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Good evening. news teams where you are.
I'm Charlie McArdle Welcome to the programme.
?80 million - the cost of a cruise berth for Guernsey,
Jersey politicians get a grilling from students
Plus creative crochet crafters wanted for Jersey's very
It is harder than it looks but after a bit of practice, I will pick it
up. This low pressure is going to be our friend with the risk of showers,
possibly some sunshine. All the details later in the programme.
More shops, ferry services and ultimately more money for Guernsey.
That's what a deep water berth could provide according to a member
of the island's Development and Planning Authority.
Deputy Victoria Oliver says if there are wider economic benefits
then the cost of building a berth could be justified.
Mike Wilkins reports as the first cruise ship passengers
The first cruise ship passengers of the season
As Guernsey doesn't have a cruise liner berth, people have to come
ashore on these small boats, known as tenders.
And it's something tourists didn't seem to mind today.
On many cruisers we have made, we have been taking the boats onshore
when the harbour was not as big for the cruise ships. Little boat, it is
OK for us. We spend a lot of time and see and we make to cruisers. On
the sea, it is tough. It is no problem. The sea is no problem.
Cruise ship companies are very happy visiting Guernsey,
and that's reflected in the growing visitor numbers.
More than 130,000 people came ashore last year, that's 10,000 more
But feedback from the bigger ships shows ferrying large numbers
of people to and from the shore can cause problems and they'd welcome
Deputy Victoria Oliver is a member of the Development
She says if there are wider economic benefits then the cost
of introducing a berth could be justified.
It would have to show that it is a benefit that we could get a more
reliable ferry service and also it would have to have greater
implications. If you are going to build something like this, if you
look at Hong Kong, they have shops where their ferry terminal is, a
huge outlet and it could be a benefit to the island without taking
away from the main town. But the man who's responsible
for Guernsey's ports says a cruise The return at the moment, it doesn't
stack up. There are high capital priorities for the ports are matters
not one of them at the moment. When the States last considered
a deep water berth it was estimated But when cruise ship passengers
alone contribute more than ?4 million a year to Guernsey's
economy, it's an issue that some An extensive search involving
Alderney's lifeboat, air search and the island's
emergency services led to the discovery
of a man's body last night. It was found at Crabby
bay, near Alderney's Earlier in the day the police
were looking for island resident, A formal identification
will take place later. In Jersey, the police have confirmed
that the body found off the south coast of the island last
week was of Valerie Jehan. The pensioner went missing
on March 3rd after catching Her body was found by fishermen
near Noirmont Point. A file is being prepared
for the coroner. If you had the chance
to grill the politicians, Today it was the turn
of the younger generation at Jersey's Youth Assembly
in the States Chamber. Topics which came up for debate
included student finance, Luxmy Gopal joined
them in the chamber How did it compare to
a normal States sitting? Quite similar format -
Bailiff presiding over much of it, prayer in French, there were tough,
if not tougher questions, Was their debate also? They covered
tourism and school buses and student finances, student loans. Students
were asking why there isn't more funding available to help them go to
university and the assistant education minister said the island
can't afford to go it alone and the ink -- industry isn't looking at a
joint scheme. It did cover a lot of the big political topics of the day.
The youth assembly is designed to get youngsters into politics. Does
it work? This was the 20th youth assembly and it is to get them
engaged in politics and this is what some of the students told me
earlier. It is really important, especially for the youth of the
island. We have such a small States assembly and it is important for
people to get involved and get their voice heard. It gives the members a
chance to hear what people have to say and the new ideas. It inspires
people to go in the realm of politics. It is important because we
are not very involved with things and it gives us an opportunity to
get to know what is going on and learn more about it for ourselves.
This was the 20th assembly so what is the impact? It is hoped it will
lead to wider democratic engagements. The bailiffs started by
reminding the students of their duty to vote in elections. Historically
there has always been a low vote turnout for younger people. Thank
you very much. More steps need to be taken
to understand the the risks and opportunities for Alderney's
businesses as the UK starts The States President Stuart Trought
was speaking for the first time about the island's vision
in a post Brexit world - and said he was committed
to exploring its international And while he wants Alderney to be
consulted, he accepts Guernsey will have to represent the island
on some matters. Police are appealing
to a skateboarder to come forward after an accident
in St Helier this morning. Just before nine,
a 63-year-old woman The skateboarder who was involved
in the collision stayed with the woman as they waited
for an ambulance. The cost of sending letters
in Jersey is going up From April 11th, there's a one pence
increase on local letters, and a three pence increase sending
to the UK and Channel Islands. The increase is being blamed
on pressure from Royal Mail as well as the fall in the value
of the pound. Do you remember this
stunning installation Well it's inspired many
communities to try and come up with their own creative ideas
to mark Remembrance Sunday In Jersey, this year there are plans
for a swathe of poppies - albeit not on the same scale
as London, but with a twist or two. We sent our crafting supremo
Alison Moss to find out more. Here we are in Jersey's Central
market. The old Victorian fountain is being refurbished but also that
Remembrance Sunday it is getting ready. Tell me about this big vision
of yours. It started very small and the idea was to get volunteers from
the community to make poppies, net, crochet, whatever, so we could do a
display for Remembrance Day. Also from people to reflect on what
remembrance means to them. It is a community-based thing and we are
trying to get community spirit back into this beautiful market and for
the island. You want to cover this in poppies. How many were you need?
Initially my first thoughts were 5000. As many as we can get. There
are classes being held in the Central market on how to learn to
crochet but how difficult is it for a novice like me to pick it up? It
is tricky because you have to be confident with the first stitch. It
takes practice. Practice is what we are going to do. Hopefully there
will be thousands of poppies by the time November comes around and we
will come back then to have a look. I can't wait to see it. Here is one
Alison didn't make earlier. It's a been a great day
in the islands the sun was shining and even a glimpse or two
of blue skies. Spring is in the air and the clocks
go forward this weekend. It depends on what you use your
weather for. Tomorrow is not such a fine day. There is the risk of
showers around. These were the pictures taken by you today. We have
some glorious sunshine. We will find more cloud tomorrow. There will also
be some showers. There will be some sunshine and it would be less windy.
We between weather systems. This layer of cloud cleared away
eastwards. This cloud is heading our way and it has some rain associated
with it. A weather front is coming in on the wind becomes strong. It
produces some outbreaks of rain into the small hours of the morning. We
are in the middle of low pressure for Wednesday and we could have
slow-moving showers and then easterly wind that sin as we head
into Thursday and Friday. That is the clear sky we saw earlier today.
The showers are now on the radar heading our way. For the first four
-- part of the Knights, it is dry and breezy with wind freshening from
the south. The rain could be heavy in places and five or six Celsius
will be the minimum temperature. Tomorrow is a wet morning. We have
sunshine but also showers and some of those showers are at risk of
being happy with the risk of thunder. Lighter winds than we have
seen and eight Celsius is the top temperature. These are the times of
high water. Waves will be choppy. Variable wind of tomorrow. Becoming
very ball through the afternoon. Showers, mostly good visibility.
Warmer with easterly winds developing towards the end of the
week. That is it for the time being. I will be back with a news update at
eight o'clock this evening. Until then, goodbye.
And people are flocking to the south Devon coast in the hope of spotting
the humpback whale just like this near Berry Head.
We can't resist just coming to see if it's going to be around
and to see what photos we can get and all that sort of thing.
Because it's not supposed to be here and it's such a wonderful animal.
It is quite a buzz because it is unusual to see it so close to the UK
coast. An amazing feeling. Not everyone has been so lucky. I was in
a B and it was seen there but no. I was supposed to be home hours ago
and I thought I can't, not now. Not when it is due and if I leave
somebody will say it was seen at 5pm!
They're saying, we've come all the way down from Bristol,
from Birmingham, somebody came down from Manchester.
When I was in New Zealand I spent a lot of money
going whale-watching - didn't see anything.
I can walk down, half a mile from home, and there's a really good
chance of seeing the humpback whale in the bay.
Pete's seen a rise in bookings since the whale was first spotted,
and he is one of a number of businesses benefiting
I've been here for 40 years and never seen one in the bay,
and we've also had porpoises and gannets diving and a seal.
And, yeah, the bay is absolutely thriving,
it's absolutely full of life, it's wonderful.
Well, I've been here for three hours now and, sadly, no joy.
And I have to admit it is strangely addictive, so I can really see why
so many people are flocking to South Devon in the hope
that they'll catch a glimpse of the whale.
When Emma turns up, the whale is nowhere to be seen.
Well, joining me now is James Wright from the National Marine Aquarium.
This is making business boom in the area so it is quite unusual. Whale
watching is big business in other parts of the world, they have a
reliable population and this is more sporadic and unexpected. Have we had
one here before? There are humpbacks around the UK coast land, 1500 years
ago there were more, whaling was a big business many years ago which
have a dramatic effect on the population. The worldwide population
was 120000 and the numbers dwindled into the thousands. The global
population is back up at 80,000. We may see the effect of the
reproduction occurring overprotected years. It is a spectacular sight and
lovely to glimpse a view. There were many worries it was so close to the
shoreline, what is their normal way of being out in the sea, this is
unusual? Yes, they do migrate. They move to cold waters where they catch
smaller fish to feed on and they move to warmer waters when their
calves are born. It is not unusual to have them close to the shoreline.
It is not that surprising in those areas however here it is surprising,
normally be expected the four or five on the Scottish islands. Could
be in trouble or distress? I don't believe so, they can be occasions
where this happens and there are videos on the internet where people
rescue Wales that are caught in fishing gear or lost fishing gear or
purposely laid and they can sometimes rescue them but the fact
it has been around three weeks and it has gone away and come back, it
is quite enjoying the area. He likes it here! And the wail in the North
died washed up on the shoreline, is there a risk? There are many whales
out there. People will be quite surprised that Wales around the
shoreline naturally and sharks as well. We cannot see them but are
there. The dead whale could have died miles and miles away and
drifted onto the shore. Thank you. Now to one man's mission to help
people better understand disability. But as Clare Jones now reports,
he's using his new role as a nude Since birth he has lived
with cerebral palsy and a speech problem, but he won't let
that stop him. I was the first severely disabled
person to do a Dance Theatre BA Presently, I am studying for
a Masters in Performance Training. Kevin communicates with an iPad,
by using his nose or a head pointer. My speech is my biggest problem
because, not being able to verbally communicate,
most people think I'm mentally challenged and I don't
know what I'm doing. When people take the time to engage
with me, they find out who I am. Kevin has become a life
model to use his nudity When I am dancing or life modelling
I am expressing who I am. That I am intelligent,
creative, sensitive and fully I am focusing on movement, nudity
and my disability gives me great body definition. He is determined
not to let his disability get in the wake me run for parliament,
travelled around the world and... In the future I hope to get my masters,
do a Ph.D. And make more close friends. It hasn't always been easy.
I understand I challenge many people and their perceptions of disability.
To my amazement, many artists and even lecturers have problems with a
disabled life model. Kevin's view is life is for living. If one persons
view of what I can do is altered positive leak, it is a small victory
in the battle to be accepted. -- positively.
A Plymouth theatre built with war damage compensation in 1961,
has risen up once again and will reopen as another major
The Athenaeum was moth-balled eight years ago but is undergoing a make
over so it can stage professional entertainment once more.
Its opening show 'Dracula' is a family comedy preformed
by the South West troop Le Navet Bete.
Johnny Rutherford joined in on rehearsals.
I am in the story. Where is the patient? This woman needs a stake
through the heart. Get me a stake. Restrain her. Stop, stop! We cannot
have killing on the BBC. It is professional theatre like this which
we are seeing more of in Plymouth. It is a chance for us to reach a
larger audience in Plymouth. We have had an incredible run at the
Barbican but it is only 140 seater so for us to be able to grow and
there is demand for our work in Plymouth, we have to be able to move
to a bigger venue. The theatre seats 340 and it went dark as the stage
was said to be draining the charity funds. Now in partnership with the
Barbican, it hopes to be in Plymouth's limelight again. It is a
growing interest in culture and people are now willing to experiment
and have a go at unusual things so I would like to see dance, comedy, and
live literature works. The initial stage shows will be professional
lead shows with the Barbican Theatre but hopefully as we make the theatre
more sustainable, we can allow the local companies to come back and
enjoy it as they did. It takes me back because I remember acting on
this stage Jesus Christ superstar, West side story and even a Star Trek
rip-off and the stage I remember revolved but that is rare in the
south-west. Dracula opens at the end of the month. And then on to the
theatre. More work! Twelve of the largest stones
from the last of Dorset's open cast mines have been put together
to create a unique art installation. The project, on Portland,
has taken three years to create and has been paid
for by the arts council. Geologists and mathematicians have
helped place the stones, weighing up to 22 tonnes each,
so they celebrate both the landscape,
the solstice and the equinox. The Stones actually create vistas
out of the landscape and they also throw shadows into the centre
and people will be able to read information from pools of light
within the stone shadows so you'll be able to read the landscape
through the stone. Now what would you do with seven
hundred thousand pounds? People who live in the west Somerset
village of Porlock are being asked for advice on how to spend what has
been described as a "jaw The money has been left
in a will to benefit And as Clinton Rogers reports,
now they have to decide As recreation grounds go,
it is all ready pretty impressive. Now imagine you have
nearly three quarters It is such a big
amount of money and... Something amazing
for the kids, maybe. Probably build a swimming
pool or something, that The public will get their say
because 1200 letters have been delivered to people living
in the area asking for ideas on how to spend the money left to them
by a lady called Susan Taylor. You know one of the more intriguing
things about this story is very We have not met anyone
who knew her well, we don't What we know is she was in her late
90s when she died in December and apparently she had no surviving
children and so the bulk of her estate was left
to the Recreation Ground And can you imagine the surprise
of those in charge of this area when they were told
there was a legacy for them? When he came to see me and told me
what the amount would be, ?700,000 and possibly more,
it was just jaw-dropping. It will be several months before
the final decision is made but one thing is certain,
Porlock is about to get one of the best recreation
grounds in the south-west. Incredible story. Time for the
weather forecast. It was sunny and then real downpours. Four seasons in
one day. Nice in places but also quite bad. We have had a variety and
some sunshine as well, not all bad news. You have been taking your
pictures. A lovely shot of the beautiful blue sky. Little clouds to
sport the sunshine but elsewhere a rainbow in Lyme Regis with heavy
showers and more to come. The showers continue this evening and
overnight. Tomorrow, less windy, and there will be showers around but
slow-moving so you may get a torrential downpour and the risk of
thunder and hail but also some sunshine to enjoy. Perhaps some of
us getting away with a largely dry day tomorrow. The showers of one
village but hitting the next. You can see we have speckled cloud
around low-pressure, there is white as well so some snow on Dartmoor,
the possibility of snow overnight tonight, it will not stick around
and will melt through the day if it falls at all. Low-pressure settled
across us and then moves south into Friday -- into France giving
easterly wind towards the end of the week. The easterly wind may have
cloud associated as well so the chance of a few more showers with
the easterly wind which generally gives dry weather. The showers Papa
western Britain, there is a line of cloud approaching giving more
persistent rain later tonight. -- peppering. There was some sunshine
and showers in Plymouth earlier, some lovely shots from a cameraman
and it felt quite pleasant but a chop in a Plymouth Sound and the
breeze has been quite strong across the south-west. We lose the first
weather front coming into night, that will have gale force winds and
as it travels through the south-west, a dusting of snow on
higher ground like Exmoor Dartmoor and the wind will drop, the sky is
more clear and it will turn quite chilly. It is quite cold and
temperature as could be as low as two or 4 degrees. Tomorrow, a cloudy
day, the sunshine will come through and the showers while widespread
will be slow-moving and isolated so lengthy spells of sunshine in
between the showers, not overly warm, seven or 9 degrees. It will
feel warmer with light wind. A largely fine and dry day on the
Isles of Scilly. Have a good evening. Claire has the late news at
10:30pm and an update on the meeting about the threat to a care home in
the Isles of Scilly. We are back tomorrow. Good night.