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oxfam is given an official warning by the charity watchdog following allegations of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in haiti. it emerged that some of the aid workers sent to the island had used prostitutes and the charity had ignored warnings and repeatedly fallen below expected standards this is one of our best—known charities in the united kingdom, it is there to put people first and it failed to live up to people's expectations. we'll be asking what effect this report will have on one of the country's leading charities. also this lunchtime.... two more tory leadership candidates — mark harper and andrea leadsom — officially launch their campaigns to succeed theresa may.
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a government regulator says the storage and handling of large amounts of data by the security service mi5 is "undoubtedly unlawful". the nhs contaminated blood inquiry hears how six siblings from one family were infected, and the impact on their mother. i think she'd be alive if it wasn't for what happened because she was a strong woman and this, the tragedy has ripped her heart out. the road to the future — electric cars are being used to help power a small portugese island in the atlantic — so how does it work? electricity flows out of the grid, down the cable and into the car. it's then stored in the battery until night—time when it flows back out of the car, up the cable and into the grid to power people's homes. and coming up on bbc news, argentina's first point in world cup history is good news for england, the lionesses just one win
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away from the knockout stages of the tournament. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. an independent report has severely criticised oxfam for the way it dealt with allegations of serious sexual misconduct by its staff, saying it ignored warnings and had a culture of tolerating poor behaviour. the charity commission has issued an official warning to oxfam after investigating reports that aid workers sent to help after the earthquake in haiti had used prostitutes. the revelations led to thousands of people cancelling their donations to the charity and the resignation of its chief executive. naomi grimley reports.
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it was the need to moment that rocked the aid sector. in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, a group of oxfam worker is used young prostitutes when they were supposed to be helping the local population recover. the charity dismissed four members of staff and let three quietly resign without properly flagging up what had happened to either the haitian authorities or regulators in the uk. it's because of this incident that 0xfam has now been given an official warning by the charity commission. the incidents in haiti were very dismaying, i think more broadly because what we have done is looked into 0xfam more broadly. i mean what i feel and into 0xfam more broadly. i mean what ifeel and i into 0xfam more broadly. i mean what i feel and i think everyone feels is very let down by 0xfam. this is one of our best—known charities in the united kingdom stop it is there to put people first and it failed to live up to people ‘s expectations.
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this was the man who caused the charity the most embarrassment. he was the 0xfam director for haiti at the time. he resigned before an internal investigation was completed and then went on to work for other charities without them knowing about his background. the report says early warnings were missed. even after the haiti incident the charity repeatedly failed to do proper safeguarding checks. including on its uk staff. whistle—blowers like helen evans, a former head of safeguarding, or simply ignored. aid agencies are fondle humanitarian principle is do no harm, what good are the aid agencies if they deliver aid but leave a legacy of sexual exploitation and abuse. my hope is that the report is the wake—up call the sector needs, there's been a lot of fine words and promises but now we need to see action and change.
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that cultural change will take many yea rs. that cultural change will take many years. oxfam has paid a heavy price for this scandal, it lost 7000 donors who cancelled their subscriptions in disgust. and it still can't bid for government contracts. the charity is expected to give the response later. today is a reminder 0xfam still has some way to go before its reputation is restored to its former glory. naomi grimley is in central london — we've yet to hear from 0xfam, but how damaging is this report to the charity? i've come out from the charity commission behind me having read the report which has dropped on the internet in the last few minutes and it makes for really quite terrible reading for 0xfam. this is a charity with a budget of £400 million. and yet it's now been given an official
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warning by the charity commission. amongst the details, there was a culture of tolerating bad behaviour, which individuals like the team in haiti were able to exploit. there we re haiti were able to exploit. there were early warnings and tip—offs which were cast aside, including two e—mails from children saying that they had been abused in haiti. 0xfam did not act on those, it believed that they were not genuine e—mails. even when 0xfam did undertake a full internal review, the charity commission says it was not full and frank with it and with the uk authorities and with the haitian authorities and with the haitian authorities about the serious nature of these allegations. so it makes a terrible reading for a charity that in the last year, has been trying to resurrect its public image. and the charity commission is demanding that more reforms are put in place before the end of the month. but it's also a wake—up call to the wider sector as these problems do seem to have
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been endemic. naomi, thank you. andrea leadsom and mark harper are the latest candidates to launch their campaigns to replace theresa may as tory party leader — and become the country's next prime minister. the leadership rivals split sharply on brexit, with mrs leadsom saying parliament cannot block a no—deal departure, and mr harper declaring it impossible for the uk to leave at the end of october. today the eu said a new tory leader would not change their position. nick eardley reports. reporter: good morning, mrjohnson. planning on keeping your head down again today, sir? we've not heard much from him, but we've heard a lot about him. borisjohnson is the man to catch in the leadership race. anything to say, mrjohnson? with his plan to leave the eu on the 31st of 0ctober, come what may. ladies and gentlemen, i'm delighted to introduce andrea leadsom. launching her campaign this morning, she agrees and believes it can be forced through. i do not think that parliament actually has the ability to prevent
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us from leaving at the end of october, which is the legal default position. my managed exit offers sensible measures that sensible politicians, both here in parliament and in the european union, will, in my opinion, agree to. there is a sense of deja vu around here. most of our would—be prime ministers say they want to renegotiate the brexit deal to get rid of the controversial bits, but an agreement that satisfies brussels and westminster has proved elusive over the last two years, and there's been little sign that brussels wants to change its mind. for months, they've been saying this. the withdrawal agreement remains the best and only deal possible. no, no, no, no, no, no. no. no renegotiation. a message repeated today. and the election of a new prime minister will, of course, not change the parameters of what is on the table. so how do you match that with the pitches at home? boris johnson still thinks changes
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in technology can provide a solution on the irish border, so does michael gove. jeremy hunt is convinced european union leaders know changes are needed. and matt hancock thinks he can secure a new deal in a matter of weeks. i would propose to put my plan, which i've already published, to the house of commons, in principle, immediately. and therefore show the european union that this plan is deliverable through the house of commons. one of the lesser—known faces in the leadership race, launching his campaign today, said that plan was for the birds. it is not credible to say you can re—negotiate the withdrawal agreement and get it through both houses of parliament by the 31st of october. as westminster awaits a new prime minister, conversations in brussels continue. today it was scotland's first minister meeting europe's chief brexit negotiator. she had this to say on the conservative race. we've got delusion around brexit
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which is not new but continuing, the whole thing is a horror show and really is showing the tory party in their true colours. i think all of the candidates would be disastrous. the fight to be our next prime minister has weeks left to play, but with storm clouds gathering on brexit, urgent reconstruction work required on any deal, at the end of it awaits a job that will be complicated at best, almost impossible at worst. nick eardley, bbc news, westminster. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster — how is this contest shaping up? well, i'm beginning to think there ought to be some new duke of edinburgh award scheme for those of us edinburgh award scheme for those of us who complete so many tory leadership candidate launches, we had five yesterday, three today, two tomorrow, what did we learn? we learned there is only one big question in this campaign and it begins with the b so all the other ideas about tackling knife crime or social care art tax cuts really,
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they don't count for anything. the only thing tory mps and maybe even tory members are interested in, is brexit. and secondly, we learned just how profoundly split this party is over brexit with, for example, andrea leadsom this morning saying we have to lead by october the 31st and then at a nearby room, mark harper saying we can't leave by 0ctober harper saying we can't leave by october the 31st so whoever wins this faces a gargantuan task, not just in coming up with some new deal, selling it to the eu but then uniting this fractured, squabbling party. and norman, boris johnson, the front runner, we are still to hear from the front runner, we are still to hearfrom him? the front runner, we are still to hear from him? we do, but hang on, tomorrow at long last, he appears before the media and its clear, it's been his advisers aim to keep him out of the limelight. why? because frankly, they fear he might say something stupid, he might put his footin something stupid, he might put his foot in his mouth, he might commit some act of gross political
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buffoonery. tomorrow, he launches his campaign and yes, of course, he will be asked those questions about brexit and tax cuts but yes, he will also be asked the character question, what sort of man is boris johnson? questions about his temperament and judgment, whether he is fit to be prime minister because those are the questions his critics believe are his real weakness. norman, many thanks. it's emerged that the security service m15 has been put into special measures because of what's been described as a "historical lack of compliance" with the law on managing data gathered during investigations. a highly critical report from the watchdog the investigatory powers commissioner, was made public during a hearing at the high court this morning. let's speak to our legal correspondent, clive coleman. clive, tell us more about what you heard. this is all about the investigatory powers act dub famously at the snoopers charter which gives the security services
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comprehensive powers into getting data from our mobile phones, devices, messages and so forth, and critically, it's about the key protection afforded to citizens, really, the act makes it clear that data should be kept for as short a time as possible and deleted as quickly as possible. what emerged in court today is that for three years, mis court today is that for three years, m15 simply haven't been adhering to those safeguards. this was the reaction of megan golding from the group liberty that is bringing the legal challenge. it's really shocking what we've heard in court this morning and what we've heard is that mi5 had been holding on to people 's data, ordinary people 's data, yours and mine, illegally, for many years. and not only that, but they've been trying to keep the really serious errors secret. so serious are the breaches by m15 that lord justice fulford who is the investigatory powers commissioner,
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has said he is in effect putting them into special measures. that is a matter of real concern for m15, when they apply for this information, they get through the courts, through warrants, the courts had been effectively told to be extra specially cautious because of the failings over the last three yea rs, before the failings over the last three years, before they grant any applications to obtain this personal data. clive, thank you. employment in the uk remains at an all—time high, according to new figures — despite last week's announcement ofjob losses by ford and the insurer aviva. unemployment fell by 34,000 to 1.3 million in the three months to april, the lowest rate since 1975. and wage growth has taken economists by surprise — it has rise by 3.4% compared with a year ago. a man has told the inquiry into contaminated blood that he came from a family of haemophiliacs, and six siblings were infected in the scandal. four ofjohn cornes' brothers have died. thousands of people were given blood
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infected with hepatitis c or hiv in the 1970s and 80s. mr cornes told the inquiry that he believed his mother died of a broken heart. sophie hutchinson reports. john korn is flanked by his son and lawyer arriving at the inquiry this morning. here to tell his story about the devastation infected blood products wrote on his family and the stigma they faced. it was a large family, john was one of six brothers with haemophilia. in the 70s and 80s they were treated with infected blood products, three of his brothers got hiv and died of aids, it devastated his mother. she became frail and fraught and i think she'd still be alive, she'd be about 85 or something like that now. i think she'd be alive if it wasn't for what happened. because she was a strong
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woman and the tragedy has brought ithas woman and the tragedy has brought it has ripped her heart out. john described how the local press handed them, calling them the aids family. he said it was very bad at his brother gary ‘s funeral. family. he said it was very bad at his brother gary 's funeral. we had them hiding in the bushes, there was at least 50 reporters in the bushes. and it made us really infuriated knowing they were taking pictures, they didn't ask permission or anything. all they wanted was to get the grieving aids family. two more funerals would family shortly after and john told the inquiry about his concern each time for the other six brothers. watching gary die, i can't remember watching him, looking at gordon and ray at carey's funeral and looking at gordon at ray ‘s funeral and what's he going through?
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what state is his mind in? he was bad. ifelt what state is his mind in? he was bad. i felt sorry for him. i what state is his mind in? he was bad. ifelt sorry for him. idon‘t know if the word sorry is sufficient. but you know, devastated. we all did, especially my mother. john regularly visits the graves of his four dead brothers, he didn't want to give evidence to the inquiry but said he needed to do it for the widerfamily. inquiry but said he needed to do it for the wider family. and inquiry but said he needed to do it for the widerfamily. and is looking for the widerfamily. and is looking foran for the widerfamily. and is looking for an apology for the harm caused to them. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. the time is 1:17pm. our top story this lunchtime: 0xfam is given an official warning by the charity watchdog following allegations of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in haiti. it's found 0xfam ignored warnings that some of its aid workers had used prostitutes. coming up: the craze for crazy golf — from holiday treat to booming pastime. coming up on bbc news: the great british summer continues to hamper the cricket world cup, with rain causing problems for the second consecutive day as the start of
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bangladesh's game against sri lanka is delayed. the little island of porto santo near madeira has begun an experiment to use power in the batteries of electric cars to back up the island's electricity grid. the cars recharge their batteries from solar power when the sun's shining — and then sell that electricity back to the island grid for use at night to power people's homes. some experts expect this form of energy storage will become a global trend. from porto sa nto, here's roger harrabin. the savage beauty of porto santo attracts tourists who love nature. but people need energy, and the way it's generated here is damaging nature. this pollution‘s coming from the diesel generator which powers the island's homes. transporting the diesel is expensive, and it's fuelling climate change.
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the local government want clean, renewable energy instead. but wind power and solar power ebb and flow. so they need a way of storing energy for use at night time. here is the chosen solution. the electric car. but not as we know it. in future, electric vehicles here will be fitted with a reversible battery that stores energy for the electricity grid. so how does a reversible battery work? when the sun is shining, the electricity flows out of the grid, down the cable and into the car. it is stored in the battery until night time when it flows back out of the car, up the cable and into the grid to power people's homes. it is a huge innovation. the car is smart, so it keeps enough power for itself to be driven. a car is only used part—time for its mobility function and the rest of the time it is available next to an electricity grid
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to be used for the grid. the firm that is installing the reversible battery system believes the technology will transform our relationship with our cars. so what we're doing here is exciting because normally you think if you own a car it will cost a fortune, a lot of money. if you have a car that feeds energy into the grid you can earn money during the time it is parked, if there is no renewable energy available, you can feed it back and earn money. it changes the whole idea of owning a car. 0n porto santo, some police are already powered by electricity. to run an effective backup for the local grid, half the cars on the island, like this electric taxi, will need to store power as well as using. so is this the road to the future? well, a couple of years ago if you had suggested that car batteries could play a major part in supporting an electricity grid, many people would have laughed. but that is exactly what has happened. the electricity revolution is going
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to create a lot more surprises. roger harrabin, bbc news, porto sa nto. the use by employers of nondisclosure agreements to silence allegations of illegal discrimination and harassment has been condemned by mps as a culture of cover—up. the chair of the women and equalities committee, maria miller, has told the bbc that ndas are having a destructive effect on people's lives and should be banned. rianna croxford reports. retail tycoon sir philip green, exposed for using nondisclosure agreements to silence staff he's claimed to have bullied and sexually harassed. allegations he strongly denies. but they're not just tools for the rich and powerful. they are widely used across the private and public sector. so what is an nda? it's a contract to stop the disclosure of confidential information such as not revealing details to a competitor. but it's also used if you have an employment dispute.
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you may end up signing one in return for a payoff. there are some positives as well as negatives to them. i mean, obviously, an individual who has raised a sexual harassment complaint or a discrimination complaint can often find it very traumatic and will want to draw a complete line in the sand once they have reached a resolution of the complaint. but mps want the government to ensure ndas aren't used to stop victims from speaking out about unlawful discrimination and harassment at work. there has certainly been a cover—up culture when it comes to nondisclosure agreements. they are used to cover up unlawful behaviour, they are even used to cover up criminal behaviour. the law is really clear that they cannot be used in a way which stops people speaking out. we can reduce the way in which they are used, but in the long term i feel very strongly that they should be banned altogether. hannah martin says she was forced out of herjob after returning to work following the birth of her son. she calls her agreement a bullying tactic. you sign away all your rights,
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basically, from further action to what you can actually say. it does feel very much like abuse but you as a victim are silenced by that person, they have all of the power and not only has that happened to you but you can't even talk about it. the culture of secrecy means it's unknown how many workers have signed ndas, but calls by mps for companies to collect data on this may finally reveal the true scale of the problem. rianna croxford, bbc news. now, for all archers fans, the actress who's played peggy since 1950 is celebrating her 100th birthday this week. june spencer will be given a cake by the bbc‘s director general, tony hall. june has played peggy woolley since the first episode and is the only original cast member still on air. england's 2—1win over scotland in the women's world cup on sunday was the uk's most watched women's
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football match of all time, drawing a peak of more than six million viewers. both teams are now looking to their next games on friday. jane dougall is following the scotland team in rennes, but first katie gornall near the city of le havre. what are england's chances? i think they'll be really fancying their chances for this game against argentina. it is lovely where they are based a stone's throw from their five—star hotel where the players are enjoying a rest day, we are just down the coast from le havre where they play argentina next, they go into the game topping their group after the win over scotland. you mentioned the tv audience, it is a shame for the global game that those record figures were not affected in the attendance for that match, just 13,000 ina the attendance for that match, just 13,000 in a 35,000 capacity stadium in nice, we were led to believe by
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fifa that it would be close to a sell—out. i asked fifa that it would be close to a sell—out. iasked keira fifa that it would be close to a sell—out. i asked keira walsh, fifa that it would be close to a sell—out. iasked keira walsh, one of the young talents in the squad about this. it is her first major tournament and she said the lower—than—expected turnout was a disappointment. we probably did expect a little bit more in the audience but, i think for us as a team, the support was there from our fans. there was countless england fans in that stadium and to hear of the audience back home, i think as long as we've got the support from the crowd in the stadium and we've got that support at home, then the girls are confident that we can push on. it is argentina next, they will have their tails up for this game after picking up their first—ever world cup against japan. so picking up their first—ever world cup againstjapan. so england will not be taking them lightly, but they know that if they get a win in that game against argentina on friday they are future than i could stages with a game to spare, so a big incentive. jane, coming off the back of their loss to england, what will scotland try to bring to the next game? this
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isa try to bring to the next game? this is a crucial match. is against japan, who they at least need a point against, especially after the loss to england. the scotland squad are having a rest day and a couple of players are being assessed after taking some knocks on the rather physical game against england. the squad flew into pace yesterday and have travelled about an hour north to stay in a chateau slightly removed from the busy city with all its distractions and all it has to offer. like the any temperatures of nice, scotland will have to put that defeat to england behind them and look forward to the next game against japan look forward to the next game againstjapan in the look forward to the next game against japan in the somewhat cooler climate of rennes, which makes suit them better. the city is hosting chile micro against sweden tonight, but on friday it will host japan against scotland and it will be no mean feat for scotland, because japan are seventh in the world. they got to the final of the last world cup and only lost to america in the
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final, the current champions. they will be a formidable side. scotland cannot underestimate them. they have had a bit of a dip in form of late, demonstrated in last night's quite lacklustre performance against argentina in the 0—0 draw, but scotland cannot underestimate the strength and depth to their squad and they know that because they are bottom of the group they had to bring their best game to get past the group stages of the competition. many thanks, jane dougall and katie gornall. now, it seems that crazy golf is a sport that enthusiasts take very seriously — the world championship has been taking place in hastings and we even have a british champion. and although the number of people playing proper golf in recent years has declined, crazy golf is booming, as david sillito reports. this event is the greatest single ball minigolf tournament in the world. yes! thejoy, the despair, the intense passions of world—class crazy golf.
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do people take it seriously? very, very, very seriously. and no one takes it more seriously than mark "the force" chapman. come on! get the ball rolling off the ramp and it should get there. pointers from him on stance and address can change a game. yes! but he was also feeling the pressure. crazy golf is a growing game. i'd be lying if i said ididn‘t get nervous. i think it's very natural when something means a lot to you to feel the pressure. new courses are springing up across britain. the game is booming at a time when traditional golf has seen the decline of around a million players, which is one reason why young jess was here, an ambassador for big golf. i am an england golf ambassador, and so at the moment we are working to combine the two together and hope that the children who come here and play crazy golf then actually think, maybe i will try big golf as well.
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meanwhile, back at the championships, mark chapman was on fire. yes! come on! bravo, then. but then, things began to go wrong. so mark has just dropped a shot on the 17th and it's all to play for here. the 18th hole of the world crazy golf championships 2019. if adam holed this, mark could lose. crowd gasps. it's all over. the 2019 world crazy golf champion is mark chapman! applause. for the first time, my mum, my dad are here to watch me. it's quite emotional, this. it means a lot, it means a lot, it meant a lot last year, it
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means a lot this year. mark chapman, champion. in the world of putters and windmills, he is the man to beat. david sillito, bbc news, hastings. heavy rain in southern england has caused major travel disruption. two sinkholes were discovered on the m25 in kent last night, leading to its closure for almost eight hours. the rail operator southern has advised people to expect delays and cancellations for the rest of the day because of flooding on some tracks. time for a look at the weather — here's ben rich. some terrible conditions, and they go on elsewhere? reeta, the worst of the weather has shifted northwards. lots of rain falling across parts of the uk. since the rain began falling yesterday in lincolnshire, one or two spots had seen well over 80 millimetres, more than we would normally expect in the whole month
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