welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is andrew plant. our top stories: the us investigates how people in hawaii were mistakenly warned of an imminent ballistic missile attack. vow vow to weed out corruption and rescue the economy in south africa as the head of the ruling party gives his first speech since being elected. hello and welcome to bbc news. an official alert has provoked alarm in the us state of hawaii after, mistakenly warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack. the text message was sent to everyone on the island and interrupted tv and radio broadcasts. it told people to seek shelter, before adding: ‘this is not a drill‘. the state's governor has apologised for the error. he said an employee had pressed the wrong button.
this report from richard galpin. it's just after eight o'clock in the morning local time and suddenly the broadcast of this basketball match is interrupted. with a chilling alert that a missile strike on hawaii was apparentlyjust minutes away. and the same message was also sent out to everyone‘s mobile phones. when we got the alarm we were actually terrified, we were on the 36th floor of our hotel. and we didn't know what to do. i was just sleeping, my friend just woke me up. he says, hey, let's go, there's a bomb coming in hawaii. i didn't take it serious, but you know, i started running, eventually saw a place, a concrete building. people were just running on the street. but it turns out it was all a mistake. the us—pacific command confirming in a tweet there was no missile threat. what happened today was totally
unacceptable and many in our community were deeply affected by this and i am sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced. i am a very angry and disappointed that this happened. we are doing everything that we can immediately to ensure that it never happens again. just last month, the hawaiian authorities decided to resume testing of the nuclear warning system for the first time since the cold war. these islands are the closest part of the united states to north korea. and over the past year, north korea has carried out a series of tests, proving it does now have nuclear weapons. so, no wonder people in hawaii were panicking today. richard galpin, bbc news.
there are reports of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel—held area on the outskirts of damascus besieged by syrian government forces. residents of eastern ghouta reported smelling gas shortly after coming under attack. the area has been under sustained attack, with air strikes and ground attacks reportedly killing at least 85 civilians in recent weeks. for more on this i spoke to bbc middle east analyst alan johnston a little earlier. our colleagues in syria are getting these reports from early this morning, reports from eastern ghouta that there was a strong smell of chlorine hanging in the air after one of the attacks. people immediately had itchy eyes and problems breathing — classic symptoms of a gas attack. something like 50 people were affected but health workers
said later that only a handful needed brief hospital treatment. only minor respiratory problems. a chlorine gas attack would be absolutely terrifying but the fact is that chlorine is not as dangerous nor harmful as other forms of chemical weapons. we have heard of chlorine gas attacks a number of times down through the years of the syrian civil war but not so much in recent months. the syrian government always denies that it uses chemical weapons of any kind. in south africa, the new leader of the ruling anc party has given his first speech since being elected last month. cyril ramaphosa gave a damning assessment of the ruling party, saying it's been beset by infighting and corruption. he called for a change of culture in the party, a thinly veiled attack on the man he replaced, the country's discredited president, jacob zuma. our africa editor, fergal keane, was at the rally. if you want to know how the wind has
changed in south africa, then listen to this. jacob zuma... booing. ..and... booing continues. booed by his own party, jacob zuma is increasingly isolated. even supporters acknowledge his days as the country's president are numbered. the crowds have a different hero now — the new anc leader cyril ramaphosa — businessman, skilled negotiator, who's promised to end the capture of the state by a corrupt elite. we are going to confront corruption and state capture in all its forms. the investigation and prosecution of those who are responsible will be given top priority. we are resolute in our commitment to make this the year in which we build our movement and turn around the economy of south africa.
not since the end of apartheid in 1994 have i seen such a hunger for change in south africa. we've heard a lot of promises from politicians. do you believe him? yeah, we have to believe him, he's our president, our new president. hopefully, they can fix everything is broken. that's a big, big hope. yeah, it's my hope, and the hope of all south africans. hope springs, in part, from desperation. the corruption of the zuma era dragged the economy intojunk status. not far from the stadium, this woman washes cars to earn cash. she's ten years out of school and unemployed. we have voted for anc but we don't see any changes. we want cyril ramaphosa, we wantjobs. if cyril ramaphosa can root out corruption and rescue this country's economy, he will be seen
as a worthy inheritor of nelson mandela's legacy. but more than that, given the importance of south africa on this continent, he could emerge as one of the most important politicalfigures in the history of post—colonial africa. that is the prize. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. opponents of austria's far—right freedom party have held a large demonstration in vienna in protest at their inclusion in government. police say 20,000 people took part; organisers put the number at double that. families with children walked alongside marchers chanting "nazis out!" the chilean government says pope francis will not be in danger during his upcoming visit despite attacks on friday on a number of churches in santiago. the interior minister, mario fernandez, said small incendiary devices were involved, co—ordinated by tiny groups with a limited capability for action. stay with us here on bbc
news, still to come: he earned $1.5 million while his co—star earned nothing — now mark wahlberg's donating his film re—shoot fee to the times up initiative. the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, has warned the government not to agree to bailout the construction company carillion with taxpayers money. there are fears the firm, which has debts of £1.5 billion, could collapse after creditors rejected a possible rescue plan. carillion employs about 20,000 people in the uk and is one of the government's main contractors. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. this is liverpool's newest hospital under construction. it will be the biggest single bed hospital in the uk, and it's being built by carillion. now there's concern that projects like these could be affected if the company collapses.
from prisons to hospitals, to schools and rail, carillion is responsible for some of the uk's largest infrastructure and maintenance projects. so, should the government bail the debt—laden company out? i think what has to happen in this case — the contracts have to be kept going and supporting the supply chain and the tens of thousands of workers. that can be done by the government taking lots of this in—house, or re—tendering in other cases. the government can'tjust do a financial bailout. the shareholders and creditors — the big banks — have to take a hit. they can't just offload all the losses to the taxpayer. carillion is a major british company with hundreds of contracts running prisons, maintaining hospitals and mod facilities, with almost 20,000 employees here and tens of thousands more dependent on the company. but it has run up debts of £1.5 billion, including almost £1 billion to its banks, whose patience has run out.
britain's biggest ever rail infrastructure project, high speed 2, starts major construction this year. and here at euston station, carillion is meant to build it. but given its mountain of debts there is a very real chance that the government might have to step in and give those contracts to other companies, or simply bail the company out — with all the moral hazards that comes with. the rmt union has called on the government to provide reassurances to thousands of workers who could be affected. also caught in the crossfire, are hundreds of smaller companies who carry out subcontracted work on behalf of carillion. potentially, it could be devastating. because many of them are owed millions by carillion. and if they don't get those monies, of course they are at risk as a business. the other thing is there will be thousands ofjobs, potentially, lost as a result. if carillion cannot be saved or restructured,
the consultants ey have been put on notice to take over as administrators. it's a precautionary measure which the government and thousands of staff hope won't be needed. joe lynam, bbc news. the actor mark wahlberg has agreed to donate —— fee. he had been paid $1.5 million for a reissued the fort the film all ebert money incat make the film all ebert money incat make the world. —— all the money in the world. peter bowes is in la for us right now. it has been an interesting time. give us some more information. all
the money in the world is the film that had kevin spacey in it. when the news of the allegations of sexual harassment came out against kevin spacey, he was dropped pretty quickly from this film, even though they had actually completed it. as you say, christopher plummer had been brought into play his part. that also means michelle williams and mark wahlberg had to be brought in as well to reissued their films —— scenes. mark wahlberg it seems was paid $1.5 million to do that and michelle williams was paid nothing apart from a very tiny amount to cover her expenses. much has been made of that over the last week also. people say this highlights the pay disparity between actresses and actors in hollywood. mark wahlberg
has now released a statement saying over the last few days, the reissued the fault all the money in the world has become an important topic of conversation. he says, "i want hundreds % support the fight for fair pay and i'm donating my $1.5 million to the time's up legal defence fund in michelle williams‘ name." what is next for defence fund in michelle williams‘ name. " what is next for the defence fund in michelle williams‘ name." what is next for the time is up name." what is next for the time is up black campaign? —— time‘s up. what are they hoping to achieve? it this is a fund to set up not only to help people in hollywood. they are insistent this should benefit women from all walks of life and indeed men who are victims of sexual harassment. it is a legal fund to help people who might find themselves in a situation where they have legal costs arising from the sexual harassment or sexual abuse. there is a practical purpose for
this fund. it is also a campaigning organisation as well to try to get things to change in hollywood. we saw the gordon —— golden globes, all the actresses dressed in black to highlight the issue of sexual harassment at this fund of people behind it is want things to change. they want employers to take more notice of people who are complaining about sexual harassment and essentially to open a new chapter hollywood. peter bowes in los angeles. good to talk to you. thank you. after almost a week of anti—austerity protests, tunisia is marking the anniversary of the revolution that sparked the arab spring in 2011. commemorating the overthrow of the old regime of president ben ali comes amidst social unrest over the past few days regarding tax rises and price hikes, some of which turned violent. from the capital tunis, mark lowen reports. there is a bittersweet mood as
tunisians marked the seventh anniversary of their revolution, pride they brought in a democracy of some sort. but also frustration that the dreams in 2011 of a better life for all have faded. seven years on, from revolution until now, we think alongside with the tunisians themselves that politicians have done nothing. nine governments later, they had seen waves of social unrest, terror attacks, a sharp drop in tourism. this week‘s protesting was sparked by austerity. around 800 people were arrested. the government has now announced a $70 million package of reforms to help poor families, hoping it will stave off more demonstrations. protest against the budget, they are bringing up the price is too much. we cannot afford
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