tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 23, 2015 9:00am-10:01am EDT
>> hello, and welcome to the al jazeera news hour. -year with al jazeera live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> the next step in the journey to europe, hundreds of reef gees board trains and buses from macedonia to serbia. >> hungry and desperate, children sift through trash looking for food in the besieged syrian town. al jazeera speaks to the families there. frustration on the streets of
beirut, thousands protest over what they say is a dysfunctional government. >> we go to colombia where one students initiative is turning her car-crazed hometown into a bike friendly environment. >> security forces in macedonia have stand preventing thousands of refugees from crossing the border from greece, now letting groups go through. they're supplying buses and trains to take them on to serbia, which is the next stop in their journey to e.u. member country. it was a very different scene saturday when hundreds of refugees and applying grants made a run for the border. security forces were overwhelmed. many people are trying to get to hungary, a major entry point into the e.u.
hangary itself is building a fence along its border with as her i can't, so the russia is on to get through before that fence is finished. al jazeera's andrew simmons is in macedonia where many refugees have now boarded trains, taking them on to serbia. >> two trains have left and now these people are left behind, trying to get their papers. all it is is a stamp, allowing them 72 hours in macedonia for them to be moved on up to the serbian border. let's take a look around here. there are mainly men here. women and children were given priority to get on the trains, but the system was quite disorganized. it was hit and miss with some moments of special tension with the police here and the people. the people were quite calm compared to the confrontation that had happened on the border.
they now november there's a way out. they now know there is a route to the serbian border, then on to hungary, from there to france, germany, and there is a belief that their journey may have an ending. whether that's a happy one is extremely unclear, much uncertainty here. a lot of suffering. people of all groups, backgrounds, many from syria, this has been a long crisis, but it isn't getting any easier at all. the numbers are growing dramatically and the macedonian simply don't noah to do apart from move people on. people have started gathering on the platform here. no one has told the exact time of when there will be a train. we think there may be another one on sunday, but the crowds most certainly will get bigger. take a look also at the conditions. there's very little in the way of humanitarian help here. down there, there are some
stalls, there are some people getting food. you've got to have money, because if you don't have money, you're stuck completely, and really the situation here is desperate, but the numbers right now are getting fewer. >> all right, let's go to the other side of the border to greece on the town where our correspondent will report. have the crowds been able to get through and on their way further north? >> yes, i think it's clear to these people arriving here now that they will get through. they heard that somehow, probably from the news or all of these people tend to have phones, as well and they will be communicating with each other. the contacts here couldn't be greater than yesterday when several hundred people broke free of the police lines and
sprinted across the fields into macedonia with stun grenades exploding around them, women and children utterly terrified. now it is far more organized here. the maddonians are allowing people through in controlled groups presumably as and when they feel they can collected on the other side by trains and taken forward. they don't want an overflow inside macedonia, they want that to be here. for the people arriving here, a much more organized scene. you see it behind me, a section of it, anyway. aid has arrived today, albeit late, offering food, water, medical assistance and clothing to people. they have a chance to rest and then they move on. >> ok. jonah, thank you very much indeed. that's on the greek side of the border as people again start to mass, hoping to get through to macedonia. well, the italians, meanwhile,
they've been rescuing people trying to get to europe via a different route. they're trying to get to europe through the mediterranean sea, most of them coming from north africa. the italian coast guard carried out 22 separate reaction operations, picking up over 4,000 people. more than 2,000 have died trying to make this perilous crossing. >> in germany, right wing protestors have been fighting with police. >> this is the scene, this is the second night demonstrators angry over the arrival of so many asylum seekers as they see it. germany said the number quadrupled to yea hundred thousand. we can speak to leonard, the inspectors for international organization of migration live to us from geneva.
nice to talk to you again, leonard, the international organization of migration is dedicated, formed to help with the policy of migration, to make migration a humanitarian and a dignified process. what is the iom doing now? working in very difficult crisis, syria, iraq, so you had sudan, yemen, helping with the arrival of migrants coming into southern italy and helping extensively in greece, working with the arrives and assuring their safety. on the border with macedonia, we're supporting smaller ngo's to bring aid to very vulnerable people. it's a very rapidly moving conflict issue. as your report that very, very well described, on both sides of the border, it is much calmer than yesterday, but the story is moving on into germany. >> indeed. i was going to ask you a little
more about what kind of conversations are taking place to enable these people, these desperate people to move from greece through to macedonia, now on their way to serbia? what kind of agreement has been struck between these governments involved? >> well, i'm not privy to any particular talks, but one can see clearly there is an attempt by many countries to move the problem along as quickly as possible. turkey is a nato member state, is a safe country, and refugees are entitle to seek asylum there but choose not to, where they move to greece and encouraged to move further north. macedonia recognizing there's a tidal wave on the way and moving them along, as well. this is just adding to the problems and pressures on germany, which you've seen in your clutch is leading to its own pushback. >> the next bottleneck, if you like, then, is likely to be at the point that these people currently on trains and buses reach the border with serbia.
>> obviously with serbia and then they're going to try to get through to the european union to hungary which is building its fence. the onslaught of people desperate to flee war is very strong and it's hard to ignore vulnerable women and children in particular. the winter will arrive sooner than later and they want to move to a safer place, the mediterranean, italy or in this case, through the western balkans. >> generally, a little bit more generally, we've been witnesses these horrific scenes. we've seen thousands of people die particularly in the mediterranean, we're seeing bad treatment meted out almost on a daily base. this has gone gone on since at least the start of the summer. what moves are there among european governments to come up with a comprehensive, coherent strategy? >> well, i fear there are really not enough.
we saw when 900 people died in a boat accident, the sinking of a boat off libya in april of this year, 21 of april, that suddenly, the heads of state met in a panic and decided that they would reintroduce the life saving efforts that have been taking place across the mediterranean and they talked about sharing the responsibility for resettling people and accepting them. but nothing has happened in crease terms. i think what's going to happen now is we are seeing so many people rushing across the border, we will see the european ministers immediate and hopefully come to a conclusion this time. >> thank you so much, spokesman for the international organization of migration talking live from geneva. >> many refugees who are risking everything to try to get to your are escaping from war situations like in syria. 34 people there have been killed in government airstrikes. the rebel held town of douma
east of damascus came under heavy bombardment on saturday. activists say buildings were shelled, at least 200 people are thought to be trapped under rubble. rescuers were still working on sunday to try to find survivors. douma is regularly targeted by government forces. more than 100 people were killed by airstrikes a week ago. >> well, southwest of douma is the town that is under government siege. it's north of damascus and people there are running out of food. the relief agencies are blocked from entering the town. erika wood has the latest. >> with food supplies blocked, these children are doing what they can to find something to eat. calf very longing through the rubbish on the streets. this family came to escape a siege, another city nearby.
now they're living under another one. >> we were sitting in our home and there were airstrikes happening over our heads. i have four children and they get scared. the fighting was right in front of my house. that's when we decided to flee. >> thousands came here, hoping to find security and food. they have found neither. al tal has been under various sees sings the start of the war. the people supported the government early on in the uprising but that is when the town's buildings were still whole. they never managed what would followed be fours years of more hardship. they don't have access to electricity and water and now that the town is under siege, aid agencies like the red crescent have been unable to take in crucial supplies. >> all entrances are closed off. no medical supplies can enter president the situation is now
getting worse because of the growing shortage of basic materials. >> the clinics are having to shut down because they don't have the medicine to treat people. as the routes in and out continue to be blocked, the residents of al tal go hungry. >> in lebanon, thousands of anti-government protestors have been fighting with riot police in downtown beirut. this is the worst unrest in a month of demonstrations since rubbish starts piling on the streets after the capital's mainland fill was closed a month ago. we have more. >> these were by far the biggest protests since the crisis began. now, it's about much more than just rubbish collection. many people have been pushed to their limits by unreliable power supplies, expensive water and what they say is a dysfunctional government. >> we are against the tech
tarian. kara: of the lab knees government. our youth are forced to immigrate. we are here to protest the lack of jobs, poverty and hunger. we have no electricity and no water. >> it wasn't long before the protests became a standoff. riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. des of demonstrators and police were wounded. the crisis began a month ago for the closure of lebanon's biggest landfill site. rubbish piled up across the city. the summer heat made the fumes and smells even worse. it's the stench of political corruption and paralysis which is now driving this growing protest movement. there's no solution to the waste management crisis, but the government is facing much bigger
problems. al jazeera. >> we've got a lot more to come on this al jazeera news hour, including: warming ties between the u.k. and iran as both countries reopen their embassies. plus: >> iraq's prime minister responds to protest with the promise to tackle corruption, but he says he's facing powerful enemies. >> in sport, find out if the title can be retained at the world championships. >> senior officials from north and south korea resumed to second round of talks to try to ease cross border tensions. the two countries have been locked in a war of words since trading artillery fire on thursday. while this is taking place,
south korea's military said it has detected troop and submarine movement in north korea. we have a report close to south korea's border with the north. >> from a history of heightened tensions between the koreas, it's not uncommon for the messages from both sides to be pretty mixed. sunday, we saw what's happening with the submarine fleet, 50 of north korea's 70 submarines have been deployed from their bases on both coasts of north korea, so far undetected by north
korean ships. it's worth pausing and thinking how we got to this point. august 4, there were land mine blasts in the south korean side of the demilitarized zone, injuring severely two south korean soldiers. north korea started propaganda broadcasts across the border. the north denied it had responsibility and demanded that south korea discontinue the broadcasts with a deadline, otherwise there would be a north korea military strike against them. south korea said that it will not end the broadcasts until and unless north korea apologizes for the land mine attacks. >> the first time in four years, britain and iran reopened embassies in each other caps also. the british foreign secretary traveled to tehran for an
official secretary. iran expelle expelled britain fs ago. relations have improved. paul brennan reports from the iranian embassy in london. >> it's remarkably low key to what is going to be a very significant development in diplomatic ties between britain and iran. it's sunday morning here. we're in the weekend outside of no office hours. there has been a steady stream of iranian officials going in and out of the building behind me. the actual ceremony will be behind closed doors at the iranian diplomatic residence, about 100 yards from here. you can see they are being hours, with the iranians and british about the amount of fanfare that they give this. nonetheless, it is extremely significant. phillip hammond, the british foreign secretary is the first to visit in 12 years.
reopening them is significant. what is significant is the reason behind it. this is far more than politics or diplomacy. delegations to tehran from britain comprises the treasury and there are senior representatives of big british energy, mining and engineering companies there, as well. the reality is, there is billions of dollars of business that is likely to open up as relations thaw you between britain and iran and the british do not want to miss out on those dollars. >> phillip hammond says while the relationship with iran is improving, there is still a long way to go. >> we have to start slowly and carefully build a relationship and see however we can go. there's a big deficit of trust at the moment, and there are major issues on which we have fundamental differences of view, but the symbolic importance of
deciding to reopen embassies in each other's countries is that we've chosen to talk to each other about those differences, discuss them together, to look for areas where our interests do align, where we do agree about things. >> one person has been killed after the midair collision of two small planes during an air show in switzerland. it happened near the northwestern city of basil. two german pilots were maneuvering a formation when they crashed, killing one of them. >> time for the weather, here is rob. is that a heatwave in london i'm hearing about? >> yeah, a very brief one, what we call a spanish plume. it hit 31 yesterday. this his the satellite picture keeping the cloud out, 31 in london, same as paris. similar temperatures in germany, which, of course, it's an unusual thing for this part of august and it was enjoyed by
many. this is a picture over looking the house of parliament, the crowds are watching entertainment. these things are short lived and usually end in thunderstorms. it's a spanish plume, the heat comes up from spain and the first thing in spain, it starts here. this is in pamplona. storms by night and doing the same over the british isles. it will turn thundery over the next few hours and be a general mass of rain. that's all change. let's skip out of europe over to india, where rather more rain, but similar temperatures produced as you know in the northeast, quite widespread flood. it's about the only part of india with significant flooding at the moment. curiously, the monsoon rains aren't really strong president moment. you might get 54 millimeters in any one shower in bangladesh.
forecast wise, repeat the same. >> let's go backing to an earlier story. those scenes of protest in beirut, the lebanese capital, the worst protests that have been seen in a month of growing discontent in the lebanese capital. we can speak to one protest organizer now, alexander handling who joins us from there. you are linking these piles of fetid rubbish building up on the streets of beirut with corruption in government, why? >> sorry, i can't really hear you that much. i just asked the producer to elevate the sound. >> ok. tell us -- >> would you give me just a second. >> why are you linking the piles of rubbish in the streets of beirut with corruption among politicians? >> well, usually we know that there is corruption, but we were
never able to spot this corruption. having piles of garbage on the streets just acted or embodies this sort of corruption, because we asked for removing this garbage in sustainable environmentally friendly manners, but they did not. they waited seven days to remove the garbage and then after seven days, told us they had a solution. they took the garbage and put it in rivers and oceans and forests, and they put it under the bridges, and it was very, very bad. nonetheless, we lebanese people are educated. we know environmental health standards and this was unacceptable. once we protested, they shot us, she shot at us, and they explained in very, very illegal managers and i'm here to talk about what happened yesterday, they tried to shut us up in very illegal manners, and we are not
animals. we are asking for environmental healthy solutions. >> the prime minister has been speaking in response to the scenes of yesterday, and saying that your country, lebanon needs a president. you haven't had a president, have you, for over a year. >> exactly and not -- >> he thinks that will help. >> no, because the legislative power is illegal here, because they prolonged their stays for two extra years. we did not have an election. we are not a democracy right now. he is -- he has no power to any statements. he is not our representative. >> ok, what do you think your protests. >> they are in power, but we did not elect. >> what do you think your protests have achieved, and will you continue to protest? >> for once, our protest has
achieved some source of sense of belonging here in the lebanese community, because for the first time, people are going down not due to their leader, their sect leader telling them to go down. people are going down from all backgrounds, they are standing with one another, because we do not have any developmental systems and policies for 13, 14 years, we have been paralyzed. we are leaving the country. in palestinian or syria or egypt, they have been, i don't know how to say it in english, but in a very classy way, we have brain drain. what we want here in lebanon is development. it's international standards. it's a sort of quality of life which we don't have, so this protest sort of gave a sense of belonging and identity to the lebanese people. we are coming down for
development and for building the country, and not war and violence and sectarianism and primitive things. we want a secular state. we want a state which cares for humane sort of living. that's what we want, we want development and we stress it, but please, i would like to talk about for international conventions that were broken yesterday. >> i'm afraid we've run out of time, but you've been incredibly articulate in telling us your thoughts concerning the protest movements that you're helping to lead. thank you very much indeed. alexandra handling live from beirut. >> you're welcome. >> >> i'm in one of kenya's forests. i'll tell you how this card is
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all political forces are to blame for unprecedented protests in beirut. he said they need to elect a president as soon as possible. >> britain and iran have reopened embassies. there was an official ceremony in tehran along with high level talks. >> hundreds of protestors have stormed the office of a mayor in southern iraq, forcing him to resign. it happened in the hometown of the former prime ministerial malcan i. there's increasing anger across the country as the government corruption and poor infrastructure. prime minister abadi announced reforms, but some are standing in the path of progress. >> it is a protest movement that has brought society together, but it also brought into the
open the power struggle between iraq's shia politicians. every friday, iraqi's from different sects and walks of life, at first demanded better services. now they want change. >> people don't just want water and electricity, we want political reform and government institutions. >> prime minister al abadi promised to do that. these protests have become a support for fighting corruption. even the prime minister said he is facing powerful enemies. >> there are people who want to bring down the political process. they have money, they run television and radio stations, but we will stand in their way. >> abadi has the backing of the highest religious authority in iraq, the ground ayatollah, who has considerable influence over the shia population. through his spokesman, he urged
reforms. it was a message of support to abadi and a message to his rivals not to stand in the way. >> abadi took office over a year ago after isil captured much of the sunni heartland. he replaced al-maliki. abadi's mission was to reconcile communities and reinstate the state authority. he has been challenged by political forces from within the shia leadership. >> shia militias, known as the popular mobilization forces replaced an army that collapsed in the face of isil. these groups gained support among the public and their leaders have political ambitions. some of strong links with iran and are allies of maliki, who still has the largest single block in the iraqi parliament. >> there are serious divisions between the shia house. abadi tried to ask the groups to
stop meddling in government affairs, but it didn't work. >> there are fears they might be highjacked by political forces who are stronger than the state. al abadi needs to meet people's expectations in order to retain power. >> to yemen where the and you had led coalition carried out more airstrikes. houthi rebels in the port city were targeted. they currently control the city, which is yemen's fourth largest. the port is crucial to aid delivery for northern parts of the country. les where in taiz, fighting continues between the houthis and forces who are loyal to the exiled president, adou rabbo mansour hadi. on friday, 65 people were killed in fighting. aid groups appeal for halts to attacks to allow humanitarian supplies into the besieged city.
houthi rebels and their allies have allegedly kidnaps nine professors and student leaders during a sit in demonstration at sanna university. they were demanding the release of the former education minister when they were taken. >> let's talk a little bit more about iran and the u.k. and the reopening of their respective embassies, the first time in four years. we can talk to a political analyst and specialist on the e.u. foreign policy towards iran. she joins us live from london. so we've seen these two embassies open, reopen, i should say, and phillip hammond has made the journey to tehran. is this about diplomacy or business, would you say? >> i think both. i think what happened in the last two years demonstrated that diplomacy has played an important role in improving the
relationship between u.k. and iran. after radio has noti was elected, there has been an increment in improvement of taiz after the joint plan of action was signed in november, 2013, and the respective residents in charge have been named. business is one of the driving reasons for establishing this diplomacy to a higher degree. after the joint comprehensive agreement has been signed five weeks ago, they have been seeing a large number of delegation, european delegation traveling to iran, and part of them have been traveling to iran to improve economic relations with tehran. >> i was going to ask you a bit more specifically, there's so much potential business to be done in iran a is finally being
allowed to open up to global business. what sort of areas do you think will be most in need and will be most receptive to these overtures being made by european and american businesses? >> well, of course, large part of the business between iran and e.u. was based on oil and petro chemical products, about 90% of imports in europe from iran before the 2012 embargo was imposed was actually related to petro chemical products, so if sanctions will be relieved after an implementation of the agreement, the beginning of 2016, i think this will be the main sector in which there will be room for improvement of relations between e.u. and iran. i think the fact that together with u.k. foreign secretary, the
results is more delegation traveling into iran, among which traveling as well will be a factor in iran. >> >> high level talks between india and pakistan collapsed hours before they were due to start. pakistan pulled out, saying it won't accept india's preconditions. it wants to discuss the dispute over cashmere, but india wants the meeting between the national security advisors to focus only on terrorism. we can get the latest now from our correspondent. let's hear from pakistan administered kashmir. >> although the indian prime minister and the iraqi prime
minister agreed to resume talks, there was an anticipation that perhaps it would be a step forward, but the pakistani side now said that it has analyzed carefully the indian foreign minister's statement at a press conference yesterday in which india puts two conditions, pakistan says that india cannot put unilaterally conditions for talks, that the talks should be unconditional, they should discuss the kashmir issue. pakistan is not opposed to discussing terrorism but cannot stick to just this alone. the pakistanis are also objecting to the second point the indians have raised that the pakistani's would not be allowed to meet the kashmiri leaders likely to attend those talks and india would not accept a third party. therefore, pakistan coming to the conclusion that those talks would not be productive, but the fear is that with the breakdown of talks, the tensions along the line of control in the disputed region of kashmir was likely to get worse before things got
better. >> india has described pakistan's decision to back out of the national security advisors talks as unfortunate, but the stalling of these talks boils down to what was going to be on the agenda in terms of what these leaders were going to talk about. now, india says these talks were going to be firmly on terrorism, but the indian government said pakistan is aware and has the ability to help solve. without it, the indian government said without this discussion, there can be no viable or sustainable discussion between both countries, islamabad was seeking a more broader palate for the discussions, including the issue of disputed kashmir region. now india says the disputed kashmir region is not on the agenda of these talks. >> the police in malaysia say they've discovered the bodies of 24 suspected victims of trafficking. they were found in the jungles of the northern state, as close
to the thai border. earlier, more than 130 bodies were discovered in abandoned camps, believed to have been used by people smugglers. most victims are said to be from myanmar's muslim rohingya community. >> thousands gathered in stockholm for world water week. the theme this year, water for development. that's focusing on making sure resources are used efficiently and that we have enough for the world's growing needs. 9 billion cubic meters are water are used every year worldwide. >> of that, more than 40% is consumed by just four countries, can you believe, china, india, the u.s. and brazil. most of that water, 69% to be precise is used in agriculture, like for irrigating crops or for raising cattle. around 19% is used for industrial purposes, secluding generating electricity.
just 12% is used for domestic use. around 750 million people, 11% of the world's population still don't have access to safe water, and almost 40% of them live in sub sahara africa. from kenya, we report now on an initiative trying to give people better access to water. >> this simple prepaid card has never been more important for people in this township. it pace for water. at half a u.s. cent, they are able to get 20 liters of clean water. an average family uses about 120-liters a day. in an area where water has for decades been scarce, expensive and unclean, this a.t.m. style dispenser is welcome news. >> it has helped me, because we used to go far to look for water.
now even if there is no water at the camp, we can still get water here. >> this is a slum of half a million people. the nairobi water company which provides water to the city's residents has only installed four so far and faces competition from illegal vendors who have diverted the company's water to sell. >> these are water points. that's an illegal collection. it seems to be much easier, but also more expensive. there are many such water points here and they are said to be operated by landlords and vigilante groups, as well. >> those who live in this township are forced by the cartels to buy water from the illegal points at twice the cost and without the guarantee of
safety. >> >> local community workers are being used to convince people, including many skeptics to buy the cards. she has just bought one. she said even though the new water points maybe cheaper, they are an inconvenience. >> the water points are very few. the pressure is very low, so we have to could you for long time. >> they hope to install more water dispensers to reach all the people in the slum by the end of next year. until then, the company has no option than to continue operating along the cartels stealing from it. >> the director of global pose and campaigns for water aid. >> it's really interesting at stockholm this week, a gathering of the world if community in water and sanitation.
we are four weeks from a major agreement at the united nations on sustainable development and the overall headline of the sustainable development bowl will be to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, massive ambition. you can't do this unless you address access to water sanitation and hygiene. at stockholm this week, there's the organization of my own water aid, the world health organization, government, private sector, all coming together to say how can we step up. what's the transformational change we need to achieve so everyone everywhere hasan takes and hygiene by 2030. this is a big agenda, but the next four weeks is pivotal. >> anti apportion calories across the united states, condemning the health organizations practices. the rallies were planned after the release of a video from an
anti abortion group friday. they say the video shows members of planned parenthood negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. the protestors want federal funding cut to the health group. >> in the race for the u.s. democratic party's presidential nomination, former secretary of state hillary clinton is suffering from reports of a possible criminal investigation into her private email account. that's been helping her only serious rival, senator bernie sanders. tom ackermann reports now from the campaign trail in south carolina. >> across this state, thousands flocked to hear self described socialist, bernie sanders, declaim his favorite populist themes. >> this campaign is sending a message to the most powerful people in this country, to the billionaire class, and what we are saying to them is you're no
longer going to be able to get it all. >> it is not a radical idea, it is an american idea, that if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. [ cheers and applause ] >> the 73-year-old senator from vermont wins praise from his admirers for qualities they consider lacking in the democratic front runner. >> i see hillary clinton as being beholden to corporations, where bernie sanders is getting his support from the people he claims to represent. >> sanders has been steadily narrowing the gap with clinton in recent polls, ranking even with her in early primary voting states. >> as much as sanders is drawing voters away from hillary clinton, his big challenge in states like south carolina is to attract more blacks and
hispanics, the party's base here. >> beside his cause for more government funded jobs and free education, he talked about black voting rights. >> he touched on it, just like bernie did. i agree that he'll probably steal votes from hillary. >> what sanders has refused to do is confront clinton head on. >> there are many issues we disagree and i will talk about them, but i am not going to engage in personal attacks and character assassination. that i am not do. >> he has impressed leaders with his outreach approach to his concerns. >> he did not have an answer but said i will do research. he could have brushed the question off like some people do. >> the first primary voting is still five months away, time enough for sanders to make clinton's nomination once rewarded as inevitable
increasingly less assured. >> guatemala's president faces intense pressure to step down as amid corruption allegations. protests have been held, calling for the president's resignation. the attorney general has also south molina's impeachment over a customs fraud that led to the arrest of his former vice president. two cabinet ministers resigned in protest. the president has denied the allegations. >> it was once said to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but medellin in colombia is trying to reform that image. in the final part of our global series on public transit, cities on the move, we report on how medellin's public bicycle sharing program is trying to create a bike friendly community. >> after two years spent abroad
in amsterdam, engineering student lena lopez he returned to her hometown of immediate even with an idea, help turn this car crazed city into a bike friendly environment. she designed a pilot program for a public bike sharing system and sold it to the local administration. >> at the beginning, they'd say here come the crazies, the hippies, we would be attacked on social media. we insisted and now the bicycle that become a serious means of transport in medellin. it still is an issue of controversy, butten that understand the benefits it brings. >> the system started with just a future bikes collecting universities to public transportation. now it has 50 stations across town, and more than 20,000 people have signed up for the program. >> as another well known bike sharing system in new york or in paris, you just sign up on line, pick up your cart, and you're
ready to borrow your bike for an hour before returning it to a station. this system is completely free. >> in colombia. >> nobody knew what a public bike system was in colombia. it was perceived at dangerous. there was the idea that bicycles were only for poor people, but being a free service, people tried us and then started using us. >> in recent years, medellin gained attention for its urban transformation. it's the only stip in the country with a metro and it has built innovative aerial tram ways and urban escalators in its once notorious slums. despite a master plan of 400 kilometers of bike routes, only 40 have been built and few respect the cyclists on the road. >> there hasn't been the political will to focus on bicycles as a sustainable alternative. more needs to be done to educate people, but we are seeing
change. there is a new generation of citizens organizing, not waiting for the government to act. >> thousands of cyclists take to the streets every wednesday night to do just that. like lena's public share program, they show changing the way people navigate the streets is possible, even in increasingly crowded car-shocked cities. >> still to come on the prom, can serena williams stay on course for another title in cincinnati, andy will reveal all in just a moment.
>> andy's here, it's time for the sports news. >> thank you so much, martin. the fastest man in the world, bolt has won gold in the hundred meters at the world championships. he struggled with injury this season, didn't look impressive in the heats in beijing, but that all changed in the final, here he is beating the race favorite into second place. he won in 9.79 seconds, his 3100-meter world title. i'll have more reaction from beijing a little later on. jessica hill won her second title in the triathlon, recording a season's best in the long jump in this seven discipline event, and finished off two days of competition with a win in the
800 meters. >> the formula one world title standing, his teammate was second, he was first. he had a bad start from second to fifth on the grid. dave hamilton was edged. >> serena has that unstoppable look in cincinnati, through to the final after winning the world number one winning in straight sets. this is williams' final tournament before the grand slam, final grand slam of the year, the u.s. open, aiming to win all four grand slams in a calendar year. >> last time i lost in cincinnati, i won the open, and last time i won cincinnati, i won the open. i think either way, hopefully, i'll be ok. >> bad weather has been frustrating australia and their captain michael clark on day
four of the fifth ashes test against england. he is set to retire after the test. it's been raining at london's over, though, play set to resume in a few minutes time,ing grand have an unassailable 3-1 series lead. >> final innings for sri lanka, the fifth highest test run score in history. he will retire at the end of the match, but his team set a huge target to pull off an unlikely win on day five. >> tiger woods in a tie for second going into the final proud of the championship, in with a chance for his first tournament win in two years. he had a share of the lead at the halfway stage, and he is within two streaks to leader jason gould. here he is, free putting. >> it was a grind today. it was a lot like yesterday. i can't leave myself above the hole and seemed like every hole.
i had to putt defensively because of it. i couldn't get on the run that jason did. i just didn't leave myself in the right spot. >> competitive video gaming may or may not be your idea of genuine sport. it is projected to be a billion dollars for some year. >> production of this magnitude are usually reserved for global music and sporting superstars. there's a new player exploding on to the word stage. welcome to the world of e gaming. >> a lot more people are starting to know your face and the brand your playing for, even in my hometown, people ask for autographs and photos. it's a bit much to take in at some point. it's a bit of a new sensation to
me, known as a superstar. >> opinions remain divided on whether competitive video gaming is in fact a sport. it's certainly trying to present itself as just that. one of e gaming's largest organizations now drug testing players. >> we began working with the national anti doping agency in germany to come up with a set of comprehensive president obama policies that allow us to police at the highest levels globally. >> gamers have been accused of taking stimulants to help improve concentration and reaction time, and the stakes of high with prize money of $250,000 at this event in the german city of cologne. >> we have had bans on drugs. we realized we didn't have the
tools we needed to police. >> we wanted top support and improve on drug-free gaming. we are kind of referee in this atmosphere. >> gamers seem to be taking testing seriously too. >> we are playing for thousands and thousands of dollars. we need to take things more seriously and do stuff like that, i have no problem about that, it's order to me. >> with predicted revenues set to top $1 billion within two years, organizers are hoping it's now game over for drug cheats. al jazeera. >> we will have more reaction a little later. >> do stay with us here at al jazeera. jazeera.
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