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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle - welcome to BBC Channel Islands.


Financial blacklisting - the biggest threat to


We are going to have to ensure that we up our own international


identity. A Jersey politician says


the BBC is discriminating against the over 75s by not offering


free TV licenses. Stargazing Live from Australia -


but there's no better place to admire the sky at night


than closer to home. Financial blacklisting


is the biggest single threat from Brexit -


that's according to guernsey's It comes as a new report


from the Ministry of Justice urges the UK Government to clarify


the position of the Crown Dependencies during


Brexit negotiations. Guernsey and Jersey are neither part


of the UK nor the EU. But they are part of


Europe's Customs Union, allowing But this formal relationship


with the EU will end with Brexit. So work's under way to ensure


the Crown Dependencies are represented in the tough


negotiations ahead. The main priorities


for the Channel Islands are protection of the financial services


from EU blacklisting, retention of the Common


Travel Area and continued export opportunities


in agriculture, fisheries This company in St Peter Port


provides consultancy services Its boss says the interests


of Guernsey and the UK If you look at the investment


management fees being earned in the UK from managing people's money


internationally, approximately 10% comes from Guernsey. And when you


consider how big the industry is, that really does show the impact.


Today Guernsey's most senior politician admitted that financial


blacklisting is the biggest single threat from Brexit.


I think probably the most important is self evidently the point they


make in relation to blacklisting, that the UK will not be at the


table. Instead of there being 28 nations, with the UK speaking and


acting on our behalf, there will be 27. What that is likely to mean is


we are going to have to ensure we up our own international identity.


Today the Justice Select Committee published this report, recommending


the UK Government clarifies what happens in Brexit negotiations


when its interests differ from the Channel Islands.


The Committee's Chairman says it'll be important to keep up the pressure


I think the sense is so far the engagement with the British


Government is very good, one of the key recommendations in our report is


to remind them that has to be kept up right the way through the


negotiations. And tomorrow the Islands will hope


the Prime Minister remembers them when she sits down to begin


to negotiate divorce A car and electrical items


were stolen from a house in Jersey, while the homeowners


were asleep upstairs. Thieves broke into the home


in Gorey Village in the early They stole a number of electrical


items including a Macbook Pro laptop, two guitars,


cameras and car keys. The person's car,


a Blue Nissan Micra, was later found abandoned,


submerged by the sea on Ouaisne Jersey police want anyone


with information to get A fraudster who conned the States


of Guernsey out of ?2.6 million has been ordered to pay


compensation of ?68,000. John Woodhatch is currently serving


a five-year jail sentence for scamming the States Treasury


by pretending to be from Lagan Construction,


who were working on Guernsey's Woodhatch, who made ?261,000


from the scam, has six months to pay


the compensation, or another year Jersey has significantly worse rates


of lung cancer for all ages compared to the average in England,


according to figures released A premature deaths report shows that


for every 100,000 people in Jersey, whereas in England, that


figure is 59 per 100,000. But the Health Minister says


the message is getting through. We didn't get Government support,


for example, on the alcohol side of our strategy last time,


but I'm not giving up because I don't think members really


understood why we wanted to do it. It wasn't about raising taxation,


it was about, actually, So I think we need to do more work


on it, it's not a requirement A plan to make all over-75-year-olds


in Jersey exempt from TV licence fees has been rejected


by the States. A politician said the BBC


should cover the costs, But the move was defeated


22 votes to 19. It's the BBC's first


ever licence fee advert. The fee is no longer ?58 a year -


it's around ?150. But today in the States,


the question was who should In the UK, the BBC will be covering


the licence fee costs for everyone over the age of 75 -


it'll be phased In Jersey, the States


pays for licence fees for those eligible over 75


- it's means-tested. In the Bailiwick of Guernsey,


the States closed their "free licence fee for over 75s" scheme six


months ago, to save money. But after negotiations,


the BBC will pick up the tab from the year 2020 for


over-75-year-olds across the Channel Islands -


only if they're eligible under A Jersey politician argued


in the States today that this It's up to the BBC to apply the same


rules to all over 75s They should'nt be discriminating


against a minority in Jersey, or in the other crown


dependencies for that matter. I'm from England anyway so I was


always used to having free television so I feel for these


people. If they don't get it there missing out. I think it should be


free and available to everyone and less they feel they've got plenty of


money and can well afford it. I suppose at the end of the day it may


be easier, never mind about what you've got what you haven't.


But the States narrowly voted against renegotiating the BBC deal,


with Ministers arguing the deal is likely to change in the UK


A Jersey secondary school has defended its plan to limit student


Several schemes are being trialled at Le Rocquier School


to stop students using them when they should be learning.


The head teacher says the move is with full consultation


with the staff and students, and everybody has access to toilets


if they need them, especially those with medical issues.


A number of people have criticised the scheme on social media.


Lina says, "This would surely be a violation of human rights.


It's not a choice to go to the toilet, it's a human need!!"


As a Crohn's sufferer I would be embarrassed to have special


dispensation as it would have put focus on my condition."


Hugh wrote, "You will always get children who will push


the boundaries and take advantage but a good teacher should be


While Neil believes, "Yes, they should go during break time."


Now did you know that you can currently see the planet


The island's astronomers say now is the perfect time to head outside


and explore what our skies have on offer.


It comes as the BBC's Stargazing Live is due to return


to our screens tonight, as Jessica Banham reports.


Guernsey's night sky has been captured on camera


And the experts behind the lens say there's no better


We have a lot of visitors coming to the observatory


during the year from England, anywhere from the south east


of England or in the Midlands, and they are amazed at the stars


they can see here, that they can't see at home,


just because of light pollution and haze and so-on, so we are really


quite blessed with good skies here, and when the skies are good


And recently our skies have certainly been living up


These pictures were all taken in Guernsey over


the past few months - some simply taken using


And we're all being encouraged to get involved as BBC's


Stargazing Live programme returns to our screens tonight,


The milky way for us is the "wurum boorol" -


it's the big river in the sky and when we look up there,


We can show you where that river is on the Earth and we can


show you where it starts and where it finishes.


But you don't have to travel all the way to Australia to get


In 2011 - Sark was declared the first dark sky island


in the world thanks to the exceptional blackness


of its night sky, which makes for spectacular stargazing.


But for anyone worrying about the cost of extravagant


You can see a lot of wonderful things with binoculars.


Look at the moon, look at certain star clusters,


look at the Orion nebula, look at the Andromeda galaxy,


which is the furthest thing you can see with the naked eye,


and with binoculars it really stands out.


And if you decide to take that step into your garden,


the society will be hosting an open day in May.


Jessica Banham, BBC Channel Islands News, Guernsey.


I didn't realise you could see all that, and I know some of it is


available online. Not so sunny today, but it's


the night sky that you may be David, could it be good night


for a spot of stargazing. David, could it be good night


to see into outer space? I think we'll be lucky to be honest.


There's an awful lot of cloud coming in. It is rain bearing cloud so it


will be quite a cloudy night ahead and capable of producing a few spots


of rain. First thing this morning we had glorious sunshine. Now there is


more clarity. It could produce some showers tomorrow. That might be


sunny spells in the afternoon. There is the risk of sharers in the


morning and generally feeling quite mild. You can see one line of cloud


moving through us today. This is the next one, and has some rain


associated with it. It's not physically heavy by the time it gets


to us but with spots of rain through the evening. That moves out of the


way and we have high pressure just on the edge so there is the charms


of some breaks in the cloud and some sunshine. Perhaps tomorrow evening a


good chance to glimpse the stars, but the cloud will not be reliable


and will come and go. This is there's a's forecast. The area is


coming from Spain and Portugal. It means we will see some quite high


temperatures, possibly 17 or 18 degrees. At the moment we have a gap


and then this band of cloud and rain will arrive. It will take its time


to get here but a few spots of rain are possible this evening and


through the night to come. A lot of cloud is coming and a mild night.


Tomorrow is a bit dreary to start with, quite grey, possibly a shower,


and then through the morning and into the afternoon the skies begin


to Brighton. It will feel quite warm tomorrow. 14 or 15 degrees will be


the maximum temperature. Here are the times of high water.


That is the coastal waters forecast. And some fine, bright weather around


on Thursday, showers and cooler conditions as we move to the


weekend. No seeing the stars tonight above


our skies. I will be back just before 8pm. Good night.


a "betrayal" if the government fails to ban foreign fishing boats


from within 12 miles of the shore after Britain leaves the EU.


The government, though, is refusing to confirm it will treat


this as a "red line" in the Brexit negotiations.


Here's our Political Editor Martyn Oates.


This thing, like a miniature polystyrene bodyboard


is all that many people in the UK will know about cuttlefish.


You may think that whoever is in the business of producing


these is involved in the most niche of niche industries,


Dressed in his juicy flesh, the cuttlefish is one


of the south-west fishing industry's star turns.


It is the most important species landed in terms


If that fact has passed you by its probably


because like so much British fish it is whisked away for sale


After Brexit, British fishermen want to be able to catch more fish,


principally by clawing back the quarter currently


They also want to carry on selling the vast quantity of species


like this into the European single market as easily as they do now.


I have come to the Legion's great fishing port to meet


the chief executive of the Cornish fishing organisation.


I asked him what losing tariff free access to the European


Most important would be the nontariff barriers.


If we have problems logistically getting your product


into the continental market it causes a headache.


Slow down at the borders causes problems with dealing with


Early indications suggest that other EU states will be wanting continued


access to fresh in British waters in return for British fishermen


Access for foreign boats within 200 miles of the sure will involve a lot


of haggling but fishermen pointed out that before Britain even joined


the UDP and community, the British government unilaterally


agreed foreign boats within just 12 miles.


They see that agreement can and must now be revoked.


Only last week the fishing minister wouldn't confirm


that the government intends to do that.


There are many things we are looking closely at and have not made final


decisions yet which is why that is no announcements will people


will have to be more patient but rest assured we are looking


closely at these issues including the 1964 convention.


It is slightly worrying they are not prepared to commit


Maybe it is about negotiating strategy, maybe they are genuinely


not sure, but one thing is sure, we do not expect that same degree


of negotiation for the beach to the 12 mile limit.


That is for the inshore fleet and should be managed


for the benefit of those guys and anything less than complete


exclusivity would be seen as the trail, not too strong a word.


Recent reports say the Prime Minister is now planning to revoke


the 1964 agreement but many are now wondering just how much influence


and industry employing 11,000 people nationwide will be able to wield


once Brexit negotiations begin in earnest.


Volunteers are being trained this week to help catch,


count and control the number of foreign crayfish infesting


The Signal Crayfish from America were brought to the moor to be


But as Spotlight's John Ayres reports things didn't turn out


It's a painstaking process monitoring


Twice a week, volunteers are donning waders to check the traps and keep


So what we do, we remove these pods which facilitate breeding,


and this guy was done at some point last year.


We also mark them for their site of origin.


They need the numbers to come down because they are causing huge damage


One example you can see behind you is burrowing into the river


They also have an impact on fish populations


They have been responsible for reducing the number of native


It was back in the 1970s that the government department


at the time decided it would be a good idea


to give farmers a chance to diversify and have another


industry and they could try and raise money.


What they didn't know was just how invasive it would become


and the damage it would do to the local environment.


What they didn't expect at the time was that the crayfish would walk


on land and could survive outside of water for up to six months.


They left the ponds and made their way into the rivers.


It is actually a criminal offence to return them,


they are so damaging and it is illegal even to transport


them alive in case they escape and get back into another


To do this work they need volunteers.


I love anything to do with the great outdoors especially where I live,


and also with doing a degree anything that I can find out


The larger males are cannibalistic and are being sterilised and put


back under a license to help control numbers.


All others are being trapped and destroyed humanely.


An animator turned puppeteer has won ?50,000 in a competition in Germany.


Barnaby Dixon has created his own puppets and films


He's already getting interest from international programme makers.


This is the unique creation of Barnaby Dixon and he has got his own


U-tube CDs. First we have to cross that bridge and if it collapses and


I die I would like you all to write letters to Somerset County Council.


He went to the carnival last year and goes for lots of walks around


the river and canal and is various levels of an appropriate. Barnaby


Dixon studied animation and decided to build puppets and his hands so he


could make films for the Internet. You work all this stuff out as you


go along so not only does the puppet get built, you build its range of


motion at the same times when it is finished you are nearly there. I


have finally the puppet. His film went viral. To do that motion, that


is eBay's work and stop motion, whereas this happens as quickly as


you can perform it. He won the German TV competition. I won ?50,000


which is a lot of money, but that will go towards equipment, towards


lawyers fees in terms of patent thing and it is just terribly


expensive. So far he has relied on crowdfunding to support his work


meaning he can spend hours creating characters like this dinosaur. When


you are in control of every aspect of creation, you are the authority


and it is very freeing. With offers from the US to make a TV series, his


self belief is paying off. If you are good enough at anything and you


like it and other people like it you can make a living doing anything. If


you find a way to make it viable, but that is the tricky part.


Some of the oldest film footage of Plymouth features


It's been put together by a Plymouth historian who's been collecting


There's some lovely pictures - this is the area around Derry's clock -


look how busy it is - and hardly recognisable today.


David George has been watching "The Story of Plymouth City Centre".


If we had ambled across what was you rode in 1925 would have been knocked


flying by all those horses and trams, the only thing left is the


clock itself, built by the mere of Plymouth in honour of the 1862 royal


wedding. He got it built as a public water drinking fountain but the taps


never worked. The clock does, more or less. It was referred to as the


four faced deceiver because wherever you stood told a slightly different


time so people could always complain if they were late or not plate. This


footage came from the police, the first ever CCTV? They filmed it


because in 1925, this was said to be the busiest junction outside London.


Not many people had cars but there were trams and horses and carts and


this was a familiar scene on the streets of Plymouth right up until


the Second World War, and in fact the Co-op run their last horse and


cart in 1954. The clock is one of the few features in Plymouth to


survive the wartime bombing and the city planners. Plymouth took the


unusual decision to start again. The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is one of


those buildings to survive both. The railway station, which used to be


just across the road, plainly did not. It is said the rich and famous,


including Walt Disney and Bing Crosby, would get off transatlantic


liners in Plymouth and catch the train to London from here because it


was quicker than staying on board until Southampton. They say


nostalgia isn't what it used to be but will historians look back on our


2017 footage with a misty eyed and say, didn't Plymouth look quaint?


Answers on a postcard. Love seeing how places have changed, some almost


recognisable still. Now looking ahead to the weather.


Good evening. Some sunshine over the last few days, it is now all change


as the rain turns up. Some time yet to be quite heavy. First thing this


morning we had a lovely start to the day, the Channel Islands saw some


glorious sunshine to greet everyone first thing. That is now changing


and the rain is coming and it could be around tomorrow, mostly in the


West, some patchy rain and rather cloudy and breezy. Breaks in the


sunshine now and then. A lot of cloud queueing up, currently over


most of southern England, producing outbreaks of rain, some heavy. One


weather system moves away but another follows. It stays just to


the west and although the area of high pressure has been moved across


to France it is still close enough to keep southerly winds calling for


this week, drawing up warmth from Spain and Portugal and from


Thursday, we could have pretty high temperatures, possibly even 19, and


all change on Friday as a cold front comes through. This is the satellite


picture from this afternoon and you can see the brighter colours. Before


that, there was some hazy sunshine but already a feel of cloud with the


daffodils looking fantastic. And along the coastline, pretty good


although the breeze has whipped up, a fresh southerly breeze. Further


inland, this is Exeter with plenty of blue sky. For the least the


sunshine has held on for longer and is producing some effects. Some wet


weather for this evening with this band of rain fast moving, sweeping


through accompanied by some strong winds for a time. Once it gets


through, things start to calm down and a lot of cloud, a mild night,


misty over high ground and the overnight temperature down to 11. A


head start with the temperature first thing tomorrow and some rain


but persistent rain to the west of us. Some breaks developing in the


cloud particularly afternoon when the sunshine comes out for an hour


or two, giving temperatures of 14 Celsius. Cloudy with rain off and on


through the day. Finally, very messy conditions along the south coast but


clean socks to be had along the north coast.


It is your fault it is raining. Thanks for watching, see you


tomorrow, good night.


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