tv BBC News at One BBC News September 11, 2017 1:00pm-1:28pm BST
here taking the brunt of hurricane irma. the storm may have been downgraded but it doesn't feel like that for much of florida. it's really, really dangerous, to be honest with you. watching from the inside as water gushes through the streets and into some buildings. in the distance is the ocean, the coast of biscayne bay near miami, but water has breached all the defences, surging through the entire area. despite dire warnings, miami itself seems to have dodged the worst of the weather, but the city is deserted, the wind intense, the rain torrential. the top of this crane blown away in the storm. what's left dangles in the strong winds. power cuts are widespread and a curfew remains across much of the state of florida. the normal rhythm of life has been suspended. we will do our best to try to make sure we help all the citizens of this committee to adjust
and try to get them back to a sense of normalcy. —— community. with so many areas abandoned, looting has been a major problem. here the targets are sports shops, boxes of trainers piled into cars. the police say they won't tolerate criminal activity and a number of arrests have been made. overnight hurricane irma has weakened further but continues to cause damage in its path. today a group of dutch tourist in saint martin were evacuated to the nearby island ofjericho, still traumatised by their experience. translation: we are alive so we should be happy with that. it wasn't nice. i've never experienced anything like it. translation: five days without water, electricity and supplies,
that's a long time. i have left but others haven't. they've lost their whole existence. across the caribbean, major relief and rescue operation is underway. here the french military are bringing humanitarian aid to communities who have been cut out for days. hundreds of british troops have also been deployed to uk territories in the region. we are now seeing the final show of strength from hurricane irma. these are the over scenes overnight scenes from tampa, where her presence was still felt, but she has lost its bite and now far less powerful. the danger isn't quite over, but hurricane irma will continue to weaken as it heads north into georgia. in a moment we'll speak to our correspondent jane o'brien who is in miami. but first let's talk to gary o'donoghue who is in tampa. early morning there, how bad is the
damage? it's only been light for about 45 minutes and so they are still continuing, beginning to do that kind of assessment, but the mayor of tampa, who is fond of a metaphor, said the city could get a punch in the face and this morning he says they have dodged a bullet. having said that, there is still as the storm stirred in place because there are stronger winds expected at there are stronger winds expected at the back of the hurricane which could bring water onto shore, so that warning is still in place. the storm itself is heading north—west frontier, about 60 miles north—west of you, that sort of into the top pa rt of you, that sort of into the top part of the state and it will head into georgia and south carolina, where they are expecting it to weaken, but still to provide large amounts of rain. now they start counting the cost, that's the issue now. we know that people have lost their lives in florida, as well as
in the caribbean, but it will be tens and tens of billions of dollars of damage to property that people will be looking at. almost 6 million people were under evacuation orders in this state and that means it could take weeks and weeks and weeks for those who did leave to get back to their homes and get back to some sort of normal life. lets talk to jane o'brien in miami. extraordinary pictures of miami underwater but also there they will be counting the cost? indeed, sophie, it's hard to believe yesterday i was standing in 90 mile an hour winds but today the initial assessment that we are getting are that miami pretty much dodged a bullet for that you can see falle n dodged a bullet for that you can see fallen trees, debris, but those pictures of downtown miami, the financial district underwater, we are now told there is no standing water in that area, so things seem to be recovering very quickly. however, in the florida keys, at
very different story. they of course got walloped very early on, category four, a direct hit, 10,000 people we believe opted to stay and ride it out, and officials say a massive airborne relief mission is now in the works. they are looking at what could be a potential humanitarian disaster. the other problem is that nobody is getting much news out of the florida keys. we had friends and relatives are people who opted to stay in the hotels here, who said that even by friday, communications we re pretty that even by friday, communications were pretty patchy and they were struggling to make contact with theirand struggling to make contact with their and relatives. so the florida keys could be very bad news indeed, but, at the moment, we just don't know because the curfew only lifted an hourago and know because the curfew only lifted an hour ago and they are still making assessments about whether or not they can get in, because all roads into the florida keys are now closed. thank you both. before it hit florida, the storm battered cuba, ripping roofs off houses and causing widespread damage to the country's northern coast.
flooding also hit the capital havana where residents were warned to stay off the streets. thousands of tourists were stranded at the country's tourist resorts as the storm hit. our correspondent will grant sent this report. havana streets resemble canals. forfamilies from its poorest neighbourhoods, the situation is becoming desperate. when hurricane irma came crashing into the island, she brought rains and storm surges which flooded entire city blocks. cu ba's picturesque capital today a city of felled trees and debris. power is out across havana, complicating the clean—up operation. people are coping as best they can. translation: i heard that 9096 of the electricity is out in the whole country. we are going to be without power for several days. that's going to hurt us a lot. translation: thanks to god i have not heard that anyone has died.
there have been very big material losses but no human ones. cubans are thankful to have avoided the loss of life seen elsewhere in the caribbean. but the damage to property and livelihoods here has been huge. irma may have knocked cuba's economyjust as hard as she hit its coastline. and hit it she most certainly did. for almost two days, hurricane irma crept along cuba's northern shore, thrashing anything in its path, from tiny fishing villages to 5—star resorts. this is the best—known fishing village on the island, once the inspiration for ernest hemingway, but now it is struggling to clean—up from irma's awesome power. thousands of tourists remained trapped at the beach town of varadero. tensions grew as hopes they would get home quickly look ever more remote.
cuba's communist government is on an emergency footing, mobilising all of the resources at its disposal. from the army to the state security apparatus, every bureaucrat, every administrator has been drafted in. the president praised the cuban people for their response and said discipline and hard work would ove i’co m e discipline and hard work would overcome the storm's devastating effects. for now it is the island ‘s strong sense of community. for now it is the island ‘s strong sense of community. but it is neighbours helping neighbours that will get cuba through this initial crisis. the long—term clean—up, though, may need international aid. will grant, bbc news, havana. there's plenty more on hurricane irma on our website. there's plenty more on hurricane irma on our website. the brexit secretary, david davis, has warned mps that voting against the eu withdrawal bill would amount to backing a "chaotic" exit from the european union.
the commons will vote late tonight, after another day of debate on legislation, which will convert all existing eu laws into domestic ones. labour says it will oppose the bill, claiming it represents a "power grab". our political correspondent chris mason reports. it's the planned new law that will provide the legal toolkit to compliment brexit. after a day of debate last week, more debate this afternoon, this evening and into the night. without this bill and this legislation, as cross—party committees have recognised, there would be significant legal uncertainty and we wouldn't be in the best place to get a deal between the uk and the eu on market access so this bill, whether you support or oppose leaving the eu, it's a bill people should support because it provides us with continuity and stability and the best chance of getting a good deal through this process. last week, when the brexit secretary made the case for the bill, oppositions mps and some
conservatives said it gave the government too much power. labour say they accept the result of the eu referendum, but... our position is we oppose the bill tonight because we want parliamentary scrutiny, we want democratic accountability of an elected government in how it reacts to the result of the referendum and that is why we are voting the way we are tonight and i urge all colleagues to do the same. the government's confident it will get its way tonight. those conservatives who don't like the look of this bill are likely to back it now and grumble later but there are some labour mps who are nervous about what opposing this will look like. by saying you want to kill it at birth at the beginning of its passage through parliament, i think that sends out the wrong message about our attitude to the result in 2016 and how we want to effectively ensure a smooth brexit. today is just the latest debate and vote here on brexit.
even after the leaves on the trees are long gone, the issue of our withdrawal from the eu will still dominate. let's speak to our assistant political editor norman smith who's in westminster. norman, downing street is saying they are confident, but are they right to be? normally when you get a big europe debate, it provokes a nervous breakdown amongst government party managers as they desperately tried to cajole and threatened possible rebels into line, but not so possible rebels into line, but not so today. because tory critics of theresa may said we're not going to rebel tonight. we will keep it until later in the parliamentary process, so later in the parliamentary process, so government party managers later in the parliamentary process, so government party managers are going, so government party managers are going, we are all right tonight. on the labour side, however, the belly to be looming againstjeremy corbyn knock—about insistence that labour mps should vote against against this bill and the reason is some labour mps are fearful about the message
that will send out in brexit supporting labour constituencies, and they are fearful it may provoke and they are fearful it may provoke a backlash amongst labour supporters who feel a party is going cool on brexit got backtracking. this is after a summer in which it seemed to shift its position to support a long transitional period when the stay in the single market, still have freedom of movement, but what do that does it tell us? it tells us, frankly, both main parties are divided over brexit. the last thing, the vote will be at midnight, so if you want to know it, as soon as it out, don't go to bed early. norman smith, thank you. that vote in parliament will begin a busy autumn for the brexit process. christian fraser has been looking at the key dates coming up and considering what the sticking points might be. here we have our brexit clock, ticking towards that deadline of march 2019, the date the uk is supposed to leave the european union. from june through august, the two sides have had three rounds
of face—to—face negotiations, and as yet, no decisive breakthrough on the so—called divorce issue — the size of the uk's exit bill, the border issues in ireland, and the future rights of eu and uk citizens. all i hear, says michel barnier, is the tick of the clock. and the frustrations on both sides are simmering. it is clear that uk does not feel legally obliged to honour these obligations after departure. how can we build trust and start discussing a future partnership? i think it's fair to say, we've seen some concrete progress. michel referred to one, but there's more than that. but our discussions this week have exposed yet again that the uk's approach is substantially more flexible and pragmatic than that of the eu, as it avoids unnecessary disruption for businesses and consumers. which, all in all, leaves us with a big question mark over
the direction of this negotiation. the uk had wanted to be discussing trade and the future relationship with the eu as soon as possible. but has any progress being made? but has any progress been made? the only thing that's shifted slightly is, the government now wants transition. i think ultimately, their direction of travel has not changed at all. they want us out of the single market, out of the customs union, there's no sign of compromises. but the next few months matters, because it's all about sorting out article 50 — and the quicker we do that, the quicker we can talk about trade. so, the government wants to try and get agreement with the europeans in october on the article 50 issues, and remember, the eu negotiates in a very specific way — nothing happens for ages, and at the 11th hour, everyone panics and starts to compromise and starts to negotiate. i wouldn't expect to see progress now, but i think when we get to the end of september and october, we will see things start to move. david davis will certainly be hoping that's the case! but there are plenty of things to get through. so, let's take a look, then, at some of the key milestones in the months ahead. the next face—to—face meeting is next week, on 18th september, which has become even more important
after a summer of slow progress. david davis is getting impatient, and he's now pushing for rolling weekly meetings. perhaps we'll get more clarity, though, when the crucial german election is out of the way. there are two big leaders' summits before the end of this year, and we can probably expected a showdown at this one in october. and then there's one more in december, if the timetable does slip. before this, the final brexit meeting of the year, the eu ambassadors meeting on 20th december. and remember, as time ticks by, the business leaders here in the uk are waiting on the sidelines, delaying crucial contingency planning for the coming years — just how long can they wait? the next three months, then, will be critical in shaping a future brexit deal. and at any point in this process, we could well be back to square one. oh, and from our starting point here, to that final meeting on 20th december? it's exactly 100 days. and christian will be back tonight
with katty kay in washington for beyond 100 days, which will be looking at the big issues on both sides of the atlantic. that's tonight from 7pm, on the bbc news channel and bbc four. news channel and bbc four. and christian will be back tonight with katty kay in washington for beyond 100 days, which will be looking at the big issues on both sides of the atlantic. that's tonight from 7pm, on the bbc news channel and bbc four. our top story this lunchtime. hurricane irma blasts florida's west coast, leaving more death and destruction in its path. we're going to do our best to make sure we help all of the residents of this community to adjust and to try to get them back to a sense of normalcy. coming up in sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news at one what next for chris froome after his historic double at the vuelta tour de france? hundreds of thousands
of rohingya muslims have now fled myanmar, formerly known as burma, in the past fortnight to seek refuge across the border in bangladesh. the un human rights commissioner has warned that the situation now looks like a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. the un is urging myanmar to end what it calls the "cruel military operation" in the west of the country, where there are multiple reports of security forces burning rohingya villages, and killing the inhabitants. the bloody violence in rakhine state has meant that more than 300,000 rohingya muslims have already fled across the border, with many more still coming. many of those refugees have settled in makeshift camps near the city of cox's bazar. sanjoy majumder has been to one of them, and sent this report. when you're starving, you get desperate. and then it becomes dangerous. this aid truck's surrounded by a seething mass of rohingyas. the organisers, private donors, too nervous
to distribute their supplies. there's no sign of the police, and things begin to turn ugly. fights break out. volunteers try to enforce a sense of order, but it is futile. the rohingya relief operation is slowly but surely spinning out of control. most of it is in the hands of local groups and individuals, entirely out of their depth. you get a sense of the desperation. people have just climbed onto this little van, trying their best to get hold of little bags of rice that are being handed out. but it's utterly chaotic, there is no sense of order, there's nobody actually coordinating it. and then look over here. these are clothes that have just been flung on the ground, flown from the aid trucks as they rush away from the scene. well—meaning but an utterly wasted effort.
and too many people are getting left out. translation: i have five people in my family, including two small children. most nights, they just go to bed hungry. this man tries to hand out money to the refugees, and soon realises it is a foolish mistake. unleashing a frenzied response from the mob that soon turns threatening. translation: i live in saudi arabia. i saw on television how they are suffering so i came here to give them some money. the international aid groups, including the un, but their operations are restricted to the authorised camps. the tens of thousands of refugees who are outside our entirely dependent on hand—outs from locals. for the first time, energy from offshore wind power in the uk is now much cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power stations —
that's according to new government figures. environmental groups say it shows the government should prioritise investing in the growing offshore industry. but nuclear firms say the uk still needs a mix of low carbon energy, especially when wind power is not available. our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. offshore wind energy at the cutting edge of technology. giant floating turbines much higher than big ben being prepared in norway for delivery to scotland. it's conventional offshore wind power which is behind today's news, though, with a truly staggering fall in costs, way better than even the industry itself had hoped for. the results that we've seen coming back from the auction are nothing short of astounding, and that's even for those of us that work in the energy sector. it's part of the low carbon
revolution. solar power in some places in the uk is now being built with zero subsidy bible onshore wind would provide the cheapest energy if the government would relax what is effectively a ban on the technology in england. so, the latest results for new electricity generation confirm that onshore wind and solar have no subsidy, offshore wind has support at £57 per megawatt hour. and new nuclear is much higher at £92 50 per megawatt hour. when you've got extremely expensive projects like hinkley barkalau think the government really needs to reconsider what is the best deal for the uk. it is a blow for hinkley, where costs have been growing just as offshore costs have been falling. but the industry says you cannot compare the two technologies like for like. we need a balanced mix of sources of power to power as for the future. and we need to do that in as low carbon way as possible. i'm very
pleased about this because it helped to ensure that renewables will be a significant part of that, along with nuclear, for the future. much more energy stories from giant artery farms like this one near leighton baines it will be needed to store more of the power that we will get from offshore wind. but the offshore industry is innovating further. and it is seen today is the clearest signal so far that the uk's clean energy revolution has begun. a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at the bestival music festival in dorset. the body of a 25—year—old woman was found in a wooded area of the festival site in lulworth. richard lister is with me now. this is a big four—day music festival — what more do we know? yes, it finished yesterday and dorset police say they were alerted at about one o'clock this morning about concerns over 25—year—old woman who was known to have been at
the festival. they searched the site and discovered the body of a woman at the edge of the site in a wooded area. they have spoken to the family of the missing woman, has been named. the family is being supported by family liaison officers from the police. in the meantime, a postmortem examination is also due to be carried out, dorset police hoping that will give them more information about how the woman died. a28 information about how the woman died. a 28 year of man from london has been arrested on suspicion of murder. he's due to be interviewed under caution. as this investigation is carried out, police have sealed off pa rt is carried out, police have sealed off part of the site in lulworth to allow a forensic examination to take place. they're working closely with the festival organisers and they are asking anybody who might have releva nt asking anybody who might have relevant information to come forward. this festival is firmly established and it is known for being a very family friendly festival, some 30,000 people were there yesterday. but part of the site has now been sealed off and it is the focus of a murder inquiry. people with mental health problems
are suffering due to a huge variation in access to nhs psychiatrists across the uk according to new analysis. the royal college of psychiatrists says more need to be recruited to improve care. our health editor hugh pym reports. the royal college of psychiatrists says the research suggests widespread inequalities in access to senior mental health specialists. this could mean patients in some areas waiting longer or travelling further from home for treatment. the college says this underlines the need for more specialists to deliver improved services. the research reveals that, whereas in scotland there are ten consultant psychiatrists per 100,000 people, in wales there are six. both northern ireland and england have eight per 100,000 but while parts of london have 13, the east of england and yorkshire and humber have fewer than half that. the research also reveals that, while in england number while in england the number of psychiatry consultants barely rose over five years, there was a five—fold increase in consultants in other areas
of the nhs. there are shortages in psychiatry and they've actually been getting a little bit worse over the last few years. there's been what we call an explosion in interest and understanding of mental health problems, but the services in place to help people haven't really kept up with that. the department of health said there were plans to create 21,000 new mental health posts in england, including doctors, by 2021. the welsh government said there was a commitment to improve access to services, with an extension of a recruitment campaign. hugh pym, bbc news. the parents of a six—year—old child are threatening to sue their sons‘ school, after boys were allowed to come to class wearing dresses. nigel and sally rowe have taken their son out of his church of england primary school on the isle of wight because one of his class mates comes to school some days as a girl and others as a boy. they had already decided to home school his eight—year—old brother because the same thing happened in his class.
duncan kennedy reports. the school at the centre of this story on the isle of wight is not being identified, to protect all the children involved, including the children involved, including the children of nigel and sally rowe, the parents who have now withdrawn their six—year—old son. they say he was confused when another male pupil came to school wearing a dress. they say it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgender is and that it offends their christian values. we want to protect our children, we want a good dialogue now about it so it is not just pushed into schools and accepted. we are concerned about how it could influence other children. we don't know, as sally said, what the ramifications could be. it is just too young to children be children. the school wrote to the couple urging them to accept it when male pupils came to school in dresses. the school has the backing of the dioceses of portsmouth, who
say that church of england schools are inclusive environments where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds... campaigners for lesbian, gay, and transgender rights say nigel and sally rowe have misjudged this, as children with gender issues need sympathy to avoid being bullied. i have a child who took a lot of bullying on my behalf, and that bullying was exactly the same, it was parents saying, we have a right to have an opinion, and they told their children there opinion, and having told their children, their children thought it was open season on bullying by some. nigel and sally rowe, who are devout christians here on the isle of wight, say they have received lots of hate messages on social media. but they say this is about parent will pause rights and those