tv The Papers BBC News April 21, 2019 10:30pm-11:00pm BST
than 200 people have died after a series of explosions at churches and hotels in sri lanka. five british citizens are among the dead. sri lankan authorities say eight people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. three police officers died during a raid in the capital, colombo. police say most of the explosions were suicide blasts, it is not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks. more than 960 people protesting in london about climate change this week have been arrested by police, a0 were charged. police in west yorkshire have arrested three men in connection with fires burning on ilkley moor. dozens of firefighters are still dealing with the blaze, which covers six acres. a comedian and actor — volodymyr zelensky — has won ukraine's presidential election defeating the incumbent, petro poroshenko who has conceded victory.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me arejohn rentoul, chief political commentator at the independent and the sun's chief sports reporter martin lipton. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. "easter sunday attacks kill 207" is the headline in the i newspaper — referring to the bomb blasts in sri lanka. there's a dramatic picture in one of the churches to be attacked in the guardian. it reports officials as saying they were a deliberate attempt to sow division between christians and other religions in the country. the independent has another powerful picture on its front page with debris scattered inside a church. it says it's believed at least five
britons are among the dead. that's a theme picked up by the daily telegraph in its treatment of the story, which it says has cast a "shadow of death...over easter". the ft reports a government minister in sri lanka blaming " religious extremists". the paper also gives over space to the comedian — volodymyr zelensky — who plays the ukranian president on tv and is to hold the post in real life, after a sensational election result. the top story in the daily express is summed up in its headline: "5 britons dead in easter massacre". and its a similar take on the front page of the sun. let's look at some of those papers in the next few moments. john, take us in the next few moments. john, take us to the front of the guardian, they have nearly all led with events in sri lanka, and here is an example of it. yes, it is very difficult for papers after something like this,
because, you know, what people want to know is how many people have died, how many british people have died, how many british people have died, who did it and why, died, how many british people have died, who did itand why, and obviously at this stage we are not very clear as to what the motives were. it looks as if it was an attempt to serve division between religious groups, it is possible it was carried out by some kind of islamic extremists, but the politics and religion of sri lanka has been quite complicated and violent over recent decades, although for the past decade it has been relatively peaceful. martin, the image the guardian chooses to go with, itjust reflects the chaos of the moment, doesn't it? absolutely, and it is an horrific picture, and there are others on other front pages which shows you the sheer scale of the devastation in what should be a place of sanctity and peace and
hope, in terms of churches. it is interesting, only 7.3% of the population of sri lanka are christian, it is mainly the tamil, the hindu and muslim parts of the nation. those have been the issues in the past, and yet we have here a brutal despicable act of sheer callousness and terror, inculcated it seemsjust callousness and terror, inculcated it seems just to to so division and hatred. an targeting choice, the hotels were hit i would assume would predominantly have been lived in in the short term by people from abroad coming into sri lanka to spend time in what is a beautiful island, a fantastic time. i am lucky enough to have been there in the past and i know a lot of people, my cricket
reporting colleagues, have all been to sri lanka for various events, it isa to sri lanka for various events, it is a regular place on the calendar. at that time on easter sunday, it just seems so callous, so despicable, and it is hard to find words, because you can't conceive of the mentality and mindset that brings people to do this. that focus on those who died from beyond sri lanka, the telegraph has this photograph on the front, i should say at this stage we can't independently ourselves verify the identity of those british people who may have died in this, but the telegraph going with a photograph that tells their story certainly. yes, of a family at least two of whom seem to have been killed. and the fate of the others is unknown. it brings it home, because theyjust look like ordinary tourists in sri
lanka, and that is the mindlessness of that kind of tragedy. let's move on to other matters, because i want to ta ke on to other matters, because i want to take us to the financial times. martin, they have been some interesting election results around the world in recent times. they have. and this is another one. life imitating art imitating life, this chap followed lord amir zelinsky, who played the role of this accidental —— vladimir zelenskiy who played the role of the accidental president of ukraine who is now the accidental president of ukraine, truly remarkable, with 73% of the vote with poroshenko, who was the incumbent. what it means in terms of ukraine and russia and nato and the eu and all of this is less clear at the moment, but it also does sort of indicate that there is a widespread sense of unhappiness with the status
quo, and it's notjust in france, or in the uk, or in the us, it's a global thing that no one is happy with their leaders. and they are looking for anything to find them a different solution, and this chap, fio different solution, and this chap, no one knows what his policies are, at all. he's a comedian. well, nobody really knew what donald trump's policies work and he was a tv reality star. to an extent they did. a little bit more, he had to set out some policies to run for president, whereas this guy, as you say, we don't know very much about him, except that it does suggest, i mean come ukraine is a very worrying place, and you always make the comparison between the fate of ukraine and poland. very similar countries at one point. poland in the eu, getting considerably richer, and you would hope, freer, whereas
the ukraine has been languishing. ever since the soviet union broke up, it has probably been the key country people have looked at. up, it has probably been the key country people have looked atlj we nt country people have looked atlj went to donetsk quite a few times. which is on the east, of course. in the early part of this decade, they spent an absolute fortune on this brand—new airport which was then destroyed by the civil war that was taking place. and are still going on apparently. there is an issue over parts of the ukraine where the russians want to annex and claim they are still being a part of russia. it is a really difficult pa rt russia. it is a really difficult part of the world. it was the breadbasket of the soviet union in the old days, the ukraine. it was seen the old days, the ukraine. it was seen as a the old days, the ukraine. it was seen as a significant part of that, the agrarian part of the soviet union. now it is an independent state but it is being pulled both ways from east and west in trying to find its place in the world. you
have to wonder what they are thinking in the kremlin about this? who knows? perhaps they know more about him than we do, perhaps they have been spying on him. what, the russian spying? that is a ridiculous accusation. i don't think there is any evidence for that at all. chuckling the other ft front page story, about chain store closures, they are putting a figure on it to top 1000 over two years. again, not a surprise. we know this is happening, we know people prefer shopping online increasingly, it is convenient, i do it all the time, why would you want to go to a shop, so why would you want to go to a shop, so you have a string of household names, paper chase, monsoon, debenhams, all to use this thing called company debenhams, all to use this thing called com pa ny volu nta ry arrangements, which is what the
report is about, which is increasingly being used to reschedule company debts and restructure companies. i am afraid there is just restructure companies. i am afraid there isjust going restructure companies. i am afraid there is just going to restructure companies. i am afraid there isjust going to be more of that over the next two years at least as it says. the death of the high street is drawn out but painful. and we are seeing it every time we leave our house, aren't we? if you go to your local high street, shops are shutting all the time, even shops are shutting all the time, even the big stores, they are, because it is easier to do it online. are you both of the view that this is irreversible? it seems that this is irreversible? it seems that way. quite often on this very programme we are reviewing papers where politicians are claiming to wa nt to where politicians are claiming to want to do this or that to save the high street. we are not short on initiatives in this area, are we, i was going to say. but it can't be stopped and i think sensible politicians ought to be trying to work with the grain of social change
and look at what opportunities open up and look at what opportunities open upfor and look at what opportunities open up for more housing in city centres, change of use in city centres. and maybe we have to look at some more of these shops being entertainment complexes, to give people things to spend their spare time in and spend money in a different way than they did in the past. we had that series of restaurants that have gone the foot as it were over the last few years... foot is a technical accounting term. when you mean they closed their doors? they no longer exist as once they did, but those stores are there and they need to be utilised in some way, some shape or form, and maybe we need to be looking at more entertainment, finding a way of tapping into what people want. the question of course is what do people want, and we don't know, and we have to be aware of an
evolving society all the time. robot going to the town centre might be a very different experience in ten or 15 years? that's right, it is never co mforta ble 15 years? that's right, it is never comfortable when companies are closing down and jobs are lost, but on the other hand, as martin says, newjobs are being created in different sectors, and there are different sectors, and there are different reasons for people going to town centres and high streets. 0ne to town centres and high streets. one last story this time round, this is from the telegraph, martin, ivf clinics exploiting older women by trading on hope. this is quite an interesting story, the suggestion that there is a fear or belief that, because middle—aged women, desperate for families, will be persuaded that this might work, that they are handing over £20,000 this might work, that they are handing over£20,000 per this might work, that they are handing over £20,000 per cycle in the possibility of becoming pregnant. with people working for longer before they have their first child, and then looking to have children later, they are more open to the suggestion that this may be
the way to do it, and using ivf, it says here that since 2004 the number of women in their 40s undergoing fertility treatment has doubled, with nearly 11,000 cases in 2017, but the statistics disclosed that among those using their own, just 75 women aged 42 to 43 will end up with a baby unless using expose and when they were younger. so the fear from they were younger. so the fear from the fertility organisation, and sally cheshire is the chair of the human fertilisation and virology authority, is that some of these women, some of these families are being suckered into paying extreme amounts of money, £20,000 per cycle, in what is often a fairly vain hope. what do you make of it, john?|j thought what do you make of it, john?” thought there was a lovely touch towards the end of the series —— the story, where sally cheshire the
chair of the authority was visiting an ivf clinic and was being offered, she is 50, and she was being offered this kind of treatment herself. she actually knows what the chances are. so she realised that people are possibly leaving other people on and perhaps exaggerating the chances of conceiving. we will leave it fair for the time being. that is it for the papers this hour. john and martin will be back for another look at the front pages at half past 11. next on bbc news, we have the travel show.
we start in the spanish capital of madrid where change is coming fast, the way people are getting about the city is being transformed. city officials are clearing the cars from the congested seats —— streets and opening them up to new possibilities, rentable electric scooters. they have become increasingly popular in many european cities of late. for lots of people it is the transport revolution they have been waiting for, for others it is something else entirely. to many, too many in madrid. madrid resident rafa
estafania reports. look at this! electric scooters, bicycle sharing, everybody seems to be sharing means of transport now in madrid. nobody seems to use their own bikes, their own scooters any more. we've got here the electric bikes, they are being charged at the moment, and over there, a line full of electric scooters. they are everywhere. it seems that everybody in madrid is using them to move around. and they are just part of the story. faced with some of the worst pollution in europe, city officials hope to reduce it by a0% by taking the most polluting vehicles off the road in a plan they call madrid central. meanwhile, on all the roads once created to adapt the city around the new automobiles of the time, new spaces are being created for pedestrians. gran via is the newest street from the beginning of the 20th century. tour guide pedro agreed to show me around. it's fantastic because, as a guide, i can see
you from this point of view, from this place for the first time since the renovation. i've never been able to look at this building from this angle. this is because all this is new, right? it was full of traffic going around and it was almost impossible. now it is a new space for the people. excellent, excellent. all new for pedestrians, for the people, no cars. i love it. how is it affecting you and the visitors, the fact that we've got madrid central, that we have more pedestrians on the street, less traffic? gran via or the city centre is never quiet. this is a very alive city, it's crazy, it's amazing. we can feel less traffic and we can feel a better air. it's fantastic. of course, madrid isn't the first to try to remove cars from its city centre.
by working with companies offering greener electric options, there are more ways to explore the centre than ever. already widely available in cities around the world, electric scooters arrived here last summer. you feel like a kid almost. you drive around, having fun, and it's the joy of riding. it's a great way to move around. commuting with our scooters has become fun. how good do you think is madrid, in terms of green transportation? i would say madrid ten years ago, or even five years ago, was like a car—driven city and now i think madrid is becoming the biggest lap in the world and it's living a fantastic, vibrant moment so you have tonnes of different means of transportation. it's super—exciting because the city council took a very bold move doing madrid central.
it's farfrom being perfect, but it's going in the right direction and people are starting to leave their cars or private vehicles at home and starting to take either public transport or one of the shared vehicles. scooter users leave them wherever they are when they get to their destination, but some people worry they lead to the streets. what would you say to those people who are a bit unhappy with the idea of having all these scooters lying around? we are aware that the dockless system comes with a lot of benefits and some inconvenience. it's just a matter of getting used to it. it's new for everyone, including us, so we need to find together with our competitors and with the city officials ways to kind of move forward in a responsible way. this is like being a kid again! woohoo! so, what if you are a traveller going just short distances around the city centre? pick one, which is going to be better? the old public transport system or the new kids on the block?
to find out, i've roped in a friend. pedro here is going to take public transport. i'm going to take one of these electric scooters. but this is not a race, so i will go steady and safe and i want you to do the same, 0k, promise? i promise. are you ready? i am totally ready. ready, go. so my first challenge is to find a scooter. in just a few seconds, i've found one that is 30 seconds' walk away. it's a quick scan of the bar code and i am off to catch up with pedro. now i've got to say one thing for the scooters — while they do take a bit more effort and concentration, they have to be more exciting than taking a bus. and if you don't know the way, you can easily get lost. but if you need to get somewhere quickly, well, it looks like i may be there first. we're here!
but if you need to get somewhere quickly, well, it looks like i may be there first. we're here! but only just. i cannot believe it, i arrived here literally a minute ago. are you 0k? of course. and if you're heading to spain this spring, here are the things we think you should look out for. seville's april fair is huge, and, what's more, it's not even in april this year.
the vasa lay in the bay of stockholm for more than three centuries before its discovery in 1956. we're here for adventure. and it starts just south of the park in this little town. welcome to sigulda's bobsleigh track, one of the very few in the world where tourists can get the same adrenaline rush as professional racers. built under the soviet union in 1986, the track has played host to international competitions in luge, skeleton and bobsleigh rides, with some obvious success. the track is now used as a training venue for several latvian champions, but there are no competitions on today, which is lucky for me because it means i get to try it out. although, having a look, i don't really feel so lucky. first, i'm meeting the man in control of the sled, my pilot. apart from the pilot steering the bobsleigh from the front, a team also includes pushers
and a brakeman, but tourists get it easy. theyjust need to duck in and hold very tight. this track is almost 1,500 metres long and you need a pretty strong stomach to manage its 16 curves. oh, man! woo! i think that's one of the most intense experiences of my entire life. that was like being in a very, very active, very cold tumble dryer for a minute and a half. i don't even know how long it was. that was completely insane. another winter sport that can take your breath away is this, the skeleton. imagine a luge with no brakes or steering aid that you ride headfirst. martins and thomass are brothers and they're both world and olympic champions in this sport. it's our home track and we did many runs here, i think for learning, it's great. i agree, because if you learn
and you can survive here, then you can survive everywhere. you must love this sport to devote so much of your life to it. what do you love about it? i don't like training and all this stuff, but what i love is competition, so that is the best part for me. i don't think i'm ready to try one of the full—blown skeletons, but there is a tourist version available that's a little bit more my speed. wish me luck. it's called a frog and for this one, there is no crew to make me feel safe. 0hhh! oh, my goodness!
screams. how was it? so cool! the track in sigulda could now become an olympic venue too. itjoins stockholm in a bid for hosting the 2026 0lympic winter games. answer injune this year and in the meantime... oh, yeah, i could go again. right now. let's go. big weather changes in the week ahead but before they start, what a
weekend it has been. good friday in the sunshine 2a degrees, just above 25 degrees yesterday, and of course we have had plenty more sunshine today. asi as i hinted earlier, more fine weather to come for easter monday. in the western isles we have seen some rain but will pull away westwards. most places will be drier, clear, may turn a little misty through central and eastern parts of england, and we will see the lowest temperatures close to freezing in the most frost prone spots. it will drift northwards, turning the sun increasingly hazy, but it is sunny f in north—west scotla nd but it is sunny f in north—west scotland and the western side of northern ireland. could just pick up
an isolated shower to the high ground of south wales and south—west england towards the end of the day, so england towards the end of the day, so don't be surprised if something appears. temperatures high teens, low 20s, the warm spots approaching the low 20s, could well see the warmest easter monday on record. as we look to the picture going to tuesday, starting to draw the error more from the south, that high cloud coming from that direction, and also some saharan desk into the atmosphere, we could see a fiery sunrise and sunset on tuesday, whilst most will be fine with the hazy sunshine, another fairly breezy day, just a chance of one or two showers down towards parts of wales and south—west england. most places will stay dry and it is still warm, especially where you get that hazy sunshine. but where the changes do ta ke sunshine. but where the changes do take place as we go through the rest of the week of the warm start to the week with a feed of air coming up from the continent but by the end of the week we are changing the direction, looking for the atlantic, certainly into next weekend it will feel much cooler by then. as that happens, our weather will turn more
this is bbc news i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 11:00: more than 200 people have died after a series of explosions at churches and hotels in sri lanka. 5 british nationals are among the dead. translation: pup i heard the explosion and then the roof fell on ice. we took the children and ran out through the rear door but when i came to the hospital i saw my brother—in—law and son on the ground. eight people have been arrested so far and the prime minister suggested that information might have been received before the attacks happened. we need to look into why precautions we re we need to look into why precautions were not taken. first and foremost, were not taken. first and foremost, we had to ensure that this is