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anti— globalisation protests trying to disrupt the 620 meeting have clashed with police as violence including continues for a second night. nearly 200 officers have been injured, one firing a warning shot and he came under attack. angela merkel has condemned the demonstrations. president trump and britain have declared a ceasefire in south—western syria to come into force on sunday. —— president putin. they also discussed the russian interference into the presidential elections in their first face—to—face meeting at the summit in hamburg. venezuelan‘s roman catholic church has criticised president nicolas maduro‘s position to have the constitution rewritten and said the plan will turn the country into a military dictatorship. the world's first whisky—powered car has had a successful debutjourney. scottish scientists have developed a way to turn leftover residue from the distillation process into fuel that can be used in any
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regular petrol or diesel car. bbc scotland's lisa summers got behind the wheel in edinburgh. this is biobutanol which we're making here in belgium. it's the world's first ever of this type of fuel produced by whisky residues. you can feel the excitement. it was five years ago that scientists based here had an idea — to turn the wastage from whisky into fuel. lisa, ready to make history? thanks, martin. i honestly have no idea how this happened, but they've asked me to be the first person in the world ever to drive a car powered by whisky residue. let's give it a go. we have movement! a low—key start to a journey with huge potential. that's because this biofuel works in any ordinary petrol or diesel engine. it's pretty good. just drives like a normal car.
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nice and smooth. it's a simple concept and it started here at the lab in napier university. makign whisky, you get the sugar from the barley and ferment that to make the whisky. so the remaining barley, this stuff is called draught, is left over from the process. and when you distil the alcohol from the beer, you're left with pot ale. this is of no value at all to the industry. and every year, 2 billion litres of this liquid and three quarters of a million tons of this solid are produced in scotland. so what we developed was a process to combine the liquid with a solid and use an entirely different traditional fermentation process called the abe and it makes this chemical, which is called butanol. and that's a direct replacement, here and now, for petrol. only 7% of what is used by distilleries is actual whisky. after a bunch of trials of renewables, the company plans
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to build a commercial plant for its biofuel. it's got huge global potential. initially, we are applying it to whisky production and in scotland alone, we could develop an industry worth over £100 million. but there are whisky production centres all over the world — japan, india, the us — and those are immediate targets in the next three or four years. the test drive is almost done. a little piece of history has been made. if only there was something to celebrate with... now on bbc news, the travel show. on this week's travel show, we're in a surfing community trying to hold back the tide of development on the chilean coast. also coming up... we go looking for lost ships beneath the canadian waves. we discover a novel way to make a cake in rural france. and our 6lobal 6uru,
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simon calder, tackles the biggest question in travel... where next? let's start this week's programme on the stunning pacific coastline of central chile. punta de lobos is best known for its dramatic high cliffs, with views over black sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, where sea lions gather. and it's also become famous as one of the best places to surf in south america.
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this is insane. wow! with a consistent swell and regular runs of huge waves, punta de lobos is considered one of the best breaks in south america. and it's become a paradise for big wave surfers. i've arrived in punta de lobos at a particularly good time, because word has gone around that this morning's swell will be unusually strong, with waves of up to 30 feet. these huge waves have been tracked all the way from antarctica, and have drawn out locals and people from across the world to watch them come in and crash against these rocks. if you look really carefully out there, what looks like little birds bobbing on the surface of the water, are surfers taking on these gargantuan waves at the risk of their lives..
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—— gargantuan waves at the risk of their lives. it's pretty incredible. one of the servers out there is kohl kristensen, —— one of the surfers out there is kohl kristensen, who flew here yesterday from hawaii just to catch these waves. the forecasting these days is so good that we can actually see these big storms forming, and it gives us enough time to jump on a plane and come down here. punta de lobos, for me, is, you know, a pretty magical place. it has a special place in my heart. the point itself is one of the more beautiful places i've ever been, and people travel from all over the world to come here for a good reason — because the waves are so good. and, it turns out, the surfing bug is contagious. everyone keeps talking about how amazing these waves are, so i've got my wet suit, about tojump on a surfboard and try and find out for myself. my teacher is a local
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who introduces novices to the art of surfing every day. i suspect, however, that he's used a rather more coordinated students. looking... laughter. it turns out surfing is definitely not as easy as it looks. i got whacked in the face with about ten waves in a row, so i swallowed most of that water, i think. it was super fun, thank you. 0k. 6racias. luckily, punta de lobos has plenty of beautiful views to enjoy for those who aren't the most gifted of surfers. but despite its idyllic appearance, this place is not all paradise. in fact, it's been the site of a battle between local private
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interests and conservationists. until recently, punta de lobos was relatively unknown, but over the past couple of decades, its popularity has soared as a surfing and a tourist destination. these days, 5,000 visitors arrive to the point daily during summertime. perhaps not surprisingly, this has attracted developers, keen to capitalise on the area's newfound popularity. much of the coast is in the hands of private owners, and plans were made for extensive building along the cliffs. a lot of private projects are real estate projects, big ones, were wanting
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to be developed here. like, where we're standing here, there will be houses hanging on the cliffs, four buildings seven storeys high, like a surf resort, or not even a surf resort, but huge density of construction and people coming here. we have a real threatening situation for such a special place like this. matias is a director of the punta de lobos foundation — a non—profit organisation created among locals to fight the development plans. along with other conservation bodies, such as save the waves, they've worked to halt shoreside construction and to keep the cliffs open to the public. but that was only their first challenge. it was a mess here. if you put 1,000 or 1,500 cars here, you could take an hour, 1.5 hours to just go a mile out back to the highway.
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and the second thing is that there were no bathrooms here, so people would do their needs in the cliffs, in wherever, and this would be very dirty. the foundation responded by regulating the traffic with a roundabout and installing eco bathroom facilities. along with a recycled fence along the cliff line to protect it from the erosion of visitors‘ feet. community involvement has been a vital ingredient in the success of the conservation project and some local businesses are adopting a low impact philosophy. this hotel overlooks the punta de lobos beach and was built with the aim of causing as little impact as possible on the surrounding area. unlike earlier hotel plans, it's designed to be camouflaged into the hillside and it's built
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with local and recycled materials. it's all in the architecture. we don't want it to be like a big hotel, five storeys tall. we have 12 rooms — we could have had 40, 50, but we wanted to offer something different, something special. this is a very sensitive and special place and spot for us, so we wanted to protect it. many involved in the efforts here see punta de lobos as a landmark conservation case for chile — one that could have a much broader impact than just protecting one favoured surfing spot. we are very eager that punta de lobos is successful because it's the example in order to scale this project throughout chile.
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there's a need for conservation in chile. we are a developing country, we're just getting started, and we can learn from so many mistakes. that punta de lobos could set the example for future developments along the coast. from south america to europe next, and the village of arreau, set high in the french pyrenees. they're big on tradition when it comes to cooking here, and they've got a novel approach to making cakes that dates back over 200 years. still to come on this week's travel show... looking for a long haul in october? 0ur 6lobal 6uru simon calder has some seasonal suggestions. and we go to the canadian islands, where the sea can bite. the travel show — your essential guide, wherever you're heading.
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welcome to the slice of the show that tackles your questions about getting the best out of travel. coming up shortly, ideas for a great 0ctober escape, and managing money for mexico. but first, peak tourist season in europe is underway and so i've asked britain's biggest airports for the days this summer when they expect to be busiest. here at 6atwick, it's sunday 13th august, with travellers passing through at a rate of two per second. at manchester, friday 18th august is the key day, and at heathrow airport — the busiest in europe —
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the peak will be on sunday 6th august, with over 250,000 passengers arriving and departing. jane wants to know... what's your top long haul recommendation in october? at that time of year it's hard to go wrong with a trip along either the east or the west coast of the usa, from washington, dc, south to florida, or on the californian coast, from san francisco to the mexican border. the climate is benign, apart from the odd storm on the east coast, and if you like to swim in the ocean, it's about as warm as it gets. 0n the east coast, spend a few days in the us capital and then fly to florida, pick up a rental car and call in at cape canaveral for the space coast and miami beach. 0r, on the west coast, explore san francisco then hire a car for the trip south along california state route 1, with some of the best coastal scenery in the world; spectacular cliffs and marine life, which may include sea lions. highlights include hearst castle,
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the hilltop mansion of a newspaper magnate, the hollywood hills, offering genuine urban wilderness, and at the deep south of california, san diego — the ideal city in which to end an adventure. next, pauline and rob stannard followed my advice to visit nicaragua and simply want to know, where next? well, if you enjoyed the landscapes and elements of hard—core travel in central america's largest country, let me recommend a couple of other alluring latin american destinations... cuba and ecuador. both of them are a little frayed around the edges, with unpredictable but entertaining transport, and have plenty of beautiful towns. in the capitals, havana and quito, you'll find echoes of the colonial atmosphere you appreciated in granada and leon in nicaragua. finally, fran wants to know... is it best to take us
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dollars or pesos to mexico? take dollars. in my experience, the very best rates for mexican pesos are to be found inside the country. so take in cash and change it at one of the many casas de cambio. if you're heading for cancun and the riviera maya area, then euros or pound sterling are recognised and accepted at all the resorts. for the rest of mexico, though, us dollars are the only universally recognised currency. other foreign funds may be regarded with suspicion. whether you're travelling on a shoestring or a gold—plated credit card, i'm here to help, so e—mail your question to and i'll do my very best to find you an answer. from me, simon calder, the global 6uru, bye for now and see
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you next time. and to finish this week's programme, we're off to canada and the magdalen islands in the gulf of saint lawrence. the waters can be treacherous and many ships have run aground on the rocks here, meaning that lots of people who live in the area now are descendants of shipwrecked sailors, who were washed ashore when their ships went down, giving them a unique respect for the sea. ethereal music. my name's nancy clark. i was born and raised on this island. as an islander, when we say "home", it's something very strong and something very rooted, because our ancestry is like all in one island, so our sense of belonging is very strong. most island families have.. it affects them in some way or another. my uncle, her brother, drowned and my father's brother also drowned, so i've two uncles that have drowned. my father's brother actually drowned just over there,
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right across the road. this is where robert best, he would be my grandmother's grandfather, and he shipwrecked from the channel islands on a ship called the perry around 1875. he married a local woman. we have very strong ties to the sea, because it's generational. so my family, it's like six generations of fishermen and also my brother's fifth—generation boat builder, so these things are handed down through the families. i feel so comfortable here and i've never felt that feeling anywhere else. like knowing every little nook and cranny, and the beach and the cape and just feeling completely at ease.
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well, unfortunately that's all we've got time for on this week's travel show. coming up next week... continuing the shipwrecked theme, ade‘s in bermuda, where he'll be meeting the team who are digitally mapping the hundreds of underwater lost ships there, for everyone to be able to see online around the world. that was quite literally breathtaking! so dojoin us then, if you can, and in the meantime, don't forget you can keep up with us while we're out on the road in real—time, by signing up to our social media feeds. details are on the screen now. but for now, from me christa larwood, and the rest of the travel show team here in chile, it's goodbye. good morning. we may only be early on in summer, but on friday we saw the seventh occasion already where we saw temperatures beat 30 degrees. that was at london heathrow airport. at the same time it was only 16 celsius in glasgow. a big contrast temperature wise north to south and those contrasts continue this morning. a fresh but sunny start in parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england. still pretty muggy further south, with temperatures still about 18—19. but more cloud compared to friday in southern counties. sunshine here and there, but the cloud thick enough to produce a few spots of rain, a few passing showers.
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misty towards the coast of devon, cornwall and wales. further north the well broken cloud to start the day. yes, a bit on a fresh side. what with light winds and sunshine it will soon warm up for much of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. early sunshine, though, in the hebrides — doesn't last too long. the cloud thickens and we have outbreaks of rain developing widely through the rest of the day. holding onto plenty of cloud in southern counties compared to what we had on friday. still the chance of the few passing showers. most will be dry and temperatures down on the 30 we saw on friday but still the mid—20s possible and in the sunshine further north feeling warmer than on friday. it does look like largely dry but cloudy at wimbledon for saturday. only the small chance of a shower. sunday, the chance of a shower later and monday staying largely dry. but the next few days it will be a close call and into saturday night the cloud could produce the odd spot of rain. wet conditions in scotland and northern ireland and windy.
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that works its way southwards into sunday. the weather fronts grinding to a halt in southern scotland and northern ireland and it's here on sunday where we start with temperatures a bit higher than they were on saturday morning, but plenty of cloud around. still a muggy start further south. misty around southern and western coasts. that cloud breaks up and we have sunny spells coming through. a couple of showers later on. the odd rumble of thunder with those. southern scotland, northern ireland, cloudy and damp and compared to england and wales it will be cooler. temperatures in the mid—teens at the very best. through sunday night and into monday that weather system gradually pushes eastwards and itjust holds onto a lot of cloud. developing low pressure around it. it does mean monday will be a story of some sunny spells, but just about anywhere could see showers. some of those on the heavy and thundery side and temperatures, high teens, low 20s at best.
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hello, this is breakfast, with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. claims that firefighters didn't have the equipment needed to tackle the blaze at 6renfell tower. crews say radio problems, low water pressure — and a lack of tall ladders hindered their rescue attempts. good morning, it's saturday 8july.
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also ahead: doctors apply for a fresh court hearing for charlie 6ard, as experts claim there's a treatment that could help prolong his life. theresa may will come face—to—face with president trump at the 620 quite happy with today's outcome. we are hopeful and confident that charlie may get a chance.
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