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I'm Charlie McArdle. Welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
These are tonight's headlines: Calls for more affordable homes
in Guernsey but private landlords are not happy.
The prescription for health care in old and includes a formal apology
for Doctor Rory Lyons. Due procedure was not followed and we apologise
for the effect that had on Doctor Rory Lyons and the people of
Alderney. Plus the activity boxes helping
to improve care for the increasing And despite the low temperatures and
frost across the islands in the last two days it hasn't felt too bad.
That will change. Stronger winds later tomorrow and on Thursday, with
a high wind chill. I will have all the details later in the programme.
Better emergency midwifery services, more social work, and increasing
clinicians skills are just some of the recommendations made
by a Guernsey review into Alderney's health care.
The independent report also highlights the importance of a full
apology to be made to an Alderney doctor who was investigated for
It's been almost two years since this police raid on a surgery
in Alderney stunned people in the Channel Islands.
Dr Rory Lyons was suspended while investigations were underway,
but all cases against him were later dropped.
But according to this latest independent review,
the effects are still having a significant negative impact
Among the report's 38 recommendations, one of them
is that there should be a formal apology to Dr Lyons.
It says there should be chemotherapy treatment available on-island.
It also says there should be greater use of video conferencing
which could halve the number of trips to Guernsey for treatment.
And another recommendation says that making seatbelts compulsory
The President of the Committee for Health and Social Care
HSC totally accept the findings of this report at the time, which said
that there were, in terms of the investigation, it was rushed, and
due process was not followed. We apologise for the impact that out on
a doctor Rory Lyons and the people of Alderney.
The report's been welcomed by one of Alderney's senior politicians.
Louis Jean says now's the time to ensure doctors
They could come in and really work and assist Doctor Rory Lyons to get
his practice open. It seems to me that that may be part of the reason
why there is this lack of continuity in GPs, it isn't entirely the only
answer but it is is certainly part of it.
It's not clear how many of the 38 recommendations will be
Whilst some savings could be made, half of the recommendations
are predicted to cost taxpayers money.
RBS International have announced they are closing Natwest branches
The St Peters branch will close at the end of April,
while the Alderney branch will shut in June.
The banking company say the decision was based on usage
Alderney customers can continue to use their Natwest account
through online and mobile access but won't be able to pay in cash.
It's thought the two Alderney employees will be made redundant.
A teenager's been allegedly assaulted
It's alleged the 15-year-old boy was attacked by two young people
outside a takeaway shop on Union Street at 5.45pm yesterday.
Police want to speak to the driver of a 4x4 who was shouted
There's a public appeal to find the people responsible
for the fly-tipping of asbestos in Jersey.
Nine bin bags of the dangerous substance were dumped in a field
The Environment Department says it's looking for witnesses because this
It says ?5,000 of public money was spent getting
From this incident there is no risk to public health and the mass has
been cleared up by us as a contract. We would like people to contact us
and let us know if they have any suspicions about asbestos that may
have been in a building they were aware of or they have seen people
carrying black bin liners into a building.
The growth of the Guernsey Housing Association is stifling the private
sector rental market, according to the island's
The GHA says a shortage of land is its biggest challenge
in trying to meet demand, but landlords argue that more
affordable housing will put another nail in the coffin
These are some of the newest properties in the Guernsey Housing
Rodley Park accounts for five of the 54 homes
There's huge demand for affordable housing in the island,
and another 40 new builds are also in the pipeline.
We have got a waiting list of just under 300 applicants of households.
We are just at about 800 properties now, which we manage, red and
partial ownership, and we have demolished about 350 properties of
state housing estates that we have redeveloped so the overall net
increase is about 450/15 years. Developments like this help people
to get on the property ladder through partial ownership schemes
but there are concerns that it's having a negative effect
on the private sector. They have steadily taken the clients
that traditionally come into the private sector and they have
migrated to the Guernsey Housing Association, and it is no wonder
they do that. However we in the private sector are not getting any
breaks at all to keep us pace with what they are producing rather than
catching up. We have no incentive to improve our properties, the
insulation and so forth and over the past few years we have got reduced
between five and 10% in the private sector of the older generation who
are just packing it in putting their in other means.
Private landlords claim their livelihoods are being stifled.
While they can understand why people choose to move from private rentals
to housing association properties, they simply want to be able
Growers have criticised a delay in a government plan
The Rural Economic Strategy looks at how local produce and the organic
industry can be developed, and what subsidies
It was due out in 2015, but the Economic Development
Department says the delay was due to changing budgets,
and it'll be published within the next week.
A public inquiry is being held into the building
of the new Les Quennevais school in Jersey.
It's after the Environment Minister backed plans for the secondary
school to be built on protected fields in St Brelade.
The inquiry, at St Brelade Parish Hall, is expected
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Later in Spotlight with Justin and Victoria:
The Real Junk Food Project that's helping feed hundreds of people
Health bosses at Jersey's General Hospital say they're seeing
an increase in the amount of patients admitted onto wards
So, to help nurses engage with their patients,
they're trialling two activity boxes with games and puzzles.
It's part of a wider strategy to improve care for patients
with dementia as Jessica Banham reports.
Sylvia Green has been on Beauport ward for a few weeks now.
She's been using games from the activity boxes
But Senior Sister Chantal Bellingall says the boxes are also helping them
improve care for the increasing number of patients
It is good to engage with them and get them involved with the nursing
staff and our team and their family and relatives. It is very tactile to
get involved in making jigsaws and jawing, the drawing of colouring is
therapeutic and coming for them as well. What exactly is in these
boxes? There are a variety of different activities including
puzzles and crosswords and colouring in and quiz packs which would
provide to clients on the ward. One example is this lovely puzzle that
we have got which is a nice and easy Wyper Bull and clean puzzle which
our clients into really enjoy. There are around 1,400 people living
with dementia in Jersey. But it's thought less than half
of those people have a diagnosis. Numbers are also likely to double
in the next 25 years. Alongside the activity boxes,
nurses have also made visiting They want to improve
signage on the ward so they show pictures rather
than just words. It is not just about the
orthopaedics now, so many of our patients have dementia or other
needs and by putting these things in place will make a difference to all
of our patients, whether they are visually impaired or had hearing
problems, it will be better for everybody.
I was going to ask you later as there is somewhere I can buy them.
It's becoming a regular morning ritual and I can't tell you how many
David, is there any end to to these frosty mornings?
I think so. Perhaps not necessarily the way we wanted to but a towel
across the windscreen will save you a lot of de-icer! It looks like we
will have more fine weather tomorrow morning. This was a Weather Watchers
picture of the famous lighthouse. We will have more sunshine to start the
day and another frost overnight tonight, so actually start and a dry
day but more cloud in the second half of the Day and at the same time
the breeze is picking up and that Breeze is going to be a cold wind.
There is a cold pool of cold air heading our way. The high pressure
is finally weakening somewhat and beginning to move out of the way.
Very slow progress but gradually this area of low pressure will come
closer. By the time it gets to us it will be weak but there is a squeeze
in the isobars, they are starting to get close together which means more
of a breeze for us and it means some quite lively wins by the time we get
to Thursday. Cold winds coming out of Europe as well. With this weather
front tantalisingly close, and eventually, as a weaker affair it
brings more cloud and the risk of rain. Overnight we have clear sky
again and it will be another cold night and another night with a
widespread overnight frost. Temperatures down to zero. Tomorrow
we start the day with a good deal of sunshine and quite quickly there
will be more cloud coming in. It comes in from the south-east. By the
end of the afternoon it is generally rather cloudy and it also becomes
misty. Four or five is the maximum temperature. It will be a cold day
and feel pretty miserable once we lose the sunshine. Clean waves for
our surface. -- surfers. The coastal waters forecast. By the time we get
to Thursday the wind is going to be quite strong. Coming in from the
south-east, it means of raw feel to the day on Thursday, but milder by
the weekend. Thank you. It looks as though we
will have to batten down the hatches as the wind heads to the islands.
That is all for now. I will be back just before 8pm and then again at
10:45pm. Here is Justin and Victoria.
and the Landmark in Ilfracombe went into administration yesterday.
North Devon Council is blaming falling ticket sales
It says it gave the trust more than ?300,000 this financial year.
The doors are closed now but these campaigners want them back open, and
soon. This woman performed that theatre in Barnstaple last week. I
feel heartbroken by the news. It is so sad that it is all going to be
gone and this makes people like me inspired and able to dream big and I
don't want to play just another nightclub. This and the Landmark
Theatre in Ilfracombe have gone into administration. There are calls for
the local council to step in. They don't have the money, we understand
that, but we believe there is a viable future for these theatres and
as North Devon council owned theatre buildings, that we can come to a
solution. We are pleading with the council to work with us and the
administrator to find a way to get doors open again. The North Devon to
distrust blamed falling sales and a cut in public subsidy from the local
council for its financial problems. These closures leave the plough arts
Centre in great Torrington as the last art centre for miles around.
It's a rise of just ?9,000 a year in public funding. Many organisations
have been on a journey of weaning themselves off public funding out of
necessity and it is a journey that some have made more successfully
than others. If you have got two big theatres with big overheads it is
difficult to say that you will cover that from the box office. It was or
was gone to need some sort of support. As a society we should be
supporting the arts. If you go to other countries, they support the
arts, phenomenally. The subsidy to support the favours from the castle
was over ?300,000. The council says that it is facing financial pressure
and needs to save money. It would not comment further whilst the
administration process is ongoing, leaving campaigners waiting for a
verdict on the theatres' future. What makes a good B?
Stay with us to find out why this one has been voted the best
in the world. The African silverbacks trying
to cope with the Devon cold. We're looking forward to that one,
aren't we? We both love cooking
and try to use up leftovers. Well, a charity which cooks meals
using food thrown out by businesses and supermarkets has been
so successful, it's now expanding. The Real Junk Food Project set up
in April last year and has fed hundreds of people in Plymouth
and South East Cornwall. Well now it's looking to develop
the idea and has launched a fundraising campaign
for a permanent base. Emma Thomasson has been to see how
it works Tucking in, but this is no ordinary
lunch. Everything he was destined for the bin. How about asparagus
soup? Beef ragout, with potatoes, for the big apple charlotte and
custard. It has been made from food donated by supermarkets that they
could not sell before its best before date. What we do is very
inclusive, doesn't matter what the circumstances are, your welcome to
eat with us, and when you pay you can pay with the money donation or
you can pay with your time or skills. People volunteer, do some
washing up, some deliveries, and there is an exchange in that way. It
works really well. The one some salad or veg? Jese heads a team of
volunteers going round Plymouth and Southeast or -- South East Cornwall,
cooking. The food is prepared in her own kitchen then transported around
churches, toddler groups and even their pub. But is it any good? Oh,
yes, the meat is lovely and tender. Yes, everything was just wonderful.
Me and my husband have always worked. And we struggle ourselves,
but I make everything go round. I do not waste, I don't throw out, if I
can use it I use it, and a lot of other people do at home as well. I
was thinking about the meals that I do for my four-year-old boy and how
much ends up being left at the end of the meal, sometimes four or five
carats and you add that up and that is a lot of food wastage. It has
changed my thinking today. And he is not alone. The project has been so
popular, a second team is now working in Torpoint and Jesse is
working to set up a permanent base near Liskeard with plans for Linton
and Falmouth. The government says 8 million tonnes of food is wasted
every year, which equates to ?16 billion simply being thrown in the
bin. This project hopes the work it is doing, however small, will go
some way towards tackling the problem. It is lovely. It did look
good, didn't it? Now, we had images of Exeter's past
earlier in the programme and here's another familiar sight
of the South West from the archives. House after house on road after road
offering bed and breakfast. But the traditional guest
house has been changing. Many are still offering
the full English breakfast, with customers expecting a more
upmarket atmosphere. Tourism leaders say the move
towards the boutique hotel has been key in driving the industry forward
and one guest house in Dorset is now reaping the rewards with major
recognition. It is a bitterly cold day in Dorset,
but this place has the warmest welcome in the world. And that is
official. We are writing down phone messages. Quite a few e-mails have
come in. Clive and Lisa Orchard say that they are amazed to have been
named the best B on the planet for the second time. It means a lot. It
means that our guests have thanked us for their stay. We were just very
shocked and very happy, obviously. What were you doing before you
decided to move down to Dorset and open a B? We had a clothes shop in
West wittering. I was working in data communications near Reading.
Eventually we sold the shop and saw the Data Communications Bill 's less
and we chose a bed and breakfast as being a nice lifestyle. This is a
Thomas Hardy room. From the guest reviews on TripAdvisor it is clear
that this B offers more than just clean sheets and pulling this. They
think that Dorset is beautiful, and it is not difficult to share that
with people. When I was six or seven, my sister taught me to swim
in this area. So, for that reason, I think that is what makes it very
personal to me. You won the award in 2014 and in 2017. For the two years
in between, what went wrong? We relaxed! We genuinely just think of
the B as an extension of our homes anyway. That was our commitment when
we started, just to be ourselves and wanting people to share the area.
Whatever their secret, it has sent Bindon Bottom to the top of the
world's B destinations. Now the weather recently has been
quite chilly with frosty nights and cold mornings and for many of us
that means wrapping up or you could put your heating
on! But if, like some
of the animals at a Devon zoo, you're used to much warmer
climates, how do you cope? Well the keepers at Paignton Zoo
have been feeding them hot potatoes, as Spotlight's John Danks found
out. These flamingos have the right idea,
keeping their heads down during the icy weather. With temperatures not
climbing much above zero in sheltered areas, some animosity
turned their backs to the court. That is why at Paignton Zoo they are
dishing out hot potatoes to the guerrillas. It's very cold at the
moment and the guerrillas with the love hot potatoes. In weather like
this it is nice for them to have something hot to warm them up a
little bit. These western lowland gorillas are native to Africa.
Weighing around 200 kilograms, the powerful primates are kings of the
jungle, but here at Paignton Zoo... With the guerrillas and the
orangutans, they are happy going outside when it is a bit colder. The
guerrillas will have a nice, heated house outside, so in weather like
this they tend to spend a lot more time inside. We try to get them out
as much as possible to get some fresh air and sunshine, but it does
when it is not so nice like this. In when it is not so nice like this. In
the aviary, these noisy tropical birds are spending the winter
indoors. No jacket spuds required. The birds are lucky, because they
get shut away in nice, warm houses with heating on. It is the
zookeepers who suffer the most because they come in in the morning
and the padlocks are frozen, their hands are frozen, they have two melt
ice, hosepipes are full of eyes, so they are far worse off than the
birds. It is a year-round job for the keepers, making sure that the
animals are well looked after. A hot potato to keep away the cold seems
to be doing the job. Sadly for the guerrillas, there is no prospect of
chips being served, just yet! -- Paignton Zoo -- gorillas. We've had
lots of reaction to this story about commuting. Many of you have told us
about your long journeys to work. Graham has e-mail to say, I commute
48,000 miles every year, just passed my 500,000 miles mark, from
Ivybridge to Bristol, daily. Martin says, I travelled from Dunster in
Somerset to London for work every day. I now work from home which
means I am permanently on my wife's nerves! I'm sure that is not true at
all. Thank you for your e-mails, keep them coming in. It is time for
the weather forecast. Is it jacket potato weather, David? There is some
good news in the forecast. It is not quite as
cold. It is slightly less cold. That is the best way to describe it. You
have to wait until Friday before that happens. Tomorrow and Thursday
is going to be pretty chilly. Tonight, another frosty night with
some fog patches already forming. More of that come overnight. A cold
wind tomorrow, with the breeze picking up steadily, helping to
shift that mist and fog and again we will
even more sunshine than we saw even more sunshine than we
today, because we have this strip of today, because we have this strip of
cloud covering much of the of England. That layer of cloud
produced a few showers in North produced a few showers in North
Devon and up into the south Wales. The main rain bearing cloud is out
here to the west. This is a bit closer than it has been. It is
high pressure begins to weaken. What high pressure begins to weaken. What
is actually happening is we are squeezing the isobars, so there's
more of a breeze developing. The breeze continuing to increase and,
overnight tonight and into Thursday, we have a cold when coming in from
the South East, head of this line-up patchy rain, and drawing in some
very low temperatures from central Europe. They have had it bitterly
cold over the last few days. And that cold air reaches us on
Thursday. So although we have more of a breeze, if anything it will
feel even called on Thursday. Friday is hit and miss but there's a
weather front coming in on Friday that will change things. It will
introduce slightly less cold air. It might introduce some outbreaks of
rain as well, although the detail on that is elusive at the moment. That
cold air comes across from the other side of the channel and through
Thursday not only will be have low temperatures but with the strength
of the wind it is going to feel bitterly cold. It will feel like -1,
-2, so wrap up warm if you're out and about on Thursday. This layer of
belt has produced some showers and clouded the skies over a good part
of the South West. This was earlier today in Quantock. For the servers,
the waves have been quite attractive. A pretty good day for
many beaches over the last couple of days. The sea temperature at the
moment is around nine, 10 degrees. The waves will increase over the
next couple of days as you see the South West winds increasing. What's
going out in the Atlantic that will help our surfers, producing some
fairly sizeable waves. Tonight across the eastern parts of Somerset
and Dorset, we will have thick, freezing fog. If you are travelling
out of the region, if you're one of these long-distance commuters we
have been talking about heading towards London, especially, you're
going to run into some very thick fog and it is dangerous stuff,
because it's also freezing fog. More of a breeze in the second half of
the night, keeping the thick fog at bay. It will be a cold night with a
range of temperatures. The fog is going to be patchy with temperatures
anywhere from zero up to four Celsius. Tomorrow, Misty and foggy
in the east, but foremost, a better day with sunshine with wind
increasing. The breeze will continue increasing. The breeze will continue
to increase in most of the day in Cornwall. And it will lift
temperatures up to 9 degrees, but further east, temperatures not doing
quite so well. That's the forecast for the Isles of Scilly, right and
windy. And the times of high water... -- bright and windy.
And the coastal waters forecast... That's all from me. Have a good
evening. Looks like we're going to need more hot potatoes at the zoo on
Thursday. That's all from us. We'll have an update at 10:30pm. From all
of us here, have a good evening. Good night.
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Very often, the line between fact and fiction
In this series, I'm exploring how three turning points in our history
have been manipulated to become our greatest historical legends.
I want to be entertained. Entertain me.
It's the last chance to impress the judges.