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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11... at least 12 people are killed, after a plane crashes in kazakhstan. dozens of survivors, including children are being treated in hospital. tributes are paid to a father and his 2 children, who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in spain on christmas eve. free hospital parking in england for some patients and visitors from april — but questions are raised over how it will be funded. the national trust says climate change has led to an increase in wildlife migrating to the uk. and coming up, we'll get a glimpse into the rarely seen lives, of five women photographers. that's in "through the lens".
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at least 12 people have died, after a passenger plane crashed in kazakhstan. the bek air flight had just taken off from the country's biggest city, almaty, and was travelling to the capital, nur—sultan, when it crashed into a building. 60 others were injured in the crash. 98 people were onboard the flight, including five crew. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford gave us this update. the latest that we are getting here are the extraordinary accounts of the people who have survived this crash. a couple of people have been telling their story to local media and even describing how they managed to walk away from the wreckage of this plane. one man, a businessman,
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who was flying up to the country's capital, nur—sultan, for business meetings today, he was sitting in the 15th row of the plane, just over the wing. if you look at the wreckage, it's the front part of the plane, in front of the wing, that was the most badly destroyed as the plane ploughed into that building, just beyond the perimeter fence of the airport. now, this man says that just after take—off, the plane began to rock from side to side. he said it was like a boat. he said there was a bang as well and then the plane began plummeting to the ground. he said it was all extremely fast, there was hardly time to realise what was happening before the plane smashed into, crash landed just outside the airport. now, he managed to climb out through the window and has described how other passengers were helping other people off the plane. extraordinary, really, that so many people manage to survive and i think key to that was not just the fact the plane was a very high when it crashed, but also the fact there was no fire on impact.
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so those who were at least in the back section of the plane, many of them do appear to have managed to make it to safety. sarah, do we know anything about the conditions at the time? the weather conditions? i mean, it is winter, of course, in kazakhstan. it was extremely cold, but that's normal for kazakhstan, that's normal for planes and for the airport, they deal with that all the time. we do understand it was foggy, so the weather conditions will be obviously one of the things the investigation looks into. the official information on the investigation suggests they will also be looking at pilot error and possible technical problems with the aircraft, which of course, is utterly standard in something like this. certainly, the president of kazakhstan has announced a day of mourning. there are big questions over what has happened, but the airport authorities have released this list of some 60 passengers who have received medical help and we believe a couple of dozen people have potentially walked away from this almost entirely unscathed.
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let's speak now tojoanna lillis, a freelance journalist in almaty. thank a freelance journalist in almaty. you for speaking t news. thank you for speaking to us at bbc news. miraculously, people were able to walk away from this crash unscathed. can you bring us up—to—date with the numbers? u nfortu nately, up—to—date with the numbers? unfortunately, the latest information we have showed that the death toll has risen to 15 so it continues to rise, as you heard from moscow there it is miraculous so many people walked away unscathed. the government says 49 people were taken to hospital and of those people 18 are in a series condition. so that is a numbers we have at present but it is miraculous so many survived. witnesses have been describing what happened. what more can you add as to what we know about the crash? the deputy prime minister
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said a couple of hours ago that we know the tale of the plane brushed the runway twice on take—off and that the wheels, the chassis was retracted when the plane took off and the pilot obviously didn't expect to have to make an emergency landing but that brushing of the ru nway landing but that brushing of the runway was clearly not something that should have happened. the plane then veered off to the right according to the deputy prime minister and just beyond the perimeter of the airport struck a two story building. that was a house but luckily the house was empty at the time. so no one inside the house was injured. we're looking at pictures of the emergency services. then they arrive on the scene quickly because witnesses have been talking about helping themselves to get out of the planel don't have information about what exactly the time the emergency services arrived but clearly if witnesses had to get themselves out of the plane, i guess
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it all happened very quickly. we know the government said a thousand rescu e rs we re know the government said a thousand rescuers were sent out and investigating the course of the —— because of the crash. over 30 ambulance crews went out to try and help victims. what more can you tell us help victims. what more can you tell us about the airport and specifically the area the plane came down? the airport almaty's main airport, and that it is kazakhstan‘s biggest city, the financial capital, it is known for being located in a hollow where fall is often a problem. almaty was relatively clear this morning that it is reported it was foggy out there. which is often a cause of cancellations and delays at the airport. you are obviously in kazakhstan. what is it like travelling by air in the country and what more can you tells about the airline as well? first of all, the
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airline as well? first of all, the airline is what you might call a budget no—frills airline. because exa m budget no—frills airline. because exam has its own national carrier which has a very good safety record but it also has a number of budget carriers which don't have such good safety records and you can certainly see the difference when you are flying on them. we can also say that people in kazakhstan rely very heavily on air travel because it is an enormous country, the ninth largest country in the world. the claimant was, that unfortunately —— the plane that unfortunately travelled travel from almaty to the capital nur—sultan, a well trodden route because people often have to get between the two main cities. and today of course undoubtedly people travelling for the new year holiday to be with their families so the tragedy is really compounded by that. thank you very much indeed for
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that. thank you very much indeed for that update. the retiring president of the supreme court, lady hale, has told the bbc that the lack of resources for legal advice and help for people at the early stage of problems affecting their lives, in particular divorce, is a serious problem. lady hale has been speaking to our legal correspondent clive coleman and reflecting on the momentous day in september when the court ruled that the prime minister had unlawfully advised the queen to suspend parliament. it was a case of massive legal, constitutional and political significance. the prime minister's advice to her majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. the supreme court ruling that the prime minister's advice to the queen to suspend parliament in weeks leading up to the brexit deadline was unlawful. now, the president of the court is retiring, a time to look back on that momentous day. there was a gasp in the courtroom,
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which was packed, when i said that it was the unanimous decision of us all, all 11 justices. a time also for lady hale to reflect on the removal of legal aid in 2013 from a raft of areas, including debt, housing and most family cases. most people need legal services at the beginning of a difficulty, and if they have them then, it will be sorted out, and they won't have to go anywhere near a court, or they won't have their house repossessed or whatever, because somebody has managed to find a solution to the problem at an earlier stage, and it's that a lack of initial advice and help which is a serious difficulty. and when you are separating as a couple, you are being taken apart emotionally and financially, many people would think that it is at that point, the state should be there. it's unreasonable to expect a husband and wife or a mother and father who are in crisis in their personal relationship make
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their own arrangements without help. the government says it is improving early legal support to reduce the number of people going to court unnecessarily. the prorogation was also void... but on the eve of her departure from the highest court in the land, the question everyone wants answered — was there any significance behind the spider brooch she wore on that day? even an incy wincy bit? i regret to have to tell you, there was nothing behind it. i do almost always wear a brooch if i'm wearing a dress, or even if i'm wearing a suit. it's a way of livening up what is otherwise quite dull. and the particular dress that i was wearing has a spider on it, and i chose the dress, i didn't choose the spider. if she leaves office, the first female president of the supreme court knows that she has her critics. the court will now adjourn. but also, an army of admirers.
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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 9—year—old daughter, comfort, and 16—year—old son, praise—emmanuel, on christmas eve. the london church where mr diya was a pastor say their prayers are with the family. our reporter emily unia is at the church in south—east london — where gabriel diya was a pastor. reaction continues to pour in following this awful news? yes and people here in the community are shocked and saddened to hear about what happened. pastor diya was very popular and people cannot believe. his daughter, nine—year—old
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daughter, comfort, was at a school year. they put a statement on the website saying she will be greatly messed and was a role model for it goes on to say there will be support for any child or parent when the term starts again on the 6th of january and they offer their condolences to family and friends who have been affected. spanish police did investigate the pool where this happened and said they could find nothing wrong with the pump or filtration system although they did find comfort‘s swimming hat. divers could not find anything wrong and this now reopened to the public. the company who run the resort say they are cooperating fully with the spanish authorities on their investigations which are continuing.
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the government has announced that from april, thousands of nhs patients, visitors and staff will benefit from free parking at hospitals in england. most visitors to hospitals in scotland, wales and northern ireland are already exempt from charges. our health correspondent, dominic hughes, reports. paying for parking at hospitals has been a long—running source of complaint from any nhs patients and their visitors. of complaint for many 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. and staff 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,
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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. the deputy chief executive of nhs providers told the bbc that while some may think hospital car parking is a simple issue, there are actually more complex factors at play. i think it is really important to remember that car parking itself is actually quite a complex issue. it feels like a simple issue, but really what we are talking about is maintaining and keeping safe in area of land so that safe an area of land so that people can park their cars and access their services. but we have also got to remember that there are other factors at play.
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for example, if a hospital car park is in a city centre and it offers free car parking, we have got to remember that that could be used for other purposes and not for hospital patients. so, there are a number of kind of more complex factors at play than simply how we offer that car parking. so we have got to think through what this actually means, but it is absolutely the case that trusts are committed to providing the best possible access to patients for their care and so many already do provide concessionary or free parking for blue badge holders, for those who are undertaking long—term chemotherapy, have long term conditions. you know, those staying overnight. so, many already offer what is being put forward today. firefighters in australia are bracing themselves for another heatwave as they continue to tackle raging bush fires. temperatures of over a0 degrees centigrade are forecast in several states.
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there are more than 100 fires still burning across new south wales, southern australia and victoria. it's11.16am. the headlines on bbc news... at least 12 people have been killed, after a plane crashed in kazakhstan, but there are 60 survivors, including children. tributes are paid to a father and his two children, who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in spain on christmas eve. free hospital parking in england for some patients and visitors from april, but questions over how it will be funded. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's ben. not
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n ot exa ctly not exactly a sparkling start to that reply. rory burns was out, his opening partner, behind making four, england slipped to 14—2. joe root added more. england are 87 — three in the first innings. in melbourne australia, in the second test against new zealand, responding to the hosts or 67, new zealand reached four for— two the hosts or 67, new zealand reached fourfor— two on the hosts or 67, new zealand reached four for— two on day two with the skipper not looking back on this shot with too much fondness. the aussies are one of the first. liverpool boss jurgen aussies are one of the first. liverpool bossjurgen klopp says nothing has been decided just yet but it is looking increasingly likely that the title will be heading to anfield for the first time in 30 years. therefore — zero thrashing of leicester extended their lead.
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music lights and type. this was le i ceste r‘s music lights and type. this was leicester's big chance to look lyrical in the eyes. but it is so difficult to watch them all, one marauding read always escapes. here it was roberto firmino. that experience of glory and what it ta kes to experience of glory and what it takes to get there is now ingrained in this letter. will they knew they needed a second, he was the chance. handball and penalty. we can watch it from james milner‘s point of view but it is far harder to understand his calm. the kit kat settled the match and perhaps much more. from now on, it was about showing off, roberto firmino showed for the third. trent alexander—arnold from west derby, lyrical. part of the tea m west derby, lyrical. part of the team that our world and european clu b team that our world and european club champions and have making step towards really england. how many
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problems leicester could cause but to do we were really concentrating and did a lot of things really good. and especially scored the goals which is absolutely nice and very important. important to say the least. manchester city play tonight but the nature of this win begs the question, was this the night liverpool moved out of sight? chelsea enforce are now as close to liverpool as they are to norwich at the bottom after a 2— nell defeat to southampton. chelsea face arsenal next on sunday. arsenal's manager mickey arteta is looking for his his first win. it ended in a ten draw. everton one one nell in the first
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match of their new manager. manchester united came from behind to beat newcastle a1. reaction to all of the football can be found on the bbc sport website. celtic go into the old firm derby with a five—point lead in the scottish premiership, although they have a game more than rangers. they won 2—1 at st mirren. —— two nell. the ospreys suffered their heaviest defeat at the hands of scarlet thrashed aa nell. zero. you can find more about the cricket
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on the bbc website. the uk treasury is set to overhaul its public spending rules to give a financial boost to the north of england and the midlands, according to a report in the times newspaper. it says decisions about transport infrastructure and business investment would have greater focus on helping the north reduce the productivity gap with the south. some of those areas, of course, turned from labour to the tories in this month's general election. earlier, i spoke to henri murison, director of the northern powerhouse partnership. i think it is welcome. the green book is one of a series of linked issues, the government don't prepare enough major projects in the north historically. when andy burnham was a minister, he was given crossrail. no one had prepared anything of a similar impact and reach.
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what this will do is link to other areas of change to happen in the north so the creation for transport in the north and the metro mayors who will develop the scheme is needed in the north. this will avoid the transport methodology and the wider cost benefit appraisal causing issues in the system. there are lots of schemes which have passed the green book and still didn't get done, but what this will do is ensure there is that level playing field always. because there is a technical issue, that if you want to spend money somewhere, where there is already higher levels of economic growth, it is easy to get to the green book process than it is in areas where, what you are doing a stimulating new economic demands rather than dealing with existing growth you are expecting to have an economy. london and the south—east still needs investment. this is about ensuring that schemes in the north of england can be looked at on a genuinely comparable basis. a big project in the north
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will often be stimulating growth, which otherwise wouldn't happen. we already know in the next 20 years london's economy will grow significantly but if the uk is going to succeed post brexit, we need to get comparable levels of growth in the north and the midlands and i think if they happen, it will help with that. just to give viewers a clearer understanding of what exactly is going on when we talk about this geographical imbalance, could you describe to us this geographical imbalance in action and how projects have failed because of this green book not really applying to the north or the midlands? there have been schemes like building the leeds arena, which has been a successful economic project in leeds, where they had to get a ministerial direction, partly because the civil servant said the cost appraisal didn't show much benefit. also the removal of
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the pacer trains happening on the northern rail network. that required a ministerial direction partly because those trains were so old and clapped out, they didn't cost any money so spending money on any new trains is hard to justify because the comparison made the new trains look very expensive when in reality, they were being compared with something that hardly moved and was a bus on wheels on the train network. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has fought off a challenge to the leadership of his likud party and will now take it into the country's third general election within a year, despite facing corruption charges which he denies. mr netanyahu secured nearly 73% of the vote by party members. the challenger — his former protege gideon saar — said he would now back mr netanyahu in the election next march.
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the national trust says that there's been an increase in wildlife migrating to the uk because of climate change. it's also warning that some of the country's native species were harmed by the varied weather during 2019. butterflies from the mediterranean were seen along the south coast of england, but water voles and sea birds suffered because of heavy rainfall in the north. our correspondent fiona lamdin has spent the morning at the ebworth estate in gloucestershire. now the fog has lifted you can actually see where we are. there are 600 80 peach trees. some of these are a00 years old and being —— 680 beach trees. they are affected by the mixed weather this year. a real mixture for the wildlife and habitat, some winners and some losers. we have been over to the
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other side of the country to cambridgeshire to see how they are faring. there ama large down there. this is thought to be the oldest nature reserve in the uk. back in the day we would get one or 200 individuals now upwards of 1000. one schmuck over the last two decades they doubled the size of the reserve which is now home to 9820 species. but how have they done this? by flooding the fields. probably the most important is the fact that in rewriting the peat, the soil, that locks the carbon away, locks the carbon in the soil and prevents it disappearing into the atmosphere. that is the biggest benefit. from
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turning flan glands to planes they have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. we are as hands—off as possible by introducing animals and putting water back into the landscape which is formally trained it allows mother nature to ta ke trained it allows mother nature to take its course and them wildlife comes back as well. and what they are doing seems to be working. you can see some there. this year saw the first pair of breeding cranes here ina the first pair of breeding cranes here in a century. this mosaic of wildlife landscape is now one of the most prolific and diverse nature reserves in the country. we are by the stream here. it flows right into bristol, just coming over to you, the ranger here, can you paint me the ranger here, can you paint me the bigger picture across the uk,
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not just here the bigger picture across the uk, notjust here in gloucestershire but what is going across the uk with the changeable weather? we had some very high temperatures this year. a heatwave in july and then high temperatures this year. a heatwave injuly and then we have had some severe cold weather as well this year so ups and downs. species have had to adapt to these extremities. some other migrant species, those which have been flying across to this country, some insects like the painted lady little butterfly. you have seen loads of them here? . every year they do a big butterfly count around the country and on monday they counted nearly 500,000 of these pieces which are found commonly but this is the largest number seen in about a decade. so chose the changes going on there. we have also had dragonflies as well. some rare dragonflies, particularly on the southern coast. what about seals and, who else is unwell? seals have
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done well particularly in the land in pembrokeshire, we have had a good seal pup numbers and then across the other side of the country on the east coast they have done well, high mortality rate but they are actually doing good numbers. but there are some losers, not all species are thriving with the unpredictable weather? with climate change, the extremities we are getting we have had some very wet days and high—intensity rainfalls, up in the farne islands, the puffins suffered along with some other sea birds, from some very wet days injune when chicks at their most vulnerable suffer from very heavy rainfall. and they were flooded out? yes, they were, high mortality rates u nfortu nately. were, high mortality rates unfortunately. you had huge flooding here in 2007 but you have turned it into a positive? what is going to thrive here as a result? some measures we have been doing along with others in the area, natural flood management by putting in areas
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where we can slow the flood of water coming down, although they are quite small, and high—intensity rainfalls these streams will contribute masses of water fleeing downstream into town, into stroud five miles down the road. so we have been putting lea ky the road. so we have been putting leaky dams in. who does that attract? that allows the streams to become clearer so we get less soil moving down so we hopefully getting white, and also offers making their way up from stroud five miles away. so there are some positives? absolutely, we try to make sure our native species have the best possible conditions to thrive. sadly i have not seen any otters this morning but we have seen deer, pheasant and the first thing this morning when we arrived we heard and just got a glimpse of an hour.

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