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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12pm: the oscar's board votes to expel disgraced hollywood mogul 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 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! drivers who cause death in the most serious cases of dangerous and careless driving could now face life sentences. the irish met office holds an emergency meeting as category three hurricane ophelia approaches the british isles. 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. also in the next hour...
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a deadline of midnight tonight to spend your old round one pound coins before they are officially withdrawn. but with up to a50 million estimated to be still in the public‘s hands, many retailers say they'll continue to accept them for a limited period. and click goes inside the fukushima nuclear power plant where robots are helping to clean—up after the disaster. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon 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.
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it follows a series of sexual assault accusations against the producer — including rape — which he has denied. mr weinstein has been denounced by many of the celebrities he launched to stardom — 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 over 300 nominations. but now branded a rapist — a charge he denies — and a serial sexual predator, the hollywood producer has been kicked out of the world's most influential film organisation. it followed an emergency meeting of the academy board, 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
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longer be able to vote for nominees or winners of the oscars. hollywood figures have been quick to praise 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.
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the film criticjason solomons described how harvey weinstein treated him. at the venice film festival i published an unfavourable review of a harvey weinstein film, madonna's we. the film industry was not pleased about madonna being elevated to the status of auteur and being at the venice film festival, but that was the power harvey weinstein had 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 go to cannes, you will never work in this town again." i was in venice, it wasn't his town! that is how he saw himself,
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as a capo, that is how he rolled down the street with these people in tow. he was capable of killing stories, of denying people interviews. i was once waiting for helena bonham—carter. he turned her around in the taxi because she 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 she can come. we've been talking to another critic
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he told me he had met when steam recently. ifound him charming and witty and he's done a lot for the film industry. a lot of people's careers entirely dependent on what he did, not only as a producer but originally as an exhibitor. many british films would have not had a release in america but for his efforts many years ago. many international films that won prizes at cannes, would never have been touched by any hollywood studios. i'm surprised bafta dropped him so quickly. what does it mean for the films restaurant should be now not watch them because he was a supporter of the democrats, not the republicans? is this why much of the media hysteria has come out? of course he did terrible things, that's quite clear.
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i don't know that i knew that but it was quite clear from his personality, it reminds me of mrs merton asking what attracted you to marry the millionaire paul daniels? are you questioning whether bafta should have dropped him? if the academy have, then surely it makes sense on this side of the atlantic for bafta to do it as well? are you saying they were not justified in doing that? i don't know what it achieves by doing that. does this now mean that all his films are going to be expunged from having won baftas? that will be the logical conclusion. are we going to take these films off the dvd shelf and not watch them any more, because he is either an acknowledged, presumed or eventually a convicted predator? we don't stop watching roman polanski films. some news just some newsjust coming into us some news just coming into us about job losses. it has been announced that 400 jobs will be lost on vauxhall‘s plant in ellesmere port
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by the end of the year. the company are blaming a drop in the car market and challenging conditions trading in europe. let's talk tojoel line with more details. the c class of cars, including the golf on the astra has dropped according to vauxhall, markedly. people are opting for suv ‘s instead. in order to get the company shipshape for bidding for the next generation of astros in 2020, they will have to cut down the shifts from two shifts around the clock to one shift. 400 jobs, they are hoping they will be volu nta ry, jobs, they are hoping they will be voluntary, before the end of the year. they have been in talks with unite, the union, but if they cannot get their names they will have to proceed to a different type of redundancy. that's 22% of the
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workforce, that's a significant number ofjobs. workforce, that's a significant number of jobs. what the workforce, that's a significant number ofjobs. what the company is saying is that this is not related to brexit. this is not related to the takeover of vauxhall, by the french group psa last year. they have been talking to unite, the trade union, has there been any reaction to this from the unions?” have reaction to this from the unions?|j have not spoken to the union yet, i will do over the course of the day. it looks like they have had all this out, according to a statement from vauxhall. they have haggled with unite. but two and a half months till the end of 2017, that's not a very long time to get rid of more than a fifth of your workforce. it is bad news for the people of wales airport. they are very well paid, very high skilled jobs, not easy losing that. 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.
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andy moore reports. joseph brown—lartey was known to his friends as the gentle giant. at 66", he towered 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. 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 worst reckless life—changing cases perhaps 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 for years of campaigning 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.
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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 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. earlier i spoke to tim shallcross from iam roadsmart — a charity which campaigns for safer roads. it's unlikely to have any affect on
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deterring people from committing these crimes. nobody goes out to deliberately kill somebody on the road. it happens as a consequence of something else idiotic that they are doing. what deters people from doing those things is the fear of being caught. unless there is a realistic chance of them being caught, drinking and driving, racing on the roads, or anything, then a heavier sentence, and increased sentence from what is already quite a substantial sentence, is not necessarily going to have much effect. what will have an effect is extra police on the road, extra cameras, extra ways of catching people so people know that if they are going to indulge in a responsible and illegal behaviour, there is a realistic chance of them being caught doing it, and having to pay the penalty. so you think people think they can get away with it? well, yes. nobody does not realise they are breaking the law. if you drink and drive, take drugs and
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drive, race on the roads, all these things, you know you are breaking the law. nobody is ignorant of that. they believe they will not get caught and that's why they do it. of all these various offences, which do you think are the most dangerous? driving with a mobile phone, talking on the phone, street racing is obviously potentially very lethal? people take a... well, the mobile phone is a good example. increasing the penalties for that does not seem to haven't had much of a deterrent effect because people do not believe they are going to get caught. increasingly the police are using cameras to catch people. the thing about mobile phones, people do not realise, is how distracting it is. there has been all sorts of research done, that shows that being on a mobile phone, and i'm frightfully that includes hands—free conversations, can be as distracting as being over the legal alcohol and driving. —— quite frankly that includes hands—free. driving. —— quite frankly that
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includes hands-free. do you still welcome the idea of tougher sentences? we certainly don't oppose it. we welcome it, it does send a message, but it is the fear of being caught that will deter people, not the fear of a longest sentence. the headlines on bbc news: hollywood producer, 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 of dangerous and careless driving could now face life sentences under new legislation. the met office issues and amber weather warning ahead of hurricane ophelia arriving in the uk. a good chance of power cuts and travel disruption on monday. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's richard askam.
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roger federer has beaten his old rival rafa nadal to win the shanghai masters. federer was in imperious form as he won in straight sets — his fourth win over nadal this season having already beaten him in the finals of the australian open and miami masters and in the last 16 at indian wells. federer, who's claimed his sixth title of the year, is the only man who can stop nadal ending the year as number one. maria sharapova has won herfirst title since her 15—month doping ban. she beat aryna sabalenka in straight sets to win the tianjin open. meanwhile roger federer and rafa nadal are facing each other in the final of the shanghai masters right now, where federer leads by a break in the opening set. actually really looking forward to
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playing in my home country, the last event of the year. obviously coming out with a title really means a lot, but i do want to finish strong, even though it's a very fast turnaround andi though it's a very fast turnaround and i don't remember the last time i played three events in a row. i will give it everything i have. i know i have so many amazing fans there. in today's early kick—off struggling everton will be looking to get their season up and running at brighton. both teams lie just above the relegation zone. and with speculation linking him with the vacant manager's position with the netherlands, everton‘s manager says he certainly isn't thinking about that at the moment. it's not realistic now because we have other business to do with everton. we need to win, change our situation with everton. that starts this sunday. that is the priority for me, for the long—term. newcastle have the chance to move up to sixth in the premier league table this afternoon when they travel to southampton in the four
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o'clock kick off. the match offers the chance for a reunion between newcastle boss rafa benitez and his former assistant — the new southampton manager mauricio pellegrino. he was my player in valencia for two years when we won for two years when we won the league. after they came here, in the last six months, i needed someone to add a bit of defence, i bought him. his english was not amazing so it was was not easy for him. but still he was my player in liverpool. after he was my assistant in italy. obviously a very good relationship with him. england's matt wallace takes a two—shot lead into today's final round of the italian open in monza. he's 17 under, two shots ahead of fellow englishman tyrrell hatton and the defending champion, italy's francesco molinari. i'm comfortable with my game,
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winning takes care of that. i'll be in that position tomorrow. probably only halfway there because sunday is a different day. i will go out there, fight as hard as i can and hopefully i will be here with the trophy tomorrow. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the met office has issued an amber warning for northern ireland, meaning there's a "potential danger to life", ahead of the expected arrival of hurricane ophelia tomorrow. we can speak now tojoanna donnelly, a meteorologist — at the irish meteorological service. so what is the latest with ophelia, and how destructive is it going to be, do you think? i think there is expected to be quite severe disruption along our west, south and possibly a east coast. other
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hurricane is really is expected to make the transition in the next few hours to ex—hurricane status, we are still expecting hurricane starters and hurricane force winds to affect oui’ and hurricane force winds to affect our coastal communities. in the caribbean, hurricane force wind hits, eight hits trees that bend in the wind palm trees, over here we have deciduous trees, oaks and ash, birch, these trees are still in full leaf and as you will remember from 30 years ago, trees in full leaf come—down. that's going to be the biggest danger across a lot of our counties. the storm force winds expected to reach our coasts overnight night and early on monday morning. how long will it last, the winds at their most destructive? we expected to start picking up speed now, and start moving very quickly. it will only be about six to 12 hours probably, the total event. they will be blown through by the end of monday, but i think in the
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meantime a lot of disruption could happen. you talked about the coastal areas being vulnerable. which particular areas are we talking? our current warnings are in operation all along the western coast, that's cool way, cork, kerry, we are expecting to extend that are concerned coasts and up along the eastern coast of whitlow. we will be keeping an eye on their destruction as it comes though, and the potential destruction. we will be issuing warnings overnight and tomorrow. thank you very much. 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 continue to burn over the hills,
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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 are being used to find human remains in the ash. it is heartbreaking. it happened so fast and there was nothing you could 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 bed with oak and timber. it's 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 people have been displaced so far. emergency services here
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estimate it will take some time before the majorfires are fully contained, and 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 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 bethany bell is in vienna. could this election see a political shake—up here in austria? for more than ten years there has been a democrat in power. but if the polls are correct, we could see a conservative leader, 31—year—old sebastian kurz. he has moved his party to the right, and has vowed to try
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and stop illegal migration. that has led some people to think he might try and form a coalition with the far—right freedom party, something that could be quite controversial within europe. so all is up to what the austrian voters decide. the shadow chancellor has said parliament could stop the uk leaving the eu without negotiating a deal. john mcdonnell told the bbc he was prepared to work with other parties in order to stop a ‘damaging' outcome — and said if the uk failed to reach a deal it would be ‘disastrous' for the economy. iam not i am not going to countenance no deal. i am i am not going to countenance no deal. iam not i am not going to countenance no deal. i am not willing to countenance that. it is not going to happen. there is not a majority in parliament but no deal, on a
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cross— party parliament but no deal, on a cross—party basis, you will see in the debates in the coming week, the government will get the message, there will be a. are you saying the house of commons can stop the government from a no—go situation?|j do government from a no—go situation?” do not believe there is a majority no deal. when the amend the legislation, which i think we well, we will have a meaningful vote which is what we have said all the way along, we will say to government, whatever you are negotiated, it will not be on the basis of no deal because the damage to this economy will be so great. the transport secretary chris grayling said the uk would succeed ‘come what may‘ and he was hopeful of a sensible deal being reached. i think britain will succeed, but i do not think they will get to that position. it's the one thing i agree withjohn mcdonnell on, position. it's the one thing i agree with john mcdonnell on, we position. it's the one thing i agree withjohn mcdonnell on, we will reach a sensible trade position. hillary clinton, christina garde, many others saying it would be very bad for britain? it's bad for the eu if we don't have a sensible trading arrangement. britain will succeed. there is nothing new about this. theresa may back in a speech at
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lancaster house earlier this year said no deal is better than a bad deal. where i fundamentally this agreementjohn deal. where i fundamentally this agreement john mcdonnell, as deal. where i fundamentally this agreementjohn mcdonnell, as we heard earlier, we must do a deal and all circumstances. there is no serious business leader in this country who would enter a negotiation on the basis that they would accept the terms regardless of what they are. we are not aiming for i'io what they are. we are not aiming for no deal and we do not expect it, and do not think that's where we will end up. a woman is in a critical condition in hospital with "life threatening injuries", after becoming trapped under a carnival cart in somerset. the woman, who's in herforties, was part of the road crew at the chard carnival. an investigation has been launched and the health and safety executive and the local authority has been notified. police in surrey have begun an investigation into the death of a man at kempton park racecourse yesterday. it's understood that the man, who was in his fifties, died in the stable yard. the meeting in sunbury—on—thames was called off before the second to last race. health professionals in england are to be told to ask patients aged
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16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new nhs guidelines. nhs england said no—one would be forced to answer the question but recording the data would help to avoid discrimination. lesbian, gay and bisexual people are currently disproportionately affected by health inequalities such as poor mental health and a higher risk of self—harm and suicide. today is officially the last day to spend your old round pound coins, although some stores will continue to accept them for a limited period, and banks will still take them. the new twelve—sided pound was introduced in march 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.
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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 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.
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doctors have successfully separated conjoined twins born in a remote village in the democratic republic of congo. the infants had to survive a 15—hourjourney on the back of a motorbike before being flown to a hospital in country's capital, kinshasa. the babies named anick and destin, are currently being monitored and are due to return to their village in three weeks' time. but medical officials insist they're both doing fine. let's get the weather. there has been a lot of mist, low cloud and even patchy fog. that is gradually lifting as the breeze picks up, skies will brighten more widely. cloud, rain and drizzle pushing down across scotland and northern ireland. not as warm. top temperatures in eastern england. not far off 22 degrees,
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like we had yesterday. that rain not amounting to much in the north, but getting a boost later in the night as winds pick up. drawing on some even warmer air, away from northern scotland, temperatures perhaps no lower than 13 or 14. we start to see the winds really strengthening as we head into monday. what is left of hurricane ophelia approaches ireland and northern ireland. winds picking up across the northern areas, costs of 70 to 80 miles an hour. some rain. further east, it will be dry. warmer, and less windy. this is bbc news at 12:30pm. the organisation that runs
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