good morning, welcome to breakfast, with charlie stayt and louise minchin. our headlines today: at least 60 people, including children, have survived a plane crash in kazakhsta. it came down shortly after take off. 15 people though have been killed. free hospital parking in england for some patients and visitors from april but questions over how it will be funded. tributes are paid to a father and his two children who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in spain on christmas eve.
good morning, iam good morning, i am at a very noisy and slightly smelly recycling plant. we have produced 30% of waste this week than normally. i'm at this recycling plant in manchester to see what we've been throwing out. good morning. 13 is liverpool's lucky number. 13 points clear at the top of the premier league. no side has been this far ahead at this time of year and not won the title. the parents separated from their premature babies and the hospital app that's helping them. over the next few days, it is said to get milder. all the details next on breakfast. it's friday the 27th of december. our top story: at least 60 people, including children, have survived after a passenger plane crashed in kazakhstan, killing at least 15 of the 98 passengers and crew on board. earlier we spoke to our moscow correspondent,
sarah rainsford. the recent news is that so many people have survived this devastating plane crash. some 60 passenger list was published by almaty airport, they say they are 60 that have so far been identified as surviving the crash. many are in hospital. some are in a serious condition but many appear to have made it out alive from the devastated wreck of this plane which we understand crashed soon after takeoff. 0ne eyewitness has described the plane just getting off the ground before getting into trouble. it then crashed through the perimeter fence of almaty airport and ploughed into a two story brick building nearby. rescuers were quick to the scene and began pulling people out of the rubble. there was no fire which made that are somewhat
easier but the plane wreckage is a terrible, of course, and it is quite extraordinary that so many people appear, at this point, to have come out of this crash alive. the airline, bek air, a low—cost airline has started an investigation. the plaintiff was a fokker 100 and fokker 100 all have been grounded in kazhakstan. fokker 100 all have been grounded in kazha ksta n. early fokker 100 all have been grounded in kazha kstan. early reports fokker 100 all have been grounded in kazhakstan. early reports that it had engine trouble but it will take some time to figure out exactly what went wrong. plans to offer free hospital parking to some nhs staff and patients in england will be rolled out in april, the government has announced. most visitors to hospitals in scotland, wales and northern ireland are already exempt from charges. 0ur health correspondent, dominic hughes, has the details. paying for parking at hospitals has been a long—running source
of complaint from any nhs patients and their visitors. during the election campaign, the conservative manifesto promised free hospital parking for specific groups so, from april, all 206 hospital trusts in england will be expected to provide free parking for those described as being "in the greatest need". this will include... blue badge holders. frequent visitors to outpatient clinics. parents of sick children staying overnight. and stuff working nightshifts. but there have been some concerns from nhs managers who fear trusts may lose out financially. we will be looking for assurances that the costs of these measures will be fully covered because, otherwise, there is a risk that funding intended to run front—line services could be diverted into running carparks. hospitals make a lot of money out of parking fees. the conservative manifesto promised £78 million to help trusts make the changes. the department of health and social care says the plans will be fully funded
but the exact cost has yet to be calculated. dominic hughes, bbc news. tributes are being paid to a british man and his two children who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in spain. gabriel diya, who was 52, died along with his nine—year—old daughter comfort and 16—year—old son emmanuel on christmas eve. emily unia is at the church in woolwich, in south—east london. this family were clearly well loved in the community in south—east london. lots of neighbours have told us london. lots of neighbours have told us how shocked and saddened they are by the news. they have described gabriel diya and his family as a very religious, friendly and humble. comfort, his daughter, went to a
local primary school and it would be an incredibly sad start for 2024 her classmates. gabriel diya it was a pastor at a church. they have put up a tribute under that facebook page. they wrote... there are hundreds and hundreds of comments written below this post which gives you a sense of what people want to say about them and how sad they are to hear this news. the investigation explaining what happened on christmas eve is continuing. spanish police said they set divers into the pool, they could not find anything wrong with the filtration system or the pump system and they have reopened it to the public. the company that runs the
result said they are cooperating fully with the spanish authorities so fully with the spanish authorities so that is going to continue. we asked spanish police about whether the family could swim and they were not able to confirm whether they could or not. firefighters in australia are bracing themselves for another heatwave as they continue to tackle raging bush fires. temperatures of over 40 degrees centigrade are expected in several states. more than 100 fires are still burning. bad weather, black friday deals and online sales are being blamed for a fall in the number of boxing day shoppers. analysts said the number of people braving the high streets and shopping centres was just over ten—per—cent lower than the same day last year. sean is out and about at a recycling factory. it is that time of year where it stacks up, bottles,
cardboard, paper, all the stuff that builds up over christmas. where does it all go? there is a paper waiting for me to be recycled at home and which can be recycled and which one cannot? there are various drinks. they are always questions. that is coming upa they are always questions. that is coming up a little bit later on. astronomers are warning that thousands of satellites due to be blasted into space next year could impede their research. the aim is to create internet access for every corner of the globe but scientists say there's evidence that crowded skies are already causing problems. ignition, lift off. blasting off, a rocket carrying 60 new satellite into orbit and soon there will be hundreds more. this is for a project called starling, one of several companies promising global internet access companies promising global internet a ccess fro m companies promising global internet access from space but this was of
the view stargazers god. these white lines streaking across the skies. —— got. contending with pollution from asset is in so doing astronomy is already very hard. by considering the impact of things were putting into space, will only add an extra level of difficulty for astronomers. but it could mean a new era of cheap high—speed internet. starling say they are trailing a special coating to make their satellites less reflective. another are launching that spacecraft to a higher or better. probably three or four of these systems will be happening and we will be working with other steak holders to make sure we do not interfere with them, whether it is existing satellite technology or mobile phones on the ground or the astronomy community. we are going to work it out with everybody. sta rgazers work it out with everybody. stargazers will be watching to see
ifa stargazers will be watching to see if a compromise can be reached. we were talking about recycling. sean is out and about. good morning. it is getting quite busy here, understandably, because we have all produced a fair bit of waste over the last week. some big numbers. 260,000 cardboard the last week. some big numbers. 260 , 000 cardboard boxes the last week. some big numbers. 260,000 cardboard boxes to cover the whole of big ben. more plastics and loss bottles but because of cross contamination, there will be a bit of that. a bit of food waste which should not be going into this area. all the chicken and poultry, turkey mostly, could be here. we are aiming to cut our waste usage by 50%. by
next year. probably not going to meet that target so it is a big issue. michelle has been hiding away. you are in charge of communications and behavioural change at the local authorities in greater manchester. as people start to fill up the recycling bin, what is the one thing you need them to do to make the process easier? the best thing to do is, if not sure whether something can be recycled is levered out. if in doubt, leave it out. we get loads more paper and cardboard but glitter is a big problem. if there is glitter on cards or paper, put it in the general waste bin. we wa nt put it in the general waste bin. we want wrapping paper that you can scratch up in a ball because we know thatis scratch up in a ball because we know that is made out of paper. if it stays scrunched up, you can recycle it. if it springs back it probably has plastic or foil in it. if you
are not sure, you have a bit of plastic, what do you do? recycling bin or in the landfill bin? and if the general waste bin. that does not go to landfill in manchester but goes to a general plant that makes electricity. check the calendar that council sent to and that will tell you exactly what can and cannot go into your bin. thank you. we will keep an eye here. all this stuff is with quite a bit. people can reuse this people for something else. look at all of that summation mark will be back with you later. absolutely fascinating. learning to ride a bike is a skill which most of us pick up at a young age and then never forget.
but that's not the case for everyone. we're joined now by two people, declan and joy, who thought they would never learn to ride. but they beat the odds and now they've received special awards from cycling uk. they're here now, along with declan‘s mum, siobhan, and jenny box from cycling uk. good morning, all. how lovely to see you. how lovely that you to have co—ordinated your outfit! you. how lovely that you to have co-ordinated your outfit! so nice. declan, why did you get a special award? because i have dyslexia. -- dyspraxia. i struggle with balance so dyspraxia. i struggle with balance so it is basically very hard to ride a bike. when you try to ride a bike,
before you learned, what was it like? we can see footage of you succeeding what was it like for?” was falling off a couple of times. you were frightened and needed stabilisers. and then? it gets to a point at a certain age where it is 0k to point at a certain age where it is ok to have stabilisers on but then he became quite self—conscious and when you get to that point, you miss that certain age so we did not really think that declan would ever be able to ride a bike because it is a neurological condition and as pa re nt we a neurological condition and as parent we did not know how to go how to teach him a bike so we were very lucky to have open trail, a fantastic charity, that received funding from suckling uk and they
had fantastic coaches and they came into declan's school and the one—to—one coaching actually got him riding a bike and adam did three sessions with you and he took the pedals of the bike so it became a balance bike and then he introduced one at a time. what was it like, the first time when you know you are ok and you are off? i felt amazing! when you know you are ok and you are off? ifelt amazing! because i felt i had accomplished my goal. off? ifelt amazing! because i felt i had accomplished my goalm off? ifelt amazing! because i felt i had accomplished my goal. it is an amazing feeling, isn't it! you are here because this came a little bit later in your life, didn't it? much later, yes. when did you first learn? five years ago at the age of 50. why at the age of 50, i suppose, did you decide you want to do?m was something i had always wanted to do but really struggled to find somebody to teach me as an adult.
there were lots of classes for children but not many for adults. and i thought i really wanted to learn. so i was able to find people to teach me, even simple things like leaning the bike to one side just to get on, i didn't even know how to do that. i was really pleased when i learned, with the help of cycling, we have been able to start today's cycling group called joyful bellas and fellas, which is brilliant, and we are out every saturday trying to encourage people tojoin we are out every saturday trying to encourage people to join us. didn't get to the point when, as you got older, your childhood had come and gone and you haven't learned to ride a bike, and then gets embarrassing to say... i don't know how to ride! yes. i don't know how to swim either, but that is something else. that is for the next decade! exactly. learning to ride at that age is brilliant, and it is so freeing, it is really enjoyable, it seems like meditation, sometimes. we
are all cyclists here, i love it. i remember that moment so well. so you have chosen these two, among others, to win this award. why these two in particular? we felt we wanted to be able to demonstrate the real breath of our big bike revival programme and the people we work with. so we run this programme every year to help people feel safer and more confident on their bikes, and we do that through teaching people skills or fixing up the bike they have left in the shed that they haven't touched four years, or taking them out of cycling and our local community. we really felt that these two really epitomise for us learning something new, overcoming a fair and taking ona something new, overcoming a fair and taking on a challenge, which is what it is all about. they now feel safer, and happier, cycling. and they are inspiring others to do the same. declan, if you had a message to somebody, because they might be somebody your age or may bejoy‘s age, who is not cycling or hasn't cycled or as may be a bit scared, what would your message to them be?
try and learn a bike. don't worry, you can do it. you won't fall over, everything will be ok. everything will be ok! i love that. a good message. well done. i know you brought your bike and today, that was a birthday present, right? yes. well, thank you very much indeed. i know that joy well, thank you very much indeed. i know thatjoy is well, thank you very much indeed. i know that joy is with me. you well, thank you very much indeed. i know thatjoy is with me. you don't like hills much, but you have a good message for me. just say, i love hills. but it's what i will say next time! thank you forjoining us. is ita time! thank you forjoining us. is it a good day for bike riding? i'm not sure. matt will tell us. just say "i love rain, i love rain". good news, if you are heading out on the bike or going out for a walk or run over the next few days, especially in england and wales, things are about to turn drier than they have been. today it is just about the type of clothing you need. some rain around but unlike recent days, some of the wettest and windiest weather will be found in the northern half of the country. raining quite heavily at the moment
and much of western scotland, n has been pushing in through the night, also affecting parts of northern ireland. moving east, a little line of drizzle extending down across the irish sea into wales and south—west england. the odd spot of drizzle elsewhere. that is moving east as well. a bit down before eastern areas this afternoon. the bulk of the rain is coming and going across scotla nd the rain is coming and going across scotland and northern ireland but we will finish the day with some sunshine in our bodies. overall, a cloudy one. i try in recent days across southern parts of england and wales. 12 degrees in belfast, stornoway as well. chilly across eastern areas, after vertical start. winds generally lighter here, around northern and western scotland we will see gales. after that rain in shetland, and it will finish the day before clearing up through tonight. more rain returning to northern ireland and across scotland as we go through the night. the same in the far north of england. elsewhere, lots of cloud around. that will keep temperatures up. a lot of frost free nights, anywhere between five and
ten. so, into the weekend. if you do have plans, this area of high pressure is just extending have plans, this area of high pressure isjust extending into england and wales, keeping things dry. when a front scooting up to the north—western corner of the country. northern ireland and scotland in particular, still rain at times, especially further west. a fairly wet day around the western highlands in particular. some sunshine in sheltered areas of north—eastern scotla nd sheltered areas of north—eastern scotland and we will see more sunshine breaking through northern wales and northern england, i suspect, on saturday afternoon. a cloudy picture come, but the temperatures are on the way up. 10-13, temperatures are on the way up. 10—13, and the as we finish saturday going into sunday, comes all the way up going into sunday, comes all the way up through north—west africa. we will see temperatures taking a further boost, one hour right across the country for this time of year. some showers at times across 0rkney, shetland, the hebrides, and parts of northern ireland and scotland. more of you will be dry on sunday and more of you will see the sunshine, especially across england and wales. a great day to get out on the bike.
temperatures 10—14 or 15. some of the highest temperatures because parts of northern scotland and north of northern ireland. things turning cooler and going into the last few days of 2019, keeping in with an overall dry picture for the vast majority. then, as we head towards new year's eve that dry weather should hopefully dominate. just the chance of a little bit of fog around as well. but i think that's the promise of something drier will be good news for many. promise of something drier will be good news for manylj promise of something drier will be good news for many. i bet. sunday might bea good news for many. i bet. sunday might be a good biking day. thank you. with unusually high temperatures in winter and heavy downpours over the summer, it's been a year of varied and extreme weather in the uk. the national trust has been looking into how that's affected our wildlife over the past 12 months. fiona lamdin is at the ebworth estate in gloucestershire to tell us more. good morning. can you see me in the dark and the fog?
iamon i am on the edge of 600 acres of beech tree, some of the most significant beech trees in the country. some of these trees are more than 400 years old. here they have not deer, they have got kingfisher this morning, as we were walking through the forest we even caught a glimpse of an owl. as we have been saying, this year has been some of the most challenging weather conditions, starting very hot, and then the very wet spell in the middle of the year. i've been to the other side of the country, to weaken fan to see how the national trust, one of their oldest reserves in the country has been dealing with this tricky weather. —— to wicken fen stop there is some would you, tl, if you shovel. are they mallards? mallard, yes. wicken fen near cambridge is thought to be the old est near cambridge is thought to be the oldest nature near cambridge is thought to be the old est nature reserve near cambridge is thought to be the oldest nature reserve in the uk. backin oldest nature reserve in the uk. back in the day we would get one or 200 individuals, now upwards of 1000. over the last two decades they
doubled the size of the reserve, which is now home to 9800 —— 9820 species. how have they done this? turn the valve on and let the water in. by flooding the fields. probably the most important is the fact that in re—wetting the peat, the soil, that locks the carbon away. it locks away the carbon that was already in the soil back into the soil and prevents it disappearing into the atmosphere. that's the biggest benefit. from turning farmlands to floodplains, they have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions hereby 80%. we are as hands—on as possible. by introducing animals and by putting water back into the landscape, which has formally been drained, it allows mother nature to take its course and the wildlife comes back with it as well. what they are doing seems to
be working. if you go to the left you can see a pair of gadwal, heads down, feeding. this year saw the first pair of breeding trains on a century. this mosaic of wildlife landscapes is now one of the most prolific and diverse nature reserves in the country. well, it is very dark here, but in the next hour you will see hopefully a lot more. matt, you have been here for nearly two decades, 20 years you have had thisjob, managing all the beech trees, looking the forest. first of all, give us a national picture, an idea of how it started off form in february and then got wet later on. what challenges has that given you for resident species also? as you say, a topsy-turvy year. we've had some successes. some of our migrant species, those are the ones who are travelling across the ones who are travelling across the country, those have done very well, some of them. we have had some unusual sightings. this year was
significant for one particular butterfly, a beautiful looking orange and black butterfly cold the painted lady. we had nearly 500,000 coming across to our shores this year, which is significantly higher than previous years, the highest in a decade. these come all the way from africa. they have a huge journey for a tiny insect. those are one of the ones that have done very well this year. who has not done as well? because not everybody has benefited from this weather pattern. yeah, looking nationally, we have had one of our sites up in northumberland in the fine islands, the puffins have struggled this year, that was mainly due to a significant rainfall in june. year, that was mainly due to a significant rainfall injune. we had nearly 100 millimetres of rain in 24 hours. just when the chicks were hatching at their most vulnerable, using their boroughs, they basically got inundated and so we had a high mortality rate, a lot of deaths among the chicks. so some of the puffer numbers have not done so well this year. would you say, and for you personally here, has it been a
real challenge with the weather? yeah. it has been a challenge for all sorts. for us outdoors, for the general public not seeing this on these last three or four months, for farmers trying to cope with the weather conditions, but the wildlife year, i think each year, we are getting these more and more extreme conditions, and i think theyjust have to adapt. well, we will be back in an hour. hopefully, fingers crossed, we will be able to show you much more here. it is absolutely beautiful. at the moment it is rather foggy, but in an hour's time, hopefully we can show you more. thank you very much. it does still seem strange, dark at 7:26am. what we re seem strange, dark at 7:26am. what were you saying, eight o'clock also? something like that. depends where you are in the country. we have gone past the source is now so the days are getting longer. summer is on the way. just around the corner! for the cricketers in south africa...|j way. just around the corner! for the cricketers in south africa... i love your optimism, charlie. sports bulletins, i look forward to the cricket, because you think, doesn't it look nice? yes, south africa is lovely this time of year. liverpool
will be happy. it was a bit chilly and wet last night in leicester, but for having zero winners and now they are marching to the premier league title. liverpool's march to a maiden premier league title shows no signs of slowing down. they went to second placed leicester, won 4—0, and are now 13 points clear. patrick gearey has more. chelsea are as close to liverpool at the top as they are to norwich after losing to southampton. 200 zero sta mford losing to southampton. 200 zero stamford bridge. michael 0bafemi scored a fine solo effort to set the saints on their way to a 2—0 win. chelsea stay in fourth. mikel arteta's took charge of arsenal for the first time. no massive upturn in form though. they're still in the bottom half of the table after drawing at bournemouth. an instant impact for
carlo ancelotti at everton, though, as dominic calvert lewin's flying header earned them a 1—0 win over burnley. and anthony martial scored twice as manchester united came from behind to beat newcastle 4—1. they're four points off the champions league spots now. all the premier league results and reaction can be found on the website. 0ne game later today, manchester city facebooks. not quite as one—sided in scotland, although a win in sunday's old firm derby could stretch celtic‘s lead at the top of the premiership. they're five points clear of rivals rangers after beating st mirren 2—1. callum mcgregor got the first before jamie forrest doubled their advantage. rangers beat kilmarnock. wins too for hibs, aberdeen, st johnstone and motherwell. england will be hoping their batsmen can pick up where the bowlers left off on day two of the first test against south africa in a couple of hours. the hosts will resume on 277/9 thanks largely to wicketkeeper quinton de kock‘s knock off 95. having won the toss though, england will be pretty satisfied with their effort with the ball, sam curran the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets. play gets underway at 8:00.
we probably would have liked to have both of them out before the close, but to have them nine down after 300, hoping we can get the last wicket quickly in the morning. i think if we get them under 300, we've been batting pretty nicely and got big scores in the warm—up games. we're pretty confident we can bat big and hopefully get a first innings lead. i think de kock played beautifully. would've been nice to get in early, but sometimes the batter plays nicely, and that's how cricket works. but all in all, pretty pleased. clan des 0bo won the king george the sixth chase for the second successive year at kempton. a bit like liverpool, he had a massive lead, romping home to win by more than 20 lengths. his trainer said he could be considered for the cheltenham gold cup next. a couple of big welsh derbies in the pro 14 on boxing day. cardiff beat dragons but the standout scoreline came in, llaneli were scarlett‘s thrashed an injury hit 0spreys 44—0. steffan evans with a couple of tries for the home side. osprey's are bottom of their pro—14 pool, without a win since mid—october.
and before we go, time to mention that fallon sherrock‘s remarkable run at the pdc world darts championship continues today. she plays chris dobey, another genuine title contender, in the third round. it's the third match of the day and the best—of—seven sets. you can bet your bottom dollar that all of the crowd are going to be rooting for her. it is always a brilliant atmosphere, but they absolutely adore her, and it really affected her opponent in the last match they played. they didn't necessarily boo, theyjust cheered. she was speaking about that on bbc brea kfast, she was speaking about that on bbc breakfast, she says she can use the crowd to her advantage. it is quite an intimate atmosphere. i have never been to one of those darts matches. but it does really feel like you're connected to the audience there. and after a few drinks, they like a good singsong. we will watch what happens with interest.