tv The Travel Show BBC News June 15, 2018 3:30am-4:01am BST
this is bbc news. the headlines: the us department ofjustice says the former head of the fbi made a ‘serious error ofjudgement‘ when he re—opened an investigation into hillary clinton. the report says james comey was ‘insubordinate‘ in his handling of the investigation into hillary clinton's use of private email but was not politically biased. the us state of new york is taking legal action against president trump's charitable foundation — and asked for it to be dissolved. president trump himself and three of his children are also being sued. it's alleged the foundation made payments designed to influence the 2016 presidential election. thousands of people have taken part in a silent march past the remains of grenfell tower in west london to mark the first anniversary of the fire. the names of the 72 people who lost their lives were read out at a memorial service. rolls—royce is to cut more than four and a half thousand jobs as part of a major restructuring. the company says many of the cuts will be at its headquarters in derby over the next two years and will mostly affect middle management and office staff.
from derby, our business editor simonjack reports. at rolls—royce headquarters in derby this lunchtime, workers were tight—lipped about the news of massive job cuts. i don't suppose you could have a quick word for the bbc? no? tell us about how things are feeling in there. not from me, thank you. sorry, we've been asked not to. you've been asked not to. but the boss of one of britain's most advanced manufacturers was talking about why radical cost—cutting is necessary. this is a very difficult decision. we're actually trying to create a stronger rolls—royce, which is good for derby and good for the uk, and will provide employment in derby and other places in the uk for many years to come. a total of 4,600 jobs are going, that's out of a workforce of 55,000 around the world. derby is home to nearly 16,000 of them, where most of the cuts will be felt. the axe, falling on middle
management and support roles. in derby city centre, it was clear how close the ties are between company and community. derby is very proud of rolls—royce, as a business, as a company. it's worldwide isn't it, really, so it's a shame, isn't it? shops are closing all over the place, lots of people are losing theirjobs and losing their livelihood, and i think rolls—royce willjust add to the misery. they say it's management, but it's 4,600 jobs, it's not good news for derby, surely. in the family, my granddad worked there, everybody that we know worked there. it's the main hub of derby's employment, really. it's quite close to our hearts. labour says workers will need support from the company and the government. we want assurances there won't be any compulsory redundancies at all and that they'll use all of their efforts to redeploy staff and find them alternative work elsewhere, whilst working with the government also in terms of supporting them going forward.
rolls—royce made nearly £5 billion in profit last year. it's got a bulging order book. it's also got some serious problems with some of its flagship engine products, so some are wondering whether now is the right time to push through such a radical, such a potentially disruptive, restructuring. if we postpone this now, we'll be missing out on the next design opportunities that come along, and if you miss out on these design windows, you're out of the business for the next 25—30 years, and then that will mean lots and lots ofjob losses. future generations may be grateful. that's little comfort to thousands of current workers facing redundancy. simonjack, bbc news, derby. now on bbc news, the travel show. hello and welcome to
the travel show, coming to you this week from the symphony of the seas, the world's largest ever cruise ship. in april i was aboard for the ship's maiden voyage, so what better place to look at some of our favourite recent stories on the programme. here's a taste of what's to come. wow! so that's go? that's stop? let's kick off with a trip ade took back in march,
to egypt, where he got his first—ever glimpse of the pyramids at giza. he also went to a new museum that's due to open later this year, that houses the world's largest archaeological collection. so here's 5000 years of history condensed into five minutes. here in the shadow of the pyramids, a new ambitious project is entering the final stages of construction. the grand egyptian museum will be equipped to take the country's ancient treasures way into the future. this place is absolutely enormous. the footprint is 500,000 square metres. there are over 3,000 labourers working here 21w, and it cost over us$i billion to construct. this is the main atrium, the entrance, and when you arrive you will be greeted by this imposing statue of ramses ii,
one of the greatest egyptian pharaohs. i think even he would have been impressed by the scale of this place. it's fit for a king. this state—of—the—art monument will be the new home for tutankhamen‘s treasures. and for the first time, over 5000 objects discovered in the boy king's tomb will be on display to the public. but now, they will be better protected by modern security, shedding new light on the lives of the ancient egyptians. so tell me about this piece here. this is one of my favourite pieces. it's one of the chariots of king tutankhamen. so we are pretty much looking at a 3500—year—old artefact, but in perfect condition, intact, as it was? if we consider the 3,500 years, it is in a perfect condition. restorers in these specially built
labs are using the most advanced technology in the world to prepare the artefacts for display. it is very convenient now that we can use modern x—raying, we can determine the composition of the materials that were used, the original colours, the nature of the gilding, all of these new, valuable information, is being disclosed to us in a non—destructive way. more than two thirds of the objects from tutankhamen‘s tomb have been hidden away in boxes since their discovery by howard carter almost 100 years ago. they are unrestored, and have never been seen by the public. tourism here has really suffered over recent years. notjust because of political unrest, but also through acts of terrorism. with assurances of increased security, it is hoped that this new centre dedicated to egypt's unique history will finally help to encourage
tourists to come back. ade in cairo back in march, and that spectacular new museum in cairo is set to open later this year. off to australia next, where henry visited the iconic outback town of alice springs, which has begun to slide off the tourist map in recent years, with low—cost airlines pulling out and several backpacker hostels closing down. but could pedal power be the answer? yes, alice springs has launched a plan to turn itself into a world—class mountain biking hub. the combination of beautiful
landscapes and fantastic weather has made the trails around alice springs a local favourite for years, but the town wants to attract more international visitors. the territory hopes to bring in nearly $70 million a year through biking ourism. clarke petrick from 0utback cycling leads tours throughout the trails here. today is a particularly hot day, about a0 degrees in the middle of the desert, why would anyone want to come out and try mountain biking here? well in the winter the weather is absolutely perfect. we don't have the storms, the rain, the cold, it is just beautiful 25 degree days, really consistent weather. it means the riding never gets rained out, the trails can be quite interesting and they don't get washed away. the environment is really cool for natural style mountain bike trails. and then in the summer when it is hot, you get the amazing experience of riding at night, with high quality lights, you see wildlife, it is a unique experience probably for australia. and helping tourists understand more
about the unique outback environment is another way the town is shaking up its image. the earth sanctuary was set up by former neighbours star dan falzon and with his family he teaches visitors about the outback. so what are we doing? ijoined dan to make some damper, a traditional aboriginal bush recipe for bread, which is made with their new recipe for beer, the red centre devil. the recipe for making damper is incredibly simple bit of beer in first, some self raising flour and some raisins. that looks good, that's perfect. as long as there is enough flour and it stops it getting burnt in there... that is lovely, mate, well done. after 45 minutes in the fire, the damper was ready to eat.
and dan and his team prepared a feast of bush tucker to me to enjoy, including camel, kangaroo and croc. and what we do is we just dip it in as you've done there, dip it in some beautiful virgin olive oil, and with some wattle seed dukkah, some outback wattle seed dukkah. this is amazing. it's fantastic. it is really good. it is lovely to be in a place like central australia, a very ancient environment, and can draw on the beautiful rare and exotic foods here, that can help you along the way and add to a wonderfuljourney around this great country. for sure, good on you. cheers. henry in alice springs earlier this year on the travel show. now we are off to thailand, a country known for its fantastic food and idyllic beaches. for many of us, taking selfies in exotic locations and posting them online has taken the place of writing postcards and sending them home whilst on holiday. but if you are ever tempted to grab a selfie with some of the local wildlife, you could be helping
to fund a sinister trade in animal exploitation, as carmen found out when she headed to thailand in may. infant animals are particularly vulnerable to the photo prop trade. here in the wildlife hospital, babies that have been rescued or abandoned are cared for in the nursery. this vet takes me behind the scenes to meet them. 0h, hi, hi little guy! can you tell me a bit about langurs, why are they so popular in the photo prop industry? because when they was born their fur is completely full of orange, and with the pink face, they are so, so cute, they are very popular to be appealing people who want to take a photo. they are still cute now! how old is vincent now? for now he is six months old.
looking after animals like vincent is painstaking work. some have complex needs, like slow loris tien. he was previously kept as a pet, and vets here say a poor diet and lack of sunlight caused him to develop bone disease. hi! sorry to wake you. so the loris is on the endangered list, isn't it? yes, poachers hunt them in the forest because they are quite cute, they have the big eyes. in the south of thailand, all the tourist places, they are quite popular to bring them to take a photo to the tourist, and pay money for them. oh you poor little guy! he wants to climb now. 0k! let's give you some exercise. the vet gives tien daily physiotherapy and lets him get used to the sunlight again. slowly his condition is improving. in the wild these animals would hold on to their mothers throughout infancy, so they instinctively cling on to each other to try and recreate the warmth and security
they would normally get from their parents. this is our baby macaque, boonma and pearl, one male and one female. hi boonma, hi pearl. boonma! why does he want that one? don't try and steal pearl's! the owner brought her from the market, this means her mother was killed by a poacher. so sad. it's nice they have got each other now. they know they have each other, and that is a good thing for them. here at the foundation, tourists are encouraged to roll up their sleeves, get dirty and help care for the rescued animals. and that's far more rewarding than taking a selfie to share with your friends. the skin is quite tough actually, it is hard going here! but i think she is enjoying it. i might be getting a bath too.
now it is time to take a look back at a trip rajan took to mauritius earlier this year. it is a country well—known as a beach destination, but is also home to some amazing wildlife, and rajan met a man who is doing his best to protect one particular species. so this is the mauritius fruit bat. it is a bat which is unique to mauritius. it can travel for 15 kilometres, 20 kilometres, 40 kilometres in one night. it's like man has got hands, but these hands here have been modified, amazingly, to become a wing. it's an animal that can see very, very well, despite what a lot of people think. they need to rest during the day to save their energy and to — because it gets hot in the tropics. but at night, as it's getting dark, they leave their daytime roosts,
as they are called, and they go out and they look for food. they will first of all eat fruits to keep themselves alive, but also they'll be dispersing fruits, and they maintain their own survival by maintaining the forests. the larger project here is hugely ambitious and earning international acclaim. we're actually recreating the whole ecosystems. it's one of the few places on earth where we're notjust trying to save a few odd plants and a few odd animals, we're actually piecing together, as best as we can — it will never be perfect but as best as we can — the whole ecosystem as it existed prior to the arrival of man. should we be frightened of this animal — should i be frightened being this close to this animal now? well, i'm not frightened
of the animal, i don't know why anybody should be. there are some countries where bats are dispersing — are carriers of diseases, but in mauritius, that's not the case. of course, where they are carriers of diseases, there are some precautions to be taken, of course, but that's not the case here. would you like to hold the bat? are you serious? yes. it will - really? oh, my god. right. yes, it will probably nibble you a little bit if that's ok? nibble me? if that's ok. 0k. oh, my god. and its claws can be quite sharp. yeah, alright.
you can — you must take this. there you go! wow! and now it's... i can't believe it. this is weird, is all i can say. this is a magic moment! i never thought i'd actually find a bat, or an animal like this, vaguely even cute, but you know what? it is kind of cute. and luckily, not disease—ridden... no. as it bites my finger. no! you're fine. do you want to fly off? come on then. rajan with gorgeous bats there in mauritius back in february. now we're off to the philippines. the decades, people have got by in his repurposed army vehicles. but now people are looking for a cleaner, greener alternative. one of the first things you realise when you land in manila hurry! with no metro and a very limited bus and train service, the backbone of its public transport is currently this — it's a jeepney. the design‘s modelled on the us
jeeps that were abandoned here and repurposed after the second world war. to this day, they're still the best way to get around. the problem is, the system's quite tricky for a newcomer to get to grips with. 0k, as i weave my way through the traffic that's now on the sidewalk, i'm looking for one that says libertad, and so there should be, in paint, on one of these, the place i'm looking for. we are taking this journey on a weekend when the roads are quieter. during the week, the jams can go on for miles. and i soon discovered that if you sit right behind the driver, you're expected to help him out. so how the system seems to work is, as the people come on, the money starts to flow, and it all comes through me. because you don't want a distracted driver, especially in the streets of manila, because the traffic here is a little bit crazy. so it is my first time on a jeepney, today. as if this wasn't complicated enough, these old workhorses
are currently being phased out. around 200,000 of the most polluting vehicles are being replaced by cleaner models. and those plans have sparked protests and strikes from the drivers who worry that, despite schemes designed to help them, many won't be able to afford to replace their current vehicle. some are concerned for theirjob. this is going to be like christmas and springtime for you. so i take nel to meet the source of his worries face—to—face. are you ready, for, your newjeepney? 0h! this, we're told, is the future of public transport in manila. so this is the e—jeepney, and it's the modernjeepney. so it's all—electric so that's why it's quiet, it has no emissions, no pollution, no smoke. so no noise, no smoke, no problem. the other difference is it'll
have an automatic fare collection system machines, so that the payment system is cashless. 0k? so you don't have to worry about one, two, three. we call it one, two, three. passing the money? you're smiling. why are you smiling? are you having fun? i'm happy. happy? no sounds, no engine sound. very quiet. you can just focus on driving and listening to your music. yes. whoa, whoa, 0k, ok, that was close. ok, so it's more minibus then jeepney, but what it lacks in the charm and history that its ancestor had, it more than makes up for in its green credentials. it's thought the process
of replacing the older vehicles will start later this year. to finish off this look back on the past few months on the travel show, this enormous cruise ship, the world's largest, had its maiden voyage in march. i got the chance to jump aboard free sneak preview. the scale of this ship is truly vast. she can carry close to 9000 passengers and crew. she is longer than four football pitches laid end to end, weighs over 220,000 tons, and she has a staggering 18 decks and 23 swimming pools. constructed at shipyards in france for over $1.5 billion, symphony of the seas is the biggest passenger cruise ship built. i am jumping on board a special 2—night cruise between the spanish ports of malaga and barcelona, along with a big group of travel journalists and industry experts, to explore the ship before she welcomes her first paying passengers. and although there is a party atmosphere on board, the crew know this is an important event if the ship is going to make waves around the world. this is mine i think, 592. most rooms here in the ship are a pretty standard size, although you will pay extra for a balcony and sea view,
and if you really want to push the boat out, there is a whole range of upscale suite with a suitably enormous pricetag to match. but is a seemingly endlessly array of dining options, entertainment and attractions on board which really sets the ship apart. i am at the bionic bar where there is no human bartending staff, but we do have two robots, rockem and shockem, who will make my drink for me. i have found a lovely sounding drink which is the bionic bahama mama, and all i need to do is just press this button and the robots will go to work. so off we go. now i think is going to be the shaking bit... there we go! a little bit of spillage, some dripping, he is a bit messy, look at this!
my drink. thank you shockem! well, we are setting off. the following morning it's up early to try some of those on—board attractions, aimed at making this ship as family friendly as possible. first stop, the abyss. at 100 feet it is the longest tubular slide at sea, and sends you plummeting a full ten decks in as many seconds. woohoo! the zipline is 82 feet long and it goes from deck 16 down to deck 15. on a good day we put
through hundreds of people, and of course it is available for all ages, but you have to be a minimum of six and you have to be 52 inches. absolutely, of course, and that is where my knowledge comes in, we do have fixed restaurants, we have mexican themed, seafood themed restaurants. but in the public buffet areas is where i have lots of freedom. everything i do is about the guest demographics, and i have all this information prior to the voyages, so i can adjust a lot of what we do based on the guests we carry. what are some of the challenges you face when you are out at sea. if you run out of food at sea, there is no running down the road. you have to get it right all the time. you have to anticipate what is going to happen on board. many, many cruises in advance, i have to order up my food, so if i miss a particular item, a popular item, i go from the most popular man on the ship to very quickly the most unpopular. that is all we have time for this week's show. coming up next week... carmen heads back to thailand to join a beach cleanup with the help of a rubbish collecting robot. wow, look at all this. and we pay a visit to an island off the coast of columbia where not getting on with your neighbours is not an option.
so dojoin us then if you can. and you can keep up with us while we are on the road by keeping up—to—date with our social media feeds, where you can share your travel stories with the world. but from me and all the travel show team, it is goodbye. storm hector pretty much lived up to what we expected of it. some of the gusts were really quite disruptive. up
up to around 70 miles an hour. further north in places, this is the sort of destruction wreaked across parts of scotland and the eastern side of ayrshire. further south, when it broke, a decent afternoon. still quite breezy. by friday, hector becoming something of a memory as it moves towards the western side of scandinavia so quite a number of isobars close by to the northern isles of scotland seven and is taking time to move here but elsewhere, a decent sort of day. you will notice we have this prospect of showers, if not longer spells of brain moving through northern ireland. then becoming more showery. further south, fewer showers. but with the sunshine coming through, could well push those temperatures to 22. the weekend, a write—off but it may not seem that way. a better day than many of us as we get on into sunday. another front pushing
on through scotland. but maybe just that bit drier invited for a time. the trailing portion of that, a band of cloud to the southern half of wales, southern england and in any brightness, the south up around 19 01’ brightness, the south up around 19 or20. soa brightness, the south up around 19 or 20. so a bit of a brightness, the south up around 19 or20. so a bit ofa dip in brightness, the south up around 19 or 20. so a bit of a dip in the temperatures. it will take a while through to push the low pressure and that attendant front off into the near continent and following on behind, rather pathetic weak ridge. another band of cloud with some bits of pieces working its way through the west of england and through western wales as well. generally speaking, the further east and north, the drier invited you will be. the top temperature, around 20 degrees or so. a quick look at monday, trying to build this ridge of high—pressure in towards the south. still have front ‘s close by.
the warmest and driest of the weather could be found in the south. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: errors ofjudgement, but not political bias. thejustice department's verdict on the former fbi director who investigated hillary clinton's e—mails. new york's attorney general sues the trump foundation, claiming it's been used as donald trump's family checkbook for years. a day of remembrance for the 72 victims of the grenfell tragedy on the first anniversary of the london tower block fire. the world cup kicks off in moscow. the hosts, russia, provide a spectacular opening ceremony and a big win over saudi arabia.