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to bring down an aeroplane. malcolm turnbull said four people have been arrested in what he called a majorjoint counter—terrorism operation. additional security has been put in place at all australian domestic and international airports. a key vote takes place in venezuela on sunday to elect an assembly which would have broad powers to rewrite the country's constitution. critics of the country's president, nicholas maduro, say it's nothing more than a power grab and say they'll boycott the vote. there's been a majorfire at a music festival in spain. thousands of people were evacuated from the tomorrowland dance music event in barcelona when flames engulfed part of the main stage. it's not clear at this point whether anyone has been injured in the fire or how the fire started. the main pension scheme for british universities has a deficit of more than £17 billion, the largest on record for any retirement fund in the uk. the financial hole widened in the past year as investments failed to pay off.
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there are warnings that pension contributions or student tuition fees may have to rise to close the gap. joe lynam reports. they are the future captains of industry, but the cost of studying has mushroomed in recent years. now there's concern that tuition fees might have to rise again. that's because the main pensions scheme for lecturers, known as uss, has posted a record black hole and ways have to be found to reduce it. universities only have a limited number of sources of income. the main source of income is obviously from student fees and it seems inconceivable to me that student fees will not have to be diverted into plugging the pension deficit. under international accounting rules, the uss pension scheme deficit almost doubled from £8.5 billion last year to £17.5 billion this year. now that gives the scheme, which has almost 400,000 members, lecturers and academics, the dubious distinction
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of being a record pension deficit for this country. but the chief executive of the scheme says it's way too early to think about hiking student fees. we are not responsible for setting tuition fees, clearly, but we have agreed a framework with the universities to manage the shortfall that exists within the pension plan without putting an unreasonable burden on their business models. and we have agreed a framework for looking at how pensions, contributions and the investment risk will continue to provide quality pensions for the members of the scheme. distinguished academicjoan harvey paid into the uss scheme for a0 years. she's already been paid from that pension but is worried that a less generous scheme might deter people considering academia. people that go into academicjobs often do it because they want to teach, or they want to do research or they want to do both, and they want to do that with some freedom, and they want to explore and investigate and understand. and the pension has, historically, always been something nice that goes with thejob.
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because academics aren't as well paid as all these sort of fat cats in the city. pension statements are just a snapshot of the health or otherwise of their schemes. they go down and, in this case, up, but for everyone on campuses throughout the uk, clever solutions will have to be found for clever people. joe lynam, bbc news. now on bbc news, it's the travel show. coming up: we are taking a trip through pakistan's biggest city on a bus. this might be a bit crazy along the way. we are looking at dolphins in india from a paddle board. wow, did you see that one? that was right behind me. and we are crossing the great canadian prairie on a train. hello and welcome to the travel show with me, henry golding,
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coming to you this week from amongst the soaring skyscrapers of singapore where later on we will be meeting this week's global gourmet. but first... this is a country that some governments say you shouldn't visit as a tourist. pakistan. terror—related incidents, kidnappings and political turmoil have all taken their toll on the country's reputation. and as the country prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary of independence, the travel show‘s benjamin zand packed his backpack and headed for karachi. pakistan is in the news almost constantly, but coverage of this
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area is pretty one—dimensional. if it is not focusing on the taliban, it is about the country's differences with india or cricket. but there is a lot more to it than that. the country is home to over 190 million people, and 63% are under 25. many of these are fun loving, forward—thinking individuals who are changing the world. so i am on my way to meet some. karachi is pakistan's most dangerous and notorious city, but a security crackdown over the last few years means it has got a lot safer, and for a traveller like myself that means an experience like few others. itjust might be a bit crazy along the way. all right, so i have changed into more suitable clothing because i want to get a taste of karachi and when you think of a tour you usually think of a friendly tour guide, some foreigners, a casual stroll around the city. but in karachi it is much different. it is done on one of these things.
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this is the super savari express. in a city linked more with bombs and guns than tourist trips, the super savari seems a safe choice. but this is a unique kind of tour bus, created to change the image of karachi not only locally but also around the world. main aim — to help karachi's population reconnect with their city, and help the rich meet the city's poorest members. in its early days, each tour will come with an armed guard, but as the situation has improved, it is nowjust this big, beautiful bus. i love this bus, it's incredible. don't we all? what is the history of it? you see them everywhere in karachi. well, you know, the concept works on the lines of this actually being a representation of the brides of the guys who drive them. obviously, you can climb on the roof, and who doesn't want to climb on the roof of a bus? why do you think a city like karachi needs something like this? there has been a disconnect
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between educated classes in karachi and the general population. what we have tried to do is eliminate that disconnect and show everyone that the culture that you have, the history that you have, and the city that you live in is for everybody, whether you live in a mansion or you live in a slum. and do you do this because you think karachi is misrepresented and it has a reputation it doesn't deserve? i will just say that there is so much more to karachi than we know. the cityjust has so much depth. it has depth in terms of the people who live here, the cultures that exist, the lifestyles, the architecture, there is just so much to see. there is something special about this mosque that i have to show you. the tour takes visitors around the city in an attempt
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to show its diversity. you visit mosques, hindu temples, churches, karachi's version of the big ben, and then it is time for food. sorry. i'm going to ruin your tea party. what is this? this guy says traditional pakistani breakfast. yes, a traditional pakistani breakfast is essentially you get chai and a type of an omelette, essentially most things in pakistan are made spicy, so the same with omelettes. i have noticed, my stomach noticed that a few days ago. you dip some of that in chai. you actually dip it in the tea? yeah. i am just ruining your tea. i have got soggy pieces of dough in your tea. our next stop. so this is lyari, widely regarded as the most dangerous area of karachi. lyari has a pretty bad reputation, linked with gangs and violence, it is known as the worst part of karachi, but i was here to see what it was really like, and to play football. that is because i am in town to meet the people helping to change lyari for the better. and it starts here. so here in lyari there is only one sport people care about, and that is football.
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there's over 175 registered clubs, and that's because these guys, like everybody else, absolutely love it. anywhere you look you see man united tops, real madrid tops and hopefully some liverpool tops, and i am here to find out a bit more about why that is the case. this is our lyari centre, in lyari, a centre of excellence, where we have approximately 100 kids that come across to train four or five times a week. we give them free football coaching, we give them life skills, sessions on top of it. so i have been asked to have a game with these kids, who look pretty good. because i am wearing a liverpool top, everybody thinks i play for liverpool.
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a huge crowd has gathered. yeah, look forward to me embarrassing myself in front of everybody. here we go. after eyeing up the opposition, we began. sand and heat, it is not a good combination. soon, though, we were losing by two goals. me and my new friend michelle realised it was our moment and, after generously being awarded a free kick, i curled it into the corner. then two penalties later, we had won the game. after celebrating with my team, adequately named benjamin's liverpool warriors, i spoke to michelle about football here. she runs the local women's team and is trying to get more women involved in football and, amazingly enough, it turned out i had just witnessed herfirst ever game on this pitch.
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you were a little bit nervous about playing because you are like the only girl here. is this the first time you have played here? it is the first time i have played here without any other girls, and if you were to look around, and there's a game going on there, and there's an academy here, i think i am the only female in this stadium right now. sometimes we go into an area where the culture is just extremely male—dominated, and they don't want females to play. despite the resistance from some people here, michelle says things are getting better for female footballers. they have just set up a new women's team. i am really happy to say that we actually have a girls‘ centre here. from my point of view, it is brand—new for them, but the interest is in that they are eager to play, they are keen to play, which is something very difficult in pakistan, to get girls excited about sports. there are 100 boys who come to the academy here, there are maybe 35 girls who come. that is about the ratio, but to me that is fantastic, because two years
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ago, there was zero. up until about a week ago, i had no idea that anybody played football in pakistan, never mind there was this enclave where it was huge. cricket is the dominant sport, but cricket also comes from a colonial past, and football is picked up in areas that have been otherwise neglected. these guys have had to come up with their own recreation, solving their own problems, and football is kind of... it is inherent in the game, solving your problems. 0h! i kind of want to hear some rap. music plays so this really could not be more different from the image most people get when they think of pakistan. time now for this week's global gourmet, which this week comes from here in singapore, and today we are looking at a style
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of food unique to this part of the world, peranakan food, and a restaurant that has made quite a name for itself. what we do here is peranakan cuisine with a slight modern approach. if you see peranakan food, you kind of have the malay flavours and curries, but at the same time you also have chinese dishes, and you also have pork. so that is what is really unique about it. we are going to do slow—braised pork ribs with buah keluak curry. this is the dish that everyone recognises the peranakan cuisine by. we always say if you can cook this dish well, it means that you can cook every other dish well. the base of most peranakan dishes are really what we call a spice
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base, rempah, and typically they consist of a few ingredients like shalotts, garlic, nuts, shrimp paste, galangal, turmeric and lemongrass. shrimp paste smells to some people bad, like socks that you have never washed for a week. to us, delicious. we are going to caramelise it with some oil until it dries up, and it has this really nice depth of flavour. there is something really rich, and it adds something special to the sauce. in our kind of food, you really have to take time and be patient. if you rush it, the food will not taste good. so now you start to smell the garlic, the lemongrass, the chilli and the turmeric. at this point, this is the smell that i grew up with, and that is really the thing that always reminds me of when i was young. so this is the base that we use
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to braise chicken or other things. so the meat, after braising up to three hours, absorbs all the spice flavours that we have put in, and also it is nice and tender and moist in the centre. slow—cooked pork ribs on the bone in black nut curry sauce and a black nut sambal on the top. it is probably the last dish i will want to have before, you know, bye—bye — that is how much it means to me. still to come here on this week's travel show: planes, trains, boats and bikes in the dead centre of canada. so don't go away. the travel show, your essential
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guide wherever you are heading. my name is spike reid, i am an international mountain leader, and in october last year with some team—mates, i set off from the glacial source of the river ganges and paddle—boarded all the way down the river to the indian ocean. we covered 3000 kilometres. it took 98 days. it was a tough journey. but it was certainly memorable. the expedition really began in earnest when we launched onto the river at devprayag, which is where two rivers come together and form the ganges proper.
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there's already a lot of flow, you have got these two raging torrents coming together. you jump on, and suddenly you have got these waves, you have got these flows, and it is like, "right, can i stay on this board?" this is the mighty paddle board. it is 30 inches wide. it is virtually stable, i haven't really fallen in off it, and it has got such a great glide through the water. one of the biggest highlights on the whole trip was seeing the gangetic river dolphin. they are one of the most endangered aquatic mammals in the whole world.
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wow! sorry, you are not seeing any of these, but there are definitely dolphins. did you see that one? that was right behind me. trying to film these was really hard work. they'd neverjump where you predict. throughout the journey, local people were fascinated in what we were doing. we were working with a charity that is doing a huge amount of work here in terms of improving sanitation. it was quite sobering to see how many people are living without really any reliable clean water sources. the quality of the water in the ganges is incredibly low. another plastic cup. one of dozens upon dozens i have seen just day. we have been paddling
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seven, eight hours a day, and northern india in november, december, can be tough. some mornings, the fog was so, so thick, it was like pea soup. those last two and a half days were tough. one day i paddled 78 kilometres and was on the paddle board for about 13 hours. the end point of ganges‘ delta is gangasaga, and when i got there i was like, "this is open ocean." "there is no bank to my right, there is no bank to my left." we are here, we are here, we have made it! i felt so alive. very salty. as well as learning a lot about the challenges
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facing these communities, i think i now know how far i can actually push myself. spike reid and his epic paddle board journey down the ganges, and if you are planning, or have completed an incredible journey of your own, why not let us know? watch out for details about how to contact at us at the end of the show. and finally this week, the last of our films marking ca nada's 150th anniversary. this week we are in manitoba visiting communities that rely on a fragile rail link to the rest of the country. but that line has been closed by damage from storms. its owners say they can't afford to repair it and the communities may have to take over the rail link themselves. oh, my goodness, i can't see the communities surviving without the train. it has been the mode of travel for years. cos it's an isolated community,
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so you have only got the train or a plane, but usually everyone uses the train. they rely on it, right, because how are you going to get food? it will cost too much for aeroplane charters or helicopters to come in. yes, in the winter, providing you have a good winter season, we can have the winter road from january to march, three months, but that's it. spring and summer, fall is by rail. 0ur elders, they all worked on the rail, and i was born up north by the railroad tracks.
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growing up here, i used to go out and go fishing with my grandparents and my grandmother, and i would go berry picking, and she would cook me rabbit every morning for breakfast. pretty good. we have grandchildren. we enjoy watching them grow up here, it is quiet. it has its challenges, this is where we actually started, where our family was actually begun. can bears eat ants? yeah. what is that? yellow creek. oh, yes. you know that giant mountain, like that mountain?
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me and noel nolan, we walked over there. there is a lake. this is the kids' playground. they know every inch of this land. all this used to be a lake at one time. we are surrounded by muskeg, and we can't build a road there because sometimes we would say bottomless, but it isn't feasible for us to put a road in there and put in half a mile of dirt in the ground. some of the challenges are getting our food, our gas, our vehicles. everything is a challenge up here.
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what i like is that the children here are able to go out anywhere, and they are always watched by the whole community. especially after the school is over, they go out biking, they go out hunting. they really learn a lot from it, because it was our way of life a long time ago also. owning the railroad, i know that our leadership has been pushing and have been staunch believers in the rail. it has been here for years. i believe it will be here for a lot more years. i am hoping that we will get partners who will want to help get the needs and necessities into communities. that is all the time we have this
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week, but coming up next week... i only knowjustin bieber. you are a belieber? i am a belieber. ben is getting in tune at a festival in pakistan. # what are you waiting for? i am about to step in the ring with momo, who is a top contender. i am in thailand learning the art of kicking. join us for that if you can, but in the meantime, you can follow us on the road byjoining our social—media feeds. all the details are on your screens 110w. but from me, henry golding and the rest of the travel show team here in singapore, it's goodbye. hello dad. not many places are
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escaping the rain from overnight but as we head into sunday morning, this thick band of cloud he should head out into the north sea and things will begin to dry off to beat the last of the rain clearing away from parts of yorkshire and lincolnshire. as we head towards the north—west there are still showers going, coming into northern ireland, the western fringes of scotland. western parts of scotland may start the day dry with sunshine, drying up across northern england. heavy rain out
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into the north sea by this stage. for many parts of england and wales it may start dry. a lot showers coming in from the word go in the south—west approaches, running through the bristol channel, such as wales, midlands, east anglia and the south—east. bright and sunny by nine o'clock in the morning but as we run through the day we will see cloud increasing and it threatens a passing shower or two. by and large, a much better day than was on saturday. most of the showers will be more towards the west in the morning but they will be heavy and thundery and they will get blown eastwards through the dad. some quite heavy downpours are likely and gusty winds as well. although the south—east corner, after a windy start, shouldn't see quite as many showers, i think, start, shouldn't see quite as many showers, ithink, come start, shouldn't see quite as many showers, i think, come the afternoon it should be more sunshine here as well there could be a few showers lingering into the evening before they tend to fade towards these western coastal areas. quite wet across northern ireland and western scotland. please guys towards the
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east and those temperatures are similarto east and those temperatures are similar to what we have seen of the last unite this weather map looks similaras last unite this weather map looks similar as well. low pressure sitting towards the north—west of the uk. too much in the same place for the last three or four days. was not as intense, the wind is not as strong in scotland and northern ireland to any showers it could be heavy and slow movie. —— moving. that trend continues on tuesday as the showers become fewer and lighter. there should be a lot more sunshine around, when not as strong if england and wales and temperatures seeking up to 22 degrees. as soon as we lose one area of low pressure in the showers, by wednesday and thursday we have another area of low pressure ringing wind and rain. this is bbc news. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: the australian prime minister says
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counter—terrorism police have foiled an attempt to blow up a plane. four people have been arrested tensions in venezuela ahead of a vote that could lead to a new constitution. a power grab says the opposition. the australian prime minister has said his country has foiled a plot to bring down an aeroplane. malcolm turnbull said four people have been arrested in what he called a majorjoint counter—terrorism operation. additional security has been put in place at all australian domestic
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