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In tonight's programme: so it's goodbye from me.
What's the key to getting people on board?
How bus passenger numbers have risen in the Thames Valley,
Also, nothing left to cut in their schools -
the teachers warning some lessons may have to go
When Rodney Nat. E, D Shakur with the love in time for Valentine's
Day. -- the shark looking for love. The number of people
using bus services in Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes has grown
in the last six years - despite an overall
decline nationally. That's according to a new report
by public transpor It found, in Oxford,
bus use increased by 12%. In Reading, the number
was even higher at 17%. The increase is partly down
to investment in greener buses, The hustle and bustle
of Oxford's bus network. One in five of us and now uses
the bus to get to work in I get the bus, because
it's a damn good bus And what do you like
about getting the bus? If I could drive and park
into Oxford, I would be much happier with that,
but I won't pay parking Somebody drives you there rather
than you having to walk and its dry if it's
raining and that's it. And if it's busy now,
it's set to get even busier. Oxford is one of the
fastest-growing cities You've got two very good operators
that compete against each other. We serve to raise
each other standards, because we are always watching
with the other one is doing. Making sure we are keeping
the investment going. And also, we have had the right
policy in place from local Government to make sure that bus
travel is prioritised. Oxford is not the only place
that is investing in Reading for instance has
the third highest level of bus passengers per
head outside of London. Even Milton Keynes,
a town traditionally designed for the car
is transforming it. Last year it received Government
funding to bring in more electric In Oxford, there are plans for extra
park and ride sites, bus priority on the roads, and even
a zero emission central zone. But rural areas outside
the city centre Last year, transport bosses ended
all bus subsidies in And what about people
who can't catch the bus? Well, I do accept
that at inconvenient hours, like early morning and late
evening, the bus service is less than it is during
the middle of the day, but we do try to encourage
the bus operators to actually put
on services at those times. The challenge for
the council, it seems, is balancing the pressures to be
greener with the service that is both reliable and
practical for everyone. Next tonight, headteachers
in Oxfordshire say they're running They're now warning the number
of lessons could be reduced Nearly half of the county's schools
are due to lose money under a planned shake up
of education funding. All 35 secondary schools
in Oxfordshire have now Our political reporter
Bethan Phillips has the story. With its new funding formula,
the Government promised to tackle And as a county that's been
poorly funded in the past, hopes were raised that Oxfordshire
would be a big winner. But critics have described
the reality as horrendous, with nearly half of schools
in the county actually facing a budget reduction
if the change goes ahead. Headteachers say they're simply
running out of things to cut. We are absolutely at the bottom now
and there is nowhere else to cut without seriously damaging
provisions. Reasonable sized classes, the 25 hour week curriculum
offer, those are now the sorts of things that are under threat because
Even schools set to gain under the new system say overall
Analysis from the National Audit Office says rising pupil numbers
will mean schools generally see their budgets shrink by eight%
Headteachers in Oxfordshire claim the government's new formula
will particularly hit the core funding they get for each child.
They say they're going to lose more than ?400 for every 11
A letter's been sent to MPs, warning them about the problem -
some have already promised to take the issue further.
Well, it is important to bear in mind that an MP I can bring pressure
on Government to make sure that the funding is fair and it is precisely
what I'm doing and what I should be doing Monday week when a CD
secretary of the two. The Government insists
the new system will mean an end to the historical postcode lottery
in school funding. It says overall, funding
for Oxfordshire's schools A new centre to help
women and girls affected by female genital mutilation
is going to open in Reading. It'll be the first
of its kind in Berkshire. The Reading Rose Centre
will offer support A similar service is already
available in Oxford. New figures suggest a case of FGM
is either discovered or treated This thing we can start together
is to give them education and for them to learn and know
what is FGM and the consequences coming
after and how it affects your life. A new Oxford Brookes University
campus has officially opened Students have been
using new facilities at the Delta Business Park
site since last summer, The campus offers adult nursing
courses, as well as other health The building is named
after Joel Joffe - the former human rights
lawyer from Swindon. It was a mixture of pride
and feeling privileged, but rather embarrassed, because I'm
just an ordinary person. I consider myself rather
average and so I was I think it's really
important that we play our part in training
health care workers. A lot of the adult nurses
and the ODP students that will train here will of course end
up working locally in Swindon and Wiltshire and there is a great
demand for it in nursing at the He's performed more
than 11,000 heart operations Professor Steve Westaby,
who's recently retired from the John Radcliffe Hospital
in Oxford, is one of the most Now he's written a book
about his career and the patient's whose lives
he fought to save. I spoke to him earlier
and he told me what being Not glamorous, it's gory,
and working like a mechanic. It is saws and sharp
instruments, but we do a lot You save a lot of lives,
we make a lot of patients feel very much better and it's a very
satisfactory job to do. Your book is called
Fragile Lives, how does it feel Because a lot of the people you're
trying to save are very I've had very many very high risk
patients in my career and of course, it's always a privilege to operate
on s patient and save a life. It's important not
to get involved with that patient emotionally
before you do save their lives, because some
of You were the first
surgeon to fit a patient with a new type of artificial
heart, back in the 2000. How high risk did it
feel to do that? Well, when Peter Houghton
walked into my office, I He was within weeks of dying and had
been turned down for transplantation The first time he was too well
and the second time, So, he had given up
on life and I had this small device, the size
of my thumb, called the Jarvik 2000
implanted it into him. Instead of living three
or four more weeks of And then died of something
completely different. Out of all the 11,000 operations
you've done, does one standout for you because it was
either very, very difficult or because you made an emotional
connection with that patient? I used to love
operating on babies and children and there was one case that
came so close tonight getting through that you could
hardly believe it. I was in a hotel in Sydney having
just gone to bed after literally to a baby
who was dying from heart failure
at the age of five months. And that they be had been having
heart attacks at that age, because her main coronary
artery came off the artery to I designed a new operation
for the problem, because existing operations
weren't very satisfactory. Did that operation
with the film cameras running and then couldn't
get her off the bypass machine. And after two hours
of struggling, and a very depressed team in the operating
theatre, I went out to tell the parents that I thought
the baby had gone, had died. And there was such a miserable
response from the mother - you can imagine telling a mother
she's going to lose a baby - that I turned my heels and went back
into the operating theatre and did something absolutely ridiculous,
chopped a third of the circumference of the heart out to make
it smaller and deputy stitch in the valve
to Cut a long story short,
she survived and is now 18. Blenheim Palace has been
given charity status. It means the 18th
century stately home, which was the birth place
of Sir Winston Churchill, will be able to claim back income
tax on donations The extra cash means the Oxfordshire
estate will benefit from more It's well known that dairy farmers
across our region have been struggling for years to make
a living from milk - with supermarkets continuing
to sell at lower prices. But one young couple
in Buckinghamshire are now selling raw milk straight from their cows,
as way of bucking the trend. 6 months ago dairy farmers Jim
and Harriet were watching an episode They wasted no time in starting
their own venture right here from their shack,
at North Hill Farm Customers can now buy raw milk
from this vending machine supplied Pop the milk into the tank. But the
money into the machine and then press the one litre button. Then the
Raw Milk tastes richer and creamier than the stuff you get in the shops,
but the crucial difference is it's unpasteurised -
meaning it hasn't been heated and likely homogenised to kill
harmful bacteria, such as E coli.
Current laugher England says that raw milk must be from animals that
are healthy, a character that is to bear to lose this free and sold
directly to the consumer. District from the cloud, fresh as you like. I
think a lot of people got into it and got hooked at it as such. We are
getting good reviews from it. -- it is straight from the Cal.
Jim and his father Ian begin milking the cows starts
at 5:30am and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
I did the morning shift and finish about 9am. We do the afternoon at
We are usually finished about 6:30pm in the afternoon.
And within months of business they've started to build up
a loyal base of customers who can't get enough.
The line up for this summer's Cornbury music festival has
It includes Bryan Adams, The Kaiser Chiefs, Sophie Ellis
The festival is on the Great Tew Estate near Chipping Norton in July.
It's now in its 13th year, but this will be the last.
I'll have the headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin at 10:30pm.
Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
had kept the ipod which contained all her father's favourite songs.
Say with us for the weather forcast.
After yesterday's political row over leaked texts Government ministers
have been insisting that Surrey County Council has not been
given a special deal to keep council tax low.
However, under questioning by Labour, The Leader of the House
of Commons did admit Surrey has asked to join a pilot scheme
to retain business rates a year earlier than other councils.
If there is no special deal for Surrey, why did
the Prime Minister simply not confirm this?
I, and other honourable members, want a memorandum of understanding
to secure our libraries and social care.
Surrey County Council has asked if it can participate in one
of the pilot project is for the proposed 100%
As any other local council will be free to apply, there is no
I'm sure we'll be hearing more of that in future. Now, all the sport.
We are going to hear from the chairman of Bournemouth. Is he
despondent at the moment given the poor recent run. Far from it. It has
been a tricky spell. They have had injuries, suspensions, didn't manage
to make signings but they are just looking over their shoulder.
It's probably the most trying spell of the fledgling Premier League
life of AFC Bournemouth, and their manager Eddie Howe.
Slipping down the table, the Cherries are battling
A lack of new signings in January didn't exactly rouse the mood.
South Today has spoken exclusively to Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn,
as the club try to get the ball rolling back in
In a debut season in, arguably, the world's toughest league,
any team would be given time to settle in.
Second time around, with tens of millions
of pounds spent, the expectations at Bournemouth
It's been a very difficult and stressful January
You know, the performances have been disappointing, to say the least.
There's always a concern when you're not winning games.
It was not for the lack of trying, right up until
11 o'clock, on transfer deadline day, occasionally you have to spend
a little bit more than you budgeted for and we were always willing to do
that with the players that we wanted to bring in.
Some of the values were just crazy, as they always are
It's the worst market to deal in and, as Eddie has said,
publicly, it's in the public domain, it was probably the worst window
There's no sense that if you haven't got
recruitment department have failed in their duty.
We are more concerned than we were before Christmas.
Our goal has always been to retain our position
Would we be having this conversation now if we
haven't reached the dizzy heights of the top half of the table,
or would people have been satisfied that we
We still haven't identified an ideal sight but we have
identified three sites that have potential.
So, it's a very slow moving project but we're in talks
practically with the Council on a daily basis.
Eddie is our manager and he will continue to be our manager
We have an incredible relationship and you
will never get a person who is more level-headed.
He's more determined than ever ensure that this football
club retains its position at the very top level of football.
More of that interview on our Facebook page and on the BBC sport
website. Now for the last of our
features from Bermuda. Tony Husband has been three and half
thousand miles across the globe to visit the island that will stage
the America's Cup this summer. Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR
will hope to become the first British team to win the trophy,
that was first contested Tonight Tony finds out how
the island is preparing and what conditions the sailors
will face. Bermuda is Britain's oldest colony
so it is fitting that Ben Ainslie is hoping to bring the Americas cup
home from these waters. Bermuda is 21.6 square miles. The population is
60 4000. Bermuda shorts borrowed from the British military. Though
neither was settled in 1609. It is the proverbial picture postcard
island. Britain's largest naval dockyard outside the UK was once
here. The America's Cup is big news for traders. It's is an absolute
need for Bermuda, a tremendous boost to our economic benefit and it's a
lot of fun. Memorabilia fills the rails across the stores in the
island. What today they think about the America's Cup? Just the
publicity alone is ideal for the island. On the one hand, I'm rooting
for Oracle because they've been here a while and are established in the
community. If they were to win the cup, they would stay which would be
good for the island. Generally, people are for BA are and Oracle on
the island. It is there that the boats competing for the America's
Cup will race off this summer. It forms a perfect the theatre. It's a
tricky place to sail. It's perfect for the flat water where we will be
racing but it is very landlocked so the wind is shifting. Thankfully,
I've got a bit of experience having sailed here a lot over the years but
we've got Giles Scott, our tactician on the boat who decides where we
will go on the course and you couldn't ask for anyone more
talented than Giles, having come out of Rio with a gold medal. Between
them, they have five gold medals. To have tactical racecourses brilliant
for our team. For the island of Bermuda, they are hoping that
staging the America's Cup is a major moment in history of their tourism
industry. The speed and lifestyle that comes with the America's Cup
ratings is right in our comfort zone for who we think we are going to be
going forward. Transport, infrastructure, everything you can
imagine, it's been a very delicate strategic project to get the balance
right. With the team Oracle being the home team, we will be cheering
loudest for them but the second team we are cheering for his Land Rover
BA are. We are partly British and we have a special place in the heart
for the British. Six Nations will begin qualifying here in May. Only
one will be left standing by the end of June. For this island in the
summer the number one aim is for everyone to have fun along the way.
One of the figureheads of British Sailing has announced
that he's to retire from his role later this year.
John Derbyshire OBE is to stand down as the Royal Yachting
Derbyshire's departure will follow that of Olympic
manager Stephen Park, who is also leaving this spring
A couple of things to deal with. Tony didn't get his legs out. Note
Bermuda shorts. And he didn't bring as anything back. Not even a bag of
sweets. I gave him a cold to go with so I didn't anything to come back.
We're just a few days away from Valentine's day -
and there's one couple who'll be spending February the 14th together,
that's despite the fact they haven't met yet!
We're talking about a pair of sharks.
Rodney the zebra shark is being transported
from his current home at the Blue Reef Aquarium
in Southsea to a larger tank in Cheshire but luckily Rodney
won't be lonely when he gets there The plan is to
For a shark it's not easy making friends, there's always the
temptation to eat them. Four Rodney it's even harder. He has no mate but
now love is in the air, or rather the water. This lovely lady is dotty
and hopefully for Rodney by nature as well as name. We are giving him
to an aquarium and we raised her as a little baby so it was always going
to be the case that they would meet. We have our fingers crossed that it
is going to be successful. This is Rodney as a baby, strikingly
different markings giving this PC is name of the zebra shark. He is
currently getting extra rations to give him energy for the journey
north. He will travel up to Cheshire on Monday, in time for Valentine's
Day on Tuesday. He is going to stay up in Cheshire, hopefully for many
happy years ahead. Hopefully for this pair of sharks, it will be love
at first bite. A lot of expectation there. Frightening. They should be
more laid-back. Too much pressure. Onto the weather. Wrap up warm is
the answer. You will need all the layers. This wind from the east is
going to make it feel bitterly cold. Let's look at your lovely weather
pictures. Shazz Hooper captured
the cloudy skies over the River Frome in Wareham Nick
Keown photographed the cloudy skies And Sarah Dawson took this picture
of starling murmuration at Studland. You can see all of our pictures on
the Facebook page. Tonight, we expect wintry flurries or even a
dusting of snow. More likely for Eastern counties. Elsewhere, mainly
dry, Frost can't be ruled out. In towns and cities temperatures will
fall to freezing. So, a cold and frosty start tomorrow. Wintry
showers will continue. With a strengthening east to north-easterly
wind, further showers will roll in from the North Sea. Temperatures
will reach a high of four Celsius but with wind chill it will feel a
lot colder. Wind coming in from the north-east staying with us through
tomorrow night and there will be further wintry showers. More
frequent during the early hours of Saturday morning. More likely
further east. Temperatures down to freezing and possibly -2 in the
countryside. Saturday is another cold day with that wind chill. Still
the risk of wintry showers brought in on this north-easterly wind.
Showers will drift westward with the strengthening wind. Limiting the
brightness for the next few days. Possibly one or two spells tomorrow
afternoon. For the next few days, some wintry showers at times and it
will feel colder. It will be stronger than recent days,
temperatures starting to climb with the start of next week. Temperatures
made next week to rise into double figures in some places. With high
pressure not far away it should stay mainly settled. I love the optimism.
It's still very cold. Spare a thought for the headteacher sleeping
in a tent behind his school. We will find out tomorrow why he is doing
it. That's it for tomorrow. This evening bulletins later.
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