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Good evening. I'm Charlie McArdle.


Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Thursday's headlines:


Day two of Guernsey's Population Law debate and it's good news


for existing workers and the residents


Brexit begins to bite - warning that islanders will be


Saving parents thousands - Guernsey extends its trial offering


What is happening is that our suppliers, based in Europe or the


US, are unfortunately putting up prices.


Saving parents thousands - Guernsey extends its trial offering


And we have had a warm day today across the Channel Islands. The


average for this time of year should be 11 degrees. 19 today, fresh


tomorrow. More details later. Guernsey will introduce


a controversial new population control regime next week


after the government approved New laws governing who can live


and work in Guernsey are aiming to help manage the island's changing


population, as people are living longer and the working age


population continues to fall. The island also needs to do more


to be human rights compliant. It's a very complex


law but essentially: People will need


to have a certificate or a permit Currently, anyone from outside


Guernsey wanting to live and work must obtain a housing licence,


or make use of higher-priced The new law introduces


new work permits. It involves short, medium


and long-term work permits for one year, five years


and eight years respectively. This would allow anyone who has


lived continuously in local market property for eight years to live


in Guernsey indefinitely. Well, Mike Wilkins is


in our Guernsey newsroom. Mike, the short term permit has


come under particular criticism? Yes, Charlie. Many seasonal workers


spent nine months on the island in three months away, and the new law


will mean they will be able to work in Guernsey for a maximum of five


years. Many in the business community say will cause staff to


leave the island. Today, deputies voted to allow existing guest


workers who have already clocked up five seasons to continue with the


nine-month, three-month arrangement indefinitely. The man pushing for


the change says it is a short-term solution. It is a boy putting his


finger in the dyke, really. That is all it is. It is protecting the


people who are here with grandfather rights, not solving the problem.


And there was good news for the younger generation of Alderney and


Sark? Yes, restrictions are to be relaxed and people from those


islands who want to come and live and work in Guernsey.


But there are conditions attached, and one of Alderney's


representatives told me he wants to see more flexibility.


We want the Committee For Home Affairs to look at the proposition


again and to bring it back with less restriction. That is the message and


what we really need in Alderney to prevent the loss from the catchment


area of Guernsey of young talent. That does tend to leave Alderney and


had for the mainland, because it is so much easier.


The new population law will affect the way people can live and work


here, and a politician responsible told me it will be good for the


island. It is a very complex law, a


Fairlawn, but it is much better and Fairlawn, but it is much better and


has much more flexibility than our current housing control law, which


is outdated and not fit for purpose. We have spoken with businesses and


our community, and I think it is a good law.


Tomorrow, the state will return for a debate on the open market, but


today, they voted 26-13 in favour of the new population law. From Monday,


this legislation will affect many people in very different ways.


One of Jersey's biggest and oldest retailers is having to increase


Article 50 was triggered yesterday starting the UK's separation


Although it will take two years of negotiations,


it seems the weakened pound is already costing islanders more,


Online shopping is no longer retailers' biggest threat.


The impact political decisions across the water have had


on the pound are now affecting the foundations of


Certainly in our beauty department our suppliers have put up


prices pretty quickly, in our accessories area


I think our suppliers are waiting to see what happens but they have


told us that they are putting up their prices in the autumn -


and we have the same situation on the clothing side


And it's the customers who are paying for the rise in cost prices.


Not really. No, I don't. You ask, I do. It is cost on there.


Unfortunately, it goes on to the end consumer.


No, but we are all was going to get done, and we? Yes. Hopefully, they


will keep as much as possible away from the public, but at the same


time, I'm sure costs will go up greatly.


Jersey's Chief Minister agrees it's one of the challenges facing


the island as Brexit negotiations begin.


I've got no doubt that it will be uncertain and there will be


turbulence in the political world throughout this


turbulence in the political world throughout this negotiation,


but we in Jersey are in a very strong position,


We've got to continue to fight our corner,


make our case heard and look for opportunities I have no doubt


will arise throughout these number of years.


While the Government flies the flag to secure the island's position


over the next few years, shoppers will have to pay the price


for the UK's decision to leave the EU.


A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection


with a burglary which occurred while the homeowners slept upstairs.


A laptop, two guitars, cameras and car keys were taken


The police later found the homeowners' stolen car


It's been confirmed that three- and four-year-olds in Guernsey


will continue to get 15 hours' free-preschool each week.


A trial which was due to end in July has been extended for another year.


But will fewer providers be willing to offer it?


It's a great start, it gets them to socialise.


Great learning adventures, play activities, leaning numbers


Great learning adventures, play activities, learning numbers


and it gives the children a great start in their education.


And it's a start that is now more accessible to families.


Education's removed the financial barrier, offering 15 free hours


of pre-school the year before children start school.


Although funded by a cut in family allowance,


It's a good idea, and benefits lots of children who'd


I think the more they can learn, the more they develop, and the more they


can appreciate society and how we all interact together, form a


community, so I think it is a fantastic idea. I think it is great


for families. Whether it carries on or not


is a different story. There's still a question mark over


what happens in a year's time. One issue is that pre-schools


get a set rate of ?5.90 an hour from the States,


but some want to be able to charge Education says it needs


longer to look at it. It's a concern that some


providers may not be able to provide it at this price,


and some may have to pull out, but that is part of the process


of assessing what can be done So unlike this pre-school,


some may choose not to opt in. But Education says it wants


to build up more evidence A 7.5% rise in the price


of wholesale milk is to be passed on to customers


by many of Guernsey's retailers. A litre of milk currently costs


?1.18, but shops including Alliance, Marks and Spencer,


Sandpiper and the Co-op are planning a price hike,


blaming already low margins. Guernsey Dairy think customers


will see the wholesale We would like to think that we have


a loyal customer base and they understand the full economics of the


actual milk industry on the island. You are not only paying for a later


of milk per sale, you are sort of reinvesting money back into the


countryside, back into the breed, back into the structure of island,


and supporting one of the oldest industries remaining.


A collection of rare stamps and coins worth over ?1 million have


The luxury asset event is giving islanders a chance to see


for themselves the value of these rare prestigious collectibles.


The collection includes a block of tuppeny Blues worth


just under a million, a stamp with a printing


error valued at ?135,000, and the largest gold coin ever


These are little slices of history that stood the test of time. They


have lived through world wars, they have lived through global conflicts.


They have lived through periods of recession and financial instability


already, and they are still rare, they are still pressures, they still


resonate with history, and that's what gives them their value.


What a day for it - more than 450 boys from Jersey's De


la Salle College have been on their annual walk.


I say walk, but it's more like a hike, -


with a distance of 36 miles from start to finish.


These are the boys as they were just past St Catherine's


Last year, the college raised more than ?14,000 for charity.


Ah, that takes me back to my days at De La Salle.


I did that same walk far too many years ago to mention.


I remember I couldn't walk the next day.


Also, all the years I took part, it always rained.


David, it was a great day to be out and about?


It certainly was, yes, some pretty great temperatures. Normally, we


expect to see temperatures around 11-12 in the month of March. Today,


we soared up to 19 degrees. A little sunshine and warm air from the south


giving us is very good temperatures. Not quite so warm tomorrow. So the


rain, some sunny spells, and generally a bit fresher than it has


felt today. We have one when a friend coming in later tonight. It


will take its time to arrive, so pleasant and warm evening, and then


gradually through the night to come, this first weather system will


produce outbreaks of rain. Once that moves the other side of us, it


introduces, as I mentioned, slightly fresh air. Another one will follow,


but will really reach us to later in the evening. Between the two, some


fine weather, but by Saturday, risk of seeing some showers around a


little area of low pressure. So quite a lot happening in the weather


at the moment. Certainly, warm this evening. This is the rain now coming


especially. That will creep towards especially. That will creep towards


us through the night to come, but initially, a lovely evening, very


pleasant. Winds starting to freshen a little bit ahead of that band of


cloud and rain. Some of that rain cloud and rain. Some of that rain


becoming widespread by the morning. 10 degrees the overnight low, so


quite mild. Tomorrow, the rain will peter out quite quickly by


mid-to-late morning. The sunshine will be back out, and a fine day


with some spells of sunshine, patchy cloud floating by, and not as warm


as today, 14-15 the maximum temperature. Those are our times of


high water. And for our surfers, clean surfing


with southerly winds. Most of our favourable west or north west facing


beaches will be between 2-4 feet and clean, and the coastal waters for


gas, winds are self south-west of, force for- five, and the risk of


showers were generally moderate or good visibility. This looks quite


rain overnight tomorrow night, gone rain overnight tomorrow night, gone


by Saturday morning. Saturday predominantly dry, slightly cooler,


the risk of if you showers. Sunday high pressure comes back, so lovely,


settled day, more on Monday. settled day, more on Monday.


Charlie. You are saying quite promising. I know rain for tomorrow,


but Saturday and Sunday, the temperatures are way down. Quite


disappointing, as today has been so gorgeous. Thank you very much.


And it we go, quickly gets bored. Ahead of their big cup game on


Sunday, Jersey Reds have announced their former hooker will be legal's


new forward coach. He will arrive from Australia in the summer to


start work on the next season. That is your lot for me from the


time being. I'm back just before 8,


then again at 10:25. The upgrading of the Georgian


Library Roof and other work on the Devon and Exeter Institution


will help to protect it's collection of rare


books and newspapers - some dating back


to the 16th century. As Hamish Marshall reports,


the old roof was so heavy it was in danger of bringing


the building down. As good as new, but still true


to its original design. It's taken five years,


but now the library of the Institution, which has an important


collection of local books, can have daylight again -


the way those who created it two They were designed to let


the natural light into the library and 200 years ago they depended


on natural light more


than anything else. So it's really put us back


on a very solid footing. This was the scene last


summer when we saw the project - funded by Historic England


and the Heritage Lottery Fund - But now this is no


longer a building site. It was quite daunting


looking at the work that was needed to do, with


the unknown aspects of this job. Again with the people


you had, it does This crane wasn't here last summer,


it's part of demolition of the In fact, builders and staff


stood by here on the Institution's roof during the fire


last autumn, in case it spread. Well, the roof is now


covered with this copper Before this was lead, which was


actually so heavy the building was actually moving and here


we have got a mixture of the the old and the


new. These are the slates that came off


when the work began. There wasn't quite


enough to cover the building at the end,


so some new ones have been And inside, a growing number


of students like Oscar are Here it has other people


doing other things. It has not just students working


on essays, it's sort of a more Times may have changed,


but now we have a new chapter in the battle to protect


and preserve this rare collection of books,


charting the South West Next on Spotlight a first glimpse


inside one of the South West's main tourist attractions


after its refurbishment. And later - seen on TV for the first


time, how one family captured on film the horror


of the Torrey Canyon disaster. And sculpting in sand -


we'll reveal the finished works After an eighteen month closure,


the refurbished Tate St Ives The new extension is still under


construction and won't open until the Autumn, but the existing


building is hosting a brand new exhibition


and Spotlight's Lucie Fisher has So this is Jessica Warboy's sea


paintings and whenever she is commissioned by art galleries


or museums to create a work, she goes to the nearest sea, bit of sea


or ocean, to get the natural She throws them in the sea


and she actually makes the sea a participant in the work,


the sea makes the work. Absolutely and this is a mix


of really ceramic art by young contemporary artists,


we also have a lot of the potters like Jill Crowley here with some


of her absolutely amazing and crazy


if I may say teapot. You have got Denise Wren,


all she did was elephants. And in here what we have


got is the Californian Clay Revolution from


the 1950s and '60s. This work is in part a response


to the way in which these other artists, these west


coast ceramacists work, response - saying people


like Barbera Hepworth is as present in my work as much


as one of these other Mark Osterfield told me


what a relief it is to finally be opening


This is our core purpose and this is the first step.


So we will be open over the summer, we will have this excellent


show for all our visitors and the local community in the summer.


But come the autumn, we will be launching


the new Tate St Ives and


And that step change is well under way outside.


On the right we have the new loading bay, which is of a


scale that means we can bring in huge artworks to Cornwall,


And we've got a really good lift in order to


bring them into the gallery and to lower them down


and to the left you can just see the edge of the roofscape above our


So we have a 500 square metre gallery


space, which is the equivalent of all or other gallery spaces


And this is the new activity room for families.


Come tomorrow it will be a "clayground"


After 18 months of closure, everybody here is full of


excitement for the new opening tomorrow.


Now you may remember a couple of weeks ago we covered the 50th


anniversary of the day the Torrey Canyon supertanker ran


aground on rocks between Lands End and the Isles of Scilly.


Well today marks the day the ship - which polluted much of the Cornish


coast causing Britain's biggest ever oil spill -


A former fireman has now come forward with some previously unseen


footage that was recorded on his family's cine camera


and Eleanor Parkinson has been to meet him.


This isn't an ordinary film, it is a record of a piece of history. In


1967 the supertanker Torrey Canyon spills her cargo of oil and locals


can smell it reaching the shore. The home video was shot by Ray Ireland.


I wint out in the garden and I could smell it. I said, the oil's coming


in. That is the beach. You can see it is just one mass of tar. It is


absolutely, like... Melted chocolate. Hundreds of thousands of


tonnes of detergent is brought in to try and break up the oil. In some


locations it is brought by helicopter. This is the early stages


of spraying, they had no automatic pumps. They had a manual pump. Until


things progressed and they increased and got some better equipment.


Despite their best efforts the detergent didn't work and it wasn't


good for those handling it. I know one fire man, after he said, I had


to leave the service, he showed his hands and they were bad. As the days


passed it was clear the impact on wildlife was huge. Look at that


bird. Poor thing can't move, can it? It was all the flying birds that go


into the water and that then. It was quite a mess. There was only one


place for them - bye-bye. A decision was made to bomb the tanker and she


sank. But the coastline took years to recover. Even ten years after the


Torrey Canyon, you could remember coming home from a day on the beach


and having to sit and scrape the tar off your feet with a lollipop stick.


The memories are still as strong as the day of the disaster.


And if you want to hear more about the Torrey Canyon disaster,


there's a documentary currently available on the BBC Radio iplayer


called "Torrey Canyon and the Toxic Tides".


I can remember scraping tar off my feet as well.


Now, if you've ever been on the beach and tried to impress


the family by making something out of sand, you'll know


So prepare to be completely blown away by the pros!


Artists at an attraction in Dorset have even been painting their sand


The team in Weymouth is led by Mark Anderson whose family


The idea of using colour was a tribute to my grandfather who


started painting with the sand. That was a first. He started with Kong


and nearly all of them were made. We are doing the tiger that. Was one of


his first. And then Kong as well. We are doing that and that will be


coloured throughout the season. Because it is not supporting


anything, we wet it down, pack it into place and carve it out using


typically a trowel of some sort and then I use a couple of different


types of brush to get the effect of an animal, and the fur. A bit of a


change this year. We have been asked many times when, if the people can


see the sculptors working. We have changed a few from last year and we


are going to keep a couple of the most popular ones and change a


through and hopefully there is always somebody here working. So we


are under a roof and nothing gets washed away. No issues with the


weather. Hopefully. The British weather. The good old British


weather. Incredible. The detail was incredible. And the good old British


weather, but it has been warm today. It has been lovely Daid. Ly --


today. We have had some really good temperatures, certainly the warmest


day of the year so far. St Helier was top at 19 degrees. Well above


the average for the time of year. Where we have had the cloud and rain


its around 12 degrees. This stripe of blue, the rain, has been trouble


and it has been back and forth across Cornwall. More to come


tonight. And ahead of it some breaks in the cloud, but some showers. Not


a bad evening for some of us. The forecast tomorrow is not quite so


warm A fresher feel to the day. Some sunshine, but also some showers. If


anything more persistent rain later in the day. We have a weather front


that will move through steadily and by lunch tooichl tomorrow it is


across the central part of Britain. We have two systems. This will bring


more rain tomorrow night. But it should be going through by the time


we get into the start of weekend. Plenty of showers on Saturday. Some


hail and thunder. And then high pressure comes back for Sunday. So


of two days, Sunday is the better day. That is the picture that we


have had tonight with that rain coming and going. It will move


across us. But before that we have had some pleasant late sunshine.


This was this afternoon in Okehampton. We have had some warmth


from the sun and it has been a pleasant day. There is the risk of


some showers tonight. But many of us getting away with a dry start to the


night. But rain will come in fairly swiftly through the night and be


across us by the morning. These pictures filmed by our cameraman,


Alex. Thank you for those. Tonight the cloud will produce some rain and


continue eastwards. It is mild night at ten or 11 degrees. Some rain in


the morning, but moving quickly and the skies will clear, the sun will


come out. Before that line of more persistent rain returns late in the


day. So a reasonable day. Not a warm as today. 14 the maximum


temperature. The Isles of Scilly a bright first half of the day and


then it will cloud over. There is the times of high water. Plymouth is


9.02. Some reasonable waves for the surfers.


Some sharp showers on Saturday. Sunday is a fine day. Monday also


fine and dry. Just a bit more cloud. Have a good evening. Thank you,


David. We have put that film of Torrey Canyon on our Facebook page


and we will be back at 6.30 tomorrow. Good night.


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