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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.


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