the this is bbc news. the headlines at 3. us intelligence chiefs are to brief a sceptical president—elect, donald trump, this afternoon on allegations that russia tried to interfere in the american presidential election. hundreds of people attend the funeral in huddersfield of the man shot dead by police on monday. russia orders the withdrawal of its aircraft carrier from the mediterranean, in light of the current ceasefire in syria. and in the next hour — the distinct sound of stonehenge. we find out how the circle may have sounded, thousands of years ago. an iceberg a quarter of the size of wales is close to breaking away from the antarctic ice shelf. and a 22—year—old south londoner, ray black, is named as the bbc‘s sound of 2017. good afternoon and
welcome to bbc news. donald trump will meet the heads of the us intelligence services later today, after claims that russia interfered in the american presidential election. the heads of the cia, fbi and national intelligence all insist the kremlin ordered a cyber attack to help donald trump's campaign. but the president—elect has made his doubts very public, in a series of comments on social media. last night, the outgoing vice—president, joe biden, told mr trump to "grow up", saying it was "absolutely mindless" not to have faith in america's intelligence agencies. us intelligence is convinced russia tried to influence
the american election by hacking democratic party e—mails. president—elect donald trump has not only dismissed that, but set himself on a collision course with the intelligence agencies. their determination to show that they're right was made clear at a congressional committee hearing. the hacking was only one part of it and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news. the claim is that a hack designed to help donald trump win was authorised at the very highest level in russia. something he has rubbished from the start. i think it is ridiculous. it is just another excuse. i don't believe it. i don't know why. once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you are not going to catch them, they have no idea if it is russia, or china, or somebody. it could be somebody sitting
in a bed some place. earlier this week, he appeared to support comments made byjulian assange, the founder of wikileaks, who has denied russia was involved in any hack. later he wrote on his twitter feed, the media lies to make it look like i am against intelligence, when in fact, i am a big fan. but then in another tweet, he has again questioned their judgment. problem "so how and why are they so sure about hacking," he wrote, if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers. what is going on?" today, some of the most senior figures in us intelligence will brief him on what they know. i am hoping he is going to be respectful of the profession. respectful of the agency as well as the rest of the intelligence community and looking forward to a rather robust, if not sporty, discussion on this issue. and there has been blunt criticism of mr trump's approach from his political foes. for a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared
to listen to the myriad of intelligence agencies, from defence intelligence, to the cia etc, is absolutely mindless. an unclassified version of the intelligence findings is to be released. whatever the american public makes of that information, the relationship between the president—elect and the intelligence community is already strained. daniel boettcher, bbc news. that we think, that meeting between donald trump and the heads of intelligence is due to begin at 5:30pm and so in a couple of hours from now. we will have more coverage and anything that emerges in this hour and and anything that emerges in this hourand in this and anything that emerges in this hour and in this hour we will talk to someone who worked for the cia. hundreds of people have attended the
funeral of yasser yaqub who was shot dead on monday. the service was held ata dead on monday. the service was held at a mosque in huddersfield. he died after police stopped a car off the 62 motorway. an inquest has been opened and adjourned. it has been a busy morning in connection with the incident when yasser yaqub was shot dead by police officers when he came down a slip road off the m62 motorway. the funeral took place a fewer hours ago and people are now gathering for friday prayers. a man has been in court in connection with the case and the inquest has been opened into the death of the man who was killed. hundreds of people came to yassar yaqub‘s funeral at a mosque in huddersfield this morning. many didn't know him personally,
but were here to support his family. his father, mother and sisters were deeply distressed. the consistent thought from those present is that they want answers as to why he was shot by police on monday night. the parents have lost their son, those sisters have lost their brother. they need answers. his friends, family, they all need answers and i think they need answers quick. we're hoping that within this week we should have a proper report by the officials. do you think that may calm tensions if you get the facts? yes, definitely. we have a proper investigation and a justifiable answer, then yes, why not? one key question about the shooting was answered today. the police have already said a gun was found in the white audi yassar yaqub was shot in. we know he was the front seat passenger in the car. at the inquest into his death this morning, it was revealed the gun was found in the front passenger
footwell of the vehicle, exactly where he was sitting. the inquest was told yassar yaqub was shot by a police officer in the execution of his duties. he was listed in court as being a 28—year—old office clerk, but many people in huddersfield believe he was a renowned drugs dealer. he was, in 2010, accused and cleared of trying to murder two people and a firearms offence. his family stress he was never convicted of anything. meanwhile, a 30—year—old man arrested at the time, appeared before magistrates in leeds. moshin amin is charged with firearms offences, including possessing a pistol and silencer. he was remanded in custody. now the court case involving him will now go forward with further hearings in the future. the inquest was adjourned until the end of march, and the coroner has asked for the independent police complaints commission, who are overseeing this investigation, to keep him up—to—date with what is going on,
so more information will come out. bits and pieces of information are coming out now over the exact events here on monday evening, and a clearer picture is becoming apparent. nicola sturgeon has suggested a so—called soft brexit could postpone another vote on scottish independence. scotland's first minister was speaking on the bbc‘s good morning scotland programme. she said she believed scotland's "direction of travel" was still towards independence, but that could be "put aside" in the short—term. 0ur scotland correspondent, glenn campbell. nicola sturgeon is opposed to brexit, but the position she has developed is that she is prepared to compromise, that she is prepared to accept brexit in certain circumstances. in december she set out what compromise she would be prepared to accept, effectively if the uk was to stay in the european single market,
or to argue for a special arrangement that would allow scotland to stay in, then she would be prepared to take off the table the possibility of a second vote on scottish independence for the period of brexit negotiations. england and wales voted to leave, northern ireland voted to stay. and even in scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the eu, a million people voted to leave. what i am trying to do is to see whether, with compromise and a focus on building consensus, there is a proposition the maximum number of people can get behind. she has put together a paper exploring these options. that's been sent to the uk government and ms sturgeon is effectively saying that the ball is now in theresa may's court. if she doesn't want there to be a call from the scottish government for a second vote on independence, she wants theresa may to move on this agenda, otherwise she says
that she will push for the question of scottish independence to be revisited. some of her opponents think she is making demands that she knows will be rejected to strengthen her argument for independence. nicola sturgeon insists she is genuinely trying to achieve consensus around a compromise. russia says it is reducing its military presence in syria, including bringing back its aircraft carrier and other warships. the head of russia's armed forces said the defeat of rebel forces in aleppo, and the current ceasefire, meant that its mission had been fulfilled. 0ur correspondent alex forsyth gave us the latest from beirut. russian military forces have played a key role in the syrian war since 2015, providing support to the syrian regime with heavy air strikes in rebel—held areas, so much so that moscow is credited with helping turn the tide in favour of its ally, the syrian
president bashir al—assad. but a week or so ago, at the end of december, the russian president vladimir putin announced a partial pull out of its forces, in light of the ceasefire russia helped to broker, and which, despite some violations and ongoing violence, is largely holding, and today the russian foreign ministry said that its aircraft carrier and some smaller warships based in the mediterranean would be the first to leave. russia will retain a significant military presence in syria, but for some this is a sign that moscow sees the syrian conflict entering into a new phase, after it helped the syrian government take control of the key city of aleppo, and with peace talks planned for later this month. but this comes with an important caveat. this isn't the first time russia has announced a withdrawal from syria. it did so in march last year, only to ramp up its presence when the fighting continued. let's talk more about our main
story. the meeting coming up in the next couple of hours between the us president—elect donald trump and the various heads of the intelligence agencies, including the cia and fbi. we can get the latest from our washington correspondent and a quick thought about the tone and mood in this meeting, because the intelligence agencies are clear about what they think was russian involvement in the us presidential election and we know what donald trump has been saying on twitter. he has been disparaging notjust in the last couple of days but recent weeks when it comes to the american intelligence community. he questioned why this meeting had been delayed. it was earlier in the week and he said was it because they were
trying to build a case and he called it strange, even last night he sent a tweet saying, how can they be so sure of the russian hack if they didn't not request to examine the e—mail service of the democratic party. we are likely to hear more details. donald trump will hear in a couple of hours in stark terms why they believe that but we know from they believe that but we know from the community here that they believe unequivocally that russia did hack into the e—mails of the democratic party, that it was to try to interfere with the election and that it came from the highest levels of the russian government. donald trump seems to be affronted by the suggestion he would not have won the election without this involvement of the russian hack and the leaks then send to wikileaks, but of course, there are those in the intelligence community who said there is no way of telling what impact these... this
hack hand. in any case there are those, not just hack hand. in any case there are those, notjust political opponents likejoe biden, those, notjust political opponents like joe biden, but those, notjust political opponents likejoe biden, but people in his party who say whatever the impact, if russia did this, and they believe they did, there needs to be consequences and russia needs to pay for what it did. not only have we had disparaging remarks about the intelligence community, we have had this between donald trump and vladimir putin and russia. there is a collision course notjust between donald trump and the intelligence community, but also some within his party feel russia needs to pay the price for this hack. is it possible to assess the public mood and attitude? as you suggested, next week, a version of this intelligence will be made public with sensitive
details removed. the public we are told will have a chance to assess the intelligence the agencies have put together. is it possible to assess how this is going down among the general public?|j assess how this is going down among the general public? i suppose yes, if you look at social media you will see donald trump supporters saying they will get over this. that he has w011 they will get over this. that he has won the election, why does it matter? there are republicans who say this is about national security and that is why later, while we will not hear what happens at the meeting officially, all eyes are on donald trump's twitter account and he may do what he has done in the past and say he is a fan of the intelligence community. that is not going to be enough for some in the intelligence community to repair the damage, and to stop some feeling that he is a national security liability. we will find out more, we hope, in the next
few hours. the meeting begins at 5:30pm. the latest headlines. us intelligence chiefs are to brief the president—elect donald trump this afternoon on allegations that russia tried to interfere in the american election. hundreds of people attended the funeral of yasser yaqub, the man shot dead by police near huddersfield. russia orders the withdrawal of its aircraft carrier from the mediterranean in the light of the ceasefire in syria. and in sport, the third round of the fa cup gets under way with manchester city manager pep guardiola getting his first taste of the competition. his side face west ham at the london stadium. england flanker chris robshaw could miss the six nations because of a shoulder injury. he will see a specialist on monday.
ingham's next matches on february before. and the formula 1 team manor racing who finished last in the 2016 world championship have gone into administration after talks with potential investors failed. i will be back with more on thatjust after half past. a third of hospital trusts in england have warned urgent action —— have warned that they were not able to deliver patient care because of the pressure on patient numbers. an analysis by the health think tank the nuffield trust found that 50 trusts have issued warnings. 0ne patient died after waiting 35 hours for a ward there'd in one hospital. with me is the chief executive of the nuffield trust, nigel edwards.
it is an accurate description, on its knees, of emergency care? there are signs of great pressure that has been building up for years. the last year, emergency demand has gone up above what you would expect given the population. the numbers have shrunk, delays in discharge which block hospitals have risen and staff are starting to feel the strain. it is getting difficult to get people to do key roles particularly in emergency medicine. accident and emergency medicine. accident and emergency departments shutting their doors more than 140 times in december, which is alarming?m seems to be greater than last year. anecdotally we hear that december was extremely busy in a&e, busier than normal. even above this sharp growing trend we have seen in the past six years and nobody is quite
sure, but the suspicion is it is a combination of cuts in social care, community services run by the nhs, and heavy pressure in general this. previous stories this week and over christmas from the royal college of gps point out general practice offers from significant problems. there seems to be at this time of year a winter crisis in the nhs. is this worse than we have known it before? we have seen worse winters than this. unfortunately, it is early days, winter is not yet over. what it shows is the increase in pressure in general practice, social care, a&e departments, hospital wards building up will stop there comes a point where staff... it sta rts comes a point where staff... it starts to take its toll on staff. chief executives, the concerns of
the impact of the pressure on staff, which has not grown to the extent. talking about potential solutions, is it more money or staff? staff of theissue is it more money or staff? staff of the issue and money is an issue. there does not seem to be much new money around. we have lost a lot of staff with a indeed doctors choosing not to pursue training all going abroad. there is a problem about staffing these departments and wards. thanks. another issue is bed blocking in hospitals — but new research indicates the issue is even worse in mental health trusts in england. the research found that in trusts that specialise in mental health and learning disabilities, the rise in the number delayed discharges is double that of acute hospitals. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, has the details. how are things in the shop?
fine, the usual. 0liver lang helps his father run a small post office in norfolk. in 2014, the 27—year—old was detained under the mental health act. he spent several weeks in a psychiatric unit, but even when he was well enough to leave, he couldn't. delays in arranging support in the community meant he spent a further two months unnecessarily in hospital. ifelt like i was in danger in there, because a lot happens in hospital. i felt like if someone attacked me, i'd have to defend myself. but if i did defend myself, and hurt someone, they'd say he is a danger to the public still, so that'd keep me locked up for longer. i was trying to be whiter than white. latest figures show more than 200,000 bed days were lost by the nhs in england last october. physical health trusts saw a 30% rise in the previous 12 months.
but for mental health and learning disability trusts, the increase was 56%. this former care minister says the figures show once more the crisis in mental health care. it means there's a shortage of community psychiatric nurses, a shortage of support services, like detox facilities, and a shortage in social care, which i think has hit people with mental ill health disproportionately hard. the pressure on mental health services is intense and growing. last year in london for instance, four mental health trusts said their bed occupancy levels were 100%, that means that every single bed they had was full every single day of the year. packed wards lead to problems through the mental health system. if people can't leave it's hard to admit other people so we have people in crisis who need a bed and we have people scouring the country sometimes to find a bed
we can admit them to. ministers say they are aware of the problems and will spend £400 million in this parliament ensuring psychiatric patients can be treated at home. michael buchanan, bbc news. some these that has come through concerning the situation in the capital on monday. the tube strike is on. affecting millions in the capital. it begins, the 24—hour strike, on sunday evening, six o'clock. talks have broken down. this is to do with the closure of ticket offices. fairly controversial when it was introduced, and a dispute about the closure of ticket offices and talks not resolving anything. six o'clock, sunday evening, the strike begins. london underground warning of significant disruption with zone one tube stations on that day. four people have been charged
with hate crimes in connection with an assault on a teenager with special needs, that was streamed live on facebook. the two men and two women are due to appear in court in chicago later today. these are the faces of the suspects charged over the kidnap and torture of an 18—year—old man. over a 48—hour period, there was a prolonged attack on the victim, who has mental health challenges. and it was broadcast live on the social media site facebook. the four suspects have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime. we have the statements of the four, they admit they were beating him, kicking him, they made him drink toilet water. and then obviously, the video where they are cutting a piece of his scalp. the victim finally escaped
from a flat in chicago when his attackers confronted a neighbour. his brother—in—law said his family was just pleased he was safe. we are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother. we are fully aware of the charges being brought against the offenders. at this time, we ask for continued prayers for all those involved, for our family's privacy as we cope and heal. in the video, the attackers could be heard making racist comments. president 0bama said it highlighted problems that have existed for some time. part of what technology allows us to see now is the terrible toll that racism and discrimination and hate takes on families and communities. the outgoing president went on to say the attack in chicago was a despicable hate crime.
but he remained optimistic about the long—term state of race relations in america. now, it's famous throughout the world for using the sun to mark the summer solstice. but now it seems stonehenge may also have had its own, distinct sound. scientists at the site have used virtual reality technology to recreate what the henge would have looked like, thousands of years ago, when it was complete. and they've used ancient musical instruments to recreate the circle's original acoustics. 0ur correspondent, david sillito, went along for a listen. wind blows eerily. people have been coming here for at least 4,000—5,000 years, so we're walking in the feet of history. when the wind blows, some people say they hear a strange hum. thomas hardy wrote about it in tess of the d'urbervilles,
and dr rupert till is convinced the sound of stonehenge is part of its magic. tapping. you hear between each beat, a little echo. as the sound leaves you, hits the stone and comes back to you here, bang. tapping. the problem is this isjust a fragment of the sound people would have heard 4,000 years ago. i met the site's historian, susan greening. so, this is the front door of stonehenge we're going through right now? that's right, yes, and we are coming into the central space now. it does change a bit as you walk through, doesn't it? it does, you have the feeling of being enclosed within a space. what we're looking at today is the ruin of stonehenge. many stones have been taken away from the site, many have fallen down, lots have been eroded, and they're covered in lichen. it would've been a completely
different atmosphere complete, wouldn't it? yes, it would. horn sounds. however, rupert till has an answer. what this new vr technology offers is a possibility, a chance to, well, return back and see and also hear what this place used to look like in the past. we have reconstructed it by rebuilding stonehenge digitally and used architecturual software to reconstruct the acoustics of the space as it would have been when all of the stones were here. so, how different is the old sound to the sound we have today? well, if i tap this drum now, you will hear a little bit of an echo. when all the stones are put in place, there is a much more powerful sense of enclosure, a slight reverberation, more echo, and it changes
more as you walk around. so today it's just a ruin beside a city road. so today it's just a ruin beside a road. this, a chance to say goodbye to the 21st century and experience the last sound of stonehenge. now, let's catch up with the weather. hello. good afternoon, today has been a day of change, starting cold and frosty in the south—east that we have seen cloud from the west and outbreaks of rain and with that milder air. you can see the way he cloud has been evading. just a little brightness for the lucky few in the south—east. into the evening, wet weather will continue south and eastwards. most rain light patchy. as it clears, it will leave behind
mist and as it clears, it will leave behind mistand murk as it clears, it will leave behind mist and murk and out —— and low cloud. scotland will see the brightest of the weather through the day, the further south, more chance of sticking with the cloud. mild in the south, 11 in plymouth, just five towards aberdeen. 0n the south, 11 in plymouth, just five towards aberdeen. on sunday, cloudy, patchy light rain and drizzle. temperatures 8—9d. more cloud, not so temperatures 8—9d. more cloud, not so much frost. if you want more details, sarah will be here in half an hour. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. donald trump will meet with the heads of the us intelligence agencies to be briefed on claims that russia interfered in the american presidential election. the us president—elect has repeatedly voiced doubts about moscow launching cyber attacks to help his campaign. hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a man shot dead by police on the m62 motorway in west yorkshire.
an inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of 28—year—old yasser yaqub. nicola sturgeon has suggested the prospect of a second referendum on scottish independence could be taken off the table in the short term if the uk pursues a soft brexit. the first minister said she wants the uk — or scotland at least — to remain in the eu single market. russia is withdrawing a naval task force — led by its only aircraft carrier — from the mediterranean. military commanders in moscow say the ships had achieved their set tasks, helping syrian president bashar al—assad to retake aleppo. scientists say a giant iceberg — a quarter the size of wales — will soon break off from the most northern ice shelf in antarctica. it looks set to become one of the ten biggest icebergs ever recorded. now we will catch up with the sport,
here is hugh. the big fa cup third round weekend is upon us when teams from awful levels of football meet for the first time and a giant killing becomes a possibility. the first tie of the round is live on bbc one. it sees two premier league teams meet as manchester city make the journey south to face west ham. for pep guardiola it will be a first a taste of the fa cup. what i hear, here before, so the cup, it is special because the lower teams can beat the big team. that is why it is fascinating. not just in big team. that is why it is fascinating. notjust in the premier league, it happens in the cup as well. that is why i am looking forward. but it is in the premier league games, it is tough, it will be tough. we will like the draw. big game for us, for them, it is fa
cup, big game for both clubs, for spectators, for the fans of course, andl spectators, for the fans of course, and i am sure they are going to again also put very strong team out. tomorrow will be a special fa cup moment for the former manchester united defender jaap stam. the dutchman was part of the treble winning side of 1999 and will return to old trafford as the manager of championship side reading. you know it would be nice to have a warm welcome, i have had a great time over there, i have loved the fans, the club, very important period in my career, in playing over there, and i haven't been back in an occasion like this, so it is good to be back, it is good to play over there, but it's, i have said it a couple of times, it is not about me, it is the team that comes there. hopefully we can be a surprise, show ourselves over there. jon 0bi mikel is the latest premier league player to join the chinese super league. the nigeria midfielderfollows former chelsea team—mates oscar, ramires and demba ba to china, joining tianjin teda fc.
in an emotional letter to his "chelsea family" on social media, the midfielder thanked fans for making the impossible, possible. former manchester united midfielder ravel morrison is training with wigan athletic. the 23—year—old had been playing in italy for lazio since leaving west ham in early 2015. while with the hammers, he had loan spells at birmingham, qpr and cardiff city. wigan manager warren joyce describes him as having the x factor and that "outside influences" are the reason why his career has never matched his potential. the manor racing formula one team who finished last in the 2016 world championship has gone into administration, after failing to find new investors. staff were informed of the situation earlier today. 0ur formula one reporter jennie gow has more. i am afraid it will be pretty tough for them. the administrators, which is frp,
said there is a very limited window of opportunity, and of course, the season starts on march 26th in australia, so there really isn't much time for them to get this sorted out. there are people who are interested in buying the team, nobody has put the money down on the table yet, it needs somebody to come in an fast, for the jobs to be secured, and for the racing to continue. england back rowerjames haskell is set to make his comeback from injury in wasps premiership game against leicester on sunday. but, with a month to go before the six nations, it's not looking so good for his international team—mate chris robshaw. the flanker — and former england captain — has been ruled out of action for his side harlequins this weekend after aggravating an existing shoulder problem last sunday. he's seeing a specialist on monday. england's first game of the six nations is against france on the 4th of february. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour.
a third of hospital trusts in england have warned urgent action is needed to cope with the pressure of patient numbers — according to figures seen by the bbc. however new figures this morning from nhs england show slightly fewer patients attended accident and emergency departments in england the week between christmas and new year compared to earlier in december. earlier i spoke to president of the royal college of emergency medicine, dr taj hassan, and i asked him how he saw the current pressures in the nhs in england well i think the pressures on the nhs and especially mergely care are particularly intense at the moment. the figures you have identified give some indication of the number of patients attending, but what is more concerning is the number of patients who have been managed within four hours and the delays to admission, into the hospital bed bays which u nfortu nately a re very
into the hospital bed bays which unfortunately are very significant, and our staff are working under some intolerable conditions at time, trying to manage. when you say intolerable condition, describe what you intolerable condition, describe what you mean, intolerable condition, describe what you mean, from your experience? well, our emergency departments are significantly overcrowded, the figures suggest that actually, our present numbers are probably the worst, they have been in the last 15 year, you have a department where the there are 20 or 30 patients waiting for eight, ten, 12, 16 hours ona waiting for eight, ten, 12, 16 hours on a trolley waiting for a hospital bed, and the staff are trying to ca re bed, and the staff are trying to care for them as well as the patients coming through the front door, that combination is not acceptable, and we have to do something about it. and when you say do something about it, a lot of people would have a lot of different ideas about what that something might be, if you could waive a magic wand, what would you like to see done? i don't think it a case of
waving magic wards, i had a helpful conversation with the head of the nhs probably the two most senior people running the nhs, it was an open constructive meeting, which discussed options that would allow short—term stability and more importantly move short—term stability and more im porta ntly move forward short—term stability and more importantly move forward in the medium term to get us back to delivering decent care for patient ones a consistent basis. that was the president of the royal couege that was the president of the royal college of emergency medicine speaking to me earlier. medicine speaking to me earlier. the indian actor, 0m puri — who starred in the british film comedy "east is east" — has died of a suspected heart attack. he was 66. 0m puri also appeared in other films, including "gandhi", and more recently he played opposite dame helen mirren in "the hundred footjourney" — let's take a short look at a clip. this is private property. do you own
this property? no. that means you are tress passing too. the president of france dines there. can the president order masala? people don't eat those things. they have never tried. now they shall. we open saturday night. my son is the best indian chef in europe. my son is the best indian chef in europe. film director, gurinder chadha, who's behind hits such as bhaji on the beach and bend it like it beckham, she's been working with 0m puri on her upcoming film viceroy‘s house, and says the saddest thing for her is that he'll never get to see it. it is very galling for me, very sad for me, because he was so excited when he got the script. so excited to be in a film about independence, 35 years after being in gandhi, here was a film from
a british asian perspective, he was so excited about that, particularly being a punjabi like myself. 0n set, he was very exuberant, very mischievious, but also very mindful of the significance of these events on independence, so for him to watch the film was going to be a great pleasure for me. to sit down with him afterwards and have a chat about it. i was looking forward to doing that, going to india soon and showing him the film. we are just seeing some pictures here of you all on set. you are going towards him. what was he saying to you there? here he is saying, you are doing a really good job here. and i said, you did a good job too. that was the thing about him. all that crowd there, they were all there at four in the morning and we were trying to do a party scene and everyone was sort of flagging but 0m puri stepped up to the plate there and sort of got everyone excited, got everyone in the party mood and i think that really is him. 0n set, he was really
serious when the cameras were on him, but when he was off—screen, he relished the idea of being on a set and shooting with him was made a much more pleasurable experience than just the hard grind. an iceberg a quarter of the size of wales is close to breaking away from the antarctic ice shelf. if and when it happens, it would be one of the ten largest ever recorded. scientists have been monitoring the break—up for months. and even though the crack in the ice shelf has got significantly worse in december, they're not blaming it on climate change, but calling it a "natural event". here's our environment correspondent, matt mcgrath. stretching for around 100 miles, the rift in the ice shelf has grown rich rapidly in weeks.
12 miles of frozen material is keeping this iceberg from drifting into the sea. collapsing ice shelves are not uncommon in antarctica, as these pictures show these fragmentation is can affect the landscape, creating icebergs of all shapes and sizes. british researchers who have been monitoring the crack, have discovered the dramatic expansion in the rift that has taken place just two weeks in december. what we have found, the rift that has been in this ice shelf for a number of years has broken through another 18 kilometres and is now at risk of giving birth to an iceberg the quarter of the size of wales. it is a very large iceberg that will go out into the open ocean but the remaining ice shelf, we believe, will be less stable. when large icebergs break off the edge of an ice shelf like the one in 2002, it can have a dramatic affect on the stability of the structure. most of the remaining shelf disintegrated in less than a month. experts at the british antarctic survey are worried any new iceberg formation could have long—term consequences.
when the ice shelf loses this ice, it might start to collapse. if that were to occur, then the glaciers that feed the ice shelf could flow faster and contribute more to sea—level rise over the next few decades. the new icebergs will be one of the biggest recorded, around 50 times the size of manhattan island. but despite the concerns of global warming, researchers said they have no evidence that climate change is playing any significant role in the new iceberg's formation. dr mark brandon is a reader in polar oceanography at the open university. i spoke to him earlier. what we're seeing is the natural processes that go on in an ice sheet. snow falls on land, it gets compressed into layers of ice, the
ice forms glaciers. glaciers flow towards the coast of antarctica. in certain special places, they float. the tongue of the glacier floats and it forms this thing called an ice shelf. the ice is pretty thick, maybe 350 metres thick. it can extend, in the case of this particular ice shelf, it 200 particular ice shelf, 200 kilometres from the coast. icebergs are always fracturing off from the edge of these ice shelves. but what is special about this one, it's just a phenomenal size. but it's a natural part of the flow of the glacier. as this iceberg carves off and drifts away, the ice shelf will advance forward over time and more snow falling on the continent will build the ice shelf up again. do we learn anything from this process, the fact it is so large, or is itjust part of life's natural pattern? this project was set up by swansea university. it's called the midas project. they have been following this crack as it has been developing. the purpose of the project is to find out the fate of this ice shelf. there are two ice shelves just to the north of it, which you said this was the most northerly, it is the most northerly one that is left.
the two that were slightly further north have already gone. the last one of those went in 2002 and it went very quickly. swansea university... when we say gone, we just mean? fractured. and the ice has dissipated out into the ocean and gone away and belted. ocean and gone away and melted. once you take away the ice from the ice shelf, the glaciers that fed the ice shelf will speed up and as they speed up, more ice is leaving antarctica and going into the ocean. although this is a geographical event and not climate related, what may follow is probably likely to be driven by the climate. this project was set up to study what might happen with this ice shelf. we have ideas about how it works. as this ice shelf goes, this will be the smallest we have seen it in the record we have. our records only go back about 60 years, so it is still relatively recent. the computer simulations from swansea predict the ice shelf may become unstable and may break in the same way as previous ones.
this iceberg, huge, not a climate event. what follows next will be worth watching, which is what the project is about. very interesting. the timescale of that project, can it go on ad infinitum? as things are happening, they have picked the right time to work on it and they have been following this crack developing. it is 100 kilometres long, this piece of ice, 350 metres thick. if you do the sums, it works out about 1000 billion tonnes of fresh water and it is hinged at the moment on 20 kilometres of ice, that are holding it. once that fractures, this huge thing will drift away. and the first thing it will do is very slowly turn to the north and start drifting and then probably bump into an island and stick there a couple of years, where it gets gradually melted down and broken up. but a 100 kilometres iceberg, this thing is so big, it will have its own climate when it drifts north of the sea ice. it will cool the air and change the wind circulation, so a wonderful
thing to see. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour, but first the headlines on bbc news. us intelligence chiefs are to brief the president—elect, donald trump this afternoon on allegations that russia attempted to interfere in the us election. hundreds of people attend the funeral of yasser yaqub, the man shot dead by police near huddersfield on monday. russia orders the withdrawal of its aircraft carrier from the mediterranean, in light of the current ceasefire in syria. hello, in the business news today. the failure to predict the financial crisis was a "michael fish" moment, according to the bank of england's chief economist. andy haldane said economists were "to some degree in crisis" following the 2008 crash and the brexit vote. but he defended predictions of a post brexit slowdown
in the uk economy. high street sales fell in december for the fourth year in a row, as shoppers shifted their christmas spend online. shoppers spent more on items for the home but less on fashion. 0nline sales did well — they were up 19% on last year. never mind those exploding phones! samsung's on track for its best profit in years — and pledges to put the galaxy note 7 debacle behind it — the south korean tech giant is forecasting profits of 6.3 billion pounds for the last three months of 2016. how? components. samsung makes chips and screens for the whole tech industry. celebrity chef jamie oliver is closing six of his 42 uk jamie's italian restaurants. the aberdeen, cheltenham, exeter, tunbridge wells and two of his london outlets are all scheduled to close soon. it will affect 120 staff, whom the company said it would try to place in other parts of the chain.
rickjones is head of pubs and restaurants for consultants pwc. why is this, is that case of chain restau ra nts why is this, is that case of chain restaurants like these being vulnerable to the fall in sterling or is ita vulnerable to the fall in sterling or is it a wider problem in the industry? i don't think it is either, think it is part of the usual restaurant or retail business model, which is one where they are permanently appraising and reevaluating their existing portfolio. what we have heard from jamie's today is similar news that we we hear from jamie's today is similar news that we we hearfrom businesses throughout time, whether it is wagamama who klossed five stores at the back end of last year, eds diner, it is a case of them looking at the returns they are getting and thinking about where they invest their capitalfor the
thinking about where they invest their capital for the highest returns so i don't think it is either. but the chain did say that the price of ingredients coming from italy had increased because of the drop in sterling. are other restau ra nts drop in sterling. are other restaurants going to feel a similar pinch? that that is a fair point. there are three price issues, all begins with p, so you have the price of raw materials which was referenced there, you have the property costs, particularly the rate increases and the people cost, in the form of national living wage, etc, so all of those cost pressures are making operators such as jamie's and others look what the they have to do. to say it is solely brexit related would be incorrect. how do restau ra nts related would be incorrect. how do restaurants intend to grow? you see small operator, street food which is a big growing trend, particularly in the capital, how do those outlets grow? you have two ways to grow the top line, the first one is through new store roll out, and the second
is through organically what is referred to like—for—like sale, what he with are seeing is a changing customer proposition partially demand driven and supply led. we are seeing a preponderance of eating away from a restaurant and new customer taste, mexican, we see a restau ra nt customer taste, mexican, we see a restaurant growing through new store roll out, they are planning to open five and through top line organically where their top line rate is double digit. we should look at how customer preferences and offering are changing. thank you. thank you. in other business news. if you're flying british airways any time soon, the carrier's unite union cabin crew are set to strike next week. but ba says all customers will be able to fly to their destinations though some may have to travel a little earlier or later. the dispute concerns about 4,000 staff who feel they are not being paid enough. us businesses added 156,000 jobs in december. the number ofjobs created fell from 204,000 in november and below market expectations of 175,000 new roles.
and make—up for men — maybelline new york has appointed an american youtube star as its first male ambassador, becoming the latest big make—up brand to capitalise on the male beauty trend. cosmetics companies are increasingly seeing men as potential new customers for products like mascara, eyeliner and foundation. a quick look at the markets. the ftse appears to have recovered a little, after hitting another record high yesterday it is on track for a fifth straight week of gains. that is it for this hour, back for more in about 45 minutes time. ray blk — an r'n'b soul singer, has just topped the bbc‘s sound of 2017 list, which highlights the most exciting new artists in music. ray was chosen by more
than a hundred djs, journalists, festival bookers, bloggers and critics. their track record is good — having previously spotted the likes of adele and jessie j. let's take a look at her music. # love me, love me # say you love me # call me, call me # you never do # money, money, always above me # you're too busy selling food. # we are currently in croydon, about to go to bluejay's, which is a spot everyone from here knows. you get a full on breakfast and you get your money's worth. # don't make me beg... can i have a caribbean breakfast please. in my head from really young, i was just always sure i was going to end up in the music business. i didn't know how. i never grew up in a musicalfamily.
no—one in my family is particularly interested in music, even as listeners. somehow it got recognised in primary school as well, so they picked me as one of the kids to go for the gifted and talented scheme for music. i was so chuffed because i spent the summer singing, writing songs, i had my first studio session at nine, i was, like, "this is who i am." bluejay's is a community spot. i love how everyone from the area just comes here and hangs out, and you are bound to bump into someone you know coming here. there is no such thing as a small breakfast at bluejay's! ijust started ripping beats off youtube. no resources, i didn't know anyone in music. i was just determined to make it happen myself. # meet me at morley‘s, best fried chicken is in south # i'll show you gangsters, don't go
running your mouth... i have learned so much from being in south london. it has made me the woman i am today. my hood was the one that really catapulted everything. it was just me and the producer in the studio. and he just started the chords on the piano, and something about it just felt so nostalgic and took me back to where i am from and what it was like growing up there. really, honestly i hated where i was fro. ijust wanted to get out, and that is really how the song came about. # where there's no—one like me round isoe # don't take me there # 0r anywhere. # 2016 has been such a whirlwind. i don't think i could have had a better year, to be honest. this time next year, i just want to be a better artist, focussed on making more good music. i think i would just like to be better. south london. she is the sound of
2017. let us see what the weather is doing. 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. for 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. for many 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. for many of 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. for many of us 2017. let us see what the weather is doing. thank you. for many of us it was a cold and frosty start, but things have been turning milder, we have had a lot of cloud rolling into grey styes. here is a scene sent in by one of our weather watchers so grey skies. that cloud bringing out—brakes of rain and drizzle. as we move through the course of the weekend we will continue with that less chilly theme. mostly cloudy. we have the cloud with us at the moment. this warm front heading south, so that is introducing that much milder air but a lot of low cloud and drizzly out—brakes a lot of low cloud and drizzly out—bra kes of a lot of low cloud and drizzly out—brakes of rain. so that bulk of rain is moving south—east wards as we move through the course of the
evening. leaving behind it drier conditions to the north. there will bea conditions to the north. there will be a lot of low cloud so hill fog, mist and be a lot of low cloud so hill fog, mistand murk be a lot of low cloud so hill fog, mist and murk to start off saturday morning. most of us frost—free, but where we have clearer skies? scotland, there could be a bit of rural frost round, possibly some pockets of fog for parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england but we start the weekend on a dry note. there will be brightness round, whereas further southin brightness round, whereas further south in england and waleses we have more of that cloud, so much milder thanit more of that cloud, so much milder than it has been but there will be low cloud bringing hissing fog, mist and light rain. as we move through the day no great change, we have high pressure in charge. most places staying dry, a bit of light drizzly rain in the south—west, wales for insta nce rain in the south—west, wales for instance too. best of brightness will be in the northern half of the country so some sunshine here, greyer skies but milder in the south. moving through saturday night, into sunday there is no great
changing, we have mist and fog forming so a grey murky start to sunday morning but it is looking generally like a frost—free morning once again, and sunday, it is going to stick with a largely dry theme with high pressure, but the cloud will struggle to break up, we have light winds round. there could be brightness for parts of eastern england, perhaps rain in the north—west of scotland, but temperatures milder towards the west, we have double figure, colder in the east, if you look further east, out towards eastern parts of europe, it is very cold. temperatures in moscow at round about minus 25 degree, so bitterly cold in eastern europe. mild tore the west. there will be some rain as we head into monday, a frontal system bringing wet and breezy weather, slowly south—east wards in the country, a hint that things will turn colder again to end next week. this is bbc news.
a sceptical president—elect, donald trump, is to be briefed by intelligence chiefs this afternoon on claims that russia interfered in the american election. hundreds of people attend the funeral of yassar yaqub, the man shot dead by police near huddersfield on monday. russia scales back military operations in syria in light of the current ceasefire. also, discovering ancient sounds of stonehenge. we find out how the circle may have sounded, thousands of years ago. an iceberg a quarter of the size of wales is close to breaking away from the antarctic ice shelf. and 22—year—old south londoner, ray black, is named as the bbc‘s sound of 2017.