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That is all.
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Alpa Patel.
The online taxi firm Uber
says it will go further
to protect the safety
of its drivers and passengers.
It comes a day after Transport
for London announced new rules
requiring private minicab
companies to limit working
hours for drivers.
All this comes five months
after Uber was stripped of its
license to operate in London.
Emma North has been speaking to Uber
and sent his report.
I think it's safe to say
that the clock is ticking for Uber.
It has until June to prove
that it is worthy of retaining
its licence here in London,
and so it's introducing a whole load
of measures to try and prove it
should stick around.
Fred Jones is from Uber.
What are you doing to make sure that
you stay in business?
Today we are announcing the latest
of a series of measures that really
put safety at the heart
of our service in London
and across the UK.
Tell us a bit more about
what you intend to do to make
these journeys safer.
We are announcing a series
of measures, perhaps most notably,
we are going to launch a 24/7 phone
line, so drivers and riders have
told us that they love our customer
service, but the simple issue
is that sometimes, when there
is a series incident,
they want to speak to a human
to help them resolve their issue
as soon as possible.
That's something we are announcing.
Why do you think it's taken
you so long to do this?
It almost feels as if you are trying
to catch up with what many other
companies just do naturally.
You are right, over the past months,
we spent a lot of time listening
to our riders and drivers,
TfL, the Met police,
and looking at what we can do
to improve and change
and make our service better
for London and people across the UK.
That's what we've done today.
What also happened in the last 24
hours was that Transport for London
has imposed a whole new list
of measures which should make
the amount of hours that people
working for companies like Uber
will be limited.
That's already live, says Uber,
but perhaps it's a sign that TfL
and Uber are still working together
to try and resolve their problems.
There's been a drastic fall
in the number of young Londoners
able to buy their own homes over
the past two decades.
A study has revealed that, 20 years
ago, around 47% of people below
the age of 34 had bought a property.
That dropped down
to just 20% in 2016.
Let's get more on this.
Joining us in the studio
is the author of the report,
Andrew Hood from the Institute
for Fiscal Studies.
This is a problem for youngsters
across the country. But particularly
London is one area in a
country that has seen the fastest
fall in home ownership in the last
20 years, simply because house
prices have risen faster relative to
the incomes of young Londoners and
in the rest of the country, and that
has carried on as house prices in
London have continued to rise as
they slowed across the rest of the
Lots of youngsters missing
out. What needs to be done to help
The issue of housing supply
needs to be tackled, to make sure
enough houses are built to meet
demand, but also to make sure they
are built in the right places.
Particularly for young Londoners,
it's important they are built where
they want to live, rather than in
parts of the country where maybe not
We have heard this before
about house-building. It hasn't
really happened to the level we
need. What will happen if the
government doesn't intervene?
challenging to think about any
short-term fix. A long-term solution
is needed but it's important because
there are long-term problems being
stored up was for example, if
today's young adults go through
their working lives without being
able to buy a home, when they
retire, will the government be able
to pay their rent in London? Today's
retirees tend to be mortgage is paid
off and living in their homes for
Hundreds of young people will take
part in one of London's largest
urban talent shows later today.
Past winners include street dancers
Diversity and singer Leona Lewis.
Ayshea Buksh reports.
Last-minute preparations at the Crib
youth project in Hackney
for their biggest night of the year.
The talent show, Boroughs United,
as singers, dance groups and poets
perform live on stage
at the Hackney Empire.
The young people come
from different youth clubs
and centres across London,
and organisers say the aim
of the event is to show the creative
potential young people have
when given the right support.
All we ever hear is negative
things about young people,
like gang-related, this one's
getting stabbed, parents
burying their children,
so we need to show the positive side
of young people, what they actually
do, because that's not been shown.
The Crib is based at the de
Beauvoir estate in Hackney.
It works with hundreds of young
people and their families.
As well as a youth club,
it runs regular workshops on issues
such as knife crime and mental
health and well-being.
Pembe Tokluhan Went to the Crib
as a youngster and now works
as a professional stage manager.
She's been coordinating
the Boroughs United event.
We have over 200 people
backstage, all volunteers.
I think that's the
difference between us.
There are a lot of talent
competitions, but there's nothing
that specifically targets all 33
boroughs of London,
and that's what we target,
bringing everybody together
to be one community.
Organisers hope tonight
will help break down barriers
between youngsters from different
parts of London, and promote
peace and positivity
to the wider community.
Best of luck to those youngsters.
We're just over two weeks away
from the Academy Awards and one
company from Soho is in with a good
chance of winning.
I say chance, but it's guaranteed,
because the company called Foundry
is behind the scenes of every
nominee in the Visual
Wendy Hurrell has been
to have a look around.
Behind the visual effects that put
us in fantasy spaceships.
Bring life to the faces of chimps.
Or take us into dystopian futures.
Is a very clever piece
of software developed in Soho.
It is called Nuke.
It's about really mixing the real
and unreal together to make them
look like they blend together
perfectly and they are shot
through the same camera.
It's actually tracking
where all the pixels are going
in the image, the movement.
So your computer, at this point,
has built itself a camera?
A virtual camera, yes.
So that's following the path of that
image over the sequence.
You have drawn it as
an old-fashioned spool
to spool camera, as well.
Just as a nod to the olden days!
In this year's Oscars,
they can't lose.
Every nominee in the visual effects
category has used their software.
They've been behind a win every year
for the past decade, in fact.
But you will never see them up
on the dazzling Oscars stage.
We still get recognised,
but not in that way.
We work on the tools.
The tools, the software,
the solutions that help them
bring that magic to the screen.
But absolutely, we are kind
of more in the background.
Foundry received this
Academy plaque this week.
For the science bit,
there is a separate ceremony.
The boffins in Soho will be watching
the main event on March
the 4th to see which of their works
gets a gong this year.
Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.
Pretty impressive effects.
Time for the weather.
Here's Lucy Martin.
A cold and for some of us
frosty start to the day,
but we've seen plenty of blue skies.
This photo sent in by a weather
watcher in Kingston this morning.
For the weekend, Saturday looking
like the better of the two days,
mostly dry and bright with the risk
of the odd isolated shower.
Sunday, a cloudy day
with some rain later.
This afternoon, staying dry
and bright with plenty of sunshine,
possibly hazy at times thanks
to a bit of high-level
cloud, with highs of 10
Celsius and light winds.
This evening and overnight,
staying dry with some patchy cloud,
but skies tending to clear
into the early hours,
so a chilly night to come.
Overnight lows around minus two
Celsius to freezing.
A risk of a touch of frost and one
or two patches of mist and fog.
A bright start on
Saturday, if chilly.
Plenty of sunshine first thing,
turning cloudy into the afternoon,
with a risk of the odd isolated
shower, and highs of 11.
For Sunday, a cloudy day to come,
with the cloud tending to thicken up
from the west and some patchy
outbreaks of rain later
and highs of nine.
That's about it from me.
Louisa Preston will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.