in the meantime, you can follow us on twitter. thank you very much for watching, and we will see you soon. hello, this is breakfast, with rachel burden and jon kay. the british red cross warns of a humanitarian crisis in nhs hospitals in england. the charity says the government needs to provide more money to ease the strain. it is after dozens of a&e departments were forced to divert ambulances to other hospitals. good morning, it is saturday 7 january.
also ahead: an american army veteran has been arrested after five people were shot dead at fort lauderdale airport in florida. donald trump promises to look at ways of combating future cyber attacks on us elections, after a briefing from intelligence chiefs. a bump in the road — councils predict a huge rise in the repair bill for potholes in england and wales. we will meet the schoolboy putting his new running blade into action, as children in england are given sporting prosthetics for the first time on the nhs. in sport, it is a stroll for city in the fa cup, as manchester city put five past west ham united to go through to the fourth round. and helen has the weather. good morning. it is grey and murky out there, with some fog around, especially over the hills. but in contrast to yesterday, nowhere near
as cold. i will have all the details for the weekend in around 15 minutes. join me if you can. good morning. first, our main story: the british red cross is warning of a humanitarian crisis in nhs hospitals in england, and is demanding the government allocates more money to improve social care. dozens of a&e departments were forced to divert ambulances to other hospitals last week. the royal college of emergency medicine says the system is on its knees, but the department of health says it is investing more money to improve services. dan johnson has more. winter pressure on accident and emergency, nothing new. but the red cross says it amounts to a crisis. the charity claims social care cuts mean patients are sent home without the right support, so they end up back in a&e. red cross volunteers support nhs staff, and say they have seen patients sent home without clothes, some who don't receive the care they need to get washed,
even some who have fallen and not been found for days. a&e staff recognise the problems as well. i think the pressures on the nhs, and especially in emergency care, is particularly intense at the moment. but what is a concern is the patients who have been managed within four hours, and then the delays for admission into the hospital bed base, which unfortunately are very significant. our staff are working under some pretty intolerable conditions, at times, trying to manage. and sometimes they just can't manage. figures from nhs england show that overflowing a&e departments had to close their doors to new patients more than 140 times over the last month. compare that with the same month in 2015. it is up more than 60%. the suspicion is it's a combination of the cuts that we've seen in social care, in community services run by the nhs, and very heavy pressure on general practice.
so is the strain on the nhs costing lives? the deaths of two patients on emergency trolleys at worcestershire royal hospital are being investigated. one of them had waited 35 hours for a bed. the department of health says it is providing billions more every year to ease pressure. nhs england says plans are in place to deal with the extra demand. beds are actually not quite as full as they were this time last year, but everyone in the health service knows things could get worse before they get better. we will have more on this story later in the programme. we will be speaking to dr mark holland from the society for acute medicine at 7:10am. police in florida have been questioning a man after five people were killed and eight injured in a shooting at fort lauderdale airport. the suspect opened fire in the baggage claim area after seemingly retrieving his weapon from his luggage. the fbi says it is pursuing all leads, and hasn't ruled out terrorism as a motive. our correspondent, gary o'donoghue, reports from fort lauderdale.
it is a familiar scene at airports the world over, but the baggage claim hall at the fort lauderdale airport turned into a place of death and mayhem, as a lone gunman opened fire on those waiting to collect their luggage. passengers scattered for cover, hitting the ground, and reports say the assailant had time to reload before opening fire once again, as attempts were made to attend to the wounded. once he was done with ammunition, he threw the gun down, and i was about ten feet away from him. he basically through the gun onto the ground and laid on the ground face down, spreadeagled. the gunman has been named as 26—year—old esteban santiago. reports say he was carrying a military id and had a weapon in his checked baggage, which is legal in the united states. one family member said he had been receiving psychological treatment after leaving the national guard last year.
this cowardly, heinous act resulted in the deaths of five people. there were eight more people injured by way of gunshot, that were transported to local hospitals. in his first reaction to the shooting, president obama said he was heartbroken for the families. these kinds of tragedies have happened too often during the eight years that i've been president. the pain, the grief, the shock. the fbi says it is ruling nothing out, including terrorism. but the agency has confirmed it had prior contact with santiago in november, when he was referred for a mental health assessment. the ease with which he was able to transport and use a weapon in an airport will raise serious concerns about public safety. we can join gary outside fort lauderdale international airport now. gary, this story has been developing overnight. what is the latest? lets pick up on the point you made at the end of your peace. lots of
people in the uk will be alarmed and astonished to hear that you can carry your weapon in baggage and just pick it up at reclaim in the states. how does it work? well, it is legal to transport a firearm in your checked baggage here in the united states. there are restrictions. you have to declare it to the airline when you arrive. it has to be locked inside a hard case. it has to be unloaded. you can carry ammunition with it, and of course that means once you get to baggage claim at the other end you can get it. it seems what happened here is santiago did go and get his semiautomatic out of his case, out of his bag, go back into the baggage hall and start shooting pretty indiscriminately. and i think it will raise questions even here. these shootings are not infrequent here as window in the united states, and there will be calls for gun
control, and there will be pushed back from the gun lobby. that is a pretty familiar dance. but i think what people will wonder is, look, we put all this security in place when people are going into the airport. should it be quite so easy for somebody to get it out of their bag at the other end and still be in the airport and be able to cause this much death and mayhem. thank you very much indeed. us intelligence officials have released a report that claims vladimir putin personally ordered a cyber campaign to try and help donald trump win the presidential election. last night, after being briefed on the findings, mr trump said that hacking had absolutely no impact on the election result, but promised to set up a team to stop future attacks, as catriona renton reports. the report from american intelligence claims russia's president, vladimir putin, personally ordered what it called an influence campaign to help donald trump's chances of winning the american presidency. the president—elect had earlier
described the russian hacking claims as a political witch—hunt by his opponents. at trump tower, he met america's top intelligence officials for a classified briefing. they say russia's actions included hacking into the e—mail accounts of the democratic national committee and top democrats, and using intermediaries such as wikileaks to release the information. russia has previously denied this, and wikileaks founderjulian assange has said before that moscow is not the source. after the briefing, mr trump did not single out russia. in a statement he said... and the incoming vice president says the us
will strengthen cyber defences. the president—elect has made it very clear that we're going to take aggressive action in the early days of our new administration to combat cyber attacks and protect the security of the american people from this type of intrusion in the future. donald trump said he had tremendous respect for the work and service done by those in the us intelligence community. but, with two weeks to go until he moves into the white house, questions remain over how they will all work together to keep america safe. catriona renton, bbc news. the repair bill to fix the country's potholes could soon reach £14 billion. that is according to councils in england and wales, who say the government should pay for the repairs from fuel duty. the government says it us already putting £250 million into fixing the problem, but the local government association says that is not enough, as duncan kennedy reports. councils fix 2 million potholes every year. that is about 12,000 for every local
authority in england and wales. but it never seems to be enough. now, the councils claim the repair bill could soon reach £14 billion. hard—pressed councils, who are mending, you know, a pothole every five seconds in this country, just cannot get to the core of the problem, which is actually many of our roads are just being patched now. they need to be fully repaired. the councils say the government must do more to help, and suggest increasing fuel duty by a couple of pence a litre, a figure they say the public would support. but it is notjust the cost of repairing all these potholes that seems to be on the increase. today's report also found that the time it is taking appears to be on the rise as well, going up from ten years in 2006 to 14 years today. last year, the government announced a £250 million pothole repairfund
to help 100 councils fixed 4 million potholes. but today's report by local councils suggest that is not enough, and that the pothole problem is actually getting worse. michelle obama has delivered her final speech as first lady of the united states, with an impassioned call on young people to have hope and fight for their rights. speaking at a ceremony in the white house, she ended tearfully, saying the role of first lady had been the greatest honour of her life. empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. lead by example, with hope. never fear. promise. lead by example, with hope. neverfear. and promise. lead by example, with hope. never fear. and know promise. lead by example, with hope. neverfear. and know that promise. lead by example, with hope. never fear. and know that i will be with you, rooting for you, and working to support you for the rest
of my life. so i want to close today by simply saying thank you. thank you for everything you do for our kids and for our country. being your first lady has been the greatest honour of my life, and i hope i have made you proud. there was a lot of facebook chatter a week ago saying that she was considering standing in some kind of political role. i think there would be huge support for her, but not straightaway. definitely support from the lady behind you, gearing i patients sent home without clothes, others suffering falls and not being found for days, still more not washed because there is no carer there to help them. that is the damning indictment on the nhs from the british red cross, which has called the resulting strain on hospitals in england a humanitarian crisis. so just how bad is the situation? let's speak now to dr mark holland from the society for acute medicine. humanitarian crisis? it is a strong
term. it is probably not1 million miles away from the truth. i think we've been predicting that we would face a winterfrom we've been predicting that we would face a winter from hell. i think that time has arrived. i think we saw the last two winters being very bad. we know that we have got record numbers of people in hospital beds who are fit to go home but there is no social care to get them out of hospital. therefore when people arrive at hospital there is a bed available for them to go into. and we have seen over the last week or so we have seen over the last week or so that people who should be in a speciality bed are ending up in a non— speciality bed, or there are beds being created in the hospital, what we call contingency beds. and the people i speak to across the country, e—mails i have received
this week and things i have been reading in the media make us conclude that probably the term humanitarian crisis has some validity to it. it is very strong words, as you say. there are obviously some hospitals which are getting it right, which are managing to link up with social services, which are getting people out of hospitals and into good care. why is that not being practised everywhere? i think it is being practised everywhere but i think that the structures across the country are different so we know that there are some organisations where hospitals, acute care settings and social care are lined up in a proper, managerial structure. and that is the right thing to do. why is that not happening everywhere? thing to do. why is that not happening everywhere ?|j thing to do. why is that not happening everywhere? i don't know why it is not happening everywhere but it should be happening everywhere. absolutely it should be happening everywhere and no one should deny that that is the case. the government says there is more money going on, the systems should be working. they deny it is a humanitarian crisis but they say we shouldn't be in a situation where there are these kinds of problems.
the point we have reached at the moment over the christmas and new year period that they are describing as the humanitarian crisis is a build—up of what has been going on for a while. so as we went into this autumn it was 6000 people to the discharge, and although they say that there is more money going into the system, i think there is some debate about how those figures are actually quoted, and that quite often money is moved from one budget to another budget. so for example a couple of years ago we had the better ca re couple of years ago we had the better care fund, where money was taken from the acute sector to give to the social care sector. and in different areas, so for example we are based here in the north—west, in manchester, and actually you have got lots of people in this part of the world who have quite significant health issues of a day—to—day basis. so across the country, the actual distribution of health and healthiness isn't the same. and if you get to areas where you get more
stress on the system, that is going to put more stress on particular areas at particular times of more stress. what about the role of families in all of this to support people leaving hospital? at the moment i look after and 89—year—old father who was in hospitalfor six look after and 89—year—old father who was in hospital for six weeks. to trigger social care was the devil's work. when you get your hands on social care and if you are paying for it yourself it can often not always be that affordable for people. i think families do play a pa rt people. i think families do play a part but apparently about half of the people who are nonprofessional ca re rs the people who are nonprofessional carers have significant health problems of their own. many people will think that yes, we get pinned points in the winter because the weather is bored and people fall in flippin‘ you get flu outbreaks in that kind of thing but it has not
been particularly cold and there have been no majorflu epidemics. why this year? why humanitarian crisis right now? because we have struggled over the last couple of yea rs struggled over the last couple of years and we have had a buildup in the number of people who are medically fit for discharge from hospital. we have many people are 110w hospital. we have many people are now acute hospices at the moment who do not need to be in those beds because they need social care. and you say this is overwhelmingly the reason that is going on?” you say this is overwhelmingly the reason that is going on? i think it is the big reason. it gives us a win to stress that we face every year and everyone in the nhs will get stressed every year. but this year it has come to a point where we have so few beds in the system to bring people into that it has gotten to a tipping point which we have predicted a long time. thank you very much. we have had a few cold stu nts very much. we have had a few cold stunts but a lot of foggy weather as well. quite murky out there and if you look quite carefully you can
just about make out helen against the light. good morning. good morning. yes, this was sent in from a weather watch are already out and about this morning. thank you. just to convey the fact that it is very murky out there. this is staffordshire. we are concerned about the extent of the fog, particularly church, lancashire. down to 100 metres. a significant motorway network in that part of the country so it is likely to cause some issues and it could well have an impact on the airports as well. further south, the remnants of a weather front or around. so further south, the remnants of a weatherfront or around. so it further south, the remnants of a weather front or around. so it is damp and murky it is quite damp across southern parts of the country and that rain and drizzle will take awhile to die away. possibly lingering for the day. then we have met and mist across north—west of england. further north still it is grey and cloudy. slightly better chance at seeing a little bit of brightness coming through across the
eastern side and north—eastern parts of england but on the whole we have a blanket cloud cover. it could be grey. in contrast to yesterday when temperatures reached about miners six, they are currently at eight or nine at the moment. the sunshine will not have much influence but eight or 10 degrees is up on what we have been seeing. a little bit above average. it will not feel that much warmer because of the cloud but not as bitter as it has been. as we go through the evening and overnight the benefit of the cloud is that the temperature will not fall. we should largely, largely beef frost free. it could be cold in the glance of scotla nd could be cold in the glance of scotland but there is increasing weather front coming through here scotland but there is increasing weatherfront coming through here in the latter part of tomorrow. as the breeze strengthens although it would be misty murky to start the day i am hopeful that the increasing breeze that will help to break it up a little bit, particularly in the north of the country and allow some brightness to come through. again, the second half of the weekend for
most of us seems cloudy although i not like to rule out the odd limb of sunshine from time to time. usable weather, dry and relatively mild compared to what we have had and compared to what we have had and compared with the rest of europe where we have potential freezing rain through today across the low countries. that cold air vent tomorrow really stagnates. in fact it is that today is well but it is stagnating across central and eastern parts of europe. as the cold area will stay across eastern europe. wetter and windy weather heading our way into next week. that will clear the fog we but for the meantime, largely dry but murky. we hope we will see you through the morning despite the fog. donald trump says he's had a constructive meeting with american intelligence officials, who've released a report saying russia was behind a series of cyber attacks designed to influence the recent election. the president—elect insists the hacking played no part in his victory, but says he'll appoint a team to devise ways of combating any future interference. let's remind ourselves what's been happening over the last 18 months. back in september 2015,
an fbi agent found a russian—linked hacker in the democrats network. his warning was ignored. injuly 2016, wikileaks released private e—mails from democratic officials just days before the national convention. in october 2016, the fbi and the cia announce they believe the russian government was behind the hacking, and their aim was to interfere with the us election process. so what does donald trump think of it all? well, he's made it clear he doesn't believe intelligence chiefs, tweeting only this week: the "intelligence" briefing on so—called "russian hacking" was delayed until friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. very strange! and less than 24—hours before that briefing one of his top intelligence advisers — former cia directorjames woolsey — quit his team. they were able to come up with the
identities of the intermediary is between the russian government and the people who did some of the hacking. they did not have that before. and that, i think, was one thing that got the attention of a lot of people including me. dr leslie vinjamuri from the us and the americas programme at chatham house joins us now from our london newsroom. thank you very much for your time. let us look at the evidence here for russian involvement in all of this. the cai and the fbi, the national security agency believes this was directed not just security agency believes this was directed notjust from moscow but from vladimir putin himself. looking across the report that we have all been able to see there is not much evidence of that. well, remember that those are very considerable problems always her intelligence which is how much can you declassify and put into the public domain without putting at risk your sources and/or methods? and the report is very clear that, of course, the
information that they are ultimately relying on for the high confidence they express cannot be declassify. the report is thorough, pointed and clear in its findings but you are correct, there is a lot of information that is simply not there because it cannot be declassified. tell us more about the influence campaign they describe. they are various means that alleged to have been used by the russians to influence on the outcome of the election. there are cyber attacks in which they successfully got into the probity malls and the e—mail is of many top party officials in the credit national committee as well as hillary clinton's campaign manager, john podesta. and then there is what they refer to as an influence campaign which was aimed at putting the information, this information into the public domain to try and undermine the public‘s face in the electoral process. there were trolls
who were targeting particular individuals who were seen as being putting information out against russian interests. and so there was a very broad and sustained campaign over the course of many months to really s ha ke over the course of many months to really shake the information that the public had access to, and the united states especially. we now know there was all sorts of fake and false news being bandied around on all sorts of social media outlets that were not necessarily connected to this particular russian campaign is alleged by american security services but the critical question is did this impact on the outcome of the election? on added appeaser is no conclusion. remember, the point of the report is not to contest the electoral results. the point is to say that there is confirmed evidence ofa high say that there is confirmed evidence of a high level of confidence that the integrity of the electoral process has been hampered, that individuals, that the end of e—mail was hacked and that there was a clear violation of cyberspace. cyber
attacks are crucial and very secure, attacks are crucial and very secure, a very clear risk to any democracy when it comes to protecting the electoral process. briefly, how does the president—elect deal with this now? you cannot seem to be at odds with the security services client he? and i think this is one of the concerns for the state of affairs and now which is that donald trump, even before he was briefed yesterday in late afternoon had really gone on the attack without seeing the intelligence. he has rejected the idea that he needs daily intelligence briefings as this information is come out when president obama initially issued sanctions against russia. his instinct has been to take it personally, to go on the attack against the intelligence community. this is deeply problematic, considering that this is a man who very soon will be president of the united states of america who will be ina united states of america who will be in a position to rely on the
intelligence agencies and a healthy degree of scepticism is wise but as was said in the committee hearings, disparagement is something altogether very different. this is, i think, a very useful way of characterising what the president—elect has been doing, which is to disparage the integrity and undermine the confidence, try to undermine the confidence in the intelligence agencies across the united states. thank you very much. it is extraordinary when you read the report, it is like a work of fiction almost. and as soon as he stopped tweeting about that he started tweeting about the new series of the presence. in the ratings having dropped from when he did the show. —— new series of the apprentice. for the first time, the nhs is providing disabled children with prosthetic limbs, that are specially designed for sport. nhs england says it hopes to equip several 100 children a year with the limbs, to allow them to participate in more sport. here's our health correspondent robert pigott. how have you been doing since you
had your leg? when ben moore made the decision at the age of ten to have the stunted right leg amputated, his dream of a future in sport seemed remote. would you like to put it on for me? three years on, he is one of the first children to receive a running blade on the nhs. as if he were changing issue, he can swa p as if he were changing issue, he can swap his false leg for the blade and feel a new freedom and energy. this spring is the bit that makes me go faster. i used to not be able to, like, be able to run as fast or able to kick a ball as well. but now i have a good amount of power in my leg and i have got the right size. soi leg and i have got the right size. so i can do loads of skills and hit a ball really well. the blade in the treatment cost around £1000. but clarejohnson, the treatment cost around £1000. but clare johnson, the expert treatment cost around £1000. but clarejohnson, the expert in prosthetic limbs says the nhs will more than recoup the cost by keeping children active. we hope that will
give them a level playing field so that he can compete with his peers and be able to participate in a lot more sport. it does help in the wider scheme of things and, hopefully, give a longer longevity to their lives by giving them the opportunity to do sport. ben is among 2500 children in england limbs that are either absent or do not work properly. the nhs hopes to fit several 100 of them with a sport prosthetic every year. the scheme not only opens the way to sport for a group of disabled youngsters but comes with an added message. at a time when so many teenagers are couch potatoes, it makes an example ofan couch potatoes, it makes an example of an extraordinary few who have ove rco m e of an extraordinary few who have overcome all the odds to carve a life in sport. a new blade for me can doa life in sport. a new blade for me can do a lot more than my prosthetic can do a lot more than my prosthetic can do. now i can run with more freedom. his mother says that running blade can change a disabled
child's whole outlook on life. he seems more confident and more eager to get out and about. he is wanting to get out and about. he is wanting to put it on and go out more and do more sport, do more activity. now he has the blade, the sky is the limit. ben says he is now training for the paralympics. he is aiming for 2020 for the very least. 2020? who knows. he will be there, surely. bound to be. coming up for the end of the programme. two years ago he was running boot camps in his local park. nowjoe wicks is a publishing and social media sensation. he'll be here to give us his recipe for success just before ten. stay with us. headlines coming up. ye hello, this is breakfast withjon kay and rachel burden. coming up before 8:00am,
helen will have the weather. but first, at 7:30am, a summary of this morning's main news: the british red cross is warning of a humanitarian crisis in nhs hospitals in england, and is demanding the government allocates more money to improve social care. dozens of a&e departments were forced to divert ambulances to other hospitals last week, while one patient died after spending 35 hours on a trolley. the department of health says it is investing more money to improve services. but dr mark holland from the society for acute medicine says that it has been a winter from hell. and we have seen over the last week or so that people who should be in a speciality bed are ending up in a non—speciality
bed, or there are beds being created in the hospital, what we call contingency beds. and the people i speak to across the country, e—mails i have received this week and things i have been reading in the media make us conclude that probably the term humanitarian crisis has some validity to it. police in florida have been questioning a man after five people were killed and eight injured in a shooting at fort lauderdale airport. the suspect opened fire in the baggage claim area after seemingly retrieving his weapon from his luggage. the fbi says it is pursuing all leads and hasn't ruled out terrorism as a motive. us intelligence officials have released a report that claims vladimir putin personally ordered a cyber campaign to try and help donald trump win the presidential election. last night, after being briefed on the findings, mr trump said that hacking had had absolutely no impact on the election outcome. his running mate, mike pence, says a team will be set up to stop future attacks.
a killer whale which was involved in the deaths of three people and featured in an influential documentary has died at sea world, in florida. tilikum featured in the film blackfish, which led to a global campaign against the keeping of orcas in captivity. sea world says staff are deeply saddened by the death of the whale, which was thought to be 36 years old. those are the main stories this morning. loads more to come. thank you for joining us. it is time for the sport. a big weekend, and mike is warming his hands. i am on the tea leaves, trying to predict where the fa cup upsets are going to be. some saying preston and bolton, some saying preston and bolton, some saying the north—west. saying preston and bolton, some saying the north-west. it is a bag, what are you talking about? there is too much water in it. somewhere there will be an upset. some player will be making the back players
tomorrow. mystic mike. a new career. sam alla rdyce going tomorrow. mystic mike. a new career. sam allardyce going back to his old club. fa cup third round weekend got under way, with manchester city the first side through to round four, thanks to a 5—0 thrashing handed out to west ham. city were already out of sight by half—time, leading 3—0, thanks to an own goal, a yaya toure penalty, and that tap—in for david silva. the gloss on an impressive night was added byjohn stones. the england defender scored his first goal since a summer move from everton. he needed goal—line technology to confirm that he had actually scored it, though. hopefully it can help us to make our players believers, that they are good enough to play every game, and try, in both our fans and the people in manchester city, and they can believe that we are good. they know what happened in the past, but we are good guys. so they run a lot, fight a lot, playing good. but they have to believe. it will be a special fa cup reunion
today for one of the members of the treble—winning manchester united team of 1999. former netherlands centre—half jaap stam is now the manager of championship side reading, who go to old trafford hunting for a giant—killing this lunchtime. as a player, there is nothing better than to play over there, in a stadium like that in front of so many fans. and we know, as well, we have our own fans over there as well. hopefully they are joining in and supporting us. there are 25 games in all today. non—league barrow are playing rochdale, and non—league eastleigh travel to championship side brentford. preston host arsenal at deepdale. sir andy murray will play world number two novak djokovic in the final of
the qatar open today. murray beat czech tomas berdych in straight sets in their semi—final, to reach his fourth final in doha. the win was murray's 28th in a row on the atp tour, and another title and victory over his main rival would be the ideal preparation for the australian open. that starts a week on monday. we played at the end of last year. the ultimate goal was to find a way to win the match. maybe at the beginning of the year you are focusing a little bit more on yourself, and how you are playing, and how you want to play, moving into the aussie open, rather than just solely focusing on the outcome. newcastle falcons produced a stunning late comeback to beat bath 24—22 in rugby union's aviva premiership. bath led by 12 points halfway through the second half, but ben harris barged his way over to draw newcastle level, less than four minutes from time. man of the matchjoel hodgson, kept his nerve to slot home
the conversation and send bath to their third defeat in a row. newcastle move up to sixth. scarlets also came from behind, to beat ulster 16—13, to stay fourth in the pro 12. the winning score was a penalty try. scarlets scrum—half aled davies was on the receiving end of a high tackle as he tried to cross the line. elsewhere, leinster beat zebre, and newport gwent dragons beat treviso. earlier we saw how sir andy murray got on. this afternoon, sir mo farah is in action at the edinburgh cross—country. the four—time olympic champion, who insists he is happyjust to be called mo, was surprisingly beaten into second place last year. he is using the event as part of his preparation for the track world championships in london later this year, and admits he will have his work cut out against some cross—country specialists this afternoon. it is going to be tough.
them guys will try and hunt me down and beat me as quick as possible. that is what makes cross—country exciting. i am not going to come out there and go, oh, i am not going to... i will fight for it, but it suits certain athletes better, and it is going to be tough. i think it might be, in my opinion. now, as the big teams enter the fa cup this weekend, i am sure we will see some silky skills on display, but none as spectacular as those performed by players in the sport of sepak takraw. it has been one of asia's biggest sports for centuries, and now it is in the uk as well. i've been along to find out more. it is asia's best—kept secret, the sport that has been part of the culture in countries like malaysia since the 15th century, combining football skills with the moves of kung fu.
and now, sepak takraw is taking off in the uk as well. it is linking the martial art, or the art of the body, with this game, because you need to have the agility, flexibility, and things like that. first of all, you are learning the basics of kicking up, really. and it can be foot, head... it does hurt, i can tell you that, a little bit, because... look at that. that is beautiful skill. let me show you. this ball is quite hard, it is plastic now. slightly softer than the original ones, which were made of rattan, but it caused too many injuries. if you play football, therefore you can play this game as well. so it is football meets volleyball, and has now spread across the world. and who better to recruit for the newest team forming this year than freestyle football world recordholderjohn farnworth. now, the size of the
ball was a surprise. but he took it in his stride. it seems to me more power. hey! in matches it is only three a side, and you only have three touches per team, before it has to go over the net. so there we are. we serve, the game is in play. great shot. you do have set positions, the server, the feeder and the striker. an acrobatic smash at the net. and this can take some practice. servers should know their place. the flexibility these guys possess is incredible.
they are getting their legs way above their head. it is like what zlatan ibrahimovic does. if i can do it, so can you. and if we win the point, the celebration. it has got to be worth it for that. so three touches, and the way to do it is to count to three in malay. i need to bring the ball in and show you how hard at how small it is.|j you how hard at how small it is.” think they have one of those at home, my husband used to live in indonesia so we have one of those in the house. i think what we need is met. high kicks around the tv! with or without the ball is. have the cold and dark january nights left you craving sunshine? if the answer is yes,
you are not alone. today is predicted to be the busiest day of the year for booking holidays. it is being dubbed sunshine saturday, with over 27,000 of us buying a break. but is it really the best day to book? the independent‘s travel editor simon calder and alistair rowland from co—operative travel join us now. good morning. sunshine, it doesn't feel like sunshine sunday looking at the weather forecast but you are going to be busy. yes, it is a perfect day. we like the fog, we don't like the snow. today 1.5% of all transactions happen, so it is a great day for booking. is it something as simple as the weather impact on sales, as people look at the window and think another grade
a?| the window and think another grade a? i think it is an odd thing that largely the stock which is available has been on sale since last may. —— grey day. it is today people think about it more and today is the biggest single day. you notice the adverts on tv, and if we are booking or thinking of booking is this a good time to do it, to get deals, or are they cashing in on the fact that we are desperate to go somewhere? well, a bit of both, really. it is a great day if you're selling holidays, and there are some good deals out there. the thing is, of course, that if you are constrained to travel during the school holidays, then price is basically doubled compared with term time. and if you know the resort you want to go to, the property you want to go to, you may well find that there is a really good deal out there. you have to make sure that you are counting all the extra costs, if they are charging you extra for baggage and so on, worked that out.
but do be slightly sceptical. when they say free child places you might find they are only available at the very tail end of august or that the price has gone up. and talking about the discounts you will be offered, unlike a the discounts you will be offered, unlikea carora the discounts you will be offered, unlike a car or a camera you can't say that is how much the holiday should cost. holidays are very fluid pricing so it can come up as well as down. if you are tempted by a low deposit, and with credit card bills coming in who wouldn't be, bear in mind that if you subsequently decide to cancel the trip holiday company will come after you for the full deposit so even if you don't get your holiday there will be asking your holiday there will be asking you for more money. have you got any idea of the average spend for a family on holiday these days? the average price for a holiday somewhere between £450 and £500 per person but that is spread across the year. it tends to be much higher in the school holidays and significantly lower in term time. people say the travel industry are so greedy, that is not the case. most companies lose money during the
term times and they only make it up during the school holidays. what you say to that? there will so people, millions of families who feel like they are being done over. balking earlier is better than booking late. particularly this year and last year. western mediterranean resorts are filling up. so to get the right room, the right hotel, you need to book early. i think particularly this year, the deals you can get with low deposits are really good for the consumer. people should take advantage while they have the opportunity. it will be more expensive later. you have a couple of places, a couple hot destinations this year? spain is always doing well. so was portugal. greece is doing quite better as well. in the long haul, cuba, mexico, the caribbean. thank you very much. we will ask you some more
questions a bit later so if you have any questions or want some advice then get in touch. we don't need to go anywhere, do it? no, not what we have beautiful weather like we have here. that was almost convincing helen. wonderful weather watcher picture. we just picked this one up. this is from dudley and these are drizzled drops coming down captured in the camera. although we look weather this weekend, the cloud is sick because it sunk down to give us for. a little damp in places. obviously the fog is the main concern of you are travelling there could be disruption to airport travel as well. freezing rain and icy conditions across the low countries so if you travel further afield check with your travel operator because it is quite nasty with icy conditions. temperatures are considerably higher than they were
this time yesterday by some 15 degrees in places. it does not necessarily feel that much warmer but you will not be scraping ice from cars. in the south was drizzly rain, remnants of a weather front elsewhere. just the thickness of the cloud in the fog where you are. it is not foggy everywhere but it is great. there will be brightness eventually breaking through the rain and drivel from the —— drizzle could linger. once the fog clears through the vale of york we may see brightness east of the pennines. temperatures is eight to ten, well up temperatures is eight to ten, well up on yesterday. he won't feel that much milderjust because we have let in disguise for the most part. through the evening and overnight thatis through the evening and overnight that is to our benefit. it stops the temperature from falling so most places will be frost free overnight tonight. again, really quite murky. we do not lose the cloud. again we will end up with fog on sunday
morning. the second part of the weekend looks just as cloudy for most of us. there will be strengthening winds in scotland later on and as a result of that weather front moving away from the south—west, marginally brighter and drier here as well and temperatures will still be above where they should be at this time of year. the cold has not gone far. over in europe there is bitter weather at the moment. minus 20s across the western side of russia. do spare a thought for those sitting in those countries, it is bitterly cold. so for our ideal destination, we will not be going to sarajevo. not today. u nless not be going to sarajevo. not today. unless you like the cold. cuba is then. we will be back with the headlines at the top of the hour. first of all it is time for news watch. hello and welcome to the first newswatch of 2017 with me, samira ahmed, where we'll be rounding up some of the comments you've made about bbc news
since we went off air before christmas. coming up: jill saward died this week, but should the bbc news website have described her in its headline as a campaigner rather than as a victim? and the year of celebrity deaths ended with several more, including that of george michael. did the bbc lose perspective over the extent of its coverage? first, the new year has brought no respite from the terrorist attacks that have become a regular feature of news broadcasts. on sunday came the latest atrocity, targeting those enjoying a night out at the reina nightclub in istanbul. news reader: less than two hours into the new year, a gunman opened fire outside, bullets ricocheting as he shot a policeman and a civilian. another camera showed people cowering as the attacker struck, before he stormed the club. inside, his killing spree continued, turks and foreigners murdered, others jumping into the freezing bosphorus to escape.
39 people have died in the attack and the coverage of it raised questions we have heard before from newswatch viewers over similar incidents. william boyes had this to say... now, how much tv news coverage did you want from the bbc over the holiday period ? some may have appreciated a break from what can be a fairly grim diet of stories, but with many normal bulletins dropped or shortened, others feel they were underserved, including on the bbc‘s 24—hour news channel. ellen rossiter put it like this... one annual staple of news
coverage which did appear was the new year's honours list. much of the focus was on sports stars, as described by andy swiss, and pop stars and actors, reported on by lizo mzimba. at the end of a glittering yearfor british sport, for five of its greatest stars the greatest of honours. patricia routledge has been made a dame. kinks frontman ray davis said he felt humility and joy to become sir ray. victoria beckham becomes an obe for services to the fashion industry. anthony hainsworth took exception to the balance of the reporting, writing on new year's eve... and celebrity culture was at the heart of another series of complaints on what's sadly become
a very familiar theme in 2016. here's the start of bbc one's late bulletin on christmas day. hello, good evening. in the last hour the death has been announced of the singer george michael. he was 53. george michael shot to fame in the 1980s as half of the band wham and went on to have a hugely successful solo career. he sold more than 80 million records worldwide. what followed annoyed this viewer. the whole news bulletin tonight, apart from four minutes, has been taken up with george michael dying. where are the bbc coming from? it's time you reported the real news. george michael's was of course not the only death to be reported on the bbc over the past couple of weeks, as other viewers pointed out to us. it's the 27th of december and today, the bbc news and channel 130 has four obituaries.
an enormously long one for carrie fisher, there's still contributions on george michael, the author richard adams and about the royle family actress liz smith. there's so many important things happening in this world. it's absolutely ridiculous. good morning, every time i switch on the news to find out what's happening in the world, all i see is an endless film of yet another pop star who has taken himself to an early grave. sad for friends and family but, please, could you please give us some news. thank you. thursday saw the death ofjill saward, a long—term campaigner for the rights of survivors and victims of sexual violence, having herself been raped at the age of 21.
the news was widely and prominently reported at the bbc. with george alagiah tweeting that he was proud that tv‘s six o'clock bulletin led on her life and influence. but when the story broke the bbc news alert and the website headlined its report of her death like this, using the word victim. prompting many complaints, like this one from becky stevens, on twitter. christopher oxford called it: and eleanor hill thought it was: we put this to bbc news, and they referred to a 2004 bbc interview in whichjill saward said that she had no complaint about being described as the ealing vicarage rape victim, as it enabled her to challenge politicians and work for change. a bbc spokesman added:
well, another issue of language cropped up at the end of last year in relation to the death of another woman. georgina symonds was killed a year ago by peter morgan, who was sentenced four days before christmas to life in prison for her murder. this was the headline on the news at six that night. life for the property developer millionaire who murdered his escort girlfriend. he told the police what happened. once i'd sort of attempted to murder her, i'd be in a hell of a lot of trouble for that, and she could have still gone on and blackmailed me.
it's clear that the language used in reporting a death and especially the shorthand of a headline can give great offence to an audience, and that especially applies to suicide. since we were last on air, we have had two examples of that. one following a story on breakfast about a rowing trip across the atlantic raising money for a crisis centre in memory of one of the rowers who took his own life. we wish you all the best, stay safe, and hopefully we will pick up with you when you reach antigua at the end of january, or the start of february. that's sam, toby, rory and harry, who are rowing the atlantic to try and raise money for harry's brother who committed suicide ten years ago. rosalind allen was watching that and e—mailed us with her response. a couple of days earlier,
the phrase had also been used on the news ticker, scrolling across the bottom of the screen during an overnight bulletin and then, for this caller to our phone line, it all got worse. the ribbons running across the bottom has an item, news story, chief resigns after overworked employee commits suicide. 20 or so news items after that, the next statement standing alone reads "i tried to kill myself several times." stop. in the early hours of the morning, when vulnerable people might be watching this, it reads "i tried to kill myself several times."
i object strongly to this, this is obscene. again, we asked bbc news for a statement on issues of language about suicide and they told us: well, thank you for all of your comments this week. as a new year gets under way on newswatch, we would like you to tell us what topics you would like us to cover, which news figures we should be interviewing. you can give us your opinion on bbc news current affairs and you can be quoted, or even appear on the programme. you can call us on... or do e—mail newswatch. you can find us on twitter and do have a look at our website address. that's all from us, we will be back to hear what you thought of the bbc