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minutes a tribute to martin luther king jr under way in the u.s. in just a few seconds from now bells will toll across america to all of the slain civil rights leader we'll take you live to memphis. hello it was fifty years ago today when martin luther king was gunned down on a motel balcony in memphis tennessee seconds from now bells will toll right of the moment the civil rights leader was shot they will ring for thirty nine seconds each second representing the thirty nine years he lived. thank you it's a countdown now with. no. sleep . oh no oh oh oh oh.
the bells tolling to mark the moment civil rights leader martin luther king died as he was gunned down in the memphis in memphis tennessee fifty years ago today the bill me wrong by members of his family their roles jordan is live first. in memphis tennessee so rosalynn how are people remembering martin luther king there on this solemn day. at this moment you can not hear anyone speak everyone is recording this moment it's probably the most solemn birth of the stay long commemoration of the life and work of martin luther king jr as he noted this bell is tolling thirty nine times one time each for
every year that he lived on the earth and this is going to be repeated across the united states and in cities around the world in the next half hour south martin luther king jr perhaps a pivotal in not just ending legal segregation across the u.s. south but also pivotal in the passage of the one nine hundred sixty five voting rights act and so what we've heard here and what we've seen all day are people being thankful for the work that he did a considerable personal risk ending with the assassination at this hour on april fourth one nine hundred sixty eight but we're also hearing a lot of people saying that they're going to use his example to try to would do more to improve lives in their communities across the united states and around the world. indeed and now we've been hearing from a number of speakers so throughout the day rosalynn most notably jesse jackson who we can see there right now. since he and self and you the king and was there that
day. that's right he was a young minister he was only in his mid twenty's when dr king was killed he had come here with two of provide support to sanitation workers will strike for better pay and better treatment by city officials he was standing next to king on the balcony. when it was shot by a change of re-used a remington rifle with one bullet killed it was a very traumatic moment as might expect jesse jackson who even though he is extremely vocal known around the world for his activism on the ballot that almost there. it's. shared with the ground here. in the last. from this balcony in memphis the balcony in white houses for the years in the wilderness
of friends today the hope is in the resurrection when you celebrate barack winning the campaign in two thousand and eight and twelve he is alive and those children module last week saying ban on assault weapons enough. he's alive. and we walked in modern freed mendell and he's alive. my friend let nothing brick your spirit the day he would go home spend the phone turn loam volleyed it yet somehow someway he would not give up. now of course i think he will love feature artistic performances and it's a liberation of the four corners. but the big has been tossed around just tired. to spend that. energy and the memories and the knowledge
of work during the civil rights to translate that same momentum into the challenges facing students things of princes of pakistan just against common americans but against those against asians against indigenous peoples as well as dealing with the real clash of knowledge justice. for working. wages or just barely to make. a small group just because by the day it's certainly given to me to this country but the pleasure simply like a pack full of away did not think about it the whole of the speakers at this point is that extra work to put more of their security for
want for a better. life for us there in memphis to say thanks for. all us president donald trump also paid tribute to the civil rights leader he says king's legacy lives on. fifty years ago dr king which cruelly taken from this world by an assassin's bullet but the promise he fought for could never be taken away his words his deeds they live on for africa and the cause for which he gave. his life only gained strength and force and power with the passage of time on this chair is today we honor the memory of reverend king and we rededicate ourselves to a glorious future where every american from every walk of life can live free from fear liberated from hatred and uplifted by boundless love for their fellow citizens and we also heard from barack obama the nation's first black president who credits
king with some of his own success because of him because of his glorious words and deeds because of his hopeful vision and his moral imagination we found the courage to come as far as we have because of him and his fellow marchers barricades began to fall and bigotry began to fade laws changed but so did hearts and minds new doors of opportunity swung open for each new generation just look around we can see with our own eyes that america is fairer and freer and more just than it was in dr king's time were right to remember that such progress didn't come easily the for every victory there were setbacks and defeats that for every two steps forward we often take a step back home u.s. president barack obama there paying tribute to martin luther king what to our other
top stories now donald trump has agreed to keep u.s. troops in syria for the time being a day off to threaten to pull them out the u.s. president reportedly change his mind often meetings with top national security advisor our white house correspondent kimberly how could reform. one day after u.s. president donald trump declared the united states will pull out of syria i want to get out i want to bring our troops back home the white house was on wednesday attempting to make sense of the president's statements arguing the u.s. would withdraw but not just yet as this environment has changed because of the success under the president's leadership we're evaluating it as we go the softening of the president's position as the result of a national security meeting trump had with top advisers he was informed there was still work to be done withdrawal of the two thousand military advisors and special forces could allow eisel to regain
a foothold in the region we shouldn't go into iraq on the campaign trail trump pushed an america first agenda arguing foreign conflicts have cost taxpayers too much it's a point he reiterated on tuesday well meeting with baltic leaders seven trillion dollars over a seventeen year period we have nothing. it's perhaps one reason trump is excel orating withdrawal timeline the other is russia trump has argued nobody has been tougher on russia than i have a withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria would be a win for russian president vladimir putin whose forces have supported the syrian government of bashar al assad throughout the conflict the because it would also be a victory for iran israeli government believes the iranians are planning to use their forces in syria to attack israel accusation iran denies but one analyst thinks trumps desire to pull the united states out is simply part of
a bigger strategy i think it's probably a good idea to put that on the table because it forces people to negotiate with you with a talk with you more seriously in this i think you're always going to be there despite the president's sense of urgency the white house says the decision to pull u.s. troops out of syria will not be made by the president but instead by the secretary of defense based on conditions on the ground kimberly help at al-jazeera at the white house. iran turkey and russia promised to work together to ensure a lasting cease fire in syria the leaders of the three countries have been meeting to discuss the crisis some of being generated reports now from ankara. these are the three men deciding the future of syria the dervish president hosted the russian and ukrainian leaders to talk about how to end the conflict that's entered its eighth year what other will learn. as a guarantor country it's important to attain the territorial integrity of syria
these fights have to be ended in the country has to be rebuilt on this we are in agreement the syrian public the civilians of those who are losing as a result of these fights there is a difficult process ahead of us but the light at the end of this tunnel is getting brighter we will not allow the face of syria to be darkened by terrorist organizations but each one of these three leaders has a different definition of what they call terrorists dirty has influence over opposition fighters who've been fighting bashar al assad's forces iran backs the syrian president and has sent thousands of troops in militia to support him russia supports assad but is also very of growing sectarianism after isis defeat but in ankara the focus was on what brings together this diverging alliance. really that city should we are looking to take steps towards implementing the decisions made in sochi first of all to form in geneva under the un auspices
a constitutional committee which will work towards a framework in which syrians can determine the main parameters of the state structure of their country. the area. that. the people of syria especially those inside opposition held areas or the tens of thousands forced to flee their homes do not trust the countries who back the regime even if there is recognition of the humanitarian suffering. as digital yes no we have always emphasized from the perspective of the iran islamic republic that there is no military solution to the syrian problem we need to help stop the war in syria peacefully. the three leaders agreed to expedite a political solution but it might be easier said than done the less successful part of this initiative has been the political angle where the three countries are wanted also to push the different actors in syria towards
a political solution but that effort has been hindered by the fact that even between moscow and ankara there are still a number of divergences concerning the future of syria the future constitutional syria and even the role of us up as foreign nations declared their support for peace when you go on this day the syrian air force dropped sarin gas and hunchy whom in the province the un syria commission says it killed dozens of majority of whom were women and children the leaders of turkey iran and russia say their dialogue is for the un's geneva peace process but people inside syria's rebel held areas say they are pessimistic about a solution when attacks by parties backed by these three countries continue to happen some of the job. and car around the hoary is a professor of journalism at the american university of beirut and senior fellow at harvard university's belfer center for science and international affairs he joins
us now from new york to talk more about this good to speak with you again rami so first of all what what do you make of this decision making process going on with with donald trump right now. yesterday he said that u.s. troops were coming out and now we're hearing not just yet. it's not really a decision making process there are multiple views within the white house within the security agency's defense department state department throughout washington and they take turns making public statements most of the time they're trying to catch up with what the president said because he doesn't fact make policy in the end though in this case he's actually made it clear that the decision to pull troops out of syria will be made by the defense department so there is a very chaotic situation in washington where you have multiple centers of
interests and multiple views the president is not that engaged he doesn't know very much about any of these issues in the region and he's more concerned about politics internally in the united states and saying tough things to try to rally his supporters and this is the consequences have been going on for about a year now and it's going to continue and as we reported there did the three main outside countries that have an influence in in syria right now turkey iran and russia the leaders and meeting to talk about as settlement. aside from that does this also speak to a marginalized role that the u.s. has in the region now. it's certainly marginalized in syria right now and other parts of the region but in the bigger picture the us is still a major player its problem is that it has only really asserted its power through
military force and the assertion of military force as a foreign policy instrument by the united states by and large in the last thirty years has been a massive failure from vietnam to to afghanistan and to other places all around the region so this is the dilemma the united states says they are a power to be reckoned with in the region and as we see they're trying to develop links with saudi arabia and the u.a.e. and other countries as proxies for various military or political actions such as for instance normalizing arab israeli ties so the u.s. is still a power to be reckoned with but they don't really have a clear strategy and they are way behind the ball in terms of. actual policies on the ground right now the russians iranians and turks are in the driving the driver seat they're not quite sure where they're driving towards actually they have different views on different elements but what we see is the first clear
picture of the actual post cold war middle east strategic alignment where different powers in the region and outside would work together agree on some things disagree on other things but shape the broad outlines of strategic directions in this region good to get your perspective as always rami who in new york thank you. oh plenty more ahead on the news hour a facebook data scandal is much bigger than first thought we'll look at what the chief executives doing about. the latest from brazil as the supreme court decides whether former president lula should go to jail. or take charge of their champions league quarter final but what cost details later in sports. all those stories ahead but first sierra leone has
a new president opposition leader julius a modern bio they have been jubilant scenes in the capital freetown as news to emerge of the election runoff result not a bio of the sierra leone people's party won nearly fifty two percent of the votes he defeated the ruling or people's congress candidate some more of who received just over forty eight percent. now supreme court judges in brazil are deciding whether former president luis in asio lula da silva should be allowed to remain free while he continues to appeal a corruption conviction live now to our latin america editor lucien newman who is in brazil yes so lucy what are we hearing there. has some things are not looking very good for former president louis c. nasser lula da silva at this hour the chief justices are still debating it's been a very very long long voting process the six judge to cast his vote is speaking
right now but so far we have four votes against president lula one in favor and were significantly the one that was considered to be the most crucial of them all that would break what is virtually a tie has come and gone justice across have ever voted against former president lula saying that he should go to prison that he's have enough of a chance by losing another appeal that was just a week ago this certainly is something that those who want to go to jail so that he can't run for president in october's elections are celebrating many people say that this is the way to ensure that justice is done but we believe at this hour is that holmes says that he is a victim of political persecution we are expecting him to speak once every last vote has been cast is made public could take several hours more. and see what does this say about the political situation in brazil right now
a. lot of anger from the public of or politicians because lula is certainly not the only politician who's facing trouble right now. there is no absolutely not first of all this is a very very politically divided society right now lula is certainly. he certainly earmarks the hatred of one sector of the country but there are hundreds and hundreds of politicians businessmen who are under investigation right now is and was suspicion for corruption at least two thirds of the fact of congress and the president himself so this was a crucial vote or will be a crucial vote letting lula stay out of prison means that many others may be able to go scot free or at least of void going to prison for many many years if they can keep kicking the sentence forward by appealing and we're talking now about the the the future of this very very celebrated and widespread corruption
probe here called or or a car wash which has sent already scores of politicians to prison but many of them would have been able to appeal and be freed after being sentenced if lula himself were to win his appeal in the supreme court so that's what's have been at stake here resume newman live for us there in brasilia thank you. now facebook says the personal data of up to eighty seven million users users may have been improperly shared with the british political consultant c that's thirty seven million more than previously reported last month it was revealed to use information was obtained by cambridge analytical which worked for donald trump's u.s. presidential campaign use caused an international outcry and has forced facebook's chief executive mark zuckerberg to toss testify before a u.s. congressional committee next week on wednesday he told reporters the social network
didn't do enough to prevent abuse of its platform. now we have to go through every part of our relationship with people and make sure that we're taking a broad enough view of our responsibilities it's not enough to just connect people we have to make sure that those connections are positive and that they're bring people closer together it's not enough to just give people a voice we have to make sure the people are not using a voice to hurt people or to spread misinformation and it's not enough to give people tools to sign into we have to ensure that all those developers protect people's information too of facebook is also restricting the use of data that outsiders can access the changes including to include cracking down on apps that can get information about events that people are hosting or attending facebook also says it will better protect conversations between people that take place in closed or secret groups and is tightening the review process for all apps the request uses
information about things like photos videos status updates and posts on monday all facebook users will receive and notice telling them what apps they use what information has been shared and how to delete apps they no longer want jenny gephardt is a researcher at electronic frontier foundation she joins us by sea via skype now from san francisco thanks so much for being with us now we're talk about those men and measures in just a moment but i want to get back to this news that. facebook has said that there's even more users whose data may have been taken without their knowledge up to eighty seven million what do you make of that. how much i guess it's not necessarily surprising i think the number has continued to go up since the news first hit first it was two hundred seventy thousand who just clicked on a survey and it became clear from the cambridge analytical whistleblower that it was mostly all of those people's friends bumping up to fifty million and it sounds
like a space that has continued to investigate and service more details for up to a much larger number that i think accounts for perhaps one out of every four americans. so i don't think it's necessarily surprised that the number has gone up but it's certainly chopping but it's gone up so significantly and as far as those new restrictions that they've announced will they will they make a difference. it heard it it's hard to say i don't we don't think they will make enough of a difference there's a lot of focus and kind of the raft of announcements that basic made today with the measures they're going to be rolling out a lot of focus on protecting your information from third party developers but now a lot of focus on protecting it from facebook itself we're hearing a lot about facebook will lock down your information make sure that third party developers don't have access to it but very little talk of how facebook will perhaps stop collecting that information or stop storing that information that kind of measure be much more meaningful than simply walking down information from third
parties and mark zuckerberg the facebook head very much in the hot seat now not just figure to leave but literally is going to go before congress next week to answer questions what do you think he should be asked. well i think there will probably be more than one testimony to cover all the question but members of congress might want to ask them i think that one key question that i have yet to see facebook take real responsibility for is why weren't users notified in twenty fifteen when people found out about this and one of the announcement made today is that it will i think starting next monday start to notify people if their information may have fallen into cambridge analysts because hands in an unauthorized way but the train has left the station for a lot of users who are watching this you know why weren't users in the public notified when did this come to our side of her death and what was the conversation to keep it internal i think basic also stated in its initial statements after cambridge and letter to hit headlines that they had taken most of the necessary
steps years ago the same question of why it's those steps were so necessary and so crucial why didn't we hear about that so i think that that is really at the core of this problem and from there you could ask you know what other cambridge analytical like situations are out there that users in the public have not been informed about but user information has been of use. good to speak of eugénie gephardt joining us there from san francisco thanks very much i think you're now still ahead on al-jazeera the actress who played the queen but wasn't paid the princely sum of her costar britain's debate about gender pay equity. and in sport they'll be no appeal why form australian cricket captain steve smith won't be challenging his ball tampering back.
hello winter has not left north america it's still quite cold in the plains states we've had well some snow as recently as yesterday is on par for the great lakes and this arc of cloud here represents something of a junction between the colder in the warmer air now want snow that was falling heavily in the east of kansas going out of the way but just follow the line back again minus four winnipeg that's below where it should be minus eighteen calgary it really is quite low and the snow just inland in british columbia so the air is cold enough here for snow and that will make itself a bit more obvious i think as you can see right into the plain states almost reaching denver this is on friday and more shows itself in the northeast corner it's supposed to be spring is just not yet here. in texas but in dallas at twenty seven expect thunderstorms possibly court fishes ones that i've been quite been quite dry recently and apart from that line of cloud that is still will be but there's an increasing chance of showers or the next couple of days and if you're in
cuba or jamaica his spaniel or even temporarily somewhere in mexico showers are possibility they're not very widespread but where you find them is getting warm and they could be quite poky particularly in panama. we're heading to the place some deep in the true premium is on it's taking us two days on this boat just to get there from the search current dangerous macaws looks at what is being done to protect one of the region's most iconic creatures cars are disappearing because the legal pad trained with booming research want to see if reintroduction of my clients elizabeth i watching to save some of these population pretty good young techno on al-jazeera. one of the really special things that work in progress here is that even as a camera woman i get to have so much empathy and contribution to
a story i feel we cover this region better than anyone else would be foolish as you know is that it turns out in the but to good because you have a lot of people that are divided on political issues we are we the people we live to tell the real stories are just mended used to do we were indeed journalism we don't feel inferior to the audience across the globe. but again you're watching al-jazeera mind of our top stories this commemorations have been held in the u.s. city of memphis marking the fiftieth anniversary sasa nation of civil rights leader
martin luther king jr thousands gathered for a day of speeches and marches to remember his legacy. has agreed to keep u.s. troops in syria for now a day after threatening to pull them out u.s. president reportedly changed his mind after meeting top national security advisers pentagon says about two thousand troops are based in syria to prevent a resurgence of isis. sierra leone's opposition leader has been elected president with nearly fifty two percent of the votes to be jubilant scenes in the capital freetown news emerged of the runoff result. so back to our top story when news of king's assassination broke there were riots across the united states but not in indianapolis where robert f. kennedy calm the angry crowds became his most memorable speech and now the u.s. house of representatives has voted to make the site of the speech a national landmark john hendren reports from indianapolis it was an uneasy
alliance a wealthy white patrician and a charismatic black preacher martin luther king considered robert kennedy timid on civil rights kennedy was privately supportive making calls to get king released from a georgia jail but publicly kept his distance. right up until april fourth one thousand nine hundred sixty eight as kennedy campaigned for the presidency in indiana martin luther king jr was killed tonight in memphis tennessee kennedy's aides warned him to cancel a stop in indianapolis to dangerous the set there was mixed feelings of the. people that were angry i was angry myself from the back of a flatbed truck wearing his slain brothers tweed coat they go right martin luther king he broke the news to a mostly black crowd martin luther king was shot and was killed tonight in memphis was it was the first time he'd spoken publicly of the assassination of his brother
president john f. kennedy but those of you who are black. and are tempted to feel with be filled with hatred and distrust of the injustice of such an act. against all white people. i would only say that i can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling i had a member of my family killed. but he was killed by a white man or he had to use his words to calm the fury they felt in their own hearts and he was really the only person who might have been able to do that at that time in that moment in history last week his words were commemorated on a plaque on that site a reminder of how far the us has come and how far it has yet to go that statement right there on the wall resonates right now today as to where our community
should be with the love and with of them in comparison and in dealing with those who are still suffering we're still suffering two months later robert kennedy also was killed by an assassin's bullet two voices of hope silenced forever relegated to a world of what might have been. half a century later america's still converses with racial tension but for one volatile night is one major city after another burned at night riding broke out in a hundred and thirty american cities it was a quiet night in indianapolis john hendren. indianapolis indiana. kosslyn is a professor of history at stanford university and director of the martin luther king jr research and education institute he joins us now from stanford in california talk more about martin luther king's legacy thanks very much for being
with us so as millions of americans mark this day will they be looking more at at at what martin luther king achieved or is it more a kind of how can we channel his legacy toot toot to deal with the current problems today. i think it's more the latter i think that especially for younger people they weren't around when the civil rights bills were passed but they understand like martin luther king king understand understood at the time that they were not sufficient that civil rights legislation was not going to solve the problem of poverty it was not going to end the war in vietnam and other wars since then so they they have a good perspective for viewing the world as martin luther king did that. the civil rights reforms of the one nine hundred sixty s.
brought us a long way but we still have a long way to go and when people normally think of luther king did the first things that come to mind tend to be of course the great i have a dream speech and in washington. the fight against segregation and fighting for voting rights and so on but what people tend to forget is some of the things that you mentioned there what he later got more involved in the fight against poverty speaking out against the vietnam war do you think that part of his legacy tends to be forgotten. yes even even when he was alive i think there was a tendency to view him simply as a civil rights leader and i don't think that that's his basic identity as basic identity was as a social gospel minister he made it very clear early in his life that his goal his objective is as a social gospel minister was to deal with problems such as unemployment sloan's
economic insecurity the now distribution of wealth you know these kinds of issues. were more basic to him then civil rights reform i think he became a civil rights leader because he happened to be in montgomery at the same time that rosa parks was that got almost drafted into that movement and certainly for ten years that was the main priority was to get civil rights legislation passed but once the voting rights act was passed in one nine hundred sixty five he turned the next year to dealing with the problems of the urban north going to chicago with his family and ultimately launching a poor people's campaign and that's what he was doing when he was assassinated could speak to you clayborne carson joining us there from stanford in california thanks for being with us now britain has rejected russia's call for a joint investigation into a suspected nerve agent attack calling it
a perverse and diversionary tactic the russian made the request at a emergency meeting of the organization of the prohibition of chemical weapons the photo gets russia's request was overwhelming. today in the hague we've seen another attempt by russia to frustrate you confuse the process of insertion just as well as with the russian federation called today's meeting despite the fact c.w. would not concluded its technical assistance to the u.k. and. its intent to do so was not a cynical ploy it sought ultimately to show confusion and prostrate the process a loss lee has more now on the investigation into last month's spy attack in salzburg who tried to kill the script weeks on from the incident there remains no determining piece of evidence that puts beyond doubt the question as to who was behind this. of course the samples taken from the scene that help british
scientists determine what's the poison was but that isn't the same thing it was not a chalk they said but don't ask us which country it came from because it isn't our job we are one hundred percent certain that this is from the nova chalk family of nerve agents a military create nerve agent who provided that information to the police and to the government and that's really been our role in the us it's not for us to advise on who made who made the nerve agent or where indeed it came from all of which is a bit embarrassing for the british foreign secretary who apart from comparing vladimir putin to hitler in recent weeks had seemed to suggest that he'd been told by the same scientists that the poison had come from russia they were absolutely categorical and i asked the guy myself i said are you sure and he said there's no doubt which was seized on by the russian embassy in london it's pointed out that
over the course of four nights the british side seemed to have changed its story nor did it help the british case that some tweets from the u.k. foreign office on the same subjects had been to lead is the. the russian side roundly accused by the u.k. and its allies of disinform ation is by now in full flow arguing that the u.k. can't stand up its arguments and along with its allies in washington has made the whole story up to conjure up a new cold war but it. is washington has become fixated with the fight against a nonexistent so called russian threat this is reach such proportions an acquired such absurd characteristics that it's possible to speak of a return to the dark times of the cold war. in the middle of all this the experts from the organization for the prevention of chemical weapons met at the hague at the behest of the russians moscow has said all along that many countries have novacek the night of the british nor anyone else will be able to prove that the
nerve agent came from russia the seeming lack of a consistent argument from the british side has only strengthened them. in a court of law the burden of proof rests with the accuser and while it is true that most of the british parliament and indeed many european governments seem satisfied with the british assertion that it was overwhelmingly likely to the russians did it the russians can still say you can't say for certain that it was us and they will continue to do so until and unless the british can provide categorical evidence. al jazeera in london. sri lanka's prime minister has survived a no confidence vote in parliament the opposition has accused running wickramasinghe or of mismanaging the economy you know fernandez has the latest from colombia. the prime minister has come out with torrijos after this no confidence motion a mammoth twelve hour debate from the early hours of wednesday morning now essentially
when you look at the numbers at the end of the day hundred and twenty two m.p.'s voted with the prime minister they voted against the no confidence motion but a seventy six voted for it a further twenty six m.p.'s decided to abstain from voting ultimately it is the prime minister who has come out on top this time but if you look at the bigger picture it's the government that is weakened with the joint opposition obviously kind of laughing all the way to the bank in terms of seeing the government schooling having problems within the different parties the party of the president the sri lankan freedom party and the party of the prime minister of the united national party now as to what happens over the coming days the coming weeks will remain to be seen because different people have different opinions those who have seen say that the prime minister is just one member of the cabinet that they will continue even though they refused to support the prime minister this is for the
president to decide whether there's any action taken against them there kicking in their heels and saying they're there to stay but obviously the prime minister's supporters you know begging for blood saying this should not have happened that it was very much politically driven asking for the relevant authorities to end centrally to take action to root out those who had come out against the prime minister would weaken the government. a deadline has passed for thousands of british businesses to disclose the difference between the average earnings of male and female employees so-called gender pay gap has revealed huge disparities in pay between the sexes with eighty percent of companies often paying men more than women need barco reports from london. it is a long comfortable truth about the society we live in when it comes to pay men and women a far from equal this company employs mostly women it's hoped that by exposing the pay gap it will help empower women in the workplace it's created say notched debate
and discussion about pay and about inequality in the workplace it creates a sort of option for people to think again about whether that is discrimination that says perhaps how that perceiving women and how the findings out of these. thousands of british companies employing more than two hundred fifty people have been forced to disclose pay details around eighty percent pay men more than women thirteen percent including the tech giant apple pay women more than just eight percent including big chains such as k.f.c. mcdonald's and starbucks say they have no gap at all. among the worst offenders is the low cost airline ryanair where women make up only three percent of top earners that's excluding most of the company's management to a based in ireland ryanair blames the figures on men mainly filling pilot roles.
the construction industry and the financial sector also have large pay gaps the average woman employee at barclays or lloyds bank can expect to be paid more than forty percent less than the average man. there have been some high profile pay to speech too with actress claire four who plays queen elizabeth of the netflix series the crown earning less than her male counterpart. the british prime minister's vowed to tackle what she calls the burning injustice of gender inequality only thirty percent of m.p.'s are women we have to deal with those stereotypes about what kind of jobs men and women can t. about what leadership looks like why it is that men and women ask for a pay rise just as often as each other but men are four times more likely to get it i know their gender pay gap denies this data is hopefully starting a conversation about how these people are out of touch with the national going on in our country the government says that this isn't simply about naming and shaming companies into paying men and women equal amounts of money it's about kick starting
a public discussion to try and make the workplace as representative as the world around us there's no punishment for pay gaps although companies that fail to publish their figures face legal action some politicians argue that without a major societal shift hefty fines of the only way of forcing firms to close the gap. al-jazeera london. all right when we come back on. the other one of the law speeches by civil rights leader martin luther king jr plus . thomas of the commonwealth games almost strikes me as gold coast but unlike the olympics some big sporting nations are missing china is not you know it's one of the medal here really counts for.
again. thank you let's start with the champions league quarter final first legs have been played and in an all english match it was liverpool's night against premier league leaders manchester city yet again most salah was among the goals opening the scoring after twelve minutes though he limped out of the guy early in the second half a second goal quickly followed a long line shot from alex acts like a child bloom by thirty minutes it was so you know thanks to such a man i that's how it started so the only things have been city in the premier league do it get in the champions league it would take
a lot so i would turn up for a goal deficit in the second leg on tuesday but liverpool my face punishment for an attack by their fans on the manchester city team bus before the game outside the ground missiles were thrown reportedly smashing thirteen windows and city were unable to use their bus for their return journey and wednesday's over much of the new campaign because barcelona for one first like winners thanks to two uncles by roma job added to the score early in the second half of luis suarez scored a fourth. go for weimar gives them a glimmer of hope for the return leg players and fans across europe are paying tribute to former england player wilkins whose died at the age of sixty one wilkins had been treated as a london hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest last week one eighty four caps for england caps in the side ten times the midfielder also played for chelsea manchester united and milan ross a club career that spanned three decades the call of games is officially underway
in australia had every four years it's one of the world's biggest multi sports events with most countries competing having once been part of the british empire then usually rainy weather can dampen spirits as thousands of athletes from around the world join the opening ceremony on the gold coast the first time men and women will have the same number of medal events with australia and england expected to battle at the top of the medal table but the games also provides an important sporting opportunity for small and shins around the world as andrew thomas expands . australia's gold coast has a new multicolored village six thousand athletes and officials will live in these apartment blocks and use their services for the next ten days the athletes permanent homes are seventy one countries or british regions all territories of the commonwealth i am from pakistan i miss the old islands barbados most places represented were once part of the british empire the games are
a colonial legacy of course some of the world's biggest sporting nations like the united states china france germany japan they're all missing some athletes don't think that matters a commonwealth medal may not be as prestigious as an olympic one but in certain sports the commonwealth games can hold their own in my field hundred meters is a low caribbean countries he was some of the world's best jamaica. and there's a lot of suffolk and of foster marvin as well so you know if you look at the olympic final there's those i mean you know two or three i'm out to americans and as the rest of the world a more logical more for nations. the commonwealth games also reserve spaces for sporting minnows yet jim cook will box when a room a tiny pacific island nation most famous is the place australia sends on wanted refugees its entire population is thirteen thousand people is quite a big deal back in the role and. everyone knows everyone and everyone will be they
will have their eyes on to win the competition starts. the games which include let's explore the mountain biking shooting and even lawn bowls are spread across venues that stretch the length of australia's gold coast and into the neighboring city of brisbane as well ticket sales have been slow only gymnastics is completely sold out but along the beach front on wednesday there was still enthusiasm we came from the united states of america and were absolutely excited to be here man this would have been no other time we would have came on you going you know we we were leaving a ration game but we don't want to pay five hundred dollars just generated so much if he has a genuine interest and if anyone is going to do it right australia's right or right organizers have to meet high expectations andrew thomas al-jazeera on australia's gold coast two of australia's disguised cricketers have said they want to pay all against playing bans for ball tampering former captain state smith and batsman
cameron bancroft made the announcement on twitter smith was given a twelve month suspension by cricket australia for his role in the instant in south africa bancroft's who was caught roughing up the ball with sandpaper in capetown was banned for nine months is what smith said in his statement on twitter i would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country but i meant what i said about taking full responsibility as captain of the same i won't be challenging the sanctions that been imposed by cricket australia to send a strong message and i have accepted them. it's widely considered golf's greatest told m n that this year's masters in augusta there is particular excitement at the return of tiger woods the forty two year old has returned to form after his problems on and off the coals and that means golf fans are hoping he'll be challenging for a fifth masters title as andy gallagher reports. back at augusta national and back on form as the masters gets underway tiger woods is firmly in the
spotlight he's long been the game's dominant figure so use that he's fit and eager to slip on a fifth green jacket as fans and players excited he's going to win. some point i think that's pretty clear to everyone with. the ways in continue to get better. so it's great for the game to have him back i think you can see. the tiger or any of the tournaments he's been from ticket sales to. people viewing on t.v. it's a long way from his arrest for reckless driving last year of a very public divorce from his wife in two thousand and nine which is also being plagued by injuries but after a series of back surgeries fans' expectations are high i mean i grew up watching tiger woods you know when his first mass was in one thousand nine hundred seven then go on that strong run for a couple years so needless to say me and my buddies are all you know ready for
thursday to get here and get that tournaments started. in the late ninety's tiger woods conquered golf bringing a new generation of fans with him his impact is undeniably important it's been years since tiger woods last won a major victory but at the masters would not only be an epic moment in the history of sport it would be a major boost for golf either way his comeback is already more than most expected this year's masters is already being touted as the tournament of a lifetime proof if it would needed that the tiger effect is still a potent force everyone's been invested in the story no matter where you picked it up along the way you know some people love him for the drama some people love him for his scale so people just want to see what that outcome is going to be. when tiger woods first won the masters he was twenty one the first african-american to win the title runs hope he's not finished making history and they go out. and
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