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good morning welcome to breakfast with naga munchetty and rachel burden. our headlines today: president trump calls on european allies to take back over 800 isis fighters and put them on trial or he says he may have to release them. come together now in the national interest — theresa may writes to all 317 tory mps urging them to put aside their personal differences over brexit. hundreds of passengers are left with worthless plane tickets after flybmi cancels all of its flights and files for administration. almost 400 jobs are at risk. manchester city end newport county's fa cup dream. the premier league champions beat the league two side 4—1 to go through to the quarter finals. it's go go go for brea kfast‘s mike bushell as he goes toe—to—toe with britain's fastest sprinters. we'll see how he gets on. in weather, the mild story
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continues. reigning western areas that don't lose total. there will be sunday sunshine as well. —— rain in western areas. president trump has said britain and other european allies should "take back" more than 800 islamic state fighters captured in syria and put them on trial. in a tweet mr trump said the us would be forced to release the alleged jihadists unless they were taken into custody. our political correspondent pete saulljoins us. what more can you tell us? i suppose it has raised a few eyebrows this side of the atlantic. he is basically saying, look at what is happening in assyria at the moment. the islamic state group appears to be on knees. —— happening in syria. what happens to the fighters that have gone out from western countries? should they face trial? yes, donald trump certainly
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think they should especially here in the uk. this is a live issue because of the case of the 19—year—old that went out from the uk to syria and is now attempting to come back to the uk. a lot of politicians have been talking about this in the last few days. the home secretary sajid javid said for example he will do everything in his power to stop those kinds of people coming back into the uk but thejustice secretary david cork didn't rule this out because there is a problem here. if these people can't come back then they are left stateless. you will hear of their hit more about this in the coming days. meanwhile theresa may is again calling on the conservative party to unite over brexit. she had to do it but whether she does it is a different ads are. -- answer. they are boiling over especially after the vote in the house of commons in which the
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eurosceptic mps abstained. theresa may trying to get them. she wants to act in the national interest. she is unwilling to change her tactics even though the european union has made it crystal clear it won't renegotiate. prime minister lance to go out to brussels and speak to jean—claude juncker and hold phone conversations with every single one of the remaining eu member states. thank you, pete. stranded passengers are trying to find alternative travel arrangements, after the airline, flybmi, collapsed. in a statement, the company blamed rising fuel and carbon costs, as well as challenges relating to brexit. our reporter colin campbell has the details. with all flybmi flights cancelled,
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hundreds of passengers including families on their half term breaks have had their travel plans disrupted. others have been left stranded abroad. all the lights on the two return home —— flights. they said they would not give me back my money. we are now off into austria for our skiing trip that there is a real concern as to how we are going to get home now the company has gone into administration. based in the east midlands, flybmi operated i7 jets flying to 25 european cities. the airline which has 376 employees blames its collapse on a spike in the price of fuel and changes in the cost of carbon permits. in a statement, the company said current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the brexit process which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in europe. it's a horrible time to be any small airline at the
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moment. in europe, you have far too many seats, but too few customers and just looking at the numbers for flybmi, the average flight had only 18 people on it. passengers book to travel with flybmi are being told not to go to the airport unless they have booked an alternative flight. the civil aviation authority say those affected should contact their travel agent, credit card or insurance provider to get a refund. ——to see if they can get a refund. we'll be joined by travel expert, simon calder with more on that story in a few minutes. videos and photographs promoting animal cruelty and illegal bloodsports are being shared on social media, according to a bbc countryfile investigation. in response, facebook and youtube have taken down some of the content, but material celebrating illegal hunting and cockfighting is still accessible, as tom heap reports. from head coursing to cockfighting,
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these are the coolest of so—called sports with gambling at their heart. you may have thought these bloodsports lived only in the past but today the power of the web have given them a new audience. we found evidence that some of the world's most popular internet sites like facebook and youtube are being used by illicit gambling rings to organise animal fights and also share disturbing and cool images online with huge numbers of followers. it is significant amounts of money made in this. we have intelligence suggesting that dogs can be what for 25—30 pounds for head coursing. they are making six figures annually. we have infiltrated a number of close groups on facebook, groups believed to be sharing illegal bloodsport material.
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they may not be publicly accessible but they have huge numbers of followers. it's not just but they have huge numbers of followers. it's notjust facebook. we also found videos being uploaded and shared on youtube. we showed them our evidence and facebook did ta ke them our evidence and facebook did take down one profile that had been up take down one profile that had been upfor take down one profile that had been up for several years but others remain. facebook told us that their content must respect local laws and that they rely on a prop or from appropriate authorities so they can ta ke appropriate authorities so they can take appropriate action. ———— rely on reports appropriate authorities. youtube says it has cleared rules that prevent abuse. two thirds of fathers of premature babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, and are not being given enough time off, according to research seen by the bbc. around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the uk every year and many end up spending weeks, or even months being cared for in hospital. 5 live investigates has been involved with the study and adrian goldberg is here to explain more. what is the study actually show? and
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there is something like 100,000 babies born premature lee or seriously ill every year. the charity cot —— prematurely. —— the charity cot —— prematurely. —— the charity lease gives us an insight into, two thirds of that is forced to spend time not at home but next to spend time not at home but next to an incubator in a neonatal unit —— bliss. then they go back to work before the baby has a chance to return home. those fathers can share some of the mother's maternity leave but that is taken off at the other end from the mother who misses out on the extension of her maternity leave. this shows that one in ten pa rents leave. this shows that one in ten parents is ultimately forced to give up parents is ultimately forced to give up work purely as a result of having a sequel prematurely born baby. there has been different suggestions as to how the government or companies, employers, should deal
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with this. one or two charities have been employing —— promoting the fact that it can be better. the government is saying it will review the range of benefits that are available but certainly for any of the parents affected, they are looking for urgent answers. we will talk more about this throughout the programme. nine illegal gold miners have been pulled alive from flooded mines in zimbabwe but officials fear dozens more are still trapped. the men were rescued after becoming trapped on tuesday when heavy rains flooded mine shafts. more than 20 bodies have been recovered so far. the government has declared it a national disaster. millions of workers could see their take—home pay fall from april when the amount they have to put into their pensions pot increases. a bbc analysis of earnings suggests higher contribution rates for those in auto—enrolement pensions will hit pay packets, despite an imminent tax cut. the government says it will closely monitor what happens. and today's good news story is that a new world record has been
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set in germany for the most human smurfs gathered in one place. in total 2,762 people dressed up in blue and white costumes as the elf—like characters, who were created in the 19505 by a belgian cartoonist. the record comes three years after the town's first attempt failed to beat the record, which was previously held by welsh students who managed to unite just over 2,500 smurfs in swansea back in 2009. sadly, they have lost the title.|j have so many questions about that. were they else like? have so many questions about that. were they else like ?|j have so many questions about that. were they else like? i struggled with that. —— elf—like. were they else like? i struggled with that. -- elf-like. was there a height restriction? it doesn't work
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like that, you can'tjust paint is a blue and call yourself a cat max merthyr. —— call yourself a smurf. let's look at the front pages. the times leads with the story that the uk's richest man, sirjim ratcliffe, is leaving the country to save billions in tax. the picture you are seeing is of meghan markle. they are looking to dig hole in the curriculum. the observer has it's own investigation which it says reveals how the home office hires out staff to hunt migrants. the tomb of karl marx. they have done an investigation that reveals the home office hires out staff. the sunday express says the eu is planning to send food aid to britain in the event of a no—deal brexit. it also features a story about how the government plans to outlaw monthly bin collections. courteney
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cou rteney cox courteney cox and jennifer aniston is the picture. and the sunday telegraph says 800 jihadis are ready to unleash so—called islamic state on the west. that number, it's the same number that president trump has been using in his tweets overnight to call on european countries to do more to control and deal with ifi to us they captured. —— isis fighters. this is a warning from the us to britain and it's allies to take back their jihadists captured in syria to prevent a surge in terror attacks. iam going i am going to pet shame you in a moment. £19,000 for a i am going to pet shame you in a moment. £19,000 fora lego suffragette in the commons. it is a lego model. five it is touring britain after appearing at the commons though not everyone is convinced it's a good use of public money. people are wondering.
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anything that is celebrating is the suffragette movement, i don't have huge issue with. it is an amazing feat of lego. i would not have the patience to build that block by block. 35,000 pieces of lego. patience to build that block by block. 35,000 pieces of legom patience to build that block by block. 35,000 pieces of lego. is how much it ways. —— yes. block. 35,000 pieces of lego. is how much it ways. -- yes. -- guess. 15 stone. can we talk about your guinea pig when you are a small child? we must. battled about how pets can ease your anxiety. i'm not sure we have learned closed about this. —— this is about how pets. my experience of having a guinea pig
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when i was little. they were basically like dolls and i used to dress them up in babies clothes. i know it's a terrible thing that you have now made me admit a national television so thanks a lot. what kind of outfits? like little dressers, little dolls outfits. where they boy or girl guinea pigs? well, maybe they were non— binary. listen, we are genuinely, if you have pets this morning and they have helped you to a hard time. don't dress them up but you can send us pictures. how you might ease. it brings down people ‘s heart rates. do you know what else will bring
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down your heart rate? watching matt for two .5 minutes, during the weather. we had two gerbils, there was no way of dressing up those things —— 2.5 minutes. just to be clear, the only one who dressed up a pet. i don't think we have done an official survey of this fool ‘s matt didn't, i didn't. it is not a bad day out there but slightly different recent days, still on the mild side, the story continuing with that one and while we will all see some sunshine at times, a greater chance of rain. especially across western areas, this weather front pushing it off the atlantic overnight set to bring some heavy burst of rain before fading as it works its way eastwards. let me show you where the rain is at the moment, pushing it across western scotland to parts of
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northern ireland as well, and close to the western fringes of cornwall and pembrokeshire. that rain will continue to push its way northwards and eastwards through the day, so some heavy rain around through the morning but drying out and brightening up in northern ireland as we go through the second half of the morning. as the rain spreads its way into england and wales, it sta rts way into england and wales, it starts to fade, nothing more than a strip of cloud by the end of the afternoon drew the channel islands, lincolnshire and east yorkshire. one or two isolated spots of rain but much of east of england, a bright morning and cloudy afternoon. western areas, sunshine out to the afternoon and northern ireland not a bad afternoon at all. scotland and northern ireland brightening up, re m na nts of northern ireland brightening up, remnants of that weather front in across orkney and producing one or two showers across orkney and producing one or two s howe rs a cross across orkney and producing one or two showers across eastern scotland. temperatures across the uk, double figures for most, up to 1a or 15 degrees for a few of you. into the night, the remnants of today's weather front will sit across east
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anglia and the south—east, producing some drizzle. into scotland, northern ireland and eventually northern england and north wales, showers returning, strengthening winds. the showers could become heavy and thunder reach into tomorrow morning but with a breeze in place it should be a frost free start to the working week. we will see a lot of cloud across east anglia and the south—east, outbreaks of rain could come and go on that. showers throughout the day in parts of central and western scotland and northern ireland and for some in the far north of england, heavy and thunder in places. strong to gale force winds in the north—west, in between those areas, largely dry through the day, with some sunshine around. feeling a little bit cooler on monday, as it will do to start tuesday. a lovely bright start across much of scotland, england and wales. sunshine turning hazy through the day as cloud and outbreaks of rain gradually spread into the west. northern ireland and western scotla nd northern ireland and western scotland looking on the west side at the end of the day, that rain sliding northwards, and as it does so for the rest of the week, the
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warmer yellow colours reappearing back on the chart. and towards the end of the week, we could see temperatures up into the mid—or upper teens. so a little bit cooler through monday and tuesday, but then temperatures rise once again towards the end of the week. that is good news. thank you very much. matt, we have just heard that our floor manager used to paint her dogs toenails. it is getting worse, isn't it? i despair. i am with you, matt. i would never paint my dog's toenails. now on breakfast, it is time for the film review. hello there and welcome to the film review here on bbc news. taking us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. mark, what delights do you have? a mixed bag. we have the kid who would be king,
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which is an arthurian update. we have a private war, a drama about a real—life story. and jellyfish, a low—budget but ambitious picture. so the kid who would be king, a kind of retelling of the legend of king arthur? yes, this is byjoe cornish, who made attack the block a while ago. louis ashbourne serkis plays this bullied kid named alex, and he and his other equally bullied friend stumble upon a sword in stone and they pull it out and they take it back home and they realise that what they have stumbled on is the sword in the stone, the great arthurian story, and now rises a curse with morgana coming to threaten them. and to overcome it, they have to band together, much as arthur did, they have to pull together all of these rivals — including the kids who once bullied them — so that they can overcome this evil. here is a spectacular clip. everyone's vanished.
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it's like merlin said. everyone's disappeared! alex, what are you doing? alex! run! alex! they are just made of bones. we can kill them! there are two more! we can't outrun them. what are we going to do? hey, can anybody drive? we lost one! it is catching up, on the left, on the left! get the last one! and everything will go back to normal! hold on! where did you learn how to drive?
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mario kart. the king arthur story as you have never seen it all before. exactly, the nice thing is there with spectacle, the kind of thing you expect from a harry potter movie but at heart, this is closer to the spirit of a children's film foundation movie. it is aimed at a younger audience and it struggled to find an audience in america and i think it is because its sensibility is too british, but basically, it is a group of disparate kids who have to put aside their differences in order to take control of the future. and i really like the fact that joe cornish, as he did in attack the block, really does believe that the future belongs to the younger generation and he seems to have great faith in the youngsters in his films, and what i really liked about this was it was quirky and odd and it wasn't ashamed to be what it was, which is a really sort of good, you know, romping movie with its heart completely in the right place and for a younger audience with spectacle to spare, and i suspect it will do a lot better here than it did in america because i suspect in america,
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theyjust didn't quite get the jokes, didn't get the tone of it, but i was really charmed by it, you know, i thought it was — it had a magical spell to it. i thought it was really charming, i really enjoyed it. all right, good. a private war — the story of marie colvin, a famous war correspondent who i actually knew a little bit. i will be interested to know what you think about it. the film is based on a vanity fair article from 2012. she went to the most dangerous places on earth and she paid a huge price. it stars rosamund pike, who i think does a really good job of sinking her teeth into the role. i know people who knew her and say it is a convincing portrait. i think there are two problems. the first is there has been some very good documentaries about colvin — under the wire i think recently played on the bbc, which really, i think, gets to the heart of it. the second thing is it's the script isn't as good as the story is. funnily enough, it is written by the person who wrote grace
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of monaco, the same writer, and there is an awful lot of clunky exposition. and also the central idea that i think marie colvin, she never wanted to be the centre of a story. what she was interested in is getting to witness the news and getting it out there. that said, with those reservations, i think rosamund pike is terrific and, in the current climate, any film that celebrates news journalists going in and getting a proper story at the time when despots are trying to destroy journalism, i think that is admirable. i interviewed matthew heineman, the director, and he was saying in a sense, it was a portrait of obsession. and she was an obsessive. yes, and he says it is not a biopic, it is a psychological picture, as he comes from a documentary background, he made cartel land, which i think was extraordinary. this is less strong than some of his other work, but i think this is good — not least because of rosamund's performance. jellyfish. this is a low—budget picture set in margate. liv hill is a young teenager.
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she has to work in an arcade to bring in money for her younger siblings and her mother, who is basically incapable of looking after the family. the mother is also, as it turns out, incapable of going and signing on so the family is in great financial straits and she is carrying the burden of caring for her family. there is a drama teacher at school who sees in her something and he think she should channel all of this pent—up emotion that she has into stand—up comedy. here is a clip. stand up. i am standing up. your act, stand—up, as in comedy? ten minutes, no swear words. jokes? i want you to go figure out what comedy is. but sir... no buts. here. pen. here.
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write these names down. bill hicks. richard pryor. george carlin. chris rock. frankie boyle. these guys are... all guys. joan rivers, victoria wood, katherine ryan. now, what i like about this is the subject matter is bleak. it is about a teenager holding a great burden of responsibility who is put in positions that no—one should be put in, but she is tough and as i said, played by liv hill. i think you really invest in her character, and the vivacity of her performance kind of offsets the gruesomeness of the subject matter. and i think you really do believe in her situation, by the situation with her and her mum and i think you really see the dynamic of this, you know,
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this young woman carrying the weight of a family, carrying the weight of the responsibility and somehow, this idea of turning it into a stand—up act offers a possible motive redemption. i think it is a very interesting first feature from james gardner. it reminds me a little bit of a film i spoke about a few months ago called pin cushion which was again, you know, very low—budget, it had a kind of a real honesty to it, and i think that we should expect to see very good things from the cast and director of this film and the future. all right, thank you. best out at the moment? i love if beale street could talk. i think it is a wonderful adaptation of james baldwin's book. i think it had a real lyrical beauty to it and i think — i really want people to go and see it. again, i think it is quite hard to find an audience for something so low—key. and if you loved moonlight, you would love this? yes, i think this is better than moonlight. it is absolutely wonderful. best dvd? first man. it is about the moon landing, but kind of isn't.
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it is about coming to terms with grief and it is, you know, it is using a spectacular backdrop to tell a story. i thought this was a really, really great film but i was delighted to hear that you have, since i last saw saw you, seen leave no trace, which was my favourite film of last year. what did you think? i thought it was stunning and actually, i didn't know it was a favourite of yours from last year and i stumbled on it and i'd never heard of it and it is stunning. it is a beautiful portrait of a father—daughter relationship and a guy who has ptsd who just wants to be alone from the rest of the world. yeah, and they are living off the grid in the pacific northwest and they are found and they are brought back into society and they have to sort of learn to reintegrate and what i loved about it, made by debra granik who made winter's bone and has been overlooked in the awards — because i think best film, best script, best actor, best actress — but the thing i loved most was it does that show, don't tell. there is no point in it where the cast sits around and says "this is what this thing means.
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you mean this to me and i mean this to you." it doesn't do that. it is all to do with looks. so you knew nothing about it? absolutely nothing. 0k. which is sometimes the best way to see a movie — you have not read reviews, no expectations, no word of mouth, you see it and you love it or you hate it. i'm thrilled that you love it. a completely unbiased recommendation — i did not tell you to see it. you saw it by accident and you love it. your film of last year, my film of this year. i have onlyjust caught up with it. it is out on dvd now, leave no trace — the film that should be at the oscars, but isn't. it is beautifully simple and quiet, yes. mark, thank you so much. that is it for this week. thank you very much for watching. from both of us, goodnight. hello, this is breakfast with rachel burden and naga munchetty. good morning, here's a summary of today's main stories from bbc news. president trump has said britain
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and other european allies should "take back" more than 800 islamic state fighters captured in syria and put them on trial. in a tweet mr trump told the uk, france and germany that the us would be forced to release the alleged jihadists unless they were taken into custody. he warned the is fighters could "permeate europe". theresa may has written to all conservative mps urging them to put aside "personal preferences" and support a brexit deal in the commons. the prime minister was defeated in a symbolic vote last week. her letter calls on members to unite, for the sake of the nation. she also confirms talks will take place next week with the european commission president. stranded passengers are trying to find alternative travel arrangements, after the airline, flybmi, collapsed. the company has announced that it is filing for administration, leaving 376 employees at risk of redundancy. in a statement, the company blamed rising fuel and carbon costs, as well as uncertainty caused by brexit. the east midlands based airline operated 17 planes flying to 25 european cities. videos and photographs promoting
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animal cruelty and illegal bloodsports are being shared on social media, according to a bbc countryfile investigation. footage of hare coursing and cockfighting was discovered on social media platforms. in response, facebook and youtube have taken down some of the content, but some material is still accessible. nine illegal gold miners have been pulled alive from flooded mines in zimbabwe but officials fear dozens more are still trapped. the men were rescued after becoming trapped on tuesday when heavy rains flooded mine shafts. more than 20 bodies have been recovered so far. the government has declared it a national disaster. millions of workers could see their take—home pay fall from april when the amount they have to put into their pensions pot increases. a bbc analysis of earnings suggests higher contribution rates for those in auto—enrolement pensions will hit pay packets, despite an imminent tax cut. the government says it will closely monitor what happens. here we are. it is the fa cup fifth
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round of course. a little bit disintegrating. not what they are used to, to be honest with you. this is the beauty of the fa cup. the idea of the changing room with a few cracks in the floor. their multi—million pound train is being put away. you would have been brilliant in terms of the story but the fact that it scored one goal
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against one of the strongest teams we've got at the moment. top of the premier league at the minute and when you think about it, they were held off. we are going to do it, we are going to do it. sadly, the dream ended. newport county's fa cup dream came to an end as they were beaten 4—1 by premier league champions manchester city. newport managed to hold them off until the 51st minute though when leroy sane gave city the lead — then phil foden doubled their advantage with this effort. padraig amond managed to pull one back in the last few minutes — but city hadn't quite finished. anotherfrom foden, the goal of the game, before riyad mahrez made it 4. we start thinking what could have been but they are exceptional. they are exceptional. i can't speak highly enough of them. the class they have shown since they have been here. pep guardiola, all the
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players. you know, ithink here. pep guardiola, all the players. you know, i think that is such a classy manager and football club. brighton are also in the last eight after beating derby county 2—1. anthony knockaert scored their opener with this excellent finish. they were two up by the break when yves bissouma's shot was followed up byjurgen locadia. former england defender ashley cole pulled one back — it was the 38—year—old's first fa cup goal. it's a year when of course a lot of the premier league teams are out of the premier league teams are out of the competition and probably the likes of ourselves and others that are still in there, you know, had that opportunity to progress one step further and i think ultimately it's generally a premier league top six team that wins it but it opens the door little bit more this season. this goalfrom murray wallace was enough for millwall to beat fellow south london club wimbledon 1—0 and secure
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a spot in the last eight. it means the 2004 finalists are now one win away from a semi—final spot at wembley. rangers have missed out on the chance to narrow the gap on rivals celtic at the top of the scottish premiership. steven gerrard's team had to settle for a goalless draw at home to stjohnstone and are now 5 points behind in second. that means celtic could go 8 points clear at the top with a win at kilmarnock today. third—placed aberdeen were also held at home by bottom side st mirren. there were wins for hibs and dundee. salford city's new co—owner david beckham put in an appearance at the club's home game against dover athletic yesterday. the former england captain has taken a 10% stake, joining former manchester united team—mates nicky butt, ryan giggs, paul scholes and gary and phil neville as co—owners. beckham was there with his son romeo but he didn't bring them any luck.. they lost 3—1. other major clubs are being encouraged to follow
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the example of non—league side altrincham who donned a rainbow—coloured kit yesterday in support of football's fight against homophobia. the national league north side's usual red and white stripes were replaced with the colours of the lgbt pride flag for their 1 all draw against bradford park avenue. they're now auctioning them off for charity as well. we arejust we are just trying to raise awareness for homophobia in football. hopefully we can cause a ripple effect where people take note of what we are doing and it has been a su ccess of what we are doing and it has been a success today. hopefully a bit like the kick it out campaign, it can have a positive outcome. it's a shame it didn't bring them any luck. it was so lovely. they were just so proud of being able to do something like that. and just to absolutely say we are open to everyone. we want
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to reflect the whole country with ourfans and in the to reflect the whole country with our fans and in the stands to reflect the whole country with ourfans and in the stands and to reflect the whole country with our fans and in the stands and they just thought brilliant, the first ones to be able to do it. from the brea kfast ones to be able to do it. from the breakfast so far, they have had coverage around the world. —— sofa. in rugby union's premiership, saracens are top after a convincing bonus—point win over leicester tigers. they scored four tries on their way to a 33—10 win, which keeps their hopes of winning an unprecedented treble still alive. saracens and exeter are now level at the top on points after 13 games of the season — sarries having the better points difference. in rugby league, the wigan warriors could win a record fifth world club challenge, if they beat the sydney roosters later today. the warriors are the most successful team in the history of the competition and last won the trophy in 2017. though the last time these sides met in the final, it was the roosters who triumphed, back in 2014. neil robertson will face stuart bingham in the welsh open final this afternoon. bingham broughtjoe o'connors dramatic run in the competition
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to an end. the world number 103 had beaten ding junhui and john higgins on route to the semi—final, but it was a step too far as he fell to a 6—2 defeat. the final begins at 1 o'clock this afternoon and you can watch via the bbc sport website and the red button. britain's laura muir set a new national record over the mile at the birmingham indoor athletics. she won in a time of 4 minutes 18.75 seconds, taking five seconds off kirsty wade's mark, which had stood since 1988. the time was also the fastest in the world this year and the third quickest in history. it proves she's in great form ahead of next month's european indoor championships in glasgow, where she'll defend both her 1500 and 3000 metre titles.
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i knew i was in great shape and for me it was about winning the race but i wanted to run fast and to get an opportunity to try and go for another record. i couldn't miss it. i get so chuffed to be able to do it. and finally — the moment we've all been waiting for — many of you may have been watching yesterday when mike bushell was heading off to birmingham for the muller indoor grand prix.. he'd agreed to take part inthe men's u23 60 metres. and here he goes. look at it fly?! he is one of the bravest people ever to do this. it's so intimidating. in the end, it was a really impressive 9.27 seconds. that is really quick! we had a bit ofa that is really quick! we had a bit of a gas that time. i didn't have a
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clue. guess. ithought of a gas that time. i didn't have a clue. guess. i thought he might go faster because of the crowd. can't wait, going to speak in later on. —— speak to wait, going to speak in later on. —— speakto him. when you think of bloodsports like hare coursing and cockfighting, you probably think they're from a bygone era. but an investigation by bbc countryfile has found that not only are these illegal events still taking place in the uk, but they're also being promoted online. we're joined now by geoff edmond from the rspca. i think people will be genuinely shocked to come across this footage. were you aware that it was something that was still there underground?“ happening in many places up and down the country. killing animals,
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injuring animals but also using social media as a platform to be able to advertise what is going on. what it's done is brought to the fore what we already know. is that mean the sharing of this and social media that actually, these exports are becoming more common and more widely shared? it quite possibly. what it really is this things are happening. it's animal quality. animals are being attacked and people are enjoying it and how can you enjoy watching violent activity? that's what it is. unfortunately, my job, i see the photographs and the footage and at last you, it might surprise your viewers but in 2018, we had an increase in cockfighting than in 2017. whenever i we had an increase in cockfighting than in 2017. wheneverl hear we had an increase in cockfighting than in 2017. whenever i hear this, something like this, ifeel our rage. is it the fault of social media platforms or is it that these
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things happen? there are horrible people out there and it's a sign of the times, this is how they get the word out? who is to blame or how do you stop it? it's happening anyway. we get outraged, we have similar feelings to yourself. what has happened is social media is allowing it to be shared. that's the difference, isn't it? have you tackled the social media platforms? are a few is that everybody should be more responsible. social media platforms should be moderated and look at taking down... what did they say to you? we have had not many replies. essentially what we are asking for is responsibility. the police are doing a lot about it. probably, to be fair, more than we have for a while. task forces are
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being developed. we are going to fight this. we are tackling this. what happens on social media, what happens is, this is happening, this cruelty. this illegal fighting happens is, this is happening, this cruelty. this illegalfighting of animals is happening. is it trying to work out where it is taking place? can it provide useful evidence? it could but what is more important is anything that the public think is suspicious, ring it in. in north yorkshire, we have had calls from the public seeing some thing. it is part of an investigation. from day one, we were involved in it and we tackled it and we will fight it. if someone sees it, who should they report it to? to the police and the rspca. if people are concerned about what they see on
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social media, it reported to the police and the rspca. jeff edmund, from the rspca, thank you for joining us. it's astonishing to think who is actually enjoying an activity like that, it is just bizarre. you can see more on bbc one seven o'clock tonight. thank you for joining us this morning, there is some sunshine out there and it is getting milder, and we have matt, what more could we want when it comes to the weather? good morning. good morning to both of you, things turning milder later this week. a dip in temperature compared to the last few days but still on the mild side today and all of us will see a little bit of sunshine. but this forecast for today also comes with some rain, especially across western areas and more especially this morning. showing the big picture, this strip of cloud extends from northern portugal all the way to the west of us. it is a weather front
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pushing enough the atlantic which has already brought rain the western scotla nd has already brought rain the western scotland and parts of northern ireland, and it is not far away from parts of pembrokeshire and cornwall and the isles of scilly. some heavy burst of rain on that, there are some gap so it will not rain all the time this morning and it is on the move northwards and eastwards through western scotland during the morning, parts of wales, south—west england and in the northern england as well. a few showers here during the middle part of the day but that weather front as it works its way eastwards starts to decay and we can. some eastern parts will stay dry throughout. a sunny but in places misty start, but in the west, across wales, western england, after that cloudy a spell with some rain, early afternoon lots of sunshine developing, later today. early afternoon lots of sunshine developing, latertoday. plenty of sunshine after the rain in northern ireland, one or two showers across scotland, but you can hear lots of sunshine for most during the afternoon. we will still see outbreaks of rain across parts of
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orkney and shetland. temperatures across the uk, double figures, 13 or 14 for some of you in the east. tonight, that weather front and area of cloud sits across the south—east, producing rain and drizzle at times. in the west, some showers and clear spells, the breeze should she stop the temperatures falling away too much, some spots dropping low enough for a touch of frost in the monday morning, though most will be frost free. some showers to begin with across wales, south—west england and northern england, but once they fade, largely dry. lots of cloud through the channel islands, outbreaks of rain developing on that, in scotland and northern ireland will see frequent showers through the day, with strong to gale force winds. the showers will be heavy and thundery, the best of the brightness in eastern parts of scotland, where you escape those showers. they will fade for most, lots of sunshine around and a little bit chilly first thing. south—westerly winds developing through the day on tuesday and eventually some outbreaks of rain spreading back into parts of northern ireland and western scotland. some heavy burst of rain on that in the winds will be strong
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and gusty as well. what that will introduces another burst of even milderair introduces another burst of even milder air through the second part of the week. the warmer colours appearing on the charts, and by the end of the week we could see temperatures for some close to the upper teens. thank you for that. made me squeal, though the temperatures. if that gets naga squealing on a sunday morning, it must be good. now on breakfast, it is time for click. massive attack's teardrop plays. it is pretty far out there, but it really suits the music
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and what they're about, i think. in his birmingham studio, artist harley davies is painting a unique work that is much, much more than meets the eye. it's mind—blowing to think that, when you consider how much data there must be out there. it's interesting for the future, i'd say. the artwork is the album cover of the hugely popular and influential mezzanine album by massive attack. and to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the band agreed to have this music encoded in dna and then added to several spray paint cans. it means harley's painting will hold thousands of copies of the album and to find out how, i have come here to a lab in zurich to meet one of the pioneers of using genetic code to store data. and so here's the freezer where we keep the dna. right, ok, this is where the magic happens. exactly.
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so in here. it comes in an enormous box, all really cold. and you buy in dna? we buy in the dna. dr grass has encoded the music already to be sequenced into the dna. that work is done by one of several companies now offering genetic code to order. so they make the dna in the sequence that encodes for the album. so we have the sequence of a, c, t and g and so they take a and then the other c and the other t so that will encode for, i don't know, 0010 or something like that. and then you have to make — because the album is much more than just a few zeros and ones — you have to make a lot of those dna sequences. so the whole album is distributed over the tubes, so there is no particular order. it starts at the beginning and at the end and so, every tube contains a million different short dna sequences and every sequence has a number stored in it to tell us where it sits in the overall picture of the album.
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so inside this tube is effectively about the equivalent of one of the tracks on the album. and how much does this cost? 50 megabytes, $1,000 per megabytes. that's about $15,000 to store the album. it's a lot but you only have to do that once and then you can make enormous amounts of copies of it, because one key advantage of dna, i think, over all storage technologies we have, that essentially for free — nearly for free — you can make billions of copies. i don't know if you see it, it's a very small blob. oh, wow, ok. so that — there's an opaque section at the end of this tube. in there, there's billions of very, very small glass particles and in the glass particles, we have encapsulated the dna.
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so we have grown glass around — we've directed glass to grow around the dna. and it protects the dna. very similar to what you know from amber. right, and the amber is protecting it from decaying for potentially millions of years. exactly. and here, for millions of years, in our dna in the glass, for probably 1,000 years, it protects the album from decaying. so you can still hopefully play it in 1,000 years. how many copies of the album are inside here then? just the one? no, so we put a million copies inside. even if you don't spray with the whole can, you certainly have a copy of the album in there. so harley's picture paints much more than a thousand words. it's not only the first album cover artwork to actually include the album. a painting this size could store enough data to hold every album, picture, photo, book and recording, audio and film ever created in the history of mankind. so how can we read the information? well, that's one fly
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in the amber at the moment. this machine takes 17 hours to do it. it's come down from about a week but still, imagine pressing play and waiting that long. so we may be several years away from dna being practicalfor storage but at least it will hang around for thousands of years, and in a format we'll always recognise when we see it. or hear it. a few weeks ago, we visited the amazon spheres — part of the tech giant's headquarters in seattle. we met the people behind its voice recognition tool, alexa, and saw what else we'll be talking to soon. as the tech gets better, it could,
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one day, become the way that we interact with our devices. now, that prompted this question from a viewer: thanks, simon, that's a really good pointand, yeah, thanks, simon, that's a really good pointand, yeah, apple homepod gives some control to deaf users through the use of a touchpad, but nowhere near enough to really use it. google's assistant can control a smart device by typing requests on a smartphone, and the captions feature is available on the versions of alexa with a screen — news, weather and timers can be activated with tap. all of this is quite basic, so abhishek singh has decided to show them how it could be done.
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he's created a simple algorithm to do this. the camera sees what he signs and turns it into text that alexa can understand and respond to. now, it only does a few words but the point is to inspire the big companies into action. last month, google released a couple of new accessibility apps for deaf users who use its android devices, and lara and click trainee maddie have been putting them to the test. i lost my hearing when i was seven and about a year after that, i got a cochlear implant which has helped me a lot, but even now in certain situations, i find it really hard to hear. so when i'm in noisy cafes or at a dinner party, my hearing is not the best. we've deliberately come to a coffee shop where there's real, everyday noise all around us to demonstrate these. maddie here has been testing them
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in various different environments. we are going to start off with google live transcribe. and it does what it says, instantly and simply creating a script of your conversation. it can do so in 70 languages and dialects — with quite impressive accuracy, it seems. yeah, it seems to do really, really well with people talking. with one or two people talking, it works really well. obviously, the further away you get from it, the worse it gets, and the closer you get, the more accurate it becomes. so the underlying technology is automatic speech recognition technology and what that is is that's a way of us taking all sorts of known speech from recordings and basically training algorithms on top of it so that it learns all of the nuances, all of the context that we understand as people. we also have here google's sound amplifier app. you need to attach a pair of headphones to the device
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and from there, it can turn up the volume on different elements of what you're listening to. so it may be the quieter background noise that you want to make louder, while keeping the main sounds you are listening to at the time, which could be some music, at the same volume. now, how useful did you find this was, maddie? i thought it was quite cool that you could play music and still hear stuff from the outside world at the same time. the phone's microphone picks up the ambient sound and, from there, machine learning and artificial intelligence isolate the elements. that could make it possible to, say, make speech louder and the sound of an air—conditioning unit quieter. people with worse hearing, it would be much more useful because it just boosts that noise around you. so when you're less comfortable with your hearing, it gives you that little bit of security, that you could have that little bit of extra volume. it took be a good 30 minutes, just focusing on the app,
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playing with all the toggles, because it builds into the settings on your phone, so it took me a while to find the right settings for me. these are what i would call accessibility first applications, in that we're not taking an existing product and making it more accessible. we're making, in both cases, the real world more accessible using these technologies that exist on a smartphone and in the cloud today. the big game—changer was back in 2014, when the first hearing aids with the ability to communicate with an iphone came out. that then opened up a lot of possibilities because you've not just got the processing power of the hearing aid, you've got the processing power of the smartphone as well. apple added similar functionality to their airpods last year, with live listen allowing you to place your phone or ipad near the sound you want amplified. and now starkey, one of the leading hearing aid brands, will be adding full detection and a virtual assistant to their device that already features live translation and activity tracking. a live translation feature
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is promised, along with activity tracking, and an app to host a whole lot of data. it looks at your constant communication with other people and therefore, it's measuring how much social interaction you're having. and there are also sensors inside the hearing aid, so motion sensors inside the hearing aid, which are looking at how much movement you've got. there has been found to be a relationship between cognitive decline and hearing health. but when it comes to google's latest releases, even if they're not proving quite perfect yet, they do harness the power of the fiercest weapon most of us have on us all the time. and that's it for the shortcut of click for this week. the full—length version is up on iplayer, waiting for you right now. and don't forget, we also live across social media — instagram, youtube, facebook and twitter. thank you very much for watching and we will see you soon. good morning welcome
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