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Plans to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds for Jersey's new hospital

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It is the biggest level of debt that has faced this island for many

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years. It is important that scrutiny and due process is followed for

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governance purposes and we have seen very recently what happens when

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governance fails. A stronger Britain in

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charge of it's own laws. But how will Brexit

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affect local businesses? And little chapel big costs but just

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how much to save one The plan to borrow hundreds

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of millions of pounds to pay for Jersey's new hospital has been

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thrown into question. Ministers want to fund

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the project by borrowing up But the plans haven't been reviewed

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by a scrutiny panel, who say they weren't

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given enough time. The question of where Jersey's

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new hospital should be has of course But today, the big question

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and the subject of lengthy debate The budget for the new

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hospital is ?466 million. Rather than funding it entirely

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through the Strategic Reserve, the so-called rainy-day fund,

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which currently stands The plan is to help pay for it

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by borrowing up to ?400 million. This would be the biggest debt ever

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taken on by the States. But the plans haven't been reviewed

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by the scrutiny panel, who say they weren't

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given enough time. The item that we're

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debating is so important. It is important is that scrutiny go

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through in the idea of Government. But the Treasury Minister says

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time was of the essence. Interest rates are predicted to move

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and every 0.1% increase could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds over

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a 40 year period. Equally, I do support the scrutiny

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process and it's regrettable that scrutiny weren't able to review

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this before now. But it's not just

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the lack of scrutiny. It's emerged in the past hour

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or so that the plans may not Under the law, The States

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can't borrow more than They've already borrowed

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millions for social housing, so 400-million more to pay

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for the hospital could However, there's confusion over

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whether the Long Term Care Benefit If it does, the the States

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taxation pot is bigger, so it could borrow enough to fund

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the new hospital. So the debate's on hold

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until tomorrow once the States More certainty and confidence,

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that s how one Jersey company is feeling following

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the Biritish Prime Theresa May has been

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answering questions today following her announcement

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that the UK will leave But there's still lots

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of negotiations on where the Channel Islands sit within these

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plans, as Emma Chambers has What I am proposing cannot mean

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membership of the single market. But it does mean more freedom

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to trade, or that's what the British Its unclear if that freedom

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will also be carried to the Channel Islands,

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who are also not in This is a typical example

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of a product where we have the bottle made in italy

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and shipped from there. The foil is in Germany and the label

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in the UK and the case Tim imports lots of

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goods from the EU. He's distilled yesterday's

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Brexit speech positively. He still has concerns and new trade

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deal could cost them more. Definitely. We've already seen the

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uncertainty of Brexit in the first place. Trade prices are in disarray

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and we have probably seen in the markets that food ingredients have

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raised by about five or 10%. We maybe don't know yet. As awhile

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before that filters through. Wallace to slightly clearer, whether Channel

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Islands set within these agreements have not been made.

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The most important thing for us is that we maintain our existing

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relationship with the UK and that's about the common travel area with

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the UK, its about the customs union with the UK and they are the most

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important things not only for individuals but right

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And it will be the local businesses like Tim's who will be listening

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closely to this to make sure all the imports in and out of the Channel

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Islands will be made smoothly in the future.

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A Jersey constable hopes that giving prisoners the chance to vote

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in island elections will mean they're more likely to integrate

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Len Norman's proposition was passed yesterday.

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Now prisoners who serve four years or less for their crimes will be

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The move will bring Jersey in line with most other European countries,

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except the UK where prisoners still don't have the right to vote.

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Going to prison is not just a matter of punishment, not just up matter of

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revenge, it is also rehabilitation and education. Hopefully those who

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are impacted by this we'll think about their place in society and

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think about whether they're going to vote or not.

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Concerns over funding for a new benefits system have been

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raised at a scrutiny hearing in Guernsey.

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Members of the Employment and Social Security Committee also

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faced questions on pension funds, family allowances and tax

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Its president says they're committed to the principle of universal

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benefits rather than means-testing, but admits there are doubts over

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how sustainable current funding models are.

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That all has to come. That all has to be paid for. We've only got a

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certain pot of money. We are under pressure to deliver more with that

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money, but actually we have got a declining pot of money. So for us as

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a committee, that is always the difficulty in getting that balance.

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Meanwhile, an independent report's found that Jersey's social

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security fund is healthy, with ?1.4 billion

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to meet the costs of future pensions and benefits.

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However the report written by the UK Government Actuary

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also concluded that these assets will gradually be used up

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But it said that action doesn't need to be taken

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Fundraisers are turning to the public in a desperate bid

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to save one of Guernsey's most popular tourist attractions.

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Structural work on the Little Chapel has revealed its condition is much

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worse than anyone thought, and the clock is ticking,

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as Mark Inchley has been finding out.

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In its prime it was one of Guernsey's hidden gems

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But now the race is on to save it and it's proving to be a bigger

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job than ever imagined, with restoration costs

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One side is on rock and one side is not. The tower was completely moving

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very very slowly down the hill. That was going to go. We had to start the

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work immediately or there would have been trouble.

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It had been hoped the roof could be saved,

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but that's now had to be removed and there's concern

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And that's why the group is appealing to islanders to help

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raise the ?500,000 needed, something they're

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We have had a wonderful coastline in Guernsey, I want of town, but also a

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wonderful centre. The valleys are wonderful. This little chapel

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sitting here all through the seasons is tremendous. This morning when you

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came with the moon sell-outs and a little bit dark, seeing this chapel

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going across the valley is lovely. But time isn't on their side

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and campaigners are hoping islanders will dig deep into their pockets

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to help save one of Guernsey's most Should learner drivers

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in the Channel Islands have to spend more time behind the wheel before

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taking their test? It's something that's

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being considered in the UK. And it's an idea that's got

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support locally too, So driving in Guernsey is pretty

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different to the UK. Although not without

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it's challenges. But pass your test here and you can

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nip over and be on those bigger, And wanting that to remain the case

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Guernsey tends to mimic the UK when it comes to

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things like driving tests. What is important is that although

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we pass our test in Guernsey in the Channel Islands we drive in the UK.

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Our test has to be rigid and can parable for other areas. -- can

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parable. So if plans in the UK go ahead,

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to make learners spend a minimum of a many as 120 hours behind

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the wheel before taking their test. This local instructor thinks

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there'd be merit in the idea. You know, having a certain amount of

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hours to do before they do their test is a really good idea. Some

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people passed their test very quickly and I think it leaves them

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open to danger on the roads with not enough knowledge, just being taught

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how to do a test. That is one thing, but being able to drive properly and

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have the skills to react well is another thing. In reality of

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Guernsey does not want full behind and the UK decides more practice is

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what learners need, then Guernsey might have to consider going for it,

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too. Well, my boiler is certainly

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burning the oil as the cold But will we be scraping the wind

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screens in the morning? And they get well. Another frost

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overnight. The figure might help these temperatures go above freezing

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is a keen wind and easterly wind. It will remain with us overnight. It

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will remain with us. Lovely sunrises and sunsets. This was an rise across

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Guernsey which was taken by Chris, one of our weather watchers and fine

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weather continues. Dry tomorrow, plenty of sunshine, but that cold

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wind means you really will need to wrap up properly. There is not a

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great deal of change. High pressure. Southern area of high pressure

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across Central parts of Britain. That will not move too far away at

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the moment. The easterly winds continuing, very similar picture

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tomorrow. Not a great deal of change. Showers may be moving

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through the English Channel and they will mainly Saint to the north of

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us. Great deal of clear sky means that the temperatures falling and

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will continue to drop and we will see some frost on the grass and the

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Greens tomorrow morning. Temperatures around zero or plus

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one. Cold enough for most of us first thing tomorrow morning.

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Tomorrow is a lovely day until you get outside and just realise how

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cold it feels that Britain is silly wind is not there to help either.

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Six or 7 degrees, but because -- feel how cold is that Windows. There

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is not much because the beaches will be flat. The coastal waters forecast

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Eastern or suitably five but occasionally six. Fair with good

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visibility. Friday, there is a bit more cloud around. The same kind of

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setup. Slightly less windy on Friday. Not any warmer, five or 6

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degrees. This dry spell of fine cold weather continues.

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I'm dreading those winter bills coming in. The plan to borrow

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hundreds of billions of pounds to pay for Jersey's new hospital has

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been thrown into question. They want to borrow up to ?400 million in the

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plans had not been reviewed as yet. We'll be back at eight o'clock this

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evening to them. 17,500 fans are expected

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to be here at Home Park tonight for the game -

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many of them have made it already. But there are many many

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more who won't be here - some of them are in far flung

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corners of the world. I've tracked a few of them down -

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from Afghanistan to the USA to Australia and New Zealand -

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all members of the I will be watching in Kaboul,

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Afghanistan. I'm from Perth Western Australia, here is my mum Sue and my

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dad Mike, and we are all going to be watching the game against Liverpool

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on Monday morning at 3:45am. I'm Claire and this is Kevin and we will

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be watching from the beautiful island in Honduras. I'm going to be

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watching from Mick Ugen USA. My name's Andy Soper, I'm calling from

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New Zealand. I'll be watching from 5am tomorrow morning. I'm very

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passionate with the North Argyll. I'd rather be there in real life.

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He's the reason I'm so Argyll mad. He took me when I was seven and it

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has carried on from them. How does it feel to be so far away from the

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big game? It's so frustrating. One of the best feelings is to look at

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the app on my mobile phone and to see the next game is Liverpool

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against Plymouth Argyle. I've considered flying home on a couple

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of occasions. Unfortunately, losing at Wembley. I was never able to make

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it. It's a great thing that they are airing on screen here. Not only one

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game, but two, and maybe three if they beat Liverpool. I've told my

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mates that I won't be at golf because this is far more important.

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Did you watch the first game at Anfield? We were on the edge of our

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seats. They took so much pressure in the second half but they worse

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magnificent. Were hoping for more of the same on Wednesday. We had a

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slight problem with the electric for the last five or six minutes so we

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didn't know the result until it came back on again. The one thing I miss

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more than anything is the trip from hail up to Argyll. I would eat my

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pasty, watch the game with my mates. Block three, C 92. It's a close

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game, really exciting. At 3:45am, it's hard work. It will be a mid

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afternoon kick-off for me with the time difference. Everything will be

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on hold for me. Albee watching the game, really excited. Albee back in

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a few weeks. I'll be home for the next round match. Can they do it?

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Come on, Argyll! Such lovely people and it was fantastic to talk to them

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all. If you are watching the match anywhere unusual, take a picture and

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post it on our Facebook page. Keep it clean though.

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Now let's see now how the managers are feeling.

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The superstars landed in Devon this morning,

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But how many of their big name players will be

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In the first match, three players who cost Liverpool more

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than ?60 million pounds between them,

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were brought on to try and break the deadlock - to no avail.

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The manager has no regrets, but there's a big hint

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We want to win the game and go to the next round. So, you will see it.

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Probably, it will be different to the team that we had in the first

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game. But that's not 100% sure. Have to wait a little bit.

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His opposite number has a much more simplistic approach.

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You've got to go and enjoy the match. It's just another game. A

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very good spectacle for everybody in the city but as a footballer, it's

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11 against 11 on the park and you never know what can happen. Well

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said, Derek Adams. Did you know that here in Plymouth,

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Liverpool fans have a meeting place where they can go and

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enjoy games together? It's Porters on the Barbican

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and tonight it's welcoming new visitors who've made the trip

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from Merseyside and have stopped off there for a pasty before

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they come here to Home Park. Hamish Marshall has

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been to meet them. The atmosphere is building here. The

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flag says it all. This is where the Liverpool fans of Plymouth com to

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watch the match. Some of them are able to get to home Park tonight.

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Steve, you're the landlord. How big is this? Over the last two seasons

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it has built and built. Whatever game is on, we have a great time.

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They are nice people. You've been out of Liverpool for a while but you

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are still a fan. I've been here 42 years. Supporters do a fantastic

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job. It's a home from home. How's it going to go tonight? I firmly

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believe it should be 3- 02. But Argyll did really well. I'm really

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pleased that they got the money for the replay but I honestly think that

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we'll win 3-0. Scott, what do you think will happen tonight? Any win

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is fine by me. I know a lot of locals and if they win, I won't hear

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the end of it. How nice would be to get home before midnight? It's

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brilliant. Normally, I wouldn't be home before midnight. Tonight, taxi

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home, five minutes. It's brilliant. I'm just heading up to home Park to

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join you up there. But those here in the pub are going to have a

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brilliant time. It sounds fantastic. There are loads of famous people

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here. I've seen Steven Gerrard, Neil Warnock. I've got some more famous

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people. John Houston. You are here to work for five live. Did you

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expect to be here for the replay? I don't think any others expected to

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be here. I have to say, you've deserved the right to be here. A

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wonderful defensive display from Plymouth. Derek Adam Scott his

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tactics spot on. Financially, they will be in a better place for the

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replay. I feel it will push them on. League 2, second at the minute, this

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is a fantastic boost for the club. Great atmosphere, isn't it? It's

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brilliant. A pleasure to be here. Not only the Argyle fans. The

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Liverpool fans. People have spent a whole day coming here tonight and it

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is a big game for both clubs but it is huge for Plymouth. They deserve

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it. They've worked so hard to get here. Ryan, you are injured. Are you

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gutted to be missing it? I am gutted. But I'm pleased to be here

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watching and involved in the club today. You are both summarising for

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radio Devon. Are you looking forward to it? I've done it all season and

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it's been really good, keeping my mind close to the team. He's had a

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blinder every game. Don't get used to the radio, we need you back,

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pitch. John, who do you think is going to do it tonight? The FA Cup

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is stoked traditionally with shocks and upsets. It can happen. You saw

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Lincoln knockout Ipswich last night. Already, six Premier League clubs

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have gone out. It can happen. You have got to dream. I think Liverpool

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will be too strong on the night. They will play with a strong front

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three but Plymouth will give it everything and it won't be a stroll

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in the park for Liverpool tonight. I'm hoping for an Argyll win. It's a

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tough test. It would be memorable. Fingers crossed. And, Ryan? No goals

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during the game but late on somebody can nick it. That is my guess. They

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have all got jobs to do here so I am going to let them get on with it.

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From here at home Park, but to you in the studio. What an exciting

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night. Don't worry if you cannot be there.

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BBC Radio Devon will have full commentary from seven o'clock

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and you can also follow the game online.

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And we'll be live at Home Park in Spotlight's late news

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for all the reaction to tonight's match, that's at half past ten.

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I'm not a big fan of football but even I am quite excited. One of our

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viewers is excited about daffodils in full bloom.

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It's been very cold but quite a lot of sunshine. Starting with the

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football, it's going to be very cold tonight. But on an extra pair of

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socks. By the end of the match, temperatures could be close to

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freezing. It's going to be a chilly night but hopefully one from the

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players and spectators. More frost tonight than we've seen recently. It

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is cold. Six or 7 degrees, the top temperature for most others. -- for

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most of us. The fog is trafficking slowly back four as. It may act as a

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focal point for a fuchsia hours. The overall picture is a big area of

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high pressure. A lot of settled weather to come. Not everyone has

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had sunshine today. The four northern parts of Devon and Somerset

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have kept the cloud. For most others, quickly it's going to turn

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frosty. There will be a fair amount of frost tomorrow morning. A range

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of temperatures along the coastline. Two or three degrees above freezing.

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You don't have to go far inland to find temperatures in the minus

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numbers. Another lovely day with sunshine helping the daffodils to

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come out in bloom. But it is cold. Just a bit more of a breeze. An

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easterly wind developing. If you want to set your barometer, a very

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settled pressure at the moment. Thereafter temperatures. On the

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thermometer, possibly 8 degrees but it will feel colder. For the owls of

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Scilly, fine and dry with sunny spells. Cold wind from the East.

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There isn't a huge amount for surfing at the moment.

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This is the outlook as we head right through the weekend. More cloud

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developing on Friday. Still quite cold. We will start to see a lot

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more cloud creeping in. Cold at night. The main story is a dry one.

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Finally, a lovely sunrise from this morning in the Channel Islands. Have

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a good evening. That's all from others. From all

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others, come on Argyll! Good night. Hello. I hope you're well.

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I really do. Because if you're not, then chances

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are the NHS won't be able to look after you as well as it should.

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And that's wrong.

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