16/02/2018 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Alpa Patel.

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The online taxi firm Uber

says it will go further

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to protect the safety

of its drivers and passengers.

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It comes a day after Transport

for London announced new rules

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requiring private minicab

companies to limit working

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hours for drivers.

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All this comes five months

after Uber was stripped of its

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license to operate in London.

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Emma North has been speaking to Uber

and sent his report.

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I think it's safe to say

that the clock is ticking for Uber.

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It has until June to prove

that it is worthy of retaining

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its licence here in London,

and so it's introducing a whole load

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of measures to try and prove it

should stick around.

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Fred Jones is from Uber.

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What are you doing to make sure that

you stay in business?

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Today we are announcing the latest

of a series of measures that really

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put safety at the heart

of our service in London

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and across the UK.

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Tell us a bit more about

what you intend to do to make

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these journeys safer.

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We are announcing a series

of measures, perhaps most notably,

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we are going to launch a 24/7 phone

line, so drivers and riders have

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told us that they love our customer

service, but the simple issue

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is that sometimes, when there

is a series incident,

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they want to speak to a human

to help them resolve their issue

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as soon as possible.

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That's something we are announcing.

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Why do you think it's taken

you so long to do this?

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It almost feels as if you are trying

to catch up with what many other

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companies just do naturally.

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You are right, over the past months,

we spent a lot of time listening

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to our riders and drivers,

TfL, the Met police,

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and looking at what we can do

to improve and change

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and make our service better

for London and people across the UK.

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That's what we've done today.

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What also happened in the last 24

hours was that Transport for London

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has imposed a whole new list

of measures which should make

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the amount of hours that people

working for companies like Uber

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will be limited.

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That's already live, says Uber,

but perhaps it's a sign that TfL

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and Uber are still working together

to try and resolve their problems.

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There's been a drastic fall

in the number of young Londoners

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able to buy their own homes over

the past two decades.

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A study has revealed that, 20 years

ago, around 47% of people below

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the age of 34 had bought a property.

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That dropped down

to just 20% in 2016.

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Let's get more on this.

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Joining us in the studio

is the author of the report,

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Andrew Hood from the Institute

for Fiscal Studies.

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This is a problem for youngsters

across the country. But particularly

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in London.

London is one area in a

country that has seen the fastest

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fall in home ownership in the last

20 years, simply because house

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prices have risen faster relative to

the incomes of young Londoners and

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in the rest of the country, and that

has carried on as house prices in

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London have continued to rise as

they slowed across the rest of the

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country.

Lots of youngsters missing

out. What needs to be done to help

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them?

The issue of housing supply

needs to be tackled, to make sure

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enough houses are built to meet

demand, but also to make sure they

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are built in the right places.

Particularly for young Londoners,

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it's important they are built where

they want to live, rather than in

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parts of the country where maybe not

the jobs.

We have heard this before

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about house-building. It hasn't

really happened to the level we

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need. What will happen if the

government doesn't intervene?

It's

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challenging to think about any

short-term fix. A long-term solution

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is needed but it's important because

there are long-term problems being

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stored up was for example, if

today's young adults go through

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their working lives without being

able to buy a home, when they

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retire, will the government be able

to pay their rent in London? Today's

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retirees tend to be mortgage is paid

off and living in their homes for

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free.

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Hundreds of young people will take

part in one of London's largest

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urban talent shows later today.

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Past winners include street dancers

Diversity and singer Leona Lewis.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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Last-minute preparations at the Crib

youth project in Hackney

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for their biggest night of the year.

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The talent show, Boroughs United,

as singers, dance groups and poets

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perform live on stage

at the Hackney Empire.

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The young people come

from different youth clubs

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and centres across London,

and organisers say the aim

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of the event is to show the creative

potential young people have

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when given the right support.

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All we ever hear is negative

things about young people,

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like gang-related, this one's

getting stabbed, parents

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burying their children,

so we need to show the positive side

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of young people, what they actually

do, because that's not been shown.

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The Crib is based at the de

Beauvoir estate in Hackney.

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It works with hundreds of young

people and their families.

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As well as a youth club,

it runs regular workshops on issues

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such as knife crime and mental

health and well-being.

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Pembe Tokluhan Went to the Crib

as a youngster and now works

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as a professional stage manager.

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She's been coordinating

the Boroughs United event.

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We have over 200 people

backstage, all volunteers.

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I think that's the

difference between us.

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There are a lot of talent

competitions, but there's nothing

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that specifically targets all 33

boroughs of London,

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and that's what we target,

bringing everybody together

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to be one community.

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Organisers hope tonight

will help break down barriers

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between youngsters from different

parts of London, and promote

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peace and positivity

to the wider community.

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Best of luck to those youngsters.

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We're just over two weeks away

from the Academy Awards and one

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company from Soho is in with a good

chance of winning.

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I say chance, but it's guaranteed,

because the company called Foundry

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is behind the scenes of every

nominee in the Visual

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Effects category.

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Wendy Hurrell has been

to have a look around.

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Behind the visual effects that put

us in fantasy spaceships.

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Bring life to the faces of chimps.

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Or take us into dystopian futures.

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Is a very clever piece

of software developed in Soho.

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It is called Nuke.

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It's about really mixing the real

and unreal together to make them

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look like they blend together

perfectly and they are shot

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through the same camera.

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It's actually tracking

where all the pixels are going

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in the image, the movement.

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So your computer, at this point,

has built itself a camera?

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A virtual camera, yes.

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So that's following the path of that

image over the sequence.

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You have drawn it as

an old-fashioned spool

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to spool camera, as well.

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Just as a nod to the olden days!

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It's true.

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In this year's Oscars,

they can't lose.

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Every nominee in the visual effects

category has used their software.

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They've been behind a win every year

for the past decade, in fact.

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But you will never see them up

on the dazzling Oscars stage.

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We still get recognised,

but not in that way.

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We work on the tools.

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The tools, the software,

the solutions that help them

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bring that magic to the screen.

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But absolutely, we are kind

of more in the background.

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Foundry received this

Academy plaque this week.

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For the science bit,

there is a separate ceremony.

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The boffins in Soho will be watching

the main event on March

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the 4th to see which of their works

gets a gong this year.

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Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.

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Pretty impressive effects.

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Time for the weather.

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Here's Lucy Martin.

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Good afternoon.

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A cold and for some of us

frosty start to the day,

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but we've seen plenty of blue skies.

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This photo sent in by a weather

watcher in Kingston this morning.

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For the weekend, Saturday looking

like the better of the two days,

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mostly dry and bright with the risk

of the odd isolated shower.

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Sunday, a cloudy day

with some rain later.

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This afternoon, staying dry

and bright with plenty of sunshine,

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possibly hazy at times thanks

to a bit of high-level

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cloud, with highs of 10

Celsius and light winds.

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This evening and overnight,

staying dry with some patchy cloud,

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but skies tending to clear

into the early hours,

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so a chilly night to come.

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Overnight lows around minus two

Celsius to freezing.

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A risk of a touch of frost and one

or two patches of mist and fog.

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A bright start on

Saturday, if chilly.

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Plenty of sunshine first thing,

turning cloudy into the afternoon,

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with a risk of the odd isolated

shower, and highs of 11.

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For Sunday, a cloudy day to come,

with the cloud tending to thicken up

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from the west and some patchy

outbreaks of rain later

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and highs of nine.

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That's about it from me.

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Louisa Preston will be here

with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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