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the widow trying to save lives after her husband's death.


Just to have that Bolt out of the blue, terminal cancer diagnosis at


29, just couldn't believe what we were hearing.


Plus, just three months before the Island Games, a mass walkout


There are temporary traffic lights outside the Co-op...


And young Channel Islanders take over, for BBC News School Report.


Good evening. I'm Luxmy Gopal.


whose husband died from a brain tumour


less than a year after their wedding,


wants to raise awareness of the disease so other families


don't have to go through the same thing.


Emma Cotillard was six months pregnant, when she and her husband


Justin had to cut short their honeymoon so he could get


Jessica Banham has their story - which you may find upsetting.


Emma talks to Mia about her father every day.


A keen sportsman, Justin often split his time between the boxing


But one night during the couple's honeymoon in France in the summer


of 2015, he no longer recognised his new wife.


Returning home to St Helier, he was diagnosed with


we both had careers, we had our lovely


We just thought we're a really lucky couple to have found this together,


and then just to have that bolt out of the blue, terminal cancer


just couldn't believe what we were hearing.


Brain tumours kill more adults under 40 in the UK


Here in Jersey, the most recent statistics show that almost 200


people were seen for brain tumours at the General Hospital


But once diagnosed with a cancerous tumour, just 14% of adults


The impact of brain tumours are very significant,


and they're very difficult to treat because surgically there's always


the potential risk that you will damage the brain


For Justin, despite successful surgery his tumour grew back,


and he was given just two weeks to live.


He managed to survive for a further ten months, until his family


At the time Mia had developed chicken pox, and wasn't


allowed into the hospice where he was staying.


They came into us and said, he is hanging on for something, what could


it be? And my brother said, because he has not seen Mia, maybe he wants


to see her. Sorry... I'll pull myself together. That's the worst


part about this whole story. So the nurses said, you know, it's a one


off, if we bring Mia up, you'll bring her straight into Justin's


room and let her have some final time with him.


Emma believes further research into brain tumours is vital -


there have been few developments in how to treat them


And ultimately she hopes that by telling Justin's story,


she might be able to prevent other families from going through


Well, our reporter Jessica Banham joins me in the studio - Jessica,


I understand Emma also wants to create a support


Yes, Emma told me that when she lost Justin she felt quite isolated, as


many of the widows she met were older than she was. So she found a


charity in the UK that supports younger widows under the age of 50,


but she could always -- only access their material online. So she wants


to set up her own support group. It is in the early stages at the


moment, but she's been getting positive feedback from local people.


She thinks some help and guidance is really missing.


In other news, Jersey's education review group is frustrated


at what it calls the long-term failure by the States to fund young


It shows the island spends far less on higher education than most


The Education and Treasury Ministers have been criticised for not getting


I think the evidence shows that if we want to support local businesses


and want our students to reach the top of their profession, and we want


to address the concerns over population growth, we have to be


able to support our students into higher education. We will look at


the findings and report accordingly, but I think they didn't come up with


really long standing and sustainable funding, because it can cost, we


reckon, up to ?30 million a year. And that is an awful lot of money.


The father of the murdered Guernsey woman Sarah Groves


says he's spoken to the man accused of killing her in India.


The 23-year-old was stabbed to death in Kashmir in 2013.


Her family fear they may never get justice, after 90 court hearings


But her father today revealed he's talked on the phone to the man


accused of killing her, Dutch national Richard De Wit.


He said the details of their conversation can't be


shared, but described the call as "unsatisfactory".


Jersey's women's football manager and the rest


of his coaching team have resigned, saying their positions


It's a major blow to the team, who are hoping to retain


their Island Games gold medal this summer.


Our sports editor Tim Pryor has the story.


was the defining moment of the 2015 Island Games.


The women's game in the island at its highest -


but now at a real low, as the manager that day,


Simon Petulla, and the rest of his senior coaching team,


have stepped down after a falling out with JFA bosses.


We're not getting the support we think we deserve. I'm devastated,


but it's something we think we have to do at this stage.


His decision comes a week after his wife Kerry quit


as JFA vice-president, and follows the controversial


cancellation of the women's Muratti against rivals Guernsey.


He feels the Jersey FA should have tried


There's only been 20 or so Murattis, and you can't lose the Muratti, you


have to fight for it. -- 20 or so Murattis for women.


So, with exactly 100 days to go until the Island Games,


another blow to women's football in the Channel Islands.


And with a friendly against the Navy just two days away, the Jersey FA


will have to act quickly to find a new manager.


The Jersey FA have said they are disappointed with Simon's decision,


and thank him for his enthusiast -- enthusiasm and commitment.


But women's football is seemingly in a mess in the islands -


you have to wonder who would want the hassle of taking on the job.


In rugby, Jersey Reds' James Freeman, who's captained


the team for much of this season, is joining Premiership


Freeman - seen here wearing number six in the black scrum cap -


has signed a two-year deal with Exeter from the


He's the latest in a growing list of forwards leaving St Peter.


It's BBC News School Report day, where 30,000 young people


from around the British Isles are making their very


Here in the Channel Islands, pupils in both Guernsey and Jersey


have been trying their hand at being radio and TV reporters,


OK, stand-by. This is Joshua, one of 30,000 students taking part today.


There are temporary traffic lights outside the Co-op. And lane


restrictions at Green street roundabout.


Broadcasting live on BBC Radio Jersey, a chance for these pupils


Yes, I think I would try to become a presenter. It just seems really fun.


And these budding school reporters have been making their own news.


Earlier in the week they interviewed Olympic champion Sam Quek


We spoke to him on the phone, so now we just need to edit it, put


pictures and videos behind it so it all looks clean, then we will drop


it to our teacher and we will be finished.


In Guernsey, Elizabeth College students were out today creating


Hi, I'm Adam. I'm Ben. And I'm Angus. Today we are going to be


doing a news report on the fog. Have you had any problems with the fog?


Always having problems with the fog. And they certainly took


to speaking to the public. It's a good opportunity to see how a


person in the real world doing this would have to work daily, it boosts


your confidence to ask members of the public questions and things.


These young Channel Islanders can now take away what they learn


from their experiences today - and maybe one day they'll become


I had all my windows open today for the first time this year,


And now a man who always has a spring in his step -


Is the wintry weather behind us? Certainly the mist and fog is


starting to get behind us. There is still some chill in the air, we


haven't seen the last of the cold weather. This is a shot from St


Peter Port this morning. Something we've had to get rid -- used to all


week. But tomorrow is a different day, and a brighter day. The air has


less moisture, it is drier, slightly colder, and it should be bright and


dry for most of the day. It will cloud over later, also becoming


quite breezy with westerly or north-westerly winds. The change is


because that area of high pressure's beginning to weaken. This cold front


introduces colder air, but also better visibility. It sweeps through


later tonight, gone by tomorrow morning, and with a ridge of high


pressure for tomorrow, and westerly winds, we should get good visibility


and might even get some sunshine. These weather fronts get closer on


Saturday Sunday, making it rather more cloudy. At the moment we still


have some low cloud around, but a clearance across parts of Devon and


Cornwall. It may take its time and come in in stages, then if clouds


over, and finally we will get a clearance in the small hours of the


morning. A few spots of drizzle, 607 degrees the minimum temperature, so


that colder than last night. Tomorrow's a good day, some


sunshine. -- six or 7 degrees. They called a feeling day, 10 degrees


will be the maximum temperature. At times of high water... -- our time.


For our servers, slightly more choppy. The coastal waters... Now,


both days of the weekend I would be quite cloudy, not necessarily that


much rain coming out of that cloud, but limited brightness. Perhaps a


bit brighter by the time we get a Monday, and temperatures up to about


11 degrees, 52 in Fahrenheit. -- by the time we get to Monday. That our


top story: a young widow from Jersey whose husband died from a brain


tumour wants to raise awareness of the disease to save more lives.


You're up to date with the latest news for the Channel Islands -


I'll be back with your headlines at eight, Have a good evening.


Saddle up - we're off to the races in a moment and we'll be handing


over our reins to the teenagers taking part in school report.


We'll also find out if the weather is going to be stable.


And you can see from the satellite picture the skies


Colder tonight and turning unsettled as we head towards the week.


Half of the horses involved in tomorrow's Cheltenham Gold Cup


Most of the chatter is about Colin Tizzard,


the fairy tale of the farmer whose stables get bigger


Tizzard has two of the favourites for the race -


Cue Card and Native River. So what's his secret?


Alastair Durden has been to his stables


Work starts before sunrise at the stables in Milborne Port.


Just keep in a straight line, nice and steady trot.


Colin Tizzard leads a thriving yard - it's earned ?1.5 million in prize


There is still an air of modesty about the former dairy


farmer who's become one of Britain's leading trainers.


A short drive from his stables are the picturesque gallops,


He's come a long way since getting his licence back in 1998.


It's not an easy profession, I tell you that.


It's every morning, seven days a week, every day


of the year to be fair, so it's not easy.


But I've got to try to make sure I enjoy every bit of it.


The last ten years, it got out of control and you have to deal


with a lot of staff, you've got to delegate,


If a good horse comes up and someone half makes some remark


that they wouldn't mind another one, we've got to do it.


If you don't take it on straightaway, someone else


will buy that horse. Colin admits he's still getting


used to the spotlight his successors created.


But his story is one racing has fallen in love with.


It's been a tremendous rise from relative obscurity


and the fact that this story is here in the grassroots


of the British countryside, it's fantastic for the sport.


Those hours of milking cows are now a thing of the past.


And he's right at the top of the tree.


12 months ago, this fall denied Cue Card and Tizzard Gold Cup glory


and the hugely popular 11-year-old has picked himself up to have


And then there is Native River who has taken everyone by surprise.


We thought if we just had a horse good enough to run in the Gold Cup


it would be quite an achievement, and to suddenly find it's favourite,


As for Colin Tizzard, he's refusing to pick his favourite.


Whatever the result, he'll be back in the yard first


light on Saturday to start all over again.


We've spent much of today looking over our shoulders ad hoping


We've spent much of today looking over our shoulders and hoping


we've still got jobs, as we get to meet potential stars


It's School Report Day when teenagers have a go


at reporting the news. This year it's had quite an impact.


One group of youngsters from St Austell have made


it their mission to try and help the people of Sierra Leone.


They've filmed their fundraising, but rather than us telling


you about their efforts, let's hand you over to Bella


For BBC School Report, I'm reporting from Penrice Academy


where this year, we raised over ?12,000 in just four weeks


This year, at Penrice Academy, our mission is to send a donation


box container of clothes, books, toys and medical equipment


to children in Kissi Town in Sierra Leone for project 3580.


Mr Knight who works with Project 3580, told us in assembly


all about the children in Kissi Town.


As a school, we were really affected by this story


and were proud to do our part. So what is Project 3580?


Project 3580 is a charity set up by a former colleague of mine


helping people in Kissi Town in Sierra Leone.


The name of the project - 3580 - comes from the amount of children


by the age of ten that died in acamp of 12,000 from malaria.


So 3,580 children died from malaria at the age of ten in just one year.


It all started with a fun run to raise money for a shipping


container to be sent from Cornwall to Sierra Leone, which is one of


Today, we're out here to raise money for Penrice Academy Project 3580.


We've had loads of students, over half the school has come out


on the run for this great cause and we think that we've raised


We raised over ?12,000 in just four weeks.


In Penrice Academy, staff and students decorated this donation


box and it's already been filled once to the top by the


I spoke to Dennis, pastor of the school in Kissi Town to hear


more about how fundraising will help the children.


How are you? I'm good, thank you.


Thank you for the hard work. I know it's very hard.


You work very hard to support us here.


There is a long way to go and a big container to fill but it's amazing


to hear how students at Penrice are changing young lives,


especially from the children of Kissi Town themselves.


You will definitely get footballs. Are you sure?


Yes. OK, thank you.


I promise the footballs. OK.


This is Bella for BBC School Report, Penrice Academy, Cornwall.


Bella is in the studio. Thank you for coming in. Did you forget the


footballs? I definitely won't forget them! Television is such a powerful


instrument for getting your message across, particularly for


fundraising, did you enjoy the experience? It was amazing and I


would love to have a job when I'm older in TV so it was an amazing


experience. Your head boy, what did you find... It must have been easy


view? It was far from easy at times because we had constant challenges


and we had to make sure people were bringing their money in on time for


the fun run on so many things could have gone wrong. But it went


perfectly smoothly on the day. You had an exam today? What was it?


English literature. It went fine. You are doing English, do you want


to do journalism as a career? Not particularly that I'd quite like to


go into medicine. This has been a fantastic opportunity today to


experience a different job. Were there any scraps or fight over who


did what? Who would present, produce? I don't think so, we all


kind of knew what we wanted to do and we all slotted in perfectly. You


look very calm and collected, Bella, did you take to it naturally? Yes, I


love acting and being in the spotlight so it was nice being on


camera. We are constantly told young people like you get their news and


information not from television buck from things like Facebook and


Twitter and is that how you get it? Quite regularly. That's why we set


up a Facebook page for our project. The project is everywhere online so


we can raise awareness. Television is still very important now! Our job


is very hard, isn't it? I found that out today! Quite a lot of pressure


on you guys. Can you tell everyone that?!


And if you'd like to find out more about BBC School Report including


how you and your school can get involved, we've got you covered.


Just head to bbc.co.uk/schoolreport and there you'll find resources


Hundreds of dancers from across Cornwall are in final


rehearsals for a production of Sleeping Beauty.


The Duchy Ballet cast includes an 18-ear-old ballerina who's


just been awarded a place at the prestigous Romberre School.


Alabama Seymour from Truro also rides motorbikes - sideways!


This report on ballet and bikes from David George.


Duchy Ballet in the studio dress rehearsal for the performance.


In the red costume is Alabama Seymour from Chasewater.


When she's not rehearsing or studying at college,


she performs in her family's Wall of Death show.


My parents own the Demon Drone Wall of Death.


My dad and my brother are the main riders but I also sit


Soon, Alabama will be off to the world-famous rum


It's incredible, I was so over the moon.


I didn't expect to get in. Hopefully, it means one day I'll be


in the Romberre Company which will be my dream.


Alabama and the 100 dancers from Cornwall have now been


joined by Princess Aurora, the sleeping beauty herself


and Prince Desiree. Professional principal


dancers who have come to Cornwall from South Africa.


I think the kids are always so enthusiastic and I love helping


out wherever I can and it's really great working with younger kids.


I think always working with children especially,


they get very excited which is lovely to see


but you don't always know what's going to happen on the night.


But we work with kids all the time in Cape Town and I even


remember when I was a child, I used to love doing this sort of


thing and it was so inspirational, so I hope to do the same thing


for them and be something they can look up to hopefully.


The dancers are aged from seven to...


Well, a lot older. Darcy is one of the youngest.


I just like dancing, because I quite like it


because you get to do a lot of moves and stuff and you get to perform


on stage and I quite like performing in front of lots of people.


Lots of people will be watching Sleeping Beauty at the Hall


for Cornwall in Truro tomorrow and Saturday.


Isn't Ballet gorgeous? It's stunning. It's time for the weather


forecast. David is here, is the weather looking good?


Not brilliant to be honest! It's looking all right for tomorrow.


Tomorrow probably a much better day than we would be used to with all of


this low cloud and mist. But it may be just the one day because the


weekend, a bit of change coming. This was the sunshine in Cornwall


this afternoon. Glorious shot of the daffodils growing. Other parts of


the south-west have been very grave. Fog and mist causing all sorts of


problems. That is all about to change. The reason is because we've


got a cold weather front coming in this evening that will introduce and


has started already, clearer skies and lower temperatures and better


visibility. A bright and dry start tomorrow, it will cloud over and


some patchy rain later in the day. Most of the day will be dry. Lots of


rain to the north of us but very slowly coming south. A largely dry


day mostly. Saturday, doesn't look too hopeful. Sunday is similar with


another weather front approaching from the west to give further


outbreaks of rain. Satellite pictures showing two stripes of


cloud, this is the one with all of the low cloud in it moving to


central parts of Britain. That is already clearing from parts of


Cornwall. The next one, the main front has a hint of blue and will


come through fairly swiftly this evening. Some rain out of that, that


pushes through and then it clears up in the second half of the night


which will drop the temperature. It will be much colder than it was last


night. We have been used to mild nights so far this week. We start


the day tomorrow morning, a few places at three degrees, even called


an affray touch of frost. Tomorrow, the best of the sunshine will be in


tomorrow morning and it will generally cloud over. With a top


temperature of ten or 11 degrees. More of a breeze, it will feel


colder. The Isles of Scilly will have some brief brightness and some


patchy rain turning up. Turning quite windy also.


Like we've seen all week, the waves pretty big Fathauer surface.


Tomorrow, much more of a breeze so the surf and waves will be there but


not as clean as they have been. Pretty messy conditions. That is the


coastal waters forecast. Not a lot of cheer in the weekend


forecast. Lots of cloud, slightly less cold, 13, top temperature.


Quite breezy at times. Have a good evening.


That's all from us. The late news will be at 10:30pm. Goodnight.


It was the most beautiful view I've ever been through.


For one second, I was swimming on my back, and I was looking to the sky.


I was swimming across the Aegean Sea.


I was a refugee, going from Syria to Germany.


MasterChef is back, to find the country's best home chef.


The MasterChef kitchen is alive once more. Come on, let's go!


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