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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.