hold by sunday. >> okay. john, thank you for that update from athens. as time runs out for greece's government to get more money to prop up its economy, as john was just telling us greeks themselves struggling to make ends meet. hoda abdel hamid travelled to see how people were getting on. >> reporter: for 20 years his
coffee shop was the pulse of the neighborhoods. barely anyone here during these days of austerity. >> now three or four customers every day. >> reporter: so how do you keep it open? >> i don't pay anyone. [ inaudible ] nothing. all of this here you see? no pay. no pay. >> reporter: this man is not worried his landlord will throw him out, most of the shops on his street have shut down and no one is investing in new businesses. wherever you look there is this same scene of abandonment. the blinds are down doors are shut windows look scruffy. sometimes there's a phone number, in case someone is interested but by the looks of it no one is. >> reporter: those who survived
have had to downsize. he recently let go of two employees. >> of course i was upset. they were together for 20 years with us. it is a trip to unknown waters okay. but we hope for something better. so i prefer to have the hope instead of something i know is going to make me close my business. >> reporter: this is not just a story of businesses going bust. it's about people's family history. this man's parents opened this shop 50 years ago. the place is filled with childhood memories. >> translator: for the last five years, i'm forced to dig into my savings to keep rung it. i grow up here. i have been working 35 years. i should retire in two or three, so i have to keep it open to get my pension. i am stuck. i can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
>> reporter: this man also sees very few customers. barely anyone comes through here now that his neighborhoods are gone. and that for him is one of the biggest tragedies hitting the country. he fears his son will never know the greece that used to be where small businesses were at the heart of community life. the u.n. security council has imposed sanctions on six generals oil to south dan's president and the former vice president. they are accused of undermining the peace process in a conflict that has killed thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes. in an al jazeera exclusive, catherine soi spoke to rebel commanders. >> reporter: in this meeting, south sudan's rebel commanders weigh their options in the ongoing battle between fighters and government troops in part of
the country. generals and other influential individuals from both sides have often been accused of being hard liners and hampering negotiations brokered by the intergovernmental authority on develop, and have yet to achieve any peace. >> reporter: so you don't consider yourself hard liners or spoilers of the peace process. >> reporter: they all say they want peace but fighting is still going on. according to the u.n. many people have been killed their homes burned women raped and tens of thousands of people displaced in the latest government offensive. rebels are also on an offensive in the neighboring state where the only functioning oil fields
are. both sides blame each other for starting the fight. >> translator: we are not the ones rejecting peace. but let me ask you, if i kill two of your children how do you start peace? the only thing that can stop think war is removal from the helm. >> reporter: the commanders insist there was no cue attempt as claimed by the government, but what followed afterward was an attempt to ethnically cleanse the second largest tribe in the country. there will be a new proposal on a transitional government. the commanders here say they will not accept anything less than separate armed forces for at least three years. this general says that 18 months is not enough to heal wounds and build trust between the rival forces. >> for them to organize to come
together again as a national army of south sudan, that one will not be enough. and it will force people to fight again. >> reporter: these men are all important advisors to their leader. they say they will follow his lead but will not accept a deal that doesn't properly address the route cause of the conflict. catherine soi, al jazeera. the rebel leader has given the president an ultimatum. he has told him to step down before midnight on wednesday or be overthrown. regional director for african at the center for humanitarian dialogue, she says the government is likely to ignore the demand. >> i expect the response will that he will continue in his mandate for the coming three years. that decision by parliament it's
a was illegitimate according to the rebel, therefore the president is no longer constitutionally legitimate. we need to refocus the discussion on the situation of the people of south sudan, and that the ultimate peace agreement needs to focus on what would be best in terms of governing this incredibly difficult young country with its massive divisions, identity issues challenges for reconciliation, economic challenges, and a traumatic militarized history. syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs on a district in aleppo killing five people. other parts of the city opposition activists say the government used chlorine gas to stop an offensive. iraq's criminal court has sentenced 24 people to death in connection with the killings of
hundreds of military recruits last year. mass graves continuing the bodies of some of the murdered solders were discovered and iraqi forces retook the city of tikrit in april. over 1.5 thousand recruits are believed to have been killed. around 600 other iraqis have also been accused in that case. talks over iran's nuclear program will continue until later into the week. western leaderest want tar ron to prove it is not building a nuclear weapon in return for the lifting of sanctions. pakistan says peace talks between afghan officials and the taliban have ended and will resume after the month of ramadan. meeting was one of the highest level contacts between the two parties in recent years.
kamal heidler has more. >> reporter: although it is not clear as to who was representing the taliban, the pakistani foreign office has issued a statement saying meeting between representatives of the taliban, and the government, and the presence of representatives from the united states from china, with full backing of the leadership met about 45 minutest drive from islamabad. those talks were held in a cordial atmosphere. pakistan thanking all of the parties for participating in those talks. now although the taliban are on the offensive in the province and have gained fresh territory, there is also the emergent threat of isil which is trying to make in roads into afghanistan. on that ground the taliban have already reportedly fought
several skirmishes with isil in afghanistan. the afghan government itself is concerned, so there may be a convergence of interest. but it is early days and the important thing will be to see what kind of progress is made in the next round of talks that is going to be held after ramadan. much more to come on the al jazeera news hour including losing their religion why minors in bolivia want more support from the catholic church. plus what does art sound like? we visit an exhibition in london that is trying to find out. ♪ ♪ we are the champions ♪ ♪ we are the champions ♪ >> and how the women's world up with winners broke records both on and off the pitch. we'll have all of the details later in sport. ♪
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recovery. about a hundred thousand people remain internally displaced. it is estimated it will cost up to a billion dollars to rebuild the strip. chinese stock markets have tumbled despite the government's efforts to stop a selloff. $3.2 trillion has been wiped off of the stock market in three weeks. and greece could implement tax and pension reforms as early as next week. the details are part of a formal application for a new aid program from the euro zone. a generation of young people in gaza are facing a bleak future without jobs according to an aid agency. around 68% of people under 24 don't have a job. that's one of the highest unemployment rates of any country in the world. having a degree doesn't help. roughly 40% of graduates can't find work either. the agency says people are
risking their lives or at least arrest by climbing over the border fences into israel in search of a job. of the young people who remain 300,000 are said to need support for psychological or social problems. and even if people do have a job, salaries have dropped by an average of 15% since the blockade began eight years ago. let's get more on the situation from a media and communications officer for the agency. so you are saying that an entire generation of young people in the territory face a bleak future with little hope of jobs. i notice the unemployment figures in gaza have now increased this year. why is that? >> one year has passed after the war that hit gaza last summer 2014. but unfortunately the situation keeps worsening. the impact of this war is
[ inaudible ] in all aspects of life. a hundred thousand people are still displaced and living in temporary shelters, and 19,000 houses are still not being rebuilt yet. all of this suffering is doubled by the fact that gaza has been living under eight years of blockade which has been blocking all chances for the population especially for the gaza young generation to be able to rebuild their lives. >> so when people feel like -- especially those young people who are unemployed when they feel like there is a lack of opportunity, how do they survive and cope? and what kind of support do organization like yours provide? >> there is a high sense of insecurity and devastation among the gaza young generation. that's why the high rate of unemployment and poverty is pushing them to risk their lives to find chances to work in
israel or in other places. that's why 80% of the gaza population including the young generation are now aid dependent, including they receive assistance from organization like ours where we provide many families with food assistance and safe drinking water, as we are supporting some small and medium-scale producers to reestablish their businesses. however, this is not enough because the needs in gaza are huge, and without complete lifting of the blockade and guarantees that no other wars will hit gaza and destroy what has been rebuilt, the situation will remain difficult and dire. >> why is the international community putting enough pressure on israel to lift the blockade? >> this is what we have been
doing since the be ginning. we have been targeting diplomats and decision makers who we believe are influential and can contribute to changes the course of life for the gaza population. we are trying to put pressure on the -- all of these influential figures to put pressure on the israeli authorities as well as on the country who can put pressure on the israel authorities to end the blockade and to give gaza the chance to reverse from the collapse that has been living since eight years. >> thank you very much for speaking to us from gaza. in the last hour russia has blocked a u.n. security council resolution condemning the 1995 massacre genocide. more than 8,000 bosnian muslim
boys and men were murdered. the resolution called on all parties to recognize the killings as a genocide as a prerequisite for reconcileiationreconciliation. we're joined by from a filmmaker who is focused on the massacre. thank you for joining us. russia has blocked the u.n. security council resolution. it was already a pretty divisive one when it was put forward. what is your reaction it to now that it has not been passed? >> this will be a huge blow to the victims of genocide everywhere, i would say, because the soul reason russia blocked the resolution was not because it was divisive or impeded reconciliation, but because it adopted what were decisions by the tribunal for the former yugoslavia, that clearly
described this effort as a genocidal effort in removal of bosnia muslims from a certain area on the border between serbia and bosnia. in this context it is not surprising that russia did this given the support for those in bosnia like bosnian serb leader who are actively denying genocide as a bedrock of their politics of division in the region so i think it's not a big surprise, but nonetheless it is a huge blow to victims. >> so what you are saying was this was a step towards reconciliation? i mean the draft text outlines that accepting the event as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation, but is this enough for reconciliation? >> well any process of reconciliation as we know from processes like south africa or
reconciliation between france and germany, has to be based on the truth about what has taken place, especially the truth about massive human rights violations and crimes like genocide. without the truth, there is no reconciliation indeed. there is simply an attempt to move on while leaving all of these issues to fester, and we have seen in various places around the world that these conflicts recur when there is no reckoning with the truth. in this context, this resolution would have helped adopt what has already been established by the highest international judicial bodies as a platform for reconciliation, because make no mistake as things stand now with genocide denial in bosnia there is no reconciliation, there is no process of reconciliation to speak of. this would have been a good platform to start. >> okay. thank you very mump for speaking
to us from new york. mexican authorities have still only identified the remains of one of 43 students who disappeared last year. the government says they were killed incinerated, and dumped in the river. but many don't believe that story. every week vigilantes conduct searches of their own, and they are hoping to prove the government wrong. adam raney met one such search team. >> reporter: miguel refuses to give up. he is still desperately searching for dozens of missing students. a tipped from a confessed killer brought him to a farm to search wells for their remains. if found the government's story would be blown apart. miguel knows he is being watched. he carries on though despite anonymous threats and government
pressure. >> reporter: it's exhausting we give authorities remains, remains, and more remains, and they don't tell us anything. it wears you out. >> reporter: but they continue, he says because authorities don't. barely an hour into the operation, they can't get the pump to work. searching the often violent corners of the state is long gruelling, thankless work. work some have criticized. >> translator: everyone should follow the rule of law. authorities are the ones responsible for carrying out investigations and providing results. >> reporter: rule of law, something lacking here. citizens groups and vigilantes have already unearthed dozens of people's remains. the faithful pray for peace. a community unable to move on the priest says and with little faith the government will deliver what it needs.
>> translator: peace has to be based fundamentally on justice, and what i have seen is that people want peace based on justice. >> reporter: the next day, the pump is running, spirits are up. the search carries on. these vigilantes are acting on an anonymous tip that brought them here. and they say they get information from all kinds of sources all the time and there are at least 30 more sites in the area they want to investigate. hours on they can't get anymore muddy water out. this man gets ready to descend into the well. he spends several minutes trying to grab at something in the water. >> translator: i could feel something that was wrapped up but when i tried to pull it up it tore and dropped back in the water before i could see it. >> reporter: evidence perhaps, jouts of reach. for now the official story of the 43 students stands for at least another day.
adam raney, al jazeera, mexico. pope francis is en route to visit a shrine just outside ecuador's capitol. these are the live pictures right now. you can see the crowds lining the streets and cheering on the head of the catholic church for his last day there. people have also started to gather outside of the shrine where he is headed. it has special significant to indigenous people. from there, pope francis will be moving on to bow believia, where we'll visit a place where a jesuit priest was murdered in the 1980s. but as virginia lopez reports many minors don't feel the catholic church supports them. >> reporter: bolivia is a predominantly catholic country, get rituals to pagan figures are widely practiced inside the silver mine. >> translator: here we pray inside and to god outside.
this protects us in the mines. >> reporter: for many here working in deplorable conditions, catholic support outside of the mines is not as strong as before. >> translator: it would be good if the priests would support us so we could get a bigger percentage of our earning for our work. right now most of what we extract goes to the government. >> reporter: during the 60s and 70s a wave of socially active priests redefined the church's role. this father championed alongside minors for a better future. here the work condition of minors have improved little since the priest's time. the mountain which one produced enough silver to make the city the wealthiest in the world is
now at risk of collapsing from more than five centuries of indiscriminate mining. the mines are dying out, this would leave thousands of people here without a job. minors here feel a church that was once very involved has become increasingly distant. many hope the pope's visit will bring back the involvement they enjoyed in the past. and yet for many year the biggest concern, they say is the large scale of environmental damage caused by mining. for them it's as much a social as environmental crisis. >> translator: as long as economic interests determine what happens here in the mining industry, we'll never take measures or seek responsibility for the death of the priest. >> reporter: pope francis recent insick la call has warned that the world is beginning to look
form a border protection force. it will focus on stopping unwanted asylum seekers from coming into the country. but australia needs more migrants to help his work force. >> reporter: give it an rural town might not sound like a particularly multi-cultural place, but 28% of people here were born outside of australia, exactly the same proportion as for australia as a whole. working at a garage on the out skirts this man is one of three filipinos. >> for now i like griffith. i like my job here. and for the cost of living is so cheaper than the city. >> reporter: the company couldn't find people with his skills in australia. his boss is also from the philippines. visa rules required him to work
in rural australia for at least two years before he could move to one of the country's big cities. >> reporter: region areas here are not like regional areas in the philippines where you have nothing. but here you have everything. >> reporter: the local hospital also relies on immigrants to staff it. just one of its 16 doctors is australian born. >> at present, i think most of the regional or country towns are immigrant doctors. >> reporter: immigration alds 1.1% to australia's population every year more thoon the birthrate and rising life expectancy combined. as a percentage as a whole, only switzerland and norway take more immigrants. when immigration to australia is generally in the news the stories are about those the country stops from coming in. but immigration here is actually pretty high.
a recent government report projected australia's population would nearly double to about 40 million in 40 years. many argue, though that that figure is still too low for a country of australia's size. this man runs food-production businesses near griffith he went to turkey to find a beekeeper, and india for fruit managers. but he needs more. >> i just like good workers. anybody is good workers, any state, any country, i like to my works done. >> reporter: even with one of the world's highest immigration rates, australia is still one of the least densely populated countries. for that to change immigration would need to get higher still. andy is here with an update on the sports news >> the latest episode in crickets oldest rivalry is
underway with england so far having the best performance. england batting first, australia dominated the first session. removing adam there in the second over. england were really struggling on 43-3, but since then it's england's batsmen who have been fighting back. we we're into the final session of the day now. while the stadiums for that ashes series will be full, the same sort of enthusiasm isn't always on show at lower levels of the game in england. the numbers playing at a grassroots level are officially declining. >> reporter: on this village green little has changed since cricket was first played here more than 280 years ago. nothing could be more english. but it's the future of clubs
like this which have stumped the men in charge of cricket in england. >> other teams have canceled fixtures. it seems now only producing three teams on a saturday. for many clubs like this you need that number for the future of the club. >> reporter: last year the cricket board released the results of a survey showing the number of people playing the sport were on the decline the recurring theme seems to be that traditional matches like this one, just take too much time. >> the saturday commitment is full day. we leave 9:00 in the morning and get home 10:00, 11:00 at night. so i think that may be part of the problem. >> reporter: recent performances by the english teams have always done little to ignite interest in the game. they lost 5-0 to australia, and
failed to advance to the group stage at this year's cricket world cup. clubs are addressing the probably highlighting the social side of the game but the cricket board is also looking further afield for a solution in communities where cricket is traditionally king. just six kilometers away is another cricket club that has seen its membership numbers sore. it targets inner city communities. and they are adapting amateur cricket that is engaging local people and drawing members in. >> we have become quite responsive to the needs of our community. shortening the game playing six a side. we have tried to adapt to encourage south asians particularly. >> reporter: membership numbers have increased tenfold in the last five years, and now england officials see clubs like this as key to keeping grass roots
cricket live. >> i just think i was not even half a player that some of these kids are. >> reporter: a tall gented generation of players that if encouraged and supported may one day produce a generation of england's finest. rain has been delaying play on men's quarter final day at wimbledon. roger federer has found time to beat his opponent in straight sets. the roof has been set for andy murray's match. he was the big favorite to win, and he has just won in straight sets and will now play roger federer in the semifinals. defending champions the usa are off to a good start for the gold cup. the u.s. co-hosting with canada.
ing clint dempsey scoring both goals in this 2-1 win. the usa are at the top of the group which also drew panama and haiti. stephen gerard said david beckham played an important role convincing him to play with the galaxy. he is set to make his debut on saturday in friendly match against the mexican team. >> david is a hero of mine. he is a fantastic guy, and a wonderful footballer. he is certainly someone i leaned on for advice. the women's u.s. soccer team have also broken tv viewing
records. while tens of thousands came out for the victory parade in los angeles, 25 million fans tuned in to watch the final in their home country. it peaked at over 30 million. that's the highest ever figure for any soccer game be it men's or women's. >> i think it's amazing we're being put in the same conversation category as the men. i think for us we know that we inspire a nation and inspire globally people around the world to dream big, and for me to bring home this world cup, yes, we have had olympic gold medals but this is one thing i have not been able to bring home to my country. >> plenty more on the website, aljazeera.com/sport. england are now 244-4. unbeaten on 121. okay. more sport coming up later, but
that is it for now. >> thank you andy. what do you hear when you listen to painting? that must sound like a rather strange question but there's a new exhibition opening on wednesday at london's gallery, and it is promising to let viewers hear paintings and see music. jessica baldwin explains. ♪ >> reporter: the ambassador painted in 1533. listen to the music made by a violin with only three strings. it's discord ant and tense. reflecting the historic tensions as the powerful king of england sought to break with the catholic church. >> i wanted to create an uneasiness within the space, and i think it's palpable and
defying to the constant shifting and hovering of the sound. >> reporter: six musicians or sound artists were given their choice of any picture in the national gallery and commissioned to compos. electronic music by the d.j. changes as one mirrors the picture just as the unified form of the painting dissolves into tiny points. ♪ >> reporter: the challenge for museums in this fast-paced world is to slow people down. visitors have a tendency to rush through galleries, taking pictures of themselves looking at paintings left and right, the music makes people slow down look at the paintings, and see details they wouldn't have noticed before. it would not have been quiet at this finish lake. the natural sounds are recreated. it's amazing because the sound and the music, they force you to feel something.
they force you to experience something whether you like it or not. it's a very visceral experience so i would love people to take away a kind of emotional connection with the painting they have been looking at. ♪ >> reporter: an american composer chose this portable piece made in the 14th century. >> the music is meant to make you look deeper. and we have the bell and for me a bell should -- should remind you to look somewhere else. ♪ >> reporter: listening and looking, all designed to slow the visitor down and provide a new way of seeing art and appreciating it even more. jessica bald win, al jazeera, london. >> thanks for watching the news hour for myself and the team here in doha it's good-bye for now, but we hand you over to our
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