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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10: the oscar's board votes to expel disgraced holywood producer harvey weinstein, as more women come forward with allegations of sexual assault. one film critic reveals how he crossed the producer. he came for me and shook me at a reception. he said you can't publish that, you won't come to the baftas again, you won't work in this town again. i was in venice, it wasn't his town! drivers who cause death in the most serious cases of dangerous and careless driving will now face life sentences. austrians head to the polls for a snap general election — the 31—year—old conservative party leader sebastian kurz is tipped to become europe's youngest leader. also in the next hour: forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in california after six days of wildfires. the governor said it was "one of the greatest tragedies"
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the state had everfaced — swathes of countryside and thousands of homes have been destroyed. and the accountants who disappeared leaving thousands of lorry drivers owing money to the taxman. that's in inside out in half an hour. good morning and welcome to bbc news. harvey weinstein has been been kicked out of the academy that runs the oscars. in a statement, the board said he no longer merited the respect of his colleagues. it follows a series of sexual assault accusations against the producer — including rape — some of which he has denied. mr weinstein has been denounced by many of the celebrities he launched to stardom
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and called a depraved predator by his own brother. peter bowes reports from los angeles. he once ruled the roost. one of the most powerful men in hollywood. harvey weinstein. the movie mogul, the studio boss credited with scores of oscar wins and nominations. but now branded a rapist, and a serial sexual predator, the hollywood producer has been kicked out of the world's most influential organisation. it followed an emergency meeting. 5a leading figures, including the likes of whoopi goldberg and tom hanks. in a statement, the academy says it wanted to send a message: it means harvey weinstein will no longer be able to vote for nominees or winners of the oscars.
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there has been praise for the academy's decision but many say this should just be the start. mia farrow tweeted. .. the academy‘s action is without precedent. other members such as the director roman polanski, who pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving an under—age girl, and bill cosby, who was accused of sexual assault, were not expelled from its ranks. harvey weinstein has been accused of rape by five women. he has denied in engaging in nonconsensual sex but the scandal continues to unfold. there are two police investigations under way in new york and london, while hollywood braces for more of its dirty secrets to be made public. the film criticjason solomons described how he once crossed harvey weinstein. at the nevis film festival i
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published an unfavourable review of a harvey weinstein film. the film industry was not pleased about madonna being elevated to the status of being at the venice film festival. but that was the power harvey weinstein to get his products into film festivals. when a critic took against his film he would single them out. he came for me and shook me at a reception and said you can't publish that. you're never coming to the baftas again, you will never work in this town again. i was in venice it wasn't his town! that is how he saw himself, as a capo,
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thatis is how he saw himself, as a capo, that is how he rolled down the street with these people in toe. he was capable of killing stories of denying people interviews. i was once waiting ing for helena bonham—carter. he turned her around because he was one of his women. he said, she is not coming. i said what, do you mean, we have charity money resting on her appearance. he said she is too tired. i said it is 20 grand to the hitchcock fund. he said, if she wins he can come. he is not the only person to do bargaining in the industry, it works on that way. but he was the chief whip—cracker. we all kind of allowed him to come to the baftas and oh,
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harvey come here, there was a red carpet for him and it was done by money, glamour and the aura of respectability which has been ended and it has been that way since 1918 01’ and it has been that way since 1918 or something like that. it is how the movies work. they are the smoke screen. the messages behind movies will perhaps be examined closer and anyone who has worked with harvey weinstein will... want to shake him off and out of them. but there is a lot of people have worked with harvey weinstein and not all their talented were tainted by it. they we re talented were tainted by it. they were all taken in by the the way he operated. a journalist were all taken in by the the way he operated. ajournalist has been talking to me today and he said that harvey weinstein‘s behaviour was an
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open secret in tinseltown. so much so open secret in tinseltown. so much so it was jobed about open secret in tinseltown. so much so it wasjobed about by —— joked about by the host of the 2013 oscars. anyone in hollywood who claims they didn't know, wasn't listening. yes, we all knew about it, but frustratingly nothing was done about it. this week everyone has moved so swiftly in hollywood and well done the academy. can you imagine if they hadn't kicked him out, what an uproar there could be. there was only one decision to make. meeting on the seventh floor of their headquarters in beverly hills, their headquarters in beverly hills, the 54 their headquarters in beverly hills, the 5a members of governors met for two and a half hours debating this and 90% of them voted to send harvey weinstein on his way. and as you say, he is by far not the only sexual predator in hollywood, but by showing there are consequences for
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perverted actions, hopefully the others who have abused their power will never do it again. because now they know there are consequences to face. he has been such a dominant force within the oscars. his films have won dozens of oscars. actually, 80. he has been responsible forfive of the best picture winners. back in 2004, four of the five nominees for best picture were harvey weinstein films. he was the oscars over the last 25 years. no one has been so closely associated with them and partly this is why harvey weinstein was a partly this is why harvey weinstein wasai partly this is why harvey weinstein was a i believe to get away with it for so long. it was you know play nice with harvey, don't complain, because he can get our film an oscar and a lot of hollywood is culpable in getting away with it for so long.
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now they have kicked him out and they're never going to let him back. rightly so. that was a journalist talking to me earlier. just o' remind you in a statement last week, harvey weinstein insisted that any sexual contacts he had were consensual and denied allegations of rape and sexual assault. consensual and denied allegations of rape and sexual assault. killer drivers could face life behind bars under new laws being proposed by the government. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or driving while on a mobile phone are among those who may be handed the maximum punishment. andy moore reports. joseph brown—lartey was known to his friends as the gentle giant, at 6'6", towering over his parents. he was killed three years ago in rochdale by a driver travelling 80 miles an hour in a 30mph zone. addil haroon was sentenced to six years in jail.
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the government says drivers like him could now face life behind bars. we think the courts should have power to impose impose life sentences for the reckless life—changing cases with multiple victims, or speeding or racing or looking at a mobile phone. the wreckage ofjoseph's car was displayed in front of the houses of parliament by the road safety charity brake, which welcomes the announcement. it is a victory by families of the bereaved, crash victims and charities including brake but we would like the government to go further and increase resources for enforcement so the law can be properly enforced. the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety said there was no evidence that tougher sentences would act as a deterrent. i think it's understandable where it's coming from but i think there is a danger that it will disappoint the victims' families and have no effect on road safety. this lorry driver, tomasz kroker, was scrolling through music
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on his mobile phonejust seconds before he ploughed into a line of stationary traffic, killing four people. he was sentenced to 10 years injail. the government says cases like this should be seen as similar to manslaughter and a prison term should reflect that. at least 40 people are now known to have been killed by wildfires which have devastated a major californian wine region. hundreds of others are missing, as the fires continue to spread. large parts of the state, including sonoma and napa counties, and the city of santa rosa, have been affected. dave lee has the latest. while huge fires to continue to burn over the hills, the unimaginable task of finding and identifying the dead is now under way. this part of santa rosa was known hauntingly as journey‘s end. it was a mobile home park, more than 100 people lived here. specially trained dogs
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are being used to find bodies in the ash. it is heartbreaking. it happened so fast and there is nothing you can do. attempts to contain the fire are beginning to work. fire lines are being established by digging in and purposefully burning the vegetation. in this area, there is rugged terrain, a heavy fuel bad with oak and timber. it all very volatile and dry. still, the exhausted firefighters remain at the mercy of the wind, which has picked up again this weekend, forcing more evacuations. more than 90,000 have been displaced so far. emergency services here estimate it will take some time before people can rebuild their lives. but there is no impatience. this community knows it owes a lot to those who are facing the fires head on. voters in austria are going
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to the polls for a parliamentary election in which the conservative people's party is expected to win the most seats. during the campaign, the conservative leader, sebastian kurz, adopted a hard line against refugees — pledging to shut down migrant routes into europe. our correspondent has the latest from vienna. if he wins, sebastian kurz would be the youngest leader in europe, if not in the world. he is only 31. he is no stranger to politics, he is already serving as foreign minister here. he is very much moved to the right with his party, with this message against illegal migration. he positioned himself very much against the migrants that were coming into austria doing the crisis of 2015 and
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16 and he worked to try and close the balkan route for migrants he has taken on a lot of the far right policies. but what is interesting is that he could if he wins be on the verge of forming a coalition with the far right freedom party, bringing them into government. which could be quite controversial. what are the opinion polls saying and is there a drift to the right in austrian public opinion as a result of that influx of migrants that we saw? it seems to be the case if the opinion polls are to be believed, there was a huge boost for sebastian kurz when he took up the anti—migrant message the far right freedom party, which is battling for second place, was in top place, because it very much campaigned against migrants, it has also had a
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strongly anti—muslim note to its campaign and so they are very much seen campaign and so they are very much seen to have ridden that wave to the right if you like. and almost last yearin right if you like. and almost last year in fact a freedom party par right candidate almost became president here. that is a ceremonial post, but now they could be on the verge ofjoining a coalition with the conservatives that would bring them into power in parliament. voters going to the polls, when will we know the results, will it take a lot of time with the haggling over coalitions? indeed, well the voting ends this afternoon. we should get preliminary results quite soon after that. but there are a lot of postal votes, so we may not have an official result until monday or thursday. and then as you say there will be a lot of haggling to try and figure out what coalition this will be. will it be that rightist
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conservative centre right with the far right, which could cause a problem for the eu, or will they try and patch together a centrist coalition with the social democrats? this could be the beginnings of a real political shake—up in this country. bethany bell reporting from vienna for us. the headlines: harvey weinstein has been expelled from the organisation that hands out the oscars. after being accused of rape and sexual assault. allegations he denies. drivers who cause death in the most serious cases could face life sentences. and austrians heading to the polls for a snap general election. the 31—year—old conservative party leader, sebastian kurz, tipped to become europe's youngest leader and to form an alliance with the far right. sport
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now and here is richard. manchester city made the headlines with their 7-2 city made the headlines with their 7—2 thumping of stoke to move clear at the top of the premier league and the most eye—catching result was at crystal palace, where they won for the first time this season against the first time this season against the champions. there was an cesar azpilicueta own goal and then chelsea equalised before the home side found a winner, zaha making it 2-1. side found a winner, zaha making it 2—1. much to the relief of roy hodgson. very enjoyable. i said to the players, they deserved to drink in that victory, because we are playing the champions of england and playing the champions of england and playing a team with fantastic players, but i thought we came off today having deserved our victory. we created a lot of chances of course and i thought that our defending was good from the first
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minute to the last. so it is a very satisfying win. watford are up to fourth after coming from behind to beat arsenal 2—1. the visitors took the lead through mertesacker. deeney from spot scored, before watford snatched a winner from cleverley. his captain said hunger and desire was the difference. we are building something lovely here, you can see with the last three results, we beat swa nsea with the last three results, we beat swansea last minute, drew at west brom last minute and last couple of minutes we get the winner here. so that shows what is going on here, what we are building and i'm proud to be captain of it. we have a massive belief that we have the quality in the squad and we are fit as well, fit enough to keep going to the end and belief is a massive thing. we never thought at any point that arsenal were blowing us out of the water. english premiership champions exeter ground out victory to get off
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to a winning 24—15 start in the champions cup and inflict glasgow's first defeat of the season. exeter scored 3 tries to glasgow's 2 and sam simmonds went over for the chiefs third with a few minutes left to deny the warriors even a bonus point. disappointment for harlequins at the stoop, after suffering a 34—27 defeat to a free—running la rochelle. six tries in that game, four of them to the french side. harlequins pushed hard in the final 10 minutes, but eventually settled for one bonus point — with a 79th—minute penalty. elsewhere wins for leinster and bath. matt wallace leads at the italian open. this putt on the 13th was one of five birdies. he is two shots ahead of tyrrell hatton. w ba
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champion, george groves beatjamie cox with a fout round knock out to set upa cox with a fout round knock out to set up a bout with chris eubank junior. maria sharapova has won herfirst title since her doping ban. she won the tian jing open. title since her doping ban. she won the tianjing open. rafael nadal and roger federerface each the tianjing open. rafael nadal and roger federer face each other in the final of the shanghai masters. that is all the sport. more as the afternoon goes on. thank you. it was 30 years ago tonight that one of the worst storms in recent decades hit the uk. 18 people died and hundreds more were injured as winds reached speeds of over 100—miles per hour.
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just hours before it struck a certain weatherman told the british public that there was no reason to panic. we will talk to michael fishes in a moment. first peter gibbs reported on how the storm affected historic wood lavrnd. as drawn broke some 15 million trees lay flattened in southern england. at the national trust estate in west sussex, 20,000 trees were lost. walking through the woods today you would be hard pushed to spot trace of that catastrophe. but that is thanks to forward thinking to the people in charge of the clear up at the time. we are in our southern hemisphere woodlands. it was known
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as coate's tree, the day after the storm. that is all that was left? yes. ed is the head of horticulture and he told me of the plan bes put in force after the storm. out of the carnage of that night came some incredibly clear, far—sighted thinking, not tojust incredibly clear, far—sighted thinking, not to just replace everything that was lost and recover the land, but to subscribe properly to this notion of grouping plants according to where they come from. would it be fair to say the storm was a blessing in disguise?m allowed us to create something profound and our woodlands are our big contribution to british horticulture. those who have worked on the estate have seen it transformed from a scene of devastation back to the thriving woodland it is today. it was a
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tangled mess, it was like a massive game of jenga. some tangled mess, it was like a massive game ofjenga. some colleagues never got over the storm, because they had spent years nurturing the collection and within a click of a finger it was flattened. although it seemed like a disaster at the time, the great storm of 87 was a natural event. here at wakehurst it started a process of renewal that is now helping repair forests threatened a process of renewal that is now helping repairforests threatened on the other side of the world. on a special edition of gardeners' question time today, peter peter gibbs is at wakehurst place in west sussex — which was badly damaged by the great storm, 30 years ago. that's at 2 o'clock this afternoon on bbc radio four. first though — joining me
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now is the former bbc weatherman, michael fish. 0f of course famously, you said there wasn't going to be a hurricane and technically you were right, because you can't technically have a murs cane in this count —— hurricane in this country. the seas are not warm enough. you need 26 degrees celsius to bring a real hurricane. but ironically on 30th anniversary we have a hurricane steaming towards the british isles. but by the time it gets here it won't be a hurricane, but it will give some nasty conditions in the west. this is ophelia. not the hurricane, but the side effects if you like. the re m na nts of the side effects if you like. the remnants of it. the remnant have a powerful punch and it is to be taken
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seriously. compared to 30 years ago, tell us more about that. it wasn't technically a hurricane in 87, but we saw hurricane—force winds of 100mph and some of the destruction they caused. well it was an ordinary area of low pressure that deepened rapidly and formed more or less out of the blue over the bay of biscay. we do get those sort of storms every now and again. we had one called the burns night tomorrow in 90, but they're rare, but they are the sort of storms that we expect rather than the ones you get in the caribbean. but they can be as vicious. there is a whole vines to weather —— science to weather forecasting that is more sophisticated now. how has it
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changed. they have one of biggest computers in the world. the computer which had in 1987 wasn't much more powerful than one of your smart phones. even though it was the size ofa phones. even though it was the size of a bus, it was considered the bees knees then, but now it is nothing and it wasn't capable of producing the sort of forecast we have now. also there were not many observations, satellites were in their infancy. it was ships and human beings on dry land. you have made a programme comparing some of the areas that were hit in 1987 and what they're like now. that's right. a lot of good has come out of it. the forests have regenerated and it
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wasn't, it isn't all bad news. kwha. what is that programme. inside out in the south of england, tomorrow evening. thank you. now today is officially the last day to spend your old round pound coins. however, some stores — including tesco and poundland — will continue to accept them for a limited time, and banks will still take them. the new twelve—sided pound coin was introduced in march and has high—tech security features to thwart counterfeiters. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. the hunt is on for old pound coins. sofas are being searched, piggy banks empties and underused purses raided because from monday, those old pound coins will no longer be accepted in most shops. as of last night, the royal mint estimates that there might be £450 million worth of old coins still in circulation but from monday, shops and vending
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machines are no longer obliged to accept them. banks will continue to take the round pounds for months, but urge customers to keep them separate from the new coinage when returning them. this has been a really, really big transition period with the £1 coin, probably more so any change in coin because it is so prevalent in coin—operated machinery and loose change. it has been quite a tight timetable but the important thing is people realise the deadline is looming, dig up the old ones and get them spent. all is not lost if you miss the deadline. some stores, including poundland, tesco and iceland, will continue to accept the old coins until the end of october and in case you were wondering what happens to the old coins, they will be melted down to make new ones. we have been talking about hurricane
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ophelia, let's get the forecast. there has been mist, low cloud and fog this morning. that is lifting and skies will brighten in england and skies will brighten in england and wales. some sunshine in the east. cloud though and rain and drizzle pushing down across scotland and northern ireland. not as warm here. top temperatures in eastern england 23 degrees. a decent evening and the rain not amounting to much in the north. but getting a boost later on as the wind picks up and we draw up even later on as the wind picks up and we draw up even warmer later on as the wind picks up and we draw up even warmer air. temperatures no lower than 13 or 14. the winds strengthen into monday as what is left of hurricane ophelia approaches ireland and northern ireland. the winds picking up to 80mph in gusts. rain in northern ireland and scotland. in the east of
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england and wales, dry, warmer and less windy. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the organisation behind the oscars votes overwhelmingly to expel disgraced hollywood producer harvey weinstein. the board said it wanted to send a message that there was no place in the industry for "sexually predatory behaviour". motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those who may be handed life sentences under government proposals. austrians head to the polls for a snap general election — the 31—year—old conservative party leader sebastian kurz is tipped to become europe's youngest leader and form an alliance with the far—right.

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