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this is bbc news, i'mjane hill. the headlines at 5:00pm: more calls for the health secretary matt hancock to resign — after pictures emerge of him kissing an aide in his office — in breach of covid guidelines. his position is untenable and for that reason this sooner he does the honourable thing and announces his resignation, the better. it's been revealed that concerns were raised three years ago about the structure of the apartment building that collapsed in miami. sirjeffrey donaldson becomes leader designate of the democratic unionist party — with a pledge to tackle the issue of the northern ireland protocol.
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grab a jab — adults across england are being urged to get a covid vaccine this weekend — with walk—in clinics open across the country. and, the wait is nearly over for gareth bale and his team — wales are about to take on denmark in the knockout stages of the euros. good afternoon. the health secretary, matt hancock, is facing more calls to resign after pictures emerged of him kissing an aide in his office, in breach of coronavirus guidance about social distancing. matt hancock has said he's sorry for letting people down, and the prime minister considers the matter closed. but two conservative mps have now openly called on him to go. our political correspondent helen catt reports.
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yesterday, it was on one front page. today, the image of the health secretary kissing his aide in his departmental office was on many more. matt hancock has apologised for breaking the social—distancing guidance he helped set and promote. but families who have lost loved ones in the pandemic have accused him of undermining government messaging. zahari ngah was 68 when he died in february. he had spent a0 years working in the nhs. it is such a disrespect to these people. 150,000—plus people have died, so there are countless bereaved families around the country who had to socially distance at funerals, were unable to hug their loved ones. we only had five people at my dad's funeral. and matt hancock is having a jolly with this lady, who the taxpayers are paying her wages, as well. it adds insult to incredible injury. sorry i'm late. the fear among some conservatives is that this could become another barnard castle —
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a reference to the significant public backlash when the prime minister's former aide, dominic cummings, kept his job after travelling to county durham during lockdown. on matt hancock, most tories are staying silent. but a couple have made public calls for him to resign. social—distancing rule—breaking when you are a leader, certainly the secretary of state, you expect as all mps to lead by example. that has been broken. but, equally, ithink sometimes the standards in public office also, in this case, we need to question them. questions are still being asked about whether mr hancock could have broken the ministerial code of conduct, and about the appointment of gina coladangelo to a role on the board at the department of health. downing street sources reiterated today that the prime minister considers the matter closed. matt has apologised.
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he's clearly said that he made a mistake. he regrets that, and the prime minister's accepted that, considers the matter closed. very clearly, there is still a huge task for the country, and matt, as health secretary, us all in cabinet, we need to get on with thatjob. questions continue this weekend about whether these revelations make it possible for matt hancock to do so. helen catt, bbc news. the conservative mp christopher chope has just been speaking to the bbc, and says matt hancock was the main topic for discussion at his constituency meeting earlier today. he says local conservatives feel very strongly that he should resign as health secretary. he was in breach of the ministerial code, he was in breach of the lockdown regulations. he is the person that has been passing the laws, signing off the regulations. requiring people to comply with restrictions upon their freedom. many of which people don't agree
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with but they have complied with out of respect for the rule of law and they are absolutely seething now that, having made sacrifices themselves including not seeing loved ones and all the rest of it, they find that the person who was in charge of all this feels free to not comply with his own regulations and i think that is the essence of it, really. i think that his position is untenable. and for that reason, the sooner he does the honourable thing and announces his resignation, the better. because otherwise, this is not going to go away. this is going to run and run and it will impact adversely upon all of those of us who are involved in public life, who are trying to set an example. we can now speak to lauren mcevatt, who is a former government advisor. she worked in downing street
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when david cameron was prime minister: good afternoon. i worked in the wales office and not downing street. apologies. while david cameron was prime minister. thank you. what sort of conversation will be going on right now inside the heart of government? when you hear the conversations talked about there, what is being discussed? i conversations talked about there, what is being discussed?- what is being discussed? i would imaaine what is being discussed? i would imagine the _ what is being discussed? i would imagine the discussion _ what is being discussed? i would imagine the discussion around i imagine the discussion around whether or not this is a one off event or a long standing pattern of behaviour is probably the chief question. to my mind, his explanation hints towards it being a one off incident but actually, it would seem that may be that not the case and perhaps it was a more long—standing affair he was engaged in. i think the government are
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probably also considering how it was that his mistress was appointed to the nonexecutive directorship in the department of health and also how she was an adviser to the department of health during this crisis. it is unclear as to which role she was paid for, at the moment. is it paid for, at the moment. is it actually. _ paid for, at the moment. is it actually. your— paid for, at the moment. is it actually, your second - paid for, at the moment. is it actually, your second point the more fundamental one here? it's not going to be more scrutiny in the days to come about appointing people to nonexecutive directorships when people go back years, they have been friends for years, where is the scrutiny? isn't that a key point that has to be looked at? my that has to be looked at? m understanding and that has to be looked at? mg understanding and my recollection when we appointed nonexecutive directors to the wales office is that there is scrutiny and government. and it is sort of believable that she is qualified to hold a position like that. the
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question is whether or not she holds the position because the man she's having an affair with. and without any qualifications that she had for such a world are completely superseded by the close personal relationship she had with the leadership of that department. find leadership of that department. and isn't it about confidence? we have had commentators here today making the point that this erodes public confidence. the basic point that the man who was fundamental in making the rules of the vast majority of people in this country have abided by the such a long time now went on to break them. i mean, there happen commentators to say that just to break them. i mean, there happen commentators to say thatjust is not the heart of that is not with the conservative party stands for. l conservative party stands for. i also think it adds to a much conservative party stands for. i also think it adds to a much wider narrative that is beginning to develop of a bully others and their mentality in relation to the rules. think the people of this country
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look to the g7 where there was not a great deal of social and my understanding is that event was run with mass vaccination and daily testing which is how the government intended for events like that to run but very little communication to put that across to the general public. following which we have are stories about michael gove been buzzed on his way back from champions league and being enrolled in a test programme whereby he can double test per day and not have isolate. we have had stories about uefa officials and and leading people within the european nations who would be coming here to attend uefa european euros matches. and that adds to a wider narrative. and if family reunion is not a reason for
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travel, mandatory hotel quarantining travel, mandatory hotel quara ntining from travel, mandatory hotel quarantining from returning citizens, this begins to smack of hypocrisy and that is something that is a slow burning poison to a government and the longer that he stays in this position vd but that poison is going to run but i also say that we are on saturday afternoon now and the sun has had two very big days of stories. first yesterday with this deal is in today with a video. and that makes me wonder what might have in store for the sunday papers tomorrow. and it is entirely possible that something really big is coming out tomorrow that means that matthew hancock boss mike position is completely untenable. obviously i think you should go now but it could be that by tomorrow there are far more voices for that. thank you very much for your time. rescue teams searching for survivors of a collapsed apartment block near the us city of miami are struggling to deal with a new threat , a fire which has taken hold in the rubble
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of the building. the local mayor, daniella levine cava, said emergency workers still hope to find people alive under the giant mound of concrete and metal. it's been revealed that concerns about the building were raised three years ago. a structural survey pointed to a major error in the original design of the tower, which prevented water from draining away. the mayor has just briefed reporters about the fire beneath the building. we are facing very incredible difficulties with this fire. the fire has been going on for a while. it is a very deep fire. it is extremely difficult to locate the
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source of the fire and they have been working around the clock. these fire rescue teams. these brave men and women under the rubble to face this problem so they can get on but it is hampering the search efforts. we see that it has spread. it is spread throughout the pile. it is difficult to locate the source and to stop it. we continue to have hope. we are continuing to search. we are looking for people alive in the rubble. that is our priority and our teams have not stopped. our through the night we are working. everyone wants to know what is the cause. what has happened here. and of course we are going to conduct a thorough investigation with all our local, state and federal investigators coming on the scene. that is the mayor of miami dade
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county. that is the mayor of miami dade county. let's go now to our correspondent in miami, will grant. with every hour that goes past it seems that the rescue effort, the rescue teams encounter more problems. having listened to that news briefing just give us your sense of exactly what the situation is now. , ., , , , is now. yes, it really is truly harrowing — is now. yes, it really is truly harrowing to _ is now. yes, it really is truly harrowing to the _ is now. yes, it really is truly harrowing to the families i is now. yes, it really is truly - harrowing to the families waiting for updates on their missing loved ones. we saw those fires burning over the past day or so and it is thick acrid smoke and you could see from cherry pickers that today where plumes of water raining down on it trying to put them out. you can only imagine that if there is anybody still trapped under the rubble, all of these elements are going to make their chances of survival slimmer and slimmerand their chances of survival slimmer and slimmer and the families here know that and that is what is so harrowing. if that were not enough, there is also this new information about a survey on the building that
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was published three years ago that was published three years ago that was put together three years ago, that found serious flaws of the building design itself. i'll give you some quotes from it. major structural damage to the concrete platform beneath the swimming pool deck. abundant cracking of columns, beams and walls in the parking garage. perhaps worst of all the major error in the original design itself. all of that announced at a bleak picture of the integrity of the building. lt is bleak picture of the integrity of the building-— bleak picture of the integrity of the building. bleak picture of the integrity of the buildin.. , ., ., .,, the building. it is so harrowing, as ou sa , the building. it is so harrowing, as you say. and _ the building. it is so harrowing, as you say. and we — the building. it is so harrowing, as you say, and we are _ the building. it is so harrowing, as you say, and we are looking - the building. it is so harrowing, as you say, and we are looking at - the building. it is so harrowing, as. you say, and we are looking at those aerial pictures which show the extent of their destruction. in terms of the rescue effort, we are talking about 159 people still missing. family still waiting for news. so despite all those obstacles, that effort continues. round the clock, i assume. yes, they have underlined _ round the clock, i assume. yes, they have underlined repeatedly _ round the clock, i assume. yes, they have underlined repeatedly that - round the clock, i assume. yes, they have underlined repeatedly that this i have underlined repeatedly that this remains a search and rescue operation. this has not moved into an investigation of the causes just yet. now i think those things are
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clearly running concurrently and the mayor of miami dade county said they are going to do a full audit of many of the buildings and the surrounding area and they will have to evacuate many that are of the same age and do this full audit. it makes a real tense and difficult atmosphere across the community. specifically and most of all, of course, for those family members. they're desperate for information which seems to be lacking at this stage is any information good or bad overnight. nobody was pulled from the rubble. no more survivors there. the numbers of those unaccounted for has not gone up or down so they are simply left to wait pray. sham l has not gone up or down so they are simply left to wait pray.— simply left to wait pray. am i right in sa in: simply left to wait pray. am i right in saying that _ simply left to wait pray. am i right in saying that these _ simply left to wait pray. am i right in saying that these blocks - simply left to wait pray. am i right in saying that these blocks are - in saying that these blocks are private apartment blocks question because anything being said by owners or construction firms? any other sort of official comment about that? , ., other sort of official comment about that? y ., , ., ., , that? they are private. i mean, this is some of— that? they are private. i mean, this
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is some of the _ that? they are private. i mean, this is some of the most _ that? they are private. i mean, this is some of the most expensive - that? they are private. i mean, this is some of the most expensive real| is some of the most expensive real estate in florida on some level. most desirable, certainly put up seafront property is just north miami beach. in terms of the building in question, the owners, lawyers for the owners it said that those at repairs that were advised in this survey were due to take place later this year but of course this collapse has now happened. we spoke to the daughter of somebody who is missing and she said that there were pictures inside the lobby of what the building was going to look like after the changes and the people were excited it. it was a multi—million dollar investment. it clearly has not taken place in early enough. there was clearly structural issues in the very building, the construction itself. that meant, you know, this building was somehow undermined. so, yeah, it remains an extremely bleak picture and we are waiting owners of the building to
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come forward and speak. for now, thank ou come forward and speak. for now, thank you very _ come forward and speak. for now, thank you very much. _ for now, thank you very much. we will keep you up—to—date with any developments and that is a continuing search and rescue operation there near miami beach. the headlines on bbc news... mounting pressure on health secretary matt hancock to resign — after pictures emerge of him kissing his aide in his office — in breach of covid guidelines. it's been revealed that concerns were raised three years ago about the structure of the apartment building that collapsed in miami. adults in england are being urged to �*grab a covid jab' this weekend — with walk—in centres open across the country. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. under way in amsterdam for the first
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of the last 16 ties at euro 2020. wales against denmark. let's get straight to it and show you what has happened a strong start for wales, too. the goalkeeper properly tested. gareth bale has gone closest. shot was saved in the last couple of moments as well. we are bringing you live pictures from the arena in the netherlands. wales are playing in bed. they reach the semifinals five years ago. their best performance at the euros. the winner will play either the netherlands all the czech republic. still goalless, though. you can watch this one right now on bbc one. the british and irish lions had beatenjapan. match for their tour to south africa but they will have concerns over potential injuries to captain
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alun wyn jones and fellow welsh forward justin tipuric. wynjones picked up a problem with his left arm in the first half — forcing him out of the game — giving coach warren gatland a potential headache ahead of the tour. fewer problems thereafter — running in four tries in a 28—10 win. irish forward tadhg beirne amongst the scorers. there's been a dramatic first stage of the tour de france, won by the world champion julian alaphilppe, with two big crashes in the last 30 miles. the first was caused by a spectator holding a cardboard sign — one of the race favourites primoz roglic was involved but managed to rejoin the race. // the second was a racing incident, inside the last five miles — affected many riders including chris froome, who was making his tour comeback. // frenchman alaphilippe had broken away in the last mile and a half for a convincing win. geraint thomas was 10th — eight seconds behind along with most of the favourites earlier, defending champion lizzie deignan finished ninth in la course as dutch rider demi vollering won the women's version of the race — la course. it'll be an eight day stage race next year rather than a one day event.
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max verstappen is looking to extend his formula one championship lead at the syrian grand prix this weekend. he's given himself the best chance too after qualifying on pole at the red bull ring for the first time — with his main title rival lewis hamilton starting alongside in second. britain's lando norris meanwhile will start a career best third. england look on course to make it a hattrick of t20 victories over sri lanka. they set the touring side 181 to win in southampton with dawid malan and jonny bairstow both passing 50 opening the innings although a late flurry of wickets stopped england reaching 200. in reply — sri lanka's batsmen have barely threatened. . .. wimbledon gets under way on monday and jelena ostapenko has had the pefect preparation by winning the eastbourne title the 2017 french open champion beat estonia's anett kontaveit in straight sets 6—3, 6—3 to claim her first grass court trophy and her fourth on the wta tour. the world number 43 is not
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seeded for wimbledon. yeah, just to go again without any expectations, to not be hard on myself, recover as much as i can, and just to enjoy it, because i think i got some confidence and now it's time, probably, to show some good tennis at wimbledon. the british athletics championships are taking place in manchester this weekend with many athletes bidding for places at the forthcoming olympics. dina asher—smith is one of britain's biggest gold medal prospects. she qualified for the 100 metres final in some style this afternoon , running her fastest time of the season. the women's final is scheduled for 25 past six with the men running ten minutes later. the final of the women's 400 metres hurdles was dominated jess turner who came close to a lifetime best. megan beesley — who started a full time job outside athletics injanuary — was second so both have booked their ticket to tokyo. there was quite a battle for first
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place betweenjosh kerr and jake wightman in the final of the 500 metres. kerr won it by a whisker but both qualify for the olympics. don't forget — another huge game of rugby this afternoon. the premiership final at twickenham in front of 10 thousand fans. defending champions exeter against harlequins. that's underway at half 5. i'll have a comprehensive round up in sportsday again at 6:30. all adults in england are being invited to "grab a jab" this weekend, as hundreds of walk—in centres are offering covid vaccinations without the need to book. the latest figures from the office for national statistics, show cases across the uk rose by 30 % in the week to the 19th ofjune, mainly due to the delta variant. our health correspondent, catherine burns has more details.
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in normal times, this weekend would be the glastonbury festival. we'd be seeing huge crowds crammed together in front of the pyramid stage. this year, though, founder michael eavis is looking slightly lonely. in the country, you can actually get a jab. instead of queueing to get into a festival, the lines this weekend are a less muddy part of the government push to get people vaccinated. so more masks, not quite so many wellies. it's being called the grab—a—jab weekend. any adult in england can get their injection without booking. it's happening in stadiums, shopping centres and other venues up and down the country. these people turned up in york earlier. get my vaccine so that i can be protected and, obviously, my family and friends are all protected, as well, and i can live some normality. ijust think it's really important that everyone gets it done so we can just get out of this whole thing, really. it's getting a bit boring. same, same.
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it's my second jab now, and, obviously, i want to be - vaccinated like everybody else so that we can try and get - everything back to normal as soon as possible. - and that message — getting a jab to get back to normal — is exactly what the government wants. we have already seen, in the last six months, a tremendous response to this vaccine campaign. of course, we are in a final drive now to get as many people vaccinated byjuly the 19th, particularly our younger people and, of course, those in older age groups who, for whatever reason, haven't come forward. so we know that putting walk—in, easy—to—access vaccine centres close to local communities makes a real difference. as the number of people being vaccinated is rising, so too are cases. more than 90,000 people have tested positive in the past week, and it is being driven largely by the delta variant. even so, it is too late for glastonbury. but the hope is that everyjab in every arm will give us a more normal summer over the next few months. catherine burns, bbc news. the latest daily figures on coronavirus in the uk have been published — a further 23 people
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have died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. 18,270 new cases have been recorded in the latest 24—hour period. and, in the uk's vaccination programme — more than ltlt million people have now received their first vaccination — that's nearly 84% of the adult population —and more than 32 million people orjust over 61 percent have had both jabs. protests are taking place across london this weekend, including anti—lockdown and climate change demonstrations. hundreds of protesters gathered in whitehall, throwing tennis balls at downing street. flares were set off, and members of the crowd shouted "shame on you" and booed. sirjeffrey donaldson has become dup leader designate. he received 32 of the 36 votes available in the party's electoral college. sirjeffrey is northern ireland's longest serving mp and will replace edwin poots, who is standing down after only a few weeks in the post.
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our ireland correspondent chris page has the details. sirjeffrey donaldson is the fifth leader of the democratic unionist party, but also the third since april. after arlene foster and then edwin poots were toppled by internal revolts, sirjeffrey is the only candidate this time. he says he wants a new start and notjust for the dup. our priority, as well, would be to put northern ireland back on track and then ensure we have political stability. the stability i know that the vast majority in northern ireland want to see. it is just six weeks since sirjeffrey donaldson narrowly lost the dup's first—ever leadership contest. but now he is taking on the top job after all. his first task
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will be to unite the party after a turbulent two months. his early career was forged in the years of conflict. he decided to stand for election after relatives were killed by the ira. but the politics of protest have long since given way to the politics of power. as northern ireland's longest—serving mp, he had a key role in the dup's deal to keep theresa may's minority government in office. sirjeffrey is planning to leave westminster to become first minister in the power—sharing devolved government. he will need the support of the main irish nationalist party, which says the dup needs to deliver on previous commitments. it is quite simple and i think it is a a fair enough request to ask of any party that you've sign up in government with, that they agree to the agreements they signed up to. sirjeffrey donaldson thought he had lost the leadership, but being leader could be tougher still. chris page, bbc news, belfast. an mp who moved herself to a safe house after receiving death threats
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says she wants more protection for women in public life. carol monaghan, the snp mp for glasgow north west, says social media companies must take action. a man is awaiting sentencing after admittting causing fear or alarm. a coronavirus lockdown in parts of sydney in australia has been extended because of a sharp rise in cases driven by the delta variant. ? the restrictions will now cover all of australia's biggest city and surrounding areas, and will last for two weeks. ? people are being urged to work from home, and will only be allowed to go out for essential trips. ? from sydney, phil mercer reports. activists attempting to stage a banned gay pride march in the turkish city of istanbul have been forcibly dispersed by police.
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the march, which forms part of pride month, has not been permitted in turkey since 2015, with the authorities citing security" and "religious sensitivities". attempts to stage the rally in recent years have been met with strong police intervention. like many destinations across southeast asia, the covid—19 pandemic has had a hugely detrimental impact on cambodia's tourism industry. but, for the temples of angkor, a respite from the steady footfall of up to three million tourists a year, has given unobstructed access to the temple's most hard—to—reach corners to a unique band of temple guardians. nick wood has more. they're known as the ninja gardeners of angkor, and their mission, which they readily accept, takes place in a destination unlike any other — cambodian's famed angkorian—era temples. to the untrained eye, these vertiginous daredevils look like regular gardeners, but these guardians of the temples have a unique talent — and responsibility. translation: our team need to climb up into the hard-to-reach parts - of the temple to cut the tree roots and saplings, because otherwise they can quickly damage the temples
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by dislodging stones. for decades, the 30—member team of gardeners has daily gone into battle with the invasionary forces of nature, a surrounding jungle whose bird population regularly deposits droppings packed full of fruit seeds in gaps between temple stones and sculptures. with only a few hard hats, ladders and safety ropes, the job of protecting these magnificent temples is not for the faint of heart. it requires a firm grip, a head for heights, and the sure—footedness of a mountain goat. translation: we can't use climbing l equipment or shoes and rarely use | ropes, because the carvings in the stones are very delicate and are easily damaged by ropes rubbing against them. chanting.


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