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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Taking a tougher stance - You're now more likely to be
prosecuted if you're caught using your mobile phone
You could kill someone, really easily if you just look at your
phone 30 seconds. They're not looking where they're going.
They're not looking where they're going.
It's definitely too serious, I think they should just get a fine.
Delays and cancelled operations - Staff shortages are having an impact
at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.
Keeping it in the family - Jersey weather watchers awarded
And the weather looks quite promising for Easter, some rain
around for on Friday but sunny on Sunday.
More people will be prosecuted in Jersey's courts for using mobiles
The island's Attorney General has toughened up on offenders by making
the crime too serious to be dealt with at parish hall level.
The move comes one month after Jersey Police released figures
showing prosecutions of drivers using mobiles was at its
Then the guy should drive? Never macro yeah what was I thinking?
Never macro yeah what was I thinking?
Hard-hitting adverts shown across the British Isles
to make people think twice about using a mobile phone whilst
driving. Now Jersey's most senior prosecutor is taking a tough stance
on how offenders will be dealt with, to get the message across.
Historically, mobile phone offences have be heard
by Jersey Honorary Police at parish hall level.
But now, anyone using a mobile phone whilst driving heavy
goods or hired vehicles, carrying passengers for money,
involved in a collision or if you text, use the internet
or make or send photographs while at the wheel,
The Attorney General issued the new directive stating:
A move supported by Jersey's Honorary Police.
Sometimes it is only when people go to court that they realise.
Particularly if they drive for a living author picking children from
school, it can have effects on their life if they disqualified from. It
have a huge impact But do people in St Helier
think these offences I think it should go straight to
court and if the people in go to court a deliberate or stay away. I
don't because there are 100 million other distractions while driving.
Yet it is dangerous but I definitely think it's too serious.
A serious move that prosecutors hope will prevent people of taking
Patients needing surgery in Guernsey are having to wait up to eight
The Medical Specialist Group says it's waiting for a surgeon
But as Mike Wilkins reports, it's meant extended injury time
This man's desperate to play football for his island again.
Guernsey FC defender Jack Domaille was injured in October.
He was told four days before his surgery that he would have to wait
for more than five months for his operation.
I was gutted. I'd set my heart on head-on and was focused for, and
that was sort of taken away. It just feels cruel.
Social media is full of people criticising
This person, for example, claims her father was told to wait
two months and soon had a heart attack requiring emergency surgery.
The Medical Specialist Group says in a statement: "One
Jack now won't be able to play fof GFC until at least the start
of the 2019-2020 season, but he says the delays have affected
It's affected everything. Me and my partner Abe Waterhouse this year and
that don't be put -- me and my partner bought a house this year.
That could be put back five months. Financially it's been a bit of a
Financially it's been a bit of a struggle.
Although the UK has a different health system, people now have
to wait a maximum of 18 weeks for an operation.
And for some people, like Jack in Guernsey,
The family of the woman found dead in St Helier last week have paid
tribute to "a loving mother who will be deeply missed".
Ana Rebelo was found strangled in a St Helier home
No one has yet been charged with her death.
Today, in a statement, the 51-year-old's family said
they continue to grieve and are working with the police
They thanked islanders for their support, saying, "We have
They've asked to be left in peace while they try to come
The body that regulates UK charities is deciding whether to step
in following the dispute between the RNLI and the St
The RNLI dismissed the coxswain and the crew resigned in support.
The Charity Commission's told the BBC it's aware
of the case in Jersey, but says it doesn't get involved
However, it can take action if there is mismanagement or damage
Meanwhile, politicians are set to ask questions in the States next
The future of dozens of Guernsey businesses is still uncertain
after permission to change the use of a former vinery site was denied.
Applicants wanted to change the use of the Pulias Vinery so it
It was one of two sites earmarked by the States for businesses
being moved from another former vinery site at the Fontaine.
But this morning the Planning Authority rejected the move,
a decision described as a victory for common sense by those who didn't
want to see industrial businesses on the site.
Alderney's government is being warned it needs to make
a decision on the controversial France-Alderney-Britain link soon,
or risk losing its role in the electricity project.
The head of the island's Chamber of Commerce claims
if a decision is not made soon, the chance may pass the island by.
The half-billion cable will link France and Britain via Alderney.
Opponents of the project fear it'll damage the island's unique identity.
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Later in Spotlight with Victoria and Andy...
A new challenge - swimming seven ocean channels around
David will have your weather forecast in a moment, but first,
the UK Met Office today presented a gift to a family in Jersey to mark
Mary Norman's family in St Brelade has been measuring rainfall
on the same site since 1917 - it's one of the oldest
private weather stations in the British Isles.
Luxmy Gopal went along to find out more.
It's a family tradition of a different kind.
Nearly every day for the past century, Mary's family has
It started with her grandfather, who needed to know rainfall
Even when there's no rain to measure - as was the case today -
Mary mocked this up for us as an example.
While April showers may have been lacking, there was a showering
of gifts from the UK Met Office to mark the milestone.
Of the 2,500 sites that record rainfall across the UK
and Channel Islands, few are run by private volunteers
and fewer still are 100 years old. I didn't really give it
When we came here and I realised it will be 100 years in 2017,
there was something in me that wanted to achieve that mark.
Only because it would be statistically quite
I think actually the interesting thing is that the mechanism
for reading it has not changed in that hundred years.
There's a lot of talk these days on climate and weather patterns,
this has been going on for years in farming community.
To get 100 years worth of data from one site where you can spot
the changes is invaluable from a scientific point of view.
And Met Officers say Mary's way of rainfall-measuring will continue
to be invaluable for recording weather patterns,
Wonderful, and congratulations on them.
So, the question is will the Normans be out measuring rainfall
Rainfall amounts are likely to be small Nellist the main story. The
rain that comes by over the next couple of days is going to be
fleeting. Light showers. Perhaps the transfer some more persistent rain
on Friday evening, Friday night into Saturday. Until then a lot of dry
weather. This is one of our weather Watchers in Guernsey, some lovely
sunshine in today. Tomorrow there more cloud, then some showers then
becoming more dry with the chance of some sunshine developing later in
the day but it will take its time for that sunshine to reappear,
perhaps later in the early evening. We do have a front that might
produce some showers overnight. Fine to start with but then becoming
increasingly cloudy. High pressure is just being held back to the west
of us but that does come a little bit closer as we headed into the
Easter weekend. Not forget Friday though, these two weather systems
will make progress towards us. Overnight tonight, the cloud will
return, it's going to be patchy, but towards the morning it will cause a
few showers and 9 degrees, the minimum amateur. Tomorrow we have
showers through the morning and dying after lunch followed by sunny
spells and some breeze with a top capture 12, 214 degrees. The tides
as you can see here. First first, they waves are not very big brass
best along the north coast of Guernsey at best. For the coastal
waters, wins are north-westerly, two to three, occasionally for at first.
-- four at first. Friday is the day with a lot of crowd and put cloud
and politically some rain in later in the day. The Norman Tebbit and
monitoring the range hundreds of years now, but there is a way that
everyone can get involved in monitoring the weather. We do have
the BBC's weather weather Watchers website. Here's the address. You can
sign up. You don't have to be recording the weather all the time.
You can do would you want to. You can also take pictures as we have
been showing on the programme, so, join in, send us your pictures, or
if you are really keen, some weather observations as well. Thank you very
much David, I joined up the other day so I am hoping to see my picture
up there in the near future. Before we go a quick reminder of our top
story in the Channel Islands. More people will be prosecuted in jersey
macro cautery using their mobile phones behind the wheel. The islands
the Attorney General has toughened up on offenders. That is it for the
time being, I am back at eight o'clock and your local news is at
10:30pm. Good night. It will be new experience for the
tenant farmer, who will be looking after.
I have never looked after deer directly, certainly not any managed
form scenario, so this will be new and slightly interesting. Very
diverse from what we usually do but they are wild, they are not under
the same stressors that a farm animal comes under, so hopefully we
will not have too many issues. It is believed to 16 of these deer
are pregnant, along with one stack. It is hoped they will have new
arrivals by June. As people look for different ways to
celebrate her face, pilgrimage have undergone a makeover. It has taken
one bishop from his home Parish a long way.
Two weeks and more than 100 miles on the Bishop of Saint Germans on the
last leg of his pilgrimage across Cornwall. He has followed two
ancient routes that have been used by pilgrims for more than 1000
years. What has it has been like walking
for two weeks, constantly meeting people? Sam Ricketts has been
fascinating because apart from the root, I have really not planned too
much at all. So every day as a surprise and I have met some
extraordinary people. I have enjoyed incredible hospitality and have been
to parts of the diocese that I had not visited before and found all
sorts of interesting stories, fascinating people and I have to
say, I was nudity but that would be able to walk with me would enjoy
that but I had not realised that the person who would welcome a false or
would you like they were joining in. Into pilgrimage spirit, he relied on
the bounty of well-wishers. He did carry the bag but never needed it
and the welcome was just as warm. After a well earned break, the party
set off again for the last few miles, joined by the Bishop has
researched ancient routes. Many people are searching for a new way
of spirituality and a new way of relating to God and in the beautiful
land of Cornwall, you are aware of the fantastic landscape all around
you and that creation speaks to us about God and the beauty of God and
his creation, and all that he gives us, the many blessings that we get.
And the pilgrimage ends here, with the boat crossing to St Michael's
Mount, the final destination for thousands of pilgrims who have
trodden this very path over the centuries.
Best friend from Somerset is on track to achieve a lifelong
ambition. Was spoke to her just before she set
off last September and now she, who suffered from any as a child, has
already completed three swims, one in California, one in Hawaii and one
in New Zealand. Just go. First Gibraltar, then Japan, followed by
Northern Ireland to Scotland and finally the English Channel.
Right now, she is back on training hard and Brendan Rodgers caught by
the author. -- court backdrop with her.
My early morning swims may start at seven but finished in the afternoon.
But when you're training for seven oceans in 12 months, stamina is
everything. We went down to about 5.5,
6 degrees, so that by the time it Her toughest challenge to date
was swimming the Cook Strait She had to abandon one swim,
but refused to give up and completed it
on the second attempt. Though when she got
to the shoreline, she was plainly Back in the pool, she's preparing
for the next leg of the challenge, the Strait of Gibraltar
in a couple of weeks. And then I have four
channels in four months to complete the
challenge. You have no doubts, do you?
No, none whatsoever. I know it's possible,
I know it's entirely possible so the only bit of luck that comes
into it is to do with the weather, we have to get
the weather on time. Butterflies in the UK last year
suffered their fourth The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
found 40 out of 57 species showed Scientists are blaming a mild
winter and cool spring. Well, Clare Woodling
is at the Butterfly Farm in Buckfastleigh this evening
where it's quite it is indeed. It is a rainforest.
That's what's been created here and tropical butterflies living here are
thriving here in this glasshouse. The sort of conditions you might get
in Costa Rica... About 90% humidity, but unlike the butterflies that are
thriving here are butterflies in the wild in the UK are struggling in a
changing environment. David Field is the owner of the butterfly farm here
at Buckfastleigh. Why the decline? We have known for that butterflies
in the wild are in trouble as a result of result of loss of habitat.
We are losing areas of open natural grassland, wild, unspoiled areas,
hedgerows as well. Areas that contain plants and flowers, that
butterflies need to complete life cycles. Climate change is a factor?
Yes... It is a cause of a problem, and if... It can disrupt butterfly
life cycles and breeding patterns. What do you have that especial here?
Butterflies have everything they need here. They're fit cabbage and
humidity can all the food they need so they really thrive. Visitors can
see the whole life-cycle from X to caterpillars is jumping on Leeds, to
butterflies emerging from a chrysalis at the end of the life
cycle itself. Thank you very much indeed David. It is certainly
extremely steamy in here it is to be set, so conditions suited to the
tropics they wear they belong, there is a pond over there which looks
rather inviting. We'll have a full weather round up
in just a moment but first, Or cloud than we would like perhaps
this weekend, but things are staying rather dry and bright. Tomorrow, a
few showers around them at times cloudy, some sunshine coming through
in the afternoon. Similar to today, actually. High pressure still close
by but needs to be somewhat closer. This weather front gave us the few
showers we saw earlier today, and that is moving out of the way but
the high pressure is weaker and has moved out into the Atlantic so this
is the middle of the day tomorrow, and ploughed around to generate
showers in the morning, brighter in the afternoon. The day that could be
damp is going to be Good Friday because to weather systems coming
in, bringing with them some cloud and outbreaks of rain off and on to
the date but should be gone by the time we get into the weekend. This
is Saturday with a bridge of high pressure, the worst of the weather
to the south of us. By Easter date the high pressure is there and just
about stays there, beginning to weaken on Easter Monday. These two
weather systems coming in on Easter Monday might be a bit slower than
indicated, so perhaps half the day on Easter Monday should be fine and
dry. The satellite picture from earlier today, shows there is some
good holes in the cloud now, I bit more cloud coming in from the
north-west later on this evening but this was Teignmouth this evening
where there was some glorious sunshine. The sun came through, it
is being pleasant, pleasant but on the cool side though with the wind.
Hasn't stopped it being a fine day to enjoy for everybody out on their
holidays and enjoying the seaside. See temperatures at the moment
around about 10 degrees, 50 Fahrenheit. Overnight the night,
skies, but later coming down from the north is more cloud. It might
produce a few showers do the night but I have to say the rainfall will
be very small for those that see it. That wind will ease, overnight lows
down to around six or 7 degrees for most of us. Tomorrow, a cloudy and
great start to the day, but things improve, and by lunchtime or just
after the skies opened up allowing sunshine through here and there,
second half of the day looking promising and similar to today
infect, temperatures responding 13, 14 along the south coast. 55
Fahrenheit. Lighter winds today than today. -- than today. Cloudy at
first for the Isles of Scilly, then sunny spells. The Heinz of high
water, pens and is 649, Plymouth 's 745. For the service, the clean is
served on the south coast, choppy on the north coast was nothing more
than three or four feet at best. There's the waters forecast, a few
showers around, but generally good visibility. Heading to the Easter
weekend demo Good Friday a cloudy day as I said, spots of rain through
the afternoon. By the time he gets to Saturday it is bright, dry, a bit
of shower at some point on Saturday morning but otherwise dry, and
uneasily itself fine and dry. Could do with being a bit water but we
can't have everything! Have a nice evening.
We are back later with news of a humpback whale just seen of Falmouth
this evening. Goodbye!