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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. is
Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Monday's headlines.
A four month wait for an MRI scan, unless you can afford to go private.
extra investment in the staff to run the scanners, I don't see how we can
reduce the public waiting list any time soon.
Tooth decay in decline - a new approach is delivering great
Holiday hotspot - Jersey's been attracting visitors
And we've got a bit of a change underway in the lead up to
Christmas. I will have the full details later on in the programme.
People in Jersey are waiting on average 16 weeks
That's compared to two in England, and six in Guernsey.
The figures - released to the BBC in a Freedom
of Information request - also show there's only
one scanner in Jersey, despite repeated promises
This is a common procedure in hospitals.
MRI scanners like this are used to examine almost every
They can detect a big variety of conditions
Deputy Jackie Hilton is worried how long the wait
At the moment, I've been told that the second scanner is not
going to work alongside the original one, so when we have the new scanner
we will only have one scanner in position.
The old scanner will be used occasionally as backup.
So that was disappointing as I don't see, without extra investment
in the staff to run the scanners, I don't see how we can reduce
the public waiting list any time soon.
And that waiting list is currently 16 weeks long,
unless you want to pay to go private.
Jersey's health department has promised the new hospital
will have two scanners, but that's eight years away.
The director of Jersey Hospital says a replacement scanner should work.
16 weeks is a longer wait than we would like.
We do our best all the time to move people around,
of that scanner and to try and bring those waits down.
There is nothing that we can do before we get the new replacement
scanner in place that gives us anymore capacity other
than minimise the downtime for maintenance, but obviously that
We do have the opportunity to send people off-island for specialist
The replacement scanner was due to be installed
by the end of the year, but that's been delayed
So the message seems to be - if you're worried,
and you can afford it, you might be best to pay.
Meanwhile, Jersey's hospital cancelled five operations
today as it's now back up to a red alert status.
There are currently fewer than five beds available.
The health department says higher than normal emergency admissions,
winter flu and staff sickness are putting pressure
The number of four to five-year-olds with tooth decay has
dropped to its lowest level ever in Guernsey.
Latest figures show that 14 in every 100
Mike Wilkins reports on the measures taken to punish plaque.
Not a sound many young people want to hear,
but now fewer children are having to receive treatment
In the last five years there's been a significant drop in tooth decay
Five years ago, almost a fifth had evidence of dental decay.
Dental nurses are better trained and the head of the children's dental
service says new departments are delivering encouraging results.
We're working very closely now with education. We work with the
dieticians, other health professionals and we also about
three years ago having won a bursary, we introduced
tooth-brushing any charity based preschools.
Whilst tooth decay is falling, sugary drinks and poor brushing mean
that of those with bad teeth, on average at least three
Guernsey's Director of Public Health says tooth decay
Some of the drinks are linked to obesity, nutritionally they are
useless, such as Coca-Cola and fizzy drinks. They are a particular
problems with tooth decay and tooth decay associated with a lot of pain
and problems potentially for children. A lot of this is also
preventable. The advice is to not give children
sugary drinks and for them to see their dentist every
six months and to brush Jersey's Treasury Minister has
been questioned over Concerns over the drop
in students going to university because of the costs involved has
prompted a review by They want to hear from students
and parents to come up with alternative ways on how
the island can help with student financing,
as they say today's meeting highlights the lack of work done
by the ministers involved. The work in between the two
departments education and Treasury was of concern and that is not that
options that could have been considered from a Treasury
perspective looking out for university students really hadn't
been done and therefore at the panel will continue to gather evidence. We
want to hear from the public and hear their views on how they feel
student financing should happen on the island.
Jersey was a holiday hotspot for Neanderthals -
that's according to new findings by archaeologists.
Research led by the University of Southampton has unveiled that
a cave along the island's south coast was a must-see tourist
destination from at least 180,000 years ago.
Well, to find out what attracted our ancestors to our shores,
I spoke to Dr Andrew Shaw from the University
Although the world around the Neanderthals and around Jersey was
changing dramatically over the time they were occupying the site, you
have the consistency of a place which offered protection and shelter
and views over a wide landscape in the area which is now drowned by the
sea. What would Jersey have looked like then to those people who were
visiting? It would have changed over time. It would have been a wooded
landscape, a landscape over to words perceived is now. It would've been a
rolling grassland, called climate, very few trees with woolly mammoth
and woolly rhino roaming the landscape. How do we know this
wasn't a permanent base instead of the home instead of going away and
coming back again? We can see how people were using both the site
itself and its wider landscape. From that we can see people were only
there for a short period of time but where repeatedly visiting the site,
going and coming to the site, it being there for a short period and
going away again and then coming back again. Back to the tools, what
was about them that you knew they weren't per minute there? Frequently
they were making their stone tools out of Flint and Flint isn't
available in Jersey itself. It comes from sources now under the seat,
halfway towards Guernsey, we can see people were visiting those locations
to get the Flint, carrying Bertelsmann and working them at the
site and then moving away again to get more raw materials to roam
around that landscape. He invented the envelope
folding machine, printed the first perforated stamps,
and was instrumental in the mass manufacture
of the modern deck of cards. Now Guernseyman, Thomas de la
Rue has been honoured with a blue plaque,
marking his place of birth. His name is set in stone
in the heart of St Peter Port, but how many islanders really know
who Thomas de la Rue was? Thomas de la Rue behind you, do you
know who he was? No idea. I've no idea who years, no. Was he in Big
Brother? No clue. I have no idea who he was. I think he invented printed
banknotes. He was a printer. He was a printer. Do you know any more?
Gray you've got a pub. I don't how much he uses it.
A blue plague in Forest Shores marking where the house
We're putting up, more or less, one a year.
Individually, they serve as reminders of that particular
person, but collectively now, we're getting a nice
story about the famous Guernsey people of the past.
Thomas de la Rue left Guernsey in 1816, but his legacy continues.
We still believe in innovation and entrepreneurialism
We're the world's largest printer of commercial bank notes.
We're the world's largest commercial printer of passports.
And just recently we celebrated 200 years of formation.
The name Thomas de la Rue may have been more associated
with this pub than printing, but it's hoped this blue plaque
will remind people just how much this visionary Guernseyman achieved.
Well, there's been three days of disruption for travellers
with a thick blanket of fog covering the islands.
Bee, I hope you have good news for those who are hoping to head off
I do. I think we can see that low cloud and mist clearing. It would be
plain sailing. We will see the wind is picking up. Many of us have seen
scenes like this today. It feels like forever since some of us have
seen some sunshine. As we go through the week, there will be some change.
The winds will start to pick up and we will see some rain at times.
Hopefully that stubborn mist and fog should start to clear. For tomorrow,
through daylight hours, it should be dry and we've got this weather front
out to the west. That will bring a spell of rain overnight and into
Wednesday. Wednesday looks like a wet day. You can expect a lot of
cloud, outbreaks of rain, some of which could be quite heavy. For
Thursday, largely dry day, with some sunshine. We've had a lot of cloud
today. Some rain are starting to patients over the last few hours, it
will turn rather damp overnight tonight, it's a mist and low cloud
persisting. Yet again another grey murky night. In terms other
temperatures, nothing too worrying. Frost free anywhere between four and
8 degrees. More hopeful of seeing sunshine tomorrow compared with
today, some of that mist and low cloud should start to break up. It
will be largely dry to the day, some sunshine breaking through into the
afternoon and then during the early evening we get those winds picking
up with that weather front starting to push on. Here are your times of
high water. In terms other surfing, we've got fairly clean conditions, a
bit more of a weighed down towards Jersey compared with further north.
The winds will be a southerly, four or five. We will have those stubborn
mist and fog patches but they will start to lift as we go through the
day. If it be changed on the way as we head towards Christmas. Tomorrow,
the last of the really foggy and misty days. Some of that will start
to lift and break-up as we head to the afternoon. A wet and windy day
on Wednesday. More sunshine as we head towards the end of the week but
the winds will start to pick up. No of anything wintry though.
You're up to date with the news from the Channel islands.
It's all aboard the polar express. Victoria is live somewhere very
extraordinary. and we can join her now from a very
appropriate location. It is very chilly but then it would
be in the North Pole, in the heart of Devon. Tonight we are going to
give you a real Polar Express experience, I am even armed with my
hot chocolate. On Friday I asked you if you have ever seen the film.
Don't worry if you have not because tonight we will give you a real
experience of the Polar Express and at the same time, launching our very
own Spotlight express which will be a week-long series of Christmas
trains and stories driving you on a journey throughout the region,
hearing from different people about various Christmas traditions. I hope
he will stay with us as the excitement builds because they are
only six more sleeps before Christmas. I have seen with my own
eyes Father Christmas and the elves who have been busy shipping
Christmas presents across the world. Do stay with us for the Polar
Express which is packed with very excited children and their parents
and another person who managed to get a ticket was our very own Andrea
who went on a journey that no one will ever forget.
It's an action-packed journey, all the way to the North Pole.
And it's not just the children having fun.
A change of pace to drink that hot chocolate and eat their cookies
and while they do it, the story of the Polar
We've arrived and the elves and Santa take a break
I've got some special elves that deal with that.
Santa says hello and the children, well, just look at their faces.
# Jingle bells, jingle bells # Jingle all the way.
On the way back from the North Pole, there's loads more fun.
# Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
# Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
# Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open sleigh.
Father Christmas was here to visit and he gave us a bell.
I think he's the real Father Christmas.
Just to see Father Christmas, to ask for what they want for Christmas,
We have a nice collection of them on the tree now.
Felt a bit silly in the car on the way up in our pyjamas,
It was lovely to see you singing and dancing,
The team are so energetic and so friendly and welcoming.
It's a real party mood on the train, it's lovely.
# We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
By the time the Polar Express arrives at its final
destination in Okehampton, there is no-one on board
Never mind the children, I am equally as excited as we wave off
the Polar Express. We have managed to keep hold of some of the
characters. You are from Exeter. Is this the first year you have done
it? Yes. What is it like being on board the Polar Express? Really fun.
How many times have you seen the film? About a million. Two of the
shafts. Is this the first year you have done it? This is the fourth
year. It is a great way to see the season in. Everyone enjoying the hot
chocolate? One of my favourite scenes in the film. We try to do the
backflips but we just jumped on the chairs. It does seem really good
fun. Is there a baddie in this film? I own this train, I am the king of
the Polar Express, the king of the North Pole! I have never seen Father
Christmas. Seeing is believing. The conductor here in charge of the
train. We have a schedule to keep. What does that say? Are there any
nonbelievers on the train? If there are, they get thrown off. It is on
time. We have a schedule to keep here. Thank you so much. We don't
have to be here to get into the Christmas spirit. Making your own
cards and singing carols can fill you with festive fun and a group of
children in Plymouth have been doing just that.
Christmas can sometimes be a very lonely time for the old today. These
children are on a special mission to bring joy.
It was wonderful. Their little voices and the expressions on their
faces. They were lovely. I think they enjoyed it as much as I did. It
is good making people happy at Christmas that don't usually have
Christmas together with their family. The children handed out
their home-made Christmas cards to everyone. Thank you very much. I
drew one with two snowman on. I could cry so easily. They are
perfect. The way they have drawn, not silly things I have seen before
and like I draw myself. Mission accomplished, Joy delivered. Have
you done all of your Christmas shopping yet? Song feel it is
getting all to commercial these days. What happened to soap on a
rope and that simple pair of pants that you used to get from your
grandma? John has been looking back through the archives and finding out
about Christmas presents. People's aspirations used to be a little more
colourful. They never had it so good in the
1950s. As the 60s swung in, people wanted more. I want a jaguar. A
Mercedes-Benz. These days people expect to be bowled over at
Christmas and are prepared to splash out. About a ground probably. I have
three children. Back in the day, folks went wild. How much money do
you reckon to spend at Christmas time? ?10. To be fair, ?10 is worth
over 150 quid in today's money says it is easy to see how the Christmas
budget can balloon. Things that they want, they cost hundreds of pounds
and when you put in a few board games, nice things, you are there.
Time to reset those Christmas values, something they hankered for
52 years ago. I suppose that in England today, it is an opportunity
when the world is at its dimmest of making whoopee. The real meaning of
Christmas has been forgotten about. Sometimes the story of the Nativity
has been lost as well. Many would say amen to that and perhaps we
should all be thankful for what we have got. What would you like? Good
health? Nothing else? Christmas presents, Polar Express, we have
singers here as well. And beware that this evening has been really,
really chilly. It feels like the North Pole here.
Well, you are at the North Pole. I am much further south. We seem to
have lost David. He is a little bit further south at Okehampton station
where the Polar Express set off earlier on. It comes along the rails
through the light and ends up here at the North Pole and the children
are treated to a Christmas extravaganza. We will hear more of
the carol singers, but, Justin, you would love it here. It looks very
festive. Let's see the weather is going to be like. It looks like we
have a change on the way as we had through this week. It will be rather
cloudy with a lot of mist and fog but we will see some rain starting
to push in. The satellite picture shows we have a lot of cloud across
the south-west, some might rain and that cloud. The temperature is
getting to know tonight. We have various weather fronts out towards
the West. By tomorrow, we have one to watch out for. It. The cry, some
of the card will lift and then rain is spreading in in the afternoon.
The winds will pick up as well and was the end of the week, things do
start to settle down. We have a lot of cloud out there, most and we have
had some rain but the bulk of it is clearing towards the east. It will
be done overnight, a lot of mist and low cloud. With that cloud it does
mean temperatures are not too low. It should be frost free,
temperatures of three or 4 degrees. A grey, damp start tomorrow. One or
two places further east will see some spells of sunshine. Many of us
keeping that fairly solid layer of cloud. Not as mild as today, highs
of around eight or 9 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly we will see a
lot of cloud, some early drizzle and it will stay rather misty. Here are
your times of high water. In terms of our certain conditions, fairly
clean conditions. Here we will see five or six foot along the north
coast. The winds will become suddenly through the day. Some
drizzle at times and the visibility of all the good occasionally poor.
It does look like we will see a change through the week. Tomorrow we
will keep that low cloud but it. To shift as we had through the day.
Wednesday will look unsettled with strong winds and rain at times.
Thursday largely dry with some sunshine. Friday the winds picked up
with some rain spreading in. Rather blustery as we head towards
Christmas. Jim, a local folk singer is here this evening with the North
Dartmoor quire. But from us here at the Polar Express, we all believe,
the team here at Spotlight. Thank you for joining us. Enjoy the music.
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