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Tonight at Ten.

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More pressure on Oxfam

as the Charity Commission launches

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a statutory inquiry into claims

of sexual misconduct.

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The claims relate to some relief

workers in Haiti in 2011

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amid concerns that Oxfam did not

fully disclose all that it knew.

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There were a lot of rumours

on the ground about management

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and leaders exploiting the locals -

sexually and in other ways.

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Oxfam's deputy chief

executive has resigned,

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saying she's ashamed

of what happened, as the charity

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insisted things had

changed since 2011.

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We apologise to the British public

and to the Haitian public.

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Secondly, we've made major steps

to improve since 2011.

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We'll have the latest on the move

by the Charity Commission

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and what it could mean for Oxfam.

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Also tonight.

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Three Britons killed

in a helicopter crash

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in the Grand Canyon have been named.

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Another three Britons and the pilot

are being treated for injuries.

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Despite a visit by the Prime

Minister and the Taoiseach, still no

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agreement in Belfast on restoring

the devolved government

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at Stormont.

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A special report on the people,

including thousands of children,

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fleeing the violence

in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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It's a perilous journey from

the Congolese border to the

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Ugandan side.

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Some of these people

are using vessels that are not very

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safe and in some cases

the lake is rough.

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And, Team GB's Aimee Fuller feels

the force of the weather

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at the Winter Olympics in South

Korea.

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And coming up on Sportsday on BBC

News,

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could Chelsea end their

two-game losing streak

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in the Premier League with a win

against bottom club West Brom?

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Good evening.

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Within the past few hours,

the Charity Commission has launched

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a statutory inquiry into Oxfam,

citing concerns that the charity

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might not have fully

and frankly disclosed,

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all the details about some

of its workers in Haiti in 2011.

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Earlier today, Oxfam's deputy

chief executive resigned

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following allegations

of sexual misconduct

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involving some of its staff.

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Penny Lawrence said she took

full responsibility,

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and said she was ashamed this had

happened on her watch.

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Our special correspondent

Lucy Manning reports.

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Haiti's red light district.

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Prostitution is illegal here,

but that didn't stop

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some of Oxfam's aid workers.

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The charity now admitting it knew -

knew about concerns about its team

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and prostitutes, not just

in Haiti, but also in Chad,

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and that nothing was done.

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Widza Bryant worked in human

resources in Haiti for Oxfam

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from 2009 for three years.

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She says she flagged

concerns and was ignored.

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There was a lot of rumours

on the ground about management

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and leaders exploiting the locals,

sexually and in other ways, to get

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jobs, and to have good standing.

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So these were ongoing rumours that

would come to me through the drivers

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and other employees.

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So, on many occasions, I would share

those rumours with my boss.

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The blame now stretching almost

to the top of Oxfam.

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The charity's deputy

chief executive, Penny

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Lawrence, now resigning.

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She was programme director

when the prostitution allegations

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were made and ignored.

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She said, "I am ashamed this

happened on my watch and I take

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full responsibility."

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The actions of senior Oxfam employee

Roland van Hauwermeiren in Chad

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and Haiti never properly dealt with.

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At that time, the use of prostitutes

was not explicitly contrary

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to Oxfam's code of conduct.

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Bringing Oxfam into disrepute,

in any way abusing people who may

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have been beneficiaries,

of course, was.

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So there was an exploration of how

should the organisation respond?

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But we didn't act on it and,

more significantly, we allowed him -

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because there weren't formal

complaints - we allowed him

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to move onto another post,

and that was our failing.

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So will there need to

be more resignations?

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I still feel we have

not done enough.

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If it is felt by those

who employ me that I am not doing

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that forcefully enough,

or well enough, they will have my

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resignation straightaway.

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Oxfam's bosses were called

in to meet ministers this

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morning with question marks

about the £32 million the charity

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receives from the Government.

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Ministers here at the Department

for International Development know

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British charities do good work

overseas, but with Oxfam only

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telling half the story

about what happened with its staff

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in Haiti, it has now put pressure

on the entire charity sector.

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Oxfam says it investigated 87

allegations of sexual abuse

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or exploitation last year.

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Save the Children says it looked

into 31 cases of sexual misconduct,

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where half the people were fired.

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And Christian Aid said

it had two cases -

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one was reported to the Charity

Commission.

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I don't think anybody

can say in good faith,

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operating in an environment

like ours, that we can eliminate all

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risk as a matter of 100% certainty.

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What we can do is put in our 100%

best effort to keep these people out

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of our organisation.

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The Charity Commission says it

receives reports about 1,000

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incidents involving safeguarding

from charities every year.

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But a culture of cover-up not

the image charities want.

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Lucy Manning, BBC News.

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Let's get some reaction in Haiti

today and talk to our correspondent

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Will Grant who is in Port-au-Prince.

Wahab Keith Hill been saying in

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response to Oxfam's difficulties?

I've been speaking to some senior

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government sources in Haiti and they

say they are going to watch an

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investigation into the allegations

of abuse at Oxfam. They say they

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fear it could be the tip of the

iceberg and they want to widen that

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investigation into other aid

agencies operating in the country.

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Of course, it's important to

remember the context when it comes

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to Haiti, this is one of the poorest

countries in the world, the poorest

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country in the Americas, and as such

is very reliant on foreign aid. If

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Oxfam would leave altogether it

would have an impact on a lot of the

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poorer small communities where Oxfam

operates. That said, a lot of the

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Haitians I been speaking to have

expressed real anger at what they

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see as impunity by international aid

agencies for the way they have

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behaved here and it is clearly going

to take a long time for Oxfam to

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recover its reputation in Haiti.

Many thanks for the latest, Will

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Grant in Haiti with some of the

latest thoughts.

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Our special correspondent

Lucy Manning is here.

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As I was saying earlier, more

pressure on Oxfam tonight.

The

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problems are mounting for Oxfam, the

Charity Commission that regulate

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charities announced it is going to

investigate Oxfam to see whether

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they did hand over all of the

information about these allegations

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about the use of prostitutes in

Haiti in 2011. The European

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Commission which funds Oxfam to the

tune of around £30 million a year

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said that could stop if standards

are not met, and a difficult meeting

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between the charities and the

Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt on

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Oxfam apologising unreservedly,

saying it felt disgraced and shame

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about what happened. She has given

it the rest of this week to sort out

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how it will deal with any further

allegations. And scrutiny now for

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all charities because she's written

to them all, all of those working

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overseas, saying they need to make

sure that any allegations of sexual

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abuse have been passed to the

relevant authorities. No doubt about

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this, this is a real shock wave for

the charity sector.

Lucy Manning,

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thank you, our special

correspondent.

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Relatives and friends

have been paying tribute

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to three British tourists,

who were killed in a helicopter

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crash in the Grand

Canyon at the weekend.

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Becky Dobson and brothers

Stuart and Jason Hill,

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all originally from Worthing

in West Sussex, died on Saturday.

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Four survivors of the crash had

to wait several hours to be

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rescued, as our correspondent

James Cook reports.

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It's just before sunset

in the Grand Canyon

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and a helicopter is ablaze.

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On board were three British

couples and a local pilot.

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Two men in white shirts

approach one of the

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survivors, seen on the bottom

right of the picture.

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Three of the tourists

died at the scene.

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They were Stuart Hill, a Mercedes

salesman in Brighton who was

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celebrating his 30th birthday.

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And his girlfriend, Becky Dobson,

a receptionist from Worthing in

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West Sussex.

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She was 27.

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Stuart's brother Jason Hill,

a lawyer near Milton

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Keynes, also died.

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He was 32 years old.

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His girlfriend survived.

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Also on board were newlyweds seen

here on the left at their wedding

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with Becky and Stuart. The friends

had been saving up for their holiday

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for a year, all three who died had

attended Worthing College.

As

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excellent night of the college they

have gone on with their passions to

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enjoy their young lives, going

through their careers as they have

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wanted and to get to the stage in

their life and die so young is just

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devastating.

In the minutes after

the crash passengers and crew from

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other helicopters in the area rushed

to help. They included a nurse,

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Katie Kineally.

When we finally got

some medical equipment down there I

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started helping putting in IV lines

and another crew came with pain

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medication so I started

administering that, gave them fluids

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to help prevent them going to shock,

kept a really close eye and did what

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I could do.

The helicopter took off

from Boulder city in Nevada

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travelling through the Grand Canyon

and crashed in the remote

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quartermaster Canyon in Arizona at

5:20pm. A dust storm at rescue teams

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had to walk to the scene. It was

2am, nearly nine hours later before

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the survivors were flown to

hospital.

We were not able to

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extract everybody from the crash

site until 2am this morning. High

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winds, brownout dust conditions,

rugged terrain, and as you know,

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when you fly in treacherous

conditions like this you have to

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have special training and special

people.

The Grand Canyon is

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attractive because it is untamed,

drawing visitors from all over the

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world. The tour company Papillion

Airways flies around 600,000 people

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a year, this crash involving a Euro

copter EC 130 is the firm's second

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fiddle accident here. The three

British survivors and pilot are

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being treated at this hospital in

Las Vegas, all four said to be in

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critical condition. Investigators

are at the hospital and I just spoke

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to them. They have made contact with

all four survivors and they are

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preparing to take statements. As for

the families, they have been being

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done at paying tribute, the father

of Becky Dobson said his daughter

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was full of life and always happy,

and the father of Stuart and Jason

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Hill said his sons loved one another

and were very close and took some

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small comfort from knowing that they

died together. James, many thanks

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for the latest in Las Vegas, James

Cook, our correspondent.

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In South Africa, leaders

of the ruling party, the ANC,

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have been meeting to decide the fate

of President Jacob Zuma.

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He's been resisting

calls to stand down

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amid allegations of corruption.

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But over the weekend the party's

new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa,

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said the question of his position

would be finalised today.

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Our Africa editor Fergal

Keane is in Pretoria.

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Has it been finalised?

There is a

sense of high political drama

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tonight here, reliable sources at

that meeting are saying that

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President Zuma has been given 48

hours to resign. Just about an hour

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ago, the ANC President Cyril

Ramaphosa left here in a convoy and

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apparently went to the residence of

President Zuma to deliver that

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message. Within the last few minutes

he has returned, possibly with a

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response. Now, if President Zuma

agrees to resign there should be a

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relatively calm, smooth transition.

But if he says no, the ANC is faced

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with the possibility of either

having to move a motion of

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no-confidence against him in

parliament, or impeach him. That

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would risk splitting apart Africa's

oldest liberation movement and into

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this country a new element of

instability. We are waiting here. It

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could go on for more hours. They

have already been talking for ten

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hours but there is a sense that

momentous decisions are on the way.

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Many thanks for the update in

Pretoria, Fergal Keane, our Africa

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editor.

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A brief look at some of the day's

other other news stories.

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London City Airport remains closed,

after an unexploded bomb

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from the Second World War was found

in the River Thames,

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not far from the runway.

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It was discovered in the early

hours of Sunday morning

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forcing the evacuation

of the neighbouring area.

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Work to dispose of the device should

be completed by tomorrow.

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Barclays Bank has been fined

by the Serious Fraud Office

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in relation to a £2.2 billion loan,

provided to the state

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of Qatar in 2008.

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The bank has been accused

of unlawful financial assistance,

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which is banned in the UK.

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Its parent company Barclays

was charged with the same

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A government report suggests

politicians and industry leaders

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have exaggerated the potential

of fracking for gas in the UK.

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The industry said a fracking

boom would see 4,000

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wells drilled by 2032.

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But a newly-released document

predicts fewer than 200 wells

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will be constructed

in the next seven years.

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British tourists will be

able to resume package

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holidays to Tunisia

from tomorrow for the first time

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since a terror attack claimed

the lives of 38 people

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at a beach resort in 2015.

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The first fully booked flights

from Manchester and Birmingham

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will be operated by Thomas Cook.

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Our security correspondent

Frank Gardner has just

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returned from Tunisia,

with this exclusive report.

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Tunis by night, and a National Guard

unit prepares to raid

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a suspected terrorist hideout.

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Since two devastating attacks

in 2015, this country has found

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-- vowed to stamp out terrorism

and make Tunisia safe for tourists.

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Well, they've just gone

into a house here.

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We can hear some shouts.

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We're in a tiny little backstreet,

and they're looking for members

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of an Isis cell that has been

in Libya, they suspect, so the whole

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street is flooded with these armed

National Guard soldiers.

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Three years ago, on this beach

near Sousse, an Isis gunman

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shot dead 38 people,

30 of them British.

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Now, Tunisia is getting training

from Royal Navy instructors

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in maritime security,

while Met Police detectives have

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been training up hotel staff.

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At four key airports,

British aviation experts have

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installed new screening equipment.

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So I asked Britain's ambassador,

how safe is it now?

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Well, no country is 100% safe,

as we saw with the tragic attacks

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in London and Manchester last year.

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But it is safer here

than it was in 2015,

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because the Tunisians'

capability has improved.

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In the resort town of Hammamet,

where Thomas Cook is taking

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the first returning British

tourists, I asked the hotel manager

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what precautions he's taking.

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We have around 60 cameras

all around the hotel.

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The exterior cameras

are all monitored 24 hours

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by persons behind the screens.

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But Tunisia sits in

a dangerous neighbourhood.

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Across this border, Libya

is in chaos, and Isis has bases.

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The Manchester bomber trained in

Libya, and so did the Sousse gunman.

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Back in the capital Tunis,

the night raid yields results.

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Suspects are arrested

and will now face trial.

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Tunisia has made huge

progress against terrorism,

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but if its tourist industry

is to recover fully,

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it will need to stay vigilant.

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Frank Gardner, BBC News, Tunisia.

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The Prime Minister says there is the

basis of an agreement to restore

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power-sharing in Northern Ireland

soon. She and the Taoiseach held

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talks at Stormont in an attempt to

end the deadlock over key issues

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including the status of the Irish

language. Our island correspondent

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has the latest. The Prime Minister

began her visit to Belfast at a

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place that was recently the seed of

an unexpected victory. Hundreds of

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jobs had been under threat at the

aircraft manufacturer Bombardier.

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They are safe now after winning a

trade dispute against Boeing in the

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US. Theresa May came to Northern

Ireland looking for another win.

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Talks to restore Stormont are at a

critical stage.

I have urged the

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parties to make the final push to

see if we can get an executive up

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and running. I believe there is the

basis of an agreement and it should

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be possible to see an executive in

Northern Ireland very soon.

She was

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joined by the Taoiseach, who shares

her optimism.

The differences that

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exist between DUP and Sinn Fein are

not insurmountable and we are

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hopeful they will come to agreement

this week.

The main sticking point

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has been whether there should be a

new law to protect and promote the

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Irish language. For speakers, Irish

is about identity and culture and

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history and they believe it needs

legal recognition.

It needs equality

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and to be on the same level of the

languages in Scotland and Wales. It

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needs to be on an equal footing.

In

unionist areas there is suspicion

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and even hostility towards the idea.

Here on the Shankill Road in west

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Belfast, people are strongly

opposed.

This is a British country,

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not an Irish country.

I think it is

terrible. The Irish language has

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been a sensitive and symbolic issue

in this long political crisis but

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there are other differences between

the parties, notably Sinn Fein want

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to legalise same-sex marriage and

the DUP do not. There are

0:19:410:19:46

disagreements over how the unsolved

killings from the troubles should be

0:19:460:19:52

investigated. The Irish border is a

significant matter in the Brexit

0:19:520:19:57

negotiations, which is one reason

parties say they want devolution

0:19:570:20:01

back.

It is about finding an

accommodation that recognises the

0:20:010:20:08

need to respect all languages and

cultures in Northern Ireland.

The

0:20:080:20:12

issues have been difficult but they

were never beyond resolution. What

0:20:120:20:17

we want is to finalise a deal.

Theresa May left with the Stormont

0:20:170:20:25

situation still unresolved but the

mood improved. Events in the next

0:20:250:20:31

few days will determine whether

power-sharing returns.

0:20:310:20:34

The United Nations says

it is gravely concerned

0:20:340:20:36

about the escalating violence

in the Democratic Republic of Congo,

0:20:360:20:40

with thousands fleeing the northeast

of the country, because of

0:20:400:20:43

the continuing conflict

between ethnic groups.

0:20:430:20:46

The humanitarian situation

across the country has drastically

0:20:460:20:51

worsened over the past year -

in total, some five million people

0:20:510:20:56

have been displaced.

0:20:560:20:57

Fighting has flared up

across three provinces,

0:20:570:20:59

the latest in Ituri,

where more than 20,000 people have

0:20:590:21:01

fled into neighbouring

Uganda since Friday.

0:21:010:21:03

Our deputy Africa editor Anne Soy

sent this special report, which does

0:21:030:21:06

contain some distressing images.

0:21:060:21:08

This shore has become a safe haven.

0:21:080:21:13

Thousands of Congolese cross

Lake Albert every day,

0:21:130:21:16

forced to run from ethnic violence.

0:21:160:21:19

They carry what they can.

0:21:190:21:22

More than half of those

fleeing are children.

0:21:220:21:28

It is a perilous journey

from the Congolese border

0:21:280:21:30

to the Ugandan side.

0:21:300:21:32

Some of these people

are using vessels that are not

0:21:320:21:34

very safe, and in some

cases, the lake is rough.

0:21:340:21:39

We have heard reports of vessels

like this one capsizing.

0:21:390:21:42

But desperate refugees

have little choice.

0:21:420:21:46

They either risk being

attacked and killed at home

0:21:460:21:48

or dying in the water.

0:21:480:21:50

People on this canoe almost made it.

0:21:500:21:55

It sank just before

it reached the shore.

0:21:550:21:57

Four of those on board drowned.

0:21:570:22:02

The body of this three year

old was later washed up on shore.

0:22:020:22:05

Only his father survived.

0:22:050:22:07

TRANSLATION:

I was travelling

with my brother, my son

0:22:070:22:09

and two of people.

0:22:090:22:16

I swam to the shore after heavy

winds overturned our canoe.

0:22:160:22:19

The pain of losing an only child.

0:22:190:22:23

His mother came on a different boat.

0:22:230:22:27

She was waiting to

receive him here, alive.

0:22:270:22:31

47-year-old Emile Nguzuma

says his family hid in the bush

0:22:310:22:37

when their village was attacked.

0:22:370:22:40

When they came out, he found four

of his children had been butchered.

0:22:400:22:44

Fearing further attacks,

he took the remaining

0:22:440:22:45

eight children and fled.

0:22:450:22:48

TRANSLATION:

We could not bury them.

0:22:480:22:51

The enemy doesn't like

us burying our dead.

0:22:510:22:53

They chop them up.

0:22:530:22:56

You cannot even recognise them.

0:22:560:22:58

I am sad.

0:22:580:22:59

My heart is troubled.

0:22:590:23:03

I don't know what we

did to wrong them.

0:23:030:23:07

Many here have harrowing stories.

0:23:070:23:12

This man tells me 16 members

of his extended family were killed.

0:23:120:23:18

The death toll from the clashes

across the border is still unknown.

0:23:180:23:26

This is the largest refugee flight

from DRC's Ituri area since the last

0:23:280:23:31

ethnic massacre nearly 20 years ago.

0:23:310:23:35

More than 60,000 people

were killed then.

0:23:350:23:42

Conflict has kept these residents

of one of the eastern region poor,

0:23:420:23:45

and the current flare-up has now

given them a deeper

0:23:450:23:47

into destitution.

0:23:470:23:49

Aid organisations are scrambling

to deal with the influx.

0:23:490:23:51

What are the tags for?

0:23:510:23:52

To make sure that we have accurate

numbers in relation to how many

0:23:520:23:55

people come through.

0:23:550:23:56

Because we move people so quickly,

we don't want to lose them,

0:23:560:23:59

and this way we also don't want

people joining on.

0:23:590:24:01

Right.

0:24:010:24:03

From the testimonies we have had,

there are many more Congolese

0:24:030:24:05

gathered on the other side

of the border, so it is expected

0:24:050:24:08

in the coming days, refugees

will continue to arrive

0:24:080:24:10

here in large numbers.

0:24:100:24:15

Here they hope for a new beginning.

0:24:150:24:17

For some, like this mother of three,

this is now their new home.

0:24:170:24:24

Her country of birth

robbed her of her husband.

0:24:240:24:26

She has vowed never to go back.

0:24:260:24:31

The minister in charge

of persuading more couples

0:24:310:24:34

to share their parental leave has

revealed he's not allowed

0:24:340:24:37

to take part in the scheme.

0:24:370:24:39

The business minister

Andrew Griffiths,

0:24:390:24:41

who is due to become a father

in April, said that as an office

0:24:410:24:46

holder rather than an employee,

he was not eligible.

0:24:460:24:48

His comments were made

as the government launched

0:24:480:24:50

a new publicity drive

to encourage a higher take-up

0:24:500:24:53

of shared parental leave,

which currently stands

0:24:530:24:55

at an estimated 2%,

as our correspondent

0:24:550:24:56

Elaine Dunkley reports.

0:24:560:25:04

Charlotte and David take it in terms

to read James a bedtime story. All

0:25:060:25:12

childcare is split 50-50 and so was

parental leave, with both deciding

0:25:120:25:16

to take six months off work.

I think

both of us felt it would be nice to

0:25:160:25:26

post have the opportunity to bond

with the baby in the first year. But

0:25:260:25:30

also for both of us to have the

chance to go back to work. So that

0:25:300:25:35

neither of us had to really choose

as much, make such a stark choice.

0:25:350:25:44

There is a strong thought that mums

stay at home and look after the

0:25:440:25:48

kids. I think we felt strongly that

was not what we wanted.

285,000

0:25:480:25:59

couples are eligible to take shared

parental leave every year and it

0:25:590:26:03

allows them to share 50 weeks of

leave and off that 50 they can be

0:26:030:26:08

paid for 37 weeks, but the

government estimates the take-up

0:26:080:26:12

could be as low as 2%. Andrew

Griffiths the Business Minister in

0:26:120:26:17

charge of the policy is due to be a

father in April but admitted he will

0:26:170:26:21

not be able to take advantage of the

scheme.

Ministers are not allowed to

0:26:210:26:28

take shared parental leave. I am now

I think going to be... It is because

0:26:280:26:32

I am an office holder, not an

employee you're not allowed?

Bat is

0:26:320:26:39

right.

How can you say it without

laughing? For most, a ministerial

0:26:390:26:45

role is not the issue. Cultural and

financial reasons play a part. It is

0:26:450:26:52

paid out £141 a week, roughly half

the national living wage so for many

0:26:520:26:58

families it is hard to think that

the mother will lose her wage for a

0:26:580:27:02

number of weeks and months but

particularly for the couples where

0:27:020:27:06

he is the higher wage earner it

becomes difficult to budget at that

0:27:060:27:11

level.

Sharing parental leave is a

personal and professional decision.

0:27:110:27:18

I was there for his important

milestones, crawling, walking, not

0:27:180:27:22

just hearing about him walking and

talking, I was the one he was

0:27:220:27:27

walking towards with his first

steps.

The government plans to spend

0:27:270:27:32

1.5 million to publicise the scheme

but it is the financial cost to

0:27:320:27:36

families that is the biggest

obstacle.

0:27:360:27:39

The singer Vic Damone has

died at the age of 89.

0:27:390:27:47

Best known for the hits

You're Breaking My Heart

0:27:480:27:50

and On the Street Where You Live,

he was part of the golden age

0:27:500:27:54

of singers who came to fame

after the Second World War,

0:27:540:27:56

including Frank Sinatra,

Tony Bennett and Dean Martin.

0:27:560:28:04

High winds have disrupted the Winter

Olympic Games in Pyeongchang,

0:28:040:28:07

where the final of the women's giant

slalom had to be postponed

0:28:070:28:11

and conditions in the women's

slopestyle final were described

0:28:110:28:13

as 'absolutely brutal'.

0:28:130:28:16

The Team GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller

was one of those whose

0:28:160:28:20

performance was affected -

she crashed on her final jump

0:28:200:28:22

and finished in 17th position.

0:28:220:28:23

From Pyeongchang, our

sports correspondent

0:28:230:28:24

Andy Swiss reports.

0:28:240:28:29

Just getting to the

start was a struggle.

0:28:290:28:33

Howling winds for the women's

snowboarders and soon

0:28:330:28:35

a blizzard of controversy.

0:28:350:28:37

Instead of postponing, they went

ahead, with calamitous results.

0:28:370:28:41

COMMENTATOR:

Oh, goodness me.

0:28:410:28:46

Quite how no one was injured,

especially Slovakia's Klaudia

0:28:460:28:48

Medlova, almost defied belief,

0:28:480:28:51

as one after another,

their hopes crash landed.

0:28:510:28:53

All of the 25 riders fell

at some point, including

0:28:530:28:56

Britain's Aimee Fuller.

0:28:560:29:00

The wind forced her to pull out

of a jump on her first run,

0:29:000:29:03

which meant on the second

it was all or nothing,

0:29:030:29:05

and, agonisingly, it was the latter.

0:29:050:29:09

Fuller finished 17th, but,

more importantly, intact.

0:29:090:29:15

The conditions, she said,

were simply brutal.

0:29:150:29:17

It felt like I had

a sailboat under my board.

0:29:170:29:21

The wind just ripped me sideways.

0:29:210:29:23

There was not a chance

I was going to land.

0:29:230:29:26

So, yeah, devastated.

0:29:260:29:29

Amidst the chaos, America's Jamie

Anderson kept her balance

0:29:290:29:33

and her Olympic title.

0:29:330:29:34

Organisers felt it had been safe

to start the final, but was it?

0:29:340:29:37

The coaches and judges,

they all have a chat together

0:29:370:29:40

and they make a decision

at the top of the slope.

0:29:400:29:43

And I wonder what went on in that

conversation, why somebody didn't

0:29:430:29:45

say, let's postpone this.

0:29:450:29:50

These biting winds have already

blown the schedule off course.

0:29:500:29:54

Today's women's giant slalom

had to be postponed,

0:29:540:29:58

and with more high winds forecast

tomorrow, there could

0:29:580:30:00

be more disruption.

0:30:000:30:03

For now, though, there will be

relief no one was badly hurt,

0:30:030:30:05

on a day when extreme sport

certainly lived up to its name.

0:30:050:30:08

Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

0:30:080:30:16

Early morning here and organisers

will keep their fingers crossed for

0:30:180:30:21

the weather. The wind is howling

already but the good news for

0:30:210:30:27

spectators is temperatures are

forecast to rise. Could this be the

0:30:270:30:31

day Team GB win their first medal?

Speed skater Elise Christie going

0:30:310:30:36

for gold in the 500 metres. Elise

Christie is a triple world champion

0:30:360:30:42

and probably Britain's best hope of

a medal at these games. She is

0:30:420:30:47

competing in three events and the

500 metres probably her least

0:30:470:30:51

favoured but she looked impressive

in qualifying

0:30:510:31:00

in qualifying where she set an

Olympic record. Four years ago in

0:31:000:31:02

Sochi she was disqualified for all

three events and she received death

0:31:020:31:04

threats and thought about quitting

but she is back with a real chance

0:31:040:31:08

of a gold medal. Team GB are

targeting their best ever Winter

0:31:080:31:12

Olympics performance between four

and ten medals. They have had a

0:31:120:31:18

disappointment so far, particularly

in snowboarding, but they will be

0:31:180:31:22

hopeful Elise Christie can finally

get them off the mark. Looking

0:31:220:31:26

forward to it. Thank you, Andy.

Newsnight is on BBC Two. Tonight is

0:31:260:31:34

stop and search the best way to deal

with knife crime? We hear from young

0:31:340:31:38

men on their experience with the

police and from the authorities.

0:31:380:31:42