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The work as the need to get back to news teams where you are.


The work as the need to get back to work and we as passengers can get to


work. The war of words continues over


who closes the doors on Southern Rail trains


and another difficult day The show of affection for


George Michael continues with calls for a permanent memorial


near his Goring home. Despite to female Prime Ministers,


why are there so few And the picture that captures


the destruction of Portsmouth by German Bombers


on this night in 1941. I don't think there is a street in


Portsmouth that was a bomb that some time or another during that period.


-- that was not bombed. It's been yet another bleak day


on Southern Railway. They have brought almost every


Southern service to a standstill. That affects about 300,000


passenger journeys each day. Here's what the Aslef union


said this afternoon. For the first time, passengers had


been pleased to see a real replacement bus service.


Perhaps for the first time ever, passengers have been pleased to see


Southern has laid on a bus every 20 minutes


That's the nearest station not affected by the strike.


Normally, 10,000 people a day pass through here.


But it's been very quiet - just a handful of passengers on each bus.


That's the proportion of Southern trains


being replaced by buses during this strike.


Even so, the first commuter services from Chichester were quiet.


heeding Southern's advice to stay away.


Amongst the passengers who had no choice, there was resignation.


Bred I have to get a portion every day, I am a teacher. It becomes very


difficult. But it is just one of those things. Why not we look quite


angry. They are not pushing their agenda anymore, just causing


discomfort for the sake of it. I have to get up a lot earlier. I


would get a train at 8am, but I'm here for a quarter past seven bus.


It is probably about another two hours onto my daily trouble. --


travel. I joined the 7.18 bus to Havant


where commuters could then catch a South West Train


to London or Portsmouth. It's a 25-minute ride,


but there's a knock-on effect. The earliest connecting train gets


into Waterloo at 9.30. No wonder Southern Rail is advising


passengers to work from home. The Government need to step in and


mediate and call a truce if there are safety concerns. That needs to


be looked into. In the meantime, we need a truce so the workers at


Southern Rail can get back to work and we as passengers can get back to


work. The rush hour may be coming to an end, but that rail replacement


buses are still going and they will be into the night, because people


are now relying on them to get home tonight. They will be back on


Wednesday and Friday as the strikes continue. Let us take a look at what


this strike is about. The drivers and the guards are both


against transferring responsibility From the first of January


on Southern, it is now It's widely known as


Driver Only Operation. The first strike ballot by the RMT


union was in December 2015. In April, the conductors


started their strikes. The drivers began similar


strikes in December. But they also have an


overtime ban every day. Over the last ten months,


there has been one month Southern imposed a new role


of On Board Supervisor last week. An offer to the train crew has been


on the table since August. It promises: No job losses,


above inflation pay rises for the next to years, and overall,


the same number of staff In return, Southern wants


to run driver-only trains without conductors under certain


circumstances, such Driver Only Operation


is used on almost one in three trains in the UK,


and on the London Underground. And nobody has died as a result


of this way of working. The industry's safety bodies have


made detailed studies And perhaps safer than


working with guards. But the unions don't believe that,


especially on older trains. Today the MP for Havant said


the unions were simply against the inevitable


progress of technology. Well, these trains have been working


on the UK rail network for the last 30 years and they operate on around


30% of existing trains anyway. The Independent Safety


Watchdog has said that they are safe and therefore


the train drivers and unions should get back to work and make sure


people can get to work themselves and


families can meet up and our economy This week, we're hearing


from passengers whose lives continue to be disrupted


by the ongoing industrial action. Tonight, Sean Killick has been


talking to a management consultant from Portslade near Brighton


about the impact her commute It's quite nice to not have to go


near the trains today. Every cloud has a silver


lining and for Harriet and Sally, not being able to get


to London today meant a chance to meet socially for once,


usually only seeing each other as


part of a group of 20 or so regular commuters


on the But even in this domestic


setting, talk quickly turns to the life crammed onto packed


trains which are frequently It is not sustainable


and it is not fair. I would walk in the door


just after 7pm, now, It could be nine o'clock,


it could be ten o'clock. Getting in late last


night and my 16-month-old with my husband and I was


having to get a takeaway. Because I walked in through the door


at eight o'clock at night and you've got


the takeaway cost. I can't commute to a yoga class,


because if I don't get there, that's ?15 that is gone and lost


because I can't get there. The way I feel we


are being treated... If I was cattle, I'd


know I'd have my area to When I'm standing on a train,


I can just about And then when you get to work,


you are like, right. Then you're on your


phone the whole time, Is it going to go, when is it


going to go, when do I have to start the conversation with my boss


that the train has decided A lot of people started


internalising things and you can see they are getting greyer,


they are getting tired... Even our group you can tell


there's a lot more... The laughter is starting to go,


because this has been going on Harriet and Sally are fortunate


enough to be able to work But they just want


an end to the chaos and uncertainty of their


regular commute. Just to let you know, we hope to


interview the leader of Aslef, so be with us for that.


Southampton and Portsmouth could be among the top UK cities


Some recruitment agencies have seen a 30% increase in vacancies.


The rise in jobs is believed to be across all sectors of the economy.


Rather than stifling growth, it's thought last year's referendum gave


companies the certainty to grow and advertise for new roles.


Our Business Correspondent, Alistair Fee explains.


Having left school last summer as a new job-seeker, Jordan's timing was


perfect. When I saw this was being built on the amount of jobs that


would come out of it, I thought I would commend. I had my CDs in other


places, but they were the first people to get back to me here. This


restaurant chain is among several new places in Southampton's extended


shopping centre. This has created 17 new positions. The key to hiring


staff is we have to make sure enough people are coming in and we have


enough balance in the business so we can afford to hire more people and


give the best service possible. What is your assessment of the economy in


Southampton? It is doing good. This place enjoyed its best year in 2016.


It is busy preparing for the new season and is recruiting to fill up


to 100 new jobs. We have more work going on an exciting new things that


will be public soon and we will need more people. We know it will lead to


an increasing guests and it has been a good year and we hope will


continue. The job market in Southampton Portsmouth has beaten


all expectations. This Havant recruitment agency saw a massive


rise in positions last month. We have seen consistent growth in


employment opportunities almost as soon as the Brexit result was


announced, which I think was quite a surprise for me and for many people


in business, but it was almost as if most businesses and clients were


waiting for a decision rather than a specific one. Most cases,


unemployment is across the South is at a record low. With this boom


across all sectors, a challenge for employers will be finding people to


fill those vacancies. There are calls for a permanent


memorial in the Thames Valley village which was home


to George Michael. Tens of thousands of people have


visited Goring-on-Thames to lay flowers outside the star's


sixteenth century house. It's where he was found


dead on Christmas Day. His death is still


being investigated. A fortnight after George Michael


died and the flowers outside his I've come from Portsmouth,


so not too far. People will keep coming


back and putting down more and more and more,


and the candles will light, there Every day, someone is


putting I had no idea he was


so loved and popular. I think it will be very upsetting


for the flowers to go, but I think what's written down should


be kept safe somewhere, like a book of condolences


or something, that can be seen


by future generations. From Denmark to Derby,


people from all over the world have been


saying it with flowers. The local florist has been


doing good business. Everybody has been generous


in what they are buying, the amount they are buying,


the amount of people coming through the door as well,


so you can see The drinks are not free at this


cafe, almost opposite The owner Stephanie would


like to see He was here because he liked


like the privacy, I don't think there should be anything too huge,


but a plaque would be lovely. George moved to Goring


for its tranquillity. When the flowers


and crowds are gone, But he will always


be remembered here. A court's been told that a former


bomb disposal expert was murdered Mark Manning's body was not found


for more than two years after being allegedly killed


at a garage in Lancing. Colin Gale is alleged to have killed


Mark Manning before enlisting Stewart Robertson to help dispose


of his corpse in April 2014. Prosecutors claim a row over


a debt owed to Mr Manning ended with Gale deciding


to "finish him off" at P Car Sales garage in Western Road,


Lancing, Still to come in South Today:


Closing in on history. Gosport sailor Alex Thomson


is set to take the Vendee Women have come a long way


since the first female MP was elected to parliament almost 100


years ago...or have they? Despite boasting a second


female Prime Minister, the UK is 48th on the global league


table for female politicians. Now the Basingstoke MP,


Maria Miller, who chairs the Commons Women and Equalities Committee says


parties should be forced to do more Currently only 30 per cent


of our MPs are women. I spoke to her a little earlier


and asked her why so few women I think across the country


still we do not see enough women in leadership positions to encourage


women to come forward. Also, I think people see


some of the harassment and the online abuse


that women can endure and also


the tragic murder of Jo Cox last year, I don't think that is


encouraging women to come into That's why this report


is so important. Talking about introducing


targets and founding political parties and forcing


positive discrimination, that doesn't necessarily get


you the best candidate, does it? And in a way, it


demeans women as well. Look, we need more women


to consider coming into politics, but I don't think anybody


would argue that aren't enough women with the right sort of experience


out in our communities who could And you seem to have


all the leaders of all the parties sort of in general


agreement, a consensus, but there is no action, really, nobody


is doing anything about it. Do you feel slightly


frustrated by that? I think there is a huge


frustration there, because all of the party leaders


have told us that they think parliament would be a better place


with 50% female MPs, but they don't really have the strategies in place


to make it happen yet. At the next general


election, there are big boundary changes, 21 women look set


to lose their seats and if parties do not act, we could see the number


of women going back in 2020. And we heard the Green


Party, fielding two female candidates


wanting to job share. So women are up against


that kind of thing? Obviously, we have to modernise


Parliament, and that has been happening over the last decade,


but there is more to do. You've women on South


Today listening to you now, tell them why they should


go into politics, in 15 seconds. If you want to change


your community for the better, if you want to ensure your


community is the best it can be, then you have to take


responsibility, stand for election and make sure women have a strong


voice in Parliament. Last January, quite a lot of us


registered to give blood. But fewer than half of those


who signed up actually This year the NHS says it


needs at least ?200,000 new blood donors, to


replace people who've had to stop giving because


of their age or health. Nikki Mitchell reports


from Berkshire. People with O negative


blood like Sheila here are much in demand


as donors. That is because their blood can be


given to almost any patient and is so often used


in emergency situations. Sheila began donating


after her father was diagnosed with I couldn't help my


father, he died, sadly. But I carried on and


they said we need your blood, so I have done this


since then, since... I was 18 when I started,


it was just something I wanted to do, but then,


I've been so glad I could do it all It is so easy for me to just sit


here for a few minutes. I can get a cup


of tea and a biscuit! The NHS needs new donors


of all blood groups, but it is particularly keen to encourage


younger people and people from black Donors that can donate


need a place so we can make sure we get


It is always something people think though,


I must come along and give blood and then you forget about it.


So, a new year, we're just hoping people will sign up but also book


that appointment and walk through the doors to come along and donate.


I've always wanted to do some good with


my life during the year, so I just thought, what's better


than donating a pint of blood every couple of


My best friend, my school friend, she had to have a blood


transfusion and that inspired me to give something back, really.


All donors must register before making an


appointment online, via an app or over the phone.


At least 100 pints of blood were collected during this


session and each pint has the potential to save


And if you'd like more information on becoming a blood donor,


There's also a mobile app called 'NHSGiveBlood'.


The sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking about Alex Thomson last


night, this is the sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking


about Alex Thomson last night, this is because Paul yes, there's a great


sense of anticipation there and the feeling that their manner could


catch the leader and he could win. could catch the leader


and he could win. as Sir Ben Ainslie attempts to win


the Americas' Cup, but just days into the new year, our sights


are fixed on the toughest offshore Tonight, Alex Thomson remains


in the hunt to make history as the first Briton


to win the Vendee Globe. say on current projections, it


will go down to the wire next week. All this despite losing


one of his boats foils I've been to see his


team today in Gosport. Staff glued to their computers,


tracking the race data in the But in the offices of


Alex Thomson Racing, they are also preparing to head for


the finish in western France. I think everyone throughout


this has different His family and friends are very


different to the team. I feel we are good at


concealing it, we are all pretty happy we have come


to the finish, but I think the emotions will probably go wild


when he 65 days ago, Thompson


left for the French He has broken three


speed records already on the journey around


globe against the prevailing winds and tides.


He is currently second, with 3,000 miles to the finish.


But projections are that there could be


as little as three hours between the two leading


Thompson is chasing the prerace favourite.


In the north Atlantic, you are dominated by the high


pressure and there is a high pressure there, so it looks like


whoever is in the lead can't really run away


from a second or third, so


I think we will see as the race comes to the closing stages that


tactically, the sailors will have some big challenges.


Four years ago, Thompson finished third.


No British person has ever won the race.


I remember coming of the canal with Alex and third and we both


looked at each other and said, we are coming


You think back to all the great British sailors and


they've all led and been part of this great sport which is a single


person setting out on sale around the world alone, nonstop.


It is a phenomenal sporting challenge and to


win it would be amazing for all of us.


A place in history is in touching distance.


The website has posted the latest positions in the last hour and Alex


is just over 100 miles behind the leader, but as we deny reports, it


is likely to close up in the next few days.


A new record's been set for the number of entries


Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached


The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight


to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday


A new record's been set for the number of entries


Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached


The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight


to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday


And Reading's under-23 side face Yeovil tonight in the last


Thank you. Just before the weather, we want to show you these fabulous


pictures. This was sent in by photography


student. Isn't that wonderful? Joanne Porter captured Cirrocumulus


clouds over Frimley in Surrey. Gaz McLean photographed


a Giant Otter at the New Forest And Martin Perry took this


picture of the bright spells in Freshwater Bay


on the Isle of Wight. We are expecting clear skies in some


places but cloud foremost and a bit of a drizzle here and there. A lot


of dry weather, too. Temperatures will fall to 7-8 C, fairly mild. The


breeze will increase to the west in the early hours of the morning.


Quite a grey, start tomorrow. The rain clears eastwards. Sunny spells


with the increasing breeze and there will be a wind chill. Temperatures


of 8-11 C, but feeling lower in many locations because of the wind-chill.


Tomorrow night, the odd spot of rain, patchy cloud, still a brisk


north westerly which will make it feel chilly. A chilly start on


Thursday with lows of 3-5 C tomorrow night. A cold and damp starts on


Thursday. Ahead of this band of rain which could turn to sleet or even


snow showers. The Met office have issued a snow warning for Thursday.


More likely over the Chilterns and Cotswolds. You need all the


ingredients to make the snowfall. We have the northerly breeze and moist


air from the Atlantic, so we could have some snowfall, we are not


expecting anything significant or anything to settle. If it does, it


will be most likely over the Cotswolds and Chilterns. The Met


office warning is in the fourth through Thursday, when we may


potentially see snowfall. Friday and Saturday, things brighter note that


it would bitterly cold. Temperatures are for - five Celsius, but with the


wind chill, feeling more like freezing or just above in many


locations. As we head through the week, there's a chance of snow and


it is getting colder. Now on this day at this


time in 1941, the people minutes away from the start


of the worst bombing raid But amidst the devastation,


a war artist was at work, but incredibly, it's never been


displayed in Portsmouth until now. It's now gone on show


at the city's museum. Our reporter Steve Humphrey


is in Portsmouth tonight. Steve - it's a painting that


captures the mood of the time? Yes, it was just after seven


o'clock on January 10 1941 It total, 300 German aircraft swept


in across the harbour behind me - their target the Naval


base - and 76 years ago where I'm now standing


at Gunwharf was part The attack continued


through the night. By the time it ended, 170 people had


been killed and hundreds But out of the onslaught


emerged a famous painting that managed to capture


the city's mood of defiance. It is clearly showing a war scene,


but showing the resolve of people to get on and deal with it and get


through it. I don't think there is a street and this is that was bombed


at some point or another. Was one of the most heavily bombed cities in


this country during World War II. Portsmouth's suffering on this night


76 years ago was immortalised by War artist Richard Eurich. He has this


access the not even the press would have had. It is an amazing insight


into part of the city that is normally underrepresented. It was


such a uniting thing as well as being a desperately awful situation.


Even as the country battle for survival, art had its place. As


Winston Churchill visited the city to boost morale, Richard Eurich was


a work on his painting. You can use art as a propaganda tool as opposed


to photography. You can change it to how you want things to be perceived


in a positive light. But the heart of the painting is HMS victory, an


enduring symbol of previous battles but amid the devastation of the 20th


century, sent out a powerful message. It is kind of like the


heart of the dockyard. She is there and does not seem to be affected by


all parties going on around. Another artist, Edward King, also painted


Portsmouth's ruined streets. There were a total of 76 bombing raids.


930 people were killed and 3000 were injured. The Royal Garrison Church


near the seafront hearing Portsmouth was amongst the buildings that were


badly damaged, back in 1941. It has been left as a permanent memorial to


those who were killed and injured. Richard Eurich's painting has been


left to Portsmouth Museum by London's Tate Gallery. It is a


remarkable reminder of the city's suffering during the Second World


War. As we reach 7pm, the moment when German planes flew over


Portsmouth on this day in 1941, we will leave you with this remarkable


painting which captures the devastation of the bombing of that


city. Good night. It's back... Let's get ready to


grumble. ..with more belligerence... Can you imagine anything more


diabolical? ..moaning...


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