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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands, I'm Charlie McArdle.
Lessons to be learnt following the death of a man
who's body was undiscovered for some time.
There are people in jersey who reallip don't mix in society that
people know very little about them. But for such a small island, that
shouldn't be the case. Formal complaints made against
three senior Guernsey politicians. And plans to tackle
Jersey's stinky seaweed which could bring back
our golden sands. The case of a Jersey man who's body
wasn't found for some time after dying alone highlights the need
to raise awareness of self-neglect. That's the finding of a serious case
review into the death of Mr Fisher, an elderly man described
as a local character. He died on his own
at his home in Jersey after refusing the help
of local authorities. We've been asked not to reveal
the identity of Mr Fisher - But he was thought to be well
known in the community, with an individual style
and distinctive dress. He may have a mild learning
disability, and was living in conditions the watchdog says
caused considerable concern. There are people in Jersey
who really don't mix in society, But, for such a small island,
that shouldn't be the case. recognising before things
get really difficult, before this gets any worse,
let's do what we can do to help now. Those new approaches could include a
new welfare system in every parish. It's thought one of the few people
Mr Fisher would have accepted help Often being a friend is the way in,
and you heard Glenys talking about people not wanting to accept
care or intervention Very often, the informal way
is the only way you can get And Daphne, the President
of Jersey's Age Concern, agrees. She wants to introduce
a Good Neighbour scheme to encourage islanders to
look out for their community. But she also thinks
the States should do more. The States spend an awful
lot of money on things They like them, but they're
not absolutely necessary. It's money we should be spending
on care in the community for people And one of the criticisms of Mr
Fisher's care is what happened when he was discharged from hospital - he
was allowed to leave in his pajamas. The review of hospital discharges
is just one of nine recommendations the watchdog's suggested
in light of Mr Fisher's death. So, while avoiding this
situation in the future is impossible to guarantee,
it's hoped it'll become less likely. Three senior politicians in Guernsey
are facing formal complaints from two of the island's
leading charity organisations. It's over alleged comments about a
former Education Committee member's ability to fulfil the role while
caring for a disabled family member. Although on the surface the
Committee for Education, Sport and Culture seemed to survive last
month's vote of no confidence relatively unscathed, one obvious
casualty was committee member Marc Leadbeater who, after initially
resigning, later put his name forward for re-election
and then withdrew it again. But during all this, it was alleged
comments about whether he could fulfil his responsibilities while
caring for a disabled family member, that caused concern for
both the Community Foundation It is damaging if these rumours
persist. We are calling for the facts to be established. And the
panel will then have to decide if there is some substance to those
rooms ours. They'll decide what sanctions they'll do.
Deputy Lyndon Trott, Home Affairs President Mary Lowe
and Education President Paul Le Pelley are the ones now facing
code of conduct complaints over alleged discrimination.
But here in the States Chamber this morning, a statement by Deputy Trott
vigorously rejecting the allegations was met with applause.
If people have genuine, sincere evidence-based complaints about
tollingses, they are entitled to make them. When there is no evidence
and they are baseless, they should keep their mouths shut.
Deputy Le Pelley also denies any wrongdoing.
Deputy Lowe is yet to respond publicly.
But, with so much uncertainty already surrounding the future
this is one more controversy it could do without.
to begin debating whether the proposed strategy to export its
waste and increase recycling rates should proceed.
The preferred option is to send waste that can't be recycled
I spoke to our reporter Mike Wilkins a little earlier
and began by asking him how we got to this stage.
Well, the question of how to get rid of Guernsey's rubbish
There are no more holes in the ground left,
and there's virtually no time to explore other options.
This is the rather stark choice facing States' members this week,
as the total bill for dealing with an off-island solution
is estimated to be almost ?300 million for the next 20 years.
Guernsey's decided to solve the problem
by shipping waste it can't recycle to Sweden.
And the average household could see refuse bills go up from ?2.15
The man responsible for Guernsey's waste policy
says the proposed strategy has to go ahead.
It needs to go through. We decided to do this in 2012. Actually yes is
no plan B. Before, we've always been able to fall back on the space
available in landfill. We simply don't have that anymore. Any time
waisted now is simply more taxpayers' money. We captain' afford
to do it The proposals include ambitious
targets to have 70% of waste Deputy Peter Roffey is concerned
the costs are rising out of control. Certainly looking at the cost of
kerbside recycling leapt from ?1 million per year to ?2 million per
year. Most people want kerbside. It is better than going to a bring
bank. At what point does the cost reach, hang on, this is the best
thing to do but it is no longer affordable. We should look at
whether to go back to bring banks or there's a cheaper way of doing
kerbside. Whatever happens in the States
this week, the cost of dealing with
Guernsey's rubbish will be going up. These days, the internet
is everywhere. But alongside the opportunities
it brings there are risks. Increasingly, criminals use
the internet to cause harm. Today, Jersey's government has set
out a new cyber security strategy. It plans to spend ?2 million
over three years protecting against attacks on
government, people and businesses. Modern thieves are more likely to
steal your data than anything else. Here in Jersey, States of Jersey
systems register 500 elevated cyber attacks per day, while the Financial
Services Commission is targeted, In fact, cyber threats are now seen
as one of the biggest risks But big organisations
aren't the only ones at risk. If you think about all the
individual emails, all of the websites you browse throughout the
day, all of the malicious sites and links you see through social media,
an end user could be exposed to several hundred attacks a day and
not even be aware of it. It's that awareness that's key.
Teaching people and businesses about cyber security is seen
as vital for Jersey's continued success as a finance centre,
We're about giving people basic understanding in their area -
That's individuals, businesses and across Government as well. At a
basic level, they need to understand why cybersecurity is important to
them and how they might hold their information or how they might
interact with a business or their bang or Government
Islanders have until the end of March to share their views
the government can keep them safe in increasingly digital world.
It's claimed dredging green sea lettuce from Jersey beaches and
dumping it out to sea will only be a short term fix for the south coast's
The department responsible intends to scoop up the weed as it builds up
and then use a barge to carry it out to sea where it will be left.
Environmentalists argue it'd be better to stop the seaweed building
The authorities have been looking for new ways to tackle the problem.
as well One of our hopes would be, if we could remove it out of the
water early in the season when it's lighter than we've traditionally
done, it will dissuade it from growing to the volumes we've seen.
It is very much a trial and error situation.
It's been a sunny afternoon in the islands
and despite being mid-February, I don't know about you,
but I got the feeling that spring could be on its way.
My mum suggested we take a trip along Jersey's Waterworks Valley
which are in full bloom carpeting one of the cotils.
They make a stunning display worth seeing if you get the chance.
But are the sunny spells set to continue?
We've had some lovely weather for many of us today. Some beautiful
photos coming from our weather watchers. Into tomorrow, with starry
skies overnight tonight a chilly start to things. The risk of a touch
of ground frost here and there. Also, mist and fog patches forming.
They could be stubborn. They could be a problem on and off through the
day tomorrow. Where the mist and fog clears and breaks, some sunshine
coming through for some of us tomorrow. We've high pressure
building in. That's the good news. With light winds, it leads to
problems with mist and fog. Over the coming days, although it does stay
in charge, we've weather systems trying to make inroads. It
complicates the details slightly. It could lead to a little rain here and
there. Generally, a lot of dry weather over the coming days.
Tonight, starry skies initially. Light winds. We could see this mist
and fog forming. It could reduce visibilities. These are typical low
temperatures. We could see a touch of ground frost here and there. A
bit of a chilly start tomorrow morning. A risk of mist and Fok. It
could be a problem on and off through the day. Where it thins and
breaks, you see the sunshine coming through, it will feel mild.
Temperatures in double figures. Light winds as well. Where there's
mist and fog, a more disappointing day. These are times of high waters:
These are the waves for our surfers. Two of four feet. Clean with
generally light winds. It could become choppy in the south-westerly
breeze. This is how it's shaping up over the
next few days. Fairly light winds. Mostly dry. Variable amounts of
cloud. Sunshine coming through at times. Where it does, it will feel
like spring. You're up to date with the news
from the Channel Islands. I'll be back at 8pm with an update
and then again at 10.25pm. Live here in the studio,
we'll be speaking to former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod
as the roller coaster of life events of the last ten years is made
into a documentary. And, learning to swim -
we'll see how these rare otter cubs Now for a collection of memories
from former naval officer cadets Interviews have been
recorded with officers from across the decades giving
personal accounts of what it was like training for life in the Navy
at different periods in time. As Spotlight's John Ayres reports,
the look back at life in the Naval College will go
on show this summer. Life in the Navy now is very
different to 80 years ago, and proof of this will be available
for future posterity. Former officer cadets have
opened up about their experiences in a series
of interviews. Adrian Holloway, trained in the 30s,
recalls his selection interview. There are four brothers
in a family, each has a sister. The old buffer thought
I would say eight. Then there was the thought
of going to Dartmouth, Perhaps they thought
it would put you off! It is the little things that
many of them remember. It was considered socially
important for officers to be able to ballroom dance,
but 1973, there weren't any Halfway through the dancers, we had
to change our grip and become the And you would dance with your
friend, and the whole thing was sort What I found really
interesting was the change, attitudes and in society
that these recordings prove. So somebody who was here
in the 1930s, you ask them a question like,
what did it feel like? Whereas you ask someone
in the 1970s and '80s, and they can actually
analyse their feelings. 62 interviews have been collected,
which will go on show Former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod
is marking ten years since he was traumatically
injured in Afghanistan. He's making a fly-on-the-wall
documentary detailing It follows the highs and the lows,
and how life CAN go In a moment, we'll be talking
to Mark and film-maker Matt Elliot, but first Spotlight's Janine Jansen
looks back at how Mark's life Mark Ormrod was the first
British triple amputee Doctors said he would spend the rest
of his life in a wheelchair. Five months later he proved them
all wrong as he walked I was always going to walk
to receive the medal, that was one of the main targets
I set myself for my rehab, it's what I used as a motivation
to push myself to get good If I'm being honest
it was quite emotional. He said he had to beg, borrow
and steal to get the care he needed. His fundraising
efforts were immense. In the Gumpathon Challenge
he ran across America. He hand-cycled around the UK,
never mind the pain. The arm is coming loose
inside the socket so I'm basically just powering on one arm,
and it's not easy. His life has been defined by setting
and achieving goals. Incredible stuff. Thank you so much
for coming in tonight. This sounds like, just looking at that film, you
have done so much, this sounds like roller-coaster of a documentary. We
will start at the end of the month where we have all of our kit
together and we set to go. What has the last ten years been like? I
mentioned how Christmas Eve 2007 Everything changed when the
explosion happened but what has it been like in the last decade. This
is something a lot of people struggle to understand when I say
this, but it has been brilliant. Initially it was very difficult and
I'm not ashamed to admit that but once I crossed that line from it
being hard to it being normal life has gone insane and it has been
brilliant. You know each other very well indeed. I am guessing this will
be quite an emotional thing to work on fee you. It will be the difficult
part for me because I know Mark so well and I know how it is taken for
granted now, so we have to look back at the incident, what has led to
where he is now, and focus on the highs and the lows as well. You are
involving other people as well, asking them to come forward, people
you have met and worked with, to give there accounts. There are lots
of key people involved, from Christmas Eve 2070 where I am now,
and I would like to get their say on things. -- 2007. I think it would be
very interesting for people watching. What do you hope it will
achieve? Once we see how you have adapted to your different lifestyle
and what life is like now, what do you hope the film will achieve? The
biggest thing we are both aiming for really is to use it to help other
people, that is our motivation. Or amber just over nine years ago now
lying in the hospital bed. -- I remember. The information was not so
accessible and I had so many questions and I had no motivation, I
didn't want to know anything or speak to anybody. I am hoping that
other people who watch the film can get a bit of motivation from it.
What was the key moment that turned for you from being this desperate
situation to wanting to grab life and move forward with life? I found
somebody over in America who was a triple amputee who was living the
kind of life that in my head I imagined I could be living, so I
knew it was possible, despite some of the things I was being told, I
knew it was possible to be independent and free, and that
changed it for me. And you hope this will be released in December, all
going well. Yes, a lot of work. You had better get started!
We wish you all the best of luck with it.
Plymouth Argyle has reported Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly
to the FA for allegedly pushing over one of the ball boys during last
Five of the visitors were booked in an ill-tempered
contest which Argyle lost in stoppage time.
Exeter City also paid the price for conceding late goals,
After a defeat, forget pretty football.
And when the chance came it fell to the right man.
David Wheeler was back on the scoresheet, making it nine
It looked like his goal would be enough until a second bookable
offence with minutes left saw Jake Taylor sent off.
The response from the hosts was immediate.
The City defence and the crossbar were rattled.
In a frenetic end to the game, despite being a man down,
the Grecians struck on the break and Ryan Harley had a simple tap-in.
County managed to get the ball in the net in stoppage time
Two deflections and two valuable points dropped for City.
After their derby win, Argyle carried on where they left off,
January signing Antoni Sarcevic made it two goals from three starts.
He was eventually forced off with an injury, leading to the first
Orient were not here to win friends but Gavin Massey may have won
some admirers with this fine individual goal.
Into the second half and in between bookings
Matty Kennedy produced a carbon copy of Massey's goal to put
And so it stayed, until two minutes from time and that man again.
Massey doubled his tally to level things.
Sadly it was Orient who got it, deep into stoppage time.
Hopefully this result won't come back to haunt Argyle
Four baby otters living at Newquay Zoo are learning to swim.
Just a few days ago we showed their very first
foray into the water, and now we can see
Clare Woodling has been to watch a swimming lesson.
Aww. And not an armband insight.
You've got mum and dad and there are several uncles
in there and we have one female who has lived with us for
years, who is lovely, and we are very fond
of her, so she teaches all
of the babies, so they are always keeping an eye on them, the babies
are in the water, trying to find food, and there is always one adult
next to them keeping an eye on them, so it is a big family group and a
They are just coming out now and starting to get wet and realise
The otters are well on their way to a five-metre badge.
Certainly no-one is afraid of taking the plunge.
So what is the Otto's favourite stroke, butterfly or
They have almost like a doggy paddle but more of an otter
style, and also with that tail, which is like a rudder and a driving
force at the same time, so they have their own style.
They naturally know when they get in the water, they need a bit of
teaching but they can swim far better than we do. The lesson has
been a triumph, all of the otters are accounted for. And now it is
tea-time. The river exploits have gone swimmingly. It is a big step
forward for these otters, let's see how they feel about it. How do you
find this achievement? I am going to have to stop you
there. It is a bit scary for them, that
massive thing coming towards them. I have never seen otters interviewed
on the news before, a first. I want to see more of the otters and
less of the weather. For many of us it has been a glorious day. We had
some early rain but that has cleared for many of us about late morning
and we have seen some sunshine emerging. Our cameraman Jeff went to
Topsham today to find signs of spring but here was one of the more
unlucky spots. We had lines of cloud developing from Dartmoor towards the
XS jury. Because the sunshine has got a bit more heat now we are
starting to see these showers more inclined to develop inland and less
likely out at sea. Once the early rain cleared many of us had skies
like this, beautiful blue skies, you can see St Michael's Mount in the
distance. Into tomorrow, with the clear skies overnight it will be
chilly, the risk of ground frost perhaps, and mist and fog forming.
That could be a bit stubborn tomorrow. It will be dry and write
tomorrow. We have high pressure trying to dominate through the
coming days. -- it will be dry and right. We have weather fronts trying
to encroach, which leads to some tricky cloud forecasting conditions
in the next few days. In generally I think there will be a lot of dry
weather to be had. This is the weather front that pushed through
earlier on today. Behind it most of us have sunshine will stop we had
that island of showers but for most of us a very nice afternoon. In
general this evening it will be a clear evening. Quite chilly, three
or 4 degrees in places and a touch of frost a possibility for promo
spots. The mist and fog tomorrow could be quite stubborn. -- for
prone spots. We are only two weeks away from the start of spring
according to the meteorologists. These are the top temperatures,
mild, some spots will have 1314 degrees perhaps. A nice day for the
Isles of Scilly, bright skies overhead and a gentle breeze. -- 13
or 14 degrees. These are the times of high water. The biggest waves
tomorrow along the north coast, for to six feet bats. -- four to six
feet perhaps. The wind is mostly south-westerly, conditions mainly
fair and visibility good. This is the next few days, with these
weather fronts pushing and we could see a bit more cloud at times and a
little bit of rain here and there. More likely for the coast and hills
I suspect but quite mild picture over the coming few days, problems
with mist and fog perhaps, and when you get some sunshine it should feel
pleasant. If you fancy seeing your photos popping up on the TV you can
become a Weather Watcher. We get some fantastic photos sent
in. Thanks, Holly. There will be another round-up from the spotlight
team at 10:30pm. We will when farmers leave
their daily routines behind... Right, here we come, Dorset!
..for a show day.